Marci & Jeff: Rustic Wedded Bliss

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Marci and Jeff for several years – well before there was even a ring or a wedding date.  Marci’s older sister Melissa was one of my lovely 2008 brides, so when Jeff popped the question, his next question was whether they could hire Golden Chic.  And I’m so happy they did!  Both of them were absolute dreams to work with – never worried or stressed, always organized and very concise about their vision.

We started planning mid-2010, so the process was even paced and super low key, which is the best way for brides and grooms to experience their wedding planning.  Once we put together their design book, it was easy to realize their rustic, casual country vibe near Lake Geneva, WI.  There was the initial challenge of choosing a look – the location of their reception and cocktails, Hawks View Golf Course, was also the location of Marci’s sister’s reception.  How to make a place look unlike the previous family wedding?  We settled on hanging banners of satin from the ceiling, bringing in a ton of color – navy blue and brilliant orange – with linens and chair ties and napkins from BBJ Linen.

Jeff was into letting the outdoors in for this big day, and Marci was completely on board.  We worked with Centennial Press + Design to create invitations hand printed on wood, backed with vintage fabric.  RSVP’s were also printed on wood with highly textured paper backing. The couple chose a monogram with their initials that had deer antlers, which fit perfectly with the log cabin vibe of their reception site, and set the mood accordingly.  Calligraphy was provided by Carmela in New Jersey, and compliments started pouring in on the uniqueness of the event immediately.

We decided to deck the men out in grey suits, which looked divine with the navy vests and bridesmaid dresses, and Marci came in style with navy blue shoes.  To compliment all the blue and grey and deep ivory, we turned to Vicki of La Tulipe to provide the luscious centerpieces and bouquets, which were full Fall and foliage.  Add in the complications of Jeff’s severe allergies and the couple’s desire to use pheasant feathers from one of Jeff’s hunting excursions, and Vicki had a lot of pieces to pull together.  And it turned out smashing – low centerpieces of a spilling of greenery and sunflowers and snapdragons, filled in a vase covered in birch bark.  Tall pilsner vases were ensconced in twigs so they resembled tall trees on other tables, topped with lush leaves and twigs.  Once again, wood was used for table numbers as well.

Marci and Jeff chose to be wed in the Catholic Church that both Marci’s parents and grandparents had gotten married in, so there was special nostalgia attached to the location.  Tucked in the rolling hills of the Lake Geneva and Burlington area, their wedding ceremony kicked off a fabulous wedding day.  Afterwards, the wedding party enjoyed themselves cruising the area in a Churchill Limo party bus.

After photographs around the golf course, the wedding party enjoyed drinks and celebrations with tons of family and friends.  Music was provided all evening by Sound by Design, and the serving staff at Hawks View was super efficient.  Throughout the day, Ideal Impressions captured the close knit vibe and genuine joy of the bride, groom and wedding party.  Some of their fabulous images are shown below.

By the end of the night, guests were sated on great music and delicious sweets (the couple provided a divine sweets table in lieu of cake) from Gooseberries, and feeling that rustic cozy environment Marci and Jeff desired, thanks also to lighting provided by ACME.  It was exactly  as we’d hoped for the two – a wonderful, fall day full of family, friends and good times.  I cannot wait to hear how their honeymoon went, and how they love married life!  So thrilling to be part of their big day!

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