It’s kind of a cool feeling knowing you’re one of the first people that’s been somewhere. Not in a hipster kind of way, I mean. But I was able to organize and execute a styled shoot at Milwaukee legend Saz’s and my alma mater University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s newest endeavor, Jan Serr Studio. I actually had my aerial dance class down the hall back in the day and remember peeking in through the glass windows when it was still a raw space.
Nowadays, it’s a refined, impressive event space instead of a dismal warehouse as it was in my college days. Saz’s put a gigantic floor-to-ceiling window in that’s what dreams are made of. It’s a versatile space that’s already been home to art performances and the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival. It’s had a few weddings in its old days pre-renovation, but I was lucky enough to swoop in and propose the first styled shoot (which will be a blog post, eventually).
Six floors above Prospect Avenue, it’s conveniently located in the heart of Milwaukee’s East Side. There’s a Whole Foods if you want to bring some candy to a movie showing (I won’t tell on you) or a vibrant bar scene if you’re not ready to go home after watching some cuties say, “I do”.
It’s spacious enough to host 450 people but is comfortable enough for a smaller crowd as well, since they have heavy black velvet curtains that are on tracks all throughout the room. You can partition rooms as you’d like, so it’s really an amazing space.
I think that’s what’s the best thing about Jan Serr Studio. It’s that not only is it well constructed and aesthetically pleasing, but it’s just smart planning. It’s in a good location, with windows that show off a view worth seeing. It makes sense for large and smaller events and can would even make the pickiest event planner happy. And after everything is said and done, Saz’s is the exclusive caterer so you know there’s got to be some mozzarella sticks somewhere on the menu. That alone is enough of a reason alone to go visit this beauty – do you really need anything else?