An Elegant Wedding at Cottage Winery and Vineyard in Menomonie, Wisconsin

Katie Kurz (27 and a registered nurse) and Robert Kurz (28 and a plant manager) created an elegant wedding at the Cottage Winery and Vineyard in Menomonie, Wisconsin, using bold red colors and decor inspired by the winery's setting. "We were looking for something outdoors," Katie says. "We wanted something a little different and were hoping for a view." Carina Photographics took the beautiful photographs for the day, being sure to show the scenic landscape surrounding the winery. Ivory and champagne decor paired with red rose and dahlia arrangements and candlelight, making for an elegant space with pops of color. "Casual but elegant was my thought process when planning the decor and color palette," Katie says. "I also loved the elegance of simple colors, ivory, champagne and gold, mixed with large candles and flowers." The wedding followed a winery theme with inspired accents, including a wine barrel around the ceremony arch, wine corks for table numbers and wineglass centerpieces. Instead of a traditional unity ceremony, Katie and Robert performed a sort-of unity ceremony, taking their individual wines and pouring them together to symbolize their coming together as husband and wife. With their elegant setting, they wanted to keep their wedding day relaxed and fun for themselves and their guests. "Our day included lots of laughs, time to visit with others and toss back a few glasses of wine and lots of dancing," Katie says. "It was very causal and allowed us to be ourselves."