Michelle and Nick’s Vintage Winter Wedding | February 6, 2016
Photographer’s blog post with this wedding: Twig and Olive Blog
We first met Michelle in 2014 when we hired her family’s company, Acker Builders of Waunakee. From the moment we met the Acker family we knew we would make a great team! (And boy did we on both Michelle and Nick’s wedding and on the gorgeous home they built for us!) When we initially sat down with Michelle, her sister, and her mother it became clear that they were interested in a large wedding focused on family and friends. To our further delight, the family includes a couple of adorable pups!
First challenge? Determine the location for a guest list that included just over 400 people! Here in the Madison area or up north near where Nick’s family is from? We went to work and were quickly able to find them numerous locations to meet their style, budget and the size of their wedding. After touring several places, Nick and Michelle decided keeping things close to home was the best for their families and ended up choosing Lake Windsor Country Club for their reception and Holy Wisdom for the ceremony.
Next item to tackle was photographer! Michelle’s love of all things vintage made us immediately think of Bobbi at Twig and Olive Photography. But, as any good planner we like to give our clients options. Michelle and Nick met with Bobbi and immediately hit it off! (And so those other options flew out the window!) Bobbi has an innate calming effect on people that allows them to relax and allow her to guide you. (Relaxing is not always easy for clients, as having a camera in your face for hours on end is not normal for most people!)
Because a big family wedding needs beautiful decor and amazing music, those were our next two items to tackle. For flowers we stuck close to home with Sweet Pea Floral of Waunakee. Cathy is a force of nature; she is all energy and ideas! Meeting with her is so much fun! Within the first ten minutes of meeting with her we knew this was not going to be your average floral, this was going to be something special.
Selecting Scott from Mueller Mobile DJ’s was another no brainer for Nick and Michelle. Our mandate for them with regards to what they wanted from a DJ was clear. They wanted a DJ that did not act like an awful stereotype. One who would simply keep the dance floor packed the entire night. Scott, a former band geek with the UW marching band, just loves music and it shows in how he runs the tunes for the night. We have been doing weddings with Scott since 2004, so we can happily attest to his skills!
When the wedding day arrived we had our plans, and like any good planners we had back up plans if those did not work. It all went off without a hitch! The weather, which was our main concern, and always out of our control, was PERFECT! The guests were having so much fun that we literally had to kick people out at the end of the night!
We would plan this wedding and any other weddings for this family any day! Since it is clear that Nick and Michelle are together for life, we may just have to settle for building another home with them……
(If you love Michelle's style as much as we do and are in the market for a new house, check out the Acker Builders parade house at the
running from June 10-25th in Waunakee, WI.)
Jayme and Katie