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camp wandawega wedding-reunion

What do you get when you combine fireworks, Camp Wandawega, a grilled cheese food truck, swimming, the biggest campfire you’ve ever seen, merit badges and old school games? The campiest weekend ever and Elena + Ken’s fourth of July wedding extravaganza!

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Elena + Ken’s wedding was more than a wedding, it was really a weekend of fun and family reunion with all of their best friends at one of the best places on Earth: Camp Wandawega. The guests started off the weekend with old school camp games where they could win merit badges created by the couple. Throughout the day, everyone enjoyed breakfast on the hill, grilled cheese from the food truck for lunch and, of course, tasty beverages all day. We know, you wish you were there.

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While the guests played volleyball, potato sack raced and practiced their archery skills, Elena + Ken headed into the cabins to get ready. You can’t help but love a beautiful setting like this for getting ready for your wedding day!

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While the guests played and the couple got ready, we made sure each and every detail was in place from the mismatched chairs for the reception to the luminaries for late night shenanigans on the dock.

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Of course, with Camp Wandawega as your backdrop Elena + Ken had to sneak off to get some amazingly gorgeous photos.

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Finally the festivities begin with a super sweet ceremony overlooking the lake and a fun-filled reception followed by a bonfire of epic proportions!

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*eye candy courtesy of Elena + Ken’s pal, Esteban Monclova

Ceremony + Reception: Camp Wandawega
Caterer: Best Events
Food Truck: Toasty Cheese Food Truck
DJ: criend of the couple
Bakery: Lakeland Bakery
Photographer: Esteban Monclova
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Transportation: Little Red Bus
Florist: Arranged by friends of the couple

rustic backyard michigan wedding

When Laura met Laurie at an art fair in 2013 (and bought one of her beautiful Lake Michigan prints), she had no idea she’d end up coordinating her wedding a few years later or that she’d get to coordinate another wedding in one of her favorite places on Earth – Harbor Springs, Michigan. Get ready for a completely beautiful, handcrafted, labor of love. Strap on your seat belts, you’re in for an amazing ride…

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Laurie + Bret got ready in family cabins in Wequetonsing, a beautiful community of Victorian homes right on Lake Michigan. You could not pick a more picturesque or serene location if you tried! From there, they met up for first look photos before heading down to the beach for their ceremony.

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Laurie + Bret’s ceremony was in front of her cousin’s house on a patch of grass overlooking Little Traverse Bay. Bret’s dad made the most gorgeous nautical arbor, but the highlight of the ceremony had to be the groom’s entrance. That’s right…Bret stole the show when he paddled in with his officiant/brother via CANOE. It was epic.

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After the ceremony, Laurie + Bret led their guests down the street for a tented reception. Laurie (with a little help from her mom and sisters) hand-died vintage linens for the tables and then created centerpieces with wood rounds, assorted vases, and an eclectic collection of flowers. Complete with an amazing menu from Dave Cooper (who came in from Chicago just for the occasion) and music from the Jelly Roll Blues Band, their guests partied all night long.

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*eye candy courtesy of Anni Cee Photographie

Laurie + Bret’s Vendors
Ceremony Venue: Bride’s Family Home
Reception Venue: Wequetonsing Landowners Association Park
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Caterer: Dave Cooper, Bite Cafe
Event Staffing: Northern Service Solutions
Band: Jelly Roll Blues Band
Florist: A.R. Pontius Flower Shop
Ceremony Musicians: Madz Negro Trio
Hair & Make-up: Vogue Salon
Photographer: Anni Cee Photographie
Bakery: Julienne Tomatoes
Rehearsal Dinner: Julienne Tomatoes
Rentals: Taylor Rental 
Liquor: Gurney’s Bottle Shop

destination wedding at joslyn art museum

This is my sister. Pretty little darlin’ isn’t she?  She married her true love in August in Omaha at St. Barnabas Parish and the reception was held at Joslyn Art Museum.  I don’t want to wax on too much about it just because she is my sister, but let me tell you how interesting it was to be the day-of coordinator and maid-of-honor.  At most weddings when I am working, I tend to get to sit down and take a break for the first time all day during the wedding toasts.  Usually I shove some food down and chug a few waters but not this time, this time I was on deck to toast the heck out of the happy couple. (#nailedit)  Usually when the guests get dancing, I pack everything up and get it ready for the family.  This time Jacob’s cousin was teaching me “the pretzel” as I tore up that dance floor.  Usually, I only know the bride & groom and maybe their parents.  This time, I knew over half of the crowd, many of whom I hadn’t seen in years.  It was an exhausting weekend but totally worth it, though I do recommend choosing one or the other, except on the most special of occasions. 

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Wedding planner fail: I obviously was not specific enough about when the darling ring bearer Corbin was supposed to stop pulling the wagon.  He just tried to truck that thing (Liam and all) right up the steps and onto the alter.  Luckily Jacob and I both have quick reflexes.

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I love you little family, thanks for including me in your big day!

*all photos by the effusive Matt of Iwen Exposures

Sarah + Jacob’s Vendors
Ceremony: St. Barnabas Parish
Reception: Joslyn Art Museum
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Hap Abraham Catering
Photography: Iwen Exposures
Florist: Flowers for Special Occasions
Videography: The Silver Screen
Hair + Make-up: Bungalow 8
Cake: Cupcake Island
Transportation: Royal Limousine
Rentals: AAA Rentals