Tara & Kevin’s Sugarland Barn Wedding
So, where do I start with these two? From the moment that Tara, Kevin, and Bonnie (crafty and creative Mother-of-the-Bride) stepped through the door and into my life, I knew their wedding was going to be a BLAST. And it most definitely was! If you recall from their Milwaukee Engagement Session
, Tara has a contagious smile that is almost always glowing- especially when Kevin's around. They have a ridiculous amount of fun together and I LOVE it. Smiley brides and grooms make my job a dream.
In addition to happening at one of my favorite Wisconsin wedding barns, Sugarland
Barn, this celebration was stuffed full of sentimental details and important people. And did I mention the VIP's who overcame odds to be able to attend? Let's just say that during their final consult, Tara and Kevin and I had a few angry words to share about cancer and how much it sucks. But then, we spent their day with people who have triumphed and it only made the festivities sweeter. So grab your tissues and read on!
First thing I saw when I entered the barn? MIMOSAS. My favorite. What an awesome favor, no??
Tara was very proud of her Kate Spade box. I LOOOOOVE me some Kate Spade!
They brought me their whole suite of paper goods to shoot... How lovely!
This is a super-cute "something blue." Tara & her mom had a heart-shaped piece of one of her father's shirts sewn into her gown. <3
One of Tara's bridesmaids did her hair. 🙂
More cuteness? You got it. This is Tara's daddy's tie! Now I typically love a cute little hankie, but this is even better...because he can wear it any other day he pleases and enjoy his note from his little girl.
Bonnie provided Tara with her "something borrowed." Bonnie wore this cameo on her wedding day, and it belonged to her mother.
Dear brides and grooms: Not that I don't love photos of grown men frantically trying to learn how to do things on the fly, but I've seen this often lately. Let's add "teach everyone how to tie the bowtie/necktie they'll be wearing" to the pre-bachelor-party program, hmmm? 😉
It's all good, clearly they got it!
When I posted a peek on Facebook, I promised to share the story of Tara's bouquet. This story makes me cry a little bit. Tara's aunt lost the battle with pancreatic cancer. Before she passed, she hand-made wedding bouquets from beautiful silk flowers for each of her nieces. It was beautiful to hear Tara & Bonnie marvel over how perfectly the bouquet fit into the wedding. What a loving and thoughtful way to ensure that she could be there in spirit on the most important day of her nieces' lives. I just LOVE this.
This guy here is Tara's Grampa. He is 100 years old and earlier this year, he was diagnosed with cancer as well. His prognosis was not good, and everyone prepared. There was no expectation that he'd make it to the wedding, but check it out- here he is! And he rode up in the gorgeous, brand-new, red Mustang that he bought. This man is inspiring and Tara & Kevin were beyond happy that he could be there. I love love LOVE this.
And then there's this guy. Meet Ryan... Just a few weeks before the wedding, he went through brain surgery! Mr. & Mrs. Lock: 3. Cancer: 0. You tried real hard, but you didn't ruin this wedding! Check out the smiles!
Just look at all that sunshine.
Check the sky above the groomsmen's heads. See that butterfly? Yeah, that was a butterfly release. SO. COOL.
Gramma loved seeing her cameo brooch on the bouquet!
SWOON. This barn is so gorgeous!
I totally want a pair of these forks... If I'd had them at my wedding, they'd be used for every. Single. Special. Dinner!
Kevin looks at Tara like this and I melt. As I'm sure she does, too!
And oh goodness, as if a perfect day could get any better- we had a GORGEOUS sunset. Gorgeous!
This little girl here is the granddaughter of the Aunt who made Tara's bouquet. We had to snap a photo of her with it!
We waited until the sparklers were done to take off...so glad we caught this. 🙂 How cute is Tara's adorable reception dress? And the tux tee! Cracks me up!
To Tara & Kevin, I was delighted to be a part of your day. Just delighted! Thank you so much for having us!