Door County is a gem of its own, known as “the Cape Cod of the Midwest”, and is a popular vacation destination for Wisconsinites and neighboring states. While Door County offers state parks, blooming cherry orchards, miles of beautiful shoreline, and plenty of specialty shops and boutiques, it is no surprise why so many love to visit. Visitors surely appreciate the leisurely culture of the locals who have formed roots, offer knowledge, and bring distinction to this charming county. All of which served as inspiration for the details in this picturesque editorial shoot.
We envisioned an intimate rehearsal dinner, tucked along the shoreline of a childhood home that would showcase the couples adored Door County traditions, artisans, and style. A soft and natural color palette of blue, taupe, and orange were chosen to compliment the lovely shoreline of Lake Michigan.
The perfect bamboo paper letterpress invitations, which are a mix of custom Smock designs from Monograham, were mailed to their closest family and friends. Each guest received a “welcome basket” made of favorite local goodies; a fresh loaf of bread from Island Bread Company, fine olive oil and seasoning from Door County Olive Oil, apple cherry Island Orchard Cider, and more.
Buds ‘n Bloom designed all the fabulous floral elements that dressed the table, teepee and the stunning bride-to-be’s floral crown. The centerpieces even included a Door County native flower! A romantic teepee was set to symbolize the couple’s love for camping in the state parks and served as a fun backdrop for guests to enjoy.
The local farm-to-table menu was crafted with fresh Lake Michigan whitefish, vegetable garnish, and greens. Guests were enlightened with a famous Door County fish boil, followed by a delicious ombre cake from Flour Girl Patissier, a local pastry chef.
We provided the creative vision and direction for this amazing team, while The McCartney’s Photography naturally captured every expression of our stunning models (hair + makeup by Jessica of Clipper’s Mate) and detail, bringing this editorial shoot to life. We couldn’t think of a better way to ease into your wedding day than with an intimate, relaxed, yet romantic gathering along the beautiful shoreline. We hope that this shoot serves as inspiration for brides looking to do just the same, perhaps even in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin!
(This editorial styled shoot was also featured on Style Me Pretty!)