Door County Style Weddings http://www.doorcountystyle.com a Guide to Wedding Vendors and Unique Venues Wed, 04 Jan 2017 19:18:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 They Call it Wedding Fusion… http://www.doorcountystyle.com/we-call-it-wedding-fusion/ Tue, 19 Jan 2016 04:11:08 +0000 http://www.doorcountystyle.com/?p=10246 Three opening chapters of a Door County Wedding in a cinematography style that blends photos with video footage by Alisa Landman and Stephen Kastner…

Taking inspiration from Ken Burns, who reanimates archival footage and historic photographs in his highly acclaimed documentary films, Alisa and Stephen seek to tell wedding stories in a similar manner. They call it wedding fusion, combining film footage with still photos, working as a team… aka DesignWise Studios. This particular wedding production features the solo guitar work of George Sawyn. You can see more on the DesignWise YouTube Channel.

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Door County Wedding Venue & Vendor Guide http://www.doorcountystyle.com/door-county-wedding-vendor-guide/ Fri, 18 Dec 2015 20:19:48 +0000 http://www.doorcountystyle.com/?p=10225 Door County’s comprehensive Wedding Venue and Guide is a DesignWise Studios project, a comprehensive, free, online resource created with the following intentions:

  • help provide couples with a complete guide to Door County Wedding Staging Resources,
  • to let the public know that Door County is the perfect wedding destination with an amazing variety of venues,
  • To spotlight anything and everything “wedding” available right here from experienced wedding vendors.

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Baileys Harbor Thanksgiving Benefit Dinner Creates Positive Feedback Loop http://www.doorcountystyle.com/baileys-harbor-thanksgiving-benefit/ Sun, 13 Dec 2015 21:13:57 +0000 http://www.doorcountystyle.com/?p=10173 “We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly.” ― Aristotle

Baileys Harbor Town Hall Thanksgiving Dinner photo by Alisa Landman

When I asked my partner, photographer Alisa Landman if she’d like to go to a benefit dinner instead of cooking on Thanksgiving, she agreed that it would be a different way to spend the holiday. I’d recently heard a story broadcast on WDOR about a special fundraising event at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall for a woman fighting cancer.

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Natasha Ustianowski photo by Alisa Landman

Her friends and neighbors wanted to help…

For several months now, Natasha Ustianowski, a Sturgeon Bay single mom, raising her 11-year old son Dex, has been making regular trips to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. The intent is to shrink the tumor before surgery. In December of last year, she noticed a lump on the back of her leg and after doing some research, assumed it was a baker’s cyst. But it failed to get better. In June, after a series of tests, it was diagnosed as synovial sarcoma. She had to abruptly cut back on work as each chemo treatment requires about a week of recovery and her post-surgery rest and recuperation is expected to take an additional eight weeks.

So this year, the Baileys Harbor Community Association’s (BHCA) fifth annual Thanksgiving Dinner became a fundraiser. Door County wedding planner Carrie Baldwin Smith was recruited by Barb Anschutz, and Heidi Penchoff to help organize the event along with the assistance of a small army of volunteers and donors.

How it all got started…

In 2011, at a recap meeting following that year’s Baileys Harbor Halloween festivities, someone tossed out the idea of having an event on Thanksgiving. Paul Salm at the Cornerstone jumped on it, offering to host what would become the First Annual Baileys Harbor Free Thanksgiving Dinner inviting anyone who had nowhere else to go. I distinctly remember that first year as I numbered myself among those “bachelor farmer types” that Garrison Keillor describes in Lake Woebegone. I was living alone on Thanksgiving and that year, I went to the Cornerstone. I’d guess  there were not more than about 50 people, but it felt like a crowd, at the Cornerstone. In a few years, the celebration outgrew the Cornerstone and it was moved to the Town Hall.

This year, the first time it became a fundraiser, more than 300 people passed through the doors of the Baileys Harbor Town Hall.

Thanksgiving Day 2015…

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When we arrive, the surrounding streets and parking lot at the town hall are already filled with cars. Once inside, I negotiate the crowd to secure a couple of unclaimed seats along the far wall before we stroll over to the buffet line. The stage overlooking the hall is filled with an abundance of donated raffle prizes …everything from a wheelbarrow full of booze to a set of handyman tools, 3 nights plus extras at the Bayview Resort to a women’s Harley accessory package, a dog lover’s package, jewelry and clothing all capped off by the ultimate, an autographed Bret Favre Packers’ team jersey!

“It seems that Bruce Alexander sprouted some enormous angel wings,” one Harborian is overheard saying. “Sirloin tips, lasagna, he even gave us all of the plates and silverware!”

Alexander’s is joined by 25 other locations, wholesalers and artisan contributors to roll out a bounty of free Thanksgiving fare.

Sarah's Door County Cherry Pie“Sara gave us 30 pies. Heidi Penchof’s sister is a food broker in the Minneapolis area and she sent 4 hams,” Barb Anschutz adds. “Everything was donated…”

  • Rolls – Piggly Wiggly and Baileys Harbor Community Association
  • Smoked Fish – Dave Peterson and Hickey Brothers Fishery
  • Relish Tray – Koepsel’s Farm Market
  • Garden and Pasta Salad – Al Johnson’s
  • Sirloin Tips, Mostaccioli, Green Beans and Sweet Potatoes, Plates and silverware – Alexander’s
  • Stuffing – AC Tap
  • Mashed Potatoes – Cornerstone Pub
  • Chicken – Casey’s and Sister Bay Bowl
  • Desserts – Sara Pellerin, Heidi’s sister and Tassie Knudson
  • Coffee and water – Koepsel’s Farm Market and Sister Bay Trading
  • Milk – Baileys 57
  • Apple cider – Krowas Orchard
  • Beer – Door County Brewing Co.
  • Wine – Chop
  • Beverageware and butter – Anschutz Plumbing & Heating
  • Linens – Horseshoe Bay Farms
  • Placemats – Innovative Printing
  • Graphics for ad and printing – Inside the Door
  • Printing posters – Paper Works Plus

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“People were still bringing in raffle items on Thanksgiving day,” says Barb Anschutz. “We more than doubled what were were hoping to bring in for Tasha. She was just overwhelmed and afterwards the tears started to fall. This has given her so much hope. For the first time she knew she would beat this.”

The success of this year’s event confirms the organizer’s intention to continue spreading joy by making all future BHCA Thanksgiving dinners benefit events.

“I hope I can track down all of the people who gave their time and donations, big and small,” Tasha Ustianowski says. “What I want to say most is ‘thank you’ to all the people involved.”

Synchronicity…

I’m sitting across the table watching a dad singing the ABCs back and forth with his tiny young daughter who can almost make it to the letter G… and I think about how absolutely fortunate we all are to still be able to enjoy life in a small town community. Eventually, after things quiet down somewhat in the serving line, the dad and daughter get up to give their coveted seats to the mom and a second daughter who have obviously been hard at work in the kitchen. She still has on an apron. We ask the mom if they have a head count so far and she says they have already served more than 200 people…

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And as she encourages her daughter to eat her Thanksgiving dinner, it turns out the mom is Carrie Baldwin Smith.

A recent study, published online in the Journal of Happiness Studies conducted by researchers at Harvard Business School and the University of British Columbia suggests the existence of a kind of “positive feedback loop” between kindness and happiness, with one encouraging the other.

“The practical implications of this positive feedback loop could be that engaging in one kind deed would make you happier and the happier you feel, the more likely you are to do another kind act,” says Lara Aknin, a graduate student in psychology at the University of British Columbia and the study’s lead author. “This might also be harnessed by charitable organizations: Reminding donors of earlier donations could make them happy and experiencing happiness might lead to making a generous gift.”

Another paper, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology suggests that spending on others makes us happier than spending on ourselves. From the abundance of  spirit generated in Baileys Harbor community on Thanksgiving Day, 2015 it also appears that happiness is a chain-reaction.

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A Woodwalk Wedding http://www.doorcountystyle.com/a-woodwalk-wedding/ Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:44:22 +0000 http://www.doorcountystyle.com/?p=10119 Kelly Mortonson & Austin Simarski
July 18, 2015
Photos by Alisa Landman and Stephen Kastner, DesignWise Studios

Alisa and I were privileged to attend a great celebration of the joys of summer at an outdoor wedding held on the grounds of Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor. The restored barn provides a spectacular reception hall, stage and dance floor with a bar, restrooms and an adjoining fine arts gallery. Wedding hosts typically erect a tent on the concrete pad that adjoins the barn for catering sit-down dining as the feature photo shows.

Early on, I connected with Austin and the groomsmen as they were spiffing up, showing me the keepsake, handmade knives that Austin had given each of them. The ceremonies took place in front of the wedding silo, one of the most unique wedding spots in Door County. Afterward, the bride and groom were led forth to the sounds of the Highland pipes played by bagpiper Dennis Metz.

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A Visit to Ellison Wonderland http://www.doorcountystyle.com/a-visit-to-ellison-wonderland/ Wed, 15 Jul 2015 23:18:07 +0000 http://www.doorcountystyle.com/?p=10095 Jim and Carole Maronek have created a world of their own at Silver Poplar Studios in Ellison Bay including a hybrid barn, built in 1998 from many other salvaged barns and registered as one of Door County’s most unique wedding venues, “Ellison Wonderland LLC.”

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But, the best part of this eclectic estate is the Maronek’s intention to share it. Set on 14 acres of woods and meadows in Ellison Bay, the Silver Poplar Studios complex is filled with visual and historic gems that include the barn, housing an art gallery and the “Bolshoi Room,” suitable for wedding receptions and concerts plus two guest cottages – all converted and adapted from century-old farm buildings. There’s also a rare, wood-staved silo, capped off in glass.

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Jim and Carole embody a living example of what Buckminster Fuller liked to refer to as synergy, when substances or people with different qualities combine or cooperate to create results far greater than the sum total of what either could achieve alone. Jim’s extensive background in theater set design is continuously exercised building structures of all varieties from the buildings to the surrounding fences and gates. Carole’s near fanatical love of gardening brings forth an abundance of living color in all manner of vegetation. The results are a masterpiece that must be seen in person to be truly appreciated.

The property was long-ago named after the forty, majestic Silver Poplar trees which once stood on the grounds. The theme throughout is one of Russian derivation, traced back through Carole’s parents from Byelorussia. Silver Poplar Studios was established as an artists’ retreat in the 1940’s. The log portion of the main house was one of northern Door County’s first buildings, dating from the 1850’s.

Photographer Alisa Landman set forth to capture images of some of the many breathtaking spots that await visitors to Silver Poplar Studios, a visual feast that is in a constant state of change as nature calls the tune. This is one of Door County’s most unique sites to celebrate a wedding …if you are seeking the embodiment of earth and sky lovingly groomed by a highly artistic couple.

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“The thoughts that come to mind when I reflect on my visit to Silver Poplar simply bring forth a feeling of peace and calm,” says Alisa “…in one word, serenity. Wedding planning is quite often filled with anxiety and can be quite stressful for the two most important people in the ceremony. At Silver Poplar, this perfect place will quite likely cause those concerns to just fall away.”
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“With an outdoor wedding in Door County, nature can provide much of the décor,” say the Maroneks. “The cottages, barn and surrounding gardens at Silver Poplar Studios are eminently suited for elegant, organic, unpretentious wedding ceremonies and receptions.”

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Carole will often provide floral arrangements from the gardens in formal or casual arrangements. There is abundant privacy coupled with easy accessibility and ample parking, as well as restrooms on site. Tents are typically erected on the grounds to insure comfort under inclement weather, sheltering guests from the possibility of showers or intense sunshine. Visit silverpoplar.com to learn more about this delightful Door County wedding venue opportunity and we hope to see you there.

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A Door County Wedding, Angie & Josiah 2011 http://www.doorcountystyle.com/door-county-wedding/ Sat, 11 Jul 2015 21:14:01 +0000 http://www.doorcountystyle.com/?p=10088 This is the story of a Door County wedding told in short-form video chapters, produced in 2011 by DesignWise Studios and released as a weekly series on a dedicated Facebook Page.

Chapter 1 – The Rehearsal
Angie Brusky and Josiah Lent were married by Pastor: Michael Brecke at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Juddville, Wisconsin on September 24, 2011. Processional planning and sound checks always produce a few surprises and we were lucky to capture a few of those enjoyable moments.

As one viewer describes it, “This is terrific! No question; it’s candid, real and funny – whether that’s intended or not. You’re the greatest!”

Chapter 2 – The Bike Ride
Josiah Lent is an avid cyclist who works for the Trek Bicycle company. On the morning of his wedding day, he had asked several of his best friends, all of whom are in the bridal party to accompany him on a cycling tour of Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. This was his idea of how to celebrate a bachelor’s party.

Chapter 3 – The Wedding
In this episode, Angie Brusky and Josiah Lent are married at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Juddville, Wisconsin by Pastor Michael Breke.

The Marriage of Angie Brusky and Josiah Lent features Isaac Lent, Dan Riegert, Tristan Klein, Maureen Clark, Tristan Klein, Anna Warpinski, Joey Troup, Amy Yaniz Jones, Dan Riegert and Stephanie Voegele with guitarist, Tony Warpinski and The Rev. Michael Breke.

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Planning Food and Drink with a Door County Wedding Caterer http://www.doorcountystyle.com/wedding-caterers-door-county/ Thu, 09 Jul 2015 00:35:08 +0000 http://www.doorcountystyle.com/?p=10080 People often say that it is the food that they remember best, years after your special day is in the history books. These Door County Wedding Caterers will guarantee that fact with superb food and drink…

Find everything “wedding” in our Door County Wedding Vendor Guide:

You can search more than 150 local listings by name, location or by a specific wedding vendor category. Find everything you need to celebrate your dream wedding Door County Style!

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Picking a Door County Wedding Venue http://www.doorcountystyle.com/picking-door-county-wedding-venue/ Wed, 08 Jul 2015 21:49:08 +0000 http://www.doorcountystyle.com/?p=10071 From posh country clubs and shoreline resorts to classic barns and beaches, your Door County Wedding will be truly unforgettable at any of our unique wedding venues…

Find everything “wedding” in our Door County Wedding Vendor Guide:

You can search more than 150 local listings by name, location or by a specific wedding vendor category. Find everything you need to celebrate your dream wedding Door County Style!

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Village of Egg Harbor Earns Travel Green Wisconsin™ Certification http://www.doorcountystyle.com/village-egg-harbor-earns-travel/ Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:13:02 +0000 http://www.doorcountystyle.com/?p=9785 Travel Green program supports Wisconsin’s conservation tradition…

travel-green-wisconsin-certifiedThe Wisconsin Department of Tourism is pleased to welcome The Village of Egg Harbor as a certified member of its Travel Green Wisconsin program. With a longstanding conservation legacy, this program furthers Wisconsin’s commitment to sustainability. The Village’s Paul J. Bertschinger Community Center, other municipal properties including Egg Harbor Beach and Marina earned its certification for implementing green practices.

For example, the Egg Harbor Marina earned the designation of “Clean Marina” by Wisconsin Clean Marina in partnership with University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute. The Egg Harbor Marina is also a bronze level Water Star Community certified by Water Star Wisconsin.

“Wisconsin has a longstanding tradition of conservation and Travel Green Wisconsin is an opportunity for businesses to further distinguish themselves for their sustainable practices,” says Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett. “We applaud their commitment to making sustainability a priority in their business, knowing the importance of doing our part now to preserve our natural resources and treasures for future generations.”

The Village of Egg Harbor is committed to water quality improvement projects such as Beach Park Improvements, permeable paver installations and bio-filter installations. The Village of Egg Harbor practices sustainability of wild life and landscape conservation and management. Those efforts have been recognized as designations of Tree City, USA as well as Bird City, Wisconsin. The Village of Egg Harbor joins more than 519 TGW Certified businesses.

“The Village of Egg Harbor strives to improve its environmental impact and constantly considers sustainability when making decisions,” says Michelle Anderson, Deputy Administrator, DC/DT, CTA-Village of Egg Harbor.

Even seemingly small practices can have a big impact. In a study done in 2013, Travel Green Wisconsin businesses that installed low-flow fixtures such as toilets, shower heads and faucets, reduced their annual water use by nearly 37 million gallons. Additionally the study found that by switching to energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs, Travel Green Wisconsin businesses reduced their lighting-related electricity usage by 75 percent, saving an estimated $3 million each year.

Travel Green Wisconsin was the first program of its kind in the nation and serves as a model to promote environmentally friendly practices in the tourism industry. The program is unique for its inclusion of all tourism-related businesses and organizations including but not limited to attractions, events, accommodations, outfitters, restaurants, retail, visitor centers and more. Tourism businesses interested in learning more about becoming certified can contact Marketing Specialist Christina Torkelson at ctorkelson@travelwisconsin.com or 608.266.1238.

The mission of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism is to market the state as the Midwest’s premier travel destination for fun by executing industry-leading marketing programs and establishing strategic partnerships. The Department plays a significant role in generating greater economic impact and jobs for Wisconsin. The portal for traveler information can be found at www.travelwisconsin.com.

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Door County Visitor Bureau to Celebrate Opening of County’s First Electric Vehicle Charging Stations http://www.doorcountystyle.com/door-county-visitor-bureau-celebrate/ http://www.doorcountystyle.com/door-county-visitor-bureau-celebrate/#respond Wed, 14 May 2014 18:55:32 +0000 http://www.doorcountystyle.com/?p=9775 The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) will commemorate the opening of Door County’s first public electric vehicle charging stations during a special ceremony at 11 AM on Wednesday May 21, 2014 at the Door County Welcome Center, 1015 Green Bay Road in Sturgeon Bay.

Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett will be on hand to help plug in the ceremonial first vehicle and say a few words regarding the future role of electric vehicles in the tourism industry.  She will be joined by DCVB President/CEO Jack Moneypenny and other local dignitaries during the ribbon cutting and inaugural charge.

The May 21 event kicks off a new effort the DCVB is spearheading to build a network of electric vehicle charging stations throughout Door County to help attract visitors who embrace ecotourism and the electric vehicle movement. A list of local businesses who have already committed to install their own electric vehicle charging stations this year will be distributed at the event.

A DCVB produced map will be available later this year to help visitors locate where charging stations can be found in the county.  Efforts by the DCVB to recruit more businesses and communities to install additional charging stations will be ongoing.

The ecotourism focus is nothing new to Door County. Currently, 46 businesses, parks and attractions in the county are Travel Green Wisconsin certified. This designation is granted by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism following an application process that requires applicants to meet specific sustainable green business practices in order to be certified.

The two electric vehicle charging stations that will be unveiled at 11 AM at the Door County Welcome Center on May 21 will be available to use free of charge.  The event is also free and open to the public, and light refreshments will follow the ceremony.

The Door County Visitor Bureau is the official tourism marketing organization for Door County, whose mission it is to foster long-term economic growth and stability in concordance with sustainable tourism practices.

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