Jodi & Sam’s “whimsical wedding in the woods” took place at Kohler Andae State Park in Wisconsin on a beautiful sunny summer day. Rebecca Pfeifer of Rebecca Pfeifer Photography captured all the magical moments and sweet details of Jodi & Sam’s special day including: paper pin-wheels, bubbles, flower girls adorning fairy wings, lace & ribbons and yummy s’more favors. Plus, I just love all the lovely shades of coral, and Jodi’s wedding dress is just absolutely beautiful!
From the bride, Jodi:
How did you meet?
Sam and I actually knew each other for more than 5 years before we ever started dating. We were in the same group of friends but dating other people and never really got to know each other beyond going to the same parties and so on. Until… St. Patrick’s day 2012, when we ended up hanging out, buying green outfits together, and dancing at the local Irish pub. We spent the whole day together (without other friends for the first time), and that’s all it took. We fell in love that day and we’ve literally spent every day together since.
What were your Wedding Planning Inspiration and Style?
Our wedding planning inspiration basically just came from who we are as people. We’re both kind of head-in-the-clouds creative types, so we wanted to have a super whimsical wedding. I’ve always wanted to have an outdoor wedding, and we both liked the idea of having a fanciful wedding in the woods. Our wedding invitations (that we made) featured Victorian anthropomorphic illustrations of animals in formal attire, so that kind of set the tone for the silliness and whimsy of the day.
What are some of your favorite memories of the day?
Sam says: Setting up our reception site in the park with our wedding party in the morning, the speeches at the reception, the crazy dance party that followed, my dress, sneaking a keg into the hotel where we stayed, and our wedding vows. We also hired a really amazing finger-style guitarist named Macyn Taylor who did a beautiful job, and was a big hit with the guests.
My favorite memories: I was totally calm and relaxed leading up to the ceremony, but when I was on the shuttle and watched as my bridesmaids finished walking down the aisle and my two nieces (in fairy wings) and my nephew (in coral suspenders!) started walking down the aisle right before I was supposed to get off the shuttle and walk with my parents, I choked up and the moment really hit me. Also, my dance with my dad was really special, and I’ll never forget it.
Do You have any advice for other brides?
One of the best pieces of advice came from my boss: He told me that Sam and I needed to find a moment during the reception, step away, and just look at all the people who had gathered there to be with us, and take in the moment. Other advice I would share with brides would be this–it’s one day in your life and it’s not the end all and be all defining moment of your life. It’s the beginning of something, so don’t sweat the small stuff. Things will go wrong– our shuttle driver was 45 minutes late and all the groomsmen had to figure out alternate transportation to the park, my in-laws put up canopies at the reception in case of rain that I had never seen before that day (or heard about). Our cake toppers got accidentally thrown away. None of that stuff matters. It was still the most perfect day ever.
Tell us about your dresses:
As far as the dresses, I ordered mine on Etsy from a dressmaker in China. It was cheap, and arrived more beautiful than I expected. It was a risk, but I had a backup dress 🙂 I looked on Etsy, but the dressmaker I went with isn’t up anymore. For the bridesmaids’ dresses, I decided to go with coral because I knew it would pop against the greens in the woods. I sent style and color inspiration to my bridesmaids and let them pick whatever dress that they liked.
Photographer: Rebecca Pfeifer Photography|Reception Venue: Kohler Andae State Park