The Space

The Space

A modern industrial event space in Milwaukee’s Fifth Ward.

This former warehouse – turned nightclub – underwent an extensive redesign to become our (now) multi-award winning, Ivy House. Much to our excitement, the renovation exposed a beautiful wall of cream city brick behind the stage — a Milwaukee staple jackpot! To us, it’s all about how you feel when you walk into a space. The right blend of uniqueness and detail, but with just enough to allow you to dream up your own, styled event.

Live greenery inside and out is important to us — so installing skylights and a functioning glass garage door to allow light to pour in all year round was a no-brainer. This natural light keeps the photos stellar and the plants happy. The statement bar was crafted from bleacher boards from Grafton Middle School (seat numbers still intact!) to re-purpose materials and for a unique aesthetic. Ivy hangs from the bar’s pergola and the ballroom’s beams.

Fernweh Patio Bar was created as an extension of the interior space to match the same ivy-drenched decor. The 360-degree concrete-clad bar allows for a quick round of drinks and easy conversation at the corners.

The Penthouse, also used as a get-ready suite, has all the amenities needed to feel right at home. And the Green Room, right off the main ballroom, is the perfect place to sneak away to if you need to catch your breath or prepare for the next main event.

So that’s a bit about us – care to tell us a bit about you? Hop on over to the contact section — we’d love to chat!

A modern industrial event space in Milwaukee’s Fifth Ward.

This former warehouse – turned nightclub – underwent an extensive redesign to become our (now) multi-award winning, Ivy House. Much to our excitement, the renovation exposed a beautiful wall of cream city brick behind the stage — a Milwaukee staple jackpot! To us, it’s all about how you feel when you walk into a space. The right blend of uniqueness and detail, but with just enough to allow you to dream up your own, styled event.

Live greenery inside and out is important to us — so installing skylights and a functioning glass garage door to allow light to pour in all year round was a no-brainer. This natural light keeps the photos stellar and the plants happy. The statement bar was crafted from bleacher boards from Grafton Middle School (seat numbers still intact!) to re-purpose materials and for a unique aesthetic. Ivy hangs from the bar’s pergola and the ballroom’s beams.

Fernweh Patio Bar was created as an extension of the interior space to match the same ivy-drenched decor. The 360-degree concrete-clad bar allows for a quick round of drinks and easy conversation at the corners.

The Penthouse, also used as a get-ready suite, has all the amenities needed to feel right at home. And the Green Room, right off the main ballroom, is the perfect place to sneak away to if you need to catch your breath or prepare for the next main event.

So that’s a bit about us – care to tell us a bit about you? Hop on over to the contact section — we’d love to chat!

Ramsey Renno +
Tyler Curran

owners, dreamers

The dream team, the bearded brothers: Tyler Curran and Ramsey Renno. From a humble popcorn wagon business and master bike mechanic that rocked the 2000s to the most-applauded Milwaukee DJ company in town, these two have always done their work with passion, detail, and one toe in the pool of the next hottest thing. Collectively, Tyler and Ramsey have been in the wedding and events scene for over 30 years. So you could say they know a thing or two about making sure your journey will be poppin’ in the right gear.

Our Team

Our Team

Abby Acken

Events Manager / Creative Director

Behind every Instagram post, printed flyer, and word found on this website, there is this lady pouring over type-fonts and color gradient. When Abby isn’t at her computer dreaming about the next design, she is carefully guiding couples through visions of their big day. With over 10 years in the wedding industry and a background in wedding photography, she’s the concept guru you want on your team.

Matthew Basteyns

Events Manager / General Manager

A signature drink you say? Your marriage is founded on Old Fashioneds you say? Matt is your man. Matt came aboard our Milwaukee Airwaves team in 2015. He has since taken residence of your libations experience at The Ivy House without missing a beat… or a garnish.

Kendrick Acken

Director of Operations

Kendrick believes that music is the soundtrack to your life and good music makes it even better. He has been carefully crafting his music knowledge for years to develop an eclectic and diverse catalog of tracks to make sure your events are as unique as you are. Kendrick is known to bring the energy both in personality and to the dance floor. Since starting with Milwaukee Airwaves in 2015 we have seen him guarantee one thing, you won’t be able to sit still (or your feet are going to be moving).

Marina Mielke

Events Manager / Outside Events Director

Events are her bread and butter. In the industry upwards of 7 years, Marina takes the lead with events. Anything from weddings and fundraisers to corporate galas and concerts — this is what she is all about. With this gal on your side, you are sure to have one successful party!

Sarah Raver

Events Manager / Director of Sales

You know the lady who finds joy in even the smallest of details? That’s our Sarah Raver. If twinkle lights were a person, it would be her. She has been in the customer service and event coordinating game for over seven years. She specializes in organization, quoting “The Office,” and easing any jitters you may have until the moment you say, “Absolutely, I do.”

Jenna Renno

Corporate and Community Engagement

Jenna is a connector, a people person, and lives for a well-written plan. She spent over 15 years working for nonprofits in corporate sponsorship and planning events for local arts groups like Milwaukee Film,  Radio Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Through her work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Harley-Davidson Motor Company, she became a pro at large-scale fundraising events – from the visual details and mission impact, down to the inevitable troubleshooting.

As a freelance writer, her love for exploring Milwaukee is unmatched, so much so that she wrote a book called “100 Things to Do in Milwaukee Before you Die.” Think of her as your city concierge – she’s your go-to girl for ideas and recommendations for all that MKE has to offer

Zach Kinsman

Event Operations

Zach is one of five brothers so he knows what it means to work as a team. At the Ivy House, you’ll see him slingin’ drinks behind the bar, throwing down hits to fuel a dance party or setting up the room to create the perfect ambiance. He has a deep to dedication to details, music and everything that music involves. “I love my job because I get to help create the best day of peoples’ lives,” he admits.

Nick Brenning

Event Operations

A jack-of-all-trades, Nick is the go-to if you need something done. And he always does it with a smile. Whatever the task, he sees it through with precision and diligence. Nick sets the stage for great events to unfold by serving killer drinks with care and spinning only the best tunes. He says, “I have always felt joy in my work when I’m bringing joy to others.”

“Can’t say enough good things…”

The Ivy House is a beautiful venue in the Walker’s Point neighborhood in downtown Milwaukee. It has an indoor and outdoor space that can be rented for a wide range of events. The owners and team are incredible and go above and beyond for wonderful customer experiences prior to and during events. My wedding reception was at Ivy House and the entire staff was helpful in ensuring everything ran smoothly and looked beautiful. The outdoor space is large and designed with all the right details – lots of landscaping, a large bar, outdoor fireplaces, etc. Can’t say enough good things about The Ivy House, the owners, & staff! Love them

Carly H.