Imagine a wedding venue as picturesque as they come and you won’t even come close to this gorgeous marrying spot. Elkhart Lake is now wholeheartedly on my radar and it’s 100% because of those turquoise blue waters fringed in greenery. Good combo Wisconsin. And Anna Page, who has long been a regular on my radar, captured a whole weekend of merriment that ended with a Bride in lace marrying her love. Also a good combo. See all those pretty images straight from Anna’s lens right here.
From the Bride… When A.J. and I became engaged, we immediately began the search for a unique outdoor wedding location in our home state of Wisconsin. From the moment we arrived in Elkhart Lake, we knew we had discovered it! It was our goal to offer a fun, relaxing ‘getaway weekend’ with the opportunity for our family and friends to enjoy and celebrate this exciting moment with us. Once we had decided on Victorian Village Resort as our venue (it’s bursting with the quaint, vintage charm I was looking for), the planning process came very naturally with the combination of my event planning background and my mom’s professional graphic design & marketing skills. We worked side by side from beginning to end to establish the simple, sophisticated, yet rustic ascetic I had envisioned. The styling (or ‘branding’) of the wedding was essential to successfully tying together every last detail of the event, including our save the dates, invitations, menus, escort cards, labels, stationary, ceremony programs, signs, thank you cards, and so much more. The added touches of custom wine favors, matchbooks, napkins, and cigars were all finishing touches that were icing on the cake.
My mom has always said, “It’s all in the presentation!” And it certainly proved true in our case. We arrived in sunny Elkhart Lake the Thursday before our wedding and commenced the merriment immediately with dinner and drinks at Lake Street Cafe. The rehearsal dinner on Friday evening at the Paddock Club was the perfect ‘official’ start to our celebration with exceptional food, service, and atmosphere. The morning of our wedding began with a forecast of rain – but by some miracle, the clouds never arrived and we had the most perfect, sunny day. Our stunning flowers arrived from House of Flowers, and A.J. and I shared our ‘first look’ moment beneath the shade of some beautiful trees near our ceremony location. Seeing each other for the first time was such a special moment for us – certainly one that we’ll never forget. After taking family and wedding party photos with the super-talented Anna and Jonathan Wheeler of Anna Page Photography, our ceremony took place in a beautiful little corner of the lawn with a perfectly landscaped background. We were beyond happy with the heartfelt, personalized ceremony our officiant, Rev. Christine Weidner performed, and many of our guests commented on how the ceremony felt like it was a true reflection of A.J. and I as a couple – which was the best compliment we could have received.
Walking into our 40×100′ reception tent from Fox Cities Party Rental literally took my breath away. There was candlelight, ivory, and flowers everywhere – it was heaven. My mother, aunt, and an amazing group of family and friends spent the morning of our wedding making sure everything was in its place including the beautiful centerpiece flower boxes and easels for our photo display lovingly built by my grandfather, patterned table runners sewed by my grandmother, and escort cards/favors of tiny terra cotta pots filled with sweet basil that my mother and I had planted six weeks earlier. My friend Kay Williamson worked her magic with the family photo display, dessert table, ceremony decorations, and much, much more. The love was definitely in the details like a bowl of fresh green apples, vintage suitcase Card Box, thank you notes wrapped around each of the dinner napkins, and chalkboard signs done by friend and calligrapher, Martha Van Driest. We had a large, non-traditional wedding party (my two brothers were the ‘Men of Honor’ and stood up on my side), and we were very happy with our decision to have one, big head table including our attendant’s dates. It really felt right for us to have everyone there together. All of our guests spent the evening sipping on Mojitos and Bell’s Oberon Beer (bride & groom’s favorite drinks, respectively), dancing to the sounds of Jazz Orgy, and enjoying amazing desserts and cake pops from Bakery on State in Manitowoc. In a word, it was magical — from start to finish, the experience was filled with warmth, laughter, and joy, and we couldn’t have imagined more as we began our lives together.
Wedding Photography: Anna Page Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering: Victorian Village Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin / Rehearsal Dinner: Paddock Club / Floral Design: Robin Zernzach of House of Flowers / Wedding Stationery + Styling: Dinah Mueller Designs (firstname.lastname@example.org) / Officiant: Reverend Christine Weidner / Wedding Cinematography: Singer Carney (email@example.com) / Desserts: Bakery on State / Ice Cream: Scoops Ice Cream Parlor / Music: The Jazz Orgy / DJ: Matt’s DJ Service / Tent Rental: Fox Cities Party Rental / Tent Lighting: Lights For All Occasions / Table Number Pots: One Kings Lane / Centerpiece Flower Boxes + Photo Display Easels: Bride’s Grandfather / Chalkboards: Save on Crafts / Chalkboard Calligraphy: Martha VanDriest (firstname.lastname@example.org) / Custom Wine Bottles: Black Star Farms / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Heels: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Flats: TOMS / Bride’s Hair Comb: Glamorous Bijoux / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Hair + Makeup: Destiny Holmes and Petra Aubrey of Salon Aura / Suits: Jos A. Banks / Groom + Groomsmen’s Ties: The Tie Bar / Groom + Groomsmen’s Socks: Express / Bride + Groom’s Rings: Samara Jewelry Designs