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Door County Real Wedding — Dazzling DYI
February 8th, 2012 by Morgan - 0 Comments - Leave a Comment
A beautiful outdoor September ceremony, couple and family beach shots, and a ton of great DYI projects in Jim & Rachel’s Door County wedding. We’re sure you’ll find something to spark your inner-creative!
From the Bride . . . My husband, Jim, and I live in Door County, WI. We met while we were camping one Fourth of July weekend at Quiet Woods South Campgrounds, so when Jim proposed he decided to “pop the question” on our anniversary at our favorite camping spot. Jim bought my engagement ring at Samara Jewelry in Sturgeon Bay, with the assistance of their incredible staff, and of course our 8 year old daughter, Emilie.
We knew we wanted a short engagement and toyed with the idea of a destination wedding. After much deliberation, we decided to have a “do-it-yourself” wedding in our own backyard, in beautiful Door County (a great destination of its own) on September 3, 2011. We have a huge backyard with a stunning garden that wraps around our house. Our wedding ceremony was held in front of our garden, no decorations or archways needed as our garden was full of rich greens and multicolored flowers.
The reception, also in our backyard, was casual and fun. We had 2 tents set up with tables and chairs (rented from Shore to Shore Rentals). The tents were decorated with tulle and white lights. We found a great deal online for white table linens, and we bought candles and ribbon (Hobby Lobby) and glass vases (dollar store) for decorating the tables. The flower arrangements and bouquets were hand made by myself and my bridesmaids (flowers purchased from Econo Foods and Pic N Save).
The food for our reception was buffet style. Everyone in our family has a “specialty dish” that they make at family gatherings, so everyone brought a very large batch of their “specialty” and we provided the main course. We had more than enough food to go around. Our cake was made by Julie, of Cakes Couture in Appleton (best cake I have ever tasted!).
Our music for both ceremony and reception was downloaded from iTunes and burned onto CDs and played via our home stereo system. This was a much cheaper option than a DJ or band, and it added a customized feel as we picked out every song played. The only song that was not downloaded from iTunes was the song our daughter sang as I walked down the aisle, ‘God Bless the Broken Road’, which was priceless (if only someone would have caught it on video!!).
Our little “thank you” gifts for are guests included tulip bulbs placed in a paper sac with a picture of Jim holding a sign stating “plant one on us” (his head was covered in mine and Emilie’s lipstick kisses). I found this idea online somewhere and thought it was a perfect little gift for our guests to plant, and come spring when the flowers bloom, remember our special day.
My favorite part of our post ceremony fun was our photo album/photo booth. I hung a swatch of fabric between 2 small trees in our yard along with several pictures of Jim and I in our younger years and Jim and I as a couple. I purchased a new Polaroid camera and tons of film online from Amazon.com and instructed our guests to take a photo in front of the fabric and place the picture in our guest book. It was a huge hit. . . everyone had a good time capturing memories for our album — a great keepsake idea as opposed to having everyone sign a guest book.
While our photo booth pictures turned out great, we also knew we wanted to have a professional photographer capture the beauty of our wedding day . . . and that is exactly what Jason, of Jason Mann Photography, did.
He was amazing, from pre-wedding photos at the beach, to ceremony and post ceremony photos in our yard, to helping us put together a gorgeous photo album (an absolute must for any bride and groom who want to display their special day in a special way). Jason greatly exceeded our expectations. He truly has mastered the art of photography (if he can take a couple of fruitcakes like Jim and I and make us look good on film, you know he’s got to be the best!!!!).
Overall, the weather was warm, the atmosphere was fun, the food was good, and the Love was real. The simplicity of our wedding is what made it beautiful and all about us.
Wedding Photography: Jason Mann Photography / Ceremony & Reception: Couple’s Backyard / Wedding Rings: Samara Jewelry / Flowers: DYI from Econo Foods & Pic N Save / Tents & Chairs: Shore to Shore Rentals / Cake: Cakes Couture