Though Jill Druschke and Jason James met and live in Los Angeles, the pair knew that a "destination" wedding in the bride's home state of Wisconsin would fit the bill. "It was the perfect combination of accessibility and a fun adventure for our friends," says Jill. So on October 5, 2013, 10 months after Jason proposed, the couple celebrated their wedding with 95 guests at Whistling Straits, a championship golf course at The American Club in Sheboygan, WI.
They made sure to bring some Los Angeles sensibility to their Midwestern celebration, topping the tables with a deep burgundy-and-pink color scheme and serving a locally sourced menu. Keep reading to see the details, photographed by m three studio.
"I wanted a dress that was simple and not overly bridal," says Jill. She ordered her dress from J.Crew on a whim, and it ended up being the perfect choice. She paired the sweetheart neckline with an Alexis Bittar necklace with a leaf design and Kate Spade pumps with gold glitter-covered heels.
"My grandmother gave me a blue embroidered handkerchief from the '40s to carry in my pocket. It was my something old, new, borrowed and blue!" says the bride.
Jill's bouquet featured deep burgundy dahlias and white ranunculus. Jason paired his blue suit with a pink and burgundy tie and a dahlia boutonniere.
A little drizzle couldn't stop the bride and her father from getting down the aisle. Jason and Jill wrote their own vows, and a family friend who is a judge performed the ceremony.
The couple didn't have a ring bearer because they were worried their three-year-old nephew would be too young, but they gave him a very important job: blowing bubbles with his bubble gun after the first kiss!
Jill and a friend made the DIY place cards, embossing bride and groom, heart, and champagne glass designs.
The wedding party sat at a long table decorated with vines and clusters of pink and burgundy roses, ranunculus, and dahlias.
Guests' tables featured small square vases filled with pink and burgundy blooms, lit with floating candles. The couple chose a seasonal dinner of local walleye, strip steak, and chicken marsala. Instead of a signature cocktail, the bride and groom served something their California friends had never seen before: New Glarus Spotted Cow beer, a brew that's only available in Wisconsin.
The venue's specialty sponge cake, layered with lemon cheesecake, was topped with pink and burgundy dahlias and roses.
After a first dance to the Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Wedding Song," Jill and her dad took the floor for their father-daughter dance. Halfway through a sentimental tune, the DJ scratched the music, the bride and her dad pulled out microphones, and their entire family lip-synched "Dancing Queen" by ABBA. "It was just like when we were little kids," Jill says.
Jill and Jason hope couples remember the most important part of the day: that you'll be married when it's over. "Make sure to enjoy the day with the people you love," she says.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Whistling Straits
Wedding Planner: Trina Moynihan of The American Club
Bride's Wedding Dress: J.Crew
Shoes: Kate Spade
Jewelry: Alexis Bittar
Makeup: Jennifer Kessler of Natural Radiance
Groom's Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna
Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Jewels by Joe
Florist: The American Club
Music: Scott Thomas of Sweet Sounds of Music
Catering & Cake: The American Club
Favors: Beerntsen's Confectionary
Photography: m three studio