Meet Our Team
Meet Owners Eric & Whitney Shneyder
Owners Eric & Whitney Shneyder had always dreamed of living in the country and running their own business and it all started with a love story of their own.
Eric met Whitney in Culinary School in the spring of 2012 where they developed an instant connection with one another. Eric grew up in Pewaukee and Whitney is a Hartford native.
Whitney holds degrees in Dietetics & Culinary Arts where she was able to cultivate her deep passion for the hospitality industry. Growing up she would meticulously plan tea parties and play dates with friends, not knowing her love for subtle event details would someday lead to wedding planning.
Eric earned his degree in Culinary Arts where his passion for food flourished into a creative outlet. Combining his culinary skills with his love for the outdoors, a 12 acre property with an endless outdoor honey-to-do list fell perfectly into place.
Not only is their home full of history and humble beauty, but it stands as a testament to the love, dedication, hard work, and the unending imagination that it's owners share together. It is a home built with love for generations to come and they can finally open it's doors to share with you.
The couple was the first married on the property in June 2014. Only 2 weeks later they broke ground to renovate the existing barn into what it is today. Over 3 years in the making, Rustic Manor 1848 opened it's doors to it's first wedding in April 2015.
"We live in a fantastic community with amazing people who make Rustic Manor 1848 the unique venue it is." - Eric & Whitney Shneyder
Meet Event Manager Monica
Monica grew up in the outskirts of Lake Country. After earning her degree, adventure called Monica and her husband away to Hawaii where she worked her way across the island of destination weddings, eventually into event management. Three years later, Wisconsin called her home where she fell into the excited arms of the Rustic Manor 1848 team. She finds such joy in planning events and weddings. "I knew within my first week in the RM office that I was hooked for good! There's something deeply special about the beauty of Wisconsin."
Some of Monica's favorite tasks here at Rustic Manor 1848 include connecting with clients, laughing with the team, serving drinks out of the flip out bar window and witnessing a good polka dance through the open barn doors. When she isn't making events come to life, Monica finds herself searching for the next adventure to sneak away on, hoping it includes a cozy reading spot, water for kayaking or just enjoying a new culture. Be sure to share your adventure stories with her the next time you visit the barn!
Meet Partners Rachel & BIlly Hyer
At a young age, Rachel had an eye and deep interest for photography. Born and raised in Hartford Wisconsin, she worked her way through countless rolls of film capturing friends, family and countryside. As shoeboxes quickly filled with pictures, she realized her skills needed refining. Her passion lead her to the Hallmark Institute of Photography. Teaming up with now husband Billy, the two have spent over a decade in the wedding industry. Her calm demeanor, attention to detail and creative personal touch makes her a top wedding coordinator in the industry. She's passionate about bringing your ideas to life while capturing the excitement of your special day!
When she's not behind a camera, Rachel finds herself playing in mud puddles with her two boys, relaxing with hot cup of coffee and spending as much time with family as possible. With her Wisconsin roots running deep, she's a lover of cheese curds and sweet corn and can almost always be bribed with good chocolate. Be sure to say "hello" next time you visit the barn!
After graduating from High School, Billy spent the next five years of his life studying and traveling abroad. While living in India, he discovered a love for photographing people and representing their personal story through the images he captured. In 2008 he graduated from photography school where he met his lovely wife, Rachel. The husband and wife team began their own photography company focusing on destination weddings. Traveling across both the US and overseas, their experiences with weddings of every design have provided a keen and unique perspective to Billy's approach on event management.
Father of two amazing young boys, Billy can be described as a fun loving character who is all about making the best of every moment. This passion for love and laughter makes the perfect foundation for event management. He's excited to share your joy as you join us for your special day!