An Island Wedding Weekend Nestled in Wisconsin

When you think of an island wedding, your mind likely doesn't go to fall foilage, rustic touches, and the nature only found in the Northwoods. But when it's that of Stout's Island Lodge in Birchwood, it's easy to abandon the thought of leis, white sandy beaches, and lapping ocean waves for something that feels perfectly Wisconsin. Lauren and Brent chose the 18-acre island located on Red Cedar Lake as the ideal spot to share their "I Dos." The couple wanted a close family and friend gathering that felt more like a laid back gathering than a more formal affair, and as the beautiful pictures from Ryan A. Stadler Art + Photography show, they were 100 percent successful. Congratulations to the newlyweds!

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From the Bride:

When we first starting talking about our wedding, we both agreed that we wanted it to incorporate all the things we love the most. Adventure (we got engaged after a five-hour hike in Cinque Terre, Italy), being outside (especially in the fall), and spending time with our family and friends. We wanted our wedding to be more of an intimate gathering of our closest family and friends for a huge party rather than a formal wedding, and we wanted it to be a weekend event so everyone could relax and soak up the time together. Renting out the gorgeous property of Stout's Island Lodge was the perfect place as it kept everyone together and enjoying all that the island had to offer. We also loved the island because it felt very relaxed, and we were able to make the day how we wanted.

Traditional weddings we'd been to felt very formal and unlike us, so staying true to our personalities was very important for us. We were involved with every aspect of planning and just incorporated the things that we liked and made sense to us, which I think made a huge difference in how personal our wedding felt. The weekend was beautiful, very warm for late fall and the trees were popping with color. The weekend started with a huge welcome bonfire complete with S'mores and celebration. The following day before the wedding events, everyone had plenty of free time to enjoy the island's many outdoor activities, such as canoeing or hiking while everyone else got ready.

Brent and I come from two different religions, so we spent a lot of time planning our ceremony and deciding who should marry us. In the end, choosing to have our fathers marry us was one of our best decisions of the weekend. It made the ceremony very intimate, and it felt like our friends and family were also involved for the laughs and the tears. Some of our favorite moments from the day were getting ready with everyone, the ceremony and finally getting officially hitched to one another, the rain storm right after dinner, our dad's speeches, and our ripping band making everyone tear up the dance floor. Overall it was more than we could have ever imagined and a perfect way to start our life together.

Credits: 
Venue and Catering
Bridesmaid Bresses
Menswear
Makeup
Joee Nelson
Videographer
Band