Gretchen and Connor tied the knot at Old Coon Creek Inn, tucked away behind the Beckman Mill just west of Beloit. The Inn had a beautiful farmhouse for the bride and her party to get ready, while the groom and groomsmen hung out in the updated stable area, both of which had beautiful rustic touches. They held the ceremony beside the water under a sprawling canopy of trees as their guests nestled comfortably on benches made from logs. The picturesque scene was made that much more romantic by the presence of an artist friend, who created a painting of the ceremony in real time.
Still in high spirits after the ceremony, we followed the sweet aroma of the fresh air towards the magical alley of trees and tall grasses for the bride and groom portraits. Meanwhile, the guests were entertained with games, drinks and appetizers. The day flowed beautifully and smoothly into the reception at the covered pavilion area. Honestly, it’s hard to find words for the spirit that is Gretchen and Connor. Just when you think you’ve seen their love, they show you yet another, wild, carefree and raw layer. They look into each other’s eyes and without words you can understand: these two have that forever young, ever flowing, the coveted sacred, for which many spend their lives searching. As you witness their romantic vows and their wild laughter during the reception with us once again through these photos, know, that you are truly a witness to something beyond the pragmatic and rigid boundaries of today.