Real Weddings

Sara & Tyler’s Intimate Botanical Garden Ceremony & Railroad Museum Reception

October 6, 2017

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

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

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

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