Fall Outdoor Wedding on the Lake

I recently had the pleasure of attending the wedding of my lovely cousin, Colleen, and her new husband, Tim. The outdoorsy couple chose to have a lakeside wedding at a northern Wisconsin resort and thought of every detail to create the perfect mix of sweet and quirky to match their fun-loving personalities.

Photo by Lucas Botz Photography

Custom wooden signs by Trueconnection directed guests to various wedding events with a lighthearted sense of humor.

The ceremony was held lakeside.  Bridesmaids wore knee-length red dresses, flip flops and gorgeous gold jewelry made by 3 Maries Designs, a friend of Colleen’s, while the men wore suits with striped ties.

Photos by Dan Cooley

Cocktail tables were set with burlap runners and little vintage jars filled with custom straws from Bab’s Giddygappers for guests to sip signature drinks and a casual seating chart led guests to their table in lieu of place cards that could blow away in the outdoor setting.


Cheerful banners by Liddabits and little white lights brightened the reception tent.

Tables were adorned with burlap runners and several small, unique arrangements of colorful fall florals and candles in vintage glass jars and apothecary bottles.  Jars were accented by custom ribbons from The Lonely Heart with the couple’s nicknames or the phrase “je t’aime” in honor of when Colleen lived in France.  Colleen arranged the reception flowers herself with the help of family and friends.

Table numbers were tucked into large vintage Ball jars filled with red, orange or yellow jelly beans – perfect for a little post-dinner treat. Guests were encouraged to fill out custom mad libs from August Press and read them to the couple instead of clinking glasses to earn a public smooch.  Custom wire “Mr” and “Mrs” signs from The Funky Shack marked the bride and groom’s seats.

A photo station full of silly props helped guests to let loose at the reception. Even the bride’s parents and little flower girls got in on the action.

Photo by Lucas Botz Photography

Photo by Lucas Botz Photography
All in all, it was a perfect weekend for a perfect couple!

Resort: Dillman’s Bay Resort
Wildbooth Photos: Lucas Botz Photography
Bride’s Dress: Jim Hjelm
Bridesmaid Dresses: Simple Silhouettes from Flutter boutique, Minneapolis
Reception Flowers: FiftyFlowers.com (Wholesale – arranged by bride)
Bridal Bouquets: Just Bloomed, Minneapolis



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7 responses to “Fall Outdoor Wedding on the Lake

  1. This is so adorable! I love the chalkboard seating chart and the photo booth props…so fun!

  2. Molly

    I have to say, I attended the wedding and it was the most beautiful ceremony and reception! Colleen and Tim are just as you said “sweet and quirky” and it was PERFECT for them! I loved the floral and whimsical table decorations. It was just an amazingly beautiful night!

  3. I love seeing pictures of weddings and all the fabulous details – looks like it was a very special and fun event!

  4. Alison

    Great post on Colleen’s wedding… the beautiful pictures and your commentary really capture the fun fall wedding weekend 🙂

  5. Love, love all the little details! The Mad Libs are such a fun idea!

    xo lamb loves

  6. lizinwfb

    Dillman’s Resort is one of our favorite places up north! Peaceful, beautiful and great fishing! Not to mention a beautiful backdrop for a wedding. Love this post!

  7. Thanks so much for including me in your blog! I’m getting married enxt year and might steal a few of Coco’s awesome ideas!

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