Door County has a grip on me. The little peninsula in the Northeast corner of Wisconsin is enchanting, charming and inviting. Life is a bit slower, the sun seems a little sweeter, the people are small-town awesome, and there’s a strong respect for history on every street. You can spend a week there and still not have explored all the nooks and crannies. It’s a wonderful choice for a wedding – whether you’ve been vacationing there all your life and it feels like a second home, or you want something “destination”.
I’ve shot several weddings each season there for years, and have developed a strong list of the awesome locations you can get married in the Door. (And, a healthy list of the best vendors in the area too – just ask!) The best helping hand for a wedding in the area is without question the Door County Event Planners – give them a call and you’ll have your ideas turned into reality in no time.
*I add to this list all the time, and welcome your suggestions!*
Door County Peninsula Wedding Venues
Garden Gables – This little farm is straight out of Martha Stewart. Painted in pale greens with beautiful decorative siding, a heirloom garden in the center, and plenty of green space to spread out and enjoy a laid-back wedding.
wedding at this venue by m three studio: Terren & Shane
Horseshoe Bay Gulf Club and Beach Club and Farms – Horseshoe Bay is the obvious choice if you are looking for top-notch service in a resort setting. A myriad of lodging options for your guests, and three options for weddings – their incomparable golf club, the perfectly positioned beach club and the beautifully maintained farm.
wedding at this venue by m three studio (Beach Club): Gaib & Sam
The Wickman House – Classic with a modern polish, and incredible food and cocktails.
Woodwalk Gallery – An enchanting hobby farm with multiple ceremony options, an open slat barn and fields that disappear into the setting sun.
About Thyme Farm – One of the biggest barn venues in the peninsula – think weathered wood, a perfect cocktail lawn, and plenty of surrounding outbuildings to add to the ambience. Oh, and chickens!
wedding at this venue by m three studio: Jenna & Drew
Chanticleer Guest House – You have to see this one to believe it. Red barn buildings, outfitted with modern comforts.
Eagle Harbor Inn – A charming inn right in tiny Ephraim.
Gordon Lodge – This resort is so perfectly positioned. Surrounded by a beautiful forrest and nestled right against the water on the “quiet side” of the peninsula. Multiple ceremony options, an expert staff, and fantastic lodging options.
wedding at this venue by m three studio: Michelle & Kyle
Maxwelton Braes Lodge – A historic lodge, extensive grounds, beautiful golf course, and right on the water.
Silver Poplar Studios – An eclectic barn style venue that has all the whimsy of an artists’ studio – because it is one! Beautiful meandering gardens, unique spaces and plenty of options.
Simon Creek Winery – This is a beautiful rustic property nestled into a wooded hill. The original barn serves as backdrop for the modern tasting room, and there is plenty of outdoor terrace and green space for a tent.
wedding at this venue by m three studio: Gaib & Sam
Stone’s Throw Winery– Unique and modern architecture is paired with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
The Peninsula School of Art – art galleries, gazebos, lush gardens, a gorgeous octagonal barn…
Bjorklunden – This is a tucked away property owned by Lawrence University. It is home to a beautiful hand-hewn Scandinavian chapel (Boynton Chapel) an enchanting forest straight out of Shakespeare and waterfront views as well. Vail Hall provides an indoor option for your event, but there’s plenty of space for a tent for something outdoors.
wedding ceremony at this location by m three studio: Jenna & Drew
Washington Island Wedding Venues
Washington Island is part of Door County, but it deserves it’s own category because it has it’s own unique vibe. Accessible only by ferry and virtually without a cell phone signal – this is where you go to truly get away from it all. The little island looks like it was plucked from Cape Cod and plunked down into the Midwest. The island’s residents are as eclectic as they come – and you’ll run into the best characters here. The venues on the 18 square mile island are rustic and charming, with many of the best options likely in renting a private home. We’ve been lucky enough to shoot two incredible weddings on this island, and are always itching to go back!
Historic Island Dairy – Possibly the most unique space on the island for a wedding. Surrounded by a burgeoning lavender farm, the former dairy building has been converted to a shop on the first floor and an airy and bright event space with vaulted ceilings on the second floor.
Trueblood Performing Arts Center – a modern building with outdoor patios and lawn space. They regularly host concerts and art shows – a wedding is an easy transition.
Hotel Washington – Majestic Oak trees provide the perfect canopy for an outdoor ceremony on the lawn in front of this historic house. The property overlooks Detroit Harbor and boasts beautiful accommodations and onsite catering.
Scandinavian Stavkirke Church – a rustic and traditional Scandinavian church nestled into the woods just off the main road. For intimate weddings only, as it holds only 38.
Gibson’s West Harbor Resort – perfect sunset views and a spectacular natural setting.
Froghollow Farm – I personally think this would be a charming place to host a wedding with the “at home” feel. I’m not sure if the owners would offer this, but it’s worth asking!
Washington Island Farm Museum – They have no official website, but the Facebook page is up to date. I’ve seen a wedding happening there, and it would be quite the authentic setting.