Looking at the bridal suite today, it - like so many things on the farm - does not reveal much about its previous down-and-out status. The bridal suite has come a long way from its previous incarnation as a home garage, set to be sold at auction or demolished, and it's shabby-to-chic story makes this little building all the more special to us.
The Bridal Room Then
While you were chasing down deals in department stores on Black Friday 2016, Kyle was securing this rough-looking garage. The local hospital in town owned this house and garage and wanted them removed to make room for their expansion. They put out an ad for sealed bids and when they were open, Kyle won this garage for $200.
Buying it was one thing; moving it was another.
In typical Kyle fashion, he was just going to move this building himself, but the state wouldn't grant him permits to move the building across the state highway. So instead he hired Heritage Movers out of Mt. Hope, who took only about 5 hours to load the garage, move it just over 2 miles, and deliver it to the farm. The garage sat on the farm over the winter while we figured out exactly what we were going to do with this thing. And let me tell you, I had my doubts. But like always, those doubts were unfounded. I still need to learn that this plucky farmer can really transform even the ugliest of things into useful and beautiful spaces.
In the beginning of this project, there wasn't even a plan to turn this garage into a bridal room. Kyle originally thought it would make a good food stand for fall season or even a good place for small groups to gather. But once we took a look at the building in the space, we knew what it should be used for.
The transformation is the result of easily hundreds of hours of labor: from pouring the footers and placing the building to all the shiplap and rebuilding the stairs to deciding how to furnish the space (still not done yet!). We finished the exterior in time for our 2017 wedding season and put a hold on all construction during the summer.
The interior construction and design has taken place over the last few months. We went all Joanna Gaines in there with white shiplap; painted trim and mirror frames during cold winter nights; and in the last few months have been refinishing and staining the floors, finding salvage furniture, and hanging up some of Bruce's wood artwork to give the space a personal touch.
We took out the old straight staircase and put in a new two-part staircase with a landing. This gave the first floor a little more footprint and, of course, it was really all for the photos.
There's just a little more furnishing left to do upstairs, but this room is ready for the girls.
The Bridal Room Now
To celebrate, we had some amazing people come out in July and we participated in a styled shoot of the bridal suite. It was such a fun day and we're so excited to share with you some photos from the day as we announce the opening of the bridal room, all dressed up and ready to party!
Hair and Make-Up: Tres Chic Salon
Photos: Christy Bee Photography
Dresses: David's Bridal
Whenever I think back to Jordane and Ryan's wedding, the first word that comes to mind is family. This little family had a much larger family, and everyone was so united in their happiness and love for this couple that the whole day was nothing short of magical. At the farm, we are blessed to witness many beginnings, and this beginning was an absolutely beautiful one.
Photos by the talented Twig&Olive Photography.
One of the things I love about a "non-traditional" ceremony is that brides and grooms often choose family members to officiate their ceremonies, and this choice adds a personal and meaningful touch to these bright, happy moments. Jordane and Ryan's hilltop ceremony was an emotional one: funny, touching, sweet, and lovely.
The music for the ceremony and reception was done by family as well. I'm a sucker for a good live band, and the Kittoe Boys were not only incredible, they provided a sweet backdrop of beautiful sound for this elegant reception. And who doesn't love a man in a tuxedo shirt?!
Decoration rentals were provided by A La Crate Vintage Rentals.
This couple had a lot of love to give to each other, and their families a lot of love to give to them, and we just felt lucky to have been there to witness it all. Congratulations, Jordane and Ryan, from our family to yours.
With the weather warming up in the last few weeks (ha, just kidding), the last thing I want to do is reflect on winter - but I'll make an exception to gush about the beautiful winter ceremonies we celebrated on the farm this past January...and to show some love to our amazing preferred vendor, photographer Tanya Schwendinger of Precious Moments Photography, LLC.
Although some couples shy away from the cold and snow, these two and their families warmed up the barn with their fun, their love, and their excitement to begin their married lives together.
Tanya finds beauty and emotion in every shot. "I always like to capture the whole day as story-telling material...what I look for most is emotion between loved ones - the first look between the father and the bride, tears between the mother and her son or daughter, the first kiss, and the love between the bride and groom," she says.
Those cold Wisconsin winters don't faze us: in-floor heating keeps our guests warm and comfortable on even the chilliest of days. And even thought it might be stark outside, the barn provides a great backdrop for any vows.
"I am always amazed at how beautiful and unique the place can look for any style of the ceremony/reception," says Tanya. "There are nice places to step outside for beautiful sunset pictures and there are great textures in the old barns that give the photos a look that is both captivating and timeless!"
Congratulations to our lovely couples!
This September wedding was the stuff of rustic venue dreams. Brittney and Brent kept true to their theme and mood throughout the day. From the romantic hues of the wedding party dress to the sweet and fun family and friends they brought along with them, they embodied a farm wedding.
Photographs by the amazing Copper Antler Photography.
We loved the fall colors in this lovely bridal party and were head over heels for this gown.
Brittney and Brent's ceremony was short and sweet and focused on their family. Plus, can you not get enough of Brent's face as he sees his bride walk down the aisle? This sweet look is one of my favorite captures of all times.
The barn was bright and beautiful, decorated with burlap (right down to the wedding party flowers, all handmade) and excellent lighting. The desserts were a highlight: Brittney and Brent made an amazing display piece for some seriously yummy cupcakes by Steph's Sweet Treats.
It was so clear to all of us that these two share an amazing bond, a great sense of humor, and a true love. From the first look to the last dance, Brent couldn't keep his eyes off Brittney. Thank you both for letting us be a part of your day - we couldn't have been more honored to be there. Congratulations!
Booking a venue is a huge step in your wedding planning. It's also a huge part of the look and feel of your day...and often the most significant portion of your budget. When looking for venues, you want to make sure you cover all your bases, so it's good to ask a lot of questions. In tours and throughout the planning process, I field a lot of questions and I'm happy to do so, because each one clarifies a little piece of the whole venue rental package.
From our own experience, we've put together a pretty long list of questions for you to consider when looking for a venue. Although by no means exhaustive, this list is a starter guide when talking with a site contact or venue coordinator. Check it out and ask away!
A couple of tips:
If you have questions specific to our venue or if you're looking for more information, I'm always here to help! Visit our bridal site to fill out our information request or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to talking with you!
Sometimes you meet a wedding party who just know how to have fun, and Cassie and Josh's closest friends and family knew how to have it in oodles. This group of people were a blast. From the minute they got to the farm to the last dance, they celebrated the love...and made sure we enjoyed ourselves, too!
Cassie and Josh embraced a lot of barn wedding essentials for their day: casual attire (we love the jeans on the groomsmen!); boots, especially for the bride; bright colors and florals; and an overall easy-going vibe that allowed everyone to cut loose and enjoy themselves to the fullest.
Photos by Shannon Ready: Photographer.
The delicious cake and cupcakes were made by Mrs. B's Bakery in Boscobel.
Yellow is always a favorite summer color, and this wedding party was bright and celebratory.
Congratulations, Cassie and Josh. We hope you keep dancing the nights away!
They say rain on your wedding day is good luck, and Tiffany and Adam had quite a bit of it on theirs. With a forecast of over 10 inches of rain, there was little chance for an outdoor ceremony, so we moved the celebrations completely indoors. This couple took the luck that Mother Nature was giving them with grace and humor, and we didn't need all that rain to tell us that this marriage was going to last a lifetime.
There was a brief clearing in the weather for some amazing outdoor shots, Along with luck, rain gives us dramatic skies and happy flowers (plus adorable umbrellas), which created stunning photo opportunities for this couple, their family, and their wedding party.
Photos by the amazing Ann Gorgen Photography.
The romantic color palette was lovely and Tiffany's dress was beautiful, both in original and in miniature. This mother and daughter duo made all our hearts melt.
The rain did nothing to dampen spirits indoors, and the party was full of laughter and love.
And the best part about rain on your wedding day? At the end, you might see a rainbow. Congratulations, Tiffany and Adam!
This past December, we hosted two wedding receptions in the barn. I know what you're thinking: "A winter reception in an old, drafty barn - no way!" But our old barn boards don't just provide a warm backdrop for a wedding. We also have in-floor heating that keeps our guests warm and comfortable, even in this recent cold snap!
Riley and Michael's wedding was on a day that was downright balmy for December, which was a blessing for guests traveling for the wedding. We had a lot of fun working with this couple, who are wonderfully creative and experimented with room design and decor, creating a cozy and nicely-layered backdrop for their reception of about 160 people.
They braved the cold and ended the night with an amazing fireworks show and bride/groom send-off that was super fun and super cool.
Congratulations, Riley and Michael! You guys have quite the "spark" and we were thrilled to be a part of your big day!
Cheryl and Daryl's wedding didn't escape the winter weather - quite a bit of snow fell on their wedding day - but lanterns lit the way for an intimate and lovely reception with some truly kind and fun people.
How amazing was this winter wonderland cake by the SweetSpot Bakehouse?
Congratulations, Daryl and Cheryl! We so enjoyed working with you and your family and are so happy for you!
We are a new barn that's been made to look old, so we enjoy some of the amenities that traditional venues have, like temperature control and indoor restroom facilities, but we have all the character and vibe of a remodeled barn.
At Vesperman Farms, you can have both the winter wedding of your dreams and the barn venue you've always wanted. Get in touch with us today by clicking here if a snow-covered farm wonderland is in the cards for you!
Guys, seriously, how amazing is this wedding? Katie and Josh had a gorgeous vision and we loved providing them with the backdrop for their beautiful wedding reception. The soft florals, romantic draping, perfect lighting, and layers of decoration wowed people as they walked through the door. It was a beautiful setting for the start of a beautiful marriage for these two lovebirds.
Photographs by Precious Moments Photography. Decorations by Lueck Weddings.
The florals were done by Country Flowers and Gifts and bakery items were from Take the Cake Desserts. Both added a lot of elegance (and flavor!) to this beautiful wedding.
Although we enjoy every wedding here on the farm, it always take a special meaning when you know the couple personally. It was wonderful to be part of Katie and Josh's day as their venue, but also as friends happy to share in the love and laughter of the day.
Couples at the farm definitely take advantage of the sunsets out here, and a beautiful one topped off the evening for these two.
Congratulations, Katie and Josh. We were so happy to be part of your day!
The donut trend is by no means a new one, but here at the farm, we are able to put our own special twist on what is always a popular alternative to traditional wedding cake. Couples can either cater them in from other vendors, or can choose to go through us for our delicious apple cider donuts. Usually a treat reserved for fall season, these donuts are fast becoming a popular choice for our couples. If you are on the Good Ship Donut, here are a few things you need to know about donuts at weddings in general, and some specific items to consider for our venue in particular!
These donuts are from the heavenly Greenbush Bakery, a preferred vendor here at the farm. They are located in Madison and have some seriously delicious donuts.
THE DEETs on the DONUTs
People have loved donuts for years, but the donut wall hit the trends a couple years ago and people haven't looked back.
Presentation style varies, from the stacking to the hanging to the ever-creative donut pegboard. With donuts, couples and bakers can get really creative with their presentation, offering a unique design, flavor, and statement to their wedding desserts.
Here at the farm, we offer a variety of options for flavors: go "traditional" with our tried-and-true apple cider donuts or branch out to chocolate, vanilla, and caramel frosted donuts (decorated with your wedding color scheme in mind).
We usually stack these delicious treats a mile high, but we work with all brides to help determine the best presentation for the donut of choice and for the unique style and flavor of each wedding decor.
It's always a good idea to think about the accessories, too—do you want hot or cold apple cider to be served or even hot chocolate and all the fixings (especially for those gorgeous winter weddings). We're strong believers that every donut experience should be transcendent, and we'll work hard to make sure your dessert stands out. While the presentation of these beautiful snacks might come in and out of favor, we're pretty sure these donuts are here to stay.
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