It all began with a dream...

Wilderness Wedding Barn is a family owned and operated wedding venue brought to life and headed by the husband and wife team of Jozsef and Sue Palavics. Sue's love of old barns and her passion for restoration and decorating was the inspiration for the project. Her dream was to create a truly one-of-a-kind venue that offers unparalleled privacy in a woodland setting that is both rustic and elegant, where couples can create their own magical storybook wedding of their dreams.

The project began with finding the perfect property, which they did. Just down the road from their resort, Sue and Jozsef found a 42 acre wooded parcel with a wonderful Norway pine grove. The pine grove would provide an idyllic setting for their wedding venue. The next step was to find the perfect barn. Sue's search led them to northern Wisconsin where she found a 120 year old bank barn built by German immigrants. The barn has rustic hand hewn timbers, wood floors, huge barn doors, beautiful weathered barn siding and a charming wood cupola (Sue's favorite part). Sue and Jozsef  purchased the barn and the old timber frame machine shed that was also on the property.

With the property and buildings purchased, the real work began. Site prep started in with the cutting and clearing of the forest to make room for the barn. The barn and machine shed were dismantled and shipped to their new location and reconstruction began in late July. In four short months, the barn and property were transformed from an overgrown wooded site to a breathtaking storybook setting with charming century old buildings that have been restored to retain their rustic charm and beauty. 


The pine grove was trimmed to create an enchanted ceremony venue called the Cathedral in the Pines. The 100' center aisle through the towering pines, with chandeliers hanging overhead, leads to a beautiful vine covered arbor in the center of the forest. The setting is nothing short of magical, as if you've stepped into a fairy-tale, and creates an amazingly romantic backdrop for an unforgettable wedding.


An old grain bin that sits next to the stone fire pit was converted into a fun outdoor bar for your guests to enjoy. The old machine shed was reconstructed to create unique luxury Bride's and Groom's dressing rooms and public bathrooms that provide modern conveniences mixed with rustic charm. A fabulous cocktail patio was added, complete with a 12' fireplace table and whisky barrel tables, to connect the buildings and provide a great outdoor space for guests to gather.

Sue and Jozsef know firsthand that dreams can come true with trust in God and a little hard work and determination. They have made it their goal to help make your wedding dreams come true by providing a setting that is unlike any other, where you are treated like family and you can rest assured knowing that you have a team of caring professionals on your side.


Sue and Jozsef invite you to tour their beautiful venue and see for yourself what makes Wilderness Wedding Barn so extraordinary and special!

Sue and Jozsef Palavics