Real Wedding | Tiffany + Robert

Tiffany’s fairy tale wedding began with a sentimental Catholic church ceremony and ended with a lavish celebration at the striking Milwaukee Art Museum. Don’t miss the amazing Sweets Table –  it was a showstopper, two years in the making! Thirty-eight feet of the most delicious looking desserts you have ever seen, created an over-the-top centerpiece at the reception. But, the true centerpiece of this elegant affair was Tiffany’s custom made Pnina Tornai gown. The perfect fit, custom lace bolero and Swarovski crystal adorned bodice made this regal dress truly one-of-a-kind!

Tiffany + Robert | September 3, 2011 | Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The ceremony

We were married at the Basillica of St. Josaphat. The ceremony was the most important part of the wedding for us.  It was so important that I had decided to convert to be Catholic.  It was always a dream of mine to get married in a beautiful church and be a part of a religion that made me feel closer to God and my husband. We also includeded our family in the ceremony by having them walk at the beginning of the ceremony.  The colors that we choose for the bridesmaid dresses were Ice Blue and Cotton Candy Pink.  The girls then went to a local fabric store and sewed on rhinestone trim.  They were one of a kind.  The flower girls wore pink sparkle dresses.

The reception

Our reception site was at the famous Milwaukee Art Museum. We wanted to do things a little differently, so we did not have a traditional cocktail hour.  When our guests arrived they were escorted to the place card table to find their seats and then told drinks were available at the bar.  Once they got their drinks they were seated with their own personal plate of  hors d’oevres. We had a good family friend sing Frank Sinatra songs during our cocktails and dinner.  She has the voice of an angle.  By doing this it gave us a chance to get our first dance in before dinner, and something for our guests to watch while enjoying hor doevres. For our décor we wanted a modern, but classic and timeless look.  Our flower centerpieces were all white with an ivory rhinestone base, our linens were white with ivory design and crystals.  We had silver rhinestone crystal charger plates and even a rhinestone buckle on our napkins. Our cake was very modern with sparkle trim.  

We had Sweet Table that we wanted to be our centerpiece of the room.  The decor that you see on the Sweet Table was something Rob and I put together over a two-year period.  It all started with one cupcake stand, and it just grew from there.  The Sweet Table ended up being a 38 foot long table, all of which we had to fill with sweets.  The sweets ended up also being our guests’ gifts.  At the end of the night we set out pretty take home boxes for guests to take home whatever they wanted. The whole evening was a dream come true…our guests were even commenting “This is a true fairly tale wedding.”

How Tiffany found her dream wedding dress

I had my eye on a certain dress from the moment I was engaged.  This dress was only available at Kleinfeld as it was a Pnina Tornai.  I love New York, so I had no problem traveling to try on my dream dress.  Once I arrived at Kleinfeld I had to try THE dress on first. Once I had it on I felt stunning, amazing, and like a real bride.  This dress was totally me, with a few alterations.   I had wanted my dress to be unique something that would make jaws drop.  So Pnina and I had altered the dress a little to make it a one of a kind.  I did end up trying on other dresses,  I always knew which dress was mine!

Since we were having a traditional Catholic ceremony I wanted a little jacket made of the same lace to match the lace on the bodice of the dress.  I was not sure how it would look especially since the dress was already very dramatic with the rhinestones and ruffles.   Once I put on the little jacket I cried.  I, at that point realized that was my best idea yet.

Why  Tiffany decided to sell her wedding dress

At first I didn’t want to sell the dress.  This dress is one of a kind.  Then I thought about my own experience wanting to find a beautiful one of a kind dress on  So I decided to sell the dress in hopes that I would help another Bride with a similar vision find a good deal on such an amazing dress.  I love this dress.  I hope this dress finds a good home and puts smiles on another bride’s face on her special day. 

Tiffany’s dress: Pnina Tornai

Photography: OutVision Wedding Photography