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
Real Weddings

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
Real Weddings

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
Bridal Shows/Events

The 2019 Wedding Show Winter Edition

December 28, 2018

Did you get engaged over the holiday season?

Then say ” I do” to planning your wedding at the The Wedding Show- Winter Edition!

Where: Shopko Hall and BCA |  Green Bay, WI
When: Friday 1/18/19 and Saturday 1/19/19
Times: Friday 1/18: 5pm-9pm &
Saturday 1/19: 9am-3pm
Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
Weekend Pass: $12 advance and $15 at the door.

Click here to get your tickets now and SAVE!

Everything a couple needs to plan and prepare for a wedding!
Featuring 180 wedding professionals exhibiting in two buildings!

Friday, January 18, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cake Dive at 7:30pm p.m. : Attendees can see if the shoes fits for a chance to participate in the cake dive and win great prizes.
Bridal makeovers will also be offered on Friday by Paul Mitchell The School.

Saturday, January 19, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fashion shows at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Beautiful dresses and modern bridal party needs from local salons will showcased!

Both days
Hourly door prizes to be awarded both Friday and Saturday!
Register at the door or skip the line when you buy advance tickets and register online.

Wedding Trend Displays
Dream looks come to life created by vendors you can connect with at the show.

Groom’s Lounge sponsored by The Automobile Gallery- Men!
Kick back and relax!

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Real Weddings

Sam Dekker & Olivia Harlan’s
Slam-Dunk Door County Wedding

December 12, 2018
Sparkler wedding send off

Sam Dekker, a former Wisconsin Badger and currently a forward for the Washington Wizards, and Olivia Harlan, a reporter from ESPN, didn’t meet on the court or during a post-game interview. These two sports lovers actually met as so many other brides and grooms do: through a mutual friend!At first, Olivia wasn’t so sure about the set-up, but when the two met, everything clicked. “Sam was so funny, quick witted, sincere, humble, and easy to be around,” she says. “We fell in love very fast. Our first date was watching a Packers game at a bar, and the first time we said ‘I love you’ was one month later—at a Packers game!” The Packers hold a special place in Olivia’s heart; her grandfather was the team’s CEO.
Sam proposed to Olivia in his home town of Sheboygan, where the two were spending the summer. “It was very intimate and random!” Olivia laughs. “That day, we had worked out and gone to Wal Mart. I was so caught off guard! It was very romantic and simple.”

The couple planned an elegant, black tie wedding in Door County, sticking to a color palette of black, white, and cream. The rehearsal dinner took place at The Whistling Swan in Fish Creek, a family-favorite restaurant. “All of the groomsmen stayed there as well, so we had the whole place to ourselves!” The ceremony and reception were both held at the Horseshoe Bay Golf Club.

Under a white, sky-high tent trimmed with sweeps of greenery and crystal chandeliers, Olivia and Sam said “I do.” Olivia walked down the aisle to the theme from Gone With the Wind—“a favorite movie in my family and my name sake: Olivia de Havilland,” she says. The bride and groom chose to do a sand ceremony to signify their unity. Olivia poured sand from her and Sam’s trip to Jerusalem, symbolizing their foundation in faith. Sam’s parents poured sand from his home town, and Olivia’s parents poured sand from where they live—Door County.

Following the ceremony was the first of two cocktail hours: one before and one after dinner. “To pay homage to Wisconsin supper clubs, we served traditional supper club drinks—a grasshopper, pink squirrel, and brandy alexander.” Lavender was incorporated throughout the meal, with lavender sprigs in the champagne glasses and a lemon-lavender wedding cake.

The space was decorated with a mix of modern touches and antique furniture from Relics Vintage Rentals. Flowers came from Buds N’ Bloom in De Pere, Wisconsin. “Jerad was the best,” Olivia says. “His vision is so extravagant and beautiful. He worked tirelessly to transform the tent from the ceremony to the after party, while we had dinner.”

Making the evening really special, Olivia and Sam had cigar rollers at the reception, rolling honey-dipped cigars. “Everyone loved that!” The entertainment came courtesy of Platinum, a band based out of Milwaukee. “No one wanted to leave the dance floor. We stole them from a friend’s wedding, and would do it again and again!” There was also an incredible fireworks show after sunset and a sparkler send-off to end the evening.

“I’ve never felt such tangible love in one place,” Olivia reflects. “It was overwhelming. You couldn’t tell who was Sam’s family or my family, his friend or my friend. Everyone became close over the weekend, and I loved looking out and seeing the nonstop laughter. We’re the first of our friends to get married, so it was a young, rowdy crowd. I wouldn’t have had it any other way!”

Vendors:

Event Planner Door County Event Planners (Carrie Baldwin) We LOVED Carrie Baldwin-Smith with Door County Event Planners! She has become a good friend.
Reception Venue  Horseshoe Bay Golf Club, Egg Harbor
Rehearsal Dinner Venue Whistling Swan, Fish Creek . A family favorite restaurant. Was so special, and they were so accomodating. All the groomsmen stayed there as well, so we had the whole place to ourselves!
Cake Monzu Bakery, Green Bay
Florist Buds N Bloom, De Pere . Jerad was the BEST! His vision is so extravagant and beautiful. He worked so hard to transform our tent from ceremony to after party while we had dinner.
Photographer Paper Antler Johnnie and Michelle are such a lovely husband and wife duo, who are enjoyable to be around and so talented. We loved our pictures.
Music/Entertainment ACA Entertainment ( Platinum) BEST WEDDING BAND EVER- no one wanted to leave the dance floor. We stole them from a friend’s wedding, and would do it again and again!
Wedding Dress Designer Sareh Nouri (custom of 3 of her designs)
Bridal Salon Bella Bianca in Chicago, IL
Groom's Tux Balani
Make-Up Artist Ashley Renee Makeup, Kansas City
Rentals Relics Vintage Rentals, Milwaukee
Transportation Door County Trolley

 

Real Weddings

Ross & Breann’s Epic Movie-Themed Wedding

September 27, 2018

Breann from Green Bay and Ross from Pella, Iowa, met during pharmacy school at Drake University, but their paths never really crossed outside of the classroom. That was until they both moved to St. Louis after graduation, where they met up with some fellow Drake alumni to explore their new city. “We started dating about five months later, and the rest is history!”

Ross planned to propose to Breann one Saturday night, after Breann got home from work. He set up a memory lane of pictures from their relationship and prepared Breann’s favorite meal. When she got home, she walked through memory lane, which ended with Ross down on one knee. “We spent the rest of the evening eating dinner, calling our families, and ended the night with one of our favorite activities: going to a movie.”

Movies played a huge role in Ross and Breann’s wedding theme. In planning their wedding, Breann attended the Wedding Show Summer Edition at the Resch Center in Green Bay. “I’m glad I took two years to plan, since I was doing it all myself,” Breann says. “I loved the planning process and everything turned out how I wanted it to.”

The two said “I do” in the church where Breann’s father grew up, which is the same church Breann attended from kindergarten through high school. Following the ceremony, the wedding party hopped on a Lamers Bus and stopped to ride the roller coaster and merry-go-round at Bay Beach— a fun surprise for the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Then it was on to the movie-centric reception at the Tundra Lodge Resort and Conference Center. “Laura from Tundra was awesome. She sat down with us and saw our vision for what we needed for the night and made sure it all happened. We didn’t have to worry about anything the day of the wedding!”

“The reception was truly amazing — we had such an incredible time!” The dancing was a highlight of the evening. “I thought we were going to jump so hard we would fall through the floor to the wedding below!” Breann laughs. Dinner and drinks were catered by the Tundra Lodge and featured signature king and queen cocktails.

The movie-themed décor featured a lot of DIY by Breann and Ross. There were Star Wars posters with the bride and groom’s faces in place of Leia and Luke’s to welcome the guests to the reception. The guest book was made up of fake movie posters created from Ross and Breann’s engagement photos, and each table was themed to be a different film. Instead of clinking glasses at dinner for the newlyweds to kiss, the DJ played songs from each table’s movie, and if the table recognized their song, they could stand up and cheer for a kiss.

Other fun touches included a Mission Impossible photo challenge, where Ross and Breann ran around the room with their photographer to snap a quick picture with each dinner table — all while the DJ played the Mission Impossible theme song. “It was so much fun and our guests really got into it, using props from their centerpieces. We made it through all 20 tables with a few seconds to spare!”

There was also a powerpoint of childhood photos, curated by Breann’s dad, and a rather unique first dance. “It went from the standard slow dance into a segment from Beauty & the Beast’s ballroom dance into a dance-off between the bride and bridesmaids vs. the groom and groomsmen.” In the end, Breann says she can’t name an all-time favorite thing she planned for the wedding. Rather she says, “The entire day was perfect! Nothing went wrong, that I know of. And in the end, I married my best friend!”

Vendors:

Bridal Shows Attended The Wedding Show- Summer Edition at the Resch Center in Green Bay
Wedding Consultant No, did it all myself!
Dance lessons Yes, for my father daughter dance with my dad
Make-up Artist makeup lesson at Sonia Roselli (did my own makeup on the day of)
Hair Stylist Melissa Castillo at Creative Hair Designs
Invitations Minted
Ceremony Location St. Agnes Catholic Church
Reception Location Tundra Lodge Resort and Conference Center
Caterer Tundra Lodge Resort and Conference Center
Bartending Service Tundra Lodge Resort and Conference Center
Cake Designer/Dessert Festival foods
Chalkboard/Custom Signage Artist Etsy/ Me
Flowers Petal Pushers
Music/Entertainment Nite Lights
Transportation Lamers Bus Lines
Photographer Amenson Studio
Travel/Honeymoon Service Kivotos Travel (Greece)
Videographer Amenson Studio
Wedding Dress Designer Allure Romance
Bridal Salon Bliss Bridal, Milwaukee, WI
Formalwear/Suit Men’s Wearhouse
Rings Zales
Real Weddings

Lauren & Steve’s Lovely Wedding
at The Paine Art Center & Gardens

July 13, 2018

Lauren from Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Steve from Madison were set up by friends and family. “We couldn’t be more thankful to them!” At the time, Lauren was living in downtown Chicago and Steve was in Madison, so they would never have met without the help of their match-making loved ones. “It was fireworks from the start, since we literally met to watch the Fourth of July fireworks on Lake Monona. Everyone plotted to get us to attend. We spent the following three years traveling back and forth between cities on weekends.”

Steve popped the question while the two were on a romantic weekend get-away in Door County. “After checking into an adorable bed and breakfast, Steve suggested we go for a walk along the waterfront during sunset,” Lauren recalls. “At the end of the boardwalk, he turned on one of our favorite songs on his phone, and we slow danced under a lamppost before he got down on one knee. We were the only two people. It was wonderfully romantic.”

Lauren and Steve planned a beautiful wedding at The Paine Art Center & Gardens. “The Paine is a Tudor Revival-style country estate with elegant gardens. Naturally, we wanted to pull that into the overall look of our wedding and make sure what we did complemented the grounds. We landed on a cross between California wine country and English garden for our wedding.”

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Steve works in the beverage distribution industry, and so has visited the Napa Valley often for work. That’s where he and Lauren drew a lot of their inspiration. “I love the sun-drenched, rolling hills, warm creams and blushes, and romantic candlelight that embody the wine country feel,” Lauren says. They landed on a blush, cream, and white color palette, with gold accents and small pops of navy blue. Planning the look and feel of the wedding was one of Lauren’s favorite things: “There are so many beautiful looks for weddings these days, and a lot of creative vendors who can bring those looks to life.”

For Lauren, oe of those standout vendors was Jaclyn from Feisty Flowers. “She impressed us with her talent, taste, and style, as well as her ability to really listen to us as clients and bring the vision we had in mind to life. She made sure each element brought something to the table, from the delicate votive candles to the sheer ivory fabric cascading across the arbor to my beautiful bridal bouquet. Absolutely nothing was missed. I can’t thank her enough!”

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Both the ceremony and reception took place at The Paine Art Center & Gardens. Lauren’s top two moments from the ceremony: “The first was when our flower girl, Emma, walked down the aisle. She was incredibly poised; you can see the amazing woman she is going to become. The second moment was when Steve and I turned to look at my brother, who officiated the ceremony. I swear I saw tears in his eyes!” Following the ceremony, photos were also taken at The Paine. “Your wedding day flies by, and we wanted to spend as much time as possible with our guests.”

The reception was held in The Paine’s conservatory, an elegant space of white and glass overlooking the new formal garden. “We did a mix of banquet tables running in parallel down the center, with rounds along the exterior. It was really important to us that everyone feel included, and this mixed approach to the seating was perfect.” Lauren looks back with particular fondness on the moment she and Steve got to see the space before guests arrived. “We were blown away,” she says. “It was really special to get to share that moment together.”

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Dinner and drinks were catered by Zuppas Market Cafe and Catering. “The food was delicious — we heard lots of compliments. The drinks were easy for us to choose, since Steve is in the beverage industry. He’s an expert!” Looking back, Lauren’s advice for future brides revolves a lot around choosing vendors: “It’s important to lock down certain vendors far more in advance than you might think. We should have booked transportation earlier than we did. Trolleys in Wisconsin book quickly! We also should have scheduled our engagement photo shoot before the save the dates — it would have made choosing a photo to include on them a lot easier!”

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In the end, with the help of wonderful vendors, the support and love of family and friends, and the gorgeous, historic Paine as a backdrop, Steve and Lauren’s wedding day turned out to be one of utter enchantment. The three words they’d use to describe it: “Elegant, lovely, and joyous.”

Vendors:

Wedding Consultant  Tailored Engagements (Amanda Felsman)
Make-up Artist  Naturally You (Amanda Shallow)
Hair Stylist Nicole Rotto Styling (Nicole Rotto)
Rehearsal Dinner Fratellos Riverfront
Ceremony Location The Paine Art Center & Gardens
Reception Location The Paine Art Center & Gardens
Caterer Zuppas Market Cafe and Catering
Bartending Service Zuppas Market Cafe and Catering
Cake Designer/Dessert Classy Girl Cupcakes
Chalkboard/Custom Signage Artist Etsy (BlissPaperBoutique, Z Create Design)
Flowers Feisty Flowers
Music/Entertainment A Personal Touch DJ
Transportation Little Bull Falls Trolley
Photographer Twin Lens Photography
Wedding Dress Designer Martina Liana
Formalwear/Suit Nordstrom (Hugo Boss)
Rings Cottage Hill Jewelers
Party Rental Company (linens, tents, chairs etc.) BBJ Linens

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