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Interview with Apostle Islands Cruises

January 31, 2018

Apostle Islands Cruises is a local business in Bayfield, Wisconsin that offers the opportunity for visitors to tour the Apostle Islands in style!

With daily scheduled tours, visitors are able to board the cruise ship right in town and cruise Lake Superior to tour the Islands. Apostle Islands Cruises can also be booked to take you and your wedding guests to one of the Islands for your ceremony. Keep reading to learn more about what they can offer you and your wedding guests!

Tell us about yourself and Apostle Islands Cruises.  
My name is Bryce, I am the Assistant Manager at Apostle Islands Cruises. I’m a Bayfield native who left here for big cities and returned to this paradise about 6 years ago. I’m happy to say my daily commute is 2 blocks! Apostle Islands Cruises offers tours this year from May 12 – October 21. We have non-stop, fully-narrated tours viewing the lighthouses, sea caves, historical sites, and shipwrecks in the Apostle Islands. We also offer camping and hiking shuttles, and lighthouse tours. Also, be sure to come check out our brand new boat arriving this year! Our 2018 schedule and rates can be found online.

What services does Apostle Islands Cruises provide for weddings? 
We have boats for charter mid-May to mid-October for capacities ranging from 6 to 150 passengers. We’ve had both wedding ceremonies and receptions aboard our vessels. We’ve transported entire wedding parties to specific islands for beach ceremonies. One of my favorites was a wedding that took place under the spectacular starry skies and northern lights while cruising among the Apostle Islands at night.

Photo Credit: Ps 139 Photography

Tell us a little bit about the planning process for those wanting to use your services for their wedding. 
The first few pieces of information I always ask a potential wedding charter are: date, number of passengers, how long they’d like to be on board for, and departure time. Once we have all of those details we can select an available boat and discuss the finer details. The best way to get this process going is to call our office at 715-779-3925.

What other ways do couples use Apostle Islands Cruises aside from their actual wedding day? 
We’ve actually had a lot of (adventurous) couples aboard our camping shuttles after their wedding festivities have concluded, which is a great way to just spend time with your groom or bride. Also, our scenic tours are a nice activity for families and friends to do in Bayfield in the days surrounding the wedding.

Photo Credit: Ps 139 Photography

Do you have any recommendations for couples looking to get married in Bayfield? 
Yes! Make sure you carve out some time in your plans to explore the amazing activities and sights in the area.

What is a piece of advice you tell all of your clients? 
Plan early, and just have fun on your wedding day.

To learn more about Apostle Island Cruises visit their website and Facebook!

Interview with Jamey Ritter of Bemused Design & Photography

January 5, 2018

We interviewed with local photographer and graphic designer Jamey Ritter, the owner of Bemused Design & Photography, to learn all about her businesses and how they intertwine together! From designing vintage-style wedding posters to photographing weddings and elopements, Jamey has many options for any couple getting married in the area. Enjoy!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and Bemused Design & Photography

I’ve been a published photographer since 1992 and a graphic designer since 1995. I can’t imagine giving either up. Creating in photography and design keeps me engaged and passionate about both. 

 

How has your business evolved over the years?
I’ve come to concentrate on the things I love to do and am good at. I really enjoy focusing on wedding photography and family portrait sessions. I dabble occasionally in newborn photography but, that’s way more exhausting than a whole day shooting a wedding. As for design, I’m finding myself spending more and more time and energy on my line of vintage poster designs. I literally dream about them and get really excited to release new designs to the world.

What is your most rewarding and challenging part of wedding photography?

I get really nervous the day before the wedding. I know that it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event and I get worried about not making the wedding couple happy. Once I start shooting, I’m fine, but there are times I’d rival the bride for nervous butterflies.

 

What is your most rewarding part of graphic designing for weddings?
I LOVE designing my custom wedding posters. I totally geek out over wedding dresses, veils and wedding jewelry. It’s also such a unique gift, I like seeing their faces when they realize they are featured in the design.

What is one of your favorite moments to capture during a wedding day?
My favorite moments are the ones in which the bride and groom are being themselves and don’t even realize they’re being photographed. A sweet smile or gentle caress that truly represents who they are as a couple and the photos they love and treasure the most. 

What advice would you give to couples who are in the midst of planning their wedding?

I’ve been to many weddings lately where they’ve added non-traditional elements. One couple actually mixed beer as part of their unity ceremony. Brewing beer was something they loved to do together. I encourage all couples to bring elements like that into they wedding ceremony. I’ve shot pilots that went to the airport for photos and outdoors enthusiasts who paddled themselves to the reception. Make it memorable.


To learn more about Bemused Design & Photography visit their website and Facebook!

Interview with Becky Haller of Pinehurst Inn

August 2, 2017

A relaxing, romantic and adventurous honeymoon is exactly what Bayfield can offer newlyweds looking to get away! Pinehurst Inn is one of many beautiful Inns here in the Bayfield area- a perfect place to honeymoon! We interviewed with Becky Haller to hear all about their honeymooners and what Pinehurst Inn has to offer. Enjoy!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and Pinehurst Inn.
Mike and I purchased Pinehurst Inn in March of 2016. We made the move from Chicago to Bayfield to enjoy a slower paced life and the beauty of Lake Superior and the Bayfield area. Owning an inn allows me to cook and bake for guests, which I love to do.  The Inn is comprised of 2 buildings—the original home built in the late 1800s, which includes 5 guest rooms, and the garden house built in 2003, which includes 3 guest rooms. A 3 course breakfast and an afternoon snack is provided each day.

What makes Pinehurst Inn special for honeymooners? 
The Pinehurst Inn is located 3 miles south of downtown Bayfield on 3 ½ acres, surrounded by soaring pines and adjacent to Pike’s Creek. Couples can enjoy the peace, beauty and tranquility that the property offers, yet be just minutes away from Lake Superior and the many activities the Bayfield area has to offer.  Many of our rooms have large jetted tubs and fireplaces, and some have private decks—some of the favorite amenities of our honeymooners. We have a number of porches, a patio, and other sitting areas on the property allowing couples to find their own special spot.

What time of the year is busiest for honeymooners?
The summer is the busiest for honeymooners, which is a great time of the year for enjoying Lake Superior, Madeline Island, and all the many hiking and biking trails in the area.

What activities do you typically recommend to honeymooners who stay with you?
It all depends on the couple’s interest.  Many of our honeymooners have enjoyed kayaking to the sea caves, exploring Madeline Island, taking a private boat tour to some of the Apostle Islands, hiking the nearby trails, and visiting the local wineries, orchards and farms.

What recommendations do you have for couples looking to honeymoon in Bayfield?
Make sure they schedule any kayaking or small boat tours ahead of time so they are not disappointed if they cannot take the tour they want, but don’t over schedule your trip. Most couples enjoy some down time and the Pinehurst Inn is ideal for rest, relaxation and connecting with one another.

To learn more about Pinehurst Inn visit their website and Facebook page.

Interview with Annie Lawrence of Bottle Rocket Photography

May 4, 2017

The saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” is completely accurate when you see Bottle Rocket Photography‘s work! Annie Lawrence is the owner and incredible artist behind Bottle Rocket Photography, based in northern Wisconsin but also servicing Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin and beyond.

We interviewed Annie to find out all about her photography business, the artist behind the camera and her recommendations for your Bayfield wedding! Enjoy!

Photo Credit: Bottle Rocket Photography

Tell us a little bit about yourself and Bottle Rocket Photography.
Bottle Rocket Photography is me, Annie Lawrence, a 30-something, mother, wife, coffee lover & adventure seeker. I have almost always had a camera in my hand, but it was in high school that my love for photography was really sparked in the dark room. I would skip other classes to hold on to any extra time I could, to see those portraits take shape under a red light. It was always portraits that truly moved me. I love the challenge of trying to catch a real moment with someone, or making them feel comfortable enough with me to let that veil drop that we all carry around with us. I started Bottle Rocket Photography in 2012, and am grateful every day that I chose this path.

How did you get into wedding photography?
I jumped into wedding photography by accident. When I started my business it was geared more toward family & children. But, after assisting photographers at several weddings I knew this is what I wanted to do. From the first couple that shared their love story with me, and for every love story after, I am honored to document such intimate & life changing moments.

Photo Credit: Bottle Rocket Photography

What is the most challenging aspect about wedding photography?
For me the most challenging aspect of being a wedding photographer isn’t the wedding day, but what follows. Wedding days are so fun for me, sharing in the emotion with the couples (I cry at nearly every wedding), watching the joy, the nerves, and excitement make wedding days easy. But the days & weeks after are more challenging, to find balance not only as a wedding photographer, but as a mother, and wife. After the wedding is over, there are still hours and hours of editing, blogging, and uploading left to do. Without balance it’s easy to lose the passion and love for the job that is necessary to produce high quality work.  

How would you describe your style?
I could consider my photography style to be a mix of unposed posing (if that makes any sense), artistic and documentary. I am inspired by genuine people and natural beauty. I believe photographs are meant to be timeless and last a lifetime.

Photo Credit: Bottle Rocket Photography

What is included in your most common wedding photography service? 
All of my standard wedding packages include an engagement session. Basically we hang out, get to know each other, and make pretty photos along the way. Also included in standard packages are your professionally edited photos posted on a private online gallery for easy downloading with print release. I also offer custom & elopement packages! My goal is to give one-of-a-kind photos that tell your story.

What advice would you offer to couples looking to get married in the Bayfield area?
Bayfield has so much to offer. Get out and explore! Get married on a boat, on an island, in one of northern Wisconsin’s gorgeous state parks, in an orchard, or at a local venue! So many options, so find a place that best suits your personality and sense of adventure! Last but definitely not least, give yourself plenty of time to plan, you only get to plan your wedding once, make it a fun process not a stressful one. Oh, one more thing: hire local!

Photo Credit: Bottle Rocket Photography

To learn more about Bottle Rocket Photography visit their website and Facebook page!

Incorporating Lake Superior into your Wedding

April 18, 2017

Let’s be honest, if you are getting married in the Bayfield area you have a love for Lake Superior and the beautiful outdoors! What better way to celebrate her beauty than by incoporating Lake Superior throughout your wedding!

We have gathered some of our favorite ways to do just that. Whether you are getting married in Bayfield or on Madeline Island, or up on the north shore of Lake Superior, you can take advantage of the beauty of the lake! Read ahead to hear and see our ideas.

Food
One of the many things visitors love about Bayfield is the fresh fish you can enjoy at every restaurant in the area. Many couples choose to include fresh whitefish or trout somewhere on their menu- whether it’s smoked trout as an appetizer or whitefish tacos for dinner.


Lake Superior Whitefish Provençal made by Good Thyme Catering, Events & Lodging

Ceremony
Getting married on the shores of Lake Superior offers many possibilities. Whether you’d like sand under your toes, to be in a grassy area beneath a stand of willow trees or standing on a cliff overlooking the water, we have all these options right here. Or, you could even get married on Lake Superior in a sailboat!

Take a look at our Bayfield Weddings Venue Chart to find all of the traditional venues along with beach/ primitive spots!

Photographer: Jaimee Morse / Venue: Superior Rentals / Coordinator: Lace & Brass Events

Decorations
Rocks and driftwood gathered from the shores of Lake Superior make perfect decorations for your lakeside wedding! Whether you are going for a more natural look or getting crafty, you can gather materials right here where you are getting married.

Photographer: Jeff Loves Jessica Photography / Coordinator: Lace & Brass Events

Engagement Session
Spend some time on the shores of Lake Superior for your engagement session. Not only will it provide a gorgeous setting for your photos but you could use them for your Save the Dates. Your Bayfield wedding will mean that much more to you and your guests when they see your beautiful photos inviting them to join in on the fun.

Photographer: Narrowleaf Photography / Planner: Simply Gypsy Events

Jewelry
Looking for jewelry or rings that are a little different than the norm? Bayfield is home to a number of incredibly talented artists who could custom make your wedding day jewelry and/or wedding rings! How beautiful would it be to have have your earrings, necklace or ring be made with a Lake Superior agate?!


Lake Superior Agate Ring made by Silverwaves Jewelry

Take a look at our resources and inspiration page to help plan your Bayfield Wedding!

Interview with Jen Jensen of Ps 139 Photography

January 19, 2017

We know we don’t have to tell you how important photography is for your wedding day!

Your photographer should be one of the very first vendors that you hire for your wedding, because they book up very quickly! And no two photographers are the same, each with their own style and personality, so be sure to do your research.

We love all the great advice that Jen Jensen of Ps 139 Photography gave us during her interview! Read ahead to hear more about her photography business, what her services include and her recommendations for those getting married in the Bayfield area!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and Ps 139 Photography.
So what is there to know? Well, I love people! Especially one certain man named Josh who has been my best friend and hero…I mean, husband for going on 21 years now and the four beautiful children we have been blessed with! I love being able to photograph the connection between people and the beauty that they have inside and out! The time in a student’s life before the end of their High School year, finally a senior! The awkward years for a child when they are about to be a teen and not really a kid anymore…helping that “tween” really gain confidence in who they are by seeing beautiful photographs of themselves. The wedding day of two people crazy in love who can’t wait to get to the honeymoon (oh man, I remember that like it was yesterday, not 21 years ago!). Kids running around crazy with parents who think they aren’t cooperating…I live that everyday…so that doesn’t phase me and I love to capture the realness of your children and family on camera so you can look back and remember how crazy and fun that stage of life is! This is what I love!

If I could choose one place to have a gift card or to win a shopping spree it would be an office supply store! Yep, that’s what I said, office supplies…the wonder of gel pens in medium or fine blue, pinks, purples, and black and mechanical pencils, Sharpee markers and highlighters and oh, the joy of sticky notes, all colors and shapes and sizes of sticky notes…makes me think of how God made you and me…wonderfully and joyfully and different, in all different shapes and sizes! That’s what Psalm 139 talks about and why my business is named what it is–because God made each of us fearfully and wonderfully and I want to showcase that amazing, beautiful creative creation to the world!

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Photo of Jen Jensen taken by Luke and Cat Photography

How did you get into wedding photography?
I first started photography with families and then a friend of my sister asked me to do their wedding. I was SOOOO nervous! I rented gear I didn’t have yet, charged so little that it cost me money to do the wedding (oops!), found another photographer to shoot with me (insurance of two getting shots I might otherwise miss on my own, plus it’s someone to freak out with and rejoice with!), and we did the wedding day. There were tornado sirens going off in a nearby town close enough to hear them and a piece of my gear blew out of my hands in the wind and instantly sunk in the Fox River! I look back at those photos and some I’m impressed by and others I wish I could go back and edit them all over again!

I was told in my training that you’ll either love or hate weddings as a photographer. It actually took me a while to decide and when I started doing weddings the way I do I now LOVE wedding photography the most! I enjoy so much getting to know the bride and often the groom as well or the bride’s mom. I love traveling the journey with her, helping her to navigate through the months before the wedding. I love coaching the bride and groom along during their engagement session to know how to pose and not feel awkward. I absolutely love making the bride, groom, their wedding party and their family laugh and feel comfortable and not dread the photos of the day! I love the excitement and often tears of joy and gratitude when they see the first wedding photos I show them! I love how by the end of the day I feel like I’m a part of their family and they seem to feel the same about me!

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What is the most challenging thing about wedding photography?
Wedding photography has many many challenges from the difficult family members, posing the different shapes and sizes of the couples, sometimes the drama of the day, the varied lighting and new locations but those things don’t bother me too much — this is a quote from my website and I mean it: “Crabby people? Let me help with that. Chaos? I won’t stress out. Wardrobe malfunction? We’ll be patient and make the most of the time. Big noisy family? Got that too, so no problem!

I think the most challenging part is the weather—something I can’t control but we just have to make the best of it and relax and have fun while getting the shots that we need! Patience and baby powder has always paid off with weather that isn’t ideal! Oh and clear umbrellas—what a genius idea!!

 How would you describe your style?
I would say that my style is clean, bright and timeless. I love to have fun and see natural laughter and I love romance, intimacy and tender moments as well! Connection between people in a photo is very important to me as well!
What is included in your most common wedding photography service?
I like to have a complete experience for my couples. I don’t want them to miss out on what I know makes that experience memorable, enjoyable and worthwhile! I include an engagement session so that we can get to know one another and how we all work around the camera. The first wedding I shot, the groom never smiled for the camera! If I had done an engagement session ahead of that I would have been prepared for the wedding day with tricks up my sleeve. I also include personal consultations to see the wedding album options, get to know each other to see if we’re a good fit and to plan the schedule for the day so we don’t miss any essential photos and care for the couple and the wedding party well throughout the day. A 2nd photographer is included as well—this allows for more photos, more coverage and more fun! Also included is an amazing mega album that looks and feels incredible! One of my grooms ended up booking with me because he was so impressed with the album and said they had to have it! All of the digital images that I edit (generally 70-100 per hour of coverage) are also included and shared on an easy to use and beautiful to look at online gallery that can be shared with family and friends around the world! I like to spoil my couples so some super gifts and surprises are also a part of my most commonly selected wedding collection!

Photo Credit: Ps 139 Photography
What advice would you offer to couples looking to get married in the Bayfield area?
Advice I would give and always given when a bride or groom inquires with me is:
  • Find a photographer that you connect with, that you know has reputable work both inside and outdoors, has great reviews and includes a CONTRACT. Book early and talk with him/her about the timeline of the day and when the best light is to have the ceremony and the majority of the photos. Be willing to be flexible to get what they say is the best light!
  • Book a wedding coordinator to help you with the day, especially if you are coming to Bayfield as a destination wedding. She will help you take a lot of stress off and make the day even more special!
  • Ask your coordinator or your photographer for recommendations for videographers, venues and caterers, booking those next.
  • Real flowers and bigger more colorful flowers photograph better than artificial and small.
  • Remember that what lasts after the day is the photography, videography and your vows! Don’t skimp on those areas and you will have no regrets!

To learn more about Ps 139 Photography, take a look at their website and Facebook!

Interview with Brittany Sneed of Simply Gypsy Events

December 15, 2016

There is no doubt that planning a wedding takes a lot of work! With many moving pieces, a professional may be needed to assist with planning, coordinating or designing your big day. We spoke with Brittany Sneed, owner of Simply Gypsy Events, to learn more about her business and insight into the modern wedding.

Simply Gypsy Events is a boutique event and wedding planner based in Northern Wisconsin and Denver, Colorado. Some of their services include wedding coordination, destination elopements, luxury planning and design.

Keep reading to learn more about Simply Gypsy Events and Brittany’s advice for couples currently planning their wedding!

simply-gypsy-eventsPhoto Credit: Mad Chicken Studio

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your business.
I’m Brittany from Simply Gypsy Events. I love being behind the scenes, planning and styling. I love pulling together all the little elements that create a bigger picture. I love love; I am so passionate about kindness, happiness, and all-encompassing love. Simply Gypsy Events is a full service wedding planning company based in Northern Wisconsin. We specialize in curating bespoke and authentic events for adventurous couples.

How did you get into wedding planning?
I’ve always been a party planner. From holidays and birthdays to friend gatherings and just because parties. I love putting together details and being a host, I love to see people enjoying something I’ve created or put together. Wedding planning had crossed my mind once or twice when I was gypsying around the world searching for my calling, but it wasn’t until I started planning my own wedding that I was reminded why I love planning events. During that time I also realized my desire to help other couples in the process because I know it is hard to work, have a real life and try to plan a wedding.

What is your favorite part of a wedding to plan?
There are so many parts and pieces that come with planning a wedding. I love the initial meeting and beginning stages of learning a new couple and their desires for their wedding day – it really gets you excited for the process. I also, of course, LOVE the result – it is a wonderful moment seeing the dream wedding come to life.

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Photo Credit: Mad Chicken Studio

Are there any wedding trends you love or would love to see brides leave behind?
Trends are continuously changing, not just with fashion or decor elements, but in the way couples decide to do things too. Elopements and small ceremonies are very popular now. I see couples looking for more ways to create their own wedding with elements that are unique to their style and relationships, which creates a more memorable experience.

How would you describe your dream wedding client?
It definitely makes my job easier to work with couples who are immensely happily in love. Their relationship is the muse and inspiration to create something beautiful. We definitely love working with clients who want to to have a unique wedding, rather than recreating something they’ve seen online.

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What advice would you give to couples who are in the midst of planning their wedding?
Stay true to you and your relationship. You are the ones who will be looking back on this day for the rest of your lives, trends will change but you want to remember it being exactly perfect.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help in the planning process. Wedding planning is like a second job. If you need help, ask for it. People LOVE helping with wedding stuff. Your fiance, your friends, your bridal party, your family – they want to help you! No use getting stressed over something by thinking you have to do it by yourself. 

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To learn more about what Simply Gypsy Events has to offer, take a look at their website and Facebook!

Calling all Bayfield Love Stories!

December 12, 2016

Did you get engaged or married in Bayfield? Did you spend your honeymoon here with your newlywed? We are searching for real love stories, taken place right here in Bayfield, Wisconsin!

Named the most romantic town in Wisconsin by Discover Wisconsin, Bayfield is perfect for honeymoons, weddings, elopements and getaways. We would love to learn more about you and feature your love story!

Bayfield WeddingsPhoto Credit: Studio10 Photography

What do you need to do?
For the chance to be featured on our blog, please comment directly on this blog post or onto the original Facebook post with the following:
1. Is your love story a proposal, wedding or honeymoon?
2. Date of your love story
3. A little summary of your story
4. Bonus: A picture of you two during your time here!

Please Note:
This is open for couples, if you are a wedding vendor please do not submit your client’s story. You are welcome to tag them, but it is up to the actual couple to submit.

Take a look at our resources and inspiration page!

Top 6 #BayfieldWeddings Instagram Favorites of the Summer

October 3, 2016

 As the wedding season is wrapping up, we took a look back at our #BayfieldWeddings Instagram favorites of the summer! There is no doubt that those getting married here in Bayfield love Lake Superior and the beautiful land around it!

Getting married here in Bayfield or a wedding vendor getting ready for 2017? Make sure you use the hashtag #BayfieldWeddings to catch our attention, your wedding could be featured on our inspiration page and/or social media! We picked some of our favorite #BayfieldWeddings pictures that are on Instagram so far. Enjoy!

Top 6 #BayfieldWeddings Instagram Favorites

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Lace & Brass Events 

Leafblad Photography

Good Thyme Catering

Summer catering in Bayfield!❤️ #cateringgoodthyme #bayfieldweddings

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Kealy White with Ashland Baking Company

Hannah Stonehouse Hudson

See our inspiration page and resources page to help plan your Bayfield wedding!