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Real Door County Wedding – Outdoor Fall
November 29th, 2011 by Morgan - 0 Comments - Leave a Comment
Tucked into the woods along Lake Michigan is Boynton Chapel, a small wooden chapel built in a late 12th-century Norwegian stave church style situated on the shore with a water view. The hand painted murals and carved wood details are amazing! With it being a small space (seating approximately 30 comfortably), if you have more than 30 guests, an outdoor wedding is the way to go.
This Door County Real Wedding in October 2011 has lots of little details, a spectacular fall color backdrop and a fairy tale feeling.
We’re sure you’ll love it as much as we do!
From the Bride … Door County is our favorite vacation place and was the perfect destination for our wedding!
Not long after my now husband and I first started dating we took a weekend trip up to Door County in the spring of 2010. We were both born and raised in Wisconsin, but had never visited the area before. On our first trip, we both immediately fell in love with the area. Everyone was polite, the scenery was amazing and there was so much to do and see. After driving up and down the peninsula several times, we found many unique shops and restaurants that we enjoyed.
One of the last places we stopped was at Boynton Chapel on the Lawrence University grounds in Baileys Harbor, which was recommended to us by my husband’s parents who had found this “hidden gem”. We enjoyed the peacefulness it offered, and enjoyed sitting on the lounge chairs staring out over the lake. We weren’t the only ones who found this place breathtaking; a pair of swans were in the water just off the shore taking in the spectacular view as well!
As we were leaving our vacation and heading back home, we both began thinking of the next time we would be able to come back and visit. We decided on returning that fall to view the spectacular color that Door County is known for. We anxiously waited the following 4 months until it was time to go back and visit all of our favorite spots. When the time came, the very first stop we made was at Boynton Chapel to sit in the chairs and enjoy some time together. As we were leaving, we walked around the grounds and ended up in front of the chapel where Adam got down on his knee and proposed!! Door County had been a special place for us before, but now it had a whole new meaning. We knew that we had to get married in Door County, and at that exact spot!!
By the time we were engaged we had both transferred with our jobs to Illinois and found ourselves facing the problem of planning a wedding from out of state. Lucky for us we had spent some time looking around the area and asking questions after the engagement to gather some ideas. We turned to the internet once we got home to help us fill in the missing pieces.
We spent the most time and effort researching our photographer as we wanted our pictures to be special, memorable, and last a life time. After speaking with many different photographers we chose Jason Mann. Every time we called he treated us special, answered all of our questions, and didn’t brush us off as one of those people who were just “shopping around”. We visited Door County two more times before our wedding and got together with him each time to get coffee, chat, and learn about other little know spots and great restaurants to visit. He took beautiful photos, was a lot of fun and went above and beyond our expectations.
Our reception was held at The Log Den in Egg Harbor, which is absolutely beautiful inside and is nestled back in some trees with that up north log home feeling. Kim was the event planner, and she made sure that everything went smoothly. Both she and the staff were on hand the day of our wedding to keep everything moving smoothly and attend to any need that may arise. The food and service was perfect!
The Bridgeport Resort in Sturgeon Bay is where we always stay when we visit. And when we needed to secure a room block for our guests they worked with us to make sure we got what we needed. Sturgeon Bay Florist did our bouquets, boutonnières and centerpieces; Jeremy was wonderful. We worked with him completely over the phone and everything was perfect; plus worked within our small budget. Celebrations Party and Event out of Green Bay provided our chairs and delivered them to the site and picked them up the following Monday. We also visited Pooh’s bar and the Red Room in downtown Sturgeon Bay with friends after the reception and the owners were great fun to celebrate with!
We had a small intimate wedding, and everyone we worked with accommodated us to make sure that we had the perfect day. With so many great places to visit, fun things to do, beautiful drives and views, and friendly helpful people, Door County is hands down the best place to have a wedding…especially an outdoor ceremony!
Wedding Photography: Jason Mann Photography / Flowers: Sturgeon Bay Florist / Wedding Venue: Björklunden, Boynton Chapel / Chairs: Celebrations Party & Events / Reception Venue + Catering: The Log Den