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Intimate Wedding on Lake

Just in case you are planning or dreaming of a having an intimate wedding on a lake in Wisconsin (because we dream of it even though we have been married for over 8 years)… here is a list of a few places that we think would be great to host a select few of your closest family and friends for a few days.


Most of these houses and cabins are located in rustic settings and almost everyone has amazing secluded waterfront property that we think would work for a wedding weekend. We listed the amount of people that each places can sleep on beds, but you will have to check with the owners to see how many non-overnight guests you can invite. 


Wisconsin Cabins, Homes, and Lodges for an Intimate Wedding

Luxury Lakehouse – Lake Genva (Sleeps 22)

Green Lake House – Lake Geneva Area (Sleeps 30)

Watersedge – Lake Geneva – (Sleeps 24)

Camp Wandawega – Lake Geneva (Sleeps 55)

Mukwonago Lake House – Mukwonago (Sleeps 20)

Castle Rock Lake Home – Wisconsin Dells (Sleeps 12)

Castle Rock Log Cabin – Wisconsin Dells (Sleeps 18)

The Castle of Spring Green – Spring Green (Sleeps 24)

Justin Trails Bed and Breakfast – Sparta (Sleeps 22 + Camping)

Reiss Mansion – Sheyboygan (Sleeps 20)

Arts + Crafts Masterpiece – Door County (Sleeps 14)

Buena Vista Lodge – Antigo (Sleeps 28)

Cranberry Log Castle – Eagle River (Sleeps 20)

Secluded Lake Retreat – Hayward (Sleeps 23)

The Old Chicago Club – Hayward (Sleeps 25+)

Lac Courte Oreilles Lodge – Hayward (Sleeps 25+)

Lake Superior Barn – Superior (Sleeps 20)

Madeline Island Lake Home – Bayfield (Sleeps 14)

*Just as a note, if you book us for your wedding at any of these places and it works for us to stay with you. Ray will bring the espresso machine and make drinks for anyone who wants them, its just another thing we do. :)

If you are looking for something a little bigger, you can check out our lists of great Wisconsin Wedding Barns, or Camps for a Wedding.

Camp Wandawega Wisconsin Wedding


Camps are really some of the best places to have a wedding. Typically everyone can stay on-site. There are a lot of activities. And they are almost all setup to spend an entire weekend with your family and friends instead of just part of a day. But Ray grew up at a camp, so of course he is a little biased.


But while camps can be pretty budget friendly they can also be hard to find (if you didn’t grow up going there), and they are pretty rustic making them a less than ideal option for some couples. Below is a list of a few that we think would work for a wedding. But we can’t guarantee that they will all host a wedding. Keep in mind most of these are real summer camps, and typically unavailable from June – August.


Wisconsin Camps for Weddings:


Camp Wandawega – Lake Delevan

Camp Dewan + Farm – Lake Geneva

Camp Rotamer – Janesville

Hilltop – Spring Green (No Overnight Lodging and no lake)

Kamp Kenwood – Chippewa Falls

Camp Tamarack – Waupaca

Lost Falls Campground – Black River Falls

Camp Metawa – Fond du lac

Camp Anokijig – Plymouth

Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya – Green Bay

Camp Nawakwa – Minocqua

Dillmans Resort – Minocqua

Moon Beach Camp – Eagle River

Stouts Island Lodge – Birchwood

Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary (Camp and Barn) – Hayward

Camp Northwoods Girl Scout Camp – Superior

Lake Wedding Venue



Minnesota Camps for Weddings:


Camp Miller – Duluth, MN

Pine Point Lodge – Ely, MN

Minnesota Camps for Weddings:

Camp Wokanda – Peoria, IL

Also you can go here for our list of The Best Barn Wedding Venues in Wisconsin or here for a list of Intimate Wedding Venues.


Best Wisconsin Wedding Vendors

We know that finding the right people for your wedding can be challenging. Here is the list of our favorites from the 150+ weddings we have photographed! We have worked at a wedding with almost everyone on this list and they are all great people! Let us know if you would like any more details.



Rooted Spoon Culinary (Viroqua) Seasonal, local, sustainable, beautiful
Enos Farms (Spring Green) (Photos) Fantastic catering with food sourced locally and organically whenever possible
Stack Foods (Neshkoro)
Underground Food Collective (Madison) (a wedding they catered) Good, Seasonal, Local Food
Bonzo –  (Madison) Falefals from scratch
Flying Cow Pizza – (Milwaukee) Wood-fired Pizza (a wedding they catered)
Swagat Indian Cuisine (Madison) (a wedding they catered)
Crescendo Mobile Coffee Bar – (Madison) Espresso, Pour Over, Nitro Cold Press

HMdinner-067_crIndian Catering at Wedding


Shining Hills (La Farge)
Alesa De Jager (La Crosse) (wedding photos)
daffodil*parker  (Madison)
Wood Violet (Milwaukee)
Prairie Fair (Minneapolis) (wedding photos)
Master’s Touch Flowers (Neenah)

Prairie Fair

Vintage Rentals

Midwest Textiles (Madison)
A La Crate Vintage (Madison) (wedding photos)


Tara LaTour (Minneapolis, MN)
Andrea’s Vintage Bridal (Minneapolis, MN)


Weddings by Nancy (La Crosse) (wedding photos)
Dt’s Details (Waunakee)
Cherry on Top (Lake Geneva, WI)


Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press (Chicago)
Red Hot Horn Dogs (Madison)
Blue Hazard – blue grass/folk/acoustic (Stillwater)
Mike in the wilderness – old time stringband (Minneapolis)
Brass Messangers – 10 piece brass band (Minneapolis) (wedding photos)
Dylan Peterson – DJ (Chicago)

Rod Tuffcurls and The Benchpressmusician_cr

Videography/Photo Booths

Jack Whaley (Madison)
One Fine Day Productions (WI/IL)
Capture Studios (Minneapolis, MN)
Copper Clover Films (Appleton)
MatKat Productions – (Sauk City)
I Do Films (Chicago, IL)
Studio272 (Chicago, IL)
The Traveling Photo Booth (Madison)



Belle Plume – Calligraphy – Aubrey is our intern and the next person you need to hire to make your invitations!
Lindsay Letters Calligraphy – Lindsay is really good too, but we are still a little partial to Belle Plume!
Birdy Blue Design – Our friend, Rachel, designs fabulous custom invitations and her husband turns them into wonderful letterpress.
Bella Figura
Slide Sideways

Love vs. Design – Good designs that you can print yourself.
A Printable Press – Another option for designs that you can print yourself.
Smock Paper – Great Letterpress (we love letterpress!) printed on wonderful bamboo paper.

Etsy Shops
Sweet Lulu – Cute reception accessories (striped straws, milk bottles, cake stands, etc)
Oh dier living – Wood Signs, ring boxes, cake toppers
ANDA – Ties, bowties

Wedding Clothing
The Cordial Churchman – Bowties
jcrew – Mens
Anthropologie – Womens

A Few Wedding Blogs
Green Wedding Shoes
A Northwoods Wedding
Snippet and Ink
Well-Groomed (for grooms)


We are always on a hunt for great places to get married outdoors in Wisconsin and other parts of the Midwest. So one day, on our way to Madison, we stopped by the historic Old Feed Mill and Sugarland in Mazomanie and here are a few pictures of our visit.  They are both beautiful old spaces (yes, in some spots they have a few too many decorations, but we still think they are worth considering for a wedding location near Madison.  You can check out the or for more info on hosting a wedding or event. Also, here’s our list of some favorite Midwest wedding venues if you are looking for other ideas.

This is Sugarland which is just five minutes outside of Mazomanie.  The barn is currently being redone to host events and is scheduled to be completed mid 2013.

There are so many reasons we love photographing weddings, but the one that trumps them all is that couples allow and trust us to witness and document some of the most beautiful and intimate moments in their lives. Doing a first look is not only great for stress relief, it’s often a wonderfully intimate, emotion-filled moment for couples who choose to go this route.

We were honored and blessed to document this for Ryan and Miranda:

If you haven’t already read our thoughts about doing a “first look” on your wedding day, you can read about that here.

Oh and just in case you are a photographer, I VSCO’d every one of these photos. :)