Last weekend we headed to Appleton, Wisconsin for my college friend Krista's wedding. We headed out early Friday morning to get to the 2pm ceremony on time. We made it to the church about a half hour early so we explored Appleton a little before the ceremony. Krista and Jay had a beautiful ceremony with a great tribute to Krista's parents who both passed away while we were in college.
Here is Patrick and I at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel Bar. Apparently this is the hotel where all the visiting teams playing the Packers stay at while they are in town. The bartender even showed us a picture of her and Brett Favre from back when his hair wasn't gray.
Krista played volleyball in college and is now a PE Teacher and Jay is also into sports so their wedding was themed around sports. She did an awesome job of carrying the theme throughout the whole day. The wedding programs were designed like a sports program complete with everyone's name, height, birthday, position and a bio including their favorite sports memory.
At the reception our place cards were trading cards that indicated our meal choice by the different sport.
And if that weren't enough she hand made all the centerpieces based on the name of the table. Our table was the UW-L Volleyball Table complete with a figurine playing volleyball.
The most original part of the reception was the full sized basketball hoop. Krista is the only girl I know who would go wake boarding the morning of her wedding and play basketball at her reception. The basketball hoop was complete with the lines taped on the floor and was fully utilized during the dance including multiple rounds of lighting.
Along with the awesome wedding we were able to see some friends from college we don't get to see very often.
As if the basketball hoop wasn't enough fun they also had a photo booth for everyone to use all night long.
And to end the night Erin ended up on the food truck and some middle aged man tried to lure Lexi to his house with his grilled cheese making skills.
Since we were in Appleton we decided we may as well stay the weekend. So, on Saturday night we camped in Calumet County Park on Lake Winnebago. We were planning on doing some hiking around but it was so hot we didn't end up doing much. That night we ended up in Elkhart Lake at the Barefoot Tiki Bar. Elkhart Lake seemed to be pretty hopping compared to any of the other towns we had been in earlier that day. If we are in the area again we would definitely go back there. On Sunday morning we went to a pancake breakfast in Chilton and then headed back home.