A Playful Barn Wedding at a Private Residence in Merrill, Wisconsin

For Julie Harvey (28 and an anesthesiologist) and Aaron Hanson (29 and a pediatrics physician), who met in high school, creating a wedding that was uniquely their own was essential. “Our day was personal in so many ways,” Julie says. “Most significantly, the venue was extremely personal. The family friends who own the property have been an important part of Aaron's life since he was a kid, and it was such an honor to be married there.”
After reading vows they wrote themselves at a ceremony led by Aaron’s sister, the couple and their 175 guests walked to the Wisconsin property’s barn, which was decorated with handcrafted signs, white floral centerpieces and wreaths made with greenery. “I chose crisp white for most of the elements—tablecloths, chairs, flowers, etc.—to create a contrast against the rustic elements of the barn,” Julie says of opting for a modern aesthetic. “I never wanted a rustic or country-themed wedding, since that doesn't really match with our personalities, so I chose elegant pieces and tried to stay away from shabby-chic elements like burlap and mason jars.” Julie advises other couples to listen to their own hearts, instead of other people’s opinions. “Whenever we expressed an idea about the wedding, I feel like someone was opposed to it,” the bride notes. “I heard things like, ‘You can't have white bridesmaid dresses,’ but there was a lot of thought behind those decisions, and Aaron and I have continually said that we are so happy we did things our own way and made it all very personal. In the end, we got the day we wanted, and all our guests had a wonderful time.” —Carolyn Meers