Sign on, cast off and tie the knot on the waters of Door County with crew aboard the Edith M. Becker!
For a bride and groom seeking a fabulous venue for a more personal marriage ceremony of up to 22 guests, this traditional tall ship affords a feast for the eye and camera lens alike as your vows of marriage are exchanged before a Door County sunset on the waters of Green Bay. Their sixty-five foot, gaff-rigged schooner has hosted weddings for brides and grooms in Door County for decades. Cedar decks, wooden spars, a bronze steering wheel and compass – all these touches add a classic look and feel to your Door County wedding as your party sets sail along the rocky shoreline and under tree-covered bluffs.
Their crew will work with you in creating your dream wedding, covering every detail from decorations to food, beverages and a professional photographer. A complimentary champagne toast and a cannon salute will complete your ceremony as you sail back to port in the setting sun.
Dream Lighting Company provides extraordinary lighting design for Weddings, Corporate Events, Gala’s and Social Events.
Dream Lighting Company offers indoor/outdoor event lighting. They own a huge inventory of tent lighting, vintage chandeliers, furniture, string lighting or pendant lighting and much more including a full time lighting technician on site throughout the entire event. Contact them for a lighting design consultation. They also provide sound/AV equipment at Dreamin’ D.J. Music & Entertainment.
Washington Island is a beautiful location for a wedding, and the Scandinavian Stavkirke Church constructed based on a 12th century Stavkirke in Borgund, Norway, is a wonderfully unique setting for a wedding.
If your wedding will be attended by more than 38, wedding party and guests can be accommodated in Trinity Lutheran, the main church which is located across the street. The pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church is also pastor of the Stavkirke and is responsible for presiding at all worship services, weddings and baptisms. Visiting clergy may assist at the sole discretion of the Trinity pastor.
Capturing real life as it unfolds…
Kelly Avenson says it best, “I love faces and the stories behind them. Photography allows me to tell a story, be it the story of a brand new baby, a high school graduate, a couple in love or a time spent on the beach playing in the sand with your kids. Everyone’s story is so unique and I am one fortunate woman to be able to capture that on film for you to treasure and share with those you love. To wake up and give the gift of smiles is truly amazing!”
Welcoming weddings as well as artists, singers, cooking schools, book clubs, non profits and business groups to utilize the beautiful grounds and areas of The Hillside Inn of Ephraim.
As the new owner of the Hillside, it is Diane Taillon‘s primary focus to find new and creative ways to open this classic inn to tourists and residents alike as a true boutique hotel. The Inn features five beautiful suites (four with water views) plus two cottages with fireplaces and elegant bathrooms. The luxurious Hillside Inn of Ephraim, located in the heart of one of Door County’s most picturesque villages, reopened in January, 2016 after a complete renovation. Careful attention was paid to preserving the original integrity and simplicity of this white-painted landmark, one that has welcomed travelers to Door County since the late 1800’s.
The Inn is one of the most iconic buildings in Ephraim and Door County, making it the centerpiece of almost every photo taken of the Ephraim village landscape. The restored historical inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with all the amenities of a luxury hotel and was one of the first hotels ever in Ephraim. The Inn is lovingly owner-operated by Diane Taillon with assistance from Carrie Counihan and Carol Schalla. Her team also runs Diane’s luxury real estate company, Arbor Crowne Properties, with offices located in The Hillside.
Want a less formal affair focused on the people and the party?
Camp David’s party barn is a great option. Home to the Fishstock Concert Series, the barn features professional sound and lighting and plenty of space and parking for a wedding focused on dancing, friends, and partying.
It’s time to revive a real classic Door County wedding tradition…
Jerry Voelker and the Jolly Gents have been performing for almost fifty years. The band has played in the Midwest, Russia, China, Mexico, Europe, Hawaii and on a number of cruises. The five-piece band plays a variety of styles including Czech, German polkas and waltzes, and modern jitterbug and polka masses.
“Our crowd is old and getting older,” says Jerry Voelker, who has led Jerry Voelker & the Jolly Gents for almost five decades. “I doubt I’ll ever see it come back the way it was. We used to play weddings all the time. The last wedding we played for was in Oshkosh. That must be seven or eight years ago. He was 76 and she was 74.” – from Polka Dotage: Jerry Voelker Is Getting Less Calls to Play Polka by Jim Lundstrom, Peninsula Pulse, September 18, 2015.
Chef Bruce Alexander, well-known for his landmark restaurant at Hotel du Nord in Sister Bay, is enjoying his ninth year at Alexander’s in Fish Creek. Door County’s oldest and finest full-service caterer for parties of 40-400. They can serve indoor and outdoor weddings and they are open the year ’round.
Contact Kevin Free, Catering Assistant for a consultation regarding your special day at 920.559.0988.
Chef/Owner – Bruce Alexander
Bar Manager – Bonnie Spielman
Kitchen Manager/Sous Chef – Shane Clarke
Dining Room Manager – Laurel Ciohon
Pastry Chef – LynLee Luebke
Select a wine menu for your wedding from their 2000 bottles of wine from around the world.
Diana McCartney also carries Artisan cheese, olive oil and bread for your farm table wedding and the largest craft beer selection in Door County. Gifts and art by artist Mike McCartney. Free olive oil and wine tasting, daily.
Manuel Cifre descended from four generations of bakers, naming his Door County operation Lola’s in honor of his mother, who passed away in 2007.
He began working as a teenager at his parent’s bakery, “La Rosa,” for 26 years. Then started his own bakery, “La Dolce Vida,” in New York City which he operated for 11 years before moving to Madison, where he lived and worked for 18 years, baking at Stella’s. He has a lifetime of experience, readily apparent the first time you stop in at Lola’s in Sturgeon Bay. His custom wedding cakes and sweet table dessert treats are sure to delight.
Beth Peterson creates artfully designed, impeccably crafted, one-of-a-kind, wedding dresses.
Breathe Clothing is art for the body, created from excellent quality vintage and recycled materials. Her stunningly original wedding dresses are constructed to accentuate each bride’s best features.
If you are getting married in Door County or anywhere in the country, it would be Rev. Joan Shiels’ pleasure to create your special day, your special way.
She will customize your ceremony to suit your personalities, wishes and spiritual orientation. Whether you are having a big wedding, small wedding, indoor or outdoor, traditional, creative or a blend, she will get to know you and create a ceremony that makes your wedding just what you want it to be.
If you are not familiar with Door County, Joan is able to advise you about local hotels, restaurants, chapels and wedding sites. She loves to officiate weddings and looks forward to being your Door County Minister.
Birch Creek is a natural wedding venue that uses the Dutton Concert Barn, a truly amazing backdrop and shelter for your wedding.
Booking your wedding or other event at Birch Creek will not only provide a vintage scene for your wedding, but also help to support advanced young musicians who attend the Birch Creek Music Performance Center during the summer music academy.
Chris is 5 feet 11 inches tall, has a beard, 4 bicycles, 6 pairs of skiis, and a black dog named Fonzie.
He was born in Michigan, schooled in Colorado and Wisconsin. Chris has lived in locations where most visit (and still does), before turning his sights to commercial and wedding photography in 2010. Since then, he has been commissioned to make heroic portraits some of the most interesting humans and travels around North America and beyond to capture unique perspectives.
Draeb Jewelers has been Door County’s most trusted quality jeweler and watchmaker for more than one-hundred years.
Draeb jewelers hand selects the best color in gemstones and the best sparkle in diamonds for their showcases.
George A. Draeb started in the jewelry business in 1904 and opened the current location in 1910. In 1948 after WWII his son J. William (Bill) Draeb joined him to keep the business going!In 1975 grandson George W. Draeb became the 3rd generation in the business as a certified watchmaker. In March of 2004, the 4th generation of Draeb Jewelers was started when great grandson William G. Draeb joined the business as a Graduate Gemologist (GIA).
Suite on the Water is an option if you or members of your wedding party want to stay on the water in a beautiful private room in a local home located on Memorial Drive in Sturgeon Bay. The whole home is recently renovated. The upper level offers a room with a private balcony overlooking the water, and has a queen size bed. There is also a luxurious rain-shower head in the private bath, and refrigerator and coffee maker with a small dining table to relax for a snack. On the same level, is second room with a full size bed. The lower level suite also offers a water view with a queen size bed, private bath and a pull out sleeper sofa. The kitchen bar is equipped with a sink, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and dining table. All of the rooms come with WiFi and streaming devices for the television. Guests may use the steam shower, infrared sauna and washer/dryer. The owners, Chris and John have a canoe, kayaks, a sailboat and bicycles available for guests. If you need dock space for your boat, call about availability (920) 819-1341. Website is under construction, check back soon: doorcountywaterfrontrental.com. Technically, Suite on the Water does not offer breakfast since there are many restaurant options such as Get “Real” Cafe and Lola’s, just a few blocks away.
PIP is locally situated to meet all of your printing needs.
“They have a friendly and personable team to work with and their turnaround time is very good. They are truly a pleasure to work with” – Erin, Director of e-Commerce at Door County Coffee & Tea Co.
Shear Style Plus has been in business for more than 25 years!
First starting out in Sister Bay, then moving back to Institute, this five-stylist team works closely under the direction of owner Kelly McDougall-Smith with her 30+ years of experience in the hair industry.
“Getting married? Want airbrush foundation? Come into Shear Style+ and get the look you desire for your special day!”
Imagine a flock of snowy white doves taking flight, circling your guests and flying off into the horizon. Here’s an imaginative, yet affordable way to personalize your wedding and make it quite unique. Your guests will be amazed and mesmerized with this more memorable and environmentally friendly alternative to flowers or balloons – a dove release.
Doves have been a symbol of love, fidelity, purity, holiness and freedom since the beginning of time. Doves contribute to life’s celebrations because of the symbolism associated with them. Celebrate your wedding day with a display and release of white doves. Having a display of white doves is guaranteed to add that “something special” to your celebration.
It is said that Doves navigate by the earth’s magnetic field. Gary Thomson‘s doves have a range of about 100 miles and for the safety of the birds, weather is a factor in the release. Also, time of day is another factor as the doves need a few hours of daylight to navigate back to their home. Services are available the year ’round however, there are certain conditions which would prohibit the safe release of birds. These include, but may not be limited to: any kind of storm, heavy rain, snow, dense fog, unusually strong winds and all forms of frozen precipitation. Cold weather does not pose a problem for the birds. They actually love to fly in the brisk air.