Green Bay Wedding with Vintage Charm

October 26, 2015

The Wedding of David & Ashley
08/07/2015

 

Bride and Groom at Green Bay Botanical Gardens Photo by Karen Ann PhotographyBride & Bridesmaids in mismatched Gowns Green Bay Botanical Gardens Photo by Karen Ann Photography Gown from Erika's Bridal Couture Neenah WI Photo by Karen Ann Photography

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Story written by Shawn Dobbins

A job interview has the potential to change a life, opening doors to opportunities and possibilities not previously available. Knowing that Ashley walked into her job interview hoping for the best, but little did she know the result would lead her down the aisle. The individual that interviewed her, David, eventually went on to be her husband, a successful first-encounter if there ever was one. The couple had their first date at none other than the frozen tundra, Lambeau Field, for a Packer game and were inseparable after that.

Almost a year later the couple was set to celebrate Ashley’s birthday with dinner out, to which David showed up early with a wrapped gift box. Inside contained a pair of slippers, of which David suggest Ashley try on. Inside she found a small box and with David on one knee he told Ashley how much he loved her and how the past year was the best of his life. She said yes and the couple hugged with Ashley wearing one heal and one slipper.

Both David and Ashley are nontraditional and wanted to include things that they enjoyed to keep the mood casual and fun. Featured prominently were a collection of family heirlooms. Tea cups and other items on the guest tables were vintage, handed down from the bride’s grandma. Also brought in was Ashley’s great-grandma’s vanity that she received on her wedding day in 1939. On it the couple displayed family wedding photos and other personal items of great significance. Each centerpiece was unique, crafted from old cameras, books, doilies, tins, and other vintage items.

As for the ceremony what could have turned many brides into bridezillas failed to sour the day for the happy couple. A rainy forecast meant that the bridal party had to be extra careful entering the church, we used Lamers to shuttle us around and with the help of many umbrellas everyone made it in with makeup intact, including a beautiful dress from Erika’s Bridal Couture. After a short and sweet ceremony the wedding party headed out to the Green Bay Botanical Gardens for pictures. While the rain did limit the number of pictures that were able to be taken, Karen Ann Photography offered to shoot some additional photos on a more pleasant day with the bride and groom. Ashley reminds other couples that things don’t always go as planned but to roll with it, “If something goes awry just look into his eyes and remind yourself why you are there. You get to have this beautiful wedding, but the most important part is the marriage that follows.”

The reception site was the Rock Garden in Green Bay, decorated by Eventful who handled all of the on-site decorating. A beautiful backdrop behind the head table featured hanging pearls, ribbon, and lace; styles that fit with the vintage and unique theme of the day. Guests were greeted with a cocktail hour of cheese and sausage, crackers, veggies, and taco dip. Dinner was an option of bourbon glazed salmon, an 8 oz. tenderloin, or chicken andrea. David and Ashley ditched the typical wedding cake and brought in the pros for desert: Cold Stone Creamery. Ashley gushed at how good the self-serve sundae bar was, “I am obsessed with ice cream, I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner so it was perfect for our wedding.” Late night eats included pizza that was “gone in the blink of an eye,” says Ashley, who goes on to say, “Feed your guests after dinner, they will love you forever.”

Advice that David and Ashley would give to future couples is to make sure that your wedding is one that will make you happy, not someone else, “Don’t worry about making other people happy or being a bridezilla because in the end this is your day with your future spouse and that’s all that matters.”

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Photography~ Karen Ann Photography
Reception Site~  Rock Garden – Comfort Suites Green Bay
Wedding Coordination~ Eventful
Salon~ Fabric (Chaunte Geitner & Chris Sanders) –
Gown~Erika’s Bridal Couture
Music~The New Dance Machine
Floral~ Petal Pusher
Dessert~Cold Stone Creamery
Decor~Eventful
Formalwear~Men’s Wearhouse
Tansportation~Lamers Bus Lines
Photo Booth~ YOLO Photo Booth

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