This bride and groom had beautiful lakeside, nautical Wisconsin wedding. Although it rained the morning of their wedding day, the ceremony couldn’t have been more perfect, and was full of so many personal touches. And one way to get rid of those pre-ceremony jitters? Why not have a boat cruise with your bridal party BEFORE the ceremony… yup, that’s one way to do it.
From the Bride
Patrick and I met online in 2009. After 3 years of dating, Patrick proposed while we were on vacation in August of 2012. We live in Chicago but decided on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for a wedding venue. We wanted to be outside and close to the water if possible. I’ve always been obsessed with sailboats and all things nautical. Patrick and I spent a lot of our dating time near and on the water so a nautical themed wedding was perfect for us! When we found the outside venue at Abbey Springs overlooking the lake it was perfect! The whole weekend was us, from the rehearsal dinner boat cruise, the anchor beer glass favors, the invitations and the ceremony. Our wedding ceremony was perfect, especially given that it had rained all day. But by the time the ceremony started, it was a gorgeous evening! Our ceremony was very personal, my uncle was our officiant and close family and friends participated in different ways. My oldest friend (from preschool) and his wife sang “I Won ’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz during the ceremony. The little details of our wedding were some of my favorite parts. My mom and I spent months before the wedding looking for the perfect vases, ribbons and chalkboards for our decor. We used Pinterest and wedding blogs to help come up with some great phrases for our chalkboards as well as the table centerpieces.
One of the best parts of our day was after the first look and wedding party pictures, when we all boarded an old wooden boat to transport us to the ceremony. It was such a fun and relaxing way to spend the hour before the ceremony. We were able to cool off from the heat, have a glass of champagne, and relax with our closest family and friends. We put some great music on the boat speakers and started the celebration! It was a great way to calm my nerves and relax before the whirlwind that was the ceremony and reception! The ceremony was wonderful and went off without a hitch! During the exchange of the rings I was so nervous that I put the ring on the wrong hand! The groomsmen quickly corrected me and we solved the problem after some laughter from the guests. The rest of the evening was filled with wonderful food and drinks, as well as toasts and then we all danced the night away! It rained again during dancing which just cooled everything off! The guys snuck away for some cigars on the balcony overlooking the lake after the rain stopped. Overall it was an amazing day. We are so grateful to our amazing family and friends as well as our vendors who helped make the day possible!