The Farm at Dover
26060 Washington Ave. Kansasville, WI
Have you photographed a wedding here before:
Cost for Weddings at the Farm at Dover:
$5800 - $7500 (as of 10/2019)
- 20 acres of beautiful grounds, gardens and structures for amazing photo opportunities
- Two story barn
- Wheelchair access
- Unique buildings for wedding party getting ready
- Multiple outdoor ceremony locations
- Victorian house for getting ready
My first visit to The Farm at Dover, was as a second photographer. I fell in love with the venue, seemingly endless gardens and the overall charm of the place.
They've done an excellent job at making the guest experience one to remember. While it's a bit of a walk from the parking area to the barn itself, there is no shortage of things to look at. Adorable bird houses, garden decor, and rustic signs greet you on the path leading up to the Victorian home on the grounds.
The home itself is a two story building maxed out with art, decorations and vintage furniture. This is a great space for the wedding party to enjoy brunch while getting ready for the wedding - with plenty of space for hair & make up artists if needed, and dressing areas upstairs.
With plenty of natural light, I was able to get some beautiful portraits of the bride & her friends getting ready.
The second wedding I photographed there, was unfortunately a rainy day.But we definitely didn't let that stop us from getting some great photos & using the grounds as the couple had dreamed about. We had a break in the weather at the exact time of the first look -which took place in the secret garden. A garden area with water feature made within the stone foundation of the original barn.
While the rain was taking a pause, we then got some great wedding party & couple portraits outside in the main area with the beautiful barn and silo in the background. The groom had brought his vintage 1964 Ford and parked it under the tree next to the hunting cabin. ( A two story unique cabin used for the wedding party to get ready in).
The washed red barn wood along the backside of the main barn is another great spot for for photographs.
Another little path leads you down to a clearing within in the woods, where there is an arch & space for seating for an outdoor ceremony.
For the Wilsak Wedding, the rain forced us inside the barn for the ceremony - and their on site wedding planner made a great call to host it in the upper area. They've used the lower space in the past, but it does make it tricky for converting quickly for the cocktail hour. Plus, the upper level is just so open & charming, it was definitely the right choice.
The Barn itself is wheelchair accessible, with bathrooms on the upper level, however it is not equipped with heat or air conditioning.
During the twilight hours, some of the gardens come alive with twinkle lights, adding to the romantic ambiance of the grounds - a perfect time to sneak off and get some more photos with a different artistic feel compared to the daytime shots you might get.
Just outside the barn, is an unused silo. Inside you'll find a cute little bistro table and some plants - and it's a popular choice for photo opportunities. During Roslyn's wedding, it was sprinkling out - and I LOVE getting some rain shots, so I combined the two, and took a beautiful rain shot inside the silo!
One space that I didn't get to visit, was the meadow near the parking area. I hope to be able to make some beautiful pictures there with future clients!