Real Weddings: Joslyn & Charles

Stories and advice from local couples who have been there, done that: Joslyn & Charles wed at Cuvee in the Third Ward.

Photo by Happy Gnome Photography
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Date: August 7, 2016

How they met

They crossed paths and clicked at a former job, though he was based in Florida and she in New York. They dated long-distance for two years.

What they wore

Joslyn searched all over before finding the one – a blush gown overlaid with white lace – at a New York bridal shop. She opted for a birdcage veil to bring a classic 1920s vibe. Charles and his groomsmen rented gray Men’s Wearhouse suits.

Photo by Front Room Photography


They showcased the Brew City by spreading the love all weekend, starting with a welcome event the night before at The Rumpus Room, wedding day first look and pictures at the Brewhaus Inn, and ceremony and reception at the chic and intimate Cuvee. Guests also explored Third Ward haunts such as the Public Market.

Photo by Front Room Photography


Photo by Front Room Photography

A buffet-style feast of salmon, beef and squash ravioli, as well as passed hors d’oeuvres, was prepared by Zilli Hospitality Group. They worked with Cuvee on the drink menu, paying special attention to local beer. Classy Girl Cupcakes were such a hit that Joslyn and Charles have since made it a regular stop. “The food was great; everybody couldn’t stop talking about it,” says Joslyn. “We bring those cupcakes everywhere we go now.”


“We wanted a close, small, family event,” says Joslyn, adding that they’d only moved to Milwaukee about five months prior to their wedding. Since most of the 110 guests had never been to Wisconsin, they wanted to showcase the city while encouraging both sides to blend as one.

Photo by Front Room Photography

Inspired touches

At the Brewhaus Inn, they invited close family into their first-look moment, then took all formal photos. By the time they all made it to Cuvee for the ceremony, those key elements were out of the way, and everyone could focus on having fun.

Photo by Front Room Photography

Favorite moment

“Definitely the first look,” says Joslyn, whose Front Room photographer captured a moment with Joslyn’s father, and then with Charles. The lighting was exquisite, and the bridal party and close family looking on in the distance made for a priceless moment, now forever preserved on film.


“Make sure your partner is really involved,” says Joslyn. “Divide and conquer, make the decisions together. It made it seamless instead of all that stress on one person.”

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Maggie Ginsberg is an award-winning freelance writer whose work has also appeared in Madison Magazine, Midwest Living and Wisconsin Bride.