Drawing from inspiration from the woods and lakes of north central Wisconsin, Et Voila Events and Carly McCray Photography came together to create an intimate elopement that was stunning, full of memorable moments and so beautiful. “There’s something magical and uniquely private about marrying your best friend in the middle of the woods! Tall pines reaching into the sky, and sandy lake shorelines were the unique setting for our couple, as central Wisconsin overflows with this type of incredible scenery. We wanted to showcase that, along with talented local vendors that reside in these woods and in Wisconsin! We envisioned a palette from very organic, raw elements of the earth—greens found in the natural settings, moody blacks, and soft blues and grays.”
Their initial dream for creating an elopement included elements combined with overflowing greenery and florals, local pine and foraged materials from the woods. “We lit up thinking of telling a love story in these verdant surroundings we love to call home. Style inspiration for the overall feel was simplicity, and letting the settings take center stage to the love story.”
The bride: bit wild, unencumbered + excited to marry her match! They had their bride begin her day on the farm with her horse, meeting her groom before eloping in the woods. “She wore an abundant skirt from THEIA with a unique black top, being authentic to herself.”
The couple exchanged meaningful vows under a canopy of greens and florals including lily of the valley, peonies, larch, garden roses, columbine, hellebores, lilac, fern + foraged pine.
“This is real couple brought their adorable French bulldog puppy on the day of shooting. We couldn’t resist making her an impromptu flower garland and including her in with their elopement, also winking at our invitation suite composed in French.”
Their intimate dinner with a handful of friends followed in a stone cottage in the woods. The cottage stands apart with its hand-hewn beams and charming fireplace, with another overflowing floral installation above the cozy fireplace.
Senimann Calligraphy crafted raw, organic invitations with watercolor and lettering in blacks, blues, and grays with gold foil accents. Black taper candles filled the farm table, using simple organic-shaped dinnerware accented with gold flatware. Silk + Willow adornments line the plates and the bride’s bouquet, as well as delicate greens on the table, with rustic wood chairs and simple gold vessels.
The intimate wedding day ended at sunset along the sandy shores of a lake, nestled in the pines, surrounded with light, love, and just the two of them.
PHOTOGRAPHER Carly McCray Photography | PLANNING & DESIGN Et Voila Events | VENUE Historic Iverson Park + Stone Cottage | FLORAL DESIGNER Frontier Flowers of Fontana | CALLIGRAPHY + INVITATION SUITE Seniman Calligraphy | BRIDE’S MAKEUP Glow Aesthetics | BRIDE’S HAIR Mia Bella Salon | CAKE + ARTISANAL BREAD The Main Grain Bakery | RENTALS A La Crate Vintage Rentals | LINENS + RIBBONS Silk and Willow | BRIDE’S SKIRT AND VEIL THEIA | FILM LAB Photovision