Stephanie and Shane’s classic country barn wedding had all of us at Mango Studios talking for months. After the job she did on her wedding, I’m seriously considering hiring Stephanie to plan and style my entire life.
Stephanie and Shane are no newbies when it comes to Mango Studios. We’re basically a part of their family. Well, after photographing Stephanie’s alpaca filled bridal shower and her brother’s wedding, it sure we felt like we were!
I can’t think of anything more ideal for this down-to-earth couple than to have a classic, earthy barn wedding. Stephanie and Shane are so loving and funny, and they brought every aspect of their personality into their wedding day.
Most people don’t realize how much work goes into having a barn wedding at a personal residence. Most venues these days have everything you need built in. That is usually not the case when you use a personal residence for an event. So, Stephanie went the extra mile with her planning and styling, and we wouldn’t expect anything less! Her handpicked vendors Simply Beautiful Decor and Forever Wildfield were able to ace exactly what she wanted. Stephanie poured her entire heart and soul into making this the barn wedding of her dreams. Sometimes if you want to do it right, you’ve got to do it yourself! With the help of month-of-coordinator, Laura Olsen, Stephanie was able to fully realize her vision. And lucky us, we got to photograph all of the beauty We love a woman who knows what she wants. What Stephanie wanted was a picture-perfect barn wedding to go with her picture-perfect man, and that’s what she got! Shane and Mango Studios aren’t the only big fans of Stephanie’s. Laurie Olsen gushed to us that “…Steph had such a strong vision of what she wanted her day to look like and worked tirelessly to make it come to life. I was so honored that she asked me to assist with design consulting.”
Working with Stephanie and Shane to document their barn wedding was a special experience. This dynamic duo really incorporated us into their day. We didn’t feel like “just another vendor” for them, and that made all the difference for us. It’s not enough for a couple to love a photographer, the photographer needs to really love their couple too. There is definitely no question about our love for Stephanie and Shane, and that’s the key to great wedding photography. If there isn’t love and trust behind these scenes, it won’t show up on the camera. And as you can see from this gallery, there was no lack of love at this barn wedding.
One of my favourite aspects of this barn wedding was how Stephanie and Shane utilized the grounds’ outdoor spaces. The cathedral of trees they were married under created the most magical ceremony space. Stephanie brought in church pews to use for seating at the outdoor ceremony, which gave the nuptials a traditional twist while still being cool and contemporary. We love the blend of styles used throughout the spaces of their wedding. It lends to a dynamic variety within their gallery and made their day that much more unique. Every aspect of their barn wedding showcased their one-of-a-kind personalities. We simply couldn’t get enough!
Shane and Stephanie, if your future is as thought out and intricate as your barn wedding, you’re set for life! We wish you two so much fun and love in your marriage. Thank you deeply for letting us document your story and making us family. We can’t wait to photograph more of your milestones in the future.
Planning and styling: Stephanie Wagener (the bride)
Month-of-coordination: Laura Olsen Events
Floral: Forever Wildfield
Draping, chandeliers, linens and chairs: Simply Beautiful Decor
Venue: Private residence