Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Courtney & Brandon's Rustic Door County Wedding at Gordon Lodge | Door County Wedding Photographer

Courtney & Brandon will be celebrating their first anniversary very soon, and what better reason to share their amazing late summer Door County wedding held on the peninsula within a peninsula!

Located on Lake Michigan, Gordon Lodge has beautiful water views of both the sunrise and sunset. The quirky but luxurious lodge has a mid-century modern, rustic retreat vibe. From sentimental touches that reminded them of family to rustic wedding details that spoke to why they love Door County, these two shared their fun-loving and thoughtful personalities with those they love.

Below, among the photos, you can read Courtney's words describing her theme and special memories.

“The Wedding festivities began on Friday evening as we hosted a Welcome Gathering at the Boat House located below Top Deck Restaurant at Gordon Lodge. All of our wedding guests were invited for dinner and drinks. Guests enjoyed live music and it was a great way for everyone to get to meet each other. 

Door County wedding invitations for a rustic wedding at Gordon Lodge. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Silver sparkly shoes, jewelry and purse. Lace wedding dress and teal bridesmaid dresses. Door County wedding. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Door County Wedding: Bride getting ready. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Door County bride. Getting ready. Door County wedding at Gordon Lodge. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Diamond wedding jewelry. White and green wedding bouquet by Flora. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Beautiful arrangement of white and green flowers designed by Helena at Flora. At the base of the bouquet, I had my Grandmother Shaw’s hankie wrapped around where I held the flowers. She is no longer with us so this was a great way to remember her on such a special day and it also served as my something blue.

Door County wedding. Wedding rings in wood box. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Rustic wedding ceremony programs. Groom getting dressed. Door County wedding. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Groom and groomsmen getting ready. Door County wedding. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Gorgeous natural landscape surrounding Gordon Lodge. Door County wedding. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Gordon Lodge has the most breathtaking views of North Bay. My husband’s family has a home in Sister Bay and when we started dating we would travel frequently to Door County. Gordon’s was one of the first spots he took me in Door County to listen to live music and watch the sunset. I knew from the first time going there, if we were to ever get married I would want it to be right here!

Rustic Door County wedding at Gordon Lodge. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Bridal updo with tiara headband accent. Door County wedding. First look. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Rustic Door County wedding at Gordon Lodge. First look. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Rustic Door County wedding at Gordon Lodge. First look. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Rustic Door County wedding at Gordon Lodge. First look. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Rustic Door County wedding at Gordon Lodge. First look. White and green bridal bouquet. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Rustic Door County wedding at Gordon Lodge. First look. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Rustic Door County wedding at Gordon Lodge. First look. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Rustic wedding sign on wood planks: Come as you are. Stay as long as you can. We're all family here. So no seating plan! Door County wedding on Lake Michigan. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

The grounds of Gordon Lodge are beautiful, thus being said, I wanted as much of the wedding to be outdoors. I didn’t want to take away from the location and views, so went very minimal on decorations and very natural and neutral with the wedding colors and flowers; greens and white. The ceremony took place at 3:00 on the north lawn overlooking Lake Michigan. 

Small vases of white and green flowers lining the ceremony chairs. Door County lake wedding. Flowers by Flora. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Rustic wedding sign on wooden planks. Flower girls in teal and white holding babys breath bouquets. Door County wedding. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Bride in Casablanca. Door County wedding. Gordon Lodge. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

My best memory would be my dad walking me down the aisle, and the burst of emotions that took over. The feelings were surreal and it was at that moment it really hit me that this was it, all the planning and worrying is over, and everything I had planned and envisioned was a reality.

Bride in Casablanca. Outdoor Door County wedding on Lake Michigan. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Outdoor wedding on Lake Michigan in Baileys Harbor, Door County. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Outdoor wedding on the water of Lake Michigan in Door County. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Outdoor summer wedding in Door County. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Door County summer wedding. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Door County Wedding: Groomsmen in gray and teal. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Door County Wedding: Bridesmaids in pastel teal holding babys breath bouquets. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Green and white wedding bouquets. Door County wedding. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Door County Wedding: bridal party in gray and teal. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Door County Wedding: bridal party in gray and teal. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Rustic nature surrounds this bride and groom. Door County wedding. Gordon Lodge. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Door County wedding party in teal and gray. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Door County groom and groomsmen in gray suits with teal ties by Calvin Klein and Perry Ellis. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Cocktail hour at a Door County wedding. Gordon Lodge. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Cocktail hour immediately followed the ceremony on the front lawn of the event center which again has beautiful views of the lake. The reception followed at 5:00pm.

Wedding signs on a tree. Cocktail hour at a Door County wedding. Gordon Lodge. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Cocktail hour at a Door County wedding. Gordon Lodge. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Cocktail hour at a Door County wedding. Gordon Lodge. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Cocktail hour at a Door County wedding. Gordon Lodge. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Flower girls playing to live music during cocktail hour. Door County wedding. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Door County wedding reception name cards in a brown-gray and teal lettering. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Door County wedding reception at the Gordon Lodge event center. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

The reception was held at the event center at Gordon Lodge. For the d├ęcor was I was going for a vintage simplistic look with elegance. Each table arrangement was a little different, ranging from tall cylinder vases with large arrangements of baby’s breath to smaller vases of mixed green flowers and hydrangeas. I had votive candles lit everywhere. I had displayed both parents wedding pictures along with each of our grandparents wedding pictures, this was my favorite touch!

Babys breath wedding decor. White wedding cake by Tony Gorham, Gordon Lodge. Door County wedding. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Tony Gorham did an amazing job with our wedding cake! We served Carrot Cake and again I was going for a simple but elegant look! It was a 3 tiered cake with white cream cheese frosting. Along the bottom I had a wreath of baby’s breath. The cake toppers were a favorite touch as we had the bride and groom with a black lab, representing our “kid” Nixon.

Gray and teal wedding dinner menu. Door County wedding. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

For dinner, we served Char-Grilled Rib-eye Steak, Chicken Aristocrat, and Vegetable Ravioli

White wedding bouquet. Door County wedding reception. Flowers by Flora. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Old wedding photographs and cake topper with a dog at this Door County wedding. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Old family wedding portraits. Door County wedding reception. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Mr and Mrs wedding reception chairs. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Door County wedding. White wedding bouquet. Wedding reception table setting. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Door County wedding reception; bride and groom dancing. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

One of Brandon’s groomsmen surprised us with a serenade of Vanilla Ice’s song Ice Ice Baby. The dance floor immediately filled up as we all sang and danced around.  It was most meaningful to me, having my family and friends travel so far to celebrate our special day.

Door County wedding reception at Gordon Lodge, bride and groom dancing, romantic dip. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Door County wedding, sunset kiss at Gordon Lodge. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Sunset kiss at a Door County wedding. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com

Gordon Lodge wedding couple; romantic dip kiss at night. Photo by Jason Mann Photography, 920-246-8106, www.jmannphoto.com


Courtney's best advice to future brides and grooms planning a Door County wedding: Use vendors who’ve been referred to you. We were given a preferred vendor list with many options. We were able to talk to each person, look at their previous work and determine which vendors would be the best fit for the day we envisioned. This helped make the day run so smoothly and carefree.

Wedding Season: Late Summer
Ceremony Venue: Gordon Lodge
Ceremony City: Baileys Harbor, WI
Reception Venue: Gordon Lodge
Reception City: Baileys Harbor, WI

VENDORS

Bride's Attire: Casablanca
Makeup Artist: Spa Verde
Hairstylist:  Nikki Wright, Maid of Honor

Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein
Bridesmaid Attire: JCrew
Groomsmen Attire: Perry Ellis

Photography: Jason Mann Photography
Event Planner: Amy Gorham, Gordon Lodge
Flowers: Flora
Entrees & Wedding Cake: Tony Gorham, Gordon Lodge
Transportation: Golf Cart, Gordon Lodge

Entertainment (Ceremony & Cocktail Hour): Ben Larsen
Entertainment (Reception DJ): Fortune Talent
Invitations: Minted

Honeymoon Destination: Whitehouse, Jamaica


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