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Hailey and Tanner met the summer between their junior and senior year of high school. Hailey’s best friend Brittany (who would later be her Maid of Honor) told her she should meet her cousin, Tanner. After hanging out at a bonfire one night, Hailey and Tanner realized just how much they have in common. “We hit it off right away and ended up going to Tanner’s Homecoming dance a few weeks after—our first date.”
Fast forward three years, when Tanner and Hailey did a weekend in Door County to celebrate their anniversary. Like many others, they ventured to Sunset Park to watch the sun go down. “Poor Tanner wasn’t prepared for that!” They enjoyed the view, other people trickled out, and after about an hour, everyone else had finally left. That’s when Tanner got down on one knee.
Hailey tried on about six dresses before choosing the one. “I ended up picking the second dress I tried on,” she says. “I went back to the same one and tried it on four times before making up my mind.” To accessorize, Hailey’s silver engagement ring and wedding band came from Rummele’s Jewelers in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She also picked out a silver band for Tanner.
The bride and groom tackled a lot of DIY projects leading up to the big day. Hailey’s favorite thing that she planned? The flowers. “Being able to pick out all the flowers and greenery, then putting them together with my siblings—it was amazing.” Tanner’s favorite thing he planned? The photos. But more on that in a bit.
On the eve of the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was held at Luigi’s in Manitowoc. “We had all the wedding party, their significant others, and our immediate families.” There were drinks, salads, and large pizzas to share.
Hailey and Tanner had their wedding ceremony at St. John’s in Newtonburg, Wisconsin. “My favorite part of the ceremony was probably the entrance,” Hailey says. “My brother walked me down the aisle. I remember looking up after they opened the doors and seeing Tanner, tearing up, biting his lip trying not to cry.”
Another favorite moment was when Hailey and Tanner were their own ushers after the ceremony. “We walked back up to the front of the church and hugged and thanked every friend and family member as they exited the pews. It helped us make sure we said hi and thanked everyone for being there on our special day.”
After family photos at the church, the wedding party drove to Tanner’s brother-in-law’s parents’ house. “It was on the way to the reception, so it was perfect. They have a big red barn they just repainted with beautiful white fencing throughout the yard.” In short, the spot is picture-perfect. “We also had Tanner’s uncle bring out his Ford Model T for us to take some pictures with.”
This was Tanner’s big moment—his favorite part that he planned: “When we went to the barn for pictures, Tanner had a bunch of automatic rifles and pistols, so the groomsmen could take pictures with the guns and a cigar in their mouth in front of the Ford Model T. The pictures turned out really good!”
Hailey had been to a couple of weddings at Par 5 Resort before her own, so she knew she liked it from the start. “I liked that it was only about half-hour from our ceremony site. They also had the best deals for having our wedding on a Friday night. Par 5 also has a really good layout, as far as the hotel being attached, so guests could easily stay overnight.”
Catering and bartending was also handled by Par 5. There was a cash bar for cocktail hour and two barrels of beer after dinner for guests. There was roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetables, dinner rolls, coleslaw, and salad. Dessert was Hailey’s favorite—a donut bar! “ We got over 250 doughnuts. By the end of the night, there was only one donut left!” To complete the picture, a coffee bar was set up next to the donuts.
To keep up tradition, Tanner and Hailey also had a small tiered cake to cut into. “It was half strawberry, half marble, covered in white frosting. We got a personalized wedding cake topper that had our last name on it and the date, as well as silhouettes of a girl and guy holding guns, because we both love hunting. We also had a shot-ski that we personalized for taking shots with family and friends throughout the night.”
Hailey says that she thinks everything went smoothly—”except we probably could have ordered about 50 more donuts.
And Tanner says we needed more beer!” Her last bit of advice: “Get a binder to organize everything!”
|Makeup Artist||Luxe Beauty Bar, Manitowoc||Alyssa did my makeup, and she did a beautiful job.|
|Hair Stylist||Luxe Beauty Bar, Manitowoc||All of the bridesmaids had their hair done here. We had champagne, mimosas, doughnuts and bagels from Dunkin Doughnuts, and of course coffee as well. We were there for a little over 3 hours getting all our hair done and couple girls had their makeup done too.|
|Rehearsal Dinner||Luigi’sItalian Restaurant, Manitowoc|
|Ceremony Location||St. John’s Church, Newtonburg|
|Reception Venue||Par 5 Resort, Mishicot|
|Cake Designer/Dessert||Cravings-Home of Kristy’s Kakes, Whitelaw||Cravings went above and beyond and helped out a lot with the loads of doughnuts we were ordering and making special exceptions.|
|Custom Signage & Flowers||Hailey Jost ( Bride)|
|Photographer||Lexie Luzetta Photography|
|Bridal Boutique for Wedding Gown||Wedding Day Dress for Less, Green Bay|
|Rings||Rummele’s Fine Jewelry, Manitowoc|