Handmade Wisconsin Barn Wedding: Hailey + Brad

Wisconsin Barn Wedding

When Hailey + Brad initially got engaged, they pictured an outdoor wedding in Hailey’s parents’ yard – “a down-home kind of party in a comfortable space surrounded by late summer cornfields”. But when the time came to turn their day dreams into a reality, the logistics of an at-home wedding became overwhelming. They decided to find a venue that would give them the feeling of a backyard bash, but could realistically (and comfortably) host their 200 guests. And they hit the jackpot with The Barn at Harvest Moon Pond in Poynette, Wisconsin, which gave them the feeling of home + acted as the perfect blank slate for an abundance of beautiful, handmade details.

Hailey says, Brad and I are a laid-back, no-fuss couple who love to have fun and our wedding was planned to reflect those characteristics. Our wedding date was about a month shy of our ninth year together and we wanted our day to be not only a celebration of our genuine love for one another, but a day to celebrate all of our friends and family who supported us along the way. Inspired by natural elements with touches of glam, we had a clear vision for the day and worked hard to bring it to fruition. And by ‘we worked hard’, I truly mean WE worked hard – almost all projects were D.I.O. – do it ourselves.  I designed all of the paper goods – save-the-dates, home letterpress invitations, menus, ceremony programs, and escort cards – and the two of us constructed them together.

Thanks so much to Kate Romenesko for the truly stunning captures + congrats to Hailey + Brad on the loveliest day!

Wisconsin Barn Wedding

Monique Lhuillier Wedding Dress

Hailey’s GORGE blush wedding dress was by Monique Lhuillier – and we love her Kate Spade clutch (via Rent the Runway).

kate spade clutch

bridesmaids

groomsmen

Wisconsin Barn Wedding

Wisconsin Barn Wedding

Monique Lhuillier Wedding Dress

feather shoes

Dying over Hailey’s shoes!! B Brian Atwood for all inquiring minds :) The bridesmaids looked lovely in mismatched dresses in shades of ivory + cream from Urban Outfitters, BCBG, Target, Gap, and David’s Bridal

bridesmaids

romantic bouquets

Pretty, pretty bouquets by Alluring Blooms

Wisconsin Barn Wedding

Monique Lhuillier Wedding Dress

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

Such a perfect ceremony site + backdrop!

white garland backdrop

barn door

Wisconsin Barn Wedding

Processional: Canon in D Major – J. Pachelbel

Recessional: Ode to Joy – L.v. Beethoven

First Dance: Golden – Lady Antebellum

Wisconsin Barn Wedding

Wisconsin Barn Wedding

It wasn’t so much a particular moment as it was a feeling of complete and total happiness seeing both of our families come together as one. It all seemed so natural, as if everyone had known each other for their whole lives. Second favorite moment, you ask? Brad and Jeanne’s (his mom) first dance. They didn’t pick a song until the week before the wedding and true to their style gave an un-choreographed yet amazingly entertaining performance to The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout”.

Wisconsin Barn Wedding

chicken wire escort display

Hailey recently started a blog where she’ll be posting several of her + Brad’s wedding DIY projects. So, be sure to follow along to get the inside scoop on how to craft a day as beautiful as theirs!

Wisconsin Barn Wedding

wooden table numbers

chevron table runners

menu

chevron table runners

chalkboard menu

bud vases

We love all the pink, gold + chevron. An elegant way to dress up the rustic barn!

wooden table numbers

honey favors

drunk on love napkins

swan cake topper

Wisconsin Barn Wedding

Decide on a vision for your wedding together and do what excites you. Plan ahead and start projects early, even if it seems too early. Don’t sweat the small stuff and soak in every moment of your wedding day. It’s true what they say, it goes by too fast.

photography: Kate Romenesko Photography // venue: The Barn at Harvest Moon Pond Poynette, Wisconsin // florals: Alluring Blooms // vintage rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals // catering + bar service: Blue Plate Catering // desserts: Bloom Bake Shop and Hubbard Avenue Diner and Bakery // dj: Sound Solutions // table linens: Ultrapom Event Rentals // hair + makeup: Julia Grace Salon // bridesmaids dresses: Urban Outfitters, BCBG, Target, Gap, and David’s Bridal // paper goods: DIY // wedding dress + veil: Monique Lhuillier // bride’s shoes: B Brian Atwood //  bride’s earrings: Bauble Bar //  bride’s bracelet: BHLDN //  brides clutch: Kate Spade via Rent the Runway  // groom + groomsmen suiting: Calvin Klein //  bowties: Men’s Warehouse

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Bohemian Big Sur Wedding: Sara + Andy

Big Sur Wedding

Deciding to exchange their vows somewhere in nature was one of the most important wedding necessities for Sara + Andy. So, they made a big effort to have their wedding in Big Sur, California – one of the most picturesque natural places on the planet! Both artists by trade, they infused their day with all the right DIYs and made the setting a stunning reflection of the two of them. And that incredible gold Proenza Schouler dress Sara wore only further set their day apart. There are lots of beautiful photos to come, but first Sara explains more about how they took the design of their wedding into their own hands, below:

We are both artists so it was natural that we poured so much of ourselves into creating our wedding. We made almost everything. We shibori-dyed our linens, made the vases for the flowers, designed and silkscreened our save-the-dates, invitations, menus and programs, made the wedding arch and a wall of paper flowers for photos, and most importantly we made our rings. As artists we recognize the importance and power of objects, and we poured our energy into creating things for our wedding.

Thanks so much to Feather Love Photography for the gorgeous images + congrats to the newlyweds on a truly beautiful day!

invitation

Proenza Schouler Wedding Dress

Big Sur Wedding

We can’t even get over that dress! Can you? To celebrate how much we love this number, we’re sharing a round up of some of our fave gold wedding (or could-be wedding) frocks below!

Big Sur Wedding

Big Sur Wedding

little ones

Big Sur Wedding

Big Sur Wedding

Processional: The Pattern, written and played live by couple's friend Taylor Holenbeck of Heartscape Landbreak.

Recessional: A song by couple's friend, Lucas Oswald (There is no name and no recording – it was entirely of the moment)

First Dance: They were planning on dancing to Something On Your Mind by Karen Dalton (but were enjoying the party and somehow it never happened…)

Big Sur Wedding

Big Sur Wedding

Big Sur Wedding

tile escort cards

geodes

long dinner tables

farmhouse table centerpieces

indigo napkins

Sara, on the handmade tablescapes, We had some really good nights staying up late blasting music and silk-screening and some beautiful days getting super messy with huge vats of indigo out in the yard.

farmhouse table centerpieces

Big Sur Wedding

cakes

paper flower wall

I couldn’t possibly choose one. The entire weekend was full of unforgettable moments.

Big Sur Wedding

Big Sur Wedding

Big Sur Wedding

Big Sur Wedding

Andy and I were initially debating whether to have a wedding or not, and I’m so grateful that we decided to go for it. It was a transformative, empowering experience to create an experience and ritual to share with everyone we love. My word of advice is to not forget about the importance of the ceremony. Often that gets overlooked in favor of the celebrating, but a wedding is a rite of passage (one of few that our Western culture performs) and the ceremony is an incredibly powerful part of that.

photography: Feather Love Photography // venue + catering: Ventana Inn Big Sur, California // event design + planning: Sara and Andy and Corina Beczner of Vibrant Events // florals: Kate Healey, Big Sur Flowers // wedding dress: Proenza Schouler // shoes: A Detacher // hair + makeup: hair by Liliana // groom suit: Lanvin // paper goods: Sara and Andy // cake: Edith Meyer Cakes // officiant: Jonathan Peck // music: DJ Andy Maltz plus our friends

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Hollywood Engagement Session with a Vintage Bug: Brittany + Marty

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

A pink vintage VW bug + a cutie couple totally smitten with each other? What more could you ask for on a Friday?! When photographer Jana Williams sent this sweet Hollywood Hills session our way, we immediately knew it would be a must-share.

Brittany is a fashion model who met Jana on an editorial shoot. As girls tend to do, the two ladies got to chatting about life + love and Brittany mentioned her fiancé, Marty. Jana recalls, Her eyes lit up even more and she just keep saying how thankful she was to have found such an amazing man in the crazy city. Marty is an artist. He paints portraits and has painted several of Brittany. They met at a party in Hollywood and once they started talking they never stopped. It was definitely love at first sight. A connection like nothing they had ever felt before.

Lo + behold Brittany found herself in front of Jana’s camera again. This time with a stunning backdrop of Muholland and the Hollywood Hills…with the love of her life, Marty, by her side!

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

Leather Jacket

Totally digging B + M’s style — and that fun wildflower bouquet!

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

These shots are just so good!

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

bell bottom co-ord

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

We just loved these parting words from JanaEvery shoot is different every couple is different. I learn so much from all of my clients. Brittany and Marty made me want to be free and let go. I hope this shoot inspires you to do the same and kiss the one you love today!

Congrats, Brittany + Marty, on your engagement! We wish you two a lifetime of love :)

photography: Jana Williams // location: Hollywood Hills, California

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