Black and White Wedding The Carriage House at Lac La Belle

Real Wedding
Kailey and Ryan's nuptials featured verdant greenery and white blooms that highlighted the Carriage House's many gorgeous spots.
Written by
Megan Simpson Teeter


Wisconsin Bride Spring/Summer 2024

“On this particular Christmas Eve—while I was very occupied looking through the tree—Ryan was quickly running to the coat closet to get the ring,” Kailey Charlton recounts. Her longtime love, Ryan Leedle, popped the question during a Christmas ornament scavenger hunt. In picturesque contrast to the day of their engagement, a balmy summer day set the scene for their wedding celebration. Accompanied by her nearest and dearest ladies, Kailey donned a lightly ruched wedding gown that hugged her silhouette, her hair coiffed into a cascade of barely there waves to complement her smokey eyes and dewy makeup. Meanwhile, Ryan put on a dashing suit jacket in white with black trim that coordinated with his slacks, vest and bow tie. Attendees gathered on the sprawling lawn of The Carriage House at Lac La Belle, finding seats facing the natural altar marked by verdant greenery and white blooms. Bridesmaids in assorted black gowns led by groomsmen in matching attire made their way down the petal-lined aisle, followed closely by the bride. Following the customary “I do’s,” guests enjoyed alfresco drinks and light bites during cocktail hour before heading inside to kick off the festivities. Assorted tables featured low candles and sweet, single-stem vases with small arrangements of light-hued flowers. “It was important to me to keep the overall colors and décor simple, timeless and neutral with a lot of whites, blacks, creams, pale pinks, gold, while playing with organic textures and ambient lighting,” notes the bride. The evening saw heartfelt speeches and sentimental dances before the dance floor became the go-to spot for the lively dance party. Kailey changed into a feathered mini dress to kick up her heels during the rest of the evening. The newlyweds were sent on their way with a grand exit, the night lit up by sparklers.

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