A Romantic Rustic Barn Wedding in Wisconsin
Emily and Nick
Emily and Nick Birren met at a basketball game during freshman year of high school. The connection was instant. Twelve years later, on August 20, 2011, they tied the knot, in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, near the bride's family's summer home.
A Warm Welcome
Emily and Nick chose Woodwalk Gallery for their ceremony and reception. Its historic farm elements, like a silo and restored barn, and a working art studio were a great mix of rustic and modern.
The Bridal Party
Nick's guys wore simple black suits along with monogrammed tie clips given to them by the groom.
This fun wood sign directed guests to various wedding activities.
The Ceremony Decor
The venue's distressed silo provided a photo-worthy backdrop for the ceremony, and an arch made of old farm machinery and covered in colorful flowers served as an altar.
Aisles, flanked by mixed floral arrangements, designed to look like wildflower bunches, gave way to quilt-covered hay-bale seats.
The program's fan design helped keep guests cool (and ward off bugs).
The Flower Girl
The bride and groom honored their Catholic and Jewish faiths by incorporating elements from each. They also added personal touches, such as live musicians, a friend’s original song, and a wedding blessing.
In addition to traditional vows, Emily and Nick included a religious unity braiding ceremony.
Husband and Wife
Newlyweds Emily and Nick recess down the aisle.
Two signature drinks were served. One cocktail, the "Cherry Bomb," contained the area's famous cherries. The second beverage, a "Thai Mojito," paid homage to the couple's Thailand honeymoon.
Photos of the pair were hung from clothespins to give guests an inside peek into their relationship.
The seated dinner was held in the venue's century-old barn-turned-art-gallery. Romantic lighting and long, elegant tables added sophistication to the rustic space.
Emily and Nick marked their chairs with multi-colored ribbons and "Mrs." and "Mr." signs.
Since the Door County area is known for its plentiful cherry orchards, guests received jars of homemade jam decorated with burlap, twine, and a personalized "spread the love" tag.
Instead of a traditional guest book, the couple created "vintage" postcards for friends and family to write their well wishes upon. A sign saying, "Send us away with a message today," let attendees know the notes would be read on the couple's honeymoon.
A Photo Op
An old red truck adorned with a "just married" sign made a great backdrop for photos.
Emily and Nick slow-danced to "Making Plans" by Miranda Lambert, and then surprised guests by breaking into a choreographed number to "Still the One" by The Orleans. Earlier in the reception, the newlyweds kicked off the party with a group routine to Pink's "Raise Your Glass" that had them and their bridal party making more than just a grand entrance.