Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Balsam Lake, Wisconsin Elopement Photo Story Award

Wisconsin Outdoor fall elopement wedding ceremony photography

A Fall Wisconsin Elopement Photo From the Outdoor Ceremony | The small wedding guest list was narrowed down to just the bride, groom and about 20 closest guests which was perfect.

Outdoor fall ceremony with pumpkins down the aisle.

First off, the location was a simple rented house facing Balsam Lake in Wisconsin in the fall which set the ambiance perfectly for Kalli and Rashid. The guest list was narrowed down to just the bride, groom and about 20 closest guests which was perfect. We got the opportunity to hang out with the family, hear some inside jokes, see the moms bond with each other and learn a lot about the couple and their story. At one point in the night, Grandpa himself was telling me stories and reminiscing as we looked at an old photo album of the bride that grandma brought as a surprise! 

One of the best moments was during the simple ceremony as Kalli’s father was walking her up the stairs outside to the DIY alter, there was no band or music so the moms and aunts started to hum and sing creating their own impromptu acapella group. Honestly, how adorable is that?

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Balsam Lake, WI Elopement Picture | The brother is helping the groom with his tie.

The brother is helping the groom with his tie.

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Elopement Image from Balsam Lake, Wisconsin | Bride and mom sharing a laugh

Bride and mom sharing a laugh.

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Elopement Portrait at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin | Couple sitting on a porch swing

Couple sitting on a porch swing for a portrait.

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Elopement Reception Image from Balsam Lake, Wisconsin | A kid fishing on the lake.

A kid fishing on the lake.

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Balsam Lake, Wisconsin - Couple walking in the fall colors during a private portrait session.

Couple walking in the fall colors during a private portrait session.

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Balsam Lake, Wisconsin - The eloping couple is looking through an old family photo album.

The couple is looking through an old family photo album.

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Small Wedding at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin | The groom is resting his head on bride's shoulder.

The groom is resting his head on bride's shoulder.

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Balsam Lake, Wisconsin Small Wedding Portrait | End of the night shot with star-filled sky.

End of the night shot with star-filled sky.

All of the beauty and simplicity of this wedding was really just the added bonus to the overall emotional vibes being handed out the entire day. It was so charming to be among the chosen guests and family and document so many adorable moments and love being shared. After everyone hopped out of their wedding clothes and into their jammies to get ready for s’mores by the fire, we got lucky enough to grab one last photo of the bride and groom under an incredible night sky filled with stars. I’m telling you, if this sounds like your ideal wedding, DO IT!