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When I was asked to blog our own Lindsay‘s wedding, I was excited. But then once I saw the actual photos, and read Lindsay’s story, I knew I could have chosen this wedding regardless of if I knew the bride or not. The way she and Jay incorporated their families, both those that could be present and those that couldn’t, really struck me as something special and the love not just between the couple, but between everyone that surrounded them was so evident. And then all the fun little details, the soft pretzels (a personal weakness), and the creative head table seating had me sold.

Mark Hawkins Photography

From the bride:

Our story began 26 years ago when my mom and Jay’s mom, both pregnant with each of us, were working for the same cheese company in Green Bay, WI. (a cheese company in Wisconsin, go figure!) Fast forward to the summer of 2005 and although Jay and I had always knowing ‘of’ each other, we would finally meet while interning for that very same cheese company. We instantly became great friends, and eventually Jay became known as ‘the boy from work’ to my friends and family. Then in May 2006, only 2 days after returning to the US after studying abroad in London for the semester, Jay took a chance and drove 4 hours to surprise me at my college in Winona, MN. That chance worked out as we have been together ever since!

Jay and I were engaged September 19, 2010, yes, the morning of the Green Bay Packers 2010 home opener. To have a proposal happen that morning was the last thing I expected, especially as I was dressed in my throwback Clay Matthews jersey and game-day pink Reeboks. However, it couldn’t have been a more perfect proposal for us; a complete surprise, back in our hometown and we were able to celebrate the engagement with our families, who had happened to be be waiting at the stadium, champagne in hand, ready to celebrate. Our wedding planning started as soon as we began our 4 hour drive back to Minneapolis that Sunday evening.

One element of wedding planning that I never thought I would have to encounter was planning a day in which my father would not be present. After losing my father unexpectedly in 2007, I was not prepared to plan a day in which he would not be there walking by my side, however it motivated me to find a way in which he could be. To do this, I asked my twin brother and older brother to walk me down the aisle with a gift of custom engraved cuff links. One cuff link contained the monogram of my father’s initials, while the other held my mother’s. To me, this was the perfect way to represent my entire family being there beside me as I prepared to marry Jay. Other elements included in our day was the use of yellow roses, the flower my father had always given my mother for any occasion, as well as my parent’s wedding bands tied around my bouquet to represent my something borrowed.

Although we didn’t have a perfect season, color, or venue in mind, we did know that we wanted something simple, elegant and a true reflection of us; a celebration full of personal details. We made sure to incorporate these special details from the transportation we used, menu items we picked as well as day-of surprises such as our ‘meet the maids/meet the men’ display, Green Bay Packer Championship Belt garter toss and foam finger ‘click the glass’ game. At the end of the day, all of these details came together better than we could have imagined. The reactions from our family and friends made all the planning, DIY and thought we put into each unique detail beyond worth it.

Reception Venue: Weidner Center for the Preforming Arts | Ceremony Venue: Pilgrim Lutheran Church | Photography: Mark Hawkins Photography | Florist: Petal Pushers | Videography: Studio272 | Catering: Kreative Katering | Cake: The Runaway Spoon | Wedding Coordination: Silhouette Events | Invitations: Watermark Stationary | DJ: Dreamin’ DJ | Trolley Transporation: Lamers Bus Line | Bride’s Gown: Maggie Sottero | Bridesmaids’ dresses: Jasmine Belsoie Bridesmaids | Suits: Calvin Klein | Bride’s Jewelry: J. Crew, Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka | Etsy Vendors: Table numbers . Cake topper . Hair flower . Bridesmaids’ hair flower . Bridesmaids’ earrings . Bridesmaids’ bracelets . Tie clips . Bridal gown hanger



  1. So many great little details – like the cuff links and clothing tag!

  2. Emily
    10:55 am on May 10th, 2012

    Love this wedding! I am from Wisco so I appreciate seeing the Wisco weddings posted time to time 🙂

    Love the dress…head table layout and centerpieces!

  3. Kelly
    12:38 pm on May 12th, 2012

    What does the entire sign say about losing our loved ones? My dad passed right after we were engaged and I would like to include in some way and this seems perfect.

  4. Lindsay (the bride)
    10:22 pm on May 12th, 2012

    Hi Kelly. The block reads ‘perhaps they are not stars but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones shine down to let us know they are happy’. :). Hope this helps and good luck with your planning!