Now, I usually don’t go around suggesting new career paths to my clients…but I think if Matt and Amy weren’t a lawyer and dancer/teacher respectively, they would be AMAZING summer camp directors! They have this knack for bringing people together…and by the time you leave their presence you’ve become best friends with them, and everyone around you!
That’s exactly the experience I had while working with them on their May wedding at George Williams College in Williams Bay, WI on the shores of Lake Geneva. The two had the brilliant idea of organizing a dinner with all their wedding vendors a few months before the big day. When wedding weekend rolled around we were like a well-oiled machine–and it’s always a blast working with your friends, to boot!
Wedding day started with rainy skies, but Amy–ever the optimist–was not worried. She knew the weather would turn around–and it did! When my assistant and I arrived, she was chilling on the bedroom floor of “The Blue Cottage”, her family’s second home in William’s Bay, readying herself for wedding day.
The gents were across “campus” getting ready at the same time. Amy asked each of her bridesmaids to wear a brightly colored dress of their choosing, and they gave their groomsmen ties to match their partner bridesmaids. Such an adorable idea!
Amy and Matt shared their first look behind The Blue Cottage followed by some bridal party portraits overlooking the water. Matt and Stevi, of averyhouse, were there to document every emotion-filled moment. [clear]
By ceremony time, not only had the rain stopped, but the clouds had disappeared and the sun was shining. George Williams College is one of the only places you can host an event in the area that actually over looks Lake Geneva. You couldn’t have asked for a better setting.
The ceremony was personalized from start to finish. From the bride and groom choosing to stand on the opposite side of their friends and family (so their loved ones could see their faces!), to two dear friends as co-officiants, to hand-selected poems, to a CSO cellist and a song written just for them, the couple spent countless hours making sure that the portion of the day which actually bound them as husband and wife was not an after-thought. It was quite moving.
While cocktails were flowing, we were at Mabel Cratty Hall prepping for the reception. Again, Amy and Matt’s personalities and creative juices were quite apparent. The room featured long tables adorned by petite colorful arrangements created by Lilypots and Chinese lanterns expertly hung by Lakes Area Rentals. The escort cards were arranged along some old shutters and the dinner menu was written on a vintage mirror to tantalize appetites as guests entered.
The piece de resistance were the 5 cakes created by Mindy Segal of Hot Chocolate. When I was asked to pick these beauties up on wedding day to bring up to the wedding I didn’t think much about it. That morning, when I stopped to get them, I was utterly amazed! Fresh flowers? Paper-thin layers of cookie? FLAKES OF GOLD? Yea, these were works of art. The drive up north was probably the longest 2 hours of my life…with every bump I was terrified the cake had somehow become damaged. Luckily they made the trip and the transfer from box to table without any issues! Sweet relief!
Matt and Amy’s reception featured the most loving toasts and speeches from their family. Guests clinked flutes filled with beer brewed especially for their wedding day by a good friend while the family style meal was served by the George Williams staff.
After dinner, it was time to get down. A few tables were cleared to make way for a dance floor and these guys got to work. Amy’s dancer friends were not shy about showing off their amazing moves while DJ Dena of Toast & Jam played their favorite tunes.
In the other room, folks were getting creative with Smilebooth. Matt and Amy had provided an extensive collection of dress-ups including (my favorite item) Matt’s high school letterman jacket. Check out this amazing one all of the vendors took with the bride and groom at the end of the night.
Two major players in Matt and Amy’s wedding day that I have not mentioned yet, were Matt and Elan of I Do Films. Check out their amazing highlight film here:
Before we could even believe it, the evening had ended! Since we were all staying over night anyway, Matt S., Stevi, Matt B., Elan, Dena, Markie, Sara, and I got to hang out a bit longer. We stopped by the after-party for a few minutes and then sat around a campfire singing Disney songs until all hours of the night. This probably sounds like the dorkiest activity ever, but I have to say it was one of my favorite memories from this wedding season.
Matt and Amy, you are two amazing human beings. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your celebration and your lives. Oh, and if Camp Pryor ever comes to fruition you can sign me up! XO
Amy and Matt’s wedding was also featured on The Bride’s Cafe! Check out the two posts below: