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Real Door County Wedding — Butterflies & Blue Sky
February 22nd, 2012 by Morgan - 0 Comments - Leave a Comment
Meg and Tim chose Door County for their September 2011 wedding because of Tim’s proposal under an oak tree on his family’s Door County property. The couple incorporated a tree motif and color palette to tie in the enchanting moment of their engagement to their beautiful outdoor wedding.
From artistic DYI projects like the bride’s veil to the many beautiful shades of blue and yellow in the flowers and décor, this Door County wedding has a soft romantic feel with a contemporary flair. And we think you’ll agree that it’s easy to imagine the yellow butterflies that helped inspire Meg and Tim when you look through these images!
From the Bride . . . We used the oak tree, butterflies, blue sky and green grass to guide our designs and colors. Our save the dates, invitations and programs were designed with the oak tree and butterfly design in blue. The same design with the oak tree was used for the backdrop for the ceremony, the wooden table lanterns, a quilted wall hanging by the gift table, a tie for my cousin, and a purse that I used that day. We were lucky to have talented family members to help us with some of the decorations. My aunt is an artist who along with my cousin did the backdrop for the ceremony. Tim’s mother is a quilter and did the quilt on the gift table while my Dad is a woodworker and designed and made the wooden lanterns for the table centerpieces.
We love the outdoors and knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony. We had vacationed together in Door County several times and loved the beauty of the area. We wanted to make our wedding more of a weekend event than just a couple hours to share and create memories with family and friends. We also wanted a less formal, comfortable wedding. Horseshoe Bay Golf Club was the perfect fit with the outdoor patio overlooking the water and the beautiful clubhouse facility. The ability to rent condos for the entire wedding party onsite made it even more relaxed and fun. Carrie and Megan from Door County Event Planners
The bridesmaids chose their own style of dress from the Lynn Lugo Collection from Premiere Couture in blue with yellow sashes. The perfect tie for Tim in a blue and yellow paisley print was found online. We chose charcoal grey suits instead of tuxedoes for the groomsmen. My dress was more of a challenge. I loved a dress by Jim Hjelm but could not find one to try on. After several bridal stores, I encountered Linda at The Bridal Event in Neenah. She asked my vision for my dress. I had a picture and while they did not have the exact dress, they had a dress that was the right shape, so I then searched online for the right piece of lace and sash to add to the dress. Bridal Event altered the dress and I found the perfect brooch there to complete the dress. I could not find a headpiece that I liked either, so I ended up ordering French veil material from Etsy and made my own birdcage veil. I also found a feather and crystal fascinator at Bridal Event to complete my headpiece. I found the perfect color blue flats that kept me comfortable for the long day online from J Jill.
The day of the wedding was a perfect 72 degree day. Because Horseshoe Bay did not have enough onsite lodging for all of our guests we had the Door County Trolley Company shuttle our guests from their hotels to and from the celebration. Our ceremony was held outside on the patio under a tent facing the water. Our pianist Kim did a beautiful job with the mix of traditional and contemporary music we had at our ceremony. Our DJ Jeremy played the recessional song “Better Together” by Jack Johnson, which is a favorite song. The dining room was filled with color from the beautiful floral arrangements supplied by Helene at Flora and the colorful tablecloths. The hors d’oeuvres and food was excellent. Our cake was delicious and looked beautiful too. A special surprise at dinner was when our bridesmaids coordinated with our DJ to give a musical tribute to Tim and I. I later found out that my bridesmaids had been corresponding with my DJ Jeremy for a couple weeks planning it and it was just such a special touch and I was so appreciative that Jeremy went the extra mile to help with that.
The dance floor was full all night thanks to the perfect musical choices from Jeremy. In fact the only complaint we had from guests was that their legs were sore for days afterwards from all of the dancing! The lighting from the yellow and blue lanterns as well as candles on the tables and steps of the patio created a perfect setting.
Our photographers, Kim and Kari captured beautiful photos of the day. They became a member of the family taking pictures for the day and our wedding party commented on how seamlessly they involved themselves in the day. No one ever felt like they were standing posed for pictures the entire time; they just let the day unfold and captured the moments as they happened. We also used the photos from our engagement session to have a photo album assembled from Shutterfly for our guests to sign.
The entire weekend was perfect from the rehearsal picnic at Murphy Park that we invited all of our guests to attend, to the last dance, we had so many positive comments about the day. We were successful in sharing our love and creating an unforgettable day.
Wedding Photography: Kim Thiel Photography / Ceremony & Reception: Horseshoe Bay Golf Club / Ceremony Backdrop: Colleen Carroll and Lauren Tucker / Bride’s Dress: The Bridal Event / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Lynn Lugo Collection, Premiere Couture / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Checkered Flag LLC / Transportation: Door County Trolley / Invitations & Programs: Ecoprint / Floral Designer: Flora / Cake: Cakes by Bill / Hair & Make-up: Trends by Shannon, LLC / Pianist: Kim LaRae Larson / DJ: RLR Media / Wedding Planner: Door County Event Planners