Mark and Annie were my very first clients, ever! I couldn't have hand-picked a more pleasant, trusting, or sweet couple to work with! In fact, I have never met a sweeter family, seriously! (And we all know it comes straight from Mama Jane!) Annie, the only daughter in the family is fiercely loved by her parents and brothers, but thankfully they welcomed Mark into Annie's life early on, as they seem to do with everyone they meet.
This pair met in 2003 at one of Marks band practices, but it wasn't until New Year's Eve 2011 that they became "Annie + Mark." Eventually, they took a 2-month long trip and traveled Europe in 2015. And you guessed it, that's where Mark proposed!
I met numerous times with Annie, Mark, and her parents to guide them through their planning, and the wedding proved to be one of the most relaxed yet beautiful wedding days of my career!
Their laid-back personalities meant an outdoor, backyard reception complete with a vintage furniture, a canoe full of refreshments, wooden tables, and some incredible dance moves.
But before the party started at Annie's parents' house, they tied the knot around the block at "The Lakehouse." The Lake House is a very special place to the Johnson family; it was the home of Annie's late grandparents. A total step back in time. There was velvet wall paper, the coolest antiques, shag carpeting, and each room essentially had it's own color scheme. It sure was dreamy for this vintage-loving gal! They were married out back, along a pristine peninsula that shot out into a bay of Lake Winnebago. Even though their grandparents weren't with them physically, you could feel their presence. Everyone wore pink in her Grandfather's honor, and just before the ceremony, Annie read a letter penned by him, especially for her wedding day. I could cry thinking about how touching that moment was with her mother.
After the ceremony, Annie and Mark, along with their wedding party and guests, paraded around the block, back to the reception. A surprise gesture by the neighborhood greeted us as we rounded the corner. Their neighbors had lined the street's mailboxes with decorations to add to the festivities. Cocktails, followed by one amazing family-style dinner, concluded with the most heartfelt and engaging toasts, And not easily forgotten, some intense tears of laughter. From that point on, it was one giant party and they danced the night away.
It was truly an amazing weekend and we left feeling a part of their family forever.
Thank you for including us in such a momentous celebration, Johnson and Mentele families. Annie and Mark, it was one of the greatest days of career, and I certainly hope it was only the beginning of one of the greatest love stories of all time. Congrats to you both! May your many days together only grow sweeter as the years go by.
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Hi there! I'm Jo, a certified wedding planner and the owner of Witt & Co. Events in Neenah, Wisconsin. I'm a wife to my amazing husband and high school sweetheart Matt, a mama to our sweet little James, (and a Fur-mama to Scarlett and Charlie!)