The home and grounds of Jim and Carole Maronek in Ellison Bay, is a collection of antique buildings set within 15 acres of woods and meadows, unified by a Russian theme (Carole’s parents were from Byelorussia) – an exquisite spot for a distinctive and memorable Door County wedding.
The centerpiece is their barn, built in 1998 and registered as “Ellison Wonderland, LLC” itself a collection of reclaimed barns and salvaged materials. The surrounding gardens and outdoor artwork are exquisite. They each represent the passion of Carole and jim, respectively. Jim came to Door County after a successful career as set designer for Chicago’s Goodman Theater and he has not stopped creating sets and settings, wall murals and sculpture. Carole’s plants and gardens are a living work of art. The public is welcome to visit during regular gallery hours and the Maronek’s offer the cottages for rent as well as their reception barn.
“A Woodwalk wedding is something to remember!”
Woodwalk Gallery features a soaring setting that is centered in an 1890’s revitalized Door County barn. It houses an art gallery and a reception hall, located in a quiet setting, ¾ mile off the main Highway 42, north of Carlsville. They offer a unique, Door County experience to be found almost nowhere else consistent with an effort to provide “the essence of Door County in an historic setting.”
Celebrate your wedding in the setting of a historic barn and its surrounding, natural, scenic landscapes. With many options for your ceremony outdoors or in, dinner in the barn or under a tent adjacent to the barn, Woodwalk is a canvas waiting for you to personalize it. They can accommodate groups up to 250+ and include the ambience of a regionally recognized art gallery as part of the glow. There are also spaces on site for Bridal party and Groomsmen preparations.
The sounds of classical guitar, the perfect music for your wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, or brunch – solo acoustic guitar by George Sawyn. His instrument is the traditional classical guitar, gently amplified to cover a room with an elegant musical atmosphere, without interfering with conversation.
Sawyn’s musical repertoire covers a wide spectrum including many original works, diverse and yet familiar. He draws from the classical composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, and Dvorak; the “Standards” as sung by Frank Sinatra, Nat Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Tony Bennett; and popular songs of the 60s, 70s, and 80s by such stars as Nora Jones, The Beatles, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and George Benson. In addition, special requests from you or your guests are welcome.
DesignWise Studios Fine Art Photography and Videography features the work of George Sawyn in a forthcoming full-length production on the wedding of Hongling and Kyle at Bjorklunden this summer. Here’s a short clip from the film that includes Sawyn’s “Night of the White Rainbow,” an original.
The performer is a 38-year veteran of the Chicago music scene, guitarist George Sawyn. Over the years, George has worked with many of Chicago’s finest musicians and bands, playing many styles of music including rock, disco, country, jazz, and classical, and has acquired a wealth of musical repertoire and experience. But, his specialty is the solo acoustic guitar …soft, gentle, unobtrusive.
Since relocating to Door County, Wisconsin in 2010, George has entertained thousands of Door County residents and vacationers at local venues such as The Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, Thorpe House Inn in Fish Creek, Pasta Vino in Ellison Bay and Al Johnson’s in Sister Bay. He provides ceremony and dinner music for dozens of weddings and other private events each year.
Door County’s Spa Verde Salon emphasizes health, wellness and education.
The staff at Spa Verde is committed to a chemical-free environment, one which honors and nurtures your body with respect and compassion. The things you won’t find in any of their products or services are even more important you attempt to navigate through a toxic jungle of personal beauty and body-care products. Their commitment to a green spa is in tune with the other earth-friendly businesses located in Egg Harbor’s historic Baraboo Hardware Store building, home of Greens N Grains Natural Food Store and Cafe.
Spa Verde offers massage, body treatments and skin care, using only organic and natural products. Their hair salon and nail services use the safest, greenest products available. Discover your own personal wellness remedies and rituals there as Spa Verde’s holistic lifestyle approach offers balance and increased vitality.
Egg Harbor’s Spa Verde is open the year ’round and they provide custom wedding service packages.
For 30 years the Landmark Resort has been a haven for romantic getaways and honeymoon vacations, as well as a perfect setting for an intimate Door County wedding.
The Landmark Resort provides the scenic beauty of the bluff overlooking the Bay of Green Bay – a picture-perfect backdrop for your special day. With forty acres of beautiful wooded grounds, distinctive rooms, full bar, acclaimed food and beverage service… the Landmark Resort is one of Door County’s premier wedding locations. Your entire party will relax and enjoy elegant luxury and generous hospitality while celebrating your special union.
Wedding ceremonies can be held at the Landmark Resort at either indoor or outdoor venues. The Flagship Garden, pool decks and terrace have all been utilized for outdoor ceremonies. The Terrace has an artificial waterfall and a beautiful view of the Green Bay. They also offer a discounted accommodations rate for wedding guests and they provide the bride and groom with a one-night complimentary suite with certain packages. See their website’s extensive wedding resource and planning pages for details…
If you’re looking for the perfect, old-fashioned, little, white chapel for your wedding… this is it!
The Bridal Chapel of Door County can comfortably seat up to 100 guests. They can provide a non-denominational minister, decorations and music (songs of your choice) or you can provide your own officiant, etc. Outdoor weddings are also an option with a very lovely waterfront reception site available.
Owner, Donna Streckenbach has been a wedding consultant for more than 35 years and thoroughly enjoys helping each bride and groom plan their most special day to make it an everlasting, beautiful memory! Weddings are performed any day of the week at any time. The Bridal Chapel provides a beautiful, romantic atmosphere in a nondenominational, religious setting.
Angela Lensch Gallery is the perfect place to find wedding gifts and favors.
Located in a historic, 1900’s, Egg Harbor log cabin, the gallery features Angela’s unique, hand-woven, gold and silver jewelry and also represents creations by other local artisans in the Door County community.
Wedding cake made of Cheese, you say? Yes, Wisconsin Cheese Masters has done that …and more!
What could be better than celebrating your marriage in Door County than serving a wedding cake made entirely of Wisconsin cheese? That’s right, a Cheese Cake with no “cake” or perhaps an elegant Cheese Table… the Wisconsin Cheese Masters even make entirely edible and delicious Wedding Cheese Cones! Their latest creations can be custom designed just for your wedding. They are available to cater your wedding or special event with a variety of Made in Wisconsin cheese delicacies.
Soirsce Artemis Moriarty is really in love with capturing little moments in other peoples stories, whether that may be a mother’s love of her little ones or a couple that is crazy in love with each other!
Soirsce (Gaelic in origin and pronounced “sear-sha”) is an artist and a fine art photographer based in Door County. Happiest when creating photos, painting with water colors and oils, she loves the creative process in all forms as well as being surrounded by nature, especially when taking long walks through the woods with her camera in hand.
Gustave’s Getaway is a completely restored historic Door County log cabin that is situated on 80 acres of its original farmstead.
This Door County log cabin was built in 1887 by Annie Miller’s great grandfather using timber native to Door County. It has been home to four generations of Millers. Located on a quiet country road, it is centrally located to the northern Door County communities of Baileys Harbor, Sister Bay, Ephraim, and Fish Creek and minutes from the shores of Green Bay and Lake Michigan.
The Miller family invites you to step back in time to enjoy Door County’s historic past first hand. Our historic home sleeps 6, has full cooking facilities, and all linens are supplied. Our country estate beckons you to its old growth forest trails, flowered meadows, rolling hills and abundance of wildlife. Open year round, you are one with the fall colors, breathtaking sunrises and sets, Northern lights, and jeweled winter beauty.
A short distance away, Carl’s at the Farm accommodates up to 10 adults, and was completely renovated this past year. The home, features modern conveniences that guests expect while maintaining its rustic country character.
Elaine’s Wedding & Event Center is locally owned and has been serving the Northeast Wisconsin area for over 20 years.
They pride themselves on having one of the largest selections of bridal, bridesmaid, mother’s, special occasion and flower girl dresses in the state of Wisconsin – all at very reasonable prices. Their experienced consultants will assist you through the entire process to ensure you find your perfect dress for your perfect day!
Deanna Schroeder Stich studied at Blue Sky School of Professional Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork and has been practicing since 2007.
She offers Hot Stone Massage, Aromatherapy and Precision Neuromuscular Therapy. I work out of her own studio and also provides massage at Horseshoe Bay and the Lavender Spa in the Settlement Inn in Fish Creek. She is also a Mandala Facilitator.
Through Bayview Organics, she grow wheatgrass which she can juice for your whole bridal party to get them functioning at peak performance for your big day! She also offer soy candles, Soaking Sea Salts and plant based soaps for wedding favors.
With more than 17,000 weddings in their logbook, Escort Limo Service (ELS) is the top name in quality wedding limousine transportation.
ELS features the largest selection of limousines in Wisconsin, from a Minivan to the 14-passenger Harley-Davidson, Special Edition, stretched Limousine Truck, all the way up to the 32 – 36 passenger Luxury Limo Bus, ELS covers all passenger capacities in 16 different vehicle sizes.
Owner Keith Schuh, has been in business for more than 20 years and is pleased to announce the launch of his newest limo depot in Egg Harbor. That means Door County wedding parties desiring limo service will have no “travel time” charges if they book with ELS.
“Preferred limousine service of the Green Bay Packers!”
The Eagle View overlooks the waters of Sturgeon Bay, a spectacular waterfront suite…
This elegantly renovated, two-bedroom, one-bath, suite overlooking the waters of Sturgeon Bay provides a distinctive opportunity to explore the town’s natural parks, beaches, boating, and other waterfront fun. With Bay Shore Outfitters only a few blocks away, you can rent any equipment you need from stand up paddle boards to kayaks and bicycles. The Eagle’s Nest awaits you when it’s time to relax, perhaps make a snack in the chef’s kitchen, and enjoy the WiFi and big-screen TV with Netflix movie pass included. In the morning, you can witness beautiful Door County sunrises looking east, watching cars crossing the Old Steel Bridge, ships and boats passing by in the canal, and across the water, see the massive Great Lakes freighters under repair in the shipyards.
With Otumba Park’s beach and tennis courts a block away, the Door County Maritime Museum a block after that, and all of downtown Sturgeon Bay‘s dining, art, nightlife, and shopping an easy stroll, you will the Eagle’s Nest a perfect spot to land. It’s brand new this season so you have a great chance to reserve your most desirable dates with a reservation. It’s owned and operated by Alisa, your on-site host of the Eagle View Suite and the adjacent five-star Lily Pad Cottage on Sturgeon Bay’s quiet west side.
Yoga calms the mind… improves the body and uplifts the spirit.
Junction Center Yoga Studio, Door County’s oldest, year ’round facility was founded by Kathy Navis in 2001. She and her staff work with students at all levels of ability and walk-ins are always welcome.
A yoga class with Kathy will help you and your entire bridal party connect, while feeling relaxed before a wedding. Kathy is also happy to bring her classes to you and your wedding ensemble for private, on-site sessions or simply “…take County Road A to the Zenway just north of Jacksonport.”
The Lily Pad is perched, as the name implies, right on the waters of Sturgeon Bay.
It is a fantastic location for anyone with an interest in pursuing maritime fun, as there is a private dock just a few steps from the front door. Fishermen, sailors, paddlers and SUPers will be delighted. A total renovation of the cottage in early Spring, 2018. All you will need is your toothbrush!
This newly renovated and completely furnished cottage is the perfect romantic get-away for a couple seeking to spend quality time in one of the last cottages remaining on the waterfront of Sturgeon Bay. This charming, one-bedroom studio, private getaway is ideal for anyone who wants to bicycle or stroll to the nearby beaches, State Park, restaurants, galleries and entertainment spots here in Sturgeon Bay. Spectacular sunrise vistas overlooking the historic Steel Bridge are the daily fare at The Lily Pad. Enjoy Otumba Park just a block away or relax outside on the deck reading your favorite novel.
The Lily Pad Cottage is a year round venue, including a winter sanctuary (my personal favorite time of year here). It has all of the latest appointments you’d expect to find in a high-end rental including a king-sized bed and a chef’s kitchen. Everything you need to prepare a culinary masterpiece is on hand… but who wants to cook when some of Door County’s finest restaurants are within a few blocks?
We look forward to welcoming you to Door County, the Cape Cod of the Midwest – a wonderful getaway where art and nature conspire to bring you joy.
Björklunden vid Sjön, Swedish for “Birch Grove at the Lake” (but commonly translated to “Birch Forest by the Water”), is a 425-acre estate on the Lake Michigan shore just south of Baileys Harbor in Door County, Wisconsin. A place of great beauty and serenity, the estate was bequeathed to Lawrence University in 1963 by Donald and Winifred Boynton of Highland Park, Illinois.
Following a 2007 expansion project, the splendid two-story, 37,000-square-foot lodge contains a great room, multi-purpose and seminar rooms, dining room and kitchen, as well as 22 guest rooms. There are two lakeside decks, a second-story observation deck, an elevator and a computer lab. The entire facility has wireless Internet access and plenty of parking.
The fee for weddings and receptions is $2,750.
The Boynton Chapel is a small wooden chapel built in a late 12th-century Norwegian stave church (stavkirke) style. Handcrafted by Winifred and Donald Boynton between 1939 and 1947 on the grounds of their summer residence, the chapel is modeled after the Garmo stave church at Maihaugen in Lillehammer, Norway. A popular site for weddings and a favorite stop among Door County tourists, the chapel contains 41 hand-painted frescoes and numerous exceptionally fine carved-wood furnishings.
The chapel is a seasonal building, so although it is available year-round, the temperature inside the building is the same as the temperature outside. The chapel accommodates 36 people sitting in pews. The lighting of candles or use of electric equipment (i.e. space heaters) is not allowed in the chapel. Battery operated candles and boom boxes are permitted.
Lawrence University’s fee for the use of the Björklunden chapel is $425. This fee is for use of the chapel only; there are no facilities for dressing, handling groups if it rains, or public restrooms. There is a two-hour time limit that must be strictly adhered to, as we often have multiple services on the same day.
Garden Gables is located on five, picturesque acres outside of Sister Bay, Wisconsin – the perfect backdrop for your special event!
After successfully hosting their own wedding with more than 400 guests in June, 2014 it was a “no-brainer” as to what owners James and Kayla Larsen should do with their restored farm property. Garden Gables Farm now offers a gorgeous and whimsical wedding event setting for couples who seek the unusual.
“There is always a beautiful cross breeze and so many trees surrounding the property, making it so quiet and peaceful. In the summer, there’s a water feature and stream that is constantly running which you can hear in the backdrop. That, paired with the lovely trellis and gazebo, is truly a magical setting,” says Door County Today’s reporter, Laurel Ciohon.
There’s a revolution in wedding photography style with the rise of artistic representation.
Wedding photography serves many purposes: to document your event with candid and formal photos, to capture family members in time and to create artistic interpretation. Alisa Landman specializes in fine art photography for your wedding, by focusing on the artistic interpretation of the bride. She captures artistic photos of the bride at the special moment, when she is styled just before she walks the aisle.