You know that feeling when you meet someone and instantly feel a connection? There’s that something that tells you they are “your people”? I don’t know if it’s Nora and Arthur’s down-to-earth, free-spirited personality, or their international experience (they lived in China for a few years) but the affinity was clearly present from the start. I felt honored to be let into their lives on their wedding day.
Their Southern Wisconsin barn wedding took place among the open fields on what was undoubtedly the hottest day of the summer. The extreme temperatures didn’t stop the couple from having the most intentional and thoughtful wedding I’ve ever photographed. The farm where Nora and Arthur were married was the same place where Arthur’s parents married in the early 80’s. The flowers on the tables were freshly cut that morning from the farm’s flower garden. The Chinese lanterns that concluded the ceremony came in the suitcases of Nora and Arthur’s many friends who came in from China. Even the floor on which Nora and Arthur had their first dance was made by Arthur and his friends just days before the wedding. Nothing about the celebrations felt fabricated or pretentious.
I hope you can feel the affectionate nature of Nora and Arthur, the dedication of their friends and family, as well as the warmth of the sun, smell of wildflowers and humming of bees and mosquitos when you look at the photographs.