Featured: A Bayfield Destination Wedding

Bachelor + Bachelorette Parties: Bayfield Style

March 11, 2018

Wedding planning is underway- that is great! Now you’re discussing what to do for your bachelor and bachelorette parties.

If you’re looking for unique ideas, outdoor adventures or just a really fun weekend look no further! We have put together a great list of ways to celebrate with your closest friends, Bayfield style.

Water Adventures

  • Kayak: Spend the day or weekend kayaking the sea caves. Local outfitters offer day and overnight trips, perfect for groups looking to get outdoors.
  • Cruise, Sail + Charter: Get out on the water and relax. Feel the breeze, tour the Apostle Islands and lighthouses, pack a picnic and spend the day soaking up the sun.
  • Fish: Bring your own gear or charter, either way get out on Lake Superior with your friends and have fun!
  • Paddle Board + Swim: Our bay offers a number of sandy beaches, perfect for laying out, swimming, paddle boarding, stone collecting and general sunny-day fun.

Land Adventures

  • Orchard, Winery + Berry Picking: Did you know that Bayfield is the berry capital of Wisconsin? We have so many beautiful orchard and fruit farms, where you can spend your morning or afternoon picking fruit and relaxing under the trees or near the gardens. Add in the local wineries, pack a picnic and you have a fun, relaxing and delicious day!
  • Biking, Camping + Hiking: With over 10 different hiking trails in the area, waterfalls, campgrounds and national forests, this area is really an outdoor-lovers paradise.
  • Golfing: Not just your average golf courses, ours have views of the Apostle Islands and Lake Superior making it a beautiful and really fun course.
  • Winter: Dog sledding, snowmobiling, winter hiking/biking, skiing, ice fishing and more! Keep in mind- many of the other great activities listed here are available all year long!

In-Town Adventures

  • Shopping: With a number of gift stores and boutiques, you’ll be able to spend the afternoon shopping and browsing in town right by Lake Superior.
  • Artist Galleries + Museums: Visit the galleries and museums for tours, demonstrations, classes and gift shops!
  • Local Cuisine: No matter if you are looking for fine dining, local fish fry or breakfast, one thing is for sure: it will be a fantastic meal!
  • Shows + Concerts: We have free concerts every Tuesday, in the summer, in Memorial Park down by the water. Our area also offers the opportunity to attend a play or concert together!
  • Massage + Spa: Have a group spa day, right in town- spend the day relaxed and pampered!

Make sure to explore our website, where you can find much more information along with fantastic businesses to help make your trip so special! Feel free to contact us at (715) 779-3335 to request a visitor guide.

We also have a really great vendor and venue resource if you are planning your wedding here as well!

 

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!

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)

 

Interview with Sharon Zanto of As You Wish Events

November 30, 2017

Many people cannot wait to begin wedding planning, but not everyone realizes how much work goes into planning a wedding or how to plan a wedding! That is where wedding planners come in! A wedding planner is your guide, planner, designer, organizer, budget-keeper, inspiration, and so much more, from the very beginning through the entire process.

We spoke with Sharon, owner of As You Wish Events here in Bayfield, Wisconsin to learn all about her business and her advice for couples planning a wedding!

Enjoy!


Photographer: Focus Photography

Tell us a little bit about yourself and As You Wish Events.
Hi! My name is Sharon Zanto, owner and lead event planner of, “As You Wish Events”, which is a full-service event design and wedding-planning company offering a variety of packages to fit your wedding or event-specific needs. Our collaborative approach of producing cohesive events that are inspired by you, allows us to make each wedding or event unique and distinctive. It is our belief that events are defined by the personalized details that share the story of the couple or host with all of the guests. Our services combine planning and execution with distinctive design and styling to create a once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

Photographer: Focus Photography

How did you get into wedding planning?
I have worked in the world of corporate events for years, and loved to create beautiful events for friends and family as well. I decided to open my own business due to my love of event planning, and the satisfaction I receive in seeing my clients delighted with the outcome of their special event!

What is your favorite thing to do during the wedding off-season?
My favorite thing to do in the wedding off-season are more events!! I love to plan Holiday parties, Birthday, and Anniversary, and many more! Doing a different type of event is refreshing after the wedding season. I am also an avid reader, walker, and foodie…so that is always lovely to do on my down time!

What is your favorite part of a wedding to plan?
My favorite part of the wedding to plan, is working with the couple on what the vision is for their special day! Each wedding has such a different look and feel to it, so it’s exciting to see the individual outcome!
Photographer: Focus Photography
What advice would you give to couples who are in the midst of planning their wedding?

My advice for couples in the midst of planning their wedding is to stay true to their vision, budget, and remember the reason for getting married!! In the end, if you leave the details to your wedding planner, and relax and enjoy the day, you will be a married couple, and that is the most important thing!

 

To learn more about As You Wish Events, visit their website!

Proposing in the Winter: Bayfield Style

November 17, 2017

So, you are looking to propose… congratulations! Bayfield, Wisconsin is the perfect place to get away and have a romantic weekend. Many couples choose Bayfield to be their destination for their wedding, elopement, honeymoon or proposal!

We have put together a really great list of ways to make your Bayfield winter proposal extra special! We hope you enjoy!

Old Rittenhouse Inn

Overnight Accommodations
You’ve decided the “when” now you need to think of the “how”! First off, we recommend booking your overnight accommodations. Bayfield has a beautiful array of hotels, bed and breakfasts, condos and cabins to choose from! Old Rittenhouse Inn is known for their romance, and they even have a special proposal package for you! Centrally located right in town, you’ll be able to walk to the restaurants and shops.

If you’re looking for more seclusion we recommend renting a cabin in the woods. Hauser’s Bayfield CabinBrickyard Cottage 41 and Whispering Pines on Lake Superior are just a couple of options for your woodland getaway. Curl up next to a cozy fire, spend time hiking outside the snowy woods and don’t forget to pick up wine from Bayfield Wine and Spirits!

See all the lodging Bayfield has to offer and the availability by clicking here.

What to Do During Your Stay
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing trip spent curled up by the fire or for a weekend adventuring the outdoors, Bayfield has all of this and then some. Spend some time at Seven Ponds Winery, which also features select wine from Bayfield WinerySuperior Body Massage and Spa is located right in town, and they even have couples packages. Bayfield offers outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, snowshoeing and dog sledding. See our Get Active this Winter post for more ideas. If the ice caves are open, those are a must-see as well!

Peruse shops and galleries downtown like Eckels Pottery and Fine Craft GalleryHowl Clothing & AdventureSilverwaves Jewelry, Sweet Sailing and Bates Art Gallery. Make sure to get something special to take home!

Depending on the time of the year and ice conditions, you can take the Madeline Island Ferry Line or drive on the ice road over to Madeline Island. Make sure to stop over at Madeline Island Candles and Woods Hall Gallery and Studios.

Lakeside Dining Room at The Bayfield Inn

Where to Dine
From fine dining to pubs, Bayfield has many dining options that will surely delight you. We recommend Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant and Lakeside Dining Room at The Bayfield Inn if you are looking for a delicious and romantic dinner. The Fat Radish is a must-stop if you are looking for cuisine made with local ingredients and many vegan + gluten-free options.

If you aren’t staying somewhere that provides breakfast then we highly recommend you visit Manypenny Bistro, Cafe Coco, and Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant!

Making your Proposal Special
We can’t tell you exactly how to propose, because that comes from you! We recommend reflecting back on your relationship and thinking about the special moments that come to mind. Do something meaningful and memorable! Whether you propose over dinner, in the snowy woods or out in the ice caves- make it unique and special for both of you.

If you are looking to hire a photographer we recommend Bemused Photography, Bottle Rocket Photography, Leafblad Photography and Ps 139 Photography!


Photo Credit: Ps 139 Photography

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

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.

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

Interview with Melissa Fischbach of Wild Hollow Farm

June 5, 2017

Wild Hollow Farm is a local flower farm and florist that can cover all of the floral needs for your wedding, from seed to vase! Whether you are looking to purchase buckets of field cut flowers to DIY your arrangements or for all of your bouquets and centerpieces to be made, Melissa with Wild Hollow Farm is your perfect resource!

Read our interview with Melissa, who has a love for biology, farming, the outdoors and flowers!

Wild Hollow Farm’s Bouquets

Tell us a little bit about yourself and Wild Hollow Farm.

The natural world and plants in particular have always been a central focus throughout my life. I grew up making forts and flower crowns, and pursued my interests in school with a bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s degree in horticulture. After marrying a fellow plant geek, we lived in Sweden for a year and worked on an organic vegetable and sheep farm. Living and working in the outdoors, and farming in particular, was something that was clearly in the DNA of our hearts, and we jumped right in and bought our 40-acre property in 2004. We grew our farm business along with our family, raising 4 children who know how to plant dahlia tubers, harvest and bunch radishes, and enjoy a good mud puddle.

Wild Hollow Farm is a family farm located ten miles south of Ashland. Our main focus is fresh-cut flowers, but we also grow vegetables, pastured poultry, currants, and hazelnuts. We grow over one hundred annual and perennial flower varieties, each carefully chosen to offer our customers a unique array of colors, textures, scents, and forms throughout the growing season. We offer fresh-cut seasonal flowers for weddings, events and everyday.

How did you get into the flower business?

Flowers have always been a part of our farm, but as we experimented with all sorts of crops over the years, it became clear that cut flowers were a good fit for our family, lifestyle, interests and vision for our farm business. The design aspect of flower farming grew naturally, as I quickly got requests for special bouquets, events, weddings, etc.  Through farm tours, floral design classes, conferences, lots of reading, and many hours of practice, I grew and developed my skill set and confidence in floral design. I am a member of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, which is an incredible resource for learning and connecting with other growers. There is always more to learn and experiment with, and I love the challenge that this provides!

What can Wild Hollow Farm provide for weddings in the area?

We offer full and partial service for any or all of our customer’s wedding flower needs. From a few bouquets or table arrangements, to bulk buckets of flowers for those who want to DIY their arrangements, all the way to providing every piece for a wedding – we accommodate a wide range of needs for weddings in the area.

Our arrangements reflect the seasonal flow of what is blooming on the farm. We put extensive work into planning our crop cycles to ensure a continuous assortment and array of colors, textures, scents and forms throughout the season. We work closely with our customers to provide the design style and color palette they are looking for. If there is a particular flower variety or color that a customer wants in their wedding, we are able to custom grow. We do need plenty of advance notice, however, since our planning and seed ordering takes place in the winter.

What is your favorite aspect of being a farmer and florist?.

I think my favorite part about my job is the balance between art and science that flower farming requires. You not only have to know how to be able to grow the flowers, but arrange and work with them as well. My degrees in biology and horticulture, plus 12 years of farming experience have given me a solid foundation in production, being able to research and implement different growing techniques, learn and understand different growing systems, and solve problems. My heart has always been in art, and I have always given space in my life for creative pursuits. My grandma was an amazing artist who had a big impact on me and gave me the gift of seeing art and beauty in the everyday. Flowers and plant material are definitely my “medium” and I find deep satisfaction, passion, and humility in being able to share that with our community.

I love the full circle of production and design that the farmer and florist occupation offers. We are a true seed to vase operation and nothing is more satisfying to me than selecting varieties, planting, caring for, designing, and finally handing over the finished product directly to the customer. My heart is so entwined throughout this whole process – I am so grateful to have found my life’s passion and to be able to connect with our customers and community through flowers.

What advice would you offer to couples looking to get married in the Bayfield area?

Schedule in a little extra time to enjoy this incredible event in your life! If you are from out of the area, come a few days early and stay a few days later. There will inevitably be so much to do and so many things to take care of, so do yourself a favor and allow extra time to enjoy yourself. We always invite our customers to come to our farm and see for themselves what we have growing. This is a chance for you to take in the colors, forms, and scents and see just what your bouquet flowers look like growing in the field. Whether it is the food, wedding favors, or flowers, having a direct connection with the grower or source of those products is an invaluable experience that will only enhance your overall event.

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