Mad Love

We often tell our customers who are looking for a place to start to find one piece that they love and build off of that.

We were reminded of our own advice when we came across this great set of screen printed napkins at a gallery night in Madison this past October. Jeff and I immediately loved the napkins and had to buy some kitchen towels in the same design for our own house. Local artist, Rosy Hawbaker, owner of ReCreative Crafts ( makes these along with oodles of other Madison and Wisconsin themed tshirts and baby onsies. One of my favorites is her “Made Locally” baby onesie (…makes me chuckle every time I see it. ;

What I was getting to is that we loved them so much we decided we wanted to design a wedding tablescape around them for the 2013 Wedding Planner and Guide Winter Bridal Show! The show was this past weekend and I thought I would share with you our thought process, the finished product and at the end of this post, some exciting news!

Here are the napkins that started the idea:

And here is what they led to. Meet “Mad Love”. A table design all about Madison. Embracing local food, artists, travel, biking and the outdoors.

This table was a true collaboration of local artists!

We were delighted to work with Jamae of Flora Designs by Jamae ( I loved all of her arrangements, but most of all the rosemary TREE off to the far left and the Icelandic poppies growing out of the Madison B-cycle bike basket!

Big THANK YOU to Madison B-cycle ( for donating their bike to our display! B-cycles are all around town for people to rent. I love their vintage shape, yet modern feel. Imagine renting out a set of these for your entire wedding party! 

In this same photo, you’ll see a beautiful dress and suit from Marah’s Elegant Bridal in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin ( The red polka dot bowtie was the perfect match for this display! Thank you Marah! 

Bloom Bake Shop in Middleton, Wisconsin ( knocked it out of the park with these adorable bicycle cookies and a variety of flavors of cupcakes! Their bakery is out of this world. So much so that when we took down the display after the show this weekend a group of us couldn’t bare to throw them away and each ate one! It was still delicous…even after sitting out for two days. ;

Heather of Sugar River Stationers ( is amazing! She thought of every little detail to tie all of our Madison ideas together. The heart from the napkins became a simple graphic throughout all of the pieces, along with red as a pop color. We bought vintage map pinwheels from a previous customer to add to the festive, fun feel of Madison and Heather created a pinwheel graphic that you will also see throughout her work. She designed the menu layout (that we transfered), name cards, and invite, RSVP, little note cards for guests to leave messages for the couple on, dessert description cards and this awesome state map cutout to hang above the head table.

Our rentals you will see throughout the table display (12-foot harvest table, quilt racks, sugar molds for cupcakes, assorted chairs, suitcases, glass bottles, glass dome, etc.) and also some additional items from a recent bride of ours, Mrs. Anna Vogelzang. Anna is a fabulous local singer ( who we had the pleasure of working with for her own wedding. The plates, Wisconsin cutting board, awesome blue typewriter, powder blue tin and champagne glasses were all from Anna’s own wedding. We brought Anna on board to inject her folk meets funk style in the initial concepting stages as well as day of styling. She did a fabulous job and made these adorable map punch out flags attached to toothpicks as cupcake accents too! Be sure to check out Anna’s winter tour starting up this Saturday, January 19th at The Frequency in town!

Mad Love won “Best Overall” tablescape at the bridal show this weekend along with “Favorite Theme” and second runner up for “Most Unique”! We are tickled with how this table turned out and have all of these lovely people and Madison to thank for inspiration. This is a wonderful city to live in and we are, well…madly in love with it!