A Whitewater Wedding on the Farm – Josie & Wyatt

Josie & Wyatt had such a unique wedding day at Josie’s family farm in Whitewater, Wisconsin. The farm belongs to her grandparents and is filled with beautiful collections of art and unique antique items they have collected over the years. It was amazing… truly, I loved looking around and just hearing all about the history of the collections. My favorite bit were the bells… Josie shares more about that below!

Josie & Wyatt truly brought so much of themselves to their day… from Josie wearing her cowboy boots to her brother driving her to the ceremony with their team of horses. Wyatt and his friends and family traveled up from Florida to celebrate and were met with a chilly but sunny fall day. I loved the laughter and fun spirit of the wedding party… willing to put up with all of my fun ideas!

I asked Josie about their favorite moments…

Josie & Wyatt– Our favorite memory on the day of the wedding was when we got into the carriage with my brother and he asked us if we would like drive through wine service.  It was so spontaneous and unplanned that we couldn’t help but laugh and yes of course.  It will be one of our favorite memories because my brother and I were getting along and laughing.  About 20 min before the ceremony I found out that he almost didn’t make it to the wedding, due to him having the flu, and other plans were being made in order for me to still be able to get to the aisle in the carriage and for us to be taken from the ceremony as well.

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I didn’t know the significance of this moment until much later in the day but, Josie’s father had a surprise for Josie… a ring(it’s on his little finger) for her to wear from a loved one who had passed. I’m so glad I was watching as he showed Josie’s mom what he was up to…
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As they rode away in the carriage, all of the 8 bells on the property were rung. Josie’s Grandfather is here ringing the first one. I asked Josie to tell me about the significance of the bells.

Josie -When I was younger and my grandpa got the first of the big church bells that were out by the ceremony site I told everyone I wouldn’t get married until they had 8 bells.  8 is my lucky number so that is where the 8 bells came from.  The bells have been collected from all over the United States and all have there own stories.  The bell that was up where the girls got ready was nicknamed Josie’s Bell. The original bell that belonged there now sits on the ground next to the stand.  When some family friends got married when I was 8, my job was to ring the bell after the ceremony.  The night before the wedding during the rehearsal I was ringing the bell and it fell from the stand and almost landed on me.  It was repaired after the wedding, but it was never returned to the stand a new bell was purchased for the stand.

She also told me that when she got engaged they only had 7 bells and hurried to secure that 8th bell in time for the wedding!
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Thank you so very much for choosing me to tell your story! Enjoy a warm winter down south Josie!!

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