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Door County Bride — On Haiatus

June 30th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

It’s been over a year and a half since I started my journey with Door County Bride. I’ve been posting up to three times a week, doing “week in review” (where I shared what I found on social media from Door County wedding vendors), and employed three Brides-To-Be to post about their experiences planning their dream Door County weddings.

I’ve loved every moment of it.

But now it’s time for me to take a break and reflect. I’m hoping that I will be able to continue Door County Bride, but I need to find a few advertising partners to help me keep it going.

I’ve taken another blogging position with the Door County Visitors Bureau as the Door County Wedding Insider, and will be continuing with that and sharing wedding tips, real weddings, and interviews with vendors. I hope you follow me there, and that you’ve enjoyed Door County Bride and all the work that went into it.

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Real Door County Wedding — Spring Romance

June 30th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

I’m so happy to be able to bring you our Bride-To-Be, Jackie’s real wedding! Jackie originally thought she’d be married in Milwaukee, but then changed her mind to come to Door County for a destination wedding. She’s been blogging for us about her experience, and it’s been great fun getting to know her and seeing “behind the scenes”. (You can find out why she moved her wedding to Door County in her first post.)

There were a few bugs at the wedding, literally ~ as you’ll read about in her story. But Jackie & Matt’s Spring Door County wedding is as beautiful as they come and turned out perfectly.

(As an aside … This is going to be my last post at Door County Bride for a while. You can read more about my decision here.)

I hope you enjoyed following Jackie and love seeing her Door County wedding below.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Hair and nails by Invidia.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Hair and nails by Invidia.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge.

Door County wedding and engagement photography by Jason Mann Photography.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge. Flowers by DLG Creative Management.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge. Styling by DLG Creative Management.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge. Styling by DLG Creative Management.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge. Styling by DLG Creative Management.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge. Styling by DLG Creative Management.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge. Styling by DLG Creative Management.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge. Styling by DLG Creative Management. Cake by FlourGirl Patissier.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge. Styling by DLG Creative Management.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge. Styling by DLG Creative Management. Cake by FlourGirl Patissier.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge.

Door County wedding photography by Jason Mann Photography. Location, Gordon Lodge.

From the Bride … (An excerpt from Jackie’s final blog post.)

Matt and I were married on Sunday, June 9 at Gordon Lodge in Baileys Harbor. The weather was damp and cool. And, though a downpour never erupted, we opted to hold the evening’s festivities inside Gordon’s beautiful event center. Wedding planners Morris and Ed (DLG Creative Management, Minneapolis) transformed a breakfast nook into the perfect ceremony site, surrounded with tall windows that mimicked perfectly the outdoor experience, sans bugs. Billowing lengths of purple and white tulle framed a rough altar, from which our pastor delivered a poignant sermon on partnership, loyalty, and equality in marriage.

Guests recessed to a beautiful cocktail reception, just steps from the ceremony in the event center’s bar area. Photographer Jason Mann (Jason Mann Photography) managed to nab a few quick shots along the beach before bay flies and scattered sprinkles chased us inside for dinner. Once again, Morris and Ed outdid themselves, setting up a long table in the sun porch, complete with fire burning in the over sized stone fireplace. Our beautiful chocolate-mint and chocolate-peanut butter wedding cake by Flour Girl Patissier  was displayed on one end of the room, and the fingerprint tree on a table at the other. (I’m happy to say that guests did manage to follow the framed instructions for contributing a leaf to the tree that Sandy, my matron of honor, so diligently created.)

Dinner was outstanding. Our guests raved over the Door County cherry salad, a dinner salad with blue cheese, dried cherries, walnuts, and slices of green apple. Each of the entrees, the bacon-wrapped sirloin, the eggplant marinara with spinach-ricotta filling, and the grilled chicken breast with corn salsa, was delicious and delicately finished. (I know this because I begged for a bite of each—bride’s prerogative, you know.) The evening wound down with cake and plenty of laughs before everyone wandered back to their lakeside cabins or lodge rooms.

The next day, after friends and family hit the road toward home, Matt and I reflected on the weekend while drifting around the bay in one of the lodge’s tandem kayaks. As we passed bottles of cider back and forth and dozed, we retold the story of our wedding from our own perspectives.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the weekend was seeing the awe on the faces of our family and friends, all of whom were visiting Gordon Lodge for the first time. At some point, whether it was while watching the gulls dive bomb the blue waves for their dinner or cheer as a sea plane took off from North Bay or some other time, nearly all of our guests turned to Matt or me and said, “Now I understand why you like Door County.”

We’d managed to share with our closest family and friends just why we find Door County to be a special place—mission accomplished.

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Wedding Photography: Jason Mann Photography / Getting Ready Location: Gordon Lodge / Hair & Makeup: Invidia / Wedding Ceremony: Gordon Lodge / Wedding Music: Tutti Strings / Wedding Reception: Gordon Lodge / Flowers: DGL Creative Management / Aisle Decor & Reception Styling: DGL Creative Management / Cake: FlourGirl Patissier / Wedding Planning: DGL Creative Management

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Real Door County Engagement — Campfire A Capella Singing Proposal

June 28th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

Looking for a unique way to propose marriage in Door County? Try by a campfire with you and your friends singing a capella! ~ I love it, and I’m sure you will too!!

Bride-To-Be Story … Rachael’s family visits Door County for a long weekend twice a year. Last Labor Day Weekend 2012, after 8 years together, Rob prepared an elaborate scheme that involved rewriting a popular song, making secret arrangements with Peninsula Players Theater in a Garden and inviting his Fundamentally Sound friends to Door County for an “A Capella Flash Proposal” during the Saturday night show intermission.

The video is a bit dark as the proposal took place outside by the fire pit. Rachael, Rob, her parents, sister and the Fundamentally Sound singers then went to a restaurant to celebrate. There Rob and his friends recreated the proposal for our listening enjoyment.

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Proposal Videography: Father & Mother of the Bride-To-Be / Singers: Fundamentally Sound / Proposal Location: Peninsula Players

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Door County Bride-To-Be — Wrap-Up

June 14th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

Hello friends,

I’m a little late in writing this week, so please forgive me. I had a big weekend of traveling, getting married, and more traveling.

Matt and I were married on Sunday, June 9 at Gordon Lodge on North Bay in Baileys Harbor. The weather was damp and cool. And, though a downpour never erupted, we opted to hold the evening’s festivities inside Gordon’s beautiful event center. Wedding planners Morris and Ed (DLG Creative Management, Minneapolis) transformed a breakfast nook into the perfect ceremony site, surrounded with tall windows that mimicked perfectly the outdoor experience, sans bugs. Billowing lengths of purple and white tule framed a rough altar, from which our pastor delivered a poignant sermon on partnership, loyalty, and equality in marriage.

Guests recessed to a beautiful cocktail reception, just steps from the ceremony in the event center’s bar area. Photographer Jason Mann (Jason Mann Photography) managed to nab a few quick shots along the beach before bay flies and scattered sprinkles chased us inside for dinner. Once again, Morris and Ed outdid themselves, setting up a long table in the sun porch, complete with fire burning in the oversized stone fireplace. Our beautiful chocolate-mint and chocolate-peanut butter wedding cake (Flour Girl Patissier) was displayed on one end of the room, and the fingerprint tree on a table at the other. (I’m happy to say that guests did manage to follow the framed instructions for contributing a leaf to the tree that Sandy, my matron of honor, so diligently created.)

Dinner was outstanding. Our guests raved over the Door County cherry salad, a dinner salad with blue cheese, dried cherries, walnuts, and slices of green apple. Each of the entrees, the bacon-wrapped sirloin, the eggplant marinara with spinach-ricotta filling, and the grilled chicken breast with corn salsa, was delicious and delicately finished. (I know this because I begged for a bite of each—bride’s prerogative, you know.) The evening wound down with cake and plenty of laughs before everyone wandered back to their lakeside cabins or lodge rooms.

The next day, after friends and family hit the road toward home, Matt and I reflected on the weekend while drifting around the bay in one of the lodge’s tandem kayaks. As we passed bottles of cider back and forth and dozed, we retold the story of our wedding from our own perspectives. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the weekend was seeing the awe on the faces of our family and friends, all of whom were visiting Gordon Lodge for the first time. At some point, whether it was while watching the gulls divebomb the blue waves for their dinner or cheer as a sea plane took off from North Bay or some other time, nearly all of our guests turned to Matt or me and said, “Now I understand why you like Door County.” We’d managed to share with our closest family and friends just why we find Door County to be a special place—mission accomplished.

Door County Wedding Photography by Jason Mann Photograpy.

Venue: Gordon Lodge on North Bay, Baileys Harbor
Cake: Flour Girl Patissier, Fish Creek
Music: Tutti Strings, Sturgeon Bay
Flowers: Custom by wedding planner
Wedding planner: DLG Creative Management, Minneapolis
Hair and nails: Invidia, Sturgeon Bay
Photography: Jason Mann Photography, Sturgeon Bay

Real Door County Wedding — Late Fall Wedding

June 13th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

When the crisp fall air makes a bit cold for the strapless wedding dress, what’s a girl to do? They get a fabulous wrap like this November bride did. She also made her own cake, found her linens on wholesale, and chose the prettiest deep purple with pinks and gray for her Door County wedding.
 
Door County Wedding Photography by Ken Cravillion.

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From the Bride … Our wedding was about the joining of our families. Having our children as part of the ceremony was very important to us. My daughter Alyssa was the Maid of honor, Paul’s daughter Melissa was our Jr. bridesmaid, and Paul’s youngest daughter Makenna was our Flower girl. My son Nicholas walked me down the isle and served as Best man and Paul’s son Sam was our ring bearer.

Door County made a beautiful back drop for our wedding. The rustic and romantic look of The Chanticleer was ideal for taking family pictures prior to the wedding. The quaint setting of The Bridal Chapel of Door County gave us the intimate feeling we wanted for our small wedding. Finally The Stone Harbor Resort was the perfect location for our reception. The beautiful setting, food that surpassed our expectations, and excellent service made it a day we will never forget.

Last but not least we have memories to last us a life time thanks to our photographer Ken Cravillion. Ken’s use of lighting and his way of capturing special intimate moments were truly amazing.

We look forward to returning to Door County for our wedding anniversary.

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Wedding Photography & Videography: Ken Cravillion Photography / Getting Ready Location: Chanticleer Guest House / Wedding Ceremony: Bridal Chapel of Door County / Wedding Dress: Casablanca / Bridal Wrap: DAvid’s Bridal / Bridal Shoes: Nina of New York / Bridal Jewelry: Bel Aire Bridal / Maid of Honor Dress: J Crew / Jr. Bridesmaid Dress: David’s Bridal / Flowergirl Dress: David’s Bridal / Flowergirl Basket: David’s Bridal / Flowergirl Headpiece: Dress for Less / Flowergirl wrap: Dress for Less / Groom Suit: Pronto Uomo / Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Warehouse / Wedding Rings: Thomas Jewelers Flowers: Fifty Flowers, arranged by the Bride / Ailse Decor, Luminaries: David’s Bridal / Lanterns & Candles: Pier 1 / Petals: Petal Garden / Wedding Reception: Stone Harbor Resort / Linens: CV Linens / Cake: By the Bride

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