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Haley and Jerry both hold Wisconsin dear to their hearts, so when it came time to choose a venue, Door County’s The American Club proved to be a natural one. Haley’s stunning Naeem Khan gown provided inspiration for the design of the day in its intricate floral applique and glam vibes. The celebration included a garden ceremony and candlelit ballroom reception filled to the brim with white florals in all shapes and sizes. Classic details shine throughout the day and Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay capture it all in their signature photography style.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Jerry and I are both from Kansas City and have lived there most of our lives, so one would think it would make sense to get married in our hometown. However, from the very beginning of our wedding planning we knew we wanted to do something different. We had tossed around many different ideas– Southern California, somewhere in the Caribbean, and Napa to name a few, and were pretty undecided about it until my dad actually suggested The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin. Once he suggested it we knew it would be the perfect place for our big day. Wisconsin holds a special place in both of our hearts— my family has had a second home in Door County, Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Michigan for over 20 years, where my parents currently reside half the year. Having spent every summer of my life up there, Wisconsin is truly my second home. Born and raised a Green Bay Packers fan, it was pure fate that Jerry and his family were also diehard Packer’s fans. A match made in “cheesehead” heaven! We spent many weekends of our courtship up in Green Bay and Door County, making Wisconsin a special place for us, and a perfect wedding destination.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

Having gotten engaged on Christmas Eve surrounded by family and friends, my mom and I knew we had to begin the dress search quickly so that everything would be ready in 8 months time. Little did we know how incredibly easy my dress search would be! She and I went to Nolte’s Bridal in Leawood, Kansas just a few weeks after Jerry and I got engaged. At our appointment the owner, Michael Nolte, had pulled out several dresses from various designers. Not having any idea what kind of dress I wanted, I let him surprise me with some selections, and surprise me he did! When he brought out the stunning long-sleeved Naeem Khan “Palma” ball gown dress that was nothing short of a masterpiece, I was instantly intrigued. I was excited to try it on, but was unsure of the sleeves and all of the intricate florals sewn throughout, not knowing if it was what I had envisioned for my wedding day. Once I had it on, my mom and I were both speechless. We had never seen anything more beautiful or unique. Nolte said that one of the signs he notices when a bride has found her dress is that she won’t stop touching it and moving in it, and I could not keep my hands off it! After twirling around and looking at every possible angle in this dress, I went ahead and tried on four more gorgeous gowns, each very different from the other but each having elements that I loved. After going over some pros and cons of each dress, I tried on the Palma gown once more, and we knew— this was THE dress. By the time I had the veil on I think all three of us were in tears. I could not have been more happy with my decision, and I still think about my wedding dress all the time. Who knew I would choose the very first dress I ever tried on!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

The most personal “touch” of the wedding was the fact that it took place in Wisconsin, a special place to both Jerry and me. From the rehearsal dinner and welcome party at the Irish Barn at Whistling Straights Golf Course overlooking fairway and dunes atop cliffs over Lake Michigan, we knew our guests would be in a location like many of them had never seen before. Immediate family and wedding party spent the weekend in the historic and pristine Riverbend club, right down the road from all of our guests at The American Club, where from check-in to check-out guests are treated with first-class service by a staff who goes above and beyond. Having been a guest at The American Club several times previously, I wanted our friends and family to be able to experience the old fashioned charm that you feel from the moment you pull up the large circle driveway. My favorite part of being at The American Club is that it makes you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time, and we hoped that would create a unique and different experience for our guests.

When guests arrived we had gift bags waiting in their rooms containing some mementos from the weekend, all with Wisconsin-themed touches. For the rooms, we created our own version of “Do Not Disturb” signs for guests to hang on their doors that we designed in Kansas City at stationery store RSVP in Prairie Village, where we had all of our printed materials for the wedding made. Throughout the weekend we encouraged our guests to “Drink Wisconsinably”!

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

There was hardly a part of the day that was not memorable. We had the most beautiful weather all day long, making for amazing pictures and the perfect temperature for the outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour. From start to finish the day went on without a hitch, and there was such a great calm, excited, happy energy the entire time. One of my favorite parts of the day, aside from saying our vows at the altar, was finally revealing my wedding dress to my sisters, brother, and my dad. My mom and I had been the only ones to see it, a tradition that my younger sister is now carrying on for her upcoming wedding, and we had been waiting anxiously to finally show them all the dress of my dreams. When I walked down the stairs and had a private “first look” with my immediate family, before seeing my bridesmaids, friends, and even my groom, we were all in tears. I will never forget the looks on all of their faces, especially my dad’s. It was such a sweet, special, and private moment before the whirlwind of the wedding day festivities began. Another moment we enjoyed so much was the ‘first look’ between Jerry and I, and taking all of our pictures on the grounds of Riverbend. You can see in the photos how beautiful the scenery was, how happy we were, and how comfortable our amazing photographers made us feel.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Jerry and I have known each other for over ten years now, having met in Kansas City during high school, however we never spent much time together during those years. After graduating, I went to Miami of Ohio for college, while Jerry went to St. Louis University to play baseball. Following college, I moved to Chicago with many of my friends, and Jerry moved back to Kansas City. At the time, we had many mutual friends living in Chicago, most being from Kansas City, and Jerry would occasionally come in town to visit those friends. We crossed paths a couple of times and were able to reconnect as friends before we decided to start dating long distance in the fall of 2014. While I was finishing grad school at Northwestern, and Jerry was working in Kansas City, we dated almost one year, racking up many airline miles and road trips to see each other. Many of our weekends were spent driving from Chicago to Green Bay to catch Packer games, one of our favorite activities in the fall. When grad school finally ended, I decided it was time to move back home to KC. It was the best decision I ever made, and five months later we were engaged!

HALEY + JERRY: KOHLER, WI from CAPTIVATE // ONE FINE DAY on Vimeo.

Photography: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay // Floral/Catering/Rentals: Provided by Venue The American Club // Printed materials: RSVP (store in Prairie Village, KS) // Venue: The American Club // Dress: Designer: Naeem Khan // Store: Nolte’s Bridal in Leawood, Kansas // Hair & MUA: Ashley Renee Tribble // Band: Michael Walters Orchestra // Videographer: One Fine Day Productions

 

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Heather and Michael’s wedding at Triunfo Creek Vineyards is a vision of rustic elegance in a soft muted color palette of lavender, aqua and white. The couple enlisted the genius of Little Grey Events to bring their ideas to life with voluminous, romantic florals and personalized details that played on their last name, Wolff. The custom wolf cake topper on Susie Cakes‘s beauty is adorable! Michael even hand-built his bride the arch of her dreams to accommodate the venue’s larger-than-average farmhouse doors. The couple enjoyed one final dance under the stars to close out the night soaking up every last moment of their beautiful day that’s captured to perfection by Honey Gem Creative.

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From the planner: Heather and Michael met in college and 10 years later, on a rainy night in Paris, Michael proposed! After tons of research and many venue visits, they fell in love with Triunfo Creek Vineyards, a beautiful white farmhouse nestled in the hills north of LA. The couple put so much thought and hard work into every aspect of the wedding day and their excitement was incredibly infectious. Heather and I had so much fun dreaming up the florals for her wedding. I loved her muted color palette of lavender (Pantone color of 2018), aqua, gold and white and the Dessy bridesmaids gowns were the perfect shade to match the eucalyptus and soft greenery in her florals. We also used ranunculus, garden roses, lisianthus, blue muscari, blue lace, lavender sweet peas and lavender  delphinium for a soft and romantic feel.

Heather loved the idea of her wedding arch also being used for their grand entrance out of the french doors of the farmhouse. However, the doors were a bit bigger than any arch available to rent so Michael built his bride an arch that fit the farmhouse door dimensions perfectly and also looked stunning for their ceremony! There wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd during their beautiful ceremony.

Guests then made their way to cocktail hour where they sipped on signature cocktails including the “Whiskey Wolff” (Moscow mule with whiskey).  For the cake table, we repurposed florals from the ceremony to sit behind the cake and Heather searched far and wide to find the perfect ceramic wolf cake toppers (a nod to the groom’s last name). At the end of the night, my team gathered guests at the front of the farmhouse for a grand rose petal exit while Heather and Michael had one final dance. They soaked up the last moments of their wedding in the most beautiful way, dancing alone under the stars.

From the Bride: Is there a better way to round out a decade together than with I do?? Michael and I met 10 years ago on the first day of our sophomore year in college and have been inseparable ever since. When Michael and I began planning our trip to Europe little did I know it would change my life forever! While visiting Paris Michael got down on one knee and asked me to spend forever with him, it was the best moment of my life! It was so great to get engaged while traveling as we were able to have that time together and just enjoyed being in the moment.

Shortly after we returned home we started touring up and down the coast of California looking at venues. We fell in love with Triunfo Creek Vineyards, it has an effortless charm to it that was simply undeniable and we couldn`t imagine a better setting for our special day.

Having dreamed of this day for so long I had a distinct view of what I wanted but I knew I was going to need some help to make it a reality. Sarah of Little Grey Events truly turned our special day into a fairy-tale. Sarah was not only our amazing planner but she was also the creator of our perfect bouquets and floral arrangements. She was so amazing to work with throughout the entire process and the day would not have been the same without her!

Everyone always tells you how fast the day will fly by and all you want when it’s done is to be able to relive it over and over again. Our photographer Brooke, from HoneyGem Creative, took the time to get to know us and our style, she became an extension of us, capturing all of the special moments of our day just the way we imagined them.

What was your wedding day theme?

Our theme was rustic elegance with a soft muted color pallet of lavender, aqua and white. We had fun with our last name, Wolff, and incorporated it into many aspects of our day from the invitations to the cake toppers.

Looking back, what are some of your favorite wedding day moments?

There were so many incredible parts to the day… among my favorites were our first look, hearing Michael say the vows he wrote (and when he closed the vow book and just spoke straight from the heart), and the drive after our exit where we reminisced on the most perfect night!

 

Photographer: Honey Gem Creative // Planner/Floral design: Little Grey Events // Invitation Designer: Darla Marie Designs // Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards // Wedding dress: Stephen Yearick // Hair & Make-up: Kacee Geoffroy Hair and Makeup // Wedding Cake: Susie Cakes // Bridesmaid dresses: The Dessy Group // Grooms Suite: Bspoke Style // Rentals: A Rental Connection // Catering: Command Performance Catering // Groomsman attire: The Created Gentleman // DJ: Invisible Touch Events // Vow Books: Seniman Calligraphy  // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Lauren and Dan enlisted Grey Collective member Rackel Gehlsen Weddings & Events to fill their wedding day at The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain with all the “boho-desert vibes!” they dreamed of. The couple adored every single detail—and there were many, many details—including a custom-designed teepee, the organic blend of floral filled with roses and king protea Alexis Grace Floral Design, the Moroccan runner and rugs, custom designed luggage tag escort cards by Victoria York Design. The mood is vibrant, layered and so, so fun and lucky for us  Betsy and John Allen were on hand to capture all the details.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

We described the entire wedding from start to finish as “boho-desert vibes!” Every detail was absolutely wonderful. We were obsessed with the custom designed teepee, the organic blend of floral mixed with roses and King Protea, the Moroccan runner and rugs down the aisle way and under the teepee, string quartet, signature drinks- Lauren’s Honey-Do Sling and Dan’s Desert Old Fashioned, array of leather and wicker boho-style furniture, an abundance of candles, and the custom designed luggage tag escort cards displayed on wood! To be honest, we could go on and on about how each detail was so perfect!

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I found my gown at Lovely Bride in Philadelphia! Each dress there is absolutely stunning and truly unique. When I saw my dress, I knew it was the one as it was everything I envisioned! The designer is Rue de Seine. It definitely fit the “boho-desert vibes!”

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

My brother was our officiant, which was absolutely perfect. Everything he said was a true reflection of us and he made the wedding so personal and special. We felt so comfortable with him standing next to us and we were so excited that he was the one to pronounce us husband and wife!

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The most memorable part of the day was walking down the aisle. We were surrounded by all of our closest family and friends. The views were picturesque, the teepee was to die for, and Dan standing at the end of the aisle with tears in his eyes made for the most special moment.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We are high school sweethearts! We met freshman year of high school. Dan describes our meeting as love at first sight! We have been truly inseparable since freshman year. We became engaged on July 2, 2017 at Longwoods Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. We were on a quiet bridge surrounded by fields of different grasses and wildflowers. We were totally alone and it was perfect.

Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain:Lauren & Daniel from Stepheny Keith on Vimeo.

Wedding Planner And Stylist: Rackel Gehlsen Weddings & Events // Photography: Betsy and John Allen // Floral: Alexis Grace Floral Design // Invitations & Paper: Victoria York Design // Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain // Gown: Rue de Seine // Videography: Black Sheep Filmworks // Hair and Make Up: I Do Hair and Make Up Artistry // Specialty Rentals: Dang Fine Rentals // Chair Rental: Red Diamond Rentals // Ceremony Music: Araceli Strings // DJ: SATYR Entertainment

 

Sue and Mike’s wedding at The Cree Estate was a reflection of themselves— laid back, welcoming, and fun-loving. Planner, Just Merried Events, helped them achieve the look and gave the couple’s guests the feelings they’d hoped for— relaxed, and ready to let loose and party. Joyful details with a subtle boho-flair dress the event and the tropical-inspired florals by Violette’s Flowers are totally scene-stealing. After the farm-to-table dinner, Sue and Mike kicked off the dance party with a confetti toss and ended the night with surprise silent disco (complete with light-up headsets.) We totally love the vibes and lucky for us, Inner Song Photography was on hand to capture it all.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We planned our wedding to reflect our MO – laid back, welcoming, and fun-loving! We wanted people to feel relaxed, to let loose, and party. This mindset is also how we chose our vendors, who all shared our vision and were so easy to work with. We cut out a lot of traditional wedding formalities to curate a wedding really true to us as a couple.

Our ceremony was officiated by a dear friend and we kept the mood light with personalized stories and vows. We wanted to pay tribute to our Chinese heritage, so we sealed our union with a tea ceremony, in which we combined two different flavors of tea into one. Continuing the tea trend, we had made-to-order boba served during cocktail hour.

For our reception, we wanted it to feel like a giant dinner party! We chose family style with delicious/unique farm-to-table food. Our guests loved the family style! We both love good music and dancing and we are lucky our friends/family feel the same way. It was so much fun dancing the night away with everyone. We kicked off the dance party with a confetti toss and ended the night with surprise silent disco (complete with light-up headsets).  I can’t believe we had a 4 hour dance party!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

So many magical moments, but my favorite was when we sneaked away for 15 mins at the end of cocktail hour to enjoy the sunset together. We watched as the sky filled with golden and pink hues over our reception space – and it was the perfect QT we needed before the night started.

​Tell us how you met and became engaged. ​

O​ur story began in medical school. ​I was training for a half-marathon and not-so-coincidentally Michael picked up a lot of interest in running. Although we were “just friends”, we found ourselves spending more and more time together on morning jogs, study sessions, and late night fro-yo dates. Finally after a year of hanging out, we made it official. The signs were all there but if you ask Michael, it was definitely a chase!

Michael proposed at our favorite beach during golden hour, followed with a surprise celebration with our best friends in downtown LA. ​

Sue and Mike Highlight Trailer from Buster Brown on Vimeo.

Photography: Inner Song Photography // Planning + Coordination: Just Merried Events // Floral: Violette’s Flowers // Venue: The Cree Estate // Bride’s Gown: Sarah Seven (Los Angeles location) // Hair + Makeup: Nancy Z Beauty // Cinematography: Buster Brown Productions // Vintage + Specialty Rentals: Adore Folklore // Rentals + L hting: Classic Party Rentals // DJ/Mc + Silent Disco: VOX DJs // Officiant: Couple’s Friend Susie // Groom’s Tux: The Black Tux // Evites: Paperless Post // Catering: MIHO Catering Co.

 

Michelle and Nick chose Palm Spring’s Korakia Pensione as their wedding venue because “…nestled in the mountains—it felt like a Moroccan/Mediterranean dream in the middle of the desert.” Orange Blossom Special Events embellished that Moroccan dream and led the design team in creating a stunning day filled with bohemian touches and rich red, pink and white roses in arrangements by The Bloom of Time. Our friends at Jenny Smith & Co. captured all the details, the gorgeous venue and all the joy of the couple so perfectly in these images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Palm Springs has always been a special place for us; we have a lot of great memories in the desert and it’s where Nick’s father used to live. When we looked at different venue options in the area, we visited Korakia first and we completely fell in love with it. Korakia charmed us with the lush bougainvillea and palm trees. We loved that it was nestled against the mountains – it felt like a Moroccan/Mediterranean dream in the middle of the desert. Each room is unique and we rented the entire hotel to ourselves – what made it special was that everyone at the hotel was a guest at our wedding. It felt like a weekend retreat! We did yoga in the morning before the wedding and ate breakfast together; it was truly a special weekend to have all of our family and friends in one place. We thought it was unique that Korakia makes guests feel like everyone is on vacation, not just the couple getting married!

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I started looking online to get an idea of what I would want my dress to look like. I stumbled across the Nicole Miller website and on a whim decided to book an appointment to try on the gowns. I didn’t think I’d find my dress when I went – but after trying on my 4thdress I knew it was the one. I knew I wanted a form fitting mermaid style gown and I’ve always loved lace; so this dress felt like the perfect fit for me. I didn’t hesitate – I bought it then and there.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

I should have had 6 bridesmaids. A month before we were engaged one of my best friends passed away from cancer. Her absolute favorite stone was emerald, so on my wedding day I decided to wear emerald earrings in her honor. For the catering, Nick and I are both vegetarian. We wanted to have a wedding that felt like us, so we decided to make our entire catering menu vegetarian! They did an excellent job. I also ordered personalized napkins to be used during  the cocktail hour; which had a special message to our guests thanking them for being a part of our wedding. During our ceremony, we had Nick’s sister Mira read a passage from my favorite book, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It magically turned out to be the perfect passage to be read; and it was years ago that I had fallen in love with it – so it was not a coincidence that it was read at our wedding day:

“When he looked into her dark eyes, and saw that her lips were poised between a laugh and silence, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke—the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love. Something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. Something that exerted the same force whenever two pairs of eyes met, as had theirs here at the well. She smiled, and that was certainly an omen—the omen he had been awaiting, without even knowing he was, for all his life. The omen he had sought to find with his sheep and in his books, in the crystals and in the silence of the desert.”

“It was the pure Language of the World. It required no explanation, just as the universe needs none as it travels through endless time. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. He was more certain of it than of anything in the world. He had been told by his parents and grandparents that he must fall in love and really know a person before becoming committed. But maybe people who felt that way had never learned the universal language. Because, when you know that language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.”—Paulo Coelho

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Nobody ever tells you about the rush of feelings you get as a bride (and groom too) when you’re waiting for the ceremony to begin. There’s nothing you can do to prepare for it and it’s a powerful moment you have with yourself. Hiding in the car (before my entrance) and watching the ceremony begin was a wild experience; I was filled with so much love and excitement and nervousness at the same time. I’ll never forget that feeling of seeing Nick for the first time as I was walking down the aisle. We also didn’t know if my dad would be able to walk me down the aisle due to his Alzheimer’s. We didn’t know if he would even be aware of what was happening that day. One of the best feelings was seeing the smile on his face when I came out of the car as he prepared to walk with me during the ceremony. It was evident he knew exactly what was going on; and it was the greatest gift I could ever ask for to have him present and by my side that day.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

I’ve known Nick’s best friends longer than he has. We kept missing each other at social gatherings but one summer we finally met at a BBQ during Memorial Day weekend. It was the summer I decided I was bored with LA and was moving to NY. So we met and 6 weeks later I moved across the country. He told me he didn’t want to do long distance and my response was “so when are you going to visit me?” A year later I moved back to LA and Nick and I went on several backpacking and hiking adventures together. When he proposed, he took me on his favorite hike in LA. He completely surprised me, I thought that he would be proposing during a Paris trip we had planned that summer!!

 

Michelle & Nick Highlight Film – Korakia Hotel – Palm Springs Wedding from Rebecca Blue on Vimeo.

Photography: Jenny Smith & Co. // Planner: Orange Blossom Special Events // Florals: The Bloom of Time // Paper Goods: Wedding Paper Divas // Venue: Korakia Pensione // Dress: Nicole Miller // Makeup: Susie Moldavon // Hair: Done personally by the bride // Videography: Rebecca Blue Media // Catering: F10 Creative // Bartending: Mint Bartending // Officiant: LA Wedding Woman // Photo Booth: Classic Photo Booths // Rentals & Lighting: Signature Party Rentals // Rentals: Planks & Patina // Dessert: Top Tier Treats // DJ: Dart Collective