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Wedding Update + Moodboard!

Wedding Dress Shopping!

Things have been pretty darn crazy over here lately between wrapping up some freelance projects, starting new ones, and DUN DUN DUN—planning Aaron’s and my wedding! :D

We’ve had our venues in the books for a while now (Pabst Brewery for ceremony and Hinterland Gastropub + Brewery for reception—yay beer!), we booked our amazing photographer Athena Pelton, and one week ago from today I found and purchased my wedding dress!

Last Tuesday, my mom and wonderful Maid of Honor (who drove all the way down here from the Madison area for the day! Isn’t she the sweetest?!) headed into downtown Chicago on a quest to find a dress—the dress. I had expected this process to end up a wild a goose chase. It usually seems like every time I go to the store for one thing specifically, like a new pair of jeans, I can never find that one thing and end up leaving with something else (oh hey, cute sweater). However, I’m happy to report that my wedding dress shopping experience was NOTHING like that. To be honest, this was by far one of the easier decisions I’ve made about the wedding so far! I am so excited about the dress I picked and incredibly grateful that everything went as smoothly as it did!

Since I can’t share any photos of the dress, the photo above showing a little look into the beautiful BHLDN boutique is all you get…for now ;) After finding THE dress, we headed out for a celebratory lunch at the amazing Doc B’s for some delicious food and sparkling drinks :)

Finding the dress left me feeling excited and productive, and I used that momentum to finish the final touches on our wedding’s moodboard/style board!

Kristy + Aaron 2016 Wedding Moodboard

Aaron and I are both so pleased with how it turned out, and we hope our guests will love the experience we’re designing for them! With our ceremony and reception taking place at two very beer-centric locations in Milwaukee, we want to make sure that some of the natural/neutral tones come through in both the decor and the overall tone of the event (think hardwood, branches, rich dark stouts, and pops of gold/golden yellow). Pair that with my love of hot pink and balance it out with a bit of navy, and you’ve got the perfect mashup up (in our humble opinions).

We’re both pretty laid back people with a love of beer and a good time with close friends, so we hope our wedding can capture that. I can’t wait to start using this guide to crank out some exciting print design assets for the wedding! Hello wedding save the dates, invitations, menus, and signage galore! :)



3 awesome things occupying my time

A sneak peek of my future wedding ceremony location 💕🍻


This past March my then-boyfriend proposed to me, and we started off on a brand new adventure together as fiances. As much as I love getting down and dirty with the details, I’ll admit that planning our wedding seemed a bit daunting at first. I never dreamed of my wedding as a little girl—hell, even my Pinterest boards were pretty clear of wedding-related pins until recently—so it’s taken Aaron and I a little while to get things rolling. We’ve since set our date, secured our venues and photographer, and locked down a few other details, and things are finally starting to feel pretty good. I’ve been tinkering with a moodboard for quite a while now (designing for yourself is so hard!) so that should be done soon. Be on the look out for that! I'm excited to start working on the actual design of our wedding brand and all of our papergoods which will be exciting. Talk about save the dates, invitations, RSVP cards, menus, announcements, and signage galore! Bring it on!

I even got around to designing some cute little illustrated Pabst Blue Ribbon can cards for my bridesmaids-to-be which I sent to each of them along with some cute jewelry from the lovely Made by Maru. Luckily, they all said yes and agreed to be in our semi-beer-themed wedding next May! Hooray!

Trying desperately to overcome my brown thumb and keep these little plants alive while the boy is out of out town🍃🌿


Those who know me well, know that I struggle to keep even the most basic of plants alive. I really do love plants (both indoor and outdoor—but especially the ones that produce tasty food), but I can never seem to remember to water them or give them just the right amount of sunlight or who knows what. Even as I write this out and realize how simple this task sounds, I still can’t seem to get it right in real life (see: I single-handedly killed all of Aaron’s plants last year with the exception of the mint which is literally a weed—whoops!). However, Aaron was out of town for almost an entire week and I managed to keep the little patio garden alive and kickin’ while he was out! Perhaps more plants are in my future!

Farmers market love 🍅🍓🍎❤️

Since I don’t totally have faith in my gardening skills just yet, I was excited to hit up the Dodge County Farmer’s Market this past weekend and load up on delicious fresh produce! I’m still going through my photos from the weekend, but I’ll share those with you in the next day or so. They’re going to make you drool ;)

Enjoying some much needed coffee this morning from a mug one of my clients gave me 💕  I work with the absolute sweetest people ever ☺️


With all of the wedding planning, freelance projects, working out and just the everyday hassles like grocery shopping and trying to find time to eat a proper meal, I’ve found myself burning the midnight oil and going a mile a minute lately. Luckily, I’ve gotten infinitely better about managing my time and dodging complete and utter burn out in recent years. In order to successfully avoid reaching that point, I’ve been taking time to enjoy some relaxing time on the patio (along with this adorable mug one of my amazing clients sent me—how sweet is she?!) while also seeking out new adventures (which in this case means exploring new breweries with Aaron).

Weekend adventures to One Barrel Brewing Company 🍻

Stay up to date on my latest adventures on Instagram!



Life Lately & The Start of Summer

May was a whirlwind month full of fun and wedding planning (man, it still feels weird to say that). Aaron and I have been spending quite a bit of time out on patios, whether they be our own or a friend’s. It’s been great to get outside and enjoy some sunshine and all the wonderful food prepared on the grill.

Since we’ve been doing a lot of research/planning for our wedding (don’t ask us the date just yet—we’re working on it!), my brain has switched over to organization mode. I spent some time the other week organizing many of the paper samples that I snagged at HOW Design Live this year. While there is much more to be done, my office is starting to feel more like the creative hub I love rather than a warzone :)

Of course, it wouldn’t be summer without some delicious ice cream (or whatever you frozen treat of choice is). Though it’s been hard to not be a stone’s throw away from Leon’s, my absolute FAVORITE custard joint in the world, all this wedding research has brought Aaron and I to Milwaukee on a nearly weekly basis. Needless to say, Leon’s is back in my life, and I couldn’t be happier. If you’re ever in Milwaukee, do yourself a favor and get your booty over to Leon’s and treat yourself :)

PS: I think Aaron and I might have found our wedding reception venue (Finally!). We’re not quite ready to share because we’re still ironing out the details, but we’re both super excited. Things are starting to come together!



My St. Louis Engagement!

This weekend, Aaron and I took a (seemingly spontaneous) trip down to St. Louis! I even took my own advice on what to pack for such an occasion!

The Trip

We had both been eagerly waiting for the new St. Louis Zoo penguin exhibit to open for quite some time since many of the penguins from the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago were relocated to the St. Louis Zoo. During our first year of dating (7 years ago!), Aaron “adopted” one of the penguins in my name, so we knew visiting STL was in the cards for us at some point. When I asked Aaron what he wanted for his birthday, he suggested a weekend trip to St. Louis rather than a physical present. I happily agreed and off we went!


We stopped for breakfast at Rooster which has some really amazing food! Though I’m not one for bloody mary’s, Aaron said his was phenomenal (though it didn’t come with the shorty chaser beer that we Illinois/Wisconsin folks are accustomed too).

The Proposal

After breakfast, we headed to the zoo and wandered around a bit. After arriving at the penguin exhibit, Aaron reminded me of the fact that male penguins will give a female penguin a pebble as way of choosing her as his mate for life. If the female penguin adds the pebble to her nest, the two become life-long partners. I nodded as I snapped a few shots of the swimming penguins with my camera. Then Aaron said that he thought he saw a penguin with a pebble. I start looking around I couldn’t see anything like that. Aaron kept insisting that I keep looking , and so I do for a minute. When I turn around to announce that I still couldn’t find anything, I realized he was down on one knee and proposing! I excitedly screamed yes (so excitedly, in fact, I interrupted his sweet words by screaming yes before he could finish—typical Kristy!) and starting jumping up and down :)

Since we were out of town, we opted to only tell our parents until we were home so that we could enjoy our weekend together without any distractions. The photo below was taken shortly after he proposed so we both look overly excited and dazed.


The Celebration

Afterwards we celebrated in the most logical way—we headed to a brewery! We’ve been visiting breweries both near and far for several years now, and it’s definitely become one of our favorite must-do’s on every one of our trips. We stopped at Urban Chestnut Brewery and were happy to discover that they not only had delicious beer but also landjaeger! My Switzerland-born-and-raised grandma owned a school house in New Glarus, Wisconsin when I was get kid, and I remember getting landjaeger from there with my family. However, I rarely see it anywhere else, so it was a wonderful surprise.


We continued our celebration over at Schafly Brewery and picked up tickets for their brewery tour. Since we had several hours to kill, we explored a few shops in St. Louis including a really cute record store where we bought Caribou’s newest record, aptly named “Our Love”. We then headed over to Firecracker Press to check out their beautiful space and collection of incredible prints.

Firecracker Press, I love you 💕

I made my purchases (two small prints, perhaps I’ll share photos once I get them framed), and it was back to Schafly!

On our way home, we stopped at a greasy spoon diner off the highway where we relished the remaining few hours of our incredible weekend together and talked about our adventures—past, present, and future. We laughed over the thought of our former selves being best friends while dating other people. We laughed at all of the silly stages of relationships that everyone goes through and the many memories that we already share with one another. And for the first time on the trip, I cried tears of joys. Salty tears of joy splashing into my greasy hashbrowns, and it was perfect.

After finishing our meal (and grabbing some slices of pie to-go, obviously), we jumped back in the car and listened to songs from a hilarious mix CD that Aaron had given me when we first met. We spent the remainder of the ride home dancing, laughing, singing and rapping.