An Elegant, Rustic Wedding in Door County, Wisconsin
Annie And Chris
When Annie Sturgis and Chris Parish met at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago in August 2009, there was an immediate connection—only it wasn’t between the two of them. While waiting for the last act of the day to take the stage, Annie's male friend turned to the fellow fan sitting cross-legged next to them and asked him to snap their picture. That fan turned out to be Chris, but instead of chatting up Annie, he started a bromance with her pal. A few weeks later, they all met up to catch a football game at a bar where sparks finally flew between the pair.
Three years later, on August 4, 2012, the couple married at an elegant but fuss-free affair at Skye, the bay-front Wisconsin summer home that has been in Annie’s Scottish clan for three generations.
An elk head that had belonged to the bride's grandfather was given a cedar wreath.
The invitation suite, designed by Alexa Pulitzer, included the couple's initials topped by antlers—a nod to the taxidermy that decorated the barn.
Sprigs of cedar and wildflowers picked from the grounds of Skye were tied to the programs.
Father of the Bride
Annie's father wore a kilt of Malcolm plaid, his family's tartan. A tartan from Annie's mother's side—the McNeil plaid—was displayed as a tablecloth.
A bagpiper played "My Home" as Annie walked down the aisle and "Scotland the Brave" for the recessional.
The Wedding Party
Chris, outfitted in Hugo Boss, held hands with his bride, in Monique Lhuillier.
Before Annie, two generations of brides on her dad's side wore her lace veil.
Annie's parents hand-stamped each napkin with the same crest that appeared on the invitations.
Bottles of bubbly chilled in an antique wooden planter.
On their first date, Chris asked the bartender about a song blasting from the speakers. "He told him it was Fleetwood Mac's 'Never Going Back,' with a tone that said 'duh,' " laughs Annie. "So that was the first song we danced to."
Day-of coordination: Sarah Lott
Catering: Alexander’s of Door County
Flowers: Helene Ingsten-Anderson of Flora; Michael Meulemans of Design Door County
Photography: Jessica Lorren
Stationery: Alexa Pulitzer
Ice Cream Sundaes: Wilson’s Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor
Music: Dennis Metz (ceremony); Mark Piro; The Rhythm Kings (reception)
Rentals: Angie McMahon of Viva La Cottage; Elite Tent Rentals
Bride’s Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss
Hair: Susie Berg
Accessories: Steve Madden (sandals), J.Crew (ballet flats and earrings)
Accessories: J.Crew (ties); Allen Edmonds (groom's shoes)