This couple? This sunset? These details? All of Mackenzie and Mason's June wedding was pure bliss.
Congratulations, Mackenzie + Mason!
Photographer: KMH Photography
DJ/Officiant: Over the Moon Weddings
Floral: Viola Gift Shoppe
Bakery: Creative Appeal
Probably one of the biggest belly laughs of our life happened during Jessica and Taylor's August wedding, when out walked a groomsman in (how shall we say this?) unique formal wear for a prank first look.
And we just kept laughing the rest of the day. It was such a fun time.
Congratulations, Jessica + Taylor!
Photographer: KMH Photography
Bakery: Vesperman Farms
This couple is truly a creative dream team, and probably two of the coolest people we know. The vintage details, from the cars to the details, were amazing and it was so cool to see their vision come to life on their wedding day.
Bakery: Blue Boy Bakery
Photographer: Kaci George Photography
The details for this beautiful mid-summer wedding had us talking for weeks. Equally unforgettable was this incredibly kind couple, who values everything we hold dear: good food, good fun, and the best family.
Congratulations, Jennifer + Clint!
Donuts: Vesperman Farms
Greenery hoops, soft pink hues, the perfect sunset, an impossibly sweet dog, and an amazing couple all added up to a beautiful, relaxing, and insanely fun June wedding.
Congratulations, Daniele + Braden!
Photographer: Alaytra Photography
This barn ceremony was gorgeous, filled with bright florals and even brighter smiles.
Congratulations, Ariel + Anthony!
Photography: Mish Photography
At a November wedding that literally made us stop to catch our breath, we were honored to witness Abby and Logan's marriage in a gorgeously sweet ceremony and then REALLY kick our heels up with their friends and family in the dance-off that followed.
Congratulations, Abby + Logan!
DJ: Excel Entertainment
Photographer: Katie Ricard Photography
Baker: Nancy Edwards and Vesperman Farms
Floral: Cuba City Greenhouse
If a wedding is measured in smiles, then Abby and Josh's early fall wedding really does take the cake. This couple simply resonated happiness, and we had this beautiful, wonderful, and incredibly happy day being a part of their celebrations.
Congratulations, Abby + Josh!
Photographer: Abby Weigel Photography
Bakery: Family and Vesperman Farms
Three or four years ago, one of the farms Kyle follows on social media posted a vintage car that they'd covered in chalk paint. They then invited their guests to write fun things and pictures on it and it went over so well - people loved it. And so did Kyle. And so he kept an eye out for something he could use to recreate this idea at our farm.
Then in 2018, we partnered with Wauzeka-Stueben schools for a fundraiser. On the way to deliver their donuts, Kyle's roving eye for scrap and crap found just what he wanted. Just outside of Fennimore, he passed an old 1960s paneled van that was for sale. It was a very gross orange color. It didn't run. Written on the window was "great for deer blind."
Kyle said: Yep, I'll take that.
For the next two years, the truck sat on the farm. I'll confess, I did not understand what Kyle wanted to do.
Not until my son took interest in the truck. He called the bus, and he loved to sit in it, turn the wheel back and forth, and talk about where he was driving and the adventures he wanted to have. During that year, we took a lot of trips in the bus. And I finally got it: Like so many of Kyle's ideas, the purpose of this truck was FUN. In essence, working on this truck sums up so much of why I love the farm so much. We just want to do fun things, and we want you to come along for the ride.
So this winter, during the longest stretch of time we've ever had between events, we had a lot of seriously good fun turning this truck into something for you to enjoy. You'll see this old-throw-away-thing-turned-fun-thing at the farm this coming fall, and we hope you'll leave a message for us!
Kyle says that January is the month in which we sit and look out the window, wishing for warmer weather and making plans. But, really, there hasn't been much sitting.
Much of our work this month has been focused on ice cream (of course) and on new things to add this fall.
Oh, and cleaning. We deep-cleaned the donut machines, which was a necessary if a bit unpleasant task that we gladly gave the privilege of to Kyle. In the kitchen, we cleaned everything, from the walk-in cooler to the floors. We also updated our lighting to more environmentally friendly - and brighter - LEDs.
We've made huge progress on Scoop 2, our new ice cream truck. Kyle gutted it, ran a whole bunch of cords and wire, and painted the drab grey inside a bright yellow. The truck also needed a few tune-ups and new back tires, so Scoop 2 is currently in the shop awaiting maintenance. Then it will be off to Digital Designs in Dubuque, where they will wrap the truck in the same clothing as Scoop 1. Also, Caitlin, our new scoops coordinator, has been designing a new menu board for both trucks that looks absolutely amazing.
Even better (especially for my kiddo, who loves ice cream), we've been testing out some new specialty flavors to add to the summer truck route!! Taste testing will begin in earnest in two weeks.
If you want to check out Kyle's journey to get the new truck, check out our Scoop 2 blog! And for more on Caitlin, check out her blog here!
We also got quite a bit done and in the works for next fall. We're in the process of building a new feature for the farm designed just for toddlers, and are working through design and materials questions. We will start building that when the weather clears a bit, and I'm super excited to see our fun vision come to life and watch our tiny farm visitors enjoy it in the fall.
AND we just finished one of the most fun projects I've ever done at the farm - a giant chalkboard! (More on this one later - we'll have a video up soon!)
There has also been a lot of exciting discussions about new things to come - new food items, new fall season and ice cream merchandise, and talked A LOT about a new friend arriving this fall, someone we can't talk about right now, but are so excited for you all to meet!
We've had a lot of time to develop our new farm family, a membership group for our visitors, and we have a lot of great coupons, giveaways, and new information for you there when you sign up!
And you can sign up, right now, right here!
These next couple of months will be excited as we continue to work on new and fun things and they all come together! Stay tuned!
Fun on the farm...in blog form!