Melissa & Ben

Sept. 5, 2009 at Windbeam Farm in Hager City

Google Chat isn’t exactly candles and flowers, but that’s how Ben Beresford and Melissa Baldwin decided to get married, while he was doing research in Moscow and she was in Chicago attending graduate school. They went the traditional route for their wedding at Windbeam Farm though. Ben’s boutonnière included a maple leaf to honor his Canadian heritage and Melissa’s bouquet included proteas, the national flower of South Africa, where Melissa’s family is from. Melissa insisted on making her own wedding cake, as it’s traditional in both South Africa and Canada, even using the cake pan that her mother used to make her wedding cake. Melissa and her mom also crafted other details, including place cards that corresponded with various vegetable seed packets. Trudi and Paul Schaefer, owners of Windbeam Farm, are to thank for much of the day. They rented the tents, Trudi arranged all the flowers and Paul barbecued the pork shoulder for dinner. Chowgirls Catering provided the food, which included ingredients all from farms in Wisconsin and Minnesota. The celebration continued through the night, as a square dancing caller convinced all the guests to the dance floor, Ben’s rock band played and guests made s’mores around a bonfire. There was no need to end the fun at sunset either: many guests pitched tents and stayed the night at the farm.

Gown: Enzoani | Flowers: Windbeam Farm | Catering: Chowgirls in Minneapolis

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