Clemence and Jon’s Sugarland Wedding, Arena WI


LOCATION: Middleton WI and Arena WI wedding

CEREMONY:  Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton WI

RECEPTION: Sugarland, Arena WI

SALSA BAND: El Clan Destino, Madison WI


FLORIST: Abundance Acres, Madison WI

PIE ARTISTS: Humble, Madison, WI

It’s time for Clemence and Jon’s Sugarland wedding highlights on the blog today! Dark clouds were coming when I was on my way to the ceremony location –  Holy Wisdom Monastery, a peaceful and beautiful place surrounded by stunning views  of wild prairies. It was just sprinkling when Clemence and her friends arrived to the monastery, and then it started to rain steady when it was time for the photos. So we decided to work indoors. Fortunately the Monastery is very spacious with lots of natural light so we were even able to capture large groups. Here is a view before the rain…

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Joyful and dancing “first look”. I remembered from our engagement session last fall that Clemence and Jon are very good dancers. They kept dancing all day long…

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Clemence shared with me that there will be a lot of fancy hats on their wedding day. Indeed all the ladies were wearing a cute hat or some other fun head piece. Clemence looked gorgeous in her short wedding dress, amazing shoes and a fascinator (this was a new word I learned that day 🙂 We took as many indoor photos as possible and then decided to brave the weather for a few outdoor pictures. It was still raining when the rest of the guests arrived for the ceremony and fortunately stopped afterwards. Here is Clemence with her Mom, sister and European cousins. Aren’t they all the quintessence of French chic?

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 After the ceremony it was time to drive to Arena, WI and continue the celebrations. This was my first Sugarland wedding and I just love, love, love this venue. It has everything if you’re looking for a charming and rustic wedding: the barn, the country farmhouse, mature trees, everything perfect for wedding photographs. A lot of Clemence and Jon’s guests arrived from the both coasts and even Europe and I heard them admiring the location and sharing that you can’t get more Midwest than that. Following the dinner it was time for the dances and it turned out that there was something special planned for the guests. After their killer first dance, which turned out to be upbeat and flamboyant salsa, the newlyweds invited everybody for a quick salsa lesson. The floor filled up immediately and everybody enjoyed the live band playing Latino music late into the night. Clemence and Jon, thank you both for having me capture your big day! I wish you many years of happiness and I know together you’ll do a lot of good in the world… Congratulations!

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