Last week Caleb and I went to the South Second grand opening! It was so exciting to have the opportunity to check out the newest venue in Milwaukee!

South Second is a unique venue, unlike any other in the city! It is in Walker’s Point (our old stomping ground), just blocks south of the 3rd Ward and north of Bay View.

At the grand opening, we enjoyed Saz’s amazing food, Great Lakes Distillery cocktails, Lakefront Brewery beers, and an amazing atmosphere. My favorite part about this new venue is the garage door South and East facing walls – perfect for hosting an indoor/outdoor cocktail hour, letting in the beautiful sunlight & a nice breeze.

Rightfully so, SS is booking quickly for weddings and corporate events and I cannot wait for my first event there!


Directly from the SS website:

South Second is a venue unlike any other in the city. Nestled in the heart of Walker’s Point, South Second brings Milwaukee’s food and beverage districts together under one roof for an unforgettable experience.  

South Second’s interior, designed by the award-winning firm HGA, honors the historic industrial character of the building while opening the space to the bustling nightlife of the neighborhood. The mezzanine lounge provides guests with a semi-private place to converse and recharge while keeping an eye on the festivities below. Check out our sample floor plans here.  

Share on: |Facebook|Twitter|Pinterest

After being apart for several years, the week prior to their wedding they both graduated medical school.
Now married, this is the first time (since they first met) that they will actually be living together.
 I think that says a lot about Katie + Chen as people + a couple.
Caleb and I had the privilege of photographing their wedding day;
they exchanged their vows at Saint Peter + Saint Paul and then danced the night away at Pier Wisconsin.
There are probably over a thousand reasons to want a spring wedding at Pier Wisconsin – – K+C’s wedding really took advantage of it!
 After enjoying cocktail hour in the aquarium, their guests took an elevator up to the top floor and were bombarded by the incredibly beautiful lake and sunny cityscape views. It was such a great venue choice because majority of their wedding quests traveled for their wedding celebration. I am so thrilled the weather treated us well!
Thank you for letting us document your amazing wedding day! Enjoy the PREVIEW!!
XOXO Caleb + Ren

Details + Vendors:

Colors: Ivory, Navy, Mint, Coral

Wedding Dress Designer + Store Bought: Madeline Gardner at Bliss Bridal //

Cake/Desserts: Simma’s Wedding cake and Kopps Frozen Custard // //

Catering: Bartolotta’s //

Bride shoes:  Vince Camuto //

Bride veil/head piece: Bliss Bridal //

Bride jewelry: Family-owned

Bridesmaid jewelry: Gifts from the bride and bridesmaid-owned

BM dresses: Bari Jay from Miss Ruby Boutique //

BM Shoes: The Black Tux //

Groom Suit: The Black Tux //

Groom Shoes: The Black Tux //

GM Suits: The Black Tux //

Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist: Eye Do Makeup & Hair LLC //

Music (DJ): Milwaukee Airwaves //

Flowers: Petals Floral Design //

Photographer: Studio 29 //

Ceremony Location: SS. Peter and Paul Parish //

Reception Hall: Pier Wisconsin //

Decorations & unique elements: 

Our save-the-dates and invitations/menus were designed by two of our close friends who are artists. The gift-card box was made by Katie’s Dad from barn-wood from her Uncle’s barn (who passed away a few years ago). Katie also ordered two personalized glass bottle diet cokes for the bride and groom – the first drink Chen ever bought Katie was a diet coke, and he saved two glass bottles from one of their first dates and included them in his proposal over 5 years later.

Any special credit or a special thank you to family members/friends?

Our parents have been incredibly loving and supportive throughout this whole process. They encouraged us to celebrate our special day in a way that would be meaningful to both of us.

Favorite part of wedding planning?

My parents, future in-laws, and I (Katie) enjoyed getting to taste all the food for the wedding. Chen’s least favorite part was missing the food-tasting day.

What you are most looking forward to?

After five years of long-distance, we are most excited to be together.

Advice for other brides planning their day?

Marry someone who will help with wedding planning.

Share on: |Facebook|Twitter|Pinterest