Morgan and Adam met a number of years ago at a local hospital where Morgan worked as a nurse. Adam would frequent the hospital as a paramedic and their relationship blossomed from there!
This lovely couple chose the airy and modern Warch Campus Center at downtown Appleton's Lawrence University for their ceremony and reception, and transformed it into a garden straight out of Kate Spade's backyard, with lush flowers and topiaries.
Morgan redefined the term D-I-Y bride! With decor filling an entire box truck and cargo van, we set to work early in the morning to bring her vision to life!
Flower vines were hung from the rafters in the ceremony room to soften the ceiling and draw the attention to the front of the room...although with these two it was hard to look anywhere else! There was so much love filing the room. And Morgan's vows...I was seriously on the verge of tears for the entire thing! (Catch a few lines in their wedding film by A Way of Life Media at the bottom!)
Guests headed off to the campus bar, The Viking Room, for cocktail hour, while we transferred some of the ceremony items to the reception room and added the final touches.
Gold chiavari chairs from Oshkosh Event Rental sat at each table covered by elegant black table linens and accented by the perfect black and white striped runners.
Each table was impeccably created from Morgan's vision. All of their centerpieces were put together by Morgan herself with the most beautiful, and vibrant "artificial" (What!?) flowers. There may have been lots of hot glue and late nights, but this feat was more than just a crafty affair.
Beautiful topiary and flower balls sat on top of candle sticks and glass vessels while other tables were adorned with lanterns housing the cutest little topiary trees.
Their photobooth mimicked their ceremony backdrop and their escort card display, and was certainly another focal point not to be missed. Eight foot tall hedge walls were setup with an adorable "V" hung right in the center.
The cocktail area was transformed into a cozy lounge by the fireplace, with white sofas and side tables to match. And guests helped themselves to shelves of gourmet coffee to enjoy at home.
Morgan and Adam, congrats to you both, and may you have a lifetime of love and happiness together!
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Jenny Reh | Beauty
Tamara's The Cake Guru | Cake & Cupcakes
Bon Apetit (Lawrence University) | Catering
Spotlight Events | DJ Entertainment
This Very Crafty Bride | Florals & Decor
Oshkosh Event Rental | Chiavari Chairs
Koru Ceremony (Rev. Amy) | Officiant
Twig & Olive Photography | Photography
A Way of Life Media | Cinematography
Radisson Paper Valley Hotel | Guest Accommodations & Rehearsal Dinner
Lawrence University Warch Campus Center | Venue
Witt & Co. Events | Wedding Coordinator
I have such fond memories of Kelsey and Adam; their big day is one not easily forgotten!
Labor Day Weekend has always been a popular wedding weekend for me and Kelsey and Adam kicked off September with one incredible celebration.
Not one area of the property was overlooked. They made use of every space by having their ceremony under the weeping birch trees with the dinner barn in the background, and finally danced the night away in the hall.
At our very first meetings we set out to detail the overall look and feel they wished to have for their wedding. One of Kelsey's dreams was to have a Pinterest-worthy barn draped with fabric. And so we did with the help of Wedding Perfect!
Kelsey worked with Lacey and Allure Premiere Event Florists for her amazing garlands, head table chandelier, and bouquets. The most elegant florals from Allure Premier Event Florists.
Everything was dreamy. Pure perfection.
Congratulations Kelsey and Adam!
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Brighton Acres | Venue
Dani Stephenson Photography | Photography
Mint Salon | Hair & Makeup
Tamara's The Cake Guru | Cake
Three Guys and a Grill | Catering
Fishy's Bakery | Donuts
Yo DJ Entertainment | DJ
Allure Premiere Event Florists | Florals
Sweet N Easy Events | Linens and Chair Sashes
Rustic Bride Rentals | Table and Ceremony Decor
Oshkosh Event Rental | Chiavari Chairs and Rustic Props
Wedding Perfect | Barn Drapery
Minted | Stationery
Jam'z Party Bus | Transportation
Dubois Formalwear | Groom + Groomsman Attire
Fox River Brewing | Rehearsal Dinner
Witt & Co. Events | Wedding Planner
Caryn and Katie shared part of their wedding week in Vail, CO, just before Labor Day - - At the very same place where they had their first official date! But this wasn't their original plan...
Within about a week during the middle of their planning, Caryn and Katie faced one of the bumpiest roads I've ever encountered during planning a wedding. They had booked a florist that was no longer available. They got news that their officiant might not make it back from the military. They were having trouble connecting with a caterer. AND They would have to start a new search to replace their beloved photography duo in Wisconsin.
So life happens, but these lovely ladies faced it with grace and understanding. We were so, SO glad that we could help smooth things over and we have to thank the unbelievable vendors that came to their rescue for making this one of the most memorable events in the history of weddings!
My husband and I packed up early on Saturday morning after a wedding the night before, and started our trek to the Northwoods.
It was hazy, and a little misty when the sun came up. Then it turned a little rainy on our northward travels. And then it down-poured. (Not like cats and dogs. Like elephants and whales, kind of down-poured!)
So what did we do even though Mother Nature had her own plans?
We rolled with it just like we did while planning the original celebration!
With the help of their A-MAZING friends, we started clearing out the mansion's furniture and hauling in tables and chairs and all sorts of rentals from the rain to create our indoor Plan B.
Turns out, it could not have been a more perfect setting for their tear-inducing vows and ring-warming ceremony, cozy cocktail hour, and candlelit dinner reception.
With strands of bistro lights and dinner tables lined with votive candles, Caryn and Katie walked together into the middle of their guests to exchange their vows on the loft overlooking the first floor. Their rings, tied to a horseshoe, were passed through the circle of guests that surrounded them. A few guests including their parents and most influential people in their lives were asked to help with their vows. This was by far one of the most unforgettable ceremonies I've ever been witness to.
After the ceremony, guests mingled back to the first floor for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, prepared by none-other-than the incredibly talented executive chef, Charles Behrmann. Caryn and Katie had been on the hunt for a caterer but things just weren't working out, when I knew exactly who to call!
Originally they had just talked about having someone other than family on-site to cook some burgers and create a relaxed outdoor dining experience for everyone. But Charlie worked his magic, and came up with the most beautiful spread of appetizers and "fancy" barbecue eats!
While guests enjoyed the bite-sized appetizers, cocktails, and a canoe full of beer downstairs, we busily reset the ceremony into a large community table for dinner. Guests were invited back upstairs with a personalized glass of champagne where they enjoyed a tasty dinner, followed by dessert, dancing, s'more's around the fire outside on the patio, air hockey, yard games, and a photo station in the mansion's private movie theater....this party had everything you could possibly want.
After all was said and done, the planning might not have taken the easiest route, but I truly believe their day turned out better than any of us ever thought possible. And I think they would both agree that sometimes the road less traveled leads to the most beautiful destination!
Caryn and Katie, the two of you have a lifetime of exciting travels and destinations ahead of you, and I for one am so happy that your paths led you to each other. I can't think of a better and more fun-loving couple to live out your grand adventure!
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Synergy Salon and Spa // Hair + Make-up
The Cake Lady // Cake
Charles Behrman, Executive Chef | Catering
Kevin Paris // Live Entertainment
Horants Garden Center | Florals
Oshkosh Event Rental | Rentals
TylerVisions Photography | Photography
Kyle Kadow | Cinematography
Wild Eagle Lodge | Guest Accommodations
Cranberry Castle | Venue
Witt & Co. Events | Wedding Planner
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!)