It all started in Baldwin, WI at Mystical Rose Gardens, one of the most beautiful wedding venues I have ever had the pleasure of photographing a wedding at! The beautiful bride and her lovely ladies got ready in one of the cozy retreat buildings on site. I just love when a bride and groom decide to keep traditions alive by agreeing to not see one another until she is walking down the isle to meet him in matrimony! We still managed to do most of the formal photographs before the ceremony, being very careful to keep the blushing bride out of site of her husband to be. The ceremony was outside in a gorgeous courtyard surrounded by a white picket fence with flowers, shrubs and trees. The whole area was decorated so beautifully, from the homemade signs, the wood and flower filled mason jar center pieces, to the ladder photo display piece at the reception!
Following the ceremony was a short cocktail hour for the guests to celebrate while the family, wedding party and I grabbed a few more photographs outside. A little later we all gathered inside the gorgeous reception area for a delicious dinner. During dinner the bride and groom announced that if the guests were to take part in the traditions of clanking the glasses for the bride and groom to kiss, then the guests would have to stand up and show the bride and groom how they would like them to kiss; this made for some very hilarious moments that I’m sure will live on as one of the best wedding reception ideas of all time!
After the bride and groom were done with dinner, we slipped outside for a few minutes to grab some romantic moments by the glowing fields at sunset. Just as the sun was making its final appearance on the horizon, surrounded by their friends and family, the bride and groom shared their first, of many dances as husband and wife! Such a beautiful wedding, with two incredible people so in love! I am truly blessed to have been able to capture such an incredible day for them!
Wedding Ceremony and Reception Location: Mystical Rose Gardens in Baldwin, WI