A Bayfield Apple Festival Proposal

We love hearing love stories, especially those that take place here in Bayfield, WI! When we first heard about Stephen and Melissa’s proposal that happened Apple Festival weekend we knew how special it was.

From the couple, “Our Bayfield trip is something we always look forward to and 2016 proved to be yet another great year!  Great people and great memories sure to last a lifetime!” Read ahead to hear their story, and how Stephen pulled off his beautiful surprise proposal!

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Tell us a little bit about yourselves and how you met.
Stephen does sales for a Life Safety company and I work at a dental office and have my own Pure Romance business.  I have a daughter and found it difficult to meet other people looking to date.  Stephen and I met on OkCupid and had our first date at a Mexican restaurant.  We had so much fun that night, he even escorted me to Walmart where I had to pick up a pair of fuzzy socks for a friend’s birthday- talk about a keeper!

What made you choose Bayfield?
Stephen’s parents own a place up in Montreal and he had been to Bayfield before, telling me how gorgeous it was.  In 2015 we made our first trip up to Apple Festival where we shopped, ate and drank our way through the day and it was perfect!  It was only fitting to go back for 2016.  Little did I know, he had MANY more tricks up his sleeve for this year!  

Tell us about your Bayfield trip and the proposal!
Stephen had a lot of help from Manitou Sailing when it came to the proposal.  We were supposed to take a sailboat out that day for a nice sail, but it was pretty cloudy and there were some strong winds making about 6-8 foot waves.  Kat with Manitou Sailing brought us a bottle of wine and champange to make it all come together.  We were able to  sit there to chat have a glass or two of wine and before I knew it, Stephen asked me to be his wife! After that we spent the day shopping, drinking, and eating our way through Apple Festival.  The last surprise he had up his sleeve was Old Rittenhouse Inn!!  He acted like we were going to have to drive home and when we got back to the car he opened the trunk and took out our bags.  The service at Old Rittenhouse Inn was AMAZING.  They went above and beyond and made our weekend one we will never forget.   It was an incredibly memorable experience.

Are there any recommendations you have for someone looking to propose in Bayfield?
If you are planning on getting engaged in Bayfield don’t wait!  It’s a hidden gem that I am so happy to have apart our lives forever!  

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If you are planning a Bayfield proposal, wedding or honeymoon take a look at our resources and inspiration page!


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