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April 24th, 2013 | 2 Comments - Leave a Comment
Beautiful hair, beautiful dress, beautiful Door County Bride! This Door County wedding has everything a girl could love including the ruby red shoes! And you can’t help but adore the photo of the sweet flowergirl folding her hands in prayer during the ceremony captured by Jason Eiting — an all around gorgeous Door County wedding.
From the Bride … Ron and I met in July, 2011, and were engaged in April, 2012. We decided that we wanted to keep the wedding small, so in order to do that, we planned what some would call a “destination wedding” in Door County. We both come from smaller towns where leaving someone off of our invite list would be next to impossible if were going to choose either of those areas. Ron’s parents own a cabin in Bailey’s Harbor, so we spend a lot of time in Door County and have both grown to love it. It sounded like the perfect place for our wedding!
After booking The Landmark Resort as our reception venue, the planning took off. We also rented a “hospitality room” inside The Landmark where guests could enjoy many Door County treats that we purchased from the Wood Orchard Market, including, dips, pastries, beer, and wine! This was a hit with our guests! We also purchased Door County wine for each couple the arrived at different hotels in the area as their welcome gift. People are still talking about that!
We started with our rehearsal on Friday evening at Shepherd of The Bay, and followed that with dinner at The Orchards in Egg Harbor. They did a fabulous job, were very easy to work with and everyone enjoyed the food! Was the perfect casual atmosphere that we were looking for so that everyone could relax.
We had a little bit of a traffic problem with the Fall 50 run going on that day, but most everyone made it on time.
We had the most beautiful ceremony at Shepherd of the Bay Church, where Pastor Bruce Foster did an awesome job. Ron’s parents are also members of this church in Ellison Bay. The church is just gorgeous.
We then left the church on the Door County Trolley and stopped at the Anderson Dock, and Peninsula State Park for pictures. As the sun was setting, we also found a cute little spot after leaving Peninsula State Park to get some awesome sunset pictures.
We then arrived at The Landmark Resort for the reception where Lars from Music Masters was so accommodating, as some things had changed since setting up the final itinerary for him. He did an awesome job keeping the dance floor full! I also recommend the photo booth! What an awesome keepsake to have! The food that The Landmark served was amazing and Renee Menger was so easy to work with! And then the cake—I heard many comments from our guests regarding the cake that was created by William Fairchild of Second Story Restaurant in Ephraim.
I created a list of “things to do on your way from the ceremony to the reception” so that guests could experience some of Door County while they were in the area. So many people took advantage of this and were grateful for how welcome we all made them feel!
Our photographer, Jason Eiting, who is out of Milwaukee is AMAZING! If I could recommend anything from our weekend, it would be him and our Flora Flowershop. His photographs brought tears to my eyes. Simply amazing!
Our flowers that were done by Helene at Flora were the most beautiful flowers I had ever seen! She was so easy to work with, so friendly, and arranged the most amazing bouquets and flowers for the church! Two thumbs up for her! Most of our recommendations came from Carrie with Door County Wedding Planners. She knows her stuff and was a lot of help!
Wedding Photography: Jason Eiting Photography / Wedding Ceremony: Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church / Reception Venue: The Landmark Resort / Hair: A Touch of Class / Flowers: Flora / Cake: Bill Fairchild / Transportation: Door County Trolley / DJ: Music Masters / Wedding Planner: Door County Event Planners
April 16th, 2013 | 1 Comments - Leave a Comment
Jessica and Brian’s August wedding was set along the scenic shoreline in Door County. The rock fence found at the Alpine can also be found in more than a few farm fields throughout the county and makes a pretty backdrop. Green, one-shoulder bridesmaid dresses, the groomsmen in striped ties to match, and green mason jars along the aisle add a fresh pop of color to this beautiful summer Door County wedding.
From the Bride … Brian and I both grew up going to Door County with our families, and we ended up meeting at the Fish Creek Beach the summer of 2005. We were both up in Door County with friends, they spotted us on the beach and decided to stop and meet us. Six months later we were still talking and had started to date. When we got engaged April of 2010, we knew we wanted to have our wedding in Door County where it all began.
We loved the character of Alpine; it was the perfect location for both our ceremony and reception. We wanted a place that was both on the water and had lodging for our guests. Coming from a rather large family it was hard to find a venue in Door County that could accommodate a wedding of over 200 people.
After over a year of planning Brian and I spend the week before our wedding in Door County with our friends. It was nice to have a mini vacation before all of the festivities began.
On Friday we held a golf outing at Alpine, it was a great success and Alpine was very flexible in working with our group of over 60 people. After the outing we made our way to Rehearsal and dinner. Dinner was at Alexander’s in Fish Creek. We had both amazing service and food. Brian and I wanted to spend as much time as possible with our guests, so we continued to Shipwrecked in Egg Harbor for after dinner drinks to meet up with friends and family.
The day of our wedding was a beautiful summer day. Not a detail was spared as my Mom had carefully delegated jobs to family and friends. I didn’t have to worry about anything; everything was taken care of by someone. We had a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Alpine with the backdrop of Egg Harbor. The aisle was lined with DIY mason jar and flowers. We painted the mason jars green to match our colors and added white hydrangeas. It was a steamy 85 degrees when we got married; the programs were also used as a fan to help keep our guest cool. We found Amy Leigh to design our invitations and programs on Etsy.com, and they were perfect.
After the ceremony, the wedding party was off in the Door County Trolley. We made stops at the Fish Creek Beach, Peninsula State Park and Egg Harbor Park. We returned to Alpine for our grand entrance, dinner and dancing!
For dessert we had cupcakes made by FlourGirl Patissier and we also had a small cutting cake. Sarah was amazing to work with and her cake and cupcakes were incredible! It was the best cake I have ever had!
We were able to cut some corners to make our wedding more affordable. We choose to use silk flowers for our bouquets and boutonnieres. Our bouquets were from Afloral.com and boutonnieres were from Etsy.com. The bouquets and boutonnieres matched perfectly and were more affordable than using real flowers. The suits were purchased from JCPenny, the ushers, groomsmen, and fathers were able to buy a suit for the cost of renting a tux.
Our photographer was Marie Schneider (Gypsy Blue Photography). Brian went to high school with Marie; it was great having our photographer already know some of the bridal party and guests. Marie was part of our golf outing, rehearsal and also set up a mock photo both at our wedding. She took beautiful photos, was a lot of fun and went above and beyond our expectations.
We had the perfect wedding weekend. We were able to spend a lot of time with our friends and family. Brian and I loved having not just a wedding day, but a wedding week!
Wedding Photography: Gypsy Blue Photography, Marie Schneider / Wedding Ceremony & Reception: Alpine Resort and Golf / Mason Jars: DIY / Invitations & Programs: Amy Leigh, etsy.com / Bouquets: Afloral.com / Boutonniers: Etsy.com / Suits: JCPenny / Cupcakes and Cake: FlourGirl Patissier / Transporation: Door County Trolley / DJ: Fortune Talent
April 5th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment
Married in the gorgeous weather of September along side Anderson Dock in Ephraim, Ashley and Fred had such a fun sense of style. They picked one of the hottest color combo trends, red and aqua, and they had so many fun DYI pieces including a colorful pinwheel for the Groom’s boutineer and the poms that grace the wedding aisle!
And for all the sentimental among you, family played an important role throughout the ceremony. From the Bride’s Grandmother making the bridal party bracelets and officiating to the Groom’s Cousin playing cello during the ceremony, we’re sure there wasn’t a dry eye when this couple tied-the-knot — a beautiful Door County wedding.
From the bride … Fred and I met in 2008 while on a spring break vacation with many of our friends. I was just finishing school at UW-Eau Claire. As it turns out, I had been attending school with Fred’s best friend, who was with him for spring break. Since Fred was in Stevens Point, we had never met before that point. Without knowing it, both of our groups had been given rooms on the same floor of the same hotel when we made our reservations. I am originally from Bloomington, MN (Twin Cities area), and Fred is originally from Stevens Point, WI.
Engagement: Fred and I went on vacation to Door County in March of 2011 after three years of dating. We stayed at The Blacksmith Inn in Bailey’s Harbor. Fred originally tried to propose at the landing on the lake in Bailey’s Harbor, but I was too cold to follow him onto the platform. While exploring the next day, we came across Cave Point County Park, and that is where Fred proposed to me. Unintentionally, we were engaged exactly 3 years to the day after our first kiss.
Wedding Planning: After getting engaged in DC, Fred and I knew we wanted to share it with our friends and family. Planning began with a girls trip for my mom, my grandmother (also our officiant), my bridesmaids (including my sister, who was my maid of honor), and me to check out numerous sites around Door County. When we got back, Fred and I discussed all the places I had visited. Overall, Eagle Harbor Inn just felt “right”. Fred and I had loved Ephraim when we were first in DC; it looked and felt the most like “Door County” to us. Beyond our love for Ephraim, our decision to have our reception at Eagle Harbor Inn was mostly made because of how absolutely wonderful their manager, Angie Butterbrodt, is! Once we found her and the resort, things started falling into place.
Fred and I visited Eagle Harbor Inn together to confirm that it was “our spot” and then got to work finding vendors. We brought our photographer with us from the western part of WI, but Angie helped us to find all of our Door County vendors. We were thrilled to work with each one of them. Helene Andersen (Flora) created exactly what I wanted flower-wise for the wedding, and Sarah Basch (FlourGirl Patissier) made delicious cupcakes as well as a surprise Cherry Coke flavored groom’s cake with the Pittsburgh Penquins logo in icing for my husband. We also offered freshly baked pies from Sweetie Pies in Fish Creek so there were a variety of sweets!
It took us a bit to decide what we wanted to serve our guests for our wedding meal, but once we met Randy at The English Inn, we knew we were set. It was important to us that our guests not only have tasty food, but also enough of it so that they didn’t leave hungry. We offered Beef Wellington and Pistachio Encrusted Halibut, but Randy was also incredibly flexible in helping provide us with meals for guests with food allergies as well as for children. I still dream about the halibut and plan to order it on our next visit to DC! Overall, many of our guests commented on how much they loved the food as well as how generous Randy’s portion sizes were. In terms of beverages, we served a variety of options. Our “adult” beverages were all local — only Door County wines and Wisconsin made beers. We also offered two different signature drinks — Fred’s Summer Standby (a rum and coke drink) and my Fall Fizz (a blend of ginger beer, ginger apple vodka, and DC cherry juice).
As for choosing the ceremony site, Fred and I knew we wanted to marry at Anderson Dock. We worked with the board and got approved to utilize the site over a year in advance. We loved that it was such a beautiful outdoor spot, and we provided little in terms of ceremony décor since we wanted the lake to be the main focal point. Thankfully, we lucked out with a GORGEOUS September day — sunny, low 70s, light breeze — but we were willing to risk the weather in order to offer that wonderful view. We had a smaller wedding with only family and the wedding party as guests. My grandmother officiated the ceremony and my two baby brothers walked me down the aisle. My sister and Fred’s brother recited a verse in the ceremony, and Fred’s cousin was our cellist.
Vision and Decor: For our wedding color scheme, we knew we wanted vibrant colors that felt more “end of summer” than “fall”. The vision for our wedding really started with some vintage 1950s-1960s Door County travel brochures that I found for sale on Etsy. They were bright and fun in mostly reds, aquas, and turquoises. I ordered the brochures right away with hopes of making them into centerpieces. I felt a bit bad cutting up those pieces of history, but it was also nice to bring them back to life!
I purchased scrapbook paper from Michael’s and mounted the brochures onto it. I collected a number of different picture frames, spray painted them all red, and framed the mounted brochures. Along with colored glass lanterns and handmade table name signs, these became our centerpieces. It was important to me that we make something fun to look at, but low enough height-wise that it wouldn’t overpower the cozy reception room or block guests from seeing one another. We brought further décor from home to add to everything, and now, the framed brochures are decorating our living room mantel and shelves at home!
Other DIY projects included the pinwheel boutonnieres I asked my wonderfully crafty sister to make for all of the guys, the fan wedding programs my mom and sister made, the tissue paper poms that decorated the reception room and ceremony site, hand painted mustache and kiss mark glasses for the wedding party, pie platters made of DIY painted candle sticks and plates, hand painted wedding signs, and more. Each of these projects was a fun way to get excited for the day while staying conscious of our budget.
Wedding Photography: Life and Style Photography, Jodee Whittenberger / Wedding Dress: Mori Lee / Bridal Rings: Jim Kryshak Jewelers / Bridal Shoes: Fahrenheit / Veil: Vanya Bvlgari / Bridesmaid Dresses: Mori Lee / Bridesmaid Shoes: G by Guess / Bridal Party Bracelets: Handmade by Bride’s Grandmother / Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Foreign 5 / Groom’s Ring: His Father’s / Wedding Ceremony: Anderson Dock / Wedding Reception: Eagle Harbor Inn / Officiant: Bride’s Grandmother / Hair and Makeup: Edge Salon / Flowers: Flora’s Flowershop / Boutonnieres: Pinwheels, Handmade by Bride’s Sister, the Maid of Honor / Ceremony Music: Cellist, Groom’s Cousin / Wedding Programs: Handmade by Bride’s Mother and Sister, the Maid of Honor / Transportation: Door County Trolley / Cupcakes: FlourGirl Patissier / Pies: Sweetie Pies / Reception Catering: The English Inn / Event Planning: Eagle Harbor Inn, Angie Butterbrodt
March 22nd, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment
Door County is a one-of-a-kind destination that draws people from all over, even world travelers like Anne & Donnie. Their Door County wedding took place in August on a family waterfront estate — a gorgeous affair.
From the Bride … We love Door County. It is such a special place for us… My parents have a home in Egg Harbor, and I have been vacationing there for 20 years. My husband is equally in love with the place.
Our wedding was amazing! My husband and I live in Bahrain, a small island country in the Middle East near Saudi Arabia. Needless to say, we knew planning a wedding from the other side of the world would not be easy. We had the month of August off and it can be over 120 degrees in Bahrain so we decided there is no place better in the summer than Egg Harbor, which is where we always wanted to get married. So, we decided to make a vacation out of our wedding, which many of our guests did as well.
Donnie and I had a global romance. We never lived in the same place until I moved to Bahrain when we got engaged so we would meet wherever we could – Paris, Germany, Bahrain, Florida, St. Louis, Door County, Washington DC, Dallas, California, Milwaukee, wherever! It was an adventure and we wanted that to be part of our wedding day so we added details like Moroccan lanterns, shawls and bangles we brought back from the Souq in Bahrain.
Thanks to my Mom and our wedding planners, Carrie Baldwin and Megan O’Meara of Door County Events, we were able to pull off a fantastic day with just 6 months to plan. Our hair stylist and jack-of-all-trades, Kari Pudlow, went above and beyond to make our day amazing.
We were marred in my parent’s backyard on the water, we were blessed to have great weather and a blue sky. My dress was a Monique Lhuillier gown that was light and perfect for a late summer wedding. The groom and groomsmen wore custom made navy suits from Woody’s Men’s Clothiers in St. Louis with bright cobalt blue ties from Brooks Brothers.
The ceremony at Horseshoe Bay was beautiful, the Sperry tent was magical looking, especially when the sun set over the water. We had a dessert bar which included candy and sweets from The Cake Next Door and Horseshoe Bay - the guests loved it.
Michael Segal Photography photographed our wedding and was an absolute pleasure to be around. He was not intrusive at all, we never felt like we were being photographed and yet the shots turned out to be magnificently beautiful. We wanted bright, exotic, wild looking flowers in large arrangements and Flora nailed it, they were stunning.
Overall, we had the time of our lives and are so grateful for all of our local vendors who made the day one we will never forget.
Wedding Photography: Michael Segal Photography / Videographer: YES! Wedding Films / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Prada / Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Woody’s Men’s Clothiers / Wedding Ceremony: Private Home / Wedding Reception: Horseshoe Bay Golf Club / Hair and Makeup: Door County Wedding Stylists / Flowers: Flora’s Flowershop / Ceremony Music: Allegro String Quartet / Transportation: Door County Trolley / Dessert Bar: The Cake Next Door / Tent: Sperry / Rentals: Celebrations Party and Event / Event Planning: Door County Events
February 27th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment
Nichole and Scott’s Door County wedding has a little bit of country and a lot of personal flair. I loved seeing the bright pops of red throughout, a homage to Scott’s job as a fire fighter. But you also get the sense that this couple is red hot in personality.
Run of the mill is not their style! Which means, this is a seriously unique Real Wedding full of lots of great ideas. From the mix of reds and pinks to the hay bails and barn door tables, this wedding is fearless and fantastic.
From the Bride … Scott and I were married on 10.6.2010 in Door County, WI. We invited only 25 of our closests family and friends for our special weekend/day. We arrived in Door County on that Thursday and had activites planned for the entire weekend. We shopped at the local shops, wine tasted, ate at a local fish boil, visited state parks, had a Kanasta tournament and most of all enjoyed our time together. Special things about our day:
You are my best friend, my true love, the one that I want to spend the rest of my life with. There are those days that we just lay in bed holding hands and watching the television whether it is a house wives of somewhere or watching a sports program like the Brewers or Packers or Badgers. You are always there for me when I come home from work or a 2AM fire call. Through thick and thin again you are there for me. Whether it is you and I on our date night to Spartan Pizza or The Brazilian Hut or anywhere else our taste buds take us that evening. One of the greatest things that we share and means the world to me is our ability to work well together whether it is cooking breakfast or dinner for you and I or our five kids, cleaning the house, laundry, house work, and playing with the kids. That could be playing dodge ball with the kids in the basement or going to the park or pumpkin patch. All of this as I said is so meaning to me and of course in the end gives us more time together. My most favorite thing.
So From this day forward I promise you these things:
And in conclusion: I take you to be my wife I promise you that I will be faithful, worthy of your trust, worthy of your love, your loving partner. I vow to honor you, cherish you, love you, respect you, laugh with you, cry with you, support you in your goals, etc.
All my love, with all my heart and all my soul!
I start my vows with something familiar between the two of us that we do every day and ask you, “What do you love most about me today?” (Response…I hope!) What I love most about you today is, knowing I will always have a best friend, lover and partner by my side for the rest of my time.
You are my best friend! You have seen me cry, crumble, and fall to my knees in sadness. You have wiped my tears, built me back up and helped me stand on my own two feet. You have been my reason to smile, my reason to have uncontrollable laughter and my reason glow. I have seen myself grow into this new loving and more affectionate person because of the tools you have given to me. You have listened and responded to my feelings, thoughts and words without hesitation or judgment. I have confided my darkest fears, secrets and insecurities with you and I know you will keep them safe. I adore that you thrive when I’m sassy, sarcastic, loud and annoying at times. You encourage me to be me!
You are my lover! When I first met you, you would try and hold my hand, touch my face, kiss me in public or tell me how beautiful I was and I would pull away and give you a look as if I weren’t deserving of such love. Today I crave it, I expect it, I want it, and I need it! Every day I look forward to having your hands touch me. You make me feel beautiful in every sense of the word….inside and out.
You are my partner! I’m honestly not sure a lifetime is long enough to return all that you have given to me, but I vow to try my hardest to be by your side every step of the way. Together we are better than we could ever hope to be alone, and today I give you my loyalty, my trust, and my fidelity forever. I promise to keep our family safe, secure and strong. I promise to help you achieve your dreams, work by your side, and to never let you carry all the weight by yourself. Above all, I give you my love. As I stand before you with this ring in my hand it reminds me of how complete I am when I am with you.
Wedding Photography: BMae Photography / Bridal Dresses: Eden Dresses & Bridal Boutique / Venue: Woodwalk Gallery / Florist: Door County Floral / Rings: Weber Bros. / Food: The Draft Haus / Cake: Cheesecake Etc. / Lodging: The Shoreline Resort