It’s really hard to go wrong with a barn wedding. They are full of so much charm and can be blended with so many different styles. Samantha and Robb’s wedding held at About Thyme Farm is the perfect mix of modern and rustic. And anytime the night ends with a spectacular fireworks show, you know it was one heck of a party!
Photographed by The McCartneys.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Not to stress about the little things the day of the wedding. Enjoy every minute- it goes way too fast.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? I wish I could do it all over again! It’s the absolute best time of your life—it’s the only time in your life that both sides of both families will be together. It’s so special.
“We wanted to get married in a church because we are both Catholic and our faith is a big part of who we are and part of our families. Baileys Harbor was one of the few churches in Door County that fit our number of guests but still had a quaint feel to it! It overlooks the water which is beautiful.”
Who officiated your ceremony? How did you choose him/her? Fr. Ruby—he officiated all the weddings in Door County.
How did you go about planning your ceremony? We met with Fr. Ruby a couple of times before the wedding and he helped us with the flow of the ceremony. Robb and I picked out our own readings and had our close friends and family members involved throughout the ceremony. Our readings and vows were the most important to us.
Your ceremony in three words. Religious, sentimental, fun
What was your ceremony music? we had a string quartet play throughout our ceremony and Robb’s uncle mike sang a beautiful solo.
What were your vows like? We both felt very strongly that we wanted to write our own—it made the ceremony very special!
Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? It was a Catholic mass so all the traditional Catholic wedding things were included.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Definitely reading our wedding vows to each other. Also, the minute the back doors opened up and I got to see Robb and all the wedding guests was surreal. From the groom // seeing Samantha walk down the aisle was my favorite moment of the entire day.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? No—we truly loved every minute and every detail of the entire day!
“Door county is truly such a special place for both of us. It was unreal to have all our friends and families from all over the counrty to come to little Door County for our wedding. We were worried having a reception in a barn would be too rustic, but Carrie at Door County Event Planners and Helene at Flora Flowers transformed the space to such an elegant space that it was exactly what we wanted!”
Why did you choose this location for your reception? Since we were both from Chicago, we went back and forth for a couple of months whether or not we wanted to get married in Chicago or up in Door County. The minute we saw About Thyme Farm we knew that was where we wanted our wedding—it is such a unique place and very different from anything we had seen.
How would you describe your reception? Rustic Chic is what we were going for! We had it in a barn so it was rustic but the tent added a touch of elegance—it was the perfect mix of the two.
Did you have a signature cocktail? Peared Sake (inspired by one of our favorite Chicago restaurants Sunda) and Cherry Bourbon Sweet Tea—a nod to Door County cherries!
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? We made cherry jam jars with our initials and date as the wedding favor and escort card. Door county is famous for cherries. Credit goes to my Mom because she was up until 3am Thursday night prepping these to be dropped off on Friday!
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We wanted an entire weekend celebration—a lot of our family members live all over the county and we couldn’t imagine just having one night to celebrate with everyone. Door county was the perfect “getaway” for people to come celebrate our wedding and have a mini vacation as well. The memories I had from my family up in Door County and the memories Robb and I had from going up there many times throughout our relationship also provided much inspiration. There were a lot of unique Door County touches throughout the weekend festivities. As for the decor, I love pinterest and got a lot of inspiration from there.
What was your wedding menu? Filet Mignon, Salmon and Cherry Chicken from Mission Grille.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Carrot Cake—both our favorite! We also had a dessert bar with a variety of desserts: chocolate covered Oreos, cupcakes, cannoli shooters, pie pops.
Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. One of our favorite details at our reception was our family tree hanging up in the barn. My mom put it together—it included every wedding photo from both our families. It was also both of our grandparents 60th anniversaries. We planned a special song for them to dance to in front of everyone. We also had a photo booth which provided great entertainment for everyone! Our band was incredible which what we loved most—people were dancing all night long!
What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or Mother/son dance? “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrisson. Our Father/daughter dance was to “Child of Mine” by Carole King. The mother/song was to “I’ll be in your heart” by Phil Collins.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Halfway through the night Robb snuck me out of the reception area when everyone was dancing to go view the barn lit up at night. It was so fun to see the reception from afar with everyone dancing, the moon was shining—it was a beautiful Door County summer night! The firework show near the end of the night is something we will never forget. I think everyone was shocked!