About Us

Hitch Studio — A Fresh Take on Wedding Styling:


Started in 2014 with passion and a love for weddings, Hitch Studio is a wedding styling boutique specializing in wedding planning and invitation design. With attention to detail, big dreams, and even bigger, helpful hearts, we love to say ”yes”! YES to making your love story perfect, YES to making your vision become a reality, and YES to going above and beyond. Like this — our gift to you! Enjoy access to *all* of our decor at no extra cost so you can have a beautiful and relaxed wedding day. Our three certified wedding planners will focus on the details of your wedding so you can focus on the love of your marriage.

Do You Want Hitch To Be a Part of Your Wedding Team?

If learning a little more about our passions here at Hitch Studio has you nodding your head “yes” and saying “I want a Hitch wedding!” (yep, we’ve heard it before!), then let us know! We’d love nothing more than to sit down with you and hear all about your wedding day. Seriously. We are joyfully obsessed with wedding details!

Contact Renee Bauman at Hitch Studio today and we’ll make sure you look back on your wedding day with love and joy — not stress or anxiety.

Meet the Team


Renee Bauman

Photo by: Jessica Brees Photography

Owner of Hitch Studio  •  Certified Wedding Planner (CWP)  •  Certified Wedding Venue Professional (CWVP) • Author of the Wedding Day Designer

Wedding stylist, invitation designer, and go-getter, Renee Bauman started Hitch Studio in early 2014. She is joyfully obsessed with wedding details, volunteering in her community, and being the best wife and mother she can be. She would love to hear how she can help bring your wedding visions to life!



Lyric Gruenhagen

Photo by: Erica Lynn Photography

Certified Wedding Planner (CWP) • Certified Wedding Venue Professional (CWVP)


I love working with people and being involved in something as intimate as a wedding. My top three strengths are empathy, responsibility, and consistency – the perfect trio for making your experience the best it can be! I look forward to creating an experience you’ll remember forever.



Natalie Page

Photo by: Kelly Nicole Photography

Certified Wedding Planner (CWP) • Certified Wedding Venue Professional (CWVP)


With a degree in degree in Hospitality Management and minors in Events, Business, and Dance, I knew starting my career that I would love event planning because it involves long hours, dedication, details, and high energy! Weddings are what I really enjoy because of the personal connections and getting to know each couple, their parents, friends, and families. I like hearing about the visions and ideas for their day and then bringing their dreams to life!



Tessa Ihnen

Photo by: Studio 1227

Certified Wedding Planner (CWP) • Certified Wedding Venue Professional (CWVP) • Sioux Falls Division Manager


I am very passionate about women supporting women and connecting on a personal level. I promise that each bride that I cross paths with will be treated as if she were my lifelong best friend. Weddings and marriage are exciting, and I can’t wait to share this experience with you!



These are only some of our 20+ employees on staff and I couldn’t be prouder or more thankful for these ladies. They are the gears that keep Hitch Studio running— and they are who keep my dream alive. Fun facts: We’ve had a horse show up in a reception hall, we’ve put out fires (literally), we’ve bustled a dress in a closet, we’ve officiated ceremonies, we’ve moved entire ceremonies indoors to escape the rain, we’ve found a groomsman under a head table, we’ve set off car alarms in a church parking lot looking for the missing guest book, we’ve set up weddings in snow and blazing heat, we’ve seen groomsmen start a dance party before dinner even began, and the stories continue…  ☺ We’re seriously up for anything!

Contact us today to get started.

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"They were up on the wedding trends and were very easy to communicate with. The wedding packages were also very well planned out."


History of Hitch Studio

Hitch Studio was started in February, 2014 by two female entrepreneurs who joined forces because they knew they were stronger together than they could ever be apart. Carrie Kuhl was the graphic designer and Renee Bauman was the wedding planner, and together they also owned a retail store in Downtown Brookings, South Dakota. After five years of sharing resources, employees, and growing three divisions — web + graphic design division, wedding planning + invitations division, and a gift + retail division — the business had grown each branch into fully-functioning businesses of their own. It took a while to realize it, but something about Hitch Studio had flipped. During those five years of learning and leadership, Carrie and Renee had become experienced and confident enough to make each of their divisions their 100%-owned businesses together. What a realization of growth and change! Through many conversations and a friendship that withstood everything, Carrie and Renee decided to sell the retail store (to the BEST new owner ever at Honeycomb Gifts). Carrie Kuhl started UpFrame Creative and Renee Bauman is now the owner of Hitch Studio since August, 2019. I couldn’t have asked for a better path to get to this point. A friendship preserved and a business that’s growing — what a love story.

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