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!
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
Pretty, pretty bouquets by Alluring Blooms…
Such a perfect ceremony site + backdrop!
Processional: Canon in D Major – J. Pachelbel
Recessional: Ode to Joy – L.v. Beethoven
First Dance: Golden – Lady Antebellum
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”.
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!
We love all the pink, gold + chevron. An elegant way to dress up the rustic barn!
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 name: The Barn at Harvest Moon Pond, Poynette, Wisconsin // florals: Alluring Blooms // wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier // bride's shoes: B Brian Atwood // hair stylist: Julia Grace Salon // makeup artist: Julia Grace Salon // paper goods: DIY // catering: Blue Plate Catering // music: Sound Solutions // vintage rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals // bar service: Blue Plate Catering // desserts: Bloom Bake Shop and Hubbard Avenue Diner and Bakery // table linens: Ultrapom Event Rentals // bridesmaid dresses: Urban Outfitters, BCBG, Target, Gap, and David's Bridal // veil: Monique Lhuillier // bride's earrings: Bauble Bar // bride's bracelet: BHLDN // brides clutch: Kate Spade via Rent the Runway // groom: Calvin Klein // groomsmen suiting: Calvin Klein // bowties: Men's Warehouse