Elsa and Kurt’s Wisconsin Backyard Wedding – Spring Green WI


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LOCATION: Clyde near Spring Green WI

WEDDING COORDINATOR and FLORIST: Jenny Sligh of Lavender Hill Weddings and Events

BAND: The Madpolecats

CATERER: Fat Jack’s

Elsa and Kurt chose Elsa’s parents’ property nestled beautifully among the rolling hills of Spring Green area for their Wisconsin backyard wedding. This location holds a special place in their hearts, because this is where Kurt proposed. It’s also where we shot their engagement session last fall. When we met a week before their big day, we were concerned that because of the heavy rains and lots of mud the event would have to be moved to a different location. Fortunately the grounds dried out and everything could go as planned. It was a perfect summer day. Family, friends and Elsa and Kurt’s bright smiles filled it with joy and happiness. It definitely wasn’t a very traditional wedding. Everything started early in the morning, there was lunch instead of typical dinner, no cake cutting but ice cream bars instead and no first dances, although there was awesome live music by a Madison band The Madpolecats. The entire wedding had more of a backyard garden party feel to it and everybody had a chance to just enjoy the company of others.

We started with Elsa getting ready in her favorite bedroom in the house. She looked stunning in her simple but gorgeous silk wedding dress. After putting on her mother’s pearls and a veil she was ready for “the first look” photos.


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Elsa’s wedding coordinator, Jenny Sligh of Lavender Hill Weddings and Events, chose a perfect spot for the couple’s first look. It was a peaceful path on a hill behind the house. Jenny led Kurt there and a moment later Elsa came with me. I love “first looks”! Very often this is the only intimate moment that the bride and groom have on their wedding day and it is always such a joy to be able to capture those first emotional expressions when they first see each other… We continued with wedding party photos and were done with them just in time before the wedding guests started to arrive.


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After a moving (and sometimes funny) outdoor wedding ceremony it was time for more family portraits. And then the cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, live music and lawn games followed. For wedding lunch everybody walked to a tent set up between a pond a wooded hill. I loved how he tables were set up with a different plate for each guest. This beautiful idea went perfectly with a casual but at the same time elegant atmosphere of this Wisconsin backyard wedding.

Elsa and Kurt, thank you for having me document your day. You are an amazing couple, just perfect together and I know you have many many happy years ahead of you! Keep smiling!


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