These two just got married this weekend up in Brainerd but we had to share a peek at their engagement session a few months back out in Vail Colorado. We explored creek banks to old saw mills, finishing up with a trip to the ski hill for an old fashioned snowball fight. The night in-between you could have found us sharing craft beer and embarking on an epic game of Mario Bros 3 until 1:30 am. What an unforgettable time with hilarious new friends!
I have never witnessed such an epic bash in all my years. The fabulous Sue Primer from Chicago teamed with the crew at Aria as well as four decor rental companies to pull this astonishing Jewish celebration off! I had ventured to Chicago earlier in the winter to document their life as they knew it and I could tell right away this wedding would be one for the books. Aria was complete with hundreds of candles, food stations, changing sets of up-lighting, and a live band brought in from Chicago. All in attendance were primed to go! Dancing was definitely the overarching theme as their excitement spilled out all over the dance floor punctuated by a healthy variety of dance moves from the happy couple. We will have to do a reunion soon my friends!
A tree-lined patched led the way to her groom. Blake stood with sweaty palms and hands fidgeting nervously as he heard the footsteps of his bride approaching. A tap on the shoulder, a tight emotional embrace and they were off! The ceremony at Incarnation Lutheran Church was prepared to perfection as the two promised their lives together before family and friends. On the way to North Oaks Country Club, we stopped along the lakeside to get the party started a little early. The Club was so creatively adorned with each table setting embracing their travel theme and all the happy places they have been in the world. The sun made its mark across the tree line and reminded us how right it was in their little world.
Sometimes I caught myself staring in adoration of the love these two have, like kinda the warm feelings that take over watching a kitten chase its tail. You can't wait to see what happens next! Courtney and John have "it". Everyone at the wedding knew it, and it was an honor to be asked to bring out their very best on this day. Families, for one, were over the moon excited! The Depot Minneapolis was adorned with a simple elegance that brought to life the old-world brick and mortar of tester-year. The ceremony at Central Lutheran Church passed around goose bumps before the two love birds fluttered back down the aisle together. Janelle and I love you both and can't wait for the adventures you have ahead!