Winter Wedding at the Gibson Social Club

November 10, 2023

Emily & Sam’s romantic Christmastime Oshkosh Wedding.


How They Met

Emily and Sam, both from Clintonville, Wisconsin, met in the fifth grade. Emily had a crush on Sam for years, but nothing ever came to fruition. They attended high school together and went their separate ways for college. Emily went to Ole Miss, and Sam enrolled at Fox Valley Tech. Fast-forward to 2020, when Emily moved back to Wisconsin to finish her degree through online classes. Sam asked Emily out on a date, and the rest is history.

The Engagement

Emily and Sam celebrated their second anniversary with a trip to Michigan. One morning, the two ventured out on a hike. Sam proposed to Emily at the top of a mountain.

The Ceremony

Emily and Sam became husband and wife at the Gibson Social Club in Downtown Oshkosh. Their ceremony was “unreal,” and they used the already stunning venue to its fullest potential. Emily worked closely with their florist from House of Flowers in Oshkosh to design a centerpiece that was unique and perfect for the time of year – just before Christmas. He created a beautiful piece of greenery to hang from the ceiling with Christmas trees as the focal point.

For her grand entrance, Emily walked down the stairs to reveal her gown and about-to-become-a-bride glow. From her point of view, she was able to see every detail – the setup, all of her loved ones, and of course, Sam.

The Photos

Alli Martins Photography captured all of the big and small moments of Emily and Sam’s beautiful winter wedding day. The couple walked a few places downtown to snap some amazing photos at various spots downtown, including the church behind the venue as well as other cool buildings.

The Reception

After Emily and Sam tied the knot, the party continued at the Gibson Social Club.  The venue is gorgeous and oozes character which made it a perfect choice for their wedding celebration.

The Food and Drinks

The food at Emily and Sam’s wedding was phenomenal! Becket’s in Oshkosh catered the buffet-style meal, which included beef and pork for the entrées. The Gibson served all of the drinks throughout the night, including specialty cocktails: a sour old fashioned and a Christmas Moscow Mule. For dessert, guests enjoyed a three-tier vanilla and red velvet cake from Lou Lou’s Bakery in Clintonville. The florist even provided the baker with some greenery and flowers to match the décor. In addition to cake, cranberry bliss bars and brownies were part of the sweets course. Plus, the women in Emily’s family made a family recipe for Christmas sugar cookies. They baked around 500 cookies for the wedding favors, which were a huge hit!

Dancing the Night Away

The couple partook in the traditional father-daughter, mother-son, and first dance as newlyweds. Which Emily concluded was one her favorite parts of the day!

Advice for Future Brides

Soak up every single moment and take advantages of all the opportunities. You are only a bride once!

Wisconsin Wedding Vendors:

Photographer Alli Martins Photography
Makeup Artist Kylee Berg (family friend)
Hair Stylist Anagen 11 , Appleton (Chelsea Seymour)
Invitations & Custom Signage Dayna Klein (sister-in-law)
Rehearsal Dinner Jarritos Mexican Restaurant, Clintonville
Ceremony & Reception Venue The Gibson Social Club
Catering Beckets ,Oshkosh
Bartending Service The Gibson Social Club
Cake Designer Lou Lou’s Bakery
Flowers House of Flowers, Oshkosh
Music & Entertainment Yo DJ
Bridal Boutique Tie The Knot Bridal Boutique, Green Bay
Bridesmaid Gown Baltic Born
Formalwear J Crew Factory
Rings Fletchers Jewelry, Waupaca