As much as I’m loving this preppy lakefront wedding from Christy Tyler Photography, I’m seriously smitten with the story behind it! This couple was married in the garden of the bride’s parent’s house in Lake Geneva; the same garden where they were engaged, where her parents were married and where her brother and his fiancé will be married later this summer!  Be ready to spend the rest of your morning parsing the full gallery!

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From the Bride… Although our motto throughout the wedding planning process was “the wedding is just one day, the marriage is the rest of our lives,” we knew we wanted that one day to be special. Our ceremony was held in the garden of my family’s lake house in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, a place that is special to us for a host of reasons: the home has been in my family for five generations, my parents were married in the same garden, my brother and his fiancé will be getting married there later this summer, and it is where my now-husband proposed. We were very excited about sharing this special place with our friends and family — we wanted to give our guests a real taste of Lake Geneva, so they arrived at the ceremony site by boat!

Our goal was to create a feel of casual elegance on our wedding day. We wanted to make sure our guests felt comfortable and tried to create that feeling by incorporating personal touches throughout: My husband and his dad built the arbor that we were married under, we created a family tree with wedding pictures of family members over the years and put our flowers in pitchers to remind us to “serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13).  We also wrote personalized notes in each place card for our guests, thanking them for being a part of our wedding day.

My husband and I were blessed with an amazing wedding day and are ready for a lifetime of happiness!

Wedding Photography: Christy Tyler Photography / Ceremony: The Bride’s Family Lake Home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin / Reception: Lake Geneva Country Club in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin / Floral Design: Lily Pots / Wedding Invitations: TT Patton / Band: Park Avenue Orchestra / Cocktail Hour Boat: Lake Geneva Cruise Line  / Wedding Dress: Marisa / Bride’s Shoes: TOMS / Hair + Makeup: Mia Sorella Salon & Boutique