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Stella & Tim hosted such a unique celebration, centered around the ceremony that united them and husband and wife. The beautiful details were lovely (in fact, my assistant and I could not stop gushing about them all day), but the things that resonate most to me, were the moments during the ceremony when Tim wiped the tears from Stella’s face. It was the moments when they couldn’t stop smiling at each other. It was beautiful to witness. The ceremony was made even more personal, due to the fact that it was performed by Tim’s parents, who are pastors.

After the morning ceremony, guests enjoyed a delicious lunch, toasts and dancing to a 17 piece swing band! It was quite fun! I must give a huge, huge resounding ‘THANK YOU’ to Jennifer from Premier Planning Services and her husband for planning and coordinating this event. They couldn’t have possibly done a better job and I am so lucky to get to work with amazing vendors like Jennifer week after week. I also loved the incredible florals by Summer Harsh. So amazing!! Thank you ladies!  And, thank you to Stella & Tim for entrusting me to document your day.

Venue: Mayowood Stone Barn
Event Planner: Jennifer Dunwell Orton of Premier Planning Services
Florals: Summer Harsh Botanical Artistry
Caterer: Create Catering
Cake: Cakes by Jan
Rentals: Rentex Rentals
Vintage Rentals: On Solid Ground
Wedding Gown: Bhldn
Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren
Bridemaid’s Dresses: French Connection
Groomsmen’s Suits: Macy’s
Sound: Audio Visual Logic
Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Lake String Quartet
Reception & Dance Music: Swing Street
On-site Dance Instruction: Fred Astaire Dance Studio

kristen - gorgeous wedding and photos laura!!

Jayne - Beautiful job Laura! I LOVED her venue and her dress was pure perfection. Congrats to the lovely bride and groom :)

Lizie - I ADORE!!! Fabulous job, miss Laura! :)

Kelsy McCartney - Loving every bit of this wedding, Laura!! The images feel effortlessly perfect, and what a stunning couple & venue!! Gorg!

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When I commented how beautiful the light was, Steph decided to get dressed outside on her Mom’s deck.
That’s my kind of bride!

Oooh, Steph & John! Where do I even begin?  Steph & John were so fun to photograph and Steph’s smile and laugh are just contagious. They put so much effort into planning a gorgeous, laid back celebration and the details were so well thought out. Plus, the food… ooh! You, dear blog readers, should’ve been there. It was divine. The music was amazing too! If anyone is looking for an amazingly awesome band, I highly recommend checking out CBO!

Emily DeWan - Beautiful! Love the portraits with the horse.

Steph - Laura, we absolutely love the photos and can’t wait to see the rest! Thank you for capturing our day!!!

Kristin Wilkes - Your wedding looks beautiful and you both look soooo happy! I love the colors of the flowers they were gorgeous.

Elizabeth Anne - Again, so gorgeous Laura!
Who catered the food? Every Eau Claire Wedding I do, I have a hard time finding a caterer who serves quality food, and carries good work ethics.

Brenda Phillips - Love all of the pictures! Everything looked amazing, just what i am looking for my wedding. Where was this location? Who did the food? Any information you can give me will be helpful. Thanks a million

Kayla - Absolutely beautiful! Where did all the festivities occur? We are planning an April wedding and are looking for a barn/rustic themed space!

Samantha Becker - Where is this location? It is beautiful!

Becky B - I am also curious about the beautiful location! Where is it at?

Laura Ivanova - I’ve had so many questions over the years about this location!! Steph & John were married at a private residence that is unfortunately, not available for rentals. Sorry I can’t help! I have compiled a list of farm venues in MN and WI over the years, so email me if you’d like me to forward my list! :)



I love the Enchanted Barn in Hillsdale, Wisconsin (seriously, I could shoot here every weekend!), but I love Shelby & Jeff even more. They are so sweet, so laid back and just wanted to enjoy their wedding day and celebrate their marriage. Shelby’s laugh is contagious and I could’ve stayed and celebrated with this couple and their friends and family all night!

Yazy - Stunning!!♥

Kate Botwinski - Laura, hello? these are so magical. they don’t even feel like “enchanted barn” wedding photos. you had a different vision in mind and they are so different than all the other enchanted barn photos that we’ve all seen. seriously, i commend you.

Nissa - Gorgeous wedding!!!

Chad Brusky - I am getting married at the enchanted barn on July 13 of this year. I was just curious if you have the date free and the cost of your services.

Chad Brusky




Anne Ingman - So beautiful! Love the apple orchard location — and such a cute couple! Great photos Laura!

Kristen Drufke - Great photos! Katelin has gorgeous eyes! I bet it’s going to be a ton of fun to photograph their wedding:)

Amy - So perfect! I am loving the film!

Ellie Kilgore - Laura~ Thank you for the beautiful engagement pictures of my daughter Katelin and her fiance Joe! You captured their personalities and their love ~ I can see it in each photo! Can’t wait to view the rest, and I’m so looking forward to your photos of their wedding next August! Blessings, Ellie - Love the engagement photos of Katelin and Joe they are beautiful!!

Rachael Brown - These pictures sent me a squealin’ I love them so much!
One of them made me think of the Twilight cover which made me soops happy.
To sum up…
THESE PICTURES ARE SO BEAUTIFUL! (Joe looked very handsome)
I love you both :)

Brandee Cummins - Absolutely beautiful pics, so happy for y’all …………. congratulations and happy happy life together…..

Caroline Held - Beautiful pictures! I’m going to have such a wonderful sister-in-law.Love how these show your happy disposition!

Gretchen Held - Laura, you’ve captured our Joe and Kate’s sense of fun and play! They’re laughing eyes say so much. They’re so happy in each other’s company, aren’t they? Your use of sunlight shows the true nature of that sunny, happy day at the orchard. Thank you!

Linda Walker - Unbelievable!! Such great pictures!! You both look so happy and such a pretty place to have pictures done! Love you