When Nik Kovac, the alderman of one of Milwaukee’s coolest neighborhoods (Riverwest) and Grace Fuhr, Director of Special Events at Historic Milwaukee, Inc., tie the knot you are sure to get a unique wedding!
Full of awesome Milwaukee elements, historic buildings and meaningful accents, their wedding was about their love for each other and for the city they call home. Read on for some of the cool things they incorporated into their wedding day.
1. Ceremony on the Stairs at Lake Park
The Lake Park bridge overlooking Lake Michigan held a special memory for Nik and Grace. The view really can’t be beat and works amazing for a short, standing ceremony!
2. 100+ Guest Bike Ride to Reception
Grace and Nik are avid bicyclists and incorporating a wedding bike ride was a no-brainer. Thanks to Coast In Bikes, Bublr Bikes and Truly Spoken Cycles guests were able to rent bikes or ride their own.
3. Rickshaws for Those that Didn’t Want to Ride
Rickshaws for everyone! (Unfortunately, the company they used – Cream City Rickshaws – is not in business anymore, so if anyone knows how to get one, let us know!)
4. Awesome Bike Stops!
Taking your guests on a 6 mile bike ride over the span of 2 hours means no ceremony/reception time gap. It also means you get to showcase some of your favorite Milwaukee spots to your guests. #winning
5. Swing Park Stop
6. Beer Shorty Stop
When you live in Brew City, having High Life shorties at each bike stop is a must!
7. Reception at Pabst Best Place
Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery… the wedding venue for those that love Milwaukee history and beer! Fun fact, the co-owner Jim Haertel (featured in the photo above), attended the wedding and spoke at it too!
8. Awesome Live Music
It’s pretty obvious that the Thistledown Thunders band was a major hit with guests. So much dancing going on… just like a wedding should be! And what a great use of Best Place’s awesome courtyard patio!
9. Yummy Milwaukee Food
10. Grace’s Dress Made by Her Mother!
We don’t normally recommend having your mom make your dress, but when she’s a master seamstress and she’s up for the challenge, it can be an beautiful thing to incorporate into your wedding day! Maureen Fuhr (owner of Mars Clothes and Grace’s mother) made the long dress and altered her short (biking) dress!
11. Custom-Made Rings with Meaning
Nik and Grace enlisted Thunder Sky Jewelry to make their meaningful rings. Each ring contains “half moons” to symbolize their wedding month (July) and coming together as a “full moon” as a married couple. Additionally, Grace’s ring contains gold from her grandmother’s ring. Too cool!
12. Made their Wedding Personal
Grace and Nik wanted to incorporate a few other meaningful elements into their wedding. They both strongly believe in gender neutral roles in life and expressed this by both walking down the “aisle” to meet each other. They also decided to not have Grace’s father perform the “giving away” ceremonial ritual and did not have a traditional wedding party.
One of the best things we love about weddings is they can truly be a reflection of the couple and allow freedom to do what you want. Always remember that when planning your wedding and you’re sure to have the most memorable day!
Peace and love to Grace Fuhr and Nik Kovac on their awesome wedding and thanks to Howard Leu Photography for the photos!