A small and simple wedding in a historic Waupaca building. The Dane’s Hall does not disappoint.
Rachel and Jacob are married!!! It seems like forever ago we were wandering through the pines at Hartman Creek for their engagement session and now their wedding has come and gone. I have been waiting for this day for a long time. Ever since the Dane’s Hall was restored and opened for events again (just a few years ago) I have been waiting to get to shoot there, anything. I knew it was beautiful and I knew it had that awesome balcony in the ballroom.
Jump to last Friday, put Rachel in that stunning lace dress in a gorgeous historic setting (full of natural light by the way) and it was a dream! I’m getting ahead of myself though. I have to just say, when I got to the Dane’s Hall and met Kegan, the event manager there, I was so impressed and happy with the venue. He clearly loves that building and his job and had made it his goal of the day for the bride and groom to have everything they needed and wanted – including great photos! Huge shout out for the event management there.
When the wedding party arrived there was a little organizing time and then the guys were shoo-ed down to the Granite Cellar to get ready and make sure Jacob didn’t see the dress. I had to hang it in the ballroom for details. It’s too perfect of a setting not too!
Rachel is super organized and had everything set to be just right. When she was in her dress and standing at the front of the aisle I was so excited for the ceremony. I couldn’t wait to see Jacob see her! It was a pretty great reaction! The ceremony was short and sweet with the scripture being unique. They spent a good deal of time choosing the passage for their wedding and chose Psalm 121. Pastor Amy called it a traveller’s psalm, not typically used at weddings as its content is not about love. It is however focused on the Lord’s constant help and protection. That sounds like love to me!
Then my favorite time…
After the ceremony we headed outside with their bridal party to the pretty flower gardens right next door while the ballroom was transformed from the ceremony site to banquet room for dinner. We had a gorgeous day and the light on the flowers was perfect. Of course we got plenty bridal portraits highlighting the outside of the Dane’s Hall. If you’ve been here (to my blog) before you know I’m a country girl for the most part, but you may not know I love history and old architecture. It holds so many stories that we may never know and provides this atmosphere of timelessness that was pretty much the theme of Rachel and Jacob’s day.
Back inside for a superb dinner catered by Par 4 and their stellar team. (I went out of my comfort zone and had the pork loin with cherry glaze. It was a good choice.) Music played softly over the PA system as the couple sat at their sweetheart table. There were short and sweet speeches all fitting for the day. It was a wonderful day and I sure hope I get to go back to the venue soon.
Venue: The Dane’s Hall, Waupaca, WI email@example.com
Catering: Par 4, Waupaca, WI https://www.par4resort.com/
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Groom and groomsmen: Victorian Bridal, Waupaca, WI https://www.victorianbridalwaupaca.com/
Want to see their engagement? Here it is! Rachel + Jake | Engaged
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