As I was planning my own wedding I fell in love with the process. So when my coworker Liz mentioned needing a day of coordinator for hers I jumped at the chance. Liz and John are one of the most laid-back, fun couples I’ve ever met and this wedding perfectly matched their personalities. Hosted at Kamp Kenwood just outside Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, the setting could not have been more idyllic with the perfect hint of old school summer camp.
No one could’ve predicted that temps would reach into the high 80’s in late September. This led to a few mid-event changes that *thankfully* went off without a hitch and ultimately ended up making the night way more fun. Below are some highlights from the day, major thank you to John and Liz for being the raddest couple ever and letting me join the party!
The reception was hosted in the camp’s “mess” hall but the end result looked anything but. We couldn’t go wrong with the market lights and the warm glow of candles, plus with the harvest table setup, it made the 200+ person event feel wonderfully intimate.
The groom’s mom made all of the floral arrangements in vintage thermoses–they were absolutely stunning and because we left them out overnight, were in full bloom for the reception. I have no idea how long it took to find all of them or put them together but they were easily one of the highlights of the whole reception.
We displayed the cake as guests entered from the deck facing the lake. Liz provided the adorable canoe cake topper and I used extra greenery and roses to add more rustic notes to the display. The crocheted table covering belonged to one of the great-grandmother’s which added a nice sentimental touch, too.
At the front of the reception hall we staged a cute scene around a bench that greeted guests as they entered camp. A friend and fellow coworker helped stage the area the day before–which was HUGE. This allowed Liz to give it full approval and all I needed to do was take pictures and replicate it on Saturday. I hand-lettered the “John & Liz” sign the week leading up to the wedding and we were able to use it at the church and here at the reception.
The bridal party arrived via pontoon (if you can arrive on a boat, always arrive on a boat) with the camp bell announcing their arrival. We hosted the bar and appetizers outside complete with a very location appropriate beer-filled canoe. John and Liz rented a beer truck (Wisconsin knows how to party) and provided a s’mores bar, too. Basically, if you wanted the adult summer camp experience, you got it all and then some.
The night ended in the best way possible–with a sparkler send-off–and while the bride and groom went off to bed, a few guests stuck around to dance a little more, enjoy the bonfire, and squeeze in a late night swim. All in all, the weekend was freaking awesome and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it.
10/10 would do it again.