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  • Writer's pictureJohn Sable

It was the bee's knees and that's no hokum!

Updated: Jun 3, 2021

If gangsters come to mind when you think of Oshkosh Wisconsin, you could have been the cat's meow at Haley and Ryan's wingding of a wedding on Saturday. Vintage decor, art deco, bowties, and sequin dresses were all on tap. It was a step back in time to the days molls, cake eaters and glad rags. And I have to say, themed weddings are amazing!

The ceremony was downtown at the Algoma Club. On the exterior of the building's second floor, above the sushi shop, is a large and cryptic stonework sign that reads I.O.O.F. 1884. I had no idea what this meant. Turns out it's the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a fraternal organization that boast a half-dozen former Presidents, Winston Churchill, and Wyatt Earp as notable members.

The interior is dark and beautiful with stained glass windows, hardwood floors, chandeliers and ceiling fans that would be right at home in any early 20th century venue. 20-foot ceilings and crown molding helped make this the perfect spot for the wedding ceremony.

It seemed impossible, but the reception venue (venue 404) was even more befitting of the day. Once an old bank building and later a film location for Public Enemies (2009), the marble staircases, and tall interior columns provided the perfect backdrop for grabbing some hootch and cutting a rug.

Everyone was dressed to the nines. Flappers and fedoras, suspenders and pearls. I can't even begin to explain how extra everyone was. Here are a few photos to remind us how much fun can be had on a Saturday in Oshkosh. To download images and to see the entire gallery visit: Ask this tomato and her sheik for for the password to access the crop. Shout out to:

The Roxy - Catering - Delicious! -

Lil House Floral - Julie Kohlman -

The Fabulous Rugburns - Band -

The Algoma Club - Ceremony Venue -

Venue 404 - Reception Venue -

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