CLARE + STU
Clare + Stu's super-secret, magical elopement at The Enchanted Barn in Hillsdale, WI was one of the most incredible wedding experiences I have ever been a part of.
Maybe it was because it was a 70-degree March day in Wisconsin, or maybe it was because their British accents were mesmerizingly awesome ALL. DAY. LONG. From Clare's little hand-made decor items to Stu's infinitely classy RAF uniform, this intimate wedding was absolute perfection in every way.
Or maybe it was the fact that this was a SUPER SECRET elopement?! In fact, the bride and groom still had plans to hold a "big" wedding back home in England in a few months time.... but this? This special day was just for them.
When I first was connected with Clare, it was easy to think "this must be fake". Seriously! A charming British gal says she's coming all the way to the middle of nowhere, Wisconsin to marry her beau. Then we began to email (again, she was in England!) and I realized how incredibly adorable this girl was and I found myself incredibly excited for these nuptials inside the beautiful Enchanted Barn.
It started out as a brisk March morning, and then eventually it was a nearly 70-degree day (again, in March, in the Upper Midwest.... insanity!). Clare and Stu shared beautifully sentimental vows to one another, with only their two friends/witnesses, their officiant and me! Really! Just 5 of us in the room as they made their promises to one another.
After they said I Do, we adventured around the barn's stunning landscape to take portraits of the happy couple, and then they enjoyed a lovely catered dinner, just the 4 of them, sitting at a beautiful little bistro table.
As sunset was nearing, the couple had fun with some toy airplanes with their friends (as Stu is in the Royal Air Force, it was entirely fitting and SO. MUCH. FUN!). A few more gorgeous portraits to close out the night and lots of hugs goodbye made for one unbelievably memorable day and a new lifelong friendship was formed.
Congratulations, lovebirds! I am so blessed to know you and have been there for your amazing day! Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful images with your family and friends at your "big" wedding back in England!
The Wedding Day Team:
Photography: Laura Robinson Photography
Ceremony Venue: The Enchanted Barn - Hillsdale, WI
Reception Venue: The Enchanted Barn - Hillsdale, WI
Floral Design: Allure
Hair Styling: Bride
Wedding Gown: Wed2B - Liverpool, England
Groom's Attire: British Royal Airforce Uniform
Rings: John Pass Jewelers
Catering: The Enchanted Barn
Cake: Just Call Me Cupcake
Decor and Invitation Suites: DIY by the Bride