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Door County Real Wedding — Casual Brown & Green Elegance
December 28th, 2011 by Morgan - 1 Comments - Leave a Comment
Indulge in the rustic elegance of this Door County outdoor wedding. Desiree and Adam were married on August 27th, 2011 at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club in Egg Harbor. We love the apple green and a rich chocolate brown palette along with the beautiful draping tent and the dress — let us know if you agree.
From the Bride … Before I met my husband, I have never heard of Door County. His family has been going to Door County for years. Every summer they would make the 5 hour drive from Chicago to Ephraim and eventually settled on a vacation home in Sister Bay. His parents go up most weekends to take a break from the bustle of the city.
His family albums are full of pictures of the sunset and landmarks including Wilson’s, Anderson Dock and the shores of Ephraim. It was only fitting that our first weekend trip was to Door County. It was early in the fall so the leaves were starting to change and the foliage was just picturesque. When we got engaged, we considered Door County but were at first hesitant asking our guests to make the drive. During one of our visits, we met with Carrie Baldwin, a wedding planner. As she was giving us the tour, she helped us visualize what we wanted our day to look like. We wanted a wedding with an outdoor feel where guests are able to move around and enjoy the beautiful scenery, more importantly a venue that can host an intimate ceremony and a lively party. Horseshoe Bay met all of these requirements and much more.
During the course of the planning, Carrie helped me get in touch with our photographer, Tammy Lutze. I first saw her website and was impressed with her artistic shots and how she is able to perfectly capture the beautiful surroundings without taking away the focus on the people. We met with her a few times including for our engagement photos in Fish Creek. She kept us at ease and brought out our best features. To this day, we are still getting compliments on our engagement photos. She far exceeded our expectations, and I knew that our wedding photos were going to be amazing. The day of the wedding, she was a true life saver. She kept us on track and accommodated all of our requests. Best of all, our wedding pictures were ready to view in a couple of days and they turned out beautiful.
We had a very specific vision and flowers were a critical part. Helene Ingsten Anderson (Door County Flora) was highly recommended. To match the overall look and feel of being in Door County, I selected green and brown for our colors. We wanted a feel of casual elegance without being too rustic. We met with Helene a few times and discussed all the details including incorporating my favorite flower: anemones. Although it wasn’t in season during our wedding, she found a way to still incorporate it in my bouquet. She also suggested alternatives to lower down the cost without sacrificing the quality and still delivering the overall vision.
Finding a band was one of the more difficult tasks. We wanted a band that was contemporary but still be able to play classic tunes. GIN, a local band fit the bill and also provided DJ services during the band breaks. They were also accommodating and open to requests including playing Hava Nagila and a mix of pop music with some of my husband’s favorite songs from Led Zeppelin.
The day finally came; the first stop was at Options in Door County. Emily, the stylist was very patient and took her time with my hair and make up. My mother in law and bridesmaids were also very well taken care of. Their facility was clean and modern. For the ceremony, we booked the Allegro String Trio, they provided the perfect musical accompaniment for our interfaith ceremony officiated by Glen Mandel, Jewish Officiant (Egg Harbor) and Father Jason Malave, who drove from Chicago. The outdoor tent at Horseshoe bay overlooking the water made for a spectacular backdrop. The reception then proceeded inside the clubhouse and after dinner, GIN rocked the party at the outdoor tent. Guests weren’t only treated to great music but also to a beautiful sunset, which made our day even more perfect.
After all was said and done, we had the perfect Door County wedding. Our guests are still telling us to this day that it was the best wedding they have been to and they are so glad they made the trip. The weather was perfect, the sunset was breathtaking and our vendors truly delivered our overall vision.
Wedding Photography: Art of Exposure / Flowers: Door County Flora / Hair & Makeup: Options / Venue: Horseshoe Bay Golf Club / Cake: Bill Childs / Reception Band: GIN / Event Planner: Door County Events