Door County, Wisconsin is one of the most beautiful places to be in the summer, which is why it was the perfect choice for Lainie and Rob’s wedding. Says the bride, “Growing up, my family and I traveled to Egg Harbor in Door County for a week every August. We played mini golf, cooked out, went bike-riding, hunted for old books in the antique stores, and swam in the lake. It was always my favorite place, and I was excited to share it with Rob, who ultimately proposed in a little park overlooking the water there.”
Photography by Molly Michel.
“Neither of us enjoys being center stage, so we loved how informal and laid-back our ceremony was.”
Your ceremony in three words. Personal, simple, casual.
How did you go about planning your ceremony? We tried to keep it simple and personal to us.
Who officiated your ceremony? We asked the father of one of my best childhood friends. We love his way of being in the world—calm but humorous—and wanted someone we knew up there with us. My family always used to meet up with his family in Door County as well.
What was your ceremony music? My uncle and cousin played The Beatles on acoustic guitars, then we switched to a recording of “The Way Back Home” by Larry Unger and Ginny Snowe for the bride.
What were your ceremony readings? We had one reading from The History of Love by Nicole Krauss and then we asked two of our friends to write their own pieces. One friend wrote about marriage, while the other focused on friendship.
What were your vows like? We wrote our own vows.
Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? We’re both very close to our families and kept the wedding party to just family members.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Our niece / flower girl kept dropping flowers from her basket on the ground and saying, “Uh oh.” It made us laugh and is one of our favorite memories.
Guests were asked to write notes on vintage post cards in lieu of a traditional guest book. Seating cards were pinned to twine with miniature clothespins.
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? My mom was a saint and searched every corner of Wisconsin for vintage plates. My husband’s family went to the farmer’s market in the morning and set up an amazing vegetable table for the cocktail hour.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We served cookies and individual cherry pies, which is the dessert Door County is known for.
Did you have a signature cocktail? We served Dark and Stormies during cocktail hour and made sure to have rosé available all night.
What was your first dance song? Rather than do a first dance just us, we asked all our family members to join us on the dance floor for Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me.”
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? I’m sure every couple says this, but our family members gave amazing speeches. People still come up to us (months later) to mention that.