Jamie & Craig | August 13, 2016
Johnson Woodland Garden & Cornerstone Foundation Hall
Jamie and Craig, like a lot of couples over the last few years, had their hearts set on a barn wedding. However, after visiting a few venues Jamie, the bride, told us that she and Craig “realized our style was more outdoorsy than it was country.” Months later, the couple exchanged vows in the Johnson Woodland Garden at Green Bay Botanical Garden. The intimate garden, naturally decorated with native trees, shrubs and wildflowers, turned out to be the perfect setting for Jamie and Craig’s rustic and chic wedding day vision.
Before they planned their wedding, Jamie and Craig were just acquaintances with mutual friends. They met at a hockey tournament and later ran into each other again at a bar wherein Jamie recognized Craig as being “the guy in the camo crocs.” They got to talking and, in Jamie’s words, “the rest is history.”
When asked what inspired their vision of a rustic, chic wedding, Jamie replied “Well, Green Bay Botanical Garden.” Between the gorgeous backdrop of the Johnson Woodland Garden and the bride’s love of DIY crafting and upcycling, the couple’s idea of homemade decorations and outdoorsy elements came together beautifully. One of Jamie’s favorite parts of their vision was the center pieces. She said, “The centerpieces were little, wooden crates made from louvers from old shutters, with a little love, a staple gun and a lot of wood glue!”
Both Jamie and Craig agree, that the best part of their wedding was having all of the people they love and care about the most in one spot to celebrate with them. Jamie fondly remembers that she and Craig “laughed through a good chunk of our vows! There was an abundance of love and joy that day.”
The couple offered some pro-tips for other couples in the planning process:
Jamie encourages couples to “Choose the right vendors… The good ones! If you have the right vendors, most of the stress is lifted away!”
Luckily for Craig and Jamie, they had exceptional vendors that made the day special. The bride gratefully shared, “the Garden staff made sure the whole thing flowed flawlessly.” The couple especially wanted to thank their photographer, Kelsey Barth of Kelsey Barth Photography LLC. Other vendors included: Renard’s Catering, Advanced Entertainment, Ebb & Flow Flowers, Icon Salon, Simple Simon’s Bakery, Gerzak Liquor, Erika’s Bridal and Du Bois.
One final and crucial bit of advice for couples from Jamie and Craig, “Spend time with each other that day. There will be a ton of people and distractions and a few things that may go wrong, but in the end you two are getting married! That part is for the two of you.” At the end of months of planning and preparation, what could be more important than that?