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Wonderful, Weird Wisconsin Venues Part 2

February 25, 2010

As promised, I am continuing my list of weird or wonderful locations to get hitched in Wisconsin.

Which brings me to one of my lifelong fascinations: a place that is difficult to express using mere words.  It is the wonderful, weird, white trash, tacky, classic, future-casting, bizarre, tasteless, fun, gross, awe-inspiring oasis of trash surrounded by natural beauty….

#3- The Wisconsin Dells

One of many tacky motels

One of many head scratching monstrosities that line the streets

Natural beauty surrounding man made wonder

Downtown Dells

Charming tourist traps

Wizard Quest!

Now, I know The Dells are too big to simply represent a venue.  It is, rather, an experience or a backdrop that would cause Awesomeness to cascade into every element of your wedding.  The Dells is known for being the ‘Waterpark Capitol of the World”… so you could enjoy the convenience of a hotel wedding with a wacky wet twist in one of many indoor water parks.

Indoor Waterpark in the Dells

Or you could get hitched in true Dells style at the Dells Bells Wedding Chapel.  After being swept up in the passion of Ripley’s Believe it Or Not, constant fireworks and cheap motels and deciding “Hey, let’s get married!”  this would be the perfect venue.

Wedding Chapel in the heart of the Dells

No nonsense, get 'er done chapel

Dell's Bells Gazebo Wedding

There are a few nearby gathering spaces and resorts that could host a quite lovely, elegant ceremony.  Here are some images from Primavera Studios of a couple who were wed at the Wintergreen Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

Beautiful ceremony in the Dells

Images by Primavera Studios

There are probably dozens of other amazing venues, and perhaps even pretty venues in this part of Wisconsin.  But I’m excited to get to my next location which is perhaps more befuddling, maddening and wonderful than the Dells.

#4- The House on the Rock

Located in beautiful Spring Green, WI the House on the Rock is a multi-faceted experience that takes you from the beautiful to the bizarre.  The House itself is where it all began:

The House on the Rock

"The Infinity Room"

Interior of the House

Remarkable Infinity Room protrusion of the House

Built by Alex Jordan Sr, it was built to echo and perhaps mock Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture after Jordan’s rejection from Wright’s academy Taliesen (which is just down the road).  Alex Jordan Jr. took over his father’s work, aquiring collections and housing them to build a tremendous attraction around the original House.

Today the House on the Rock is a system of warehouses filled with the strangest most breath taking collection of collections ranging from self-playing music machines, a 3-story carousel, armories and a 200 foot scuplture of a whale battling a squid.  Here is a great write up from Roadside America about experiencing the House first hand and what to expect.

Gigantic Carousel

Organ Room

Huge Carriage in the Carriage Room

The streets of Yesterday- a village like display of some of Jordan's collections

My favorite: the 3-story Whale and Squid battle

The complete tour takes at least 4 hours.  Emerging from the dimly lit rooms, you can blink your eyes and remember the beautiful surroundings and clear your head of the off-tune music machines and perhaps resuscitate  yourself with a bit of freshly made fudge.

Well, I’ve run out of steam.  I’ll try to find some lovely Spring Green weddings to share with you all to redeem the weirdness above.  Enjoy.


Designer Profile: Custom Design for Your Wedding- Kari K Design

February 18, 2010

Here is a write-up from Madison graphic designer and photographer Kari K about her design process in creating all the print material for an upcoming wedding. Kari does a variety of work with print materials—from graphic design to beautiful and affordable handmade books. Her exploration of the world of print and paper is truly inspiring, and her fun, yet precise work reflects her dedication to her craft. Check out her work for this wedding, and hire her for yours!

kari k design ::: blog ::: twitter ::: facebook ::: flickr

Kate & Caleb 7

“In October 2009, Kate and Caleb approached me to shoot their engagement photos and design a customized wedding package for their March 2010 wedding. They wanted an invitation design with a “shabby chic vibe” that would let them incorporate multiple photos of them from their engagement photo shoot. Along with a custom-designed invitation and RSVP postcard, they also requested a wedding program, illustrations of significant stories leading up to their wedding, table cards, name cards, napkin cards, menu cards and signage for the reception. Their wedding in early March 2010 will feature eclectic vintage and antique decor, with brown, gray, peach, ivory, and metallics as the main colors, along with chartreuse accents. My main inspiration was derived from a piece of decorative sheet music from the 1920s.

Since the wedding package was to include so many different pieces, I wanted to be sure to create a distinctive personal emblem to reinforce the atmosphere of their wedding and add richness to even the most mundane signs—”bathroom is up the stairs, to the right.”

Kate & Caleb Invitation-Wax Seal Cover

The invitation was key in kicking off the event, so it got a lot of attention. Prominently featured on the cover of the invitation is their customized emblem stamped into a gold wax seal that contrasted with the smooth, chocolate brown paper. This booklet-style invitation allowed them room for the invitation, information for the guests, and two full-page photos from their shoot. The hand-binding added an extra personal touch. Their RSVP postcard featured another photo of them from their shoot and tucked neatly inside the envelope, along with the invitation. Not only do they have distinctive wedding invitations, their custom wax stamp is now theirs to use and enjoy for as long as they like.

Kate & Caleb RSVP Card Emblem

To save time and money on printed materials, they created a wedding website that gave the guests more information about the wedding party, maps and directions to the ceremony, and an option to RSVP without going to the post office or buying a stamp. This simplified the process for both the guests and those involved in coordinating the wedding. Also, because they had their entire wedding package designed and produced by the same designer, they ended up with an elegant, personalized, consistent look and saved them the hassle of going through multiple vendors for their printed materials.”

– Kari K

Kate & Caleb Illustration Snippets

See more photos on kari k design’s flickr photostream.


Weeno Photography

February 16, 2010

Photographers Ash and Kellen

This is a shoutout to Weeno Photography: bright, fresh wedding photography and portraits by bright, fresh and wonderful people!  Newlyweds Ashley & Kellen Perlberg shoot together and their work is so fun and relaxed.  They are currently in Colorado, but Kellen hails from Wisconsin and they are very willing to travel.  Check out their blog and Flickr account for more awesomeness!