Professor, Pastor and Author Bruce H. Joffe, Ph.D., believes that God’s love is experienced transformationally—through compassion shown to others and social justice for all.
With a Christian orientation and doctorate in communication, Pastor Bruce Joffe is ordained by the International Council of Community Churches, the Progressive Christian Alliance, and the Unitarian Emerging Christian Church. He requests time to meet and get to know couples who are planning a marriage before conducting the wedding service.
“You can’t box God up in religion. You can’t box Jesus up in Christianity. You can’t box church up in a building. You can’t box faith up in a set of beliefs. You can’t box grace up in conditions. The Kingdom of God isn’t boxed up in our churches. Imagine church without pulpits or pews, creeds or confessionals-no membership, plate-passing, pledges, vestments, heavenly choirs, or altar calls. Without buildings to maintain or staff to sustain, the church no longer is seen as a private club or guilt-trip haven to heaven. Instead, its focus is on caring and sharing, living here-and-now, not in the hereafter. Rather than part of our worldly empires, the church has become their antithesis. From guts to glory, the church begets reform.” – My Name Is Heretic: Reforming the Church, from Guts to Glory (Paperback – November 21, 2015 by Bruce H. Joffe)
Brenda Wolff has been planning and designing weddings for more than 15 years.
Servicing northeast Wisconsin and major cities at 920 Events, she creates all types of affairs from the simplest of weddings to the most elaborate events and everything in between. By creating a custom design just for your wedding, she works exclusively for you in realizing your personal vision. Heartfelt and dedicated, Brenda enjoys serving you like a family member.
Pink Bakery Catering provides wedding cakes, cupcakes, desserts and full-service catering for special events for 30-350 people. With menu options that include a breakfast, lunch or dinner, or even an authentic fish boil, they have something for every occasion. Tapas/small plates, chef stations and family style are specialties. On and off site venues available through Pink Bakery Catering.
Kim’s wedding services include:
- Wedding planning
- Day of coordination
- Day of wedding attendants
- Bar service
- Food service
- Transportation needs and drivers
- Lavatory needs
- Rental needs
- Event venue contacts
- Event entertainment contacts
- Event photography contacts
- Officiant contacts
Whether you’re considering a small and intimate or a grand and stylish venue, Gordon Lodge is an idyllic, naturally beautiful, private setting for your dream wedding.
Surrounded by a natural forest and sweeping views of Lake Michigan, Gordon House Event Center is a warm and elegant setting. Gordon House features a wood-beamed, vaulted ceiling, a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, a hardwood dance floor, a large outdoor patio and oversized windows.
Contact Amy Gorham, Catering and Events Manager to plan your special day at Gordon Lodge.
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.
Jan Waraksa creates a variety of delicious toffee, the perfect delicacy for your Door County wedding’s sweet table.
You can sample Door County Toffee at the Church Hill Inn in Sister Bay and at the Baileys Harbor and Jacksonport Farmer’s Markets throughout the summer season – available in four delicious flavors:
- Salty Turtle,
- Triple Chocolate Delight,
- S’mores-a-Licious and
Claire Erickson is a Door County wedding and event stylist, founder of Love Bash Design in Baileys Harbor.
Her services include “hand lettering, custom installations, backdrops, cake toppers, hand painted invitation suites, coordinating paper goods, event styling plus creative direction consultations.”
Jackie Ehlert‘s Blossoms Flower House creates arrangements for weddings and events up and down the Door County Peninsula, taking inspiration from the natural beauty of the Lake Michigan coastline.
The utmost consideration is taken to use seasonally appropriate, locally sourced materials at every opportunity. As no two weddings are alike, Blossoms Flower House offers individualized pricing that works within most budgets to deliver your dream flowers to every wedding and event!
“We were so happy to work with you throughout our planning process! You were so open to our ideas and to our vision. We were even happier on our big day when you delivered stunning flowers to us. Thank you for everything you did to go above and beyond for us!” – Debbie and Peter
The sound of the Highland Bagpipe will help you celebrate your big day in style. They will add a stirring, romantic atmosphere and finishing touch to your celebration. The powerful sound will make your Wedding unique and memorable. Pipers have been entertaining guests at weddings for centuries. Not only do they add great background music to the event, but a Bagpiper kitted out in full regalia turns heads in any environment. The piper is an attractive extra in photographs. Dennis Metz is more than happy to have his picture taken with any of the guests and speak to them about any aspects of the bagpipes or piping in general.
Do you need to transport your wedding guests from one location to another? Door County Trolley Rentals will handle the job gracefully while making your wedding even more memorable and they go everywhere! Each trolley has a capacity of between 25 and 29 individuals They look quaint but, are quite comfortable, fully enclosed, with cushioned seats and the trolleys have an in-trolley speaker system for narration or music. Trolleys are a distinctive way for your wedding party or guests to arrive at your celebration in style. They are available the year ’round and heated for all season comfort.
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.
“A full-service salon in picturesque Door County, where the number one goal is YOU!” …friendly service with top-of-the line equipment in a cozy setting.
Joni Witalison and Jessica Steele at A Cut Above, provides the following Tips and Tricks for Brides staying on schedule the day of your wedding:
Please, do not wash your hair the day of your wedding. Day-old hair will hold better and be easier to manage than freshly-washed hair.
Bring pictures, your veil, and adornments with you to your styling dry run. Your attendants may also bring pictures as well.
Wear a button-down, wide-necked top.
Arrive ten minutes prior to service so we can keep the group on schedule.
We recommend nail services be scheduled for a day or two before your event.
Relax, sit back and be prepared to be pampered…
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…is a non-denominational wedding officiant that has specialized in destination weddings since 2007. She has been fortunate to work with couples from Illinois, New York, California, Tennessee, Minnesota, Colorado and of course, Wisconsin.
“I believe that couples choosing to get married should have the opportunity to participate in the creation of their own wedding ceremony if they wish,” says Sherry. “I will help you create a romantic, low-stress wedding ceremony that reflects your unique relationship. I want your ceremony to be one that reflects your feelings and beliefs.”
Sherry is willing to officiate at any venue you choose, a beach, a park, or a resort, in a chapel or a backyard. She has even officiated a wedding at Lambeau Field!
Established in 1928, as Door County’s first Country and Yacht Club…
The Lodge at Leathem Smith is the perfect setting for your Door County wedding.
Kimber Austin, a wedding specialist will assist you in planning and rolling out all of your wedding events from a bridal shower or rehearsal dinner to martini nights and golf outings – with lodging, a bar and restaurant, a marina, a 9-hole golf course and swimming pool at this shoreline resort. They offer extensive wedding planning services and have decades of experience at hosting your gala celebration. Their Executive Chef is eager to work with you to plan and prepare your choice of dining and refreshments based on any personal preferences including religious observations or diet.
“Personal service is a valued feature of The Lodge at Leathem Smith,” says Kimber. “Our staff is pleased to assist you with the coordination of flowers, linens, music and decor to ensure your wedding celebration is the ultimate expression of your heritage and desire.”
Owner Helene Ingsten-Anderson individually designs stunning floral arrangements to fit every budget.
Flora of Sister Bay also provides a selection of invitations, place cards, unscented candles, hostess gifts, favors and custom jewelry, all to make planning your wedding easy. Midori ribbon, Bella Ink cards and Amuse stamps are some of the popular brands in stock.
Creating delicious cakes, cupcakes and desserts made to order (and retail) and always made from scratch, FlourGirl Patissier located at the Country Walk Shops in Sister Bay, is pleased to create them just the way you like them!
“I make traditional cakes, of course, but I’ve also made some really crazy cakes,” says FlourGirl Sarah Basch. “Stanley Cup cakes, golf cakes, ice fishing cakes, lighthouse cakes, and all sorts of unusual groom and wedding cakes. If a customer can describe it, I can usually make it.”
The gardens and design studio of Design Door County is located in downtown Baileys Harbor but they are not open to the public. Michael Meulemans, who prides himself in not being your average florist, is happy to meet with you at any time to help you realize your special event or design need. Design Door County prides itself on making your special day unforgettable by offering one-of-a-kind floral designs. Working with several industry cutting-edge professionals and our own locally grown flowers, they make magical moments for your special day.
In the company’s 15-year history, founder and owner Carrie Baldwin Smith and the members of her trusted team have successfully coordinated over 400 weddings and special events in Door County.
Door County Event Planners is a full-service event planning company, specializing in destination weddings on the Door Peninsula. Established in 1998, Door County Event Planners has earned a reputation for excellence in creating, resourcing and executing spectacular celebrations. Their extensive experience provides tremendous insight regarding what works well when planning and hosting an event. This saves you precious time during the planning process, while ensuring that each decision is a joy rather than a burden. You gain peace of mind knowing that every detail has been considered.
There are two outdoor ceremony locations at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club. The Main Clubhouse location is adjacent to the 18th hole, overlooking panoramic views of the water of Green Bay. The Beach Club location is on the shoreline of Green Bay.
There are three different wedding reception locations at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club which include the Main Clubhouse with seating for 200, the Beach Club dining room with seating for 70 and the Beach Club lawn for an outdoor, tented reception with seating for 350. The Main Clubhouse site fee ranges from $1,500 to $6,000 while the Beach Club facility site fee is based by guest count, ranging from $1,500 to $3,500.
Horseshoe Bay Golf Club provides all food and beverage preparation and service. No outside caterers or beverage services are allowed without written permission from the Food and Beverage Manager excluding wedding cakes, cake pops, sweets and cupcakes. Seated dinner service ranges from $26 to $38 per person which includes choice of salad and dinner rolls while buffet dinner service ranges from $28 to $37 per person.
Discover the advantages of hosting your wedding at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club with additional information or a personal appointment and tour by contacting Carrie Baldwin Smith, owner of Door County Event Planners at 920.839.1114.
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.