When Katie Stoiber and Tim Keating were introduced at an engagement party – she knew the bride and he knew the groom – their fate was sealed, and it wasn’t long before they were celebrating their own engagement. Due to Covid, the pair spent two-and-a-half years planning their wedding, opting to first get married in front of immediate family in August 2020 before hosting a larger ceremony and reception the following year.
Though the couple resides in Chicago, Illinois, they chose to exchange vows at a church and hold their reception at a world-renowned golf course in Kohler, Wisconsin, as the charming town is nearby the bride’s family’s beach house on Lake Michigan. “I knew it would be a fun home base for the weekend,” confirms Katie of the sentimental site. “My bridesmaids and I were able to get ready at our beach house the morning of the wedding, and it was really fun, relaxed, and special… We also hosted a brunch at our beach house the morning after the wedding.”
Following the vow exchange at the church, friends and family made their way to the golf course for the elegant soirée. As guests enjoyed cocktail hour, the bride and groom took wedding portraits set against the stunning verdant landscape. Katie was ethereal in an off-the-shoulder ball gown with gorgeous floral appliqués at the neckline, while Tim was handsome in a tuxedo. Loved ones followed suit in black-tie optional attire, which was noted on the luxe invitation suite featuring green design elements and calligraphy.
“I also wanted the tent to feel warm and glow at night, so lots of candles and enhanced lighting was important to me.”
“I wanted a very classic look – timeless white florals and greenery, warm neutral linens,” describes the bride. “We were on the golf course and surrounded by the rolling hills of Whistling Straits, so I wanted green accents.” Loved ones found their seats beneath the tented wedding space at long tables covered in either green or ivory linens.
Centerpieces showcased lush arrangements of white roses, hydrangeas, lisianthus blossoms, ranunculus florals, and fragrant stock accented with a stunning mix of greenery. “I also wanted the tent to feel warm and glow at night, so lots of candles and enhanced lighting was important to me,” adds the bride of the warm lighting, which twinkled next to green goblets and glassware.
After dinner was served and slices of the vanilla-hued wedding cake were enjoyed, loved ones danced to music performed by a live band until the clock struck midnight. In addition to selecting beautiful décor for their big day, Katie and Tim did their very best to plan a celebration that would ensure their guests felt welcome, comfortable, and well taken care of throughout the entire weekend, above all else. “Feeling the love and support of all our family and friends in one place was so special and the most memorable part of the weekend” smiles the bride.