Fall in the midwest is one of the most beautiful times in our part of the states! :) It’s colorful leaves and cooler weather make for a perfect pair that everyone goes gaga for (especially me)….combine that with a pumpkin spice latte and now you have the whole town talking! :)

So we decided to pair up with some of the MOST AMAZINGLY talented people in the wedding industry to pull off a berry-inspired fall photo shoot at the *brand new* Birch Hill Barn in WI to capitalize on what we love about the fall! :) We pulled in those rich tones of plum and wine and navy and gold to make the berry colors marry PERFECTLY with the changing fall colors outside. A gorgeous flowy dress, a beautiful floppy hat, warm and texturous foods and stunningly draped greenery were all of our vision come to life for the photos! :) YAY!

And a HUGE shout out to Style Me Pretty for the beautiful and wonderful feature! :)

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Location : Birch Hill Barn, Glenwood City WI
Styling and Coordination : Lizie Anne weddings and Proposals
Cinematography : Sky Focus Films
Floral Design : A Day in Provence
Cake : Cocoa and Fig
Food : We Cater to You
Makeup : Kelly Peterson of Makeover by Kelly
Hair : Julie Swenson Beauty
Bridal Accessories : Che Bella
Dresses : Che Bella
Door Draping : Avant Decor
Cross back chair rental : Ultimate Events
Glassware : Anthropologie
Papergoods : Lettered Life
Rentals : Rudy’s Event Rentals

We waited to take the lake ferry across the lake to the incredible and rustic Stout Island Lodge! :) I had been waiting to shoot a wedding here FOREVER because of the serenity and summer magic that gets displayed in photos that I had seen….and I was nothing sort of WOWed when we came into sight of the boathouse and property! :) The buildings are cabin-esque but very beautiful and full of lush greenery all over the property! It’s luxurious while being approachably “midwest” at the same time. Every guest at Johnny and Susie’s wedding felt the same; it was a weekend get-away that was full of adventure and relaxation and loads of love! :)

Susie’s day started as she got ready at one of the more “tucked away” cabins on the property, with an incredible view of the lake and the serenity that the calm water brought! She slipped her dress on, took a deep breath and walked through the gardens and past the rustic buildings to see her groom! :) It was practically magical! The ceremony and reception was the PERFECT summer event for guests…with the lake backdrop everyone enjoyed their meaningful vows, incredible cocktails, super yummy home-cooked Wisconsin fish and a dance party that reverberated through the woods on the island all night! :)

As we tooled away on the ferry boat back to our cars, we looked back at the moon-lit boathouse and listed for the party; and we just KNEW this was the PERFECT way to begin as husband and wife!!! :) YAY to Susie and Johnny! :)

And a HUGE shout out to Style Me Pretty for the gorgeous midwestern feature on their blog! See it live here! :)

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Ceremony and Reception : Stout Island Lodge, WI
Dress : Romano Keveza purchased from L’Atelier Couture Bridal, Minneapolis MN
Shoes : Badgley Mischka
Hair/Makeup : Kelsey Kovachevich, Cajan Salon
Floral : Kelly McRaith, Stouts Island Lodge

Cake : Fayes Fantasty Cakes
Band : Alex Rossi + Root City
Caterer : Stouts Island Lodge
Invitations/papergoods : Minted
Videograoher : Dougie Oliver

  • October 16, 2015 - 8:27 pm

    Ashley - Love, love, love! This is like a venue dream come true! And, Emily, you captured it impeccably.

Grandma’s first glimpse of Shannon as she came around the corner wearing her 50 year old wedding dress brought her to tears. Her hand clasped over her mouth and her eyes filled with tears as she looked at her husband out of the corner of her eye. Grandma couldn’t get the awe and wonder off her face the rest of the night…she was elated that Shannon chose to wear such a precious piece of her story into the beginning of their own! :)

Shannon and Dave planned a FABULOUS day filled with meaningful traditions, favorite family recipes (YAY for midwestern salads, yum) and loads of love! And Norskedalen was the most perfect location for their big day; lush with greenery, tall trees and the most wonderful open space for their outdoor dance party under as the strung lights and twinkling stars in the warm summer night sky! :)

HOORAY for beautifully, casual, family-filled weddings like Shannon and Dave’s! :) Congrats friends….wishing you many years of hugs and smiles and endless amounts of your families wonderful salads and homemade pies! (seriously, I am DROOLING just thinking about them)! :)
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Ceremony + Reception : Norskedalen nature center
Dress : family heirloom; Grandmas vintage dress :)
Brides shoes : Toms
Hair/makeup : Ultimate Salon, LaCrosse WI
Cake/dessert : homemade family recipes
Band : Double Talk, LaCrosse WI
Invitations : Minted

  • September 3, 2015 - 4:55 pm

    Dani - You were one of my first recommendations I have to Shannon when she started planning. I knew you would make magic and you did! My grandma’s dress looks INSANE! You made beautiful photos of a special day! Thank you!

  • September 3, 2015 - 5:20 pm

    Pam Schryver - Beautiful job Emily :)

  • September 4, 2015 - 12:07 pm

    Laurelyn - Oh Emily, this post brought tears (of happiness) to my eyes, grandma’s reaction is just breathtaking – and so is that dress!! LOVELY work, friend, and what special moments you documented! <3

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