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Meghan & Alex

Silhouette: Ball Gown

Location: Hillsdale, Wisconsin

Date: August 27, 2016

Photographer: Dani Stephenson

Wedding theme: Rustic romance

The more the merrier:

We had quite a large bridal party: Seven bridesmaids, seven groomsmen, three flower girls, and two ushers.

Tell us your love story!

We grew up in the same town and even attended the same high school but our paths never crossed there. I went to college miles away and returned the next summer. At the end of the summer, when my friend told me there was a single guy she wanted me to meet, I thought, “Sure, why not?” When I met Alex I was instantly drawn to him. He was charismatic, smart, calm, a gentleman, and super-handsome. We instantly connected over music, as we both loved the old rock and roll, blues, and folk classics. I had to return to school that fall, but the distance only lasted one year before I transferred to be closer to him and home. The rest is history!

What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme?

We decided very quickly on our venue, the Enchanted Barn, and used that as the foundation for all other inspiration. We fell in love with our venue because it was completely remote, a hidden gem in the rural countryside of Wisconsin. It was hours away from our hometown, but we liked the idea of being whisked away into another world on our most special day. It was rustic, yet still elegant.

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Hold the cake:

Rather than a cake cutting, we had a build-your-own donut bar. Guests could choose whichever flavor frosting and toppings they liked!

Describe how you felt when you found "The Dress."

When my mom and sisters pointed out this ball gown, with the ruffle skirt, the champagne bodice, and beautiful lace appliqués, it made my heart beat. After my stylist helped me try it on, and I saw the look on her face, I knew it was the one before I even saw it for myself. Her eyes lit up, and as I walked out of the dressing room, so did my entourage. They were speechless. I turned and looked in the mirror and for the first time I saw myself as a bride. Despite being a tomboy growing up and never expecting to one day fall in love with a princess ball gown, this dress was representative of the happily ever after I had always hoped for. I knew it was my dress, and I loudly rang the bell!

What was your favorite personalized wedding project?

All of our decor was DIY, but my favorite and the most meaningful piece would definitely be the wooden calligraphy backdrop Alex and I made with the lyrics to our first dance song, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Johnny Cash. We connected through music, so it was only fitting that we find a way to incorporate it into our wedding.

What was the most memorable part of your wedding day?

The first look with Alex. All the commotion and worries disappeared when I saw him standing down the path, waiting for me, and smiling. It was a moment out of the day for just the two of us. I also will never forget the feeling of walking down the aisle, all our loved ones standing for us, smiling from ear to ear, and genuinely so happy. I didn’t expect for that moment to be as impactful as it was.

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