Interview with Apostle Islands Cruises

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 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.

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!


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!

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 😉 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 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.

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

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

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

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!

Interview with Andrea Falconer of Stone’s Throw

February 23, 2017

Many couples who get married in the Bayfied area fully embrace the local charm of this community – and that includes purchasing locally handmade favors!

Stone’s Throw is an upbeat gallery where you’ll find a wide variety of eclectic items ranging from handmade porcelain pottery to jewelry, sculpture, functional home decor and more. We interviewed Andrea (Andy) Falconer, the owner of Stone’s Throw, to hear what she has to offer for those getting married in the area!

Tell us about yourself and Stone’s Throw.

In 1979 I came to the Lake Superior area. Not having an idea what to do with my Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Louis’ Webster University, I decided to mooch off my sister Leslie and accepted a clerking job at Karlyn’s Gallery in Washburn, Wisconsin. Karlyn soon had me working the front desk, mixing clay and glazes, throwing, taking orders, and packing and shipping—before I knew it, I was hooked. A new love affair was born. Not just with clay, but with the business of running a gallery and making it seem fun. I’ve owned Stone’s Throw in Bayfield for 21 years now. I don’t produce in the store anymore, I rent a studio space from a friend in the apple orchard area….I get way more done!

What type of gifts at your store would interest engaged couples?

Most of the items that may be of interest include pottery, always a big wedding seller. Stone’s Throw also sells jewelry, scarves, carvings, lotions, mobiles, garden decor, books and paintings.

Can couples order favors through you?

Of course! I’ve made recipe rox for wedding parties, 450 of them for the last wedding. Couples use them as name placecards on the table, showing people where to sit and then they can take them home as their favor. I’ve had couples order little heart shaped bowls. Yes, I do special orders….a good lead time works, depending on the number. It’s best to order during the off-season when I have more time.

Do you have any recommendations for couples looking to get married in Bayfield?

Enjoy the beautiful outdoors! Some of my top recommendations on things to do in the area are:
1. Watch the sun set on Little Sand Bay beach with a bottle of wine.
2. Have a romantic dinner at Old Rittenhouse Inn.
3. Rent kayaks, bikes, mopeds or a sailboat with a captain to show you the Aposlte Islands!
4. Walk the Brownstone Trail.
5. Get a couples massage!

To learn more about Stone’s Throw visit their website, Facebook page or stop into their storefront!

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!


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!

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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!