The big day is almost here and you’ve been dreaming of this moment maybe your entire life! As some brides start to realize that their wedding is only hours away, they start to become stressed and nervous. What should be an exciting, fun time for the bride is now filled with anxiety. Well, with it being National Relaxation Day, we’ve created a list of helpful ways for brides to enjoy their wedding day without any worries!
Emily Steffens Photography
We are suckers for beautiful outdoor wedding tents! They provide a look of elegance, beauty, and magic to the area. They also provide your guests with shelter from outdoor elements. So, it’s no surprise that many people choose to have them for their big day. But, what may surprise you are all the different factors that should be considered when selecting a tent. It’s not as simple as just saying you want a tent for your wedding—there are lots of decisions to be made for choosing the right one!
Erin Jean Photography
Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Mother Nature can be unpredictable and it’s good to have a backup plan for when the weather isn’t working in your favor. Here are a few tips to consider:
Sam and Erin shared their proposal story on their wedding website, and it was definitely sweet!
"Sam surprised Erin with a proposal in Elkhart Lake—a destination the couple enjoys for dinners out and Road America racing. Sam arranged a horse-drawn carriage (*swoon!*) to take them on a tour of the Christmas lights around town. Erin wasn’t expecting what Sam had up his sleeve but of course she said yes!"
It only took about a month for Erin to reach out to secure some help on the big day, and we are so, so glad she did!
They were married in one of the largest churches we've seen locally, yet they kept their wedding party small with only a matron of honor and a best man. We are convinced that her small wedding party had something to do with how calm and laid back the atmosphere was before the ceremony. The smile of pure joy and happiness on Erin's face as the musicians began their prelude, will be a forever memory for us.
Even more beautiful - As the string quartet began to play Canon in D, and the ushers opened the doors, Erin held on to her father's arm before going to meet Sam at the end of the aisle. Hollywood could not have timed it better! (We had some serious chills and tears welling!) - It was one of our all-time favorite entrances. By. Far.
Back at The Osthoff Resort, we set out a few personal items and charger plates, while the staff busily set the tables, lit the candles, and awaited the couple's arrival for a sneak-peek. In true fashion, they traveled from the ceremony to the reception in Sam's car. The impeccable arrangements from The Osthoff's in-house florist were set among the beautiful gold accents of the formal ballroom.
Guests were greeted by a very special table as they entered. Erin chose to have her place card table highlighted with stunning crystal pieces passed down from her grandmother's collection. Guests mingled in the cocktail area around their adorable tiered cake with vintage toppers, before we opened the reception space and the new Mr. & Mrs. kicked off the night with their First Dance and they didn't stop until the very end of the night!
Erin and Sam, what an honor to have been a part of your beautiful day! We wish you nothing but the best in your exciting journey!
Below are just a few photos we snapped of their amazing ceremony and reception!
Holy Family Catholic Church | Ceremony
The Osthoff Resort | Reception Venue, Catering + Hotel
Gueller's Photography | Photography
Renaissance Salon | Hair
Dana Michele | Make-up
The Mixing Queen Bakeshop | Cake
The Wisconsin String Quartet | Ceremony Quartet
Matt's DJ | DJ
Osthoff in Bloom | Florals + Decor
Witt & Co. Events | Rentals
Minted | Stationery
Erika's Bridal Couture | Bride's Attire
Edith's Bridal & Tuxedo | Groom's Attire
Witt & Co. Events | Wedding Coordinator
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!)