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I love featuring photos from the wedding ceremony. Sure, the details are pretty and important, too, but the ceremony is where all the action is. And, Meghan and Michael’s ceremony had so many emotions and moments of love. One shot in particular shows their wedding party circled close behind them with their hands around / over them during a prayer. Truly beautiful.

Photography by David E. Jackson

From the Bride:
When Michael and I began planning our Wisconsin wedding, we knew that we wanted our day to be focused around our creativity, love for fun, and our faith. Rustic, intimate, and fun were three words we kept coming back too. Homestead Meadows was the perfect farm to hold our wedding and reception- especially since we had the entire farm from early morning through the whole night! This made planning and designing so much more fun- playing off the transitions that all the guests would make between the wedding, dinner and then the dance.

As an interior design student at Madison, I loved every moment of planning the design. I drew my inspirations from etsy, knot.com, Anthropologie and designsponge, along with many other design blogs. Once the farm was chosen, rustic-thrifty pieces quickly feel into place: old bell jars wrapped in twine for centerpieces, gerbera daisies for decoration and floral arrangements, tissue paper pom-poms in the trees, and recycled wood signs to direct guests around the farm. We spent hours wrapping the jars in twine, but the most time consuming design feature was the party favor name card. Using recycled brown-paper bags, we constructed little seed packets (all farm flowers and veggies, of coarse) that were hand stamped with the guests’ name and table number.

Following the country-rustic theme, our reception was catered by Van Abel’s, which provided the most delicious and classy country-style buffet I have ever had! Food ranged from premium burgers, to grilled chicken breast sandwiches with homemade beans, coleslaw, and kettle chips. All the meat and bread were from local sources, which made this Wisconsin wedding even more perfect!

While designing your own wedding definitely brings unique challenges, I would have never traded all the special touches we were able to place on our day! Our wedding was hands-down the most fun and beautiful day we had ever shared together. From our best man forgetting his pants, to Michael and his mom breaking into “Rock Lobster” during their dance, our rustic-Wisconsin wedding was perfect.

Ceremony / Reception Venue: Homestead Meadows Farm | Caterer: Van Abels | Photographer: David E Jackson | Event Design: Meghan Ann Carey | Wedding Gown / Bridesmaids Dresses: Veras Bridals | Grooms Attire: Banana Republic | Florist: Sterling Gardens


  1. The landscape/venue in these pictures is amazing! This couple looks like they know how to plan an awesome wedding! I love the simplicity of the sunflowers. The guests + the bride and groom look like they are having a wonderful time! 🙂

  2. What a lovely wedding. I too enjoy seeing ceremony images. I just don’t think the wedding imagery is complete without them. Oh…and I love the bright blue and yellow used throughout this wedding and the light grey-blue bridesmaids dress are definitely fab. Love, love!