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June 30th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment
I’m so happy to be able to bring you our Bride-To-Be, Jackie’s real wedding! Jackie originally thought she’d be married in Milwaukee, but then changed her mind to come to Door County for a destination wedding. She’s been blogging for us about her experience, and it’s been great fun getting to know her and seeing “behind the scenes”. (You can find out why she moved her wedding to Door County in her first post.)
There were a few bugs at the wedding, literally ~ as you’ll read about in her story. But Jackie & Matt’s Spring Door County wedding is as beautiful as they come and turned out perfectly.
(As an aside … This is going to be my last post at Door County Bride for a while. You can read more about my decision here.)
I hope you enjoyed following Jackie and love seeing her Door County wedding below.
From the Bride … (An excerpt from Jackie’s final blog post.)
Matt and I were married on Sunday, June 9 at Gordon Lodge 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 tulle 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 over sized stone fireplace. Our beautiful chocolate-mint and chocolate-peanut butter wedding cake by 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 dive bomb 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.
Wedding Photography: Jason Mann Photography / Getting Ready Location: Gordon Lodge / Hair & Makeup: Invidia / Wedding Ceremony: Gordon Lodge / Wedding Music: Tutti Strings / Wedding Reception: Gordon Lodge / Flowers: DGL Creative Management / Aisle Decor & Reception Styling: DGL Creative Management / Cake: FlourGirl Patissier / Wedding Planning: DGL Creative Management
June 13th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment
When the crisp fall air makes a bit cold for the strapless wedding dress, what’s a girl to do? They get a fabulous wrap like this November bride did. She also made her own cake, found her linens on wholesale, and chose the prettiest deep purple with pinks and gray for her Door County wedding.
From the Bride … Our wedding was about the joining of our families. Having our children as part of the ceremony was very important to us. My daughter Alyssa was the Maid of honor, Paul’s daughter Melissa was our Jr. bridesmaid, and Paul’s youngest daughter Makenna was our Flower girl. My son Nicholas walked me down the isle and served as Best man and Paul’s son Sam was our ring bearer.
Door County made a beautiful back drop for our wedding. The rustic and romantic look of The Chanticleer was ideal for taking family pictures prior to the wedding. The quaint setting of The Bridal Chapel of Door County gave us the intimate feeling we wanted for our small wedding. Finally The Stone Harbor Resort was the perfect location for our reception. The beautiful setting, food that surpassed our expectations, and excellent service made it a day we will never forget.
Last but not least we have memories to last us a life time thanks to our photographer Ken Cravillion. Ken’s use of lighting and his way of capturing special intimate moments were truly amazing.
We look forward to returning to Door County for our wedding anniversary.
Wedding Photography & Videography: Ken Cravillion Photography / Getting Ready Location: Chanticleer Guest House / Wedding Ceremony: Bridal Chapel of Door County / Wedding Dress: Casablanca / Bridal Wrap: DAvid’s Bridal / Bridal Shoes: Nina of New York / Bridal Jewelry: Bel Aire Bridal / Maid of Honor Dress: J Crew / Jr. Bridesmaid Dress: David’s Bridal / Flowergirl Dress: David’s Bridal / Flowergirl Basket: David’s Bridal / Flowergirl Headpiece: Dress for Less / Flowergirl wrap: Dress for Less / Groom Suit: Pronto Uomo / Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Warehouse / Wedding Rings: Thomas Jewelers Flowers: Fifty Flowers, arranged by the Bride / Ailse Decor, Luminaries: David’s Bridal / Lanterns & Candles: Pier 1 / Petals: Petal Garden / Wedding Reception: Stone Harbor Resort / Linens: CV Linens / Cake: By the Bride
June 11th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment
Door County has a magical quality that captures people’s imaginations and hearts. Lindsay and Kevin’s story begins in Door County and they wanted to start their life together here in a magical ceremony by the water.
You’ll love the beautiful detailing in Lindsay’s pale blue, heirloom lace-covered dress, and the deep purple bridesmaid dresses and orchids for the boutonniere are stunning. They found plenty of help with all of the details and paid special attention to food, as you’ll hear in Lindsay’s story. Enjoy today’s Door County Real Wedding!
From the Bride … Door County holds a very special place in our hearts, it is where we met and both of our families are deeply rooted in Northern Door. I grew up spending summers in Door County, my parents have a place in Sister Bay, and Kevin’s family has been vacationing at their cottage on the lake side since the 60′s.
Before that, Kevin’s grandfather Scott Smith, gave fishing tours off of Washington Island during summers of his youth. We met working in Ellison Bay one summer during college, and since then have had countless memories kayaking, sailing, swimming, exploring, dining, concert-going and star gazing. Because this place was so special to us, it was not only a natural fit for our wedding, but a chance to share it’s beauty with our loved ones.
Planning became a bit of a challenge because we were living in Washington, DC. However, Carrie of Door County Events was wonderful. I truly cannot praise her enough. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and truly our advocate. I never knew how much goes into a wedding, both before and the day of.
She was an expert, knew what would work logistically, bringing up issues I never would have thought about! She worked well with all of our vendors, really bringing everyone together as a team, a constant source of support! Also, her execution the day of was impeccable. It really allowed me, my mom and the rest of our family to truly enjoy the event. I knew I had nothing to worry about. Hiring her was probably the single best decision we made!
We decided to make a “Door County Weekend” for our guests, since many of them came from out of town. Thursday night was a get together at my parents cottage, Friday was the rehearsal, rehearsal luncheon and a pig roast hosted by the Keeppers. My husband and I tried to make every detail of our wedding meaningful.
We love the water, so we chose the waterfront park of Sister Bay for our location. I am a classical musician and asked some of my musical friends to play during our ceremony. My mother designed a crest that was used on our printed materials, the bench and certificate. (She also, with Carrie’s help, really pulled everything together; I could not have done it without her!) Helen of “Flora” did a beautiful job with the bouquets, boutonnieres and flowers. A good family friend of the Keepper’s, Lindsay Alde, made my dress, incorporating lace from my grandmother’s dress into my veil. Truly a work of art!
Our guests signed a certificate as witnesses to the marriage, which was elegantly painted by calligrapher and artist Mary Teichman. They also signed a beautiful handmade bench made by Door County artist Joel Thomas, one of Carrie’s many great ideas!
I am celiac, which means I cannot digest gluten, or dairy, and my husband adopted the lifestyle about a year and a half after we started dating. We both love food and healthy living, and it was important to us to show our guests that a gluten and dairy free lifestyle was not a deprivation!
Leslie of Not By Bread Alone made a delicious, fresh, and beautifully arranged meal, which was entirely gluten and dairy free. Much of it was cooked on site, and it was one of the best meals I have every had! Jean from Door County Baker made an absolutely decadent, moist, and beautiful cake, that was also gluten and dairy free. Our guests are still raving about the meal, and many didn’t even know it was gluten and dairy free! In addition, my Dad, Kirk Scattergood made some gluten free beer for the event to complement the (regular) kegs and spirits brought in from Main Street Market.
We danced to music from the Nick’s (a favorite band!), with special guests Eric Lewis and Tommy Boroughs. They did a wonderful job! After we were tired and hungry from dancing Wild Tomato brought some pizzas for a late night snack, including some gluten and dairy free pizzas!
The next morning my parents hosted a light continental breakfast in the village hall so we could say good bye to our guests as they left the county. Drink Coffee brought in coffee and tasty gluten and dairy free baked goods.
It was such a fun, perfect, beautiful and meaningful weekend that we didn’t want it to end! However, we can still relive some of the memories with our beautiful photos by Michael Segal, and our wonderful and very creative video done by Chris Miller.
Our wedding was perfect. I could not have asked for better vendors, event planners or people to work with. The memories will truly last a lifetime and Door County will always be a special, magical place.
Wedding Photography: Michael Segal Photography / Wedding Videography: YES! Wedding Films / Getting Ready Location: Sister Bay Yacht Club / Wedding Location: Waterfront Park, Sister Bay / Wedding Dress: Family Friend / Flowers: Flora Flowershop / Cake: Door County Bakery / Wedding Certificate: Mary Teichman / Bench: Joel Thomas / Reception Catering: The Not By Bread Alone / Reception Music: The Nick’s / Rehearsal Luncheon: Pig Roast / Rehearsal Dinner: Mission Grille / Sunday Breakfast: Drink Coffee / Wedding Planner: Door County Event Planners
June 10th, 2013 | 1 Comments - Leave a Comment
Barns used to be just a place to hold farm equipment and grains, but as most of you brides know, they’ve become the chic place to have a glam wedding. The Woodwalk Gallery is one such barn.
The 1890s revitalized Door County barn, with a few well placed decor items, can turn into a beautiful affair — as you can tell from this gorgeous September Door County wedding captured by Tammy Lutze of Art of Exposure.
From the Bride … Chadwick and I met in Minneapolis when we were in college. We dated for 4 years before getting married.
Since first meeting, we have been traveling from wherever we are to Door County for vacations. My parents own a cottage in Bailey’s Harbor. Naturally, Chadwick proposed in Fish Creek at Sunset Beach Park.
When we were looking for venues for the wedding I just knew it had to be in Door County, and we wanted somewhere unique. My family has been a fan of Margaret Lockwood’s paintings for years so we though we would check out Woodwalk. As luck would have it, the day we went it was set up for a wedding. We had our rehearsal dinner at our cottage and the wedding the next day at Woodwalk.
Wedding Photography: Art of Exposure / Wedding Location: Woodwalk Gallery / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: J Crew / Flowers: Petal Pushers / Cake: Monzu Bakery / Tent, Tent Liner, Chairs: Celebrations / Food: Chives
May 2nd, 2013 | 1 Comments - Leave a Comment
We love the soft romantic pinks, peaches and whites in the bouquet, dark blue bridesmaid dresses, and the whimsical signage and decor in Erin and Jim’s Door County wedding. And we couldn’t agree more with the bride who says this of why they chose Door County for their waterfront wedding, “because it wouldn’t have felt right anywhere else.”
From the Bride … Jim and I met very much by chance. Although I am from Wisconsin and he is from upstate New York, we happened to be standing near each other in a crowd of thousands in Tampa, Florida the day we met. Jim struck up conversation and kept me laughing the whole time. Over two years later, Jim proposed with a beautiful, one-of-a-kind vintage ring he had hand picked and I couldn’t have been more thrilled.
We decided to get married in the place that I call home, Door County, because it wouldn’t have felt right anywhere else. Besides, the history, charm, and beauty of the county is truly like no other. I wanted the opportunity to share this special place with Jim’s family and friends (and some of my own who hadn’t yet been). It’s a fantastic place to get married.
The first wedding-related thing our guests saw was a map of Door County, which was the focal art in our save-the-dates that my talented sister Megan Eatough designed. A heart indicated Bailey’s Harbor, where the Gordon Lodge Resort resides, our wedding venue. She also made a nautical style compass rose with our monogram, which I proceeded to print on every possible wedding-related paper, program, escort card, thank you; anything that could be stamped or pasted got that monogram. Not only did I love it, it also gave me this false sense that my wedding was “put together”, which in the madness of wedding planning was one sliver of comfort. Honestly, I was hoping it tricked people into thinking we were more organized than we were.
Whether it worked or not, I couldn’t feel more emphatic that the entire wedding weekend was amazing. Our guests arrived to the Gordon Lodge to find welcome bags with homemade treats, Door County maps and magazines, and a special note from us (*cough* monogram). Our rehearsal dinner was held at the Waterfront Restaurant in Sister Bay the night before the wedding and it was truly fantastic. Jim surprised me with a self-written song (he is a musician) that was both sweet and hilarious. The food was absolutely out of this world. The local Door County whitefish entrée was ridiculously delicious. When we were all toasting with champagne on the second story deck overlooking the bay with a bright orange sunset, I kept asking myself if life gets any better! After the rehearsal dinner, we hosted a larger welcome party at the Boat House at the Gordon Lodge. We had great Wisconsin-style fare (cheese curds and Spotted Cow!) and a chance to spend more time with our loved ones. We hired a band for party, the Cowboy Brothers out of Milwaukee, who happily agreed to play all our requests, including a dedicated song to our parents.
Our wedding day was nothing short of magical. We lucked out with a gorgeous sunny day and clear skies, which is probably because we had rain plan arranged with the Sister Bay Moravian Church. On the morning of the wedding, my bridesmaids and I had our hair done together at Tangled Salon in Sister Bay, which I would highly recommend- Kaila did a beautiful job with my up do and didn’t judge me at all while I downed mimosas at 9 in the morning. The girls and I used a special lakeside cabin at the Lodge to get dressed for the ceremony. While we were there, Kay of McKeefry & Yeomans’s arrived to deliver and arrange all the flowers. I was truly blown away by how beautiful they all turned out. My bouquet was a combination of my favorite flowers which included huge pastel peonies and dusty miller. Kay wired in several broaches that had been my mom’s mother’s and my dad’s mother’s. Since they have both passed, it was my way of keeping them close to me for my wedding. She did a phenomenal job.
When it was time for the ceremony, my dad picked me up in a classic car we rented from Door County Trolley which we took for a quiet drive to give me one last opportunity to change my mind (just kidding!). Joking aside, it was special to have a peaceful moment with my dad before the ceremony. We returned to the main lodge where my bridesmaids and I staked out a hiding spot in a room looking out to the ceremony site, which was on the “point” of the Gordon Lodge property.
Cynthia Johnson (affiliated with the Ephraim Unitarian Universalist Church) officiated. She is absolutely wonderful person. She was so generous and kind in preparing for our wedding with us — we have become friends, which I think is so cool. She delivered a very personalized, touching, warm, and hopeful ceremony that was simply perfect for us. We said our vows under an arbor which was decorated with my mother’s veil from her wedding.
We hired live musicians, a local, Jessica Holland, and Nathan Curry of the band Silent Trio (of which Jim is a member), for the prelude and processional. Together, they performed both our parent’s wedding songs as well as several other love songs Jim and I picked out during the moments leading up to the ceremony. Jessica’s voice had my bridesmaids and me crying (and laughing at each other crying) while we waited. Everyone used the word “angelic” to describe her voice and the music. Our mothers were seated to “Heavenly Day” by Patti Griffin and the bridesmaids walked down to “Home” by Bonnie Raitt. After an admittedly abnormal amount contemplation, I chose the much-loved Cannon in D as the bridal march and, as many before me have found, it was a beautiful piece for that moment.
Afterward we had two hours for photos, cocktails, and lawn games. One game was an exact replica of the AC Tap’s bean bags game which my uncle re-created. The AC Tap is a local Bailey’s Harbor bar, well-known for this game. However, for us, the scoring sheets read “Erin & Jim – It’s in the bag”. All of the stylized-details from the wedding and reception were designed and developed out of “Wedding Headquarters”, my parent’s spare bedroom (and overflow areas in various places around the house, which sufficiently annoyed my dad). I couldn’t have done any one piece of the details without my mother, my sister, my mother-in-law, my uncle and several others. Literally all details were hand-made, sewn, hot-glued or otherwise finagled together by myself or loving others. Somehow, it came together in the end and we received so many compliments on the style and details of the day. Those comments definitely meant a lot to us.
We danced our first dance to “That’s How Strong My Love Is” by Ottis Redding, performed by the Rolling Stones. We cut the cake, made by Creative Cakes, with Jim’s Coast Guard officer sword, feasted on a fantastic meal, and laughed at the antics our friends and family during their hilarious toasts.
Post-reception, we had a late night bonfire with smores that lasted into the wee hours of the morning. I felt completely drunk on happiness the entire evening. It. Was. Amazing.
I was lucky to have a talented friend of mine, Adrienne Barrett, and her equally talented sister, Cassie Gigstead of CRG Photography, capture the moments of the day. They are awesome and were so much fun the day of the wedding- a great team! I would highly recommend them. I also had Chris Miller of YES! Wedding Films capture video footage (he is so artistically talented!) so we can re-live this amazing day every day for the rest of my life for years to come.
Jim and I now live together on Kodiak Island, Alaska. We are absolutely loving our time together as newlyweds and can’t wait to get back to Door County for a visit next summer.
Wedding Photography: CRG Photography / Videography: YES Wedding Films / Wedding Venue: Gordon Lodge / Bridal Gown: Galina Signature / Bridal Veil: Vera Wang / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Menswear: Concepts Bridal / Hair: Tangled Salon / Flowers: McKeefry & Yeomans / Cake & Cupcakes: Creative Cakes / Transportation: Door County Trolley