How a chance meeting turned into a budding wedding business.
Haley Mueller, an event stylist and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee business school graduate, met graphic designer and MIAD grad Emilee Robenhorst at a bridal shower for a mutual friend.
Afterward, Robenhorst messaged Mueller about being interested in opening her own business. The two met, discussed common goals, and concluded they should team up on something.
“Deciding to go into business together was a natural fit,” Robenhorst says. “As we started to talk more about our passions, we began to see that our strengths play off of each other perfectly.”
Mueller and Robenhorst launched Mint & Lovely in 2014, and have been offering unique start-to-finish event planning and designing ever since. The name of the business has a double meaning: they strive for designs that are in mint condition, and always fresh and lovely.
Walk into Mueller or Robenhorst’s offices, and you’ll find piles of hand-fringed paper, spools of ribbon, calligraphy samples and remnants of colorful photo shoots – all inspired reminders that they work hard to make sure every element is matchless.
“You’ll find me at my desk with a full cup of coffee, a long to-do list and Spotify streaming all day,” Mueller says.
Robenhorst believes that having access to the various amenities of a big city while maintaining a small-town feel is something that will help keep the business thriving in Milwaukee.
“While the Midwest is often known to be behind on trends,” she says, “I’ve loved pushing the limits and watching as the people here fully embrace and enjoy the new ideas.”
Hand-dyed ribbons for one-of-a-kind wedding bouquets highlight their special eye for details and their willingness to add something unexpected to the mix, which helped land Mint & Lovely Wisconsin Bride’s Best Newcomer of the Year award for 2015.
The two recently started offering workshops around the city. Whether it’s a class on how to design an inimitable floral centerpiece or one geared toward practicing calligraphy, the workshops teach the importance of adding personal touches to every wedding ceremony or event.
“We’ve been met with nothing but rave reviews as we provide these fun opportunities for local creatives,” Robenhorst says. “We know it’s something Milwaukee needs.”