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Real Weddings: Meghan & Wesley | St. Croix Falls, WI

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{Featured in Vol. 23}

Photographer:   TellaStory Photography



We incorporated the my mother’s wedding dress into the into my bouquet.  My great grandmother’s handkerchief was used as something old/borrowed.  I had a piece of my mother’s wedding dress embroidered to say Mrs. Kusilek in blue embroidery and then it was sewn into the underneath layer of the the dress as my something blue and to surprise the groom.  A table of photos of deceased family members (who were with us in spirit) were displayed at the reception.  Assorted flavors of pie with cutout heart crust were served for desert after dinner to the guests.  There was a hayride for guests to transport from the ceremony to the barn for the reception.  We were married by a friend of Wesley’s.

Our wedding was retreat style. We had the whole place to ourselves, with our wedding party and family, for the entire weekend. We were able to take our time and set everything up as we pleased. It was such a fun time to be able to stay at the venue in the clubhouse with all of our wedding party friends and family. All bridal party hair and makeup was done on site. We had rehearsal and dinner there also. It was a great experience to get away for the whole 3-day weekend with everyone. This also enabled us to get to know the family that lives on site and operates and cares for the venue, which made it even more special of a weekend.

The majority of the décor was handmade and with personalized items. All of the wooden items were composed of things found at the bride’s father’s old barn. All of the ceremony and reception signs with personalized sayings were made by the bride and her bridesmaids out of old barn wood. The entry arch for the ceremony was made by the father of the bride out of old barn doors. The guest book was composed of a poster-sized picture of the bride and groom housed in an old barn window. The guests signed on the glass with silver and gold permanent marker. This picture now hangs on the wall in our house and brings a smile to my face whenever I read the greeting on it! Barn windows were also used to display a “Meet the Wedding Party” section, including a picture and introduction of each member of the wedding party. The dinner table centerpieces were handmade and decorated with burlap, lace, flowers, and antique buttons. The table runners and chair bows were hand cut by the bride and her crew from rolls of fabric and burlap. The ceremony pieces were bark wire wrapped mason jars that held flowers on shepherd’s hooks. Other décor was bought at antique sales, including a vintage suitcase turned into a card box; a vintage wooden buggy used to hold the guests party favor can koozies; wooden milk crates used as silverware holders on the buffet line; and metal milk barrels used for housing big floral bouquets as decoration. Several of the hand crafted or antique items are now used as décor at the bride and grooms house, the rest was sold and used to pay for part of the honeymoon! The dinner was buffet style, including a lemonade stand and bar. After dark there was a s’mores bar and bon fire outside of the barn. There was a live singer at the ceremony; a friend of the bride’s sister who sang and played acoustic guitar, it was beautiful.

Our first dance was the most memorable moment of the day. We are both shy people and were nervously anticipating this first dance. We took a few dance lessons in preparation and were anxious to show off our hard work. It went flawlessly and we had a lot of fun doing it together. Our guests enjoyed our new “moves” also. The spotlight was on us and everyone was watching, yet it seemed like just the two of us in the barn on the dance floor together in that moment. This was also the only time we were able to steal away just for ourselves with all of the busy wedding day festivities going on.

I started planning early and attending bridal shows and conventions. This really helped me to organize my thoughts (in a bridal planning book with folder) and get referrals, as well as discounts, on places to dress and tux shop. This is also where I found my caterer, photographer, and photo booth. They are also good about offering discounts if you schedule appointments or consults with them the day of the convention. There are also several drawings that you can enter to win fun free stuff towards your wedding! I had an itinerary for the whole wedding party. This helped to stay on track for the weekend. I also designated my personal attendant to work with the photographer during the pictures to make sure that all of my “must have” photos were captured; you may think you will remember, but it is such a busy day and you are being pulled in so many directions that the extra helping hand is a must! Be sure to split up the guest visiting duty between bride and groom if you have a large wedding, or you will miss thanking many of the people that were in attendance. Enjoy the day and make it everything you dreamed of, it is over before you know it!

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