michelle & dan
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FLORAL DECOR Belle Fiori LTD.
CEREMONY LOCATION Stone Harbor Resort • FAVORS Etsy and Things Remembered • JEWELRY USABride • MEN'S FORMALWEAR Men's Warehouse • PHOTOGRAPHY Suzi Hass • RECEPTION LOCATION Stone Harbor Resort •
WEDDING CAKE Lucci's Cakes by Lucero Orozco • WEDDING GOWN David's Bridal
Intimate "I Do's"
by Michelle Drewek
Dan and I met in the late spring of 2008 through a mutual friend, but a love interest between us didn’t spark until one night when we talked for hours about our life goals and current aspirations. After that night he asked me out to a Brewer’s game, and we began officially dating a few days after our first date.
On our 4-year anniversary—one month after his milestone of graduating from the police academy—he proposed to me at a bench on the Oak Leaf Trail down by Veteran’s Park. I was so excited I forgot to say “Yes” right away but of course did, and we drove to each of our parents’ houses to tell them the good news.
As we began planning for our wedding, we wanted to stay true to who we are as a couple: intimate, simple and personal. Dan and I invited our immediate families up for a weekend in Door County at the Stone Harbor Resort. Originally our wedding was supposed to take place outdoors, but nature had something else in mind for us. The morning of our wedding, as the threat of storms loomed in the gray skies, I felt an extreme sense of calm. Anyone who knows me knows that I am rarely peaceful in moments of anticipation, but today I was serene. It was a true testament to how confident I was in marrying Dan.
I put on the necklace and earrings Dan surprised me with that morning first, and began doing my own hair and makeup. Moments before the ceremony with my dress on and veil, handmade by my mom, in place, I walked down the stairs and was greeted by my tearfully overjoyed dad at the bottom. As we approached the double doors of the restaurant—our new ceremony location—we took a deep breath and walked in together.
It was the first time I saw the room adorned with the beautiful flower arrangements Emily and her team at Belle Fiori LTD put together. She even incorporated my mom’s homegrown flowers into both my bouquet and some of the arrangements. My mom created dried flower accents for the backs of the chairs, and the archway had tulle draped through the rungs.
When I reached Dan, he took my hands in his, rubbed his thumbs across the tops of them and whispered, “So pretty” to me. In that moment as I looked into his eyes, I thought about us. They say that rain is good luck on your wedding day, and as it poured outside I couldn’t help but think about just how lucky we already were.
To incorporate each family member uniquely, we had our sisters each pick a Bible verse to read during the ceremony, our dads held our wedding rings and brought them up when it was time for us to exchange them, and our mothers were involved in the wine box ceremony. My father-in-law created a wine box for us that holds a bottle of wine Dan and I bought while we were in Door County planning our wedding earlier that year. We then asked our mothers to each write a letter to us that we would nail into the box with the bottle of wine. On our 1-year anniversary we will open both the bottle and the letters they wrote to us, and each year we will put in our own letters to each other with a new bottle of wine.
After being pronounced husband and wife our families circled around us for a group hug. We proceeded to an intimate dinner in a private room, which was decorated with our gorgeous flower arrangements and a few other personalized items. In the corner of the room was our two-tiered red velvet cake that our friend Lucero Orozco (Lucci’s Cakes) made for us. Dan didn’t hold back when it came time to feed each other a piece of cake, and we both ended up with a face full of frosting. After some tearful toasts, we made our way to Stone Harbor's pub, which had the Dave Steffen Band booked for that evening’s live entertainment. When we entered the band heard that a bride and groom had arrived, and immediately dedicated their next song to Dan and me.
Now as we approach our 1-year anniversary, Dan and I have achieved a lot together and continue to dream up our goals for the years ahead. When you marry your lifelong teammate, it brings a deeper level of commitment to your relationship. The vows you give each other set in motion a lifetime of trust, mutual understanding and fortitude that no matter what happens from here on out, I am yours and you are mine, and together we can do anything.