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Friday, March 15, 2013

Real Wedding: A Wisconsin Wonder

Words by Alicia Clark
Photos courtesy of M Three Studio

In order to really bring a destination wedding to life, it must be infused with the personality of the couple. This is especially important when putting together a wedding in a place where guests may not have been before. For the wedding of Lynnea and Jason, they did an excellent job of ensuring their wedding in Wisconsin was brimming with personality.

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The location of their “I Do’s” could not have been more perfect. “We had stayed at The American Club before and loved that it had an old-world charm with amazing amenities,” the couple said.

After doing some research on the property, Jason and Lynnea came across The Irish Barn and fell in love with it’s stunning views of the Whistling Straits golf course, accompanied by the beauty of Lake Michigan.

While DIY-touches were a large feature of this wedding, the couple couldn’t do it all by themselves! The couple accredits their wonderful vendors to the helpful local vendor list provided by The American Club. This list led Jason and Lynnea to their photographer, M Three Studio, who provided the couple with even more referrals.

By keeping in touch with vendors via email, it was easy for the couple to go back and reference all of the details pertaining to their wedding. “We had a wonderful experience planning a destination wedding,” the couple said. “It requires you to be very organized and efficient with your time. Effective communication with your vendors is the most important aspect.”

Guests at Jason and Lynnea’s wedding were in for a real treat with all of the thoughtful goodies that the couple provided. The couple arranged for customized welcome boxes containing cookies made by the bride herself to be given out when their guests checked into their hotels and handed out activity boxes to keep the children occupied with kid’s card games, glow in the dark bracelets, snacks and disposable cameras at the reception.

Another DIY project taken on by the couple were hand-stamped and embossed dinner menus and hand-painted table assignments made out of a salvaged window. “To beautify the window we sanded it, painted it white and applied a silver glaze to give it a chic finish with a rustic element,” the couple said.

Rejecting the tradition of a flower bouquet, Lynnea instead chose to carry a bouquet made of brooches down the aisle. “I spent many weekends thrifting for vintage brooches,” Lynnea said. “At my shower, guests were asked to bring brooches to help complete the bouquet. Once I had enough brooches I worked with The Ritzy Rose to put together the most beautiful arrangement I could have asked for.” By opting out of a flower bouquet, the bride will be able to cherish her bouquet for years to come.

One of the major plusses of a destination wedding is that a destination wedding often has fewer guests than a local wedding. “Having less guests attend allowed us to splurge in other areas and make the day special for all who attended, while incorporating unique touches,” the couple said. “We felt we were able to spend time with everyone and really feel the spirit of our friends and family.” 

As for advice, Jason and Lynnea encourage other destination couples to make sure that their wedding reflects their personality and individual style. “Decide what is the most important to you and do not stress about the rest. Everyone will have an opinion about what you choose, but if you are happy that is all that matters.”

Vendors:

Photography: M Three Studio, Ceremony/Reception Site: Champions Terrace/The Irish Barn, Florist: The American Club, Brooch Bouquet: The Ritzy Rose, Makeup: Blush by Brittany, Music: Jubilate String Quartet, Gown Designer: Watters, Groom's Clothing Designer: Black by Vera Wang, Bridesmaids/Groomsmen's Clothing Designer: Noir by Lazaro/Black by Vera Wang.

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