Real Weddings

Dana & Brandon’s Glitzy New Years Eve Wedding

October 11, 2017
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Dana and Brandon grew up less than 10 minutes from each other, yet didn’t meet until they were at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Technically the two first met during a State Street snowball fight, but Dana says their first meaningful interaction happened at a Madison bar call the Nitty Gritty. In 2015, Dana was in Brussels, Belgium, for work and Brandon came to visit. The two took a trip to Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Skye. On a pebbled beach on the Isle, Brandon proposed. “We were having a beautiful moment looking out at the ocean, standing with our arms around each other,” Dana recalls. That’s when Brandon said, “There’s only one other person I’d rather be here with.”

“I immediately responded with ‘Well who the heck would that be?!’” Dana laughs. “Before I knew it, Brandon got down on one knee and said, ‘My fiancé!’” The two planned a New Years Eve wedding with a black, gold, silver, and glittery color scheme. To get ideas, Dana and Brandon attended the Visuelle’s Spring Wedding Spectacular at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. On the wedding day, the ceremony was held at St. Nicholas Parish in Freedom, WI, right down the road from Dana’s house. “My parents were married there, as well as both of Brandon’s siblings.”
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What made the ceremony extra-special for the bride and groom was having their mutual friend, Father Scott Valentyn, officiate. “When Brandon and I got engaged, we wanted to wait until Scott was officially ordained, so he could take part in the most special day of our lives,” Dana says. “Having our friend, who we are truly so proud of, as the priest for our ceremony made the entire mass so special and unique. He gave the most beautiful and personalized homily I’ve ever heard.”
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Following the ceremony, but before the reception, Brandon and Dana had an “in between” at The Fieldhouse in Freedom. “It was right down the road from our church, so after the ceremony we invited our family and friends to stop in for an open bar — lots of Old Fashioneds — and hors d’oeuvres.” Then the party moved to the Grand Ballroom at The Rock Garden in Green Bay.

The Rock Garden also catered a sit-down dinner: “Considering we had a very large reception — about 460 people for dinner! — we wanted to keep it simple. We had a traditional family-style dinner with broasted chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, corn, coleslaw, veggies, and dinner rolls.” During dinner, the couple played a slideshow of photos for entertainment, and guests were also able to ogle the gorgeous DIY decorations in the reception hall.
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Dana’s Aunt Shelly designed and painted over 100 wine bottles for the table centerpieces. “Each design was unique and included glitter, gems, feathers, ribbon, and some even had pictures of Brandon and me,” Dana says. “Shelly and my mom also designed and compiled placeholder name cards for 450 people, each color-coordinated with individual feathers and rhinestones. I can’t even describe how beautiful the hall was, and it was 100% because of their generosity and creativity.”
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Through all the glitter and fun, Dana says the moments that stick with her most are the last five minutes of the reception: “I remember slow dancing with Brandon in the middle of a circle comprised of our family and friends, linking arms and singing. While Brandon and I looked out at our loved ones, we commented how truly perfect a day and night our wedding was. What they say is true — the entire day flashes by far too quickly!”
NE Wisconsin Wedding Vendors:
Bridal Shows Attended Visuelle's Spring Wedding Spectacular at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Invitations My sister-in-law
Rehearsal Dinner   My mother and father-in law hosted our rehearsal dinner at their home in Freedom, WI. We brought in Cedar Creek Marketplace catering and it was delicious!
Ceremony location St. Nicholas Parish, Freedom, WI
Reception location The Rock Garden, Grand Ballroom, Green Bay, WI
Caterer The Rock Garden
Cake designer/dessert Simple Simon’s Bakery in Appleton, WI
Flowers N/A – we did not have any flowers at our ceremony. Instead, I ordered bouquet brooches for my bridesmaids from an Etsy shop, as well as boutonniere’s for the guys. My very talented sister-in-law made my bridal brooch bouquet from scratch.
Music/entertainment Audio Excitement – Nic did a fantastic job! He played music videos for each of the songs, and he took a ton of great action shots from our reception. We were able to look back and see our guests enjoying their night.
Transportation DJZ Party Bus – we rented a coach bus for transportation for the bridal party.
Photographer Daisy Fields Photography – Laura Grahl was our photographer and she was amazing!
Videographer Kathy Lorge
Wedding dress designer Martina Liana
Bridal Salon Brandi’s Bridal in New Glarus, WI
Formalwear Bridal Event in Appleton, WI
Rings Kesslers
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Sara & Tyler’s Intimate Botanical Garden Ceremony & Railroad Museum Reception

October 6, 2017
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Sara and Tyler went to the same high school in Green Bay, but didn’t start dating until they reconnected after college. When he popped the question, Tyler planned a whole day outing. “He then took me to a park at sunset and proposed next to a beautiful lighthouse,” Sara says. “Tyler even had a photographer hiding in the bushes to capture the big moment!”

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The two planned an elegant wedding with a rehearsal dinner at 1951 West, ceremony at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens, and a reception at the National Railroad Museum. Tyler and Sara invited only close family and friends. “That kept it intimate and meaningful. It felt so great to be surrounded by everyone we loved!” Sara says one of her favorite memories of the day happened at the ceremony. “Our photographer perfectly captured the moment Tyler saw me a the end of the aisle, on my father’s arm.” The aisle was decorated with flower boxes that Sara’s father had built, and some of the flowers inside came from Sara’s mother’s garden.
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“So much of the décor was DIY,” Sara says. “From my father building planter boxes and huge candle frames to my sister using calligraphy to make the menu signs. My grandmother also made quilt pieces where each guest could give us advice and wish us well — she then created a custom quilt keepsake from the pieces.”
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After the bride was kissed, the party moved to the National Railroad Museum. “It was a blast! We offered our guests a train ride around the grounds of the museum. They were able to see the exhibits at the museum before the reception started. And during the reception, there were three trains that were open for our guests to enjoy and take photos with.”
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Another one of Sara’s favorite memories was her first dance with her husband. “It was great to be with him in the moment,” she says. “We were surrounded by all of our family and friends; we had a big group hug to start the party off right.” Sara also recommends taking dance lessons. “The crowd loved it!”20617103_1549712258382464_2975340333255516131_o

For dinner, Tyler and Sara offer two pieces of advice: “Mac ‘n’ Cheese is always a good idea. And you can never have too much cake.” Sara also advises future wedding-planning brides to make a plan and stick to it. “That way you eliminate a lot of stress and worrying about getting things done in time. Everything goes so fast, it’s good to take in and enjoy the engagement time. It’s a special time that’s the promise of a commitment to sharing the rest of your lives together.”
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Northeast Wisconsin Wedding Vendors:
Bridal Shows Attended Visuelle Spring Wedding Showcase
Dance lessons Local Minneapolis community center had dance classes, it was so much fun and definitely worth it
Rehearsal Dinner 1951 West
Ceremony Location Green Bay Botanical Gardens
Reception Location National Railroad Museum
Caterer Konop Catering
Cake Designer/Dessert Bake My DayWe had a formal cake from Bake My Day but didn’t even cut it as we wanted to make sure our guests got a true piece of cake – chocolate, marble, or the hit of the night, lemon all made by Bake My Day in sheet cake size so that each piece of cake was satisfying. We don’t like to say it but we are cake snobs and will only eat cake from Bake My Day!
Flowers Vineyard Events and Rentals, Dawn VanLaanen
Music/Entertainment Mike Gegare
Photographer De La Teja Studio
Videographer De La Teja Studio
Wedding Dress Designer Custom gown by Colby Crase, Diamond Bride- Minneapolis.
Where did you buy your dress Diamond Bride, Minneapolis
Formalwear The Men’s Wearhouse
Rings Bay Area Diamond
Party Rental Company (linens, tents, chairs etc.) Konop Catering

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Sam & Dan’s Timeless Wedding at the Meyer Theatre’s Backstage

September 28, 2017
Bride and Groom historic theatre weddings

Dan, originally from Santa Monica, and Sam from Green Bay met through Sam’s brother-in-law. “At our first date, we hit it off right away and instantly realized we had so much in common. The rest is pretty much history!” Dan popped the question at Sunset Point, the pier overlooking the Fox River at Voyageur Park in De Pere. “We took a walk and ended up at the pier where locks cover the cables on the pier,” Sam says. “Dan pointed out a particular lock and asked, ‘What does that one say?’ I looked, and it said, ‘Sam will you marry me?’” Sam spun around to find Dan down on one knee, ring in hand.

The couple planned an elegant, romantic wedding at the Meyer Theatre in Green Bay. “My goal was to make everything look timeless.,” Sam says. “In 50 years, I want someone to look at our wedding pictures and not be able to guess the time period. I tried to keep everything simple to let the venue’s beauty speak for itself.”

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Sam loved shopping for her wedding dress: “There were so many memories derived from the time I spent shopping with my family. I will always remember my mom’s reaction when she saw my dress for the first time, and I will cherish that moment forever.” As for Dan, he found his handsome wedding attire at Dubois Formalwear.

Both the ceremony and reception were held at the Meyer Theatre. “The ceremony took place right on stage, which we loved! Our favorite part of the ceremony was reading our vows. We wrote our own vows, and at that moment, it felt as if there wasn’t anyone else in the room. It was truly a moment forever frozen in time, to be that connected to one another and feel as though a dream was coming true before our very eyes.”

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The party then moved to Backstage  for dinner, drinks, and dancing. Sam and Dan particularly enjoyed the clinking of glasses urging them to kiss — and the speeches. “Looking out at all of the guests, we were overjoyed by the overwhelming amount of love and support from each and every person. These guests, who played a role in shaping who we are today, all came together to celebrate us. We felt so incredibly blessed beyond words.”

Dinner was another highlight of the evening for Dan and Sam. “The food was fantastic, thanks to Backstage!” There were four meal options: Chicken a la Carbonara, Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Vegetable Alfredo, and Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Dinner was served with salad, rolls, and roasted red mashed potatoes. Cake from Bake My Day was served for dessert — a choice between chocolate or vanilla cake with buttercream frosting. For drinks, Sam and Dan offered an open bar for cocktail hour and served Captain’s Walk and red or white wine with dinner.

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Dancing followed, featuring a playlist that the bride and groom curated themselves. “Backstage had an excellent built-in sound system that was used for the cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. There was also beautiful up-lighting available in many different colors. It made the venue even more beautiful by providing the perfect mood lighting.”

In ways big and small, Backstage never failed to impress Sam and Dan. “Their exceptional level of service was truly unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before,” Sam says. “Hanna the Catering Manager/Event Coordinator and Nicole the Head Chef were absolutely amazing to work with and went way above and beyond for us. We can easily say the same of the rest of the staff we had the pleasure of working with. They listened to our vision and helped us along the way when we needed ideas or suggestions. Hanna decorated the entire space for us and truly catered to my every need the day of the wedding, in regards to the venue.”

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In the end, Sam’s advice to future brides is to not sweat the small stuff. “Even though I went into wedding planning feeling confident that I wouldn’t get wrapped up in the details, I certainly could have stressed less. I wish I’d realized that, no matter what, there wouldn’t be anything that could change the fact that our wedding day would be one of the best days of our lives. We will forever look back on it with the fondest of memories!”

NE Wisconsin Wedding Vendors:
Did you hire a Wedding Consultant We did not hire a wedding consultant. However, Hanna (Lindsay) Jorgensen, Event Coordinator for the Backstage at the Meyer acted as a wedding consultant in that she helped me choose linens and decorations they offered through their venue. Also, Hanna set up everything in the venue the day before, and day of, the wedding – and I truly mean everything. We did not need to worry about setting up a thing the day of the wedding.
Invitations Brown County Graphics designed and printed the invitations. Per my request, their talented graphic designer, Sammi Blackman hand drew a custom design for us.
Rehearsal Dinner Sammy’s Pizza
Ceremony Location The Meyer Theatre
Reception Location Backstage
Caterer Backstage  (they make everything onsite and have an in-house chef, Nicole)
Cake Designer/Dessert Bake My Day was so excellent to work with and very easy going. Seeing the cake for the first time was a moment out of many, where I saw my vision become a reality. The cake was exactly as I had pictured and I was so pleased. I loved Bake My Day’s cake because it truly tasted like what I felt was a classic wedding cake.
Flowers Petal Pusher. I went to Petal Pusher with a picture of a bouquet that I found on Pinterest and when I saw the bouquet the day of the wedding, the beauty of the bouquet left me in awe and I couldn’t believe how much it looked exactly like the picture. I was truly blown away by Nichole Campbell’s work. Petal Pusher really made my vision come to life and Nichole was so excellent to work with. She was easy to communicate with and helped me in choosing the right flower choices for the bridesmaids’ bouquets based off of what I was looking for and kept it all within my budget.
Music/Entertainment We did all of our own music for the ceremony and dancing. Dan is releasing an app for iPhone in late September called Wedding Mix that will allow couples to DJ all phases of their wedding. The Meyer Theatre had an unbelievable sound system for the ceremony, as to be expected, and there was a lighting and sound technician who queued all of the music. The Backstage at the Meyer also had an excellent built in sound system that we utilized for the cocktail hour, dinner and dancing. The Backstage also offered beautiful up-lighting that was available in many different colors. It made the venue even more beautiful by providing the perfect mood lighting.
Transportation N/A – ceremony and reception were at the same location and there wasn’t a need for transportation.
Photographer Hove Photography LLC (Krista Hove). Krista is absolutely fantastic to work with and is so artistic. She made us feel so comfortable the day of the wedding and was very organized and on top of things. We knew she was very talented but upon receiving our wedding photos, we were blown away with how she was able to capture the beauty of the venue and the emotions from that day. We were absolutely in love with our photos!
Wedding Dress Designer Oleg Cassini
Gown Designer David’s Bridal
 Formalwear/Suit Dubois Formalwear
Ring Bride Kay Jewelers
Ring Groom Carpe Diem Etsy Shop
Party Rental Company (linens, tents, chairs etc.) We rented linens from  Backstage and they obtained some of the rentals used for our wedding at Ruby Design.
Columns Wedding Perfect in Appleton.

Hove Photography LLC- Green Bay Wedding Photography

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Ally & Skyliar’s Elegant New Year’s Eve Wedding

September 7, 2017
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When Ally from Menasha first saw Skyliar from Appleton at work, she “didn’t know who he was, but prayed to God right then and there to let me find someone like him.” Ally eventually worked up the courage to ask Skyliar to come bowling with a group of coworkers. That night, the two hit it off and the rest is history. Seven years later, Skyliar had already bought the ring when he and Ally talked about wanting to get married. “After trying to find the best way to propose, I decided it was more important to propose than to find the perfect way,” he says. One evening, Skyliar went out to pick up dinner, came back, knocked on the apartment door, hid from the peep hole, and got down on one knee when Ally answered the door.

The couple planned an elegant, classy New Year’s Eve wedding, tying in winter elements and plenty of bling. Ally attended a handful of bridal shows in Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Oshkosh. “These are where I got the majority of my vendors and lots of great ideas!” She found her Maggie Sottero dress at Bridal Elegance in Kaukauna.

The ceremony took place at New Hope Lutheran Church in Neenah. “The sermon Pastor Jeff put together of Ephesians 5 was our favorite part. What made the service unique was our unity cross ceremony. It explained why God made man and woman for each other, and how the Holy Spirit, Jesus, and The Father hold us together. The decorative cross we built during this ceremony is now displayed in our home.”

After the bride and groom said “I do,” Prestige Limousine picked up the bridal party, with the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center in Oshkosh as the reception destination for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve. “Miranda Gorges at the Best Western Premier Hotel was so helpful with all of our questions and very accommodating when it came to creating the dinner menu,” Ally says. “She also let me and my friends and family come see the ballroom a number of times so I could visualize everything.”

Planning the reception décor was one of Ally’s favorite things she did for her wedding. “The whole ambiance was amazing — it looked like it could have been a wedding in a movie! We rented table linens, centerpieces, table décor, a card box, uplighting, a grand arch, and planters from Sweet N Easy Events in Appleton. They even included set-up and take-down services. Travis and his team at Sweet N Easy made everything look great together; it all flowed, matched, and was very elegant.”
Travis from Sweet N Easy Events also acted as Ally and Skyliar’s day-of coordinator. “Travis was great to work with; he didn’t even mind working through all the decorations almost a year in advance,” Ally says. “Even though Travis was only hired for the day-of, he also gave me great advice for other parts of my wedding, such as etiquette on a gift-opening brunch, rehearsal dinner, and more.”
 The hotel catered a delicious buffet dinner of chicken, beef tips, noodles, salad, fingerling potatoes, green beans, and carrots. “We chose a buffet so people could have free reign on choices and portions. We received lots of compliments on the dinner! For drinks, we had beer and wine during cocktail hour, then just beer after dinner.” At 10:30, the hotel brought out pizza for the guests — “it was gone in minutes!”
Skyliar and Ally say the most unique moment of their day was crashing another wedding with their guests: “Our day-of coordinator Travis, our DJ, and our photographer worked together to get it okayed with the wedding across the street to have our wedding guests do the locomotion train over the skywalk, through the conference center, and around the other wedding’s dance floor — just for the heck of it. It was something totally different and really exciting! The guests at both weddings had fun playing along.” As midnight approached, they counted down the seconds, toasted champagne, and shot off streamers. “Then we went outside and took great pictures with our guests and sparklers.” Cheers to a new year and the newlyweds!

NE Wisconsin Wedding Vendors:

Bridal Shows Attended Many –Visuelle Fall Wedding Spectacular – Radisson Green Bay , Bridal Expo- MKE , Wedding Show Winter & Summer Editions at Shopko HallThe Wedding Faire at Conference Center in Oshkosh. These are where I got the majority of my vendors and got lots of great ideas!!
Wedding Consultant Yes, for day of coordination. Travis Andrew with Sweet n Easy Events. Travis was great to work with he definitely worked with my over-communicating personality and didn't mind working through all the decorations almost a year in advance. Travis also gave me great advice for other parts of my wedding even though he was only hired for the wedding day, such as etiquette on gift opening brunch, rehearsal dinner, and more.
Dance Lessons No, wanted to but we ran out of time.
Invitations I hand made these myself to save money but still have a very unique and glitzy winter design. It was time consuming and sometimes frustrating when I couldn’t get the computer/printer to cooperate but totally worth it in the end!
Rehearsal Dinner Osorio's in Appleton, WI
Ceremony Location New Hope Lutheran Church Neenah, WI – Pastor Jeff Prewitt was more than accommodating to make our wedding day how we wanted it. We found the couples meetings before hand interesting, especially when we took a compatibility test. That was fun to go over!
Reception Location Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention CenterMiranda Gorges was helpful with all of our questions and very accommodating when it came to creating the dinner menu. She also let me and friends/family come see the ballroom a few different times so I could visualize everything.
Cake Designer/Dessert Festival Foods Neenah, WIHilary put my ideas into an actual cake, she did an amazing job creating the flavors we wanted as well as a glitzy/wintery theme.
Flowers Memorial Florists Appleton, WIGale is experienced and very creative. She was able to guide me and make many mock ups to have the perfect bouquets for our wedding day.
Music/Entertainment Xcite EntertainmentBoth owners Daryl and Spencer came to DJ and run the photobooth at our wedding. They were both high energy and kept the crowd dancing all night long. And the photobooth with props was a huge hit!!!
Transportation Prestige Limousine
Photographer Dins Photography Jennifer is amazing. She brought a team with her to cover everything, husband Jef and co-photographer Matt Heltz. They were there for us getting ready in both locations all the way until the night was over. These guys were so great to work with and their pictures turned out better than I could have dreamed of!! She definitely went above and beyond from our first meeting, to the engagement session, to getting everything ready for the day of. Jennifer even had the city of Oshkosh aware that we were going through the celebration of lights in Menominee park for pictures. So they stopped traffic just to accommodate our wedding party!! These 3 even suffered in the cold wind just so we could get amazing photos!
Wedding Dress Designer Maggie Sottero
Bridal Salon Bridal Elegance Kaukauna, WI
Bridesmaid Gowns & Mother of Bride Elaine’s Wedding and Event Center – Appleton, WI
Formalwear Mens Wearhouse Appleton, WI
Rings Kesslers for Bride’s engagement ring and matching wedding band.
Party Rental Company(linens, tents, chairs etc.) Sweet N Easy Events Appleton, WI – Rented table linens, centerpieces, other table décor, card box, and uplights, grand arch and planters for ceremony also had setup and take down services. Travis and his team made everything look great together, it all flowed and matched, very elegant.
Bridal Shows/Events, Wedding Planning

The 2017 Wedding Show – Summer Edition is almost here!

July 7, 2017
Wedding Show Summer Edition

Shopko Hall
1901 S. Oneida Street, Green Bay
Show Times: 10:00am -3:00pm
920-405-1134
Click here for tickets!

If you are planning a wedding in NE Wisconsin you cannot miss this show! Everything you need to plan your dream wedding in one location!

It’s like Pinterest coming to life! You can view wedding trend display areas, meet and ask questions of local wedding artisans, taste incredible cake samples and so much more…

What you can expect:

“Groom’s Lounge” area

Visit with local vendors | Photographers, DJs, Florists, Reception Halls,Transportation/Limos plus dozens of other vendors.

Bridal makeovers | Courtesy of Paul Mitchell the School Green Bay.

Wedding Cake Decorating Competition | Vote for your favorite!

Bridal gown boutique pop-up shops and displays| Find your dream gown !

Wedding trend displays | Feast your eyes on all the beauty that can be incorporated into your wedding day!

Share the love with #WEDDINGSHOWGB

 

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Katie & Tyler’s Romantic-Bohemian Styled Wedding at the Radisson Paper Valley

June 15, 2017
Bride and Groom Vined Wall

Katie from Clintonville and Tyler from Marion met in 2011 through Katie’s brother, Mitchell. It was Mitchell’s girlfriend’s 21st birthday, and Katie joined them for a night of celebrating with friends — Tyler among them. “My brother told me earlier in the evening that his friend Tyler was probably going to hit on me that night,” she laughs. “Behold, he did, and we hit it off!” While dating, Tyler joined Appleton’s #1 country band: Nashville Pipeline. “Being the girlfriend of a lead singer has its challenges, but never negatively affected us. It solidified our relationship and we grew incredibly close — best friends and soul mates.” 

 Tyler proposed on New Year’s Eve in 2015, while the two were in Waupaca enjoying a seven-course dinner at a restaurant where Tyler’s uncle is Head Chef. During the meal, Tyler kept professing his love for Katie. “I was thinking, ‘You’ve already told me; the wine must be getting to him now.’” At the 6th course, Tyler finally stood up, dropped to one knee, and proposed. “There was a group of six in the same room as us,” Katie says. “I didn’t reply right away, and heard one lady say ‘Did she say yes?’ Tyler had to coach me, since I was in shock. He said, ‘Just take the ring and say yes!’ So I exclaimed ‘Yes!’ and the diners all clapped and cheered.”
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The ceremony was held at St. Joseph’s in Appleton. In the bridal party were 10 bridesmaids and groomsmen, two ushers, and an adorable flower girl who didn’t make it up the aisle. Katie says the most memorable part of the ceremony was when their friends Kristian and Tom played and sang “Can’t Help Falling In Love” during the lighting of the unity candle. “They absolutely killed their unique version of the song. It was incredible.”
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 Then the party moved to the Radisson Paper Valley for dinner and dancing. “Liz at the Radisson is awesome, has tons of experience, and allowed us to put a lot of trust in her. She gave us our dream day!” The style of the reception was romantic-bohemian, natural, and cozy. “To enter, guests walked through an ivory-draped doorway. To the right was a sewing table with our guest book and a gold-framed mirror reading ‘Please sign our guest book’ set on an easel. There was a beautiful old buffet housing our semi-naked cakes, followed by a trunk for cards draped with cedar boughs, florals, candles, and lanterns. Our head table had a handmade wooden backdrop with more cedar boughs, and Tyler and I sat on an antique cranberry settee. So romantic!”
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 Katie especially loved assembling her own floral centerpieces and had a couple of talented graphic designer friends help with other unique touches. One of the bridesmaids designed a series of laser-engraved wooden magnets as party favors for guests, including the bride and groom’s initials, last name, wedding date, and a thank-you. “I had planned to have magnets for guests for years,” Katie says. “These topped my expectations.” Another friend created a Snapchat filter for guests to use throughout the night. “It cost a mere $22 and added such a fun social media touch!”
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 Dinner was catered by the Radisson, with cocktail hour featuring pretzels and beer. There were three options for dinner: chicken with wild mushrooms in a supreme sauce, roasted sirloin rubbed with Dijon mustard and a secret blend of spices, and vegetarian lasagna with Alfredo sauce. The two meat dishes were served with garlic mashed potatoes and fresh veggies, and all entrees came with a garden salad, dinner rolls, coffee, and tea. At the end of the night, Tyler and Katie treated their guests to a pizza buffet. 

 “After our delightful meal, we had some time for mingling before the most amazing part of the night — our first dance.” Tyler sang and recorded “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur as their first dance song. “It truly captures our relationship and love for one another. It was a very special and magical moment hearing the words sang from my talented husband, as I’m his number one supporter and fan.” Katie and Tyler also loved their father/daughter and mother/son dances. “We cannot thank our parents enough for helping make our day so special, and for raising us with love that we will someday share with our children.”

NE Wisconsin Wedding Vendors:
Did you attend any bridal shows? No bridal shows for me…I have been planning my wedding since I was about 8 years old. The colors that I ended with had drastically changed throughout the years, but I had very particular ideas that I followed through with to the day of.
Did you hire a Wedding Consultant? Fortunately, one of my best friends has a gift from God & a creative mind that helped us plan our wedding day. We have been friends since the day she was born, we grew up together, & talked wedding talk every time we were together! I give her most credit on making all of my random ideas come together as a solidified plan. She has started Garnish, which is a wedding rental company out of Bear Creek, Wisconsin!
Invitations: One of two things that was not local. BettyLuPaperie from Daphne, Alabama. I cannot say enough amazing things about working with Valerie over the past 6 months. Everything. The quality, color, texture. The turnaround time…I would order something & have it the following week! She did all of our paper goods invites, enclosure cards, RSVPs, ceremony programs, & place cards.
Rehearsal Dinner: D2 Sports Pub – Appleton, Wisconsin. We had the entire upstairs exclusively for our rehearsal dinner from 6pm-9pm. We chose to keep it causal with beer, pizza & wings…the food though…the food was so delicious! Having our rehearsal dinner at a bar was super fun, everyone got to know each other in a laid back atmosphere, & then party until the wee hours with the general public! I would not change that…it was a great night! Shout out to GM Brent Mack for coordinating everything for us.
Ceremony Location: St. Joseph Parish – Appleton, Wisconsin.
Reception Location: Radisson Paper Valley Hotel – Appleton, Wisconsin. Liz Pekovitch, she was who we worked with from day one! She is awesome, has tons of experience & allowed me to put a lot of trust in her, even with some bumps in the road, she too pulled through & gave us our dream day!
Caterer: Radisson Paper Valley Hotel – Appleton, Wisconsin.
Cake Designer/Dessert: Simple Simon Bakery – Appleton, Wisconsin. Our flavors were Lemon Poppyseed, Almond, Chocolate & Carrot cake all with cream cheese frosting. Our cake topper was ordered from NgoCreations in Alhambra, California. It was great quality & the perfect size for our three tier cake!
Flowers: The FlowerMill LLC – Appleton, Wisconsin (Serious shout out to Lauren for all of our bouquets, boutonnieres, & corsages – she is it!! She knows her floral design) She did 10 bouquets, 1 bridal bouquet, 16 boutonniers, & 4 corsages..that is a lot of work for one person & she did it beautifully & delievered them to our hotel room. She also made some flowers to place on the cake & two 6ft. eucalyptus garlands that she sewed to the drapery at the entrance & it looked perfect!
Music/Entertainment Star 69 – Appleton, Wisconsin (From one band to another..these are our band friends, with Tyler being in the local music industry, we have known this group for a while now, so fun☺ to book contact Bananas Entertainment)
Transportation BusTaMove – Appleton, Wisconsin (They allow food & drinks on the bus!! Something that you need to keep in mind when booking a party bus!)
Photographer Emily Megan Photography – Appleton, Wisconsin. (Uggggh Emily! When you see the pictures you will know! She did our engagement pictures as well..she is one talented girl!)
Wedding Dress Designer Watters Bridal
Where did you buy your dress Bliss Bridal LLC – Brookfield, Wisconsin. Beautiful store with beautiful employees!
Where did you get your  formalwear DuBois – Appleton, Wisconsin
Party Rental Company (linens, tents, chairs etc.) Garnish – Bear Creek, Wisconsin
Rentals: Wedding Perfect  Appleton, Wisconsin (Chair covers..they totally bring everything together. These ladies even put those bad boys on for you, & at the end of the night all you do is stuff them in a garbage bag & return them
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Jordan & Steve’s Rustic-Elegant Wedding at the Osthoff Resort

May 23, 2017
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Jordan and Steve met in a marketing class at University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. “I had him in my phone as ‘Steve from Marketing,’” Jordan laughs. The two got engaged five years later, during a trip to Door County. Steve planned an elaborate all-day scavenger hunt through all of Jordan’s favorite spots: Summertime for breakfast, shopping in Fish Creek, Malibu Moo’s Frozen Griddle for ice cream, JJ’s La Puerta Restaurant, and more. The hunt ended with a sunset sailboat cruise, where Steve was waiting to propose. “It was the most amazing day of my life,” Jordan says. “I’m so thankful that it marked the beginning of forever for Steve and I.”

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Jordan and Steve planned church ceremony with a reception at the gorgeous Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake. “We really wanted to find a happy medium between rustic, vintage, and elegant. For elegance, we tried to bring in this feel through the flowers we chose, the linens, and the bridal party’s attire.” The bridesmaids wore long elegant dresses, and the groomsmen were in black tie from Nedrebo’s Formal Wear.

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Classic Tuxedo’s from Nedrebo’s Formalwear

 

Floral arrangements came from House of Flowers and Couture Events. “We told them our vision and they made it come to life. We went with softer flowers and kept the colors very earthy, with just a little pop of color.” For a rustic touch, Steve and Jordan chose to have white birch branches and flock incorporated throughout their arrangements. To bring some richness, the two included fur and velvet linens.

The ceremony was a traditional one. “I think in a way that made it unique,” Jordan says. “I feel that weddings are definitely moving away from the traditional. We did a lighting of the unity candle, as well as the traditional vows.” Steve and Jordan both agree that their favorite part of the ceremony was saying those vows. “It was so special to make those promises to each other. It was the start of the next big chapter of our lives together.”

After the “I do’s,” it was time to celebrate at the Osthoff, of which Jordan and Steve sing endless praise. “Lori at Osthoff was incredible. She was on top of everything and willing to work with us so we could have everything we wanted and more. She coordinated with all of our vendors and we never once had to worry about anything the night before or day of the wedding. She was truly amazing!”

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Just as amazing: The open bar and delicious food, catered by Osthoff. “We had passed selections as well as some tables of food set up for a pre-course before dinner.” For dinner, there was a choice of prosciutto-wrapped Pacific halibut, four-peppercorn seared filet mignon, and roasted mushroom ravioli. Later in the evening, Osthoff set up a hot chocolate bar. “It was a big hit, especially with the kids.”

“One of my other favorite parts of the reception was the Grand March,” Jordan says. “The groomsmen came out as fishermen to represent Steve, and the bridesmaids came out riding stick horses to represent me.” Steve’s favorite part of the reception was the live band.

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To add a personal touch, Jordan and Steve made their own save-the-dates with photos from their actual engagement and engagement photo shoot. Jordan and her mom also made a scrapbook of the five years she and Steve had been together. “That was about all we did ourselves. Everything else our vendors took care of, which was awesome.”

As for Jordan’s stand-out moment: “We got to walk into the ballroom together before they opened the doors for dinner, so we could have a few minutes to take a breath. Seeing the many months of planning come together was something neither of us will ever forget!”Premier Bride NE Wisconsin | Images by De La Teja Studios

 

NE Wisconsin Wedding Vendors:
Bridal Shows Attended The Wedding Faire in Oshkosh & Sheboygan Bridal Showcase at the John Michael Kohler Art Center
Invitations & Table Numbers Sarah Ingram
Rehearsal Dinner Lola’s on the Lake located at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI
Ceremony Location St John Lutheran Church in Plymouth, WI
Reception Location The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake
Caterer The Osthoff Resort
Cake Designer/Dessert Cakescapes out of Greenleaf, WI
Flowers House of Flowers in Oshkosh, WI
Music/Entertainment The Bluewater Kings Band
Photographer De La Teja Studios out of Appleton, WI
Videographer De La Teja Studios our of Appleton, WI
Wedding Dress Designer Stella York
Where did you buy your dress Bella Sposa in Tinley Park, IL
Where did you get your formalwear Nedrebo’s Formal Wear in Fond du Lac, WI
Rings Husar’s House of Fine Diamonds in West Bend, WI
Party Rental Company (linens, tents, etc.) All done through House of Flowers/Couture Events except the chairs
Chairs All Star Rentals LLC
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Cassandra & Cale’s Rustic DIY Wedding at Tryba’s Simply Country Barn

April 28, 2017
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Cale and Cassandra met like a couple of true Wisconsinites: at a Packer party! They were on their way to a a weekend get-away in Door County for their four-year anniversary when Cale proposed. While hiking near Death’s Door Bluff, Cale coaxed Cassandra to a particularly scenic overlook. “He started talking about how I should take pictures,” Cassandra says. “I thought this was odd since he’s not a picture person, but I took advantage of the rare moment. When I turned around, he was down on one knee, holding a ring. Before he could get the full phrase out, I said ‘YES YES YES!’” The two carved their initials in a nearby tree to mark the spot.

Cassandra and Cale planned a rustic wedding at Tryba’s Simply Country Barn in Freedom, Wisconsin. In preparation for the big day, Cassandra attended the bridal show at Shopko Hall in Green Bay. She decided on coral, mint, and champagne as a color scheme, with lots of mason jars and DIY touches for decoration. On the eve of the wedding, family and friends gathered at 5th Quarter Sports Bar & Banquet Hall: “We had a pizza buffet — good food and reasonably priced!”
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Both the ceremony and reception were held Tryba’s Simply Country Barn. “We asked one of Cale’s closest friends to perform the ceremony,” Cassandra says. “He happily came up with his own ceremony script. We had two speakers read short poems that I felt really summed up love and marriage.” Instead of combining sand or having a unity candle, Cale and Cassandra combined wine. “Cale likes red and I like white, so we got a bottle of each and poured a little of both into a glass.” When the two drank their mixed wine as a symbol of unity, Cale came away with a sour look on his face — but Cassandra went eagerly back for a second sip. “The whole group burst out laughing. That was my favorite part of the ceremony.”

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Then it was time to party! “The reception was great. We had the dance floor filled at all times, people outside playing lawn games, or just hanging out — but the Grand March was the most crazy.” Cassandra’s family are big into bowling, so that was the theme of the Grand March. “The wedding party wore white t-shirts (for the bowling pins) and four people wore blue t-shirts (for the gutters). I got in a big yellow ball, and Cale rolled me down the ‘lane’ toward the pins — and of course we got a strike! It was a very non-traditional Grand March, and everyone talks about it to this day.”

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Dinner was like a big, buffet-style picnic, chockfull of pulled pork, burgers, cheesy potatoes, beans, coleslaw, and fruit. For dessert: cupcakes. As for décor, the linens, chairs, and other such must-haves were provided by Tryba’s Simply Country Barn. “Everything came with the venue, so it was very convenient. A lot of the items are included in the venue rate, or are available to rent from them. The employees — bartender, cleanup crew, and owners — at Tryba’s were all great to work with!”

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When it came to adding personal flair, Cassandra tackled a bunch of DIY projects. “We decorated mason jars, and Carrie from Tryba’s Simply Country Barn provided us with flowers to put in each one.” The jars and flowers were set on slabs of wood that Cassandra’s uncle hand-cut. There was a pallet with a hand-written schedule of the day, and Cassandra’s veil and flowers were handcrafted by her aunt. Looking back, Cassandra says she just loved seeing how much their guests were enjoying themselves. “It made me so happy to see everyone having a great time and in awe of how beautiful the venue and decorations were.”

Vendors:
Bridal Shows attended The Wedding Show at Shopko Hall
Invitations Created the save the dates and invitations myself with my friend Sara’s help and had Badger State Printing print them out.
Rehearsal Dinner 5th Quarter Sports Bar & Banquet Hall 
Ceremony Location Tryba’s Simply Country Barn
Reception Location Tryba’s Simply Country Barn
Caterer Renard’s Catering
Cake Designer/Dessert Frosted Delights – They were AMAZING!! We had a 2 tier cake and then cupcakes to feed the guests. The guests LOVED the cupcakes. We had 3 different flavors – Chocolate / Amaretto / Raspberry. I would recommend this vendor to anyone looking for a bakery for any occasion.
Flowers Carrie's Simply Country Floral
Music/Entertainment Advanced Entertainment – They were really good with the quality of music and kept everyone on the dance floor. There was not one moment that the dance floor wasn’t full. I had so many compliments about the music and DJ’s. They had one person DJ’ing and an MC. They were awesome!
Photographer Amenson Studio: I love who they are and how they cater to their clients. We told them right away that we are not comfortable in front of the camera, but they worked with us and got wonderful shots for our wedding and engagement pictures.  During the wedding, they fit right in and all the guests loved them. They were chatting with the guests and dancing with them, while still getting amazing shots. 100% recommend this photographer.
Bridal Salon David’s Bridal
Party Rental Company (linens, tents, chairs etc.) All came with the venue – Tryba’s Simply Country Barn – Very convenient and they have a lot of items that are offered within the rate or are available to rent from them.
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Allie & Michael’s Family-Style Dinner Party Wedding at Carstens Mill

April 12, 2017
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Michael and Allie met through friends while at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Their first official date was running the annual Santa Scamper in downtown Appleton. Michael proposed to Allie over Thanksgiving in 2015. “Those who know Michael know he can be a bit of a schemer,” Allie says. “The proposal was no different.”

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Allie and Michael started planning to play a prank on her dad: swapping out his Michigan State Spartans flag for a Wisconsin Badgers flag at the family cottage. “I was under the impression that this was why we headed outside in the snow. We swapped out the flag, then on the way back to the cottage, Michael stopped me in the middle of a wooded area and got down on one knee. Unbeknownst to me, my family was watching from inside.” They had champagne ready and waiting to toast the happy couple.

Allie and Michael decided to treat their wedding like one giant, fabulous dinner party. The night before the wedding, the rehearsal dinner was held at Stone Arch Brewpub in Appleton. The ceremony was at First United Methodist Church, and the reception at Carstens Mill in Brillion, Wisconsin. Allie’s favorite part of the ceremony was exchanging vows. “We wrote our vows together, and saying them to each other on our wedding day was so special.”

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Then the party moved to Carstens Mill: “Beth, the owner, was amazing to work with! We would recommend this place to absolutely anyone. Beth had most of what we needed to decorate — chairs, linens, and antique dressers. We also rented some tables from Fox Cities Party Rental.” The centerpieces and bouquets, which uniquely incorporated herbs into the arrangements, came from Branching Out & Co. in Appleton — “another fabulous vendor who understood our vision.”

For dinner, the tables were arranged in three long rows and the meal was served family style, adding to that dinner party feel. Michael and Allie chose a caterer specializing in farm-to-table meals, and guests were “blown away by the flavors.” Allie made dessert herself: cake! “That was my biggest undertaking,” she says. “Dessert acted as a centerpiece along the rows of tables so that guests could indulge after their meal.”

As for other DIY projects, Allie and Michael played to their strengths. Allie made cakes because she works in the culinary field, while Michael is a designer and undertook creating the entire invitation suite, menu cards, and programs. “While designing invitations isn’t Michael’s bread and butter, it was a way for him to put his stamp on the event.” Allie’s advice on DIY: “If you’re going to do it, make sure to have a solid plan in place with timelines so you don’t get overwhelmed or behind.”

Looking back, the moment that sticks with Allie the most is when she and Michael were able to take a step back and look out at the dance floor. “We were so touched to see friends and family that hadn’t met each other until the day of our wedding, dancing together and getting along so well. There was so much love and happiness in the room, and we felt so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people.”

Vendors:~

Dance lessons Boogie Ballroom. We found dance lessons to be a great stress release at the end of the day and it helped us take our minds off of the stresses of wedding planning. We got to goof around and have fun with each other.
Invitations Designed by the groom Michael
Rehearsal Dinner Stone Arch Brewpub in Appleton, WI
Ceremony Location First United Methodist Church, Appleton, WI
Reception Location Carstens Mill, Brillion, WI. We would recommend this place to absolutely anyone.
Caterer Heirloom Kitchen Company. Again, Tracy was amazing to work with and we knew right away that she “got” us and our vision. The food wasn’t at all your standard wedding food, but was definitely chef-driven with lots of flavor. We liked that the menu was tailored to our desires and our budget, but still unique.
Cake Designer/Dessert These were designed and made by the bride. The flavors were almond chiffon with brandy, cherry curd and almond Italian buttercream and a chocolate S’more cake with marshmallow and graham cracker filling and Chocolate Italian buttercream.
Flowers Branching Out & Co. in Appleton, WI. Another fabulous vendor who understood our vision. We had herbs incorporated into our bouquets and centerpieces.
Music/Entertainment  Erin Krebs sang during the cocktail hour and dinner. She is so talented and added so much class and elegance to the night.
DJ Yo DJ Entertainment for dancing after dinner as well. Zarren was amazing! The dance floor was packed the entire night and we loved having a TV above his booth to show music videos, shots of the crowd dancing and photos from earlier in the night.
Transportation Kobussen Bus Lines helped us get people to and from the reception to the hotel.
Photographer Kim Thiel Photography. She really knows her stuff and does a fabulous job of integrating with the crowd to capture the “feel” of your day. We are thrilled with our photos!
Wedding Dress Designer/Shop Vera Wang – David’s Bridal
Rings Kessler’s
Party Rental Company Fox Cities Party Rental

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Highlights from the Visuelle Productions Spring Wedding Spectacular

March 30, 2017

This past Sunday the Fox Cities PAC was alive with romance! Couples from all over NE Wisconsin were meeting with local wedding vendors and planning their wedding day. Visuelle Productions put on a beautiful show, as always, which included an exciting choreographed bridal fashion show. The Phantom of the Opera even made a brief appearance! Here are a few images of the day!

Couture Events by House of Flowers offered several elegant high style designs. Attention to detail was evident on each display! Imagine what they can do for your wedding day!

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Prestige Executive Limousines, LTD was on hand to give us a tour of this luxurious party bus! Picture yourself kicking back in style with your entire wedding party on this ride!

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Artistic Cakes and Cookies displayed both rustic and chic wedding cakes.  “Your wedding day is unique. Your wedding cake should be too.”

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If you missed this fantastic show, don’t fret! The Fall Wedding Spectacular will be held here again on August, 13th from 12-4.