As soon as we pulled off Route 12 in Elkhorn, WI nostalgia set in. We passed summer cottages, kids riding bikes, and rolled down our windows to let in the smell of the earth, and then we saw it. Welcomed by a foam ring that read ‘Camp Wandawega’ and the camp dog, Frankie, who seemed to roll his eyes at our amusement, we were here.
There’s something about this place. It grips you. Truly. People exhale here and you can feel it.
There is 100 years of history on this land – a hideout for drinking and prostitution during the prohibition era, followed (humorously) as church campgrounds. Today, Camp Wandawega has been restored by Tereasa Surratt & David Hernandez who pay flawless respect to the camp’s roots in every single detail.
Stan & Kassie welcomed every guest into this place with tears, gifts, and genuine appreciation for their support in their marriage.
One of our favorite quotes from Christine Pohl reads, “Every human being flourishes in the context of welcome.” Never have we ever seen this practiced so beautifully in a wedding. We spent the entire weekend drinking Pappy Van Winkle with their friends, throwing an axe with nieces and nephews, racing canoes, and eating Big Star tacos remembering what it was like to be a kid in summer again.
Just as this place paid respect to it’s roots, Stan and Kassie were paying respect to theirs by creating a weekend for the people they loved most to feel welcomed, reunited, and appreciated. What a perfect backdrop for a wedding.
We hope these images radiate the joy and deep love that was shared over two unforgettable days when Stan and Kassie became husband and wife.