Dear Beloved Readers,
We are very much looking forward to the start of what we know will be yet another phenomenal wedding season! In the spirit of preparing for an exciting year full of love and happiness, today we share the love story of Lindsie and Andrew, who said “I Do” at The Pavilion on November 1, 2014. Enjoy!
Tell us a little bit about your engagement. Each year Andrew and I go to The Grand Geneva in Lake Geneva,WI. for my birthday and our anniversary weekend. Dining at the Geneva Chop House has became a yearly tradition, and so each August we enjoy cocktails and a fire on the patio before the most delicious steak dinner EVER! On our four year anniversary, and my 27th birthday, the weekend seemed the same as it had been for the past three years… However, this year a little something different! After dinner, Andrew asked if we could take a walk down by the lake. While walking, Andrew paused by a beautiful oak tree, got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I had always told him that because my parents didn’t live close, it was really important to have them there when he proposed. And just like that, after proposing, he led me up to the fireplace where all of our parents were waiting to congratulate us. This was one of the best days (and birthday’s) ever!
What was your favorite part of planning the wedding? Being that I have been in the wedding industry for the past eight years, I was beyond excited to pick out my favorite things. I had seen literally EVERYTHING at one wedding or the other, so it was really important for me to make our wedding unique, yet timeless. My favorite part was honestly all of it because I loved being able to show me and Andrew’s personalities through decor, food and personalized items.
If I HAD to pick a favorite part, it would be gathering all of my grandmother’s and Andrew’s grandmothers items for the special day. My favorite items, which we incorporated into our wedding, were my grandmother’s wedding ring that I wore and Andrew’s grandmother’s bible (passed down from generation to generation) that we used for the rings at the ceremony.
What was the most memorable part of your wedding weekend here at The Pavilion? The staff at The Pavilion is amazing! Taneel was my main contact for the planning process, and she was beyond patient with me and the many last minute details (and my VERY particular requests, seeing as I’m in the industry). The day of, Taneel and Kacie were both on site to ensure that everything ran smoothly. I didn’t have to worry about if something was going to get done; I trusted them. I still get comments on how beautiful the property was.
The most memorable part of the wedding weekend was walking into the reception once the sun had gone down, and to see the hundreds of hanging mason jars fill the room with candle light– just like I had imagined it… and of course, marrying the love of my life.
What you would do differently if you could plan your wedding all over again? Nothing. Literally everything was amazing and just as I had imagined it to be. Although there were things that did go wrong, I am the only one who knew. My guests enjoyed every second of our celebration, and that was our main goal.
What great advice do you have for brides who are currently planning their big days? Take a BIG and LONG step back, and breath it all in. The day literally is over in the blink of an eye. All of the planning, sweat and tears won’t matter if you don’t sit back to enjoy your hard work.
Be sure to add personal touches because that is what your guests remember and talk about. My mom and dad were essential in making these personal touches come to life from the the funny “Can’t Dance? Spell your name with your bum” sign for the dance floor, to the hand made gift card box that was a replica of The Pavilion.
Lastly, take a moment with your husband to walk outside and look from the outside in. Looking at all of our friends and family that came to celebrate us was an amazing feeling, and we felt so blessed.
L + A Wedding Vendors
Florist/ Decor/ Lighting Design: Yanni Design Studio
Wood Working Decor: Father of the Bride
Cake: The Pastry Bag
Photographer: John Ciciora Photography
Videographer: Matt Eickhoff
Ceremony Music: Amy Phelps, Pianist
Hair Stylist/ Makeup Artist: Salon Lucette
Officiant: Pastor Daniel Herman
Host Hotel: The Ironworks Hotel