Elizabeth from Manitowoc and Tyler from Howard’s Grove went to the same high school, but were two grades apart and had never spoken until Tyler’s sister married Elizabeth’s older brother. “We stood up together at the wedding, and I began to notice him more and more,” Elizabeth says. “But it wasn’t until 2014 when Tyler’s cousin married by little brother that we finally decided to get together.” Some things are just meant to be!
Tyler proposed the day after he got back from a 4-week training for the National Guard, which was also his 23rd birthday. “We went out for dinner in Milwaukee to celebrate,” Elizabeth remembers. The two then walked to Marquette Park, where Tyler had flowers waiting in the gazebo. “He told me how much he loved me and wanted to spend his life with me, then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Little did I know, his best friends were hiding in the bushes taking pictures of the whole thing!”
Elizabeth and Tyler planned a simple, elegant wedding with a ceremony at St. Paul’s Church in Howard’s Grove and a reception at the Fox Hills Resort. Elizabeth opted for mint bridesmaid dresses, which she found along with her own gown at Affairs to Remember in Manitowoc. “I have been going to them since prom in high school, and they’re always amazing to work with!” Elizabeth carried the mint color into the décor, accenting with soft pink and gold. The couple found their rings at Elizabeth’s dad’s jewelry store, Rummele’s Jewelers, in Manitowoc.
At the ceremony, the church pews were decked out with floral arrangements that Tyler and Elizabeth had made. The two kept it traditional and didn’t see each other until Elizabeth walked down the aisle. “I was very nervous prior to the start of the ceremony,” she admits. “But once I saw Tyler’s face and finally walked toward him, my nerves changed instantly to excitement.”
Then it was time to party! During the Grand March, the bridal party sported Hawaiian shirts and funny hats, because the bride and groom were off to Hawaii the very next day. Elizabeth and Tyler made the centerpieces, as well as a large Mr. and Mrs. sign that rested in front of the head table. There was also a memories table, to honor relatives that had passed, and two guest books — one for folks to sign as they walked into the reception, and one for the photo booth.
Dinner, catered by the Fox Hills Resort, was “traditional but amazing.” Guests enjoyed a family-style dinner of chicken, beef tips, potatoes, and stuffing. There had been an open bar at Elizabeth’s parents’ house following the ceremony, an open bar at cocktail hour, and finally, complimentary beer and wine for the remainder of the evening. For dessert, there was all kinds of cake: lemon poppyseed, red velvet, confetti, and marble.
Then came the dancing. The DJ kept the dance floor full all night, taking requests and even helping Tyler and Elizabeth play the shoe game on a whim. As a late-night snack, the Fox Hills brought out pizzas with a variety of scrumptious toppings. Elizabeth says she’s most grateful to her photographer for capturing the day in pictures. “The day went by so fast, and after that, all we have are the memories and the photos to remember it by. Without our photos, we wouldn’t have been able to share with everyone just how beautiful and amazing our wedding day actually was.”
|Rehearsal Dinner||Rehearsal was done at our church and dinner took place right after at a nearby restaurant call Millhome Supper Club for food and drinks. Overall, was a very fun night and made me even more excited for the next day.|
|Ceremony Location||St. Paul’s Church in Howard’s Grove. Tyler’s church growing up as a kid and one we both grew to love. The pastor was Tyler’s bests friend, and best man’s father whom he knew almost his whole life.|
|Reception Location||Fox Hills Resort. They did a great job and had awesome food and accommodations during the reception and for our out of town family.|
|Caterer||Fox Hills Resort.|
|Cake Designer||Cravings Whitelaw, WI. They did an amazing job with our cake and the sheet cakes for the guest. I wanted a simple but elegant cake I found on Pinterest and it was EXACTLY as it looked in the picture and tasted amazing. Cannot wait to eat it again on our 1 year anniversary!|
|Flowers:||The Flower Gallery | Manitowoc, WI. They did an amazing job with all the flowers! I even requested a few flowers to put in my hair and my flower girl’s hair and they made them free of charge. They were amazing to work with and made everything better than I could have imagines.|
|Music/Entertainment||Action DJs out of Green Bay. They were also great to work with and did an amazing job during dinner and reception. Took requests from any of our guests and even accommodating my last-minute request for Tyler and I to play the shoe game.|
|Transportation||Prigge Bus Company ,Sheboygan, WI. They were great to work with and let us drink, dance and eat for the entire ride. The open concept of the trolley was great and comfortable for the ride as well. We also used it as a background for some of our pictures which turned out to be some of my favorite pictures overall!|
|Photographer||Karen Ann Photography. I had got her name from my sister who does hair and had seen some of her work previously. When Tyler and I were looking through photographers, hers were by far the best photos we had seen and included a great priced package. She was amazing to work with on my wedding day and sent our pictures to us on a flash drive only a few weeks after our wedding. They turned out AMAZING, better than I could have ever imagined.|
|Wedding Dress Designer||MoriLee. It was beautiful!|
|Bridal Salon||My wedding dress as well as the bridesmaid’s dresses were bought for a store in my hometown of Manitowoc, WI named Affairs to Remember. I have been going to them since prom in high school and they are always amazing to work with!|
|Where did you get your Formalwear/Suit||Men’s Wearhouse|
|Rings||My father owns an amazing jewelry store in Manitowoc, WI named Rummele’s Jewelers. I recommend everyone to check it out!|
|Party Rental Company (linens, tents, chairs etc.)||Everything was provided by Fox Hills. Chair covers were bought online from amazon.|