This years first wedding was AMAZING! Every day leading up to the wedding day, and the week past the wedding day were far below 0-degrees. The wedding day, 35 degrees!! Which may still sound cold to a lot of people, but not this Minnesota grown photography team. We were even blessed with a snow fall later in the evening.
Shannon and Mike started the day at North Oaks Golf Club. The ladies had their hair and make-up done by the fabulous Lisa Reinhardt Make-up and Hair Artistry.
The couple really thought about their details. The bride made all the bouquets for the bridesmaids, and for herself. Shannon deals with flower allergies, so she came up with a great alternative to floral bouquets. They were made from silver wire and pearl beads.
After everyone was dressed and ready, the couple shared secret letters to each other before they saw each other for the first time. We all jumped on a bus to head to their church in White Bear Lake to take some photos. I loved that the couple was daring enough to trek out onto White Bear Lake to take some photos together. The lake was frozen, the sky was overcast, and there was fresh snow. Perfectly quiet looking.
Shannon and Mike invited around 150 guests, and the church fit this amount so well! The pews looked completely full, from the back of the church, all the way to the front. I love seeing this! So often a church doesn’t look as full as you think it will.
During the reception, instead of a guest book, they had a guest map. Many of their guests were from around the country. To really showcase this, they printed out a giant map, had it framed, and made luggage tags people could write on then pin to the map. My my favorite luggage pin, was one a guest jokingly wrote on saying ‘Poseidon the Sea God’ and then pinned it in the middle of the ocean.
The Shoe Game. My absolute favorite toast! After many hilarious rounds, a few wedding party and family toasts, dinner was served. YUM! North Oaks can seriously make a great dinner!
After dinner was served, and the toasts were finished, the groom sang a song to the bride before their first dance. A dessert buffet was served, and smore’s were offered to daring guests that wanted to face the snow fall.
Wedding Coordination: Simply Elegant Events