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Real Door County Wedding – Traditional Elegance with Personality
November 1st, 2011 by Morgan - 0 Comments - Leave a Comment
Big smiles, fresh green satin, a trolley ride, and a spectacular sunset overlooking the Bay of Green Bay. What’s not to love! From the sweetly arranged flowers and delicious looking cupcakes to the cute “just-married” antics of ringing the chapel bell and posing on Anderson Dock, this couple looks like they know how to add a little spice to life.
From the Bride … Growing up, my family moved around quite a bit. From Florida to North Carolina to Minnesota. While Door County is not my true “hometown”, my roots run deep on this beautiful peninsula. My great-grandpa owned a general store on the north end of Sister Bay (currently home to the Door County Ice Cream Factory), my grandma and her two sisters were born and raised here, my grandparents retired and still live here, during my childhood I would spend the month of July in Door County. To me, Door County, and specifically the wonderful small town of Sister Bay, is home.
When my boyfriend, Jeff, proposed after 8 years of dating, I immediately knew the location for our wedding would be Door County. I knew how wonderful and beautiful the peninsula was and I wanted to share that with our closest friends and family. We settled on May 29, 2010 as the date for our wedding—Memorial Weekend—so that our guests could make a long weekend out it. Plus, the end of May is a gorgeous time to visit Door County—warmer weather, cherry blossoms, and mini-golf
As Jeff and I live in Minneapolis, we knew planning a Door County wedding from 6 hours away might prove challenging. We immediately enlisted the help of my own personal “hometown wedding planner”…my grandma! Grandma Betty knows everybody (or at least knows many people who know other people), and she helped us select our reception location—the glorious Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor—and our florist, Helen Anderson of Flora in Sister Bay. Our ceremony location was never a question—the picture perfect Sister Bay Moravian Church—the exact same church where my grandparents were married 59 years earlier!
For the rest of the details, we called in the heavy artillery…in the form of the fantastic Carrie Baldwin of Door County Event Planners. As I was never the girl who had her wedding planned down to the smallest detail, Carrie was a godsend! From the tablecloths and chair covers, to our wedding day timeline and making sure my dress was picture perfect before heading down the aisle, Carrie had it all under control. Carrie was the utmost professional and I never once worried about a thing. As the day of the wedding approached, I kept wondering when I would start freaking out about the minor details, but I never did. I knew Carrie was on top of it all!
Our wedding ended up being a true reflection of Jett and me and I am so thankful that our wonderful photographer, Jason Mann, allowed us to get a little spunky with taking pictures at the Piggly Wiggly, Anderson Dock, and down by the water in Egg Harbor. Our wedding pictures turned out beautifully and it’s so much fun to relive our wedding day through them whenever we choose.
We had a small, intimate wedding which is exactly what we wanted. Big and flashy isn’t us and it certainly isn’t Door County. If I could do it all over again, I would not change a thing! Door County is a very special place and the perfect location to be married.
Wedding Photography: Jason Mann Photography / Wedding Venue: Moravian Church, Sister Bay / Reception Venue + Catering: The Landmark Resort / Flowers: Flora / Event Planner: Door County Meeting & Event Planners