- 10 years ago
- Wedding: July 2011
I am not an experienced blogger by any means, but I definitely spent hours searching through other bride’s posts getting ideas of my own for my wedding last year. So, to show my appreciation, I am going to share with all of you fellow wedding researchers what fun things I ended up doing for my weekend wedding in Northern Wisconsin last summer… aka ‘up nort.’
We started our week off with a trip to the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota. If you have never been, it is definitely worth the trip and the workout! And the weekend away before the wedding was very nice.
After our 3 nights in the wilderness, we headed back ‘up nort’ to get things ready for the weekend. This was our honeymoon before the wedding 🙂
The days before the wedding we planned a few activities around town, dinners at my parent’s cabin, rented a pontoon and speed boat for everyone to use, and had campfires on the lake. Our wedding favor was a re-usable bag with local maps, brochures and a welcome letter. Here is the design that was put on the bags by Design Solutions in Minocqua. (http://www.studiods.com).
Instead of putting our names on the bag, we put our signature LOVE on the bottom left corner. One of my pet peeves is getting favors with the names and date of the event that you never really use again. I thought this would maybe be re-used.
Here is a re-cap of the weekend for you with some pictures to give you some ideas.
The Dress: I bought the dress at Tina Marie’s in Algoma, WI. It fit like a glove when I tried it on and fell in LOVE with it, no alterations needed. I am a lucky girl!!!
We spent a lot of time playing on the lake. We were very lucky the weather was in the 70’s/80’s and party cloudy all weekend. That night we had a welcome supper at my parent’s cabin- burgers, hot dogs, cheese curds, and delicious dessert from the Flying Monkey Patisserie in Philadelphia (compliments of my good friend Baker E).
The Chamber of Commerce was extremely helpful and planned a Scavenger Hunt around the city. I highly recommend using the resources small towns have to offer. I couldn’t have done it all without the help of Jane Kincheloe. We had over 25 clues that we had to solve and bring back photos on our digital cameras to prove it. My team one of course! Haha!
That night we hosted our ‘wedding rehearsal’ dinner for everyone that was in town. The Phatt Boyz (of Tomahawk, WI) showed up around 9am to start the pig, which was a hit!! Once again the event was held at my parent’s cabin. I surprised my future hubby with a Georgia groom’s cake.
Our wedding party was very small (3 people total), but we decided to honor all the special people in our lives by getting them gifts instead. Nine guys got ‘das boots’ (http://www.beerfestboots.com) and 6 ladies got handcrafted earrings from a shop in Hanover, New Husband that I found on one of our adventures in the Northeast (http://www.craftstudies.org/index.html)
Here are a few pictures of the venue. We had the ceremony right on the lake, and then the chairs were moved back under the tent for dinner that followed. The gazebo in the middle is where the photo-booth was set up. See pictures below.
We had two live bands (yes, 2). I originally planned for a small group to play for the ceremony which turned into a 6 piece rocking jazz group (http://jazzworksmusic.com) that played during the ceremony and for a couple hours during cocktails and dinner.
Our original band canceled on us 3 months before the wedding, so luckily we jumped on gigmaster.com and found a great group called the Sundogs out of Madison, WI. They played a little bit of everything and everyone LOVED them!! Even my 80 year old great uncle Chuck. This is the best picture I have of them, but check out their website for more info (http://www.sundogsmadison.com). The music was so good I even did the worm on the dance floor in my dress!
We had a table set up with a suitcase for cards and a guest book with some photos of the 2 of us and our adventures around the world since we met each other. However no one signed it because they thought it was too nice and the photo-booth had another guest book for guests to sign. Oh well. I like my photo-booth scrapbook much better- an amazing gift from my friends!
Our awesome caterer Andrea Reuland (Reuland’s Catering: http://reulandscatering.com) gave us the idea to set up a canoe with ice and beverages to keep the bar moving and allow for guests to help themselves. It worked out great!!!
The tent decorations were kept simple and easy… and people took home the centerpiece candles and Chinese lanterns the next day. Great souvenirs and very inexpensive too!
(Most of these photos below are by Stephanie Jolin Photography- amazing photographer out of Minocqua!)
I decided to do a cupcake cake with many different flavors of cupcakes. Pam Pearsall of Minocqua was amazing and even though she had never made a cupcake cake, she did it to perfection!!!
The LOVE topper was a pencil sharpener that I bought in Philly- we unscrewed the sharpener and glued the LOVE to a clear circle disk. The biggest disaster of the night was that the top of the cake fell into our caterer’s hands while the table was being moved, but luckily my baker friend jumped to the rescue and made it look close to new! Makes for a great story.
My best friend put together a photo-booth and set up a tripod for people to get dressed up and take pictures. Here are a few of my favorites:
When the music ended, we launched sky lanterns in true Thai tradition for good luck. Lanterns of Love
At the end of the night we had some delicious late night food. A friend of mine (a new entrepreneur of a carnival food wagon) set up mini-donuts, pork on a stick, and all-beef hot dogs. Nothing but the best. It was delicious!!!
Sunday: We hosted a Brunch after the wedding on the deck above where the wedding was. It was great that we are waiting to take our honeymoon, because we weren’t in a rush to leave and got to spend another day with friends and family and enjoy the boats on the lake.
I wasn’t sure how the weekend was going to come together having planned it from over 1000 miles away, but thanks to the amazing help from a few key friends and family, our wedding far exceeded any expectations we had. Thanks again Mother Nature!