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Door County Real Wedding — Country Chic
December 6th, 2011 by Morgan - 5 Comments - Leave a Comment
If you love the pastoral rolling hills of Door County filled with rustic barns and beautiful stone piles, you’ll love this wedding. Set on a farm in Baileys Harbor on a beautiful summer day in June, Karen and Travis had their perfect wedding. Here’s the inside scoop:
From the bride … It’s too bad you only get married once. Mine was so much fun. I’d do it every year if it wouldn’t seem weird.
I’ve always loved weddings. There’s the celebration of love, (usually) good food, dancing, good cheer, conga lines, and don’t forget my favorite: cake. But, my own… well, it’s like your birthday plus Christmas to the power of ten. It’s your dream dress, dream guy, your cake flavors, and best of all, 100 of your closest family and friends. What’s not to love?
Door County was an easy choice for us. My groom’s mother lives there, and she has a barn on several acres. After he lovingly convinced her to let us have the wedding there, we couldn’t imagine it anywhere else. Door County is such a lovely place. After visiting there for the first time only three months after meeting Travis, I fell in love with it. Its abundant trees, small town feel and friendly people really make it a special place.
My mother in law was instrumental to the beautiful surroundings presented to us on our wedding day. She almost solely decorated and orchestrated the entire premises, which included the site for our ceremony and reception. I was more than happy to have her help, especially since we live in Colorado.
There were white benches built to seat guests for the ceremony outside of an open air pavilion; mason jars with candles on wire hangers to light the path to the cars; folded paper bird houses and Jordan almonds in little nests to decorate the tables; every flower pot was planted with white flowers; and white Christmas lights were strung high on the rafters.
Everyone said it was a beautiful wedding. Especially since when I told people we were getting married in a barn, this was certainly not what they were picturing.
My day started happily with my eight bridesmaids gathered ‘round while we all got our hair and makeup done. One of my fears that day was that I wouldn’t feel ‘Bridey’, but only like bridesmaid. Well, fear number one, at ease — Kari did a wonderful job. I definitely felt like a ‘Bride’, and couldn’t be more pleased in the mirror.
My girls meanwhile were taking our grocery store bouquets and were re-bunching them into bridesmaids’ bouquets. The white roses I ordered from Costco were also made into the most beautiful bouquet by my girls. It was full and bursting, just the way I was picturing it.
Now that I was ready, it was time to meet my groom. We decided to do a ‘first look’ (a private moment to see each other for the first time on your wedding day).
Again, I couldn’t be happier. Travis teared up just the way I was hoping. ‘Most beautiful bride in the world’ — achieved. Although he had doubts about this in the beginning, he said he was glad we did it. It took nearly all of the nervousness away from him.
Now time for pictures. Since we got the first look over with, we were able to get bridal party pictures out of the way in the beginning. Although I had an ice breaker game planned for everyone during cocktail hour, I still wanted to be able to get back to our guests as soon as possible after the ceremony.
The ceremony was wonderful. We walked down the aisle by dad to Pachebel’s Cannon in D, the only detail of my wedding that I’ve been certain of since childhood. Wedding vows heard for the first time by each other. Fear number two (not hearing ‘Hallmark-worthy’ vows from the groom), at ease. Special sand ceremony performed by all parents. The big kiss. And we’re off….. Mr. & Mrs. T. L. back down the aisle for more family photos.
After that it was all fun and games —literally. Touching speeches, amazing food, bouquet chucked at my remaining single friends, garter landing in the hands of some unsuspecting male, father-daughter dance with dad crying the entire time, dancing, photobooth with silly props and more dancing.
And did I mention cake? Our much sought after peanut butter cake with peanut butter buttercream and chocolate ganache was quite a hit. The other layer, vanilla cake and vanilla buttercream with fresh sliced strawberries, not doing so bad itself.
Add to that 80 smiling faces of our closest friends and family.
All in all, the best day of my life.