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WI Wednesday: door county cherries

if you know anything about door county, you know that cherries and wine go hand in hand, of course a little warm weather and a ton of tourists are also included. we love when people incorporate their geographic location with their session, which is why carmen and tom’s engagement session by kim thiel photography captures the essence of door county to a tee… oh, we can already smell the cherry blossoms. summer is here! 

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From Carmen: 
Door County is our romantic get away close to home; ideal for quick day trips or spontaneous weekend vacations.  No matter the season, it is always a relaxing way for us to enjoy some quality time together.
Our favorite three “must do’s” every time we drive up are: 1) Stop at Stoffel’s Orchard in Carlsville on the corner of Co Rd I and Egg Harbor Rd (across the street from Door Co Peninsula Winery).  They have the BEST yellow, sweet cherries and the sweetest staff!  Reverse that if you want; sweetest cherries and best staff, both statements are true!  Not sure if it’s the little red buckets, climbing ladders and giggling through tree branches, or holding hands while walking through the orchard, but cherry picking has definitely become a spring tradition for us.  2)  Wine tasting at Stones Throw Winery in Egg Harbor.  The summer I graduated I bought myself a membership so we could go for free wine tastings any time we want and get wine delivered to our front door bi-monthly!  Best investment ever!  3)  Driving all the way to the tip of the peninsula to get smoked trout from Charlie’s Smokehouse in Gill’s Rock.  Trust me, it’s worth the drive.  We also learned last year that they deliver, BONUS!
With all of these favorites in mind, we set forth making plans with our photographer (Kim Thiel of Kim Thiel Photography) for the perfect Door Co engagement shoot.  We met at Stoffel’s to take some pictures cherry picking.  Unfortunately (for us), that year was an early season and the trees were picked dry.  ‘No Problem,’ they said, ‘Drive over to our other orchard, the trees are full.’  With permission from the owners we drove over to their other orchard were we captured the beauty of hundreds of cherry trees dripping with plump, juicy fruit!  Exactly the colors and style we were going for.
We then ventured over to Lakeside Park in Jacksonport to have a picnic with all our favorites; yellow cherries from Stoffel’s, smoked trout from Charlie’s and a bottle of Pinot Grigio from Stones Throw.  As romantic and wonderful as the picnic was, Tom and I are also very playful; exactly why we picked the park.  We played on the swings, the teeter-totter and Kim’s favorite (or maybe not), the marry-go-round!  The lake was calling us too, so we headed down there next.  It was a perfect beach day, warm, sunny, with a slight breeze.  Sure Tom got a little wet, but in the end we both did!  Sitting on the bench swing looking out onto Lake Michigan, we came to the same conclusion…. 50 years from now, we would be having the exact same day, for the 50th time.

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