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Bride and groom kissing at sunset at SentryWorld

Meet Abbey & Tyler.

Abbey and Tyler are a Stevens Point couple and we just LOVED being their wedding planner! They wisely chose to have their wedding at Stevens Point’s SentryWorld, the dream venue in town for many reasons. We’ll get into that later!

This was a fun day for Team VanArk. I (Marsha) was the wedding planner, my husband Steve was the officiant, and our daughter Olivia was my wedding planning assistant. We were only missing Ian! This was such a fun day for us to serve together. Adding on an extra layer of small town charm, Steve was the groom’s 5th grade teacher in addition to his wedding officiant. How sweet is that!!

Abbey and Tyler chose to have a first look out at the pergola. It was important for them to have some private time together before involving all their friends and family, and this time proved to be precious! They had some letters to each other that they were able to exchange. They did most of their photos ahead of time so they were freed up to be present with guests during the cocktail hour. 

Abbey was also able to have a first look with her dad, and this one always gets us misty! 

Bride walking to groom at SentryWorld pergola for first look
Bride and groom first look groom's face
Bride and groom exchanging letters at first look
Bride and groom kissing after first look
Bride having first look with her dad at SentryWorld
Bride hugging dad after first look

Photos at UWSP's Schmeeckle Reserve

The couple and wedding party jumped over to Schmeeckle Reserve, per the photographer’s suggestion, and this was such a great call! James knew that the natural beauty of Schmeeckle would be the perfect backdrop and moment to breathe for everybody, and allowed for some sweet moments of connection in the middle of a big, big day.

Bride and groom with wedding party walking in the woods at Schmeeckle Reserve
Bride and groom walking together on boardwalk at Schmeeckle Reserve
Bride with bridesmaids in soft blue with neutral bouquets
Bride and groom smiling and snuggling on boardwalk at Schmeeckle Reserve
Bride with bridesmaids in soft blue
Groomsmen in sunglasses walking together through Schmeeckle
Wedding party in navy and soft blue in the woods of Schmeeckle

SentryWorld: Ceremony & Reception Wedding Venue

Cole, SentryWorld’s day-of wedding venue coordinator, was such a key to our success. He expertly helped us navigate the fabulous venue, making sure we could capitalize on all the gorgeous nooks and crannies and have a smooth and stunning wedding day at every point. He did a fabulous job. Sentry is such a dream venue for us because they have staff and support built in to weddings there, so everything is taken care of smoothly and we aren’t left scrambling to pick up the pieces. This way, I can do my job as a wedding planner and don’t also have to be the facilities manager. This simplifies my job tremendously!

The ceremony location was outside, and the perfect weather made this extra dreamy. The indoor facilities for the reception are immaculate, along with the prestine golf course, and so many gorgeous nooks for great photos. 

Evolutions in Design designed this wedding and the florals, and no surprise, they executed their work brilliantly. We love their work – they have a unique ability to use florals in modern ways to create such lush, beautiful spaces for weddings. We love working with them!

Outdoor ceremony space at SentryWorld
Pergola at SentryWorld ceremony site
Guests arriving at SentryWorld ceremony site for outdoor wedding
Bride walking down the aisle with parents at SentryWorld wedding ceremony outside
Bride and parents walking down the aisle at outdoor SentryWorld wedding
Bride and groom with officiant Steve VanArk
Bride and groom recessional at SentryWorld
Bride and groom first kiss at outdoor SentryWorld wedding

Sentry has nearly infinite locations for gorgeous photography. Of course, there’s the Flower Hole, and Abbey and Tyler wanted to make sure they had sunset photos there. To make this happen, we coordinated the timing with the photographer and venue to make sure that the Flower Hole was available during that magical sunset golden hour, making sure that golfers stop and wait for the photos to happen, but we were able to work with SentryWorld’s incredible staff to line this up just right. 

Bride and groom at SentryWorld's Flower Hole
Bride and groom at SentryWorld's flower hole
Bride and groom smiling together in SentryWorld's flower hole
Bride and groom together at SentryWorld's flower hole

SentryWorld’s reception space is just gorgeous, well-staffed, and well-designed. Abbey and Tyler opted for some reception games and cocktails utilizing the tennis courts for some extra fun with their guests. Abbey also wisely chose cozy tennis shoes for the end of the evening so she could dance the night away and be comfortable the whole time!

Wedding signage at SentryWorld wedding reception
Bride and mom enter SentryWorld reception space together
Bride and groom walking through SentryWorld stairs architecture
Wisconsin String Quartet performing at SentryWorld reception
Wedding head table for a large wedding party
Cupcakes at SentryWorld
Guests playing cornhole on tennis courts at SentryWorld reception
Bustling wedding reception at SentryWorld
Gorgeous centerpiece for a wedding reception guest table at Sentry World in Stevens Poinit, Wisconsin
Gold plates and silverware at SentryWorld reception
Gelato cart flavors from Fun Factory Sweet Shoppe
Bride and groom first dance at SentryWorld wedding reception
Dance floor fun at SentryWorld wedding reception
Fun dance at SentryWorld wedding reception

Abbey & Tyler's Vendor Team

Abbey and Tyler hired a fabulous team of vendors, and because they hired trustworthy people who do a great job, our job as their wedding planner was made easy. It is a delight to coordinate a wedding with wedding pros like these. To be directed to each vendor’s website, click on the company name.

Venue: SentryWorld

Photography: James Stokes Photography

Flowers: Evolutions in Design

Rentals: Party Envy

Musician: Wisconsin String Quartet

Bride and groom embracing at SentryWorld wedding
Bride on her wedding day
Bride and groom kissing at SentryWorld wedding
Bride and groom dip kiss outside at SentryWorld

All our love!

Abbey and Tyler, we just loved planning your wedding. And we are so glad to have been a part of this major milestone for you both, especially since we have known you for so long! How special! We hope your first months of marriage have been your best months together yet.

All our love,

Marsha + Team

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