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June 12th, 2013 | 2 Comments - Leave a Comment
Have you ever wondered if you’d find love on the internet? 40 million people have tried online dating, but Facebook has been blamed for wrecking marriages. Not so in this case! Jess and Adam reconnected after being raised together in Door County and came back for a beautiful Cave Point engagement session shot by Kasey Hock.
Engagement Story … Adam joined the United States Air Force after earning his degree at UW-Oshkosh, and his first assignment was outside Washington, D.C. When Jess graduated from UW-Whitewater and found a job with a national accounting firm, she followed her childhood dreams and moved to Maryland where her aunt and uncle lived. No one ever guessed that these two Southern Door High School graduates would reconnect on Facebook through a simple status update and start new lives together – in Maryland – 1,000 miles from home.
Raised in Southern Door County, both Jess and Adam learned the value of hard work, appreciated music, loved family, and cherished a friendly smile and greeting from everyone around. They shared but one simple thing in high school – Beat 57 Show Choir. Adam was a bass player in the band and Jess sang and danced. They had mutual friends and knew of each other, but only once ran into each other outside of school, after they were both graduated. (After they had been dating, Adam told Jess he was at her high school graduation party! Who knew!?)
When Jess and Adam started dating in Maryland, Jess was just starting her career and Adam was active duty in the military, back in school, following his dreams. After a year or so of dating, his program transferred him to Dayton, Ohio. Shortly after Adam’s graduation, over a year later and three years into dating, Jess joined him. Adam privately proposed at home with a candle lit table, homemade dinner and wine on Jess’ birthday. (All a big surprise to Jess as she had invited her best friend from Milwaukee, who was there for the weekend.)
Together, Adam and Jess are intellectual, driven, and organized. They complement each other’s personalities and share in the little things in life. They appreciate a tasty brew, a campfire on a cool night, Wisconsin hospitality and friendliness, a ride through the countryside on their motorcycle, a good movie or TV series, fun road trips, and definitely time with family and friends. Both are very crafty as well – whether that means working on vehicles, DIY projects around the house, building computers, cooking and baking up a storm in the kitchen or just playing around to see what they can dream up.
June 11th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment
Door County has a magical quality that captures people’s imaginations and hearts. Lindsay and Kevin’s story begins in Door County and they wanted to start their life together here in a magical ceremony by the water.
You’ll love the beautiful detailing in Lindsay’s pale blue, heirloom lace-covered dress, and the deep purple bridesmaid dresses and orchids for the boutonniere are stunning. They found plenty of help with all of the details and paid special attention to food, as you’ll hear in Lindsay’s story. Enjoy today’s Door County Real Wedding!
From the Bride … Door County holds a very special place in our hearts, it is where we met and both of our families are deeply rooted in Northern Door. I grew up spending summers in Door County, my parents have a place in Sister Bay, and Kevin’s family has been vacationing at their cottage on the lake side since the 60′s.
Before that, Kevin’s grandfather Scott Smith, gave fishing tours off of Washington Island during summers of his youth. We met working in Ellison Bay one summer during college, and since then have had countless memories kayaking, sailing, swimming, exploring, dining, concert-going and star gazing. Because this place was so special to us, it was not only a natural fit for our wedding, but a chance to share it’s beauty with our loved ones.
Planning became a bit of a challenge because we were living in Washington, DC. However, Carrie of Door County Events was wonderful. I truly cannot praise her enough. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and truly our advocate. I never knew how much goes into a wedding, both before and the day of.
She was an expert, knew what would work logistically, bringing up issues I never would have thought about! She worked well with all of our vendors, really bringing everyone together as a team, a constant source of support! Also, her execution the day of was impeccable. It really allowed me, my mom and the rest of our family to truly enjoy the event. I knew I had nothing to worry about. Hiring her was probably the single best decision we made!
We decided to make a “Door County Weekend” for our guests, since many of them came from out of town. Thursday night was a get together at my parents cottage, Friday was the rehearsal, rehearsal luncheon and a pig roast hosted by the Keeppers. My husband and I tried to make every detail of our wedding meaningful.
We love the water, so we chose the waterfront park of Sister Bay for our location. I am a classical musician and asked some of my musical friends to play during our ceremony. My mother designed a crest that was used on our printed materials, the bench and certificate. (She also, with Carrie’s help, really pulled everything together; I could not have done it without her!) Helen of “Flora” did a beautiful job with the bouquets, boutonnieres and flowers. A good family friend of the Keepper’s, Lindsay Alde, made my dress, incorporating lace from my grandmother’s dress into my veil. Truly a work of art!
Our guests signed a certificate as witnesses to the marriage, which was elegantly painted by calligrapher and artist Mary Teichman. They also signed a beautiful handmade bench made by Door County artist Joel Thomas, one of Carrie’s many great ideas!
I am celiac, which means I cannot digest gluten, or dairy, and my husband adopted the lifestyle about a year and a half after we started dating. We both love food and healthy living, and it was important to us to show our guests that a gluten and dairy free lifestyle was not a deprivation!
Leslie of Not By Bread Alone made a delicious, fresh, and beautifully arranged meal, which was entirely gluten and dairy free. Much of it was cooked on site, and it was one of the best meals I have every had! Jean from Door County Baker made an absolutely decadent, moist, and beautiful cake, that was also gluten and dairy free. Our guests are still raving about the meal, and many didn’t even know it was gluten and dairy free! In addition, my Dad, Kirk Scattergood made some gluten free beer for the event to complement the (regular) kegs and spirits brought in from Main Street Market.
We danced to music from the Nick’s (a favorite band!), with special guests Eric Lewis and Tommy Boroughs. They did a wonderful job! After we were tired and hungry from dancing Wild Tomato brought some pizzas for a late night snack, including some gluten and dairy free pizzas!
The next morning my parents hosted a light continental breakfast in the village hall so we could say good bye to our guests as they left the county. Drink Coffee brought in coffee and tasty gluten and dairy free baked goods.
It was such a fun, perfect, beautiful and meaningful weekend that we didn’t want it to end! However, we can still relive some of the memories with our beautiful photos by Michael Segal, and our wonderful and very creative video done by Chris Miller.
Our wedding was perfect. I could not have asked for better vendors, event planners or people to work with. The memories will truly last a lifetime and Door County will always be a special, magical place.
Wedding Photography: Michael Segal Photography / Wedding Videography: YES! Wedding Films / Getting Ready Location: Sister Bay Yacht Club / Wedding Location: Waterfront Park, Sister Bay / Wedding Dress: Family Friend / Flowers: Flora Flowershop / Cake: Door County Bakery / Wedding Certificate: Mary Teichman / Bench: Joel Thomas / Reception Catering: The Not By Bread Alone / Reception Music: The Nick’s / Rehearsal Luncheon: Pig Roast / Rehearsal Dinner: Mission Grille / Sunday Breakfast: Drink Coffee / Wedding Planner: Door County Event Planners
June 10th, 2013 | 1 Comments - Leave a Comment
Barns used to be just a place to hold farm equipment and grains, but as most of you brides know, they’ve become the chic place to have a glam wedding. The Woodwalk Gallery is one such barn.
The 1890s revitalized Door County barn, with a few well placed decor items, can turn into a beautiful affair — as you can tell from this gorgeous September Door County wedding captured by Tammy Lutze of Art of Exposure.
From the Bride … Chadwick and I met in Minneapolis when we were in college. We dated for 4 years before getting married.
Since first meeting, we have been traveling from wherever we are to Door County for vacations. My parents own a cottage in Bailey’s Harbor. Naturally, Chadwick proposed in Fish Creek at Sunset Beach Park.
When we were looking for venues for the wedding I just knew it had to be in Door County, and we wanted somewhere unique. My family has been a fan of Margaret Lockwood’s paintings for years so we though we would check out Woodwalk. As luck would have it, the day we went it was set up for a wedding. We had our rehearsal dinner at our cottage and the wedding the next day at Woodwalk.
Wedding Photography: Art of Exposure / Wedding Location: Woodwalk Gallery / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: J Crew / Flowers: Petal Pushers / Cake: Monzu Bakery / Tent, Tent Liner, Chairs: Celebrations / Food: Chives
June 5th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment
It’s strange. Many people say the week leading to the wedding is the most stressful, but I feel just the opposite—the checks are all written, everyone knows where they’re supposed to be, and everything will either fall into place or it won’t. There’s really not much I need to do at this point, other than pick my nail polish.
I did my check-writing on Friday, when our paychecks were deposited. On Saturday I picked up my ring (from being soldered to the wedding ring) and dropped my dress off at a local bridal salon for cleaning. Since I picked up the ring, my stress level has dropped significantly. Now we’re focused on enjoying the week.
A tip to anyone who has a private seamstress alter your dress: You may need to shop around to find a bridal salon that will clean and steam your gown. I found a family-owned place in the area that’s charging $100 to clean and steam the gown and steam the veil, so not bad. That service should be included if you have your alterations done at the salon at which you purchase the dress.
May 29th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment
Hi! Did you know that in just under two weeks, I’ll be married? I bet you had no idea.
I am on my way to the jeweler right this instant (well, in a few instants) to drop off my engagement ring to be soldered to the wedding ring. For the next few days, I’ll feel all weird without my ring on. I would have dropped it off on Friday, but I went to New Orleans this past weekend (!!!) and didn’t want to be without it.
NOLA. NOLA was fun. Friends Janet and Claudia and I had a great time. I ate beignets, walked tons (to offset the beignets), and was warm for the first time in months. I also managed to come down with a sore throat, likely due to the extreme difference in the air conditioning and hot, humid weather. I also only drank things that coordinated with my nails. See?
I’m off! See you all next week!