A Whimsical Backyard Wedding at a Private Residence in Trevor, Wisconsin

Shelby Farinosi (26 and a restaurant owner) and Nathan “Nate” Jonas (27 and a restaurant owner) got married on the groom’s parents' property—35 heavily wooded acres in the small town of Trevor, Wisconsin. “We had no limits on what we wanted to do,” says Shelby, who plans events for Fire Pitt Restaurant and was excited to use her knowledge and creativity to plan her own wedding. She decided on a theme of “whimsical garden chic,” with a palette of blush and ivory. Guests sat on wooden benches and church pews during the “short and sweet” outdoor ceremony, where Shelby and Nate exchanged heartfelt vows in front of a simple arbor decorated in flowers. A butterfly release—set to the song “Bloom” by the Paper Kites—honored those who have died. After the ceremony, a cocktail hour included his and hers cocktails: an Irish Mule for Nate and the Blushing Bride for Shelby, served with ice cubes of edible flowers for an added touch. Guests dined on smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, barbecue chicken, smoked turkey collard greens, apple slaw and baked mac and cheese catered by the family-owned restaurant. An elaborate tent was decorated in ivory linens and a ruscus garland, “Jonas” was spelled out in moss letters on the head table, and twinkling twine balls hung from the ceiling for a soft glow. Tall hedges, vintage elements and a black-and-white dance floor, complete with a vintage chandelier overhead, helped create a garden-chic vibe in the tent. During the couple's first dance to “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice, guests waved sparklers around the perimeter of the dance floor, and at the end of the evening, the groom’s brother surprised them with a fireworks show. Says Shelby, “It really was the cherry on top of our beautiful day.” —Chrissy Sorenson