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Interview with Rose Lawyer of Harbor View Event Center

May 31, 2018

Located in Washburn, Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior, Harbor View Event Center is a waterfront venue perfect for your special day! With a spacious lakeside hall for up to 300, outdoor patio, historic cocktail lounge and grassy space for your outdoor ceremony this venue has it all!

We spoke with the venue’s general manager, Rose Lawyer, to learn all about Harbor View Event Center and what they offer for weddings and events! Enjoy!

Photographer: Ashley Roberts Photography

Tell us a little bit about yourself and Harbor View Event Center
Living in the Chequamegon Bay Area since 1996, I have called Washburn home for eight years with my husband, two kiddos (ages 10 and 14) and multiple four-footed household members. Before having children, I was the Food and Beverage Manager at the Bayfield Inn and helped facilitate countless weddings in the Bayfield area and Madeline Island. I was eager to take on a similar position in Washburn when the Harbor View Event Center was purchased, especially after seeing the facility and its lakeside location.

Harbor View Event Center overlooks the Washburn Marina and Lake Superior, and its views are simply breathtaking. There are many days that I have to close the shades to avoid being lost in a Lake Superior daydream! The bar is equally distracting, with its 24 foot Brunswick Balke Collender back bar from the 1933 World’s Fair, red back lighting, original mirrors and lakeside patio. Our main hall accommodates up to 300 patrons and includes a fountain and dance floor. With the 35 room Washburn Inn just steps away, the facility is a slam dunk for events of all sorts.

What kind of events does Harbor View Event Center host?
In addition to weddings, our facility is used for business meeting and retreats, music and performances, wellness retreats, graduation and retirement parties, celebrations of life, holiday gatherings, dances, showers, company parties, fundraisers and community events. Any occasion that brings people together is a reason to consider Harbor View Event Center!

Tell us a little bit about the space.
The venue rental includes the facility, tables, chairs, bar service (when specified), linens and cleaning, recycling/trash service and Event Captain (yours truly!). Any caterer can be chosen for meals, and we are always eager to assist coordinating DJ service/music, florists, cakes or any aspect of planning.

Do you have any recommendations for couples looking to get married in the Bayfield/Washburn area? 
Get your feet on the ground! It is too easy to do all your wedding planning online, but it’s imperative that you get into facilities and businesses and have a chance to meet the folks that will be making your day special. I love inviting perspective couples and their families into Harbor View on wedding weekends, so they can see what it’s like at ground zero. This also gives one an opportunity to learn from others’ successes with decorating and planning.

What is a piece of advice you tell all your clients?
The only obligation you have to your guests is to get married! So many couples spend hours fussing over what to serve, how much/what kind of beverages to host, what kind of goodies to offer their friends and family. This can cause unneeded emotional and financial burden to the planning process, so I like to remind people… this is YOUR day and that’s why your guests are attending, not because you had an open bar or plated dinner services.

To learn more about Harbor View Event Center visit their website and Facebook!

Featured: A Bayfield Destination Wedding

April 2, 2018

Rachael and AJ’s destination wedding took place in Bayfield, Wisconsin on October 14, 2017. Even though they live in the Twin Cities- Bayfield stole their heart years ago and was the place they wanted to get married. Andi Stempniak Photography captured their wedding day just beautifully! We hope you enjoy their wedding as much as we do!

Photo Credit: Andi Stempniak Photography

Tell us a little bit about yourselves and how you met.
When we first connected, it was safe to say neither was sure if we were the ones for each other. But the first date proved otherwise. On a cold winter night, we met for an evening of rock climbing – a sport we have continued throughout our relationship- but it went on to dinner and deep discussion as if we had known each other forever. If it were not for having to go to work the next day, we would have talked all night. It did not take long to realize we should be partners in this adventure together.

What made you choose Bayfield for your wedding?
Rachael’s family has a cabin here and has been boating the Apostle Islands for years. When Rachael introduced A.J. to Bayfield, it was love at first site! We both have traveled the world, but Bayfield still draws us like a magnet. Naturally we wanted to share this place with everyone. It is far enough to be a “destination wedding,” which makes it an extra special for all who attended.

Photo Credit: Andi Stempniak Photography

Tell us about your wedding!
We had a BBQ and bonfire the evening before at our family cabin as people arrived from around the U.S and beyond.  The day of the wedding, we had a picturesque Bayfield October fall day. The men got dressed on the family boat at the city dock just steps away from the ceremony location at the Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion while the ladies got ready at the Old Rittenhouse Inn. We decided not to see each other until Rachael walked down the aisle which made the moment all the more special. We didn’t have an officiant, instead we chose to create a personal ceremony ourselves with our friends and family sharing readings we had selected. A.J’s sisters provided vocal music. We both wrote personal vows, which we kept to ourselves until the ceremony. The love and care we put into the vows and ceremony, coupled with the built up anticipation, made for a truly memorable and heartfelt occasion.

While we had bridal party portraits, guests mingled and had cotton candy (a favorite of Rachael’s) and fresh cheese curds. Hey, we’re in Wisconsin! Including Rachael’s two daughters that were bridesmaids, two flower girls and a ring bearer, we had about 30 children in attendance! It was an absolute joy to have them.  We just made sure to kick off the reception early so everyone, including our friends who happen to be parents, could enjoy. Kid bags with playdoh and toys kept the children happy during dinner and toasts.

As the sun set and the band got underway, the rain and wind blew off of Lake Superior, which the Pavilion is literally built over. We were all cozy and dancing in the candle-lit Pavilion, so the Lake’s storm seemed like the perfect end to a perfect day.

Photo Credit: Andi Stempniak Photography

Are there any recommendations you have for someone looking to get married in the Bayfield area?
Encourage your guests to book accommodations early if they have preferences. There are plenty of options, so availability (even during peak fall colors) was not a problem if you know where to look. The Chamber of Commerce has a great website that shows availability for your dates, it was a great tool.  We emailed our “save the dates” with links to accommodations and information about Bayfield to get the information out early so guests could arrange travel well ahead of time.

One of the best things about planning a wedding in Bayfield is that there are few vendors but they are all terrific. This made decisions much easier, a huge plus when planning a destination wedding, allowing us to concentrate on the personal components. Everyone we worked with was a true professional and easy going! Our second choice was to get married in the Twin Cities where we live. That would have been even more challenging to plan and certainly more expensive while being less gorgeous and intimate.

The main thing is what they all say: keep the details in proper perspective, be a gracious host, and at the end of the day, you’ll be married to your best friend!

Vendors that were involved in your wedding day:
Photographer: Andi Stempniak Photography
Venue: Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion
Catering: Good Thyme Catering
Pies: Gourmet Garage
Hotel: Old Rittenhouse Inn
Ceremony Dress: Rosa Clara Denia
Reception Dress: Dress the Population
Bridesmaids: Calvin Klein
Hair and makeup: Mollie Kae Hair & Makeup
Tux: The Black Tux
Band: Blue Drifters
Flowers + Decor: DIY by bride and friends

Featured: A Bayfield Intimate Wedding

December 15, 2017

Most of the couples that get married in Bayfield fully embrace everything we have to offer! One way of doing this is by making a whole weekend out of your wedding, instead of just one quick day. With many guests coming here for the first time, show them around and recommend your favorite things to do! This is exactly what David and Efrie did for their wedding!

With just 24 guests, David and Efrie had an incredibly memorable wedding weekend spending time with family, taking in the Apostle Islands and even giving beautiful local gifts in gift bags to each guest. Read all about their wedding and how it came together so beautifully!

Photographer: Ps 139 Photography

Tell us a little bit about yourselves and how you met.
David is a computer programmer, originally from North Carolina, and Elizabeth (nickname: Efrie) is an architect, originally from Milwaukee. We met almost 10 years ago through Match.com while living in New York. Since then, we’ve lived in Connecticut, Michigan, and Philadelphia (where we live now).

Our first date was a concert in New York, but the most memorable part was playing several very competitive rounds of Connect 4 at a dive bar, where we went for drinks before the concert.

What made you choose Bayfield for your wedding?
David grew up spending his summers at his grandfather’s lake house in the Poconos, which is a place that is very special and important to his family. He proposed while we were hiking around the lake.

Efrie’s family has a similarly special place: her grandmother’s cabin on the Brule River. It made sense to us that in officially merging our families, each of these very special places would be a part of the festivities. One of the highlights of trips to Brule for the last 16 years has been a night in Bayfield for dinner at Wild Rice Restaurant (we missed their first year they were open), and Efrie and her mom started talking about how beautiful the location would be for a wedding from the very first time they saw the restaurant, so it sprang to mind immediately when we were brainstorming possible wedding locations.

Photographer: Ps 139 Photography

Tell us about your your wedding!
Our weather was fairy-tale perfect, and we were so excited to be able to share our wedding with our very small party of 24 guests, for most of whom it was their first time to Bayfield. They all left stunned at how beautiful the area is (which is why we picked Bayfield for our location!) We kicked off the weekend with a champagne cruise around the Apostle Islands, giving all our guests an intro to the local history, with delicious appetizers from Ashland Baking Co. We followed the cruise with a dinner at Ethel’s, teaching everyone about the very important food group of cheese curds.

The day of our wedding, we spent the morning eating a luxurious breakfast from Pinehurst Inn, and then Efrie was whisked away to get ready. Our guests spent the morning and afternoon enjoying all that Bayfield has to offer – some went sailing, others went hiking, and some just strolled around town browsing the shops. Our wedding ceremony took place in the evening on the back deck of Wild Rice, and we were thrilled to find out that Mary Rice was actually having dinner at the restaurant that night!

Efrie’s brother Dave and his wife Megan conducted our ceremony. One of the most touching parts was a piece we adopted from the Quaker tradition (which has a very important place in the history of our current home state, Pennsylvania), where everyone attending is given the opportunity to impart blessings and words of wisdom to the couple. Hearing the best wishes and love from everyone was definitely a highlight of the night!

After we were introduced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Escott, we celebrated with a delicious meal at Wild Rice. We also had each of our guests write us notes to put into boxes with bottles of wine that we will open and drink at each of our milestone anniversaries, so that we can experience their words of wisdom and blessings at our first year, fifth year, tenth year, and twenty-fifth year of marriage.

Photographer: Ps 139 Photography

Are there any recommendations you have for someone looking to get married in the Bayfield area?
Start your planning early! Everyone is incredibly helpful and excited about making all your dreams for your big day come true, but it’s important to have enough time for all the plans to come to fruition (and to have the time to work in all the extra ideas once they start popping up). Also, it’s a really good idea to talk to people at all the restaurants and B&Bs for recommendations on who to use for what — we never would have found our amazing florist (Kelly) if we had only looked at business listings.

Vendors
Photographer: Ps 139 Photography
Flowers: Kelly & Crew Designs
Groom’s party lodging: Rittenhouse Inn
Bride’s party lodging: Pinehurst Inn
Dinner and ceremony: Wild Rice Restaurant (Closed)
Rehearsal dinner: Ethel’s Restaurant
Rehearsal cruise: Apostle Island Cruises
Catering for cruise: Ashland Baking Company
Goodies in guest gift bags: Erickson Orchards and Country Store (bottle of cider), The Fat Radish (voucher for a cup of coffee), The Candy Shoppe (voucher for an ice cream cone), Apostle Islands Booksellers (souvenir photo books)

 

Featured: A Madeline Island Wedding

July 3, 2017

Bayfield, the Apostle Islands and Lake Superior have an incredible amount of magic and charm to them. Many of the couples getting married in the area feel this and are drawn to spend their special day here!

Michele and Rick are one of those couples, who could not see their wedding day happening anywhere else but here. We hope you enjoy reading all about their beautiful story and their wedding on Madeline Island.


Photo Credit: Happily Ever After

Tell us a little bit about yourselves and how you met.
Rick and I met in early 2006 on Match.com. 😉 He was recently divorced, and I had a brick-and-mortar business that basically consumed every waking hour of my life. One of my staff members suggested (actually… insisted) that I join Match to “get a life.” So I did. And after six months of rolling my eyes at the concept, I received a lovely message from this very thoughtful man who wrote well and spoke of his love for the water. It was “best friendship” at first sight… We talked non-stop for hours – weeks – and then one day that little *spark* happened. The rest, as they say, is history.


Photo Credit: Happily Ever After

What made you choose Madeline Island for your wedding?
While our relationship began where we live in Minnesota, it was built on the water. Rick has been sailing the Apostle Islands for (now) over 20 years. When we met, he showed me photos of his sailboat and the islands. I was obviously intrigued, but having grown up and establishing my love of the water on Lake Minnetonka (and several stints on the Pacific Ocean), I figured Lake Superior was just another body of water to love.

That’s an understatement.

When I first arrived at the marina with Rick late in the evening on May 19, 2006, it took my breath away. I had never seen so many stars. The sound of the breezes across the water and the clinking of the lines against the masts. I was instantly hooked. We sat in the cockpit of the sailboat with glasses of wine and watched the stars until the wee hours of the morning (something we still do to this day). The entire weekend was “charmed.” There were so many moments where I wondered who this guy had made deals with in order to orchestrate so many wonderful moments. Now I know. Rick is an absolutely wonderful man to begin with, and he was very excited to show me his Happy Place. “His” Lake Superior. But, as you know, Lake Superior “speaks” to you. She had called to him years before, and she “greeted me by name” the moment I arrived (and I’m pretty sure Her first words were, “What took you so long?!”).

We’ve been answering Her call together ever since. Almost every weekend during the summer months on our boat, and several times throughout the winter when we “need” to visit her to re-charge our winter-weary batteries. We adore “Mother Superior” and everything that surrounds her.

But I digress… Why Madeline Island? On more than one occasion, we saw weddings happening on the island as we cruised by on our boat. Each time, they took our breath away. Weddings have a way of doing that, but to us – the water lovers that we are – there just seemed to be something extra magical about it.

The business I mentioned earlier was a wedding and event design company. We designed, decorated, flowered, and foofed over 1,500 fabulous weddings and events of all sizes. As much as I loved the many venues we worked at in the Twin Cities, there just didn’t seem to be one that was right for us. Neither of us wanted a “big” wedding. We just wanted it to be “us.”

We started tossing around the idea of having our wedding in Bayfield, and fell in love with the idea. We contacted on of our favorite Bayfield chefs to see if he was available, and as luck would have it, his daughter was getting married on the same date that we had chosen. We then toyed with the idea of getting married on Madeline. Called a few places, looked around a bit, and ended up falling in love with The Inn on Madeline Island after a brief chat with Susan. We could immediately envision our wedding there, and everything just fell into place.

Tell us about your wedding!
Knowing we’d have to “drag” 75 of our closest friends and family members all the way up there, we put together a website that listed all the details of our wedding, and every imaginable resource in Bayfield and on the Island: hotels, B&Bs and inns, restaurants, shopping, transportation, all of our favorite spots – you name it. We wanted to make sure people had plenty of options for planning their trip, and that everyone felt like they “knew the area” when they arrived so they’d enjoy themselves more while they were there.

We told everyone it was a Casual Island theme: Sun dresses and sandals, Hawaiian shirts and khakis. We arranged for a pizza party at The Inn, and enjoyed greeting our guests at that gathering spot as they arrived on the island.

We also planned a special little surprise for our guests. On a recent trip to Black River Harbor, we met a woman who came down to the water to “wish the Lake Goodnight” each night. We loved the way she appreciated the Lake, and decided to incorporate that appreciation into our wedding. We were also lucky enough to have four members of the Pipes and Drums of Thunder Bay agree to come and play for our wedding when we reached out to them on a long shot. It was the best-kept secret ever! We were so excited!

We orchestrated the ceremony around the bagpipers. Starting with our beautiful flower girls and ring bearer (our nieces and nephew), Rick’s three sons, and a selection of songs that we had chosen beforehand, we walked down the winding aisle, through all of our friends and family, and “met” down at the end of the dock to have our first look and a brief moment together. As planned… We turned around on the dock to face our guests as the bagpipers began to play. One of the highlights of our wedding (for us) was watching our guests’ faces as they started hearing the bagpipes and wondering what was going on. As they bagpipers marched around the building, everyone smiled and stood up. There were cheers and clapping, and lots of pictures being taken. It was such a treat!


Photo Credit: Happily Ever After

After they played several pieces, they piped as we walked up the aisle (dock) together and stood before our longtime friend, Captain Dave, who married us. We then enjoyed an amazing dinner (Prime Rib and Lake Superior Lake Trout with Lemon Burre Blanc) prepared by The Inn, and then promptly celebrated our “sweet luck” with a gorgeous Sweet Table and ‘Tuxedo’ wedding cake – all prepared by April and company at Country Cake Cupboard – one of my absolute favorite Twin Cities bakeries. We had worked together on countless weddings over the years, and I just love her work. There were a few things I had my heart set on for our wedding, and April’s Tuxedo cake with Italian Mocha Cream filling was one of them.

We were very fortunate to have a lot of help with preparations and set up… Everything from the absolutely incredible invitations that my talented friend, Gina designed and created, to the collection of silver trays that held all the sweets on our dessert buffet, to the photos and music we shared during the wedding, and even the Tiki torches that were set out just before sunset. It was all relaxed, casual, “island-y” and fun.

At 7:03 p.m., the bagpipers again began playing “unexpectedly” as the sun started to set. We all gathered at the beach and “wished The Lake goodnight” as they played. It was magical.

As the evening progressed, we chatted, hugged, mingled, and even danced a little. We felt so lucky to be able to celebrate our special day in such a special place. And we still celebrate our special day each time we come to Madeline Island or see “our” beach.

Photo Credit: Happily Ever After

Are there any recommendations you have for someone looking to get married in the Bayfield area? 
YES!!! Spend some time in the area if possible before your wedding. Visit a few times. Explore a little. Find the things that you love most about the area and incorporate those things into your wedding.

Hire a professional wedding coordinator who knows the area, knows the best vendors to hire for your wedding, and knows your day-of Wish List well! I can’t state this strongly enough! After doing as much wedding work as I had done over the years, I just figured it would all come naturally when it came time to plan my own wedding. And it did. But there are SO MANY reasons NOT to do it all on your own, I don’t even know where to begin.

Do it. Splurge. Hire a professional coordinator that you can trust to “watch over” all the little details that will make your wedding day the day you dreamed of… Whether it’s making sure you get your much-needed skim latte with one raw sugar the morning of the wedding, keeping an eye on “those” family members, or making sure the gardenias get tucked in your hair just before you walk down the aisle… Let your coordinator handle the details so your only “job” is to thoroughly enjoy every moment of your day. xo

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!

Bayfield Summertime Proposal

March 31, 2017

Many couples, families and friends plan trips to Bayfield every year. Whether you’re a first timer or you travel here every summer, the Bayfield area is a perfect destination for your getaway. What better way to propose to your sweetie than surprising them during your vacation!

Matt and Jenn live in Milwaukee and planned a summertime trip up with their closest friends. Jenn had no clue that Matt had another reason for their trip- to propose to her! We spoke with Jenn all about their trip and proposal, we hope you enjoy it!

Tell us a little bit about yourselves and how you met.

Matt and I met in 2010 at Valparaiso University in Indiana. I was a freshman in college at Carroll University in Wisconsin and took the train through Chicago to visit a friend that ended up being in the same fraternity as Matt. Matt was so sweet, he offered me his coat when I was cold and (reluctantly) watched Friends with me. As they say, the rest is history. Matt graduated in 2012 and moved to Milwaukee so we could begin our forever together.

What made you choose Bayfield for your trip?
This is a fun story. So we were sitting in one of our favorite Milwaukee bars with Matt’s childhood friend Pat and his wife Meghan planning out our summer. It was the dead of winter and we wanted to road trip somewhere fun! We planned a trip to Bayfield to kayak the Apostle Islands. The weekend was all set in July, I was in charge of the playlist (bad idea), and we were excited. Somewhere between that January weekend and July, unbeknownst to me, Matt decided to bring a ring!

Tell us about your Bayfield trip and your proposal!
Early one Friday morning in July we picked up our friends, packed the car, grabbed coffee and set out north! Even just the road trip up was a blast as we climbed further and further north and made note off all the gorgeous scenery and local color.

Emily, of Lace & Brass Events, is a long time friend of Matt so he reached out and consulted with her on best places to stay, eat, things to do, candy shops to eat everything at, etc. She was instrumental in not only planning a wonderful vacation getaway but also a beautiful proposal!

So we arrive to the perfect Winfield Inn, settled in and met everyone for dinner. We then spent the evening walking around town a little bit and taking it all in. The next morning we jumped on the ferry to Madeline Island to meet up with our kayak guide. We set off in our kayaks and had an amazing time cruising in and out of all the caves along the shore.

After a FULL day of kayaking we were all sore, mosquito bitten, sunburnt- really in a romantic place as you can imagine. On the way back to our rooms, I mentioned that I was planning to wear jeans to dinner instead of the dress I brought. Meghan, knowing what was about to happen exclaimed “NO!” and politely but persistently asked that I change my mind (in hindsight I am so glad she did!). We had a great dinner at The Pier, right in the heart of downtown looking over Lake Superior. As the sun was setting with pinks and oranges bouncing off the lake and we were enjoying our after dinner drinks, Matt began telling me how much he loved his life with me in it. Being completely unaware of what was actually happening, I started to reciprocate my feelings and explain how much I loved him too. Later, come to find out, Pat was ready to kick me under the table and let me know this was not a two sided conversation…

Remember that Matt’s legs are terribly sunburnt from sitting in a kayak but he continues talking and before I know it he is down on one knee with a ring extended out to me asking me to marry him. I was so surprised, I looked at him and all I could say was “SHUT UP!”

Once I gained a slight amount of composure, I said yes, of course! Our friends cheered, the nearby tables realized what was happening and congratulated us, and our amazing waitress brought us a dessert to celebrate. I was still in shock with everything but it was the perfect proposal.

After dinner we continued to walk around town and just enjoy our engagement. All of the cute shops were fun to walk through and the owners were excited to hear our news. My favorite stop was The Candy Shoppe where I picked out a ring pop to enjoy alongside my new ring! Still being a little shaky from the nights events, I actually ended up knocking over a box of candy. As I was picking it all up, Matt proudly exclaimed that it was ok, I could do what I want because we were getting married!!

After the sun set completely it was time to let EVERYONE know! Opening the door to our room, we saw the most beautiful flowers and champagne that Emily arranged with Winfield Inn. Sitting on the porch with that bottle of champagne, cigars and our friends, we alternated calling everyone that needed to know. It was a beautiful night with the moon shining over the trees. A great way to end a perfect day!

The next morning, still elated from the day before, we packed up everything and met Emily and family in town for brunch at The Egg Toss. We enjoyed some celebratory mimosas and continued our stroll through the town’s stores. After our thanks and goodbyes, we set off down the road back to Milwaukee, nearly planning the entire wedding in the car on our way home.

Are there any recommendations you have for someone looking to propose in the Bayfield area?
Plan your trip when that January cabin fever is really setting in. It’s nice to just unplug for a weekend, enjoy the great outdoors and experience a new area. What’s so fun about Bayfield is the natural lake town feel. Everyone is so kind and laid back and the views of Lake Superior are amazing. A never ending supply of outdoor adventuring right at your finger tips. For the actual “big question,” Matt has said it was so helpful having Emily with Lace & Brass Events recommend places to go and thing to do during the trip so the happy couple can focus on one another.


If you are planning a Bayfield proposal, wedding or honeymoon take a look at our resources and inspiration page!

Bayfield Caterers and Their Favorite Dishes

March 20, 2017

One of the biggest components of your wedding reception is the food! The caterer and menu you choose should reflect both your style and palate. Bayfield, Wisconsin and the surrounding Chequamegon region is home to a vibrant community of local farmers and producers, offering a variety of fresh fish, fruits and vegetables. This allows local caterers to provide you the best of the best!

We asked three local caterers to describe a favorite appetizer, entree or dessert that they commonly provide for weddings. Along with their favorite dish, they each offered up a catering recommendation for couples planning a Bayfield Wedding! Get ready for your mouth to water. Enjoy!

Cafe Coco- Artisan Bakery and Good Eats
Located in the neighboring town of Washburn, Cafe Coco serves breakfast and lunch along with a delicious deli and bakery. They pride themselves on using local ingredients and offering a variety of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. In addition to offering catering services, they can also make your wedding cake!

We spoke with Noreen, the owner of Cafe Coco, about her favorite dishes to cater. A favorite appetizer is Veggies and Dip, local vegetables with a basil and pesto cream. A favorite dessert is a pastry assortment, cheesecake danish, chocolate focaccia, raspberry kolache, baklava, hazelnut cream tarts and local blueberry bobka.

Noreen’s catering recommendation? Book your caterer early and discuss all details and charges with them.

Cafe Coco: Pastry Assortment + Veggies and Dip

Good Thyme Catering, Events and Lodging
Good Thyme is a well-established catering company that provides artisan, house-made cuisine for weddings and events in the Chequamegon Bay area. They have a fully licensed mobile kitchen, which enables them to prepare your food on site.

One of Good Thyme’s favorite dishes to cater is Wisconsin Cheese Curds with Dipping Sauce. A local favorite- no matter where you’re from! They dip fresh Wisconsin cheese curds in a signature batter and fry them until they’re golden brown with just a hint of crisp on the outside, with all the melty, cheesy goodness you could hope for on the inside. The cheese curds are excellent on their own, but they are happy to help you choose one or two of their scratch-made dipping sauces to serve them with.

Good Thyme: Wisconsin Cheese Curds with Dipping Sauce

Good Thyme’s favorite entree is Lake Superior Whitefish Provencal. Unbeatably fresh, local whitefish is poached in white wine, shallots and butter, then plated with Israeli couscous and topped with a colorful ensemble of cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, capers and herbs. It’s wonderfully elegant without being fussy, and it’s absolutely delicious. This dish also works wonderfully with tender chicken breasts, and makes a lovely family-style presentation as well!

One of Good Thyme’s top catering recommendations is to let the seasons help you choose your menu! It’s always best to start with what’s in season. Bayfield’s local fruits and vegetables are fresher and more flavorful than the store bought varieties, so they suggest including them whenever possible. From there, start thinking about your favorite dishes and determine a theme for your menu. One small little detail- like a specific herb, or a dish enjoyed while traveling- can provide inspiration for everything from starters to desserts.

Good Thyme: Lake Superior Whitefish Provencal

Landmark Restaurant at Old Rittenhouse Inn 
Located inside the Old Rittenhouse Inn, Landmark Restaurant offers upscale American and French cuisine all year long in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Open for breakfast, lunch (by appointment) and dinner, Landmark Restaurant offers elegant ambiance with a casual feel. Landmark Restaurant offers many dining options for small weddings and intimate celebrations.

We spoke with the owners of Old Rittenhouse Inn about their favorite dish to cater, and their answer? Champagne Chicken. Their champagne chicken dish is marinated chicken breast char grilled and served with roasted mushrooms, a champagne-Gran Marinier cream sauce and julienne sliced fried prosciutto. Yum!

Landmark Restaurant’s catering recommendation is: Don’t try to please everyone! Go with what you like best, or go with locally sourced fare for the best, freshest experience.

Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant: Champagne Chicken

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A Madeline Island Proposal

February 8, 2017

How do you plan a surprise proposal without your sweetheart catching on? Pop the question on vacation, of course! It seems that every year we hear about a handful of lucky couples who get engaged over Apple Festival weekend here in Bayfield. It is, after all, the perfect opportunity to come visit this beautiful area with your significant other, family and friends. What better time to get down on one knee than on a crisp fall day with apple orchards, wineries, and the beautiful Lake Superior all around you?

Read all about Tyler and Delaney’s proposal that happened while they were visiting Bayfield and Madeline Island the weekend of Apple Festival!


Tell us a little bit about yourselves and how you met.

My fiance, Tyler and I met a long time ago in middle school. We started dating during our junior year of high school, and were fortunate enough to both decide to go to the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities campus after we graduated. We continued dating throughout our college careers. We both graduated in 2015, and he accepted a job as an engineer while I moved on to attend the College of Pharmacy at the U.

What made Tyler choose this area?

My parents have gone camping on Madeline Island during Apple Fest weekend with some of their friends and family every year since before I was born- I think it’s been about 28 years. I had never been to Bayfield or Madeline Island, so Tyler and I thought it would be fun to go with them one year. Although I was a bit hesitant about going due to the weather (it’s cold in October!), Tyler was adamant we go so I gladly followed. He had been to Madeline Island before as his relatives have a cabin on it, so he knew it would be a wonderful spot for a proposal. 

Tell us about your Bayfield/Madeline Island trip and your proposal!

We went to Bayfield on the Saturday of Apple Fest weekend and wandered the festival during the day, eating, drinking, and seeing the sights with my family and friends. After a bit, we decided to get on the ferry and head over to the island. We made a stop by Tom’s Burned Down Cafe and then Tyler and I went off on our own to explore the island.

After walking a while, we came across a beach and went and sat on a bench to watch the setting sun. He reached into his pocket, got down on one knee, and said the words I’d been waiting to hear for about 6 years: “Delaney, will you marry me?”

We then went to our campsite to celebrate with my family. Tyler had told my parents of his plan a few weeks earlier, so they were prepared with champagne to pop as we celebrated our engagement all night!

Are there any recommendations you have for someone looking to propose in the Bayfield area?

I certainly recommend proposing by the water, it’s so beautiful and adds that “special something” to a proposal. It also adds a little extra romance to have plans as a getaway, so that some time can be spent just the two of you before the overwhelming amount of well wishes are sent from friends and family once you make your announcement. Of course, I’m partial to planning a camping trip for the proposal, but that’s just because it was my fairytale come true!

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An Outdoor Winter Wedding, Bayfield Style

January 4, 2017

Here in Bayfield, Wisconsin we don’t hibernate inside all winter waiting for summer to come. We embrace the beautiful snow, cold, ice caves and the many outdoor activities and sports. Mollie + Isaac did not disappoint with their outdoor January wedding.

Read more about this beautiful winter wedding along with their advice for planning a winter wedding of your own!

Photo by JaneCane Photography

Tell us a little bit about yourselves and how you met.

Isaac is a full time fire fighter and EMT in Burnsville, MN . I own my own hair and makeup business and do lots and lots of weddings! Isaac and I met a few years before we started dating at our CrossFit gym in the cities, we quickly become best of friends and didn’t see anything beyond that. All of our friends thought a little bit different and asked when we were going to start dating! Once we finally decided to go for it we never looked back, and each day was better than the last! We now have a perfect little baby boy Axel and couldn’t be more thrilled for our little family! We can’t wait for forever!

Give us a detailed look into your wedding day.

We had a very laid back casual outdoor January wedding! I was on Madeline Island with family and a few close friends getting really at a family home, took the ferry across bright and early so I could be able to style Isaac’s hair… he had strict orders of keeping his eyes shut.

We then traveled to Isaac’s family’s dock on Lake Superior to do our first look, we couldn’t have picked a better location! Then off to Good Thyme for our ceremony where my brother officiated our big “I Dos.” Someone was definitely watching out for us- gave us 40 degree weather in January! We then ate a wonderful brunch and our perfect day was complete.

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What drew you to have your wedding here in the Bayfield area? 

Isaac was born and raised in Bayfield and I have family connections to the area, having traveled there a lot growing up. It seemed the perfect place, and not far for the majority of our family.

What advice would you have for someone planning a winter wedding?

The advice I tell all of my brides – Don’t worry and stress about the small things, no one is going to notice besides you. Think about the big picture and the outcome of the day: getting to marry your best friend!


Vendors:
Flowers – Donna Line
First Look: Family owned lake shore property

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