Kaci + Allan | A Relaxed Backyard Summer Wedding | Bonduel, Wisconsin

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This blog post kept me up at night (in a good way). I kept thinking how am I going to wrap up such an incredible experience? How am I going to wrap up in a silly lil blog post what this day was about? I started putting it together and would wrap up for the day, only to lay awake in bed trying to put the story into words and making sure I wouldn’t miss any of the moments.

To start, Kaci contacted me earlier this year, they were on a tight timeline for the wedding and she wanted to know what my late summer availability was. Her dad was terminally ill with cancer and they wanted to make sure he would be there, they thought they had until the end of summer, but unfortunately, they didn’t. Her dad, John, passed away on May 23rd, just 80 days before their planned wedding. Fortunately, Kaci and Allan got married TWICE (it was the joke the entire day). When they realized that her dad might not be with them in August, they decided to tie the knot at his bedside before they had to say goodbye. The most bittersweet celebration and tear-jerker of a story.

On August 11th, they still went on with their traditional church wedding and celebration.  Kaci’s mom, now widowed, sitting across the aisle from Allan’s mother, also a widow. The pastor made it a point in his sermon that he has never had two widows sitting in the front pews of their children’s wedding and at such a young age. However, if I, as a stranger, could feel how much love was there for both dads then I have no doubt in my mind that these two men knew how much they were loved before they had to leave. Kaci told me that her dad did not want them pounding holes into the driveway to put up the reception tent, well they did anyway, but she jokingly said that, “he must be ok with it because we have seen so many butterflies floating around here today”. They were also blessed with perfect weather, another nod from above.

Their reception was held at Kaci’s parents home, where dinner took place under a beautiful white tent and the dancing in a cleaned out shed. I loved the laidback experience for guests while still being stunning aesthetically. String lights, so many florals, a mobile bar, and kiddos being able to run around without worry (including their adorable son, Graham) made for a classic small-town Wisconsin wedding. I hope you take a peek at their curated wedding story below and are able to feel exactly what I’m talking about.

Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Wolf!

Vendor Love!
Ceremony: St. Paul Lutheran Church | Reception: Private Residence | Caterer: Biebel’s Catering | Entertainment: Superior Sound Entertainment | Rentals: Y Worry Rentals – Cecil | Florals: Becky Staats, Bride’s Mom | Paper Goods: PrintableMoment and Fossil Letterpress | Menswear: Body Essentials – Shawano | Bridal Gown: Tie the Knot Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaids Dresses: RenzRags | Transportation: Janda’s Party Bus | Rings: Kessler’s and MochaRings | Second Photographer: Amber Garret – Emily Megan Associate

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