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We had the good fortune to plan and celebrate with some amazing wedding couples and their friends & families this year. It was a full year! We continued to lead our local Wedding Pro Connect group of 53 wedding professionals as well as writing for our local publication of Point & Plover.  I experienced some career highs (speaking at Mid-State Technical College and being invited to sit on their Advisory Board for 2020) and personal lows (losing our neighbor, Marian, of 20+ years and my Mom’s open heart surgery), yet all the while, Distinctly Yours Wedding & Events journeyed on. We look back at the year with a lot of gratitude and a lot of love. Here’s our Year in Review 2019!

We completed the very end of 2018 with Natalie & Quest’s holiday wedding at Bull’s Eye Country Club in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (now open to weddings for non-members, too).  I had the pleasure of working with the bride, Natalie, as a wedding musician for years, so it was such an honor to be part of her wedding day. Of course, music for Natalie & Quest’s ceremony was amazing!  They had a full choir for their wedding processional in the most beautiful Catholic church, Saint Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids.

Bull's Eye Country Club
Photo by Northbound Studios

In May, we began our 2019 wedding season with the fantastic wedding of Jenny & Andy at Eron’s Event Barn in Stevens Point, Wisconsin (where we are honored to be on their Preferred Planners list).  Everything came together beautifully with only 3 months in total planning.  Their spring wedding was heartfelt and a true tribute to Andy’s service as a firefighter.  

Eron's Event Barn Wedding
Photo by Ann Ilagan Photography

June brought with it some very wet weather (Rain!  Lots of rain!) and a full month of weddings. Fortunately, it poured rain on the set-up/rehearsal days, but the clouds cleared perfectly for each wedding day.  Amazing! Thank you, Mother Nature!

For the first two weekends of June, we traveled to the deep, deep north woods of Eagle River, Wisconsin.

Our first Northwood’s wedding was Clare & Tom’s family cabin in the woods wedding.  We had some challenges to create a wedding venue in the deep woods. However as remote it was,  it all came together beautifully! You can read about their experience with us below.  

Family Cabin in the Northwood/Eagle River
Photo by Brown Street Studios
“We couldn’t have asked for better service across the board! Marsha is simply a beautiful human being, very creative, very efficient, very detail-oriented, exceptionally talented in this line of work. She does her work seemingly, effortlessly and at the same time she works very hard to make things go smoothly. She covers every detail. She asks questions, she listens, she offers suggestions — she creates magic! She responds to questions and requests in a very timely manner and never seems hassled. On the day of the wedding, I was very aware that she was working hard, only because everything that was supposed to happen from her end happened just right. But she was never front and center; always behind the scenes making it all work smoothly and beautifully. Now that the wedding is over and after nearly a year working with Marsha, I’m going to miss her terribly! How many people who service a wedding can you say that about? Marsha is a joy and a godsend! Highly recommended!!!”

Next we traveled back to Eagle River, Wisconsin to the Wild Eagle Lodge Resort for Carlye & Nick’s destination wedding.  Carlye & Nick’s was a full wedding weekend for all their out-of-town friends & family. Their wedding entertainment, Felix & Fingers (Dueling Piano Entertainment), traveled all the way from Chicago to give us the best entertainment we have ever seen. Here is their gallery to see the details from their wedding day & a video sneak peek below.

Wild Eagle Lodge Wedding with Distinctly Yours Wedding & Events
Photo by Abigail Miles Photography

In July, we returned to one of our favorite and most frequented venues in the Stevens Point area at the Grand Hall @ SentryWorld for a super fun wedding for Melanie & Steve! We loved their fun and welcoming approach to designing their day. And, we love being back at SentryWorld, where we are proud to be on the Preferred Planner list for years now! Here’s their photo gallery here to take a larger look.  

Photo gallery by Maggie Augusta Photography

Melanie & Steve’s Wedding was featured in our company video.  You can get a view of their wedding day and why we do was we do as a company by TK Images.

In August, we headed out to the Caribou Bay Retreat Center in Coloma, Wisconsin for Nichole & Andy’s destination 3-day wedding weekend. Caribou Bay is quite possibly our favorite venue for destination weddings.  Caribou Bay provided a gorgeous venue for the whole wedding weekend. Distinctly Yours Wedding & Events is honored to be a Preferred Planner at this beautiful venue. Here is a beautiful photo collage to give a taste of this place. 

Caribou Bay Wedding Venue with Distinctly Yours Wedding & Events
Natasha Nicole Photography

We ended August at another one of our favorite venues, The Rothschild Pavilion, and are proud to be a Preferred Planner at this rich historical venue.  The wedding was for our very own wedding assistant Alex and her groom, Ryan. Their day went so smoothly with a complete room flip from ceremony to reception for 200pp in 45 minutes.  Their wedding was stylish, heartfelt, and a complete dance party! One of the best bands we have heard this year!

Rothschild Pavilion Wisconsin Wedding Venue

In September, we found our team at the farm of Katelyn & Ryan (literally in a corn field).  Katelyn & Ryan had been grooming their farm for their wedding day  for two years.  Lots of rain leading up to the wedding, but didn’t stop this amazing wedding from happening!  This wedding was perfectly designed by them and it was an honor to be part of such an amazing event.  Sneak peak video from Irish Scott Productions.

Next, we traveled back to Wausau for Mariah & Aaron’s wedding in mid-September with 3 different wedding venues in downtown with 3 short weeks to plan.  It all came together successfully and again the weather’s timing was perfect as the ceremony at the Stewart Park & cocktails location at the Yawkey Garden Museum were outside. Whew! Distinctly Yours Wedding & Events is honored to be a Preferred Planner at their beautiful reception venue  at The Grand Theater in Wausau.

Bride and Groom having their first dance privately at Yawkey Garden Museum
Photo by Junion Photography

To finish September, we traveled to Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, Wisconsin for Heather and Stephen’s wedding. It has become one of our new favorite venues.  It was an absolutely amazing, unique, and heartfelt wedding that was the highlight of our year! Here is a video of the day with a full firework display to finish our wedding season with a bang! Video by Starwood Films

Photo by Emily Schmidt Photography

To finish our 2019 wedding season in December, we finished right where we started our season at Eron’s Event Barn for Tyler & Emily’s wedding.  Just like the start of our season, this wedding had 3 short months of planning and came together with all Tyler & Emily could have imagined! What a special, special day for two amazing people.  

Our gratitude to those that meant the most in 2019:

To all our clients, thank you for trusting us with the important days of your lives. It means so much to me and the entire team that we get to be a small part of your big day. We love and appreciate you all so much.

To all the wedding pros we have had the pleasure of working with this year, thank you for making this sometimes stressful job feel easy and joyous. It’s a privilege to collaborate with all of you. You’re amazing!

To Alex & Hannah, my faithful assistants, what in the world would I do without you? Thank you for being consistently awesome and for always going above and beyond. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

To Steve, Ian and Olivia (my family), thank you for your unwavering support and confidence in me. I love you all.

Cheers to a wonderful 2020! Looking forward to sharing a 10 Years in Review to start off the New Year.  Excited to celebrate 10 years in business in 2020!  

Thank you, 

Marsha

Distinctly Yours Wedding & Events