The 6 L A YE R S [ingredients] of your Dessert Display

Image by: Asher Marie Photography

As wedding coordinators, we see a L O T of different dessert displays. In order to spark your creativity for your wedding, we’ve added some of our pointers below to get you started thinking about S W E E T treats for your special day!

Choose a sweet treat that best fits Y O U: Traditional wedding cake, cupcakes, bundt cakes, pies, donuts, cookies, bars, ice cream, macaroons… how could you possibly decide? We think lots of taste tasting will be sure to help! Decide on a dessert that best fits you and your partner. If you’re not a fan of cake, go for pie or a mix of dessert options! You can also get creative and mix + match dessert options. Whatever you choose, your guests will be sure to love the sweet treat you decide on!

Start from the bottom layer: Consider what these sweet treats are going to be displayed on – will they be set on a table with a fancy linen, a farm table, a vintage hutch, or maybe the ever so popular wine barrels, with a door across? There are so many F U N options to display your dessert of choice!

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S T A N D tall: Dessert stands can offer decorative flair and also be functional in utilizing space for as many desserts to be set out as possible. Decide on a type of stand that best fits the rest of your decor – are they black, silver, white, glass, wood, round, pedestals, trays, etc.? Consider adding D E P T H to your dessert display to create interest. Do this by including wooden boxes, crates, tree trunk slices or different heights of dessert stands.

Don’t forget the frosting: Including additional decor is a M U S T! Add signage to let your guests know their options. Chalkboards are an easy and efficient way to let guests know what they are getting into, especially if there are any dietary restrictions! Consider a “Love is Sweet” banner, extra florals or greenery, as well as candles, votives or even lanterns. Get V I N T A G E – add fun mismatched dessert plates to the buffet – they act as a fun decor piece and are also functional!

Personalize it: Consider adding a Mr. + Mrs. fork and personalized knife/server for the cake cutting photos. Personalized napkins are A D O R A B L E too!

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Don’t underestimate: Most importantly don’t underestimate on the number of “pieces” of sweet treats you offer. If you are offering a variety of desserts or flavors, keep in mind guests may enjoy trying one of each. That being said, make sure you or your dessert vendor provides “to go” boxes, just in case there are a few left, in which case you can then enjoy for breakfast.

Hope these items help you perfect your wedding dessert display!

Love,

Kellie + the Rustic Elegance Team

Image by: Jeannine Marie Photography

Jaclyn + Elling | Rotschild Pavilion

Jaclyn + Elling’s wedding was so much F U N to plan! Lead planner Kayla loved meeting with the bride at coffee shops around the downtown Minneapolis area, talking about wedding plans and getting so excited for their special day. Jaclyn + Elling selected a location in Wasau, WI to tie the knot (approximately a 3 hour drive from the Twin Cities). The Rustic Elegance team took a road trip to Wasau the day before the ceremony to run the wedding rehearsal.

The morning of the wedding, Rustic Elegance began prepping at the reception location, the Rotschild Pavilion. The venue was very unique – it used to be an old roller skating rink! The guest tables were set with white linens, vases with twinkle lights, and greenery. Kase Styles brought in the greenery for the guest tables, along with stunning tall floral arrangements for the head table – L O V E D working with them! The bouquet for the bride featured protea flowers that were as big as a face! The weather for the day was a little iffy, raining on and off all morning. We made the call to have the wedding outside because the outdoor venue that they selected was on top of a M O U N T A I N! Rib Mountain State park was where the ceremony was held, in an amphitheater that overlooked the whole city of Wasau. The site was decked out with a rug and floral arch from Kase Styles – it was simply stunning! The rain held off long enough for the couple to get some pre-ceremony pictures with the ever so talented Natural Intuition Photography, and the ceremony went on with only a few drops of rain – which many say is L U C K Y!

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After the ceremony ended, guests headed to the Rotschild Pavilion for some appetizers, while the wedding party took a party bus around the town. After the wedding party arrived and made their grand entrance, Urban Street Bistro prepared an extravagant buffet style dinner that featured some A M A Z I N G food that was well received by all guests. After some amazing speeches by family, DJ Brian from The Brian West Show started pumping up the party! The newlyweds were sent off at the end of the night with a cute sparkler send off, ready to begin their life as a married couple!

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Jaclyn + Elling – we hope that you are thoroughly enjoying life in your new[ish] home with your cute pup as newlyweds. We loved being your day of coordinators, and can’t wait to see you grow as a married couple!

VENDORS
Ceremony: Rib Mountain State Park
Reception: Rotschild Pavilion
Catering/Bartending: Urban Street Bistro
DJ/Photobooth: The Brian West Show
Florist: Kase Styles
Photographer: Natural Intuition Photography
Makeup: V Beauty House
Hair: Studio E
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Megan + David | Bloom Lake Barn

Megan + David were such a fun couple to get to know throughout the planning process! Lead planner Kellie loved working with Megan and learning about all her decor ideas. Megan and her now mother-in-law partake in a pop-up shop with A M A Z I N G rustic decor, so being experts in this area, they had lots of great ideas – so F U N! After much planning and prepping, the day arrived in no time!

This sweet couple had their wedding at Bloom Lake Barn, which we L O V E being at and working with their amazing owners [they R O C K!]. Rustic Elegance arrived early to prep & place the decor brought in, which included so many cute details. One of these details included a ladder which was hung above the head table and had S T U N N I N G lights hanging from it, greenery was also added by the florist – one of our F A V decor elements of the day! While Rustic Elegance worked quickly to get everything set for the day, the ladies prepped in the bridal suite while Kelly Birch Photography snapped some great photos of them. Later, the guys arrived and hung out in the air conditioned groom’s room at the barn before the ceremony started.

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Although it was a hot day, the couple had a B E A U T I F U L ceremony outside, followed by cocktail hour on the lower level/outside of the barn. During cocktail hour, the wedding party slipped away and headed to town in a party bus for some additional celebrating! After the G R A N D entrance, it was time for a yummy dinner provided by Unique Dining Experience, followed by dessert by Nothing Bundt Cakes. These sweet cakes were displayed on Bloom Lake Barn’s wood farm table with a variety of mismatched dessert stands – L O V E this! After dinner and desserts, Rustic Elegance helped flip part the barn and transformed into a dance floor, ready for all to dance the night away.

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Megan + David – we loved working with you to create your M A G I C A L wedding day. We hope that married life is treating you well & can’t wait to follow your love story. Shout out to Kelly Birch Photography for the fantastic photos used in the blog!

Venue: Bloom Lake Barn
Catering + Bar: Unique Dining Experience
DJ: Music Mix Entertainment
Florist: Fresh Cut Florals
Officiant: Steve Swain
Photographer: Kelly Birch Photography
Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Transportation: DJ Party Bus
Hair: Lemon Water Salon
Makeup: Emile Ann Makeup Artistry
Dress: Bella Bridal Boutique
Coordinating: Rustic Elegance

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Melissa + Matt | Dellwood Country Club

Our lead coordinator, Kayla, had SO much for planning with Melissa + Matt in the months prior to their wedding. Being a very organized person, Melissa would come to the planning meetings with her “book of knowledge” – a binder that included everything needed to know about her big day! The couple decided to tie the knot at Dellwood Country Club, a beautifully situated venue in Dellwood, MN.

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When the day was finally here, the Rustic Elegance team arrived and unpacked the decor boxes and set-up. The ladies prepped for the day with Lady Vamp Artistry rocking their makeup. The tables were decorated with a variety of centerpieces, including lighthouse figurines [the groom is a huge light house fan] which we L O V E D that they incorporated this into their day! The ceremony was set up with minimal decor – wine barrels at the entrance with fall mums, a few memory photos of loved ones, and blanket scarves to keep guests warm throughout the ceremony. After all the set up and preparation, it was finally time to tie the knot!

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The ring bearer drove down the center of the aisle in a motorized remote control fire truck, which was O H – S O adorable! It was really fitting due to the groom being a firefighter [and another firetruck came later for pictures!]. After everyone had their smiles and giggles from the ring bearer, it was time for the main event. Melissa + her dad made their grand entrance as they entered down the deck staircase of the Country Club, with Matt watching from the front. They opted to not do a pre-ceremony first look, so this was the first time he was seeing his beautiful bride. After a short + sweet ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the Fireside Room before filling into the main dining room for dinner.

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The wedding party was seated at a harvest table in the middle of the room, surrounded by round guest tables throughout. Dinner was prepared and served by the Dellwood catering service, with desserts being brought in by Hyvee [which were amazing P I E S!]. After dinner, loving speeches and desserts, it was time to dance! The DJ turned up the music and guests were on the dance floor for the rest of the evening. The couple also played the “shoe game” which made for great fun for all!

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Melissa + Matt – we so L O V E D being a part of your wedding day and can’t wait to watch your love story continue for years to come. Shout out to Spicy Meatball Photography for sharing these amazing photos with us to use in the blog!

Venue + Catering: Dellwood Country Club
Rentals: Rustic Elegance
DJ: The Experience
Florist: Colleen’s Flower Cellar
Officiant: Pastor Jen from Christ the King
Photographer: Spicy Meatball Photography
Desserts: Hyvee
Hair + Makeup: Lady Vamp Artistry
Dress: Allure
Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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Haley + Makkonen | Gardens of Castle Rock

Oh where to start with this S W E E T couple! Haley + Makkonen dug into their planning process with lead planner Kellie and the outcome was the most P E R F E C T day! This couple’s love story goes all the way back to high school [high school sweethearts – L O V E it]. Their wedding took place at the Gardens of Castle Rock, an A M A Z I N G outdoor venue that we love being at! We’ve Got It Covered came early in the morning do some G O R G E O U S draping under the tent and brought along their deep purple linens for the guest tables. The ladies in the wedding party prepped for the day in the newly renovated bridal suite, and the guys arrived a little later just in time for their first look! Jeannine Marie photographed this sweet couple and their bridal party throughout the day, doing a F A N T A S T I C job as always. Rustic Elegance prepped the guest tables, place cards, dessert table, and other decor throughout the space, and finally it was ceremony time!

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The ceremony was held under the Lath House at the Gardens of Castle Rock. The site was S T U N N I N G featuring a arch of gorgeous flowers provided by Studio B Floral, entrance doors provided by us, a pink aisle runner and the natural beauty of the venue. After the ceremony, it was time for cocktail hour- guests enjoyed refreshments and appetizers by Mintahoe catering, and also enjoyed touring the beautifully manicured grounds and gardens. Guests then moved under the tent to their beautiful decorated dinner tables with purple linens, burlap purple runners, white napkins, gold chairs, and floral centerpieces from Studio B Floral. The newlyweds sat at a sweetheart table – a cute touch! Mintahoe served an amazing dinner, and speeches came next, where there was not a dry eye in the room for most of them. We love hearing old & fun memories about the couples in the speeches! The rest of the evening was full of dancing and love radiating from the happily married couple.

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Haley + Makkonen – Thank you for including us in your day as your wedding coordinator’s, we love being a part of your love story! We hope that married life is a dream, and wish you all the love and happiness. Special shout out to Jeannine Marie Photography for sharing these A M A Z I N G pictures with us!

VENDORS
Venue: Gardens of Castle Rock
Catering: Mintahoe Catering & Events
Bartender: With a Twist
Rentals & Decor: We’ve Got It Covered
Florist: Studio B Floral
Photographer: Jeannine Marie Photography
Photobooth: MN Photobooth Rentals
Desserts: Sugar and Spice
Transportation: Northfield Transportation
Makeup: Bridget Belew
Hair: SM Hair & Makeup
Coordination/Decor: Rustic Elegance

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Tips + Tricks | Planning the Perfect Outdoor Wedding

As a wedding coordinator, we are here to make your day E A S Y! We wanted to again share a few of our biggest tips & tricks when planning an outdoor wedding in order to make your day P E R F E C T!

Rain rain, go away! As you know, Mother Nature has a mind of her own. As much as we can try to predict the weather, you may be blessed with extreme heat, rain, wind, or in Minnesota/Wisconsin, even snow on your wedding day. Be sure to have a “back up plan” prepared and have a team to help execute in case the elements get in your way. Think ahead in providing weather appropriate accessories for you, your bridal party + guests: umbrellas, cute rain boots, sunscreen, bug spray, fans, heaters, blankets, tent side walls etc. Your guests will be thanking Y O U for taking care of them.

Image by Kate Becker Photography

Don’t forget about D A N C I N G shoes: Your wedding day consists of a L O N G day on your feet! To make sure you and your guests can last all night out on the D A N C E floor, consider suggesting guests wear comfy + grass friendly shoes. Flip flops in your wedding color make the P E R F E C T “dancing shoes” to have on hand for those guests who insisted on wearing cute heels and are now dancing in their bare feet! Also, make sure if your shoes are O H – S O cute, but maybe not so comfy, that you also bring a pair of reception shoes to switch into.

W A T E R! Prep for the elements by providing lots of water for your bridal party + guests as they arrive onsite for the wedding. Think of having a H Y D R A T I O N station at the reception to ensure guests have access to water at all times. Consider adding fun flavors – berries, cucumbers or lemons, to the beverage jugs for a twist to the traditional beverage station [+ don’t forget ice/coolers]!

Image by: Ester Knowlen Photography

Did someone say PIZZA: Late night snacks are L O V E D by all! Who doesn’t enjoy a slice of yummy pizza after having a few drinks and a showing off your dance moves?! Consider adding late night [gourmet] s’mores, a popcorn bar, a mac and cheese bar or a wood fire pizza buffet to refuel your guests before they hit the dance floor for the last few songs!

Image by: Jeannine Marie Photography

Tick Tock: Suddenly, it’s the end of the night! What are you going to do with all of the decor, presents, cards, leftover desserts, florist items etc? Have a game plan figured out ahead of time as to what goes where, who does what, what vendors are coming back at the end of the night etc.  This will ease the stress for you, your family and friends at the end of the night.

Hope these items help you perfect your plans for your future outdoor wedding!

Love,

Kellie + the Rustic Elegance Team

Image provided by: Jeannine Marie Photography

Kristin + Jason | Furber Farm

Kirsten + Jason tied the knot in June at the Furber Farm + we L O V E D everything about planning with them! The ladies got their hair & makeup done by Shelly Blackstone, and then arrived at the venue in a big, P I N K party bus. They then set up shop in the gorgeous bridal suite to get dressed for the day. The bridal suite at Furber Farm is amazing! While the ladies continued prepping, the guys arrived and headed to the groom’s room. They enjoyed playing some card games before getting into their suits. Once both parties were ready, it was first look time! Dodge Creative set up their first look on the deck at the farm, despite the crazy weather that day [a little bit of rain & humidity]. After the couple had their first look, the wedding party joined for a few pre-ceremony photos outside when the rain let up.

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Meanwhile, Rustic Elegance was busy setting up the decor for the day. The couple decided to have their ceremony indoors due to the humidity and potential threat of rain, so we set up for the ceremony where the head table would later be placed. They had a great wood folding backdrop, paired with Rustic Elegance wine barrels. Cindy’s Floral Creations brought in S T U N N I N G arrangements, including accent pieces for on top the barrels. They also provided G O R G E O U S greenery with purple accents for the head table! Other prep for the day included setting out the memory photos, placed on the Rustic Elegance ladder, arranging the place cards, and setting out the handmade card box on the gift table [which was made out of a wooden stump!].

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Finally, it was time for the couple to get married. The wedding party entered from the first floor and processed up to the ceremony site. Then the bride, escorted by her uncle, made their grand entrance via the staircase from the second level. Officiant Matt Berdahl went through the ceremony with ease, doing a great job as always. The couple opted to do a unity symbol, with three different sand colors, and included the groom’s daughter in their ceremony. A kiss sealed the deal, and then it was cocktail hour!

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Guests enjoyed drinks while the room was being flipped for dinner. Distinctive Catering did a F A N T A S T I C job keeping up with the large crowd for the plated meal (240 guests) & the food was so T A S T Y, too! Desserts were provided by Distinctive as well and consisted of cute & yummy cupcakes. After dinner and speeches, DJ Kelsey (rock star) from Adagio started off the night with the formal dances, and kept the party going all night long! Distinctive also provided late night wood fired pizzas that were definitely a hit with the guests.Day of Coordinator, Kristin + Jason, Furber Farm_1161.jpg
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Kirstin + Jason, thank you for including Rustic Elegance as your coordinators in your wedding day – we LOVED being a part of your love story! We hope that your married life adventures are nothing but fun + exciting, and we can’t wait to watch your love grow! Shout out to Dodge Creative for the A W E S O M E images!

VENDORS:
Venue: Furber Farm
Catering/Bartending: Distinctive Catering
DJ: Adagio
Florist: Cindy’s Floral Creations
Officiant: Matt Berdahl
Photographer: Dodge Creative
Photobooth: The Original Traveling Photobooth
Hair & Make-Up: Shelly Blackstone
Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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Jenna + Luke | Creekside Farm

Jenna + Luke were such a fun couple to plan with! They happily shared their engagement pictures with us that we utilized on social media [gladly because they were A D O R B S!]. Lead planner Kellie loved finalizing their details with them for their wedding at Creekside [one of our favorite venues], and finally, the day was here!

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Their wedding was themed “Alice and Wonderland” and featured fun decor throughout the wedding that followed this theme, including their tablescapes, programs and signs [“Eat Me” dessert sign, “Toast Me” s’mores sign] – love! They had colored votives and loose jewels spread throughout the guest tables, paired with black charger plates. As Rustic Elegance prepped decor around the B E A U T I F U L barn, the ladies & gents got ready for the big day!

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When it was time for the ceremony, the bridal party featuring the 3 bridesmaids, 3 groomsmen and 2 sweet little flower girls got ready to walk down the aisle. The S T U N N I N G bride walked down the aisle to “Cannon in D”, to meet her groom who was just seeing her for the first time [so C U T E]. Their unity symbol was a lock, signifying their love for one another no matter what the circumstance. And just like that, they were M A R R I E D! The happy couple recessed out of the ceremony to “So Happy Together”, the most fitting song for the occasion!

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Cocktail hour featured appetizers from This Little Piggy [absolutely L O V E working with them!] including meatballs and bruschetta – both are fan favorites. After guests were seated, the wedding party made their grand entrance to “I’m a Believer” by The Monkeys. Following this entrance was the buffet style dinner by This Little Piggy – Y U M! After speeches, Midwest Sound DJ Entertainment started the dancing. The first dance was adorable, and then the father daughter dance to “Brown Eyed Girl” was very fitting as the bride has brown eyes. Rustic Elegance helped cut the sheet cakes for dessert and set out the s’mores station which had a few chocolate options – Y E S please!

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Jenna + Luke – Rustic Elegance had an amazing time being a part of your wedding day as your coordinators. We love the L O V E that you two have for one another, and can’t wait to see your marriage grow for years to come! Shout out to the amazing Justin Mark Photography for sharing these photos with us! [We L O V E working with you]!!

VENDORS
Venue: Creekside Farm
Catering: This Little Piggy
DJ: Midwest Sound DJ Entertainment
Photographer: Justin Mark Photography
Videographer: Two Hearts Film & Photo
Desserts: Kowalski’s
Transportation: Ivy Farms Party Bus Rentals
Hair: Hairsmiths
Dress: The Wedding Shoppe
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Megan + Justin | Rum River Barn and Vineyard

Megan + Justin tied the knot on a cool September day at Rum River Barn and Vineyard. This couple was so F U N to plan with. On the morning of the wedding, the ladies prepped their hair and makeup with SoCoJo Artistry, while the boys stepped into their tuxes. While the wedding party got ready, the florist [who was a family friend of the couple], worked on prepping the guest tables under the tent. The tables were set with stunning white linens, and white plates, paired with brightly colored florals – L O V E this look! The couple & wedding party of 10 [plus a cute ring bearer flower girl crew] took some time pre-ceremony to take photos with Kokal Photography. We’ve Got It Covered draped the barn ceremony backdrop which looked S T U N N I N G. Rustic Elegance also helped prep the decor in the barn for the ceremony, and finally, it was T I M E!

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The ceremony began with the wedding party processing up by the stairs, and then the bride and her dad made a G R A N D entrance through the back barn doors, while “Marry Me” by Train played. It’s safe to say that at that point, there was not a dry eye in the room! The couple opted for a traditional candle unity symbol. Sealed with a kiss – they were married.

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Then, it was time for cocktail hour followed by dinner. We absolutely L O V E working with Custom Catering by Short Stop – they are so easy to work with and offer such Y U M M Y food choices. . Dinner for Megan + Justin was served family style among the guests to enjoy. After dinner, the cake was served to guests by Short Stop. Then – it was time to get the party started with Blue Water King Band [whom we A D O R E!]. The weather cooperated and the couple’s wish came true – having their first dance out on the barn deck! They danced to “Say You Won’t Let Go” and after that, the rest of the guests gathered to dance the night away.

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Megan + Justin: we are so T H R I L L E D for you two to start your life as a married couple. We loved being your day of coordinators and are so excited to see what the future holds for you both! Shout out to Kokal Photography for sharing the A M A Z I N G pictures with us for the blog!

VENDORS
Venue: Rum River Barn and Vineyard
Catering: Short Stop Custom Catering
Bartending: With a Twist
Decor: We’ve Got It Covered
Band: Blue Water Kings Band
Photographer: Kokal Photography
Desserts: Cold Spring Bakery
Transportation: Trobecs
Hair/Makeup: SoCoJo Artistry
Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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Laura + Will | Kamp Kenwood

Laura + Will met through the “Coffee Meets Bagel” app [how cool is that!] and felt an instant connection. Their love for one another grew quickly, and then Will popped the question – and that meant it was time to plan the big day! Lead planner Kellie met with Laura and her mom, Sue, throughout the planning process and loved talking with these two ladies about their wedding ideas.

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Their wedding took place at Kamp Kenwood – a gorgeous outdoor rustic venue located in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. It featured a S T U N N I N G lakeside ceremony site, and large dining area for the reception. Since the couple met via Coffee Meets Bagel, the company contributed money to their wedding, which bought adorable camp cups as guest favors! One [of many] unique touches the couple added to their day was a directional sign that featured locations of where guests had traveled from to get to the wedding [we loved this idea]. The couple also honored past family members by displaying photos and special items on top a vintage upright piano. The couple also used a canoe to house beer & soda for the guests [how fitting with the camp theme]!

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The ladies got ready for the day with the ever so talented Luminous Beauty Studios doing their hair and makeup, and the guys prepped in their separate cabin. The couple did a sweet first look in the woods, with Abbots Lane Photography, these pictures are P E R F E C T! After the first look and a few wedding party/family photos, it was time for the ceremony. Laura + Will tied the knot [literally] during their unity symbol that featured tying two cords together and included their parents. After the ceremony, the wedding party and family enjoyed a champagne toast and passed apps during cocktail hour. Yard games were played by all and included kube, bags and spike ball.

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The reception was hosted in the dining hall. Table decor consisted of butcher paper, table numbers that were pictures of different countries the couple had traveled, tea lights, coffee mugs, and copper containers with flowers and greenery spread throughout the room. The wedding party did their grand entrance to “Space Jam” – so fun! Dinner was buffet style and catered by Yankee Jacks Premiere Catering which was delicious. Desserts were home made by family and friends, served on mismatched vintage plates [SO sweet]. Instant Request DJ started pumping the tunes and the rest of the night was spent dancing and laughing with the newlyweds.

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Laura + Will – we absolutely A D O R E your love story + planning your wedding day was so much fun! We hope that married love is amazing and can’t wait to see your love grow in the years to come. Shout out to the amazingly talented Abbots Lane Photography for the photos featured in this blog!

VENDORS
Venue: Kamp Kenwood
Catering: Yankee Jacks Premiere Catering
Rentals: A1 Rentals
DJ: Instant Request DJ
Photographer: Abbots Lane Photography
Transportation: Chubbs Party Bus
Hair/Makeup: Luminous Beauty Services
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