These two wonderful people were so much fun to work with, and that proved true of their family and friends as well. We had an amazing day with Lexi and Wes, and we were so happy and blessed to have been a part of their beautiful beginning.
Congratulations Lexi + Wes!
Photos by Saager Photography.
Lexi and Wes also had a videographer team, the very talented SRT Films, who braved the heat with everyone to capture some amazing shots of this wedding. Click below to watch!
We do so many outdoor wedding ceremonies, we always love it when we can celebrate a ceremony in the barn. Surrounded by century-old barnwood and their family and friends, Megan and Joey tied the knot on a gorgeous June day during our strawberry season. Congratulations, you two!
Photo credit to Copper Antler Photography.
This bright and happy wedding gave us all the summer feels. And this lovely young couple and their seriously fun wedding party kept us lovin' and laughin' all day long. Congratulations, Jenna + Cody!
Photo credit to the talented KMH Photography.
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!
Fun on the farm...in blog form!