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Gatherings On The Ridge barn in Eastman, WI is just over 100 miles away from Madison WI where I currently reside. It’s located in a heart of Driftless Wisconsin– area that was never touched by glaciers. Limestone bedrock valleys, rolling hills and streams scattered through beautifully sculpted topography make this 2-hour drive worthwhile.
Laura and Ryan was one of my favorite couples I got to hangout with this past season. Honest, real, down to earth and crazy excited about their upcoming wedding.
They both worked hard and dedicated quite a bit of their time for their wedding day planning in order to make it look unique. By having strong team of good helping hands made out of friends and family members they were able to delegate some of their wedding planning tasks.
That Saturday at the Gatherings On The Ridge barn wedding was one of more memorable events for me from 2016. Weather was truly perfect- partly cloudy with mild breeze and temperature in low 80’s. Laura and Ryan both were full of emotions and good kind of anxiety. Groom saw the bride first time when she was walking down the isle with her dad and shed a nice manly tear. Ryan gets a big high five for that!
Their wedding ceremony was short and sweet. I managed to make a deal with Kyle (Laura’s brother who officiated wedding wedding) to get behind bridal party and shoot the first kiss picture in somewhat non-traditional angle. Yay!
Florence And The Machine’s Dog Days Are Over was the song that kicked off Laura’s and Ryan’ first dance later that night. While being big fans of this band they made sure they incorporate that fact into their wedding day-another small detail that made it more special.
Laura and Ryan didn’t have a DJ at their Gatherings On The Ridge barn wedding. But they had a Spotify playlist made by Laura’s dad Bobby, a retired DJ and vinyl store employee. And while I’ve seen failures in cases like this (dance floor with no DJ or band sometimes in not a good dance floor) that night it wasn’t the case. Crowd went crazy while music magically managed itself (with occasional supervisions by dedicated guest). And when fog machine and lasers kicked in it became clear again that they nailed to perfection yet one more part of the wedding day. Bravo!
Do things right or bust, mavefakas!

P.S. I still can’t figure how these two did it. While residing in Portland, OR, they managed to find a wedding venue 4 hours away from their parent’s house in Western Illinois, get ice-cream from Milwaukee WI, bring in boutonnieres made in California, find an amazing catering company in the middle of nowhere and pick up centerpiece rentals from an exciting wedding rental place in Madison.  Holy F8ck! Respect x58!

Note regarding the Gatherings on the Ridge barn: main building is definitely not suited well for 4 season weddings as it’s not insulated. But for 3 seasons (maybe 2.5) it’s one helluva amazing wedding venue full of character, history, interesting textures and amazing light.

ceremony/reception: gatherings on the ridge
flowers: village market floral
floral crown: westerwisp
boutonnieres: eucca
bride’s sandals:
grecian sandals from Etsy
bridesmaid dresses: bhldn and forever 21
groom’s suit: paul smith
groomsmen suits: kohls
dj: spotify playlist by bobby wads
catering company: rooted spoon
wedding cake: piggly wiggly
ice cream: purple door
transportation: warco transportation
centerpiece rentals: a la crate
hotel: country inn & suites by carlson
honeymoon: italy, france, amsterdam
wedding date:
8.20.2016

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mother down the isle during wedding ceremony at the Gatherings on the Ridge barnflower girls is walking down the isle during wedding ceremony at the Gatherings on the Ridge barn groom is anxiously waiting for the bride to walk down the islesilhouettes behind the closed doo belongs to bride and her father bride and her father are walking down the isle at the Gatherings on the Ridge barnbride Laura is laughing while holding groom’s handsgroom is kissing the bride after the wedding ceremonybride and groom are walking away after the wedding ceremony at the Gatherings on the Ridge barnbride and groom are hugging after the wedding ceremonygrooms mother is greeting the newlywedsgrooms grandfather is impersonating the groom by wearing black fake mustachebride and groom with bridesmaids and groomsmen in the back are posing in front of an old barn at the Gatherings on the Ridge bride and groom in front of the old barn at the Gatherings on the Ridgebridesmaid is sharing her cocktails with a groomhard light on bride’s niece’s face during wedding receptionbride and groom are laughing while wedding guests are applauding and is congratulating them bride Laura is hugging her maid of honorgroom is tearing up during the wedding speeches bride and grooms hands together during wedding dinner reception and speechesbride’s tattoo that says “que cera cera” being lit by sunset light at the Gatherings on the Ridgebride and groom portrait on at the Gatherings on the Ridge barn during golden hourgroom making funny face while eating wedding cakebride and groom during their first dance dancing to the Florence and the Machine song Cosmic Lovebride and groom during their first dance dancing to the Florence and the Machine song Cosmic Lovebride and groom during their first dance dancing to the Florence and the Machine song Cosmic Love wedding guests dancing on the dance floor during the reception at the Gatherings on the Ridge barnwedding guests dancing on the dance floor during the reception at the Gatherings on the Ridge barnwedding guests are kissing on the dance floor during the reception at the Gatherings on the Ridge barnbridesmaids dancing on the dance floor during the reception at the Gatherings on the Ridge barnbride and groom are kissing on the dance floor surrounded by dancing wedding guestsgroomsmen laughing and applauding in front of the groombunch of wedding guests are raising champagne glasses for a toast bride and her bridesmaids dancing on the dance floorbridesmaids dancing on the dance floor during the reception at the Gatherings on the Ridge barn bride and groom are drinking champagne on the dance floor and laughing harddance floor filled with smoke and lasers during wedding reception at the Gatherings on the Ridgewedding guest is drinking champagne straight out of the bottleview of the dance floor during Laura’s and Ryan’s wedding reception at the Gatherings on the Ridge barn bridesmaids are waving and dancing surrounded by fog and lasersgroom is performing funky gestures on the dance floor during wedding reception at the Gatherings on the Ridgeview of the Gatherings on the Ridge barn from outside at nigh in late summer

Thanks a bunch for stopping by, reading Laura and Ryan love story and checking out their Gatherings On The Ridge barn wedding adventure! I am documentary wedding photographer based in Madison, Wisconsin. I specialize in moment driven photojournalism.
During that type of coverage I won’t boss you around. I won’t ask you to be an actor and pretend to be someone you are not. I won’t put up a fashion show. I will stay out of your way. I will let you be true you. I will be there and I won’t miss a beat.
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