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Door County Bride-To-Be — Wrap-Up

June 14th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

Hello friends,

I’m a little late in writing this week, so please forgive me. I had a big weekend of traveling, getting married, and more traveling.

Matt and I were married on Sunday, June 9 at Gordon Lodge on North Bay in Baileys Harbor. The weather was damp and cool. And, though a downpour never erupted, we opted to hold the evening’s festivities inside Gordon’s beautiful event center. Wedding planners Morris and Ed (DLG Creative Management, Minneapolis) transformed a breakfast nook into the perfect ceremony site, surrounded with tall windows that mimicked perfectly the outdoor experience, sans bugs. Billowing lengths of purple and white tule framed a rough altar, from which our pastor delivered a poignant sermon on partnership, loyalty, and equality in marriage.

Guests recessed to a beautiful cocktail reception, just steps from the ceremony in the event center’s bar area. Photographer Jason Mann (Jason Mann Photography) managed to nab a few quick shots along the beach before bay flies and scattered sprinkles chased us inside for dinner. Once again, Morris and Ed outdid themselves, setting up a long table in the sun porch, complete with fire burning in the oversized stone fireplace. Our beautiful chocolate-mint and chocolate-peanut butter wedding cake (Flour Girl Patissier) was displayed on one end of the room, and the fingerprint tree on a table at the other. (I’m happy to say that guests did manage to follow the framed instructions for contributing a leaf to the tree that Sandy, my matron of honor, so diligently created.)

Dinner was outstanding. Our guests raved over the Door County cherry salad, a dinner salad with blue cheese, dried cherries, walnuts, and slices of green apple. Each of the entrees, the bacon-wrapped sirloin, the eggplant marinara with spinach-ricotta filling, and the grilled chicken breast with corn salsa, was delicious and delicately finished. (I know this because I begged for a bite of each—bride’s prerogative, you know.) The evening wound down with cake and plenty of laughs before everyone wandered back to their lakeside cabins or lodge rooms.

The next day, after friends and family hit the road toward home, Matt and I reflected on the weekend while drifting around the bay in one of the lodge’s tandem kayaks. As we passed bottles of cider back and forth and dozed, we retold the story of our wedding from our own perspectives. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the weekend was seeing the awe on the faces of our family and friends, all of whom were visiting Gordon Lodge for the first time. At some point, whether it was while watching the gulls divebomb the blue waves for their dinner or cheer as a sea plane took off from North Bay or some other time, nearly all of our guests turned to Matt or me and said, “Now I understand why you like Door County.” We’d managed to share with our closest family and friends just why we find Door County to be a special place—mission accomplished.

Door County Wedding Photography by Jason Mann Photograpy.

Venue: Gordon Lodge on North Bay, Baileys Harbor
Cake: Flour Girl Patissier, Fish Creek
Music: Tutti Strings, Sturgeon Bay
Flowers: Custom by wedding planner
Wedding planner: DLG Creative Management, Minneapolis
Hair and nails: Invidia, Sturgeon Bay
Photography: Jason Mann Photography, Sturgeon Bay

Door County Bride-To-Be — Countdown: 1 Week

June 5th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

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It’s strange. Many people say the week leading to the wedding is the most stressful, but I feel just the opposite—the checks are all written, everyone knows where they’re supposed to be, and everything will either fall into place or it won’t. There’s really not much I need to do at this point, other than pick my nail polish.

I did my check-writing on Friday, when our paychecks were deposited. On Saturday I picked up my ring (from being soldered to the wedding ring) and dropped my dress off at a local bridal salon for cleaning. Since I picked up the ring, my stress level has dropped significantly. Now we’re focused on enjoying the week.

A tip to anyone who has a private seamstress alter your dress: You may need to shop around to find a bridal salon that will clean and steam your gown. I found a family-owned place in the area that’s charging $100 to clean and steam the gown and steam the veil, so not bad. That service should be included if you have your alterations done at the salon at which you purchase the dress.

Jackie is one of our featured Brides-To-Be. See more of her stories
and previous Door County Brides-To-Be stories in our Wedding Inspiration.

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Door County Bride-To-Be — Countdown: 2 Weeks

May 29th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

Hi! Did you know that in just under two weeks, I’ll be married? I bet you had no idea.

I am on my way to the jeweler right this instant (well, in a few instants) to drop off my engagement ring to be soldered to the wedding ring. For the next few days, I’ll feel all weird without my ring on. I would have dropped it off on Friday, but I went to New Orleans this past weekend (!!!) and didn’t want to be without it.

NOLA. NOLA was fun. Friends Janet and Claudia and I had a great time. I ate beignets, walked tons (to offset the beignets), and was warm for the first time in months. I also managed to come down with a sore throat, likely due to the extreme difference in the air conditioning and hot, humid weather. I also only drank things that coordinated with my nails. See?

So purrty!

So purrty!

I’m off! See you all next week!


Jackie is one of our featured Brides-To-Be. See more of her stories
and previous Door County Brides-To-Be stories in our Wedding Inspiration.

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Door County Bride-To-Be — Countdown: 3 Weeks

May 22nd, 2013 | 2 Comments - Leave a Comment

Three weeks to go! Hoo boy! I do have to say that I’m better today than I was last week. The tea tree oil is really helping my skin, my weight is holding steady, and I’ve decided that anyone who hasn’t responded by now isn’t coming. So there.

I also found a super-fun guest “book” that we’ll use. Have you seen the thumbprint trees? I found on Etsy a company that will send you a custom PDF of a tree with branches and no leaves, in your wedding colors. You simply supply ink pads in the colors you want (and some baby wipes with which guests can clean their hands). Gusts then put a stamp of their thumbprint on a branch, like a leaf, and sign their name next to it. Boom–a frame-able wedding memento that we’ll be able to enjoy for years to come. Here’s what it looks like:



This is about as DIY as I get. I feel now as if I’ve appropriately left my “fingerprint” on this wedding. (I’m so punny.)

Other super-cute takes on this idea exist: bride and groom clutching “balloons,” the tandem bicycle being lifted by “balloons,” etc.

Has anyone else done (or is anyone thinking of doing) something fun in lieu of the traditional guest book?



Jackie is one of our featured Brides-To-Be. See more of her stories
and previous Door County Brides-To-Be stories in our Wedding Inspiration.

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Door County Bride-To-Be — Crunch Time

May 15th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

Ask me how wedding planning is going — c’mon, I dare you. Try it.


Yeah. About like that.

Now starts the arduous task of chasing down non-responders; reminding the younger brother that he does, in fact, need to reserve a hotel room and cannot “bunk” with me; seeking desperately something that will clear up my acne-prone skin (tea tree oil has been recommended highly — anything else?); and pretending that I’m really focused on my job while trying to keep the thousands of wedding details swirling around my brain in line (while keeping my acerbic tongue in check).

Image courtesy of iStockPhoto.

From this point on, no one is allowed to ask me anything about the wedding — no questions about location or times or attire. Everyone who needs to know has received an invitation. Except you, Reader. You’re cool. You didn’t mention on Mother’s Day that you’ve changed your mind about what you want to wear to the reception and want me to come shopping with you for something else “when I have a chance,” like my mom did. Reader, I’m sure you would have returned your RSVP card weeks ago — there’s no way I’d have to chase you down for a reply.

It’s also time to start writing checks. Big ones. Savings account-draining piece of paper, stacked one on top of another.

I’d go for a run, but I’d lose too much weight; I’d have a beer, but I’d gain three pounds. My plan: Sit very still for the next three weeks. Everything will work itself out, right?

Jackie is one of our featured Brides-To-Be. See more of her stories
and previous Door County Brides-To-Be stories in our Wedding Inspiration.

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