When the bride shines more brightly than the sun, you know it’s going to be a fabulous wedding and a gorgeous wedding film.
Ashley is the bright sphere of influence in her world, with her electric smile and genuinely sweet disposition. It’s no wonder her brilliance captured the heart of the man she describes as her “one true love,” David. This Chicago girl does it all: modeling, radio host, reporter, actor, all while holding down a full-time job as a matchmaker for Selective Search. David, who grew up in Wisconsin and is a graduate of UW-Madison, also leads a busy life working in finance and traveling as much as he can. The two met years ago, but wedding planning began in earnest when David popped the question at the observation tower at Peninsula State Park.
Everything about this elegant and gorgeous wedding began and ended at one of our favorite places in Wisconsin: Gordon Lodge on North Bay in Baileys Harbor, which rests on the quieter yet equally lovely side of Door County. Ashley’s father, Ed, put it best in his toast, describing the area as the “Martha’s Vineyard of the Midwest.” We couldn’t agree more! Gordon Lodge hugs mighty Lake Michigan and has modern yet quaint cabins and hotel rooms, which were just about all filled with guests for the wedding. The location made it easy for the large contingency of Chicago friends and family to relax and have fun.
After sipping champagne at the Lodge and the bride putting on her intricate Ines Di Santo gown, the bridal party converged on Stella Maris Catholic Church in Baileys Harbor. This classic church was made all the brighter with a string quartet, pew caps with sweet roses and acres of tulle. And then there was Father Quinn, who brought an incredible level of history and meaning to the ceremony, including explaining why Catholic couples are compelled to marry before a sacred altar.
After a quick bubble release at the newlyweds’ exit, the bridal party made a stop at Anderson Dock, where Ashley and David joined local tradition and painted their names (along with a heart) on one of the many weather-beaten boards.
Then it was back to Gordon Lodge, starting with a cocktail hour that also featured lawn games and a stunning flower “wall,” that had been designed by the bride and her mother, Elaine. Nestled under a large tree, it was the perfect backdrop for guests to take their own Polaroid snapshot and add it to a guest book. When the bridal party made its grand entrance to the Gordon House for the reception, it had been transformed with generous doses of gold, blush and flowers, again, all the decorating brainchild of Ashley’s mom, Elaine. Candles, portraits and giant frames glinted throughout the night, as the couple basked in the glow of toasts from their bridal party and a few extras. It seemed that everyone wanted a chance to talk about this couple’s loyalty, generosity and love for each other.
We always love working with Amy at Gordon Lodge, but met several pros that we hope to work with again. Chandra from Door County Event Planners was our font of information, and Jason of Jason Mann Photography was our absolute dream visuals partner. Thank you all!
We could not have been more thrilled to film Ashley and David’s big day, and we’re proud to release their Sneak Peek today. We hope you enjoy it as they await the release of their full Cinematic Film in the months to come.
Congrats to the newylweds!
This beautiful wedding could not have come together so seamlessly without the help of these professionals:
Amy at Gordon Lodge and Resort | Chandra of Door County Event Planners | Stella Maris Catholic Church | Father Quinn Mann of the Diocese of Green Bay | Photography: Jason Mann Photography | Bridal gown: Ines Di Santo from Bella Bianca Bridal Couture | Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein from Men’s Warehouse | Bridesmaids’ dresses: Juliette from BHLDN | Bride’s hair: Litsa Tsapralis, owner of Anasa Salon & Spa | Makeup: Artist Sara Miller | Cake by Bill Fairchild | Linens: BBJ Linens | Musicians: Allegro String Quartet | DJ: Spencer from Style Matters DJs