Real Weddings

Kindra & Jeff’s November Wedding at the Swan Club

August 9, 2019
How he proposed…

Kindra and Jeff, both from Two Creeks, Wisconsin, met at River Fest in Mishicot through mutual friends. Jeff proposed one day after work while Kindra was in the kitchen making dinner. “Jeff grabbed my arms and pulled me into the living room,” she remembers. “He got down on one knee, and after that I was crying. I saw the beautiful ring and my knees buckled as I fell into his arms and literally sat on his leg crying and feeling like the luckiest girl in the world! I’ll never forget it.”

The Wedding Planning…

Jeff and Kindra decided on a November wedding with a church ceremony and a reception at the Swan Club in De Pere. The theme of the day: “Just a good old Wisconsin wedding!” They chose navy blue as their accent color, and Kindra found both her dress and her bridesmaids dresses at Elaine’s Bridal in Green Bay. As for the fellas, their grey formalwear came from DuBois.

On the day of the wedding, Kindra and Jeff didn’t do a first look, but they did write letters to each other and snap a photo while reading them back-to-back. One of the most memorable moments of the ceremony was the lighting of the unity candle. “The candle did not want to light! After about four minutes of trying, the priest came over. After about 12 tries, we finally got it! We’ll never forget that and the many laughs it brought the rest of the day.”

The Reception…

At the Swan Club reception, an Old Fashioned fountain waited to greet the guests. As folks arrived, there were blank place cards for guests to write their own name and pick their spot at any table. “The Swan Club food is amazing!” Kindra says. Dinner was served family style, with stuffing, cranberries, chicken, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, and more. There was also plenty of beer. “We’re from Wisconsin — gotta have beer!” Instead of a wedding cake, Jeff and Kindra chose to serve sugar cookies.

The Wedding DIY Projects…

Kindra and her mother made all of the bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages. “There were about 50 all together!” Kindra also made her jeweled bouquet, using old jewelry from friends and family. “My bouquet was about 15 pounds full of jewelry, gems, and pearls, all made with love. Hot glue was my friend through it all!” Another special touch was Kindra’s veil, which was actually the train from her mother’s wedding dress. “I went from not wanting a veil to having a six-foot lace veil.” In the end, Kindra’s advice to future brides is simple: “Do what you want! It’s your day. Be happy!”

The Vendors…

Invitations Malley Printing, Two Rivers 
Rehearsal Dinner Port Sandy Bay, Two Rivers 
Ceremony Saint Isidore the Farmer Catholic Church, Tisch Mills
Reception Venue The Swan Club, De Pere
Cookies Loft House Cookies
Music/Entertainment Elite Music Service
Transportation Lamers
Photographer Jullia Rae Photography
Bridal Salon Elaine’s Bridal, Green Bay
Formalwear DuBois Formalwear, Green Bay

Real Weddings

Danielle & David’s Snowy Winter Wedding at Hotel Marshfield

July 15, 2019
How they met…

Danielle and David have both worked at the same company for several years. They often saw each other across the break room at lunchtime, never speaking. Two years later, a project finally brought them together. “We started chatting over instant messaging and emails,” Danielle fondly recalls. “At one point, David bet me a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup on the outcome of the project, and I won. On our first date, he brought me a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Later for our wedding, we set Peanut Butter Cups on the tables, since that treat is so special to us.”

The Proposal…

The happy couple got engaged over Danielle’s love for Harry Potter. One June night in 2018, David had three gifts waiting for Danielle, representing the three Deathly Hallows in the seventh Harry Potter book. There was a cloak, a wand, and a golden snitch that opened to reveal an engagement ring, representing the resurrection stone. “I said yes immediately,” Danielle says. “David had done all the ring shopping and picked it out himself. It made the day even more surprising and special.”

The Planning…

Originally, Danielle says she didn’t want a winter wedding, yet the stars aligned to make February 23rd, 2019, the perfect day to say “I do.” “I don’t regret it at all. We were blessed with a beautiful day and a weekend we will always remember! We had a formal wedding. Traditional and simple, yet elegant. Our primary colors were navy blue and burgundy, with some pink and metallic accents. The blue worked out very well since both the ceremony and reception site had blue furniture, so it tied right into our theme. We both loved choosing the colors.”

The perfect wedding dress…

Danielle found her Stella York gown at Elegant Occasions in Wausau. One of her favorite parts of the day was walking down the aisle in that gorgeous dress and seeing David for the first time. “We opted not to do a first look, so we were both fighting back tears as my father walked me down the aisle,” she says. “We were so happy and excited to begin our lives together.”

The wedding portraits…

After the ceremony, photos were a bit of an adventure. “Choosing outdoor photo locations was definitely interesting since we knew they would all look different once the snow came.” And the snow did indeed come in buckets. “A few days prior to the wedding, we went out to all the photo spots and decided one of the locations would no longer work, unless we wanted the wedding party to trudge through knee-deep snow.” Instead, most of the photos were taken at Joe and Bernadine Weber’s Nature Park. “There was a paved path surrounded by pines, and a couple days earlier, David and his dad went out to shovel paths in the woods.”

The bride and groom also stopped at Wildwood Park for more pictures, while the wedding party headed to the reception. “The photo session was one of the more fun parts of the day,” Danielle says. “We were able to leave the crowd for a little while and spend some time with the wedding party in a less formal setting. We also had some alone time at the second photo location, which gave us a chance to take a deep breath and enjoy the day.”

The Wedding Reception…

At the Hotel Marshfield reception, cocktail hour was held in the atrium outside of the main ballroom. “We had several hors d’oeuvres, including meatballs, cheese and crackers, deli sliders, and spinach dip.” To wash it down, David and Danielle opted to host beer and signature drinks for their guests the entire night. “Dinner was held in the grand ballroom. BLT salads were served first, then guests were able to choose between broiled haddock, beef tips, and chicken cordon bleu.” There was also chicken tenders for the kids, as well as a coffee and hot chocolate station — “for everyone to keep warm from the weather.”

Overall, David and Danielle were especially impressed with their experience at Hotel Marshfield. “They treated our wedding as if it was their own. They were always there to help us work through decisions. Jenna at Hotel Marshfield was very organized and helpful, which made planning easy. She responded very quickly to all of our questions and gave great advice on food and beverage quantities, timing, and setup for the reception. We could tell the entire staff was striving to make sure everything came together just as we envisioned it.”

Advice from bride…

Danielle’s final bit of advice to other brides: “Don’t expect perfection. Not everything will go as planned. The weather threw off many of our plans and the plans of our guests, but the change in photo locations actually worked out for the best. We loved our wedding and wouldn’t change a thing.”

Wedding Vendors:

Make-up Artist Cheveux Salon (Hollie Vandre)– Marshfield WI
"Most of the wedding party doesn’t wear makeup on a day to day basis, so we basically gave Hollie free reign to do what she wanted. She did a fantastic job making the makeup look natural and everyone looked beautiful. She even had us try fake lashes which was a first for us and they looked amazing."
Hair Stylist Cheveux Salon – Alisa Barlow – Marshfield WI
"I had booked Alisa after getting high recommendations from some of my coworkers. I only had a couple pictures to show her to get an idea of what I wanted and she was very good at altering the look to work the best for my hair. Everyone’s hair style looked great and we received many compliments from our guests."
Rehearsal Dinner Hotel Marshfield (same as reception) – Marshfield WI
Ceremony Location Cornerstone Community Church – Marshfield WI
"Everyone at the church was very supportive of us through the planning process. It was very nice that the church had decorations on hand so we didn’t have to drag in a lot of extra decorations for the ceremony. We are extremely blessed to have strong Pastors involved in the church who mentored us through marriage classes, provided beautiful piano music, coordinated custom lighting and sound for the ceremony and put together a very thoughtful message. We had great reviews of the quality of service with some even saying it was one of the best wedding ceremonies they had attended."
Reception Location Hotel Marshfield – Jenna Zebro – Marshfield WI
Cake Designer/Dessert Kazia Karpinski
"The tiered wedding cake that was on display was designed by my sister Kazia (also the matron of honor). She designed the front in our wedding colors with several roses to match our decorations. The back merged into a Harry Potter scene complete with castle, quidditch, and the well known Severus Snape quote “Always”."
Cake A Slice of Heaven -Marshfield WI
"The sheet cakes that were served after the meal was provided by A Slice of Heaven. Ruth was great to work with. She gave us several flavors of cake to try to help us decide which flavors we wanted. We ended up going with chocolate, white with raspberry filling, and lemon poppy seed. All of them tasted fantastic and we even had some engaged couples contact her after the wedding for their own reception. She also provided cookies for the rehearsal dinner which tasted amazing as well. She does also make cheesecakes and dessert bars if you wanted something a little more non-traditional."
Chalkboard/Custom Signage Artist Danielle Naugle (bride)
Flowers Linda Dietel (mother of the bride)
"My mother did a great job at designing the bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages to match the wedding colors. She also helped design the flowers in the centerpieces. Dave and I are very good about changing our minds which I know can be frustrating, but she was able to be flexible and design very beautiful arrangements."
Music/Entertainment CMC Music – Chris Burr – Marshfield WI
"Chris was easy to work with and responded to questions very quickly. When the meal finished earlier than expected, he was very flexible at moving up the dance time at no charge to us. He helped us pick out lighting and came in to set up while we decorated to ensure that everything was set up the way we wanted ahead of time. He is a very popular DJ for weddings in the area."
Photographer Cj Photography – Jeremy and Chelsea Kraemer
"Chelsea and Jeremy were great to work with! They did both our engagement photos and wedding photos and we couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. The only problem was picking our favorites as there were so many. They were very flexible at changing locations when the weather changed. Despite the beautiful day for photos, it was still around freezing temperatures outside, so we didn’t want to stand around too much. They were very efficient at getting quality photos so that we weren’t out in the cold too long. They were both willing to go to any measure to get the right shot by either trudging through snow, standing under pine trees, or standing on a narrow beam. They kept the photo shoots fun and entertaining. The whole wedding party had fun out in the snow!"
Wedding Dress Designer Stella York
Bride’s gown Elegant Occasions – Wausau WI
Formalwear/Suit  Thelma’s Bridal – Rothschild WI
Photobooth   Forever Moments– Appleton WI
"Despite the weather, they still drove over 2 hours to get to the reception and even had to spend the night, but they were very understanding. Guests had a lot of fun with the large variety of props and they put together an album of the photos that we were able to take to remember the evening."
Bridal Shows/Events

What to expect at the The Wedding Show Summer Edition

June 26, 2019
The Wedding Show- Summer Edition

If you are planning a wedding, you don’t want to miss this show! You will find everything you need to create the day of your dreams all under one roof! 

Venues- Do you have your reception location yet? Meet with a variety of venues and see what they have to offer!
Wedding Cakes- Meet bakers that can craft beautiful artistic cakes! Delicious Samples will be available
Music- Meet the DJ’s that will keep your guests on the dance floor all night
Flowers- Florists will be displaying stunning examples of their work and on hand to answer your questions.
Photography-Talented local photographers will be displaying their work and will be on hand to answer your questions
Attire- Bridal Gowns & Formal Wear will be on display

So much to see and do!

• Relax in the Fox Hills Resort groom’s lounge!
• Browse the inspiring wedding trend display areas
• Say “Yes” to a dress in the wedding gown boutique pop-up shops and displays
• Get a FREE bridal makeover courtesy of Ulta Beauty
• Vote for your favorite cake at the cake decorating competition- It is a book theme this year!

Click here to get your tickets!
Real Weddings

Alexis & Ryan’s Tundra Lodge Wedding

April 23, 2019

Ryan and Alexis met while working their summer jobs in 2013. “We soon learned we both went to UW-Oshkosh and started carpooling, then studying together. Our friendship turned into love.” These two Oshkosh alums got engaged in July of 2016 in Hartford Beach, South Dakota, where Alexis’ extended family is from.

“My grandma passed away the previous December, and my family had a bench placed by the lake in her memory,” Alexis says. “We went to see the bench, and once Ryan and I sat down, he told me how incredible it was that my grandparents had come to that very spot throughout their 60 years of marriage. He said he wanted it to be a special spot for us too.” Ryan then pulled out the ring and asked Alexis to marry him.

Alexis and Ryan planned a wedding with a chapel ceremony and a reception at the Tundra Lodge. Leading up to the big day, Alexis attended a couple of bridal shows: “I attended the Wedding Show| Summer Edition in Green Bay right after we were engaged to get ideas on pricing and vendors. Then I went to the Wedding Show | Winter Edition to get more ideas on smaller details, since we had the hall, chapel, photographer, and florist booked by then.” Alexis found her Allure Bridal gown at Elaine’s Bridal. Jewel-toned bridesmaid dresses by Mori Lee came from Elaine’s Bridal, too, while the men found suiting at DuBois in Green Bay.

The ceremony was held at Sepia Chapel. “Because of the size of the chapel, only our family members and close friends came to the ceremony. It felt more intimate to only be surrounded by those closest to us.” Another unique thing about the ceremony was that instead of just Ryan and Alexis lighting the unity candle, they also involved their mothers. “Our moms joined us to represent the joining of our families. It was a really beautiful moment.”

Following the ceremony, the wedding party stopped at Lambeau Field to take pictures. “We then went to Hagermeister Park downtown and took more group pictures on City Deck by the water. Our photographer then took us to different locations for pictures, just the two of us. We really wanted industrial-style photos with brick buildings, rather than landscapes.”

After photos, it was time to party at the Tundra Lodge! “They made our reception so incredibly beautiful! We loved the space from the first time we toured it and knew it was going to be amazing with lighting and flowers added to it. Laura at the Tundra Lodge is so sweet and accommodating. Since the hall was unavailable to decorate the night before, Laura put out all of the decorations for me the morning of the wedding. She made it look beautiful!”

For dinner, the Tundra Lodge served family-style chicken, baby red mashed potatoes, a seasonal veggie blend, and assorted dessert bars. There was also pizza for a late-night snack. “Tundra Lodge served really delicious food, and we were impressed during the planning that they said they would make food not normally on their menu to help us personalize our wedding even further.”

Alexis says her favorite part of the reception was being announced before dinner. “Our friends danced into the hall and it really showed their personalities. One couple that walked in together swapped clothes, so that the bridesmaid was wearing the groomsman’s suit and he was wearing her dress. It was really unexpected and perfectly fits who they are as the goofiest people. The guests loved it and still talk about it!”

Vendors

Bridal Shows Attended The Wedding Show- Winter & Summer Editions. I attended the Summer Wedding Show in Green Bay right after we were engaged to get ideas on pricing and vendors and then went to the Winter Wedding Show to get more ideas on the smaller details since we had the hall, chapel, photographer, and  booked florist at that time.
Reception Tundra Lodge
Photography Emily Megan Photography
Bridal Gown Allure Bridal -from Elaine’s Bridal
Bridesmaids dresses Mori Lee from Elaine’s Bridal
Men's Formalwear DuBois ,Green Bay
Engagement ring Schoenborn’s in Kiel
Wedding bands Holland’s
Bride’s shoes Badgley Mischka
DJ Extreme Entertainment (They did an amazing job with the uplighting and music. It was such a fun party and they were great to work with!)
Linens Ruby Design
Alterations Uniquely Yours by Gina, Gina Nachreiner, she also made my earrings and modernized my grandma’s headpiece using all original materials (I will only ever use Gina for alterations for the rest of my life. She’s the sweetest ever and so talented!)
Mother of the Bride’s dresses Furs of Distinction and Lady Savannah
Make-up & Hair Beehive Salon in De Pere
Cupcakes Tamara’s the Cake Guru
Flowers Nature’s Best Floral (Josh and his team are simply amazing! I showed him pictures of what I liked and what the budget was and he knew exactly how to make the arrangements look gorgeous, while staying in the budget. I really wanted peonies which aren’t in season in October, so he knew exactly what to use instead that looked similar. He went above and beyond my expectations!)
Rehearsal dinner Scambatti’s in De Pere
Ceremony Sepia Chapel (Green Bay location)
Transportation Ravine limo bus – the driver picked up the out of town guests staying at Tundra Lodge and brought them to Sepia and then back to Tundra after the ceremony and then picked up the wedding party to take around town for pictures.
Real Weddings

Ashley & Chase’s DIY Wedding at Hotel Marshfield

March 29, 2019

On the day Chase proposed, Ashley saw it coming. “I got to Chase’s house before he was home one Friday night and sitting on his kitchen table was a bill from a jewelry store.” Ashley peeked and saw it was for an engagement ring, but Chase made it all the way to Sunday afternoon before he started acting funny. Following what Ashely suspects were two failed attempts to pop the question, Chase finally got the timing right after a Sunday drive with Ashley and her dog, Richard.

“Chase jumped out of the vehicle first, then I opened my door to let Richard out,” she recalls. “Chase ran over to my side of the car as I was getting out and said, ‘Wait! I forgot something in the center console.’” When Ashley opened the console, she found the ring, then looked back to find Chase on one knee. “He went straight to, ‘Will you marry me?’ — I of course looked at the ring first, then said yes,” Ashley laughs.

The happy couple planned a fall wedding with autumn colors of burgundy and gold. The ceremony was held in a church with a reception at the  Hotel Marshfield. “We wanted a bit of an elegant theme, but nothing to fancy, with some DIY projects thrown in.” The night before the wedding, Sarah’s family hosted a rehearsal dinner at their farm. “My dad actually re-did the haymow in one of our barns and turned it into a meeting room. It was beautiful!”

For the ceremony, Chase’s hometown pastor performed the ceremony. The bride and groom chose not to do a first look, so the first time Chase saw Ashley was her walk down the aisle. “Chase was crying so hard he could barely catch his breath,” Ashley says. “He had the whole church in tears! That was probably my favorite part of the day.” Ashley also wrote the ceremony and made everyone laugh when she jumped the gun and said “I do” before her cue.

Hotel Marshfield not only served as a backdrop for the festivities, but also catered the wedding’s food and drinks. “The food was delicious! We did a plated meal with options of beef, pork, or chicken. Drinks were an open bar for wine and beer, and dessert was several flavors of cupcakes: white raspberry, chocolate peanut butter, pumpkin cream cheese, and Snickers Delight. The nacho bar and pizza were also a success for late-night snacks. Everything was perfect and we couldn’t have asked for a better day!”

To fill Hotel Marshfield with personal touches, Chase and Ashley tackled a number of DIY projects. “One of my friends and I made all of our table numbers and signage,” Ashley says. “Chase and I also made our own favors. We made homemade maple syrup and bottled it with little tags that said, ‘We hope this isn’t too sappy, but we’re so glad you’re here.’” The bride and groom also made four different kinds of wine and bottled them for their guests, complete with their picture on the label.

Vendors:

Make-up Artist Courtney Seidl
Hair Stylist The Fringe Studio – Marshfield
Invitations Cards and Pockets and then printed and assembled them myself.
Rehearsal Dinner We did the rehearsal dinner at my parent’s farm. My dad actually re did the haymow of one of our barns and turned it in to a meeting room all with old wood from the original farm. It is beautiful in there and gets a ton of compliments.
Ceremony Location Zion United Methodist Church – Marshfield
Reception Location Hotel Marshfield
Caterer Hotel Marshfield
Bartending Service Hotel Marshfield
Cake Designer/Dessert Creative Crumbs by Kim Wojcik – These were a HUGE hit.
Flowers Aroma Florist (Lana Ciolkosz ),  Thorp, WI
Music/Entertainment Dean with Night Magic Productions, Duluth, MN
Transportation Dreams Limousine,  Wisconsin Rapids
Photographer   Life and Style Photography ( Jodee Huiras) Eau Claire.
Where did you buy your dress Vera’s House of Bridals, Madison
Where did you get your Formalwear/Suit Mouldoons Mens Warehouse in Eau Claire
Rings Rogers & Hollands in Eau Claire
Rentals Circle the Date in Marshfield did chair covers, table runners and backdrop. I bought our napkins and chair sashes online.

Real Weddings

Anna & Ran’s Romantic Wedding
at the Osthoff Resort

March 21, 2019

Anna and Ran’s story is a special one. Ran was born in Haifa, Israel, and grew up in San Diego, while Anna calls Manitowoc home. Their paths crossed in the summer of 2013, during a 10-day Birthright trip to Israel. “We instantly connected. We spent the entire trip getting to know each other while traveling and learning about our heritage.” Once back in the States, Ran and Anna decided to try a long-distance relationship, trusting in their commitment and communication. They dated for a year and a half with frequent visits back and forth. In December of 2014, the two moved together to Salt Lake City.

Four years after their Birthright trip, Anna and Ran traveled back to the place that started it all. “In Tel Aviv, Ran and I decided to take a walk on the Tayelet to watch the sunset over the Mediterranean Sea,” Anna remembers. “We talked about the memories of Birthright and how far we’d both grown in our four years together. It felt like everything came full circle. Music was playing from a nearby restaurant, and just as the sun hit the water, Ran got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. Of course I said yes, and proceeded to cry and laugh the whole walk back.”

Ran and Anna planned an elegant, romantic wedding at the Osthoff Resort on August 19th, 2018 — five years to the week of having met for the first time in Israel. “Many of our guests came from out of town, so we wanted it to be almost like a destination wedding. Friday night we planned a welcome bonfire. Saturday night after the rehearsal dinner, we went to a tiki bar and listened to music all night. Sunday was the wedding, and Monday morning wrapped up with a farewell breakfast. It was so special to have spent such an extended period of time with our guests!”

Both the ceremony and reception were held at the Osthoff. “It was a traditional Jewish ceremony filled with tons of symbolism,” Anna explains. “Our parents both walked us down the aisle and stood by our sides underneath the chuppah (wedding canopy) as we said our I Do’s. Ran was so nervous, but he said his anxiety completely subsided when he noticed our Rabbi’s fly was down the entire ceremony!”

For photos, the bride (in her Sofia Tolli gown) and groom worked with Twig and Olive to capture the day. “The Osthoff property had beautiful blooming flowers and trees, lots of green bushes, and the lake as a backdrop. But our photographer could have shot us anywhere and the pictures still would have been beautiful.” Anna says she vetted tons of photographers. “I was drawn to Twig and Olive’s candid style. We opted not to have a videographer, so I wanted to be sure that most of our shots were natural and organic instead of posed.”

Anna says she and Ran were determined to eat their own food at their own wedding, which was catered by the Osthoff. “We’d heard horror stories of couples not eating on their wedding day,” she says. “After pictures, my matron of honor snuck us behind a bush and brought us a plate full of appetizers. She saved us!” During cocktail hour, guests enjoyed tuna tartare, antipasta skewers, and salmon lox. For dinner, they had their choice of Filet Mignon, Almond-Crusted Chicken, and a vegetarian/vegan option. Drinks included traditional Wisconsin beers like Spotted Cow and Summer Shandy.

Dessert hailed from Simma’s — a marble cake with raspberry filling and chocolate ganache. “It was absolutely divine.” As an extra-sweet touch, Anna filled favor bags with handmade chocolates from an old soda shop in the town where she grew up. I Do” Decorating helped set the scene with linens, napkins, chargers, chair sashes, centerpiece elements, and backdrops throughout the room.

To kick off the dancing, Ran and Anna turned to a close family friend to lead the way. “She’s an Israeli dance instructor in San Diego. Ran’s parents still go to dance classes and events in San Diego, so we knew we wanted to incorporate that into the evening. We had her hand-select a few songs she thought would get the party started — and they did! She did such a great job showing everyone the steps, and after a few beats, we all seemed to get the hang of it. It was so heartwarming to see our guests on the dance floor having fun. Our favorite part was the hora!”

Another moment that sticks with Anna: “The Yichud — a Jewish tradition that calls for a short 10-minute period where the bride and groom spend time in seclusion immediately following the ceremony. It was our first moment alone that day, and the first time alone as a married couple. It was the perfect time for us to reflect together, take a breath, and prepare for the night ahead.”

Anna wants to remind future brides that things may not always go as planned on your wedding day, but it will work out in the end. “I left Ran’s bowtie and shoes at my parents’ house, a 45-minute drive from our venue. My wonderful dad drove back to get them. My mom was out running last-minute errands the morning of the wedding and got pulled over for speeding. Our DJ’s car broke down on the way to the venue and they had to push it. Our flower girl almost had a meltdown seconds before walking down the aisle. Despite all of these hurdles, the day turned out more beautifully than I ever could have imagined — and it all makes for a great story to tell!”

Vendors:

Did you hire a Wedding Consultant? No, my Mom and I worked together from 4 states away. We drove each other crazy at times, but at the end of the day we both had the same vision – a beautiful celebration with family and friends. She gave us the best gift of all – a memory we’ll cherish for the rest of our lives. We couldn’t have done it without her.
Make-up Artist: Locks + Lashes
Hair Stylist: Locks + Lashes
Rehearsal Dinner: The Paddock Club in Elkhart Lake, WI
Ceremony & Reception Location: The Osthoff Resort
Caterer & Bartending Service: The Osthoff Resort
Cake Designer/Dessert: Simma’s Bakery, cake florals by Courtney Joy
Flowers: Courtney Joy Floral
Music/Entertainment: Midwest Sound
Photographer: Twig and Olive Photography
Wedding Dress Designer: Sofia Tolli – Loraina
Bridal Salon: Harlow Brides in Salt Lake City, UT
Formalwear: Theblacktux.com
Rings: Bennion Jewelers in Salt Lake City, UT
Party Rental Company (linens, tents, chairs etc.): “I Do” decorating

Real Weddings

Traci & Joel’s Stadium View Wedding

March 1, 2019
Beautiful Bride

Traci from Howard-Suamico and Joel from Ashwaubenon met one night in August of 2012 at Stadium View Bar & Grill. Traci was killing time waiting for her eyeglass prescription to be updated, so she popped into Stadium View for a drink. Joel was there with two of his friends, but once he and Traci started talking, the rest was soon history! When they were about ready to become engaged, Joel told Traci for months that the proposal would happen outside of Green Bay. “Each time we went out of town, I’d say, ‘Is this it…?’ And Joel would respond with a smile,” Traci laughs. Come New Year’s Eve 2016, she was good and ready for him to pop the question — and he did that night!

The happy couple planned a September wedding in 2018 with a ceremony at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens Woodland Garden. It was a mix of traditional religious elements and Traci and Joel’s personalities. “Our pastor had us explain five things we appreciate or love about each other and how we knew the other person was the one. We had two readings, one being scripture and one being a poem. We used traditional vows, as well as wrote our own. This way, our guests stayed engaged, as we kept it lighthearted and honest.”

 

Then it was time to celebrate at the place where their story began: Stadium View! “John, Amber, and Jodi were an amazing team to work with! They communicated well and built trust with me that everything would be perfect. They made our dream reception come true, even with the crazy amount of people we had attending: 340!”

Traci and Joel placed a lot of importance on keeping their guests happy throughout the day. “It was all about having our guests and wedding party be well-fed and enjoy celebratory drinks!” There were bagels and mimosas for the getting-ready breakfast, sandwiches and chips on the party bus, and appetizers and signature drinks at the pre-cocktail pub party. “At the reception during cocktail hour, catered by Stadium View, we had an open bar and appetizers for our guests. Our dinner was family-style with broasted chicken, beef tips, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, and buns.” Dessert was a spread of seven flavors of cupcakes, and at 10pm, Joel and Traci treated their guests to pizza as a late-night snack.

Through all the deliciousness and merriment, Traci maintains that the moment that sticks with her the most was the vows. “We have always worked on being honest and having open communication in our relationship, which is what we carried into our vows. Being real. Being authentic. Being supportive of one another. Our vows and the essence of our ceremony embraced all of this.” Choosing to have their reception at Stadium View, a place so authentic to their relationship, further drives home Joel and Traci’s commitment to keeping their wedding day as grounded, real, and true as their entire love story. Cheers to them!

Vendors:

Bridal Shows Attended Wedding Show Winter Edition 2017 & 2018
Wedding Consultant? No-planned it all myself with the support of vendors, family, and friends
Make-up Artist Ally from Icon Salon
Hair Stylist Jackie Roush with Roots Salon
Rehearsal Dinner Anduzzi’s -Howard location
Ceremony Location Green Bay Botanical Gardens– Woodland Garden
Reception Location Stadium View (John, Amber, and Jodi were an amazing team to work with who communicated and built trust with me that everything would be perfect!)
Catering & Bartending services Stadium ViewFamily Style (Broasted Chicken and Beef Tips)
Cake Designer/Dessert Festival Foods Howard-Liz Wroblewski
Chalkboard/Custom Signage Artist Traci (Bride)
Flowers Buds n’ Bloom– Jerad Karcz  was amazing with his bouquets and centerpieces as well as communication. His vision matched my vision, I trusted that everything would be great for my wedding day, and he was who I saw minutes before I walked down the aisle, giving me a hug and pep talk!
Music/Entertainment Extreme Entertainment-Scott Stiles (Main DJ) (Scott is an outgoing guy who was willing to add in the extra details to have our night happen without a hitch.) Scott also did the music and sound for our outdoor ceremony!
Transportation Another Way Entertainment-Galen Sherbon
Photographer Great Scott Images-Scott Eastman
Videographer OpenBox Events-Kelsey Heffter
Wedding Dress Designer Allure
Bridal Salon Vera’s House of Bridal-Madison Wisconsin (Lisa was our consultant who allowed me to be part of the process of choosing a dress as well as let me be vulnerable and emotional as I found the dress for my big day!)
Formalwear/Suit Men’s Warehouse in Appleton
Formalwear/Ushers/Sage green ties   Dubois
Girl’s Gowns Elaine’s Bridal in Green Bay
Rings One of grooms ring (Tungsten) and Bride’s rings from Kessler’s in Appleton, Grooms Camo ring with engraving from RealTree
Rentals Arbor and whiskey barrels for ceremony from Rustic Bridal Rentals on Facebook
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Stacey & Michael’s Elegant Wedding at the Radisson Green Bay

February 14, 2019
Bride and groom stroll through the gardens

Stacey from Black Creek and Michael from Seymour knew each other in high school, but didn’t really connect until after. The two dated for five years before Michael popped the question — a question Stacey knew was coming. “I knew he was going to ask me because I saw a text of a ring on his phone,” she says. “He had no clue I knew and totally thought I was in the dark.” Michael proposed during a hike at Devil’s Lake, and though Stacey wasn’t surprised by the question, she was surprised to learn that her sister was there, capturing the proposal in pictures.

While planning their wedding, Stacey attended the The Wedding Show at  Shopko Hall and settled on an elegant, romantic theme for the day. “I wanted everything to look nice and pretty,” she says. For colors, dusty rose and light mauve kept things soft and lovely. “At David’s Bridal, the colors are ‘ballet’ and ‘quartz.’ Gold was an accent color.”

Michael and Stacey said “I do” at St. Matthew’s church in Green Bay, exchanging rings from Bay Area Diamond Company. Following the ceremony, the bride and groom took photos at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens. “We loved our engagement pictures that were taken at the gardens in Milwaukee. We wanted our wedding pictures to be just as magical.”

Then it was time to celebrate at the Radisson Green Bay! “We had over 350 people, so we had to use the Three Clans room, which is all the ballrooms joined into one.” Stacey and Michael featured a kids table with activities, a memory table, and a guestbook table with a large quilt for people to sign. “We also had a champagne fountain for everyone to enjoy.”

A family-style dinner was catered by the Radisson as well, with chicken and beef tips as the entrée. Later in the night, there were pizzas. For dessert, Michael’s cousin made a wedding cake “mainly for the cutting — but she made it look like a real bakery made it!” In addition to the cake, there were miniature pies, which guests could also take home. “We ordered 400 pies and left with maybe 30. They were a big hit!”

During the reception, Michael and Stacey planned a kissing game with prizes. Spin the wheel, and where it lands determines who has to kiss: the bride and groom, strangers, or entire tables of guests, to name a few. “We also had Fireball shots for people to take; that kept them entertained.”

Of the many moments that made up the day — from standing on tip-toe in the grass for photos to the Best Man’s speech to the crazy humidity — Stacey says that one of her all-time favorite moments was seeing the Radisson reception room. “Walking into the hotel and seeing everything come together, I couldn’t believe it looked so pretty. I can’t believe it all turned out!”

Vendors:

Bridal Shows Attended The Wedding Show Winter Edition
Reception Venue & Catering Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Green Bay
Wedding Consultant Fiorella Neira
For the day of. She was amazing. Defiantly would recommend people to do the same. Didn’t have to worry about anything she had it all under control. I was not sure what to expect with a day of coordinator. But she blew my mind away. A month before the wedding she was in contact with all my vendors to figure out times and any questions. It was so nice not having to worry about making sure everything went smoothly that day and also have the freedom to find all my vendors and make all the decisions with décor/planning. She came up the night before to go to the rehearsal and meet everyone. Everyone was so impressed with how professional she was.
Invitations ( Programs,thank you cards, signage, and chalk boards) Laura Robertson
She is super creative and make everything look beautiful. I had so many compliments on our invites.
Rehearsal Dinner Venue Issar Inn  
Ceremony Location St. Mathews, Green Bay
Cake Michaels cousin- Kayla Raether
Pies Simple Simon Bakery 
Flowers (Bouquets) Kailhofers Greenhouse and Nursery 
Mrs.Kailhofer, the owner, was my music teacher from kindergarten to eighth grade. I always told her when I got married I was going to go through her to do my flowers. My mom also went to them for her wedding in 1982, at that time, her husbands parents owned it.
Flowers (Centerpieces) Petal Pusher Floral Studio
This was a store that my sister and I would walk through when we were downtown green bay getting coffee. They have a cat that is always there and have really cute little gifts. So when I needed a second florist I knew instantly that I wanted to go through them.
Music/Entertainment Extreme Entertainment
We found this DJ service at the bridal show and loved them instantly. We put down a deposit right there. Mr. Blau is from Seymour. I knew him because he was the DJ for all the Seymour dances. So it was cool we got him. Also his assistant for the night was his son. He made everything super easy and was very funny. Improvised with the kissing with like a pro. No one realized that it was empty by accident.
Photographer Janelle Rose Photography
I can’t say enough about her! Michael and I are awkward people I feel like I never take a good pic. And she made it so easy. Her vibe was so friendly that its impossible not to love her. Our pics looked incredible I never loved a pic I was in so much. And there was a bunch of pics I loved not just one. And she does these tricks while doing it. Like there’s this one that she wants you to giggle and kiss and then giggle while pulling away. It feels weird doing it but the pics look so nice. And when we needed an extra hour she had no problem with it. Everyone loved her and he assistant. Also they sent a nice little present before the wedding, so we could have a date night and chill together. It was very kind of them.
Wedding Dress Designer Essense of Australia
Bridal Salon Evermore Bridal 
Formalwear/Suit Jason Louis
Rings Bay Area Diamond Company
Real Weddings

Mariah & Brock’s Door County Wedding at Stone Harbor Resort

February 4, 2019

After meeting at the University of Green Bay, Mariah and Brock were surprised to learn just how much they had in common, especially that they were both born and raised in Sturgeon Bay, Door County. “We had a very natural connection,” Mariah says. “After dinner, we saw a terrible movie, and the rest is history! Four years later, here we are married.”

The road to the altar started at Bay Area Diamonds, a ring shop where Mariah fell in love with a ring designed by Mark Schneider. One year later, Brock and Mariah went back to that same store, only to find the dream ring had disappeared from the case. “I was told it wasn’t being made anymore,” Mariah says. “The whole time, Brock had already been to the store and worked with Bay Area Diamond and Mark Schneider to have one made from the original mold.”

One day in January, Mariah and Brock went to her parents’ house for a Packers game. Walking to the front door, there were rose petals all around, and peering out of the windows were many curious and unexpected faces. “I finally realized what was happening,” Mariah laughs. Brock got down on one knee, and Mariah started bawling. “Then I saw the ring. The ring that was ‘no longer made.’ The ring I thought I could never have.” Inside, Brock and Mariah’s parents, grandparents, and close friends were waiting to celebrate.

The happy couple made sure to work with Bay Area Diamond and Mark Schneider to make their wedding bands, too. “We have a strong appreciation for Mark and the staff at Bay Area Diamond in Green Bay. Their services are flawless.” Mariah also found her wedding dress in Green Bay — a gorgeous Stella York gown at Tie the Knot Bridal Boutique.

 

Everything from the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony to the reception was held at Stone Harbor Resort. “Merredith at Stone Harbor was incredibly helpful with any and all questions we had regarding our venue and planning.” On the day of the wedding, Mariah pulled up to the outdoor ceremony in her dad’s muscle car. “All of my family knew right away: ‘Mike’s bringing his daughter in the Cuda!’ As for Brock’s family, this was a surprise, and loved by all!” Brock’s uncle officiated the ceremony. “He did an incredible job. We felt so at ease; nerves able to rest.”

For wedding photos, the bridal party went up to Bailey’s Harbor and stopped at Door County Brewing Company. For couples photos, the bride and groom went to the Ridges Sanctuary Trail/Boardwalk. Then it was time to party! The reception was held at the Stone Harbor ballroom, and there was no shortage of memorable moments.

“We loved that both the best man and our good friend from Sweden were able to give speeches at dinner. We also loved watching the video our parents made, with pictures of us growing up — talk about blackmail! — and pictures with our family and friends. Then there was the temporary tattoo station; they were all gone by the end of the evening! The tattoos were of our faces, and they were probably the biggest hit of the night.”

Dinner and drinks were catered by Stone Harbor and featured a family-style dinner topped off with complimentary Spotted Cow all night long. Dessert was a lineup of delicious cupcakes in flavors like cherry, red velvet, lemon, and chocolate.

Mariah’s biggest pointer for anyone currently planning a wedding: “Keep your bridal party and all of your vendors informed. With a timeline and duties shared weeks prior, the day and week of the wedding can be everything you dreamed off — and less stress!”

Vendors:

Bridal shows attended  The Wedding Show at Shopko Hall
Wedding Consultant No,  Meredith Templin at Stone Harbor was incredibly helpful with any and all questions that we had regarding our venue and planning.
Make-up Artist Liz Burke at EB Artistry
Hair Stylist Mallory Rankin (sister and hair stylist) Teacher at Aveda Hair Institute – Bride’s Hair
Bridesmaids Hair Halie Struck and Meg Nellis
Invitations Shutterfly
Rehearsal Dinner Stone Harbor Resort
Ceremony Location  Stone Harbor Resort – North Lawn
Reception Location Stone Harbor – Harbor Ballroom
Catering/Bartending Service  Stone Harbor Resort – All food and Drink
Cake Designer/Dessert  Econo Foods – Cake and Cupcakes
Flowers Reba at A Delightful Day Floral Design
Music/Entertainment Alton Olson at Soundfire DJ
Transportation Executive Limousine
Photographer Jen Gannigan at Magdalene Photography
Back up Photographer Sally Borkovetz (Family friend)
Travel/Honeymoon Service  Any Path to Travel – Travel Agent Vicki Ries
Videographer   Josh Thompson Media
Wedding Dress Designer  Stella York
Where did you buy your dress  Tie The Knot Bridal Boutique, Green Bay
Where did you get your Formalwear/Suit  Men’s Wearhouse
Rings  Bay Area Diamond Company  Bride’s: Designed by Mark Schneider
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Katie & Nick’s Modern, Nantucket-Inspired Wedding at the Osthoff

January 8, 2019
Bride and groom embrace lakeside

Katie from Chicago and Nick from Sheboygan met at the University of Michigan Dental School through mutual friends. During their first year of dating, Nick visited Katie in Chicago and the two planned a “Ferris Beuller’s Day Off” day, complete with a baseball game, boat ride, dinner, and an impromptu slow dance by a fountain while waiting for the train.

Three years later, the two went back to Chicago for dinner at their favorite restaurant. “Afterwards, Nick had a car drive us around the city, not knowing where we were going to end up,” Katie remembers. “The car parked, and Nick and I walked to none other than the fountain. He got on one knee and told me the night we danced there the first time was when he knew he wanted to marry me. We slow danced again in the same spot, then spent the night drinking champagne and celebrating!”

Nick and Katie set the date for an August wedding at the Osthoff Resort. The theme: Modern, with a nod to Nantucket. The Osthoff handled nearly everything, including Katie’s hair stylist, courtesy of the Aspira Salon, and flowers by Victoria Vonner of Osthoff in Bloom. Discovery Coach provided all transportation.

Before the Osthoff reception, the bride and groom said “I do” at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, which is over 100 years old. “My favorite part was saying our vows to each other,” Katie says. The couple exchanged rings from Rudnik Jewelers. Nick’s favorite moment of the ceremony: The kiss!

Then it was time to party. “The Osthoff provided the utmost, in terms of customer service, food, beverages, and desserts.” There were hot passed hors d’oeuvres of beef wellington, crab cakes, and warm brie bites. Dinner was a choice of filet mignon, salmon, or mushroom ravioli. The open bar offered top-shelf liquor, though out-of-towners seemed more excited about the barrels of Spotted Cow. The meal was topped off with a sweet red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.

Outside of the scrumptious food, beverages, and service at the Osthoff, Katie says she and Nick had lots of favorite parts of their reception: “Our Rat Pack cocktail singer, Bill Froula, for one. We also had an appearance from the Syrena Polish Dance Troop, who performed a traditional wedding dance for us. I was the only one who knew about it — it was perfect to see the look on Nick’s face. The dance floor was packed all night with friends and family. We did a legacy dance, and Nick’s grandparents won with 64 years of marriage!”

Katie’s advice for future brides is simple: “Know that at the end of the day, the most important thing isn’t a thing — it’s the love between you and your husband.”
Vendors:

Make-up Artist Lustrous Beauty Studio (Kelly)
Hair Stylist Aspira Spa at the Osthoff Resort
Rehearsal Dinner The Paddock Club Elkhart, WI
Ceremony Location Holy Name of Jesus Church, Sheboygan, WI
Reception Location The Osthoff Resort Elkhart, WI ( The Grand Libelle Ballroom)
Caterering/Bartending Service The Osthoff Resort
Cake Designer/Dessert The Osthoff Resort (guests) and head table cake Bettersweet Bakery
Flowers The Osthoff in Bloom, Victoria Vonner
Music/Entertainment Sounds by Design Milwaukee, WI
Transportation Discovery Coach Sheboygan, WI
Photographer Anna Bayliss
Travel/Honeymoon Service Sara Gustin SW Travel sgustin@swtravelinc.com
Videographer: Play Your Story
Wedding Dress Designer Pronovias
Bridal Salon Simply Luxe Bridal Algonquin, IL
Formalwear/Suit Men’s Warehouse
Rings Rudnik Jewelers
Party Rental Company (linens, tents, chairs etc.) Wolf’s Linens