2020 has been a roller coaster year, which makes celebrating love all the more important. We could all use a little more joy in our lives right now. Nick and Gina brought that joy in abundance on one of the most beautiful fall days MN could muster. The leaves were golden, and the sun shined as Gina walked herself down the aisle. At the end of the walk, she met her parents, who escorted her the rest of the way. They were married under the arbor at Great Blue Heron, while grandma blessed the couple. It was everything a wedding should be and more at the time it was needed most.
Gina showing off her dress to the ladies.
Nick and Gina’s first look along the Mississippi River just beyond St. Cloud State, Gina’s alma mater.
If you haven’t figured it out Gina likes purple.
Nick’s favorite things both have the initials GMC.
The Bridal Party along the Riverwalk in St. Cloud.
Roymaraner the Weimaraner and his humans.
Nick and Gina
Details at Great Blue Heron
You never know what grandma and grandpa are going to say.
As you ready your boat in the morning dew
Let us offer our wish this day for you
May the fish be many and the mosquitos be few
May you follow the clouds and you compass be true
May the portage ahead be flat and dry
May your packs be light and your spirits stay high
May the tailing winds make your traveling easy
May your paddles be stout when the seas get breezy
May your campfire glow with the setting sun
And, may the loons sing you asleep when the day is done.
-Father of the Bride
“Completely and forever.”
A little bubbly to start the morning right.
It’s dress time.
Megan’s first look with her father.
The bridal party.
Aaron and Megan, along with their parents, created a Unity Vase that would later be fused.
The lift wasn’t operating but the colors were on point.
Hidden in Minnesota’s Northwoods is a secluded island bursting with colors, falling leaves, and young love. Nick and Natalie were always planning a small weekend-long celebration with their closest friends and friends. They had Ludlow’s Island nearly to themselves, a private getaway far from anything “2020,” and run strictly on island time. The ceremony, performed by a friend, was followed by dinner, drinks (beer pong), and a bonfire. No dancing at this party- instead, Nick and Natalie hauled a small Bluetooth speaker to the far side of the island and shared a private dance all to themselves.
Ludlow’s Island Resort on Lake Vermilion
Nick’s ring is a family heirloom, check out those dates. 9-26-87, 12-25-03, and now 9-26-20
Natalie’s sister and aunts help with the finishing touches.
Letters will always be a treasured wedding gift.
The first look.
Nick and Natalie
The ceremony at Ludlow’s Resort officiated by Nick and Natalie’s friend.
The wedding party is ready to party.
The only way to Ludlow’s Island Resort is by water taxi.
Nick and Natalie skipped the traditional first dance and had a private dance on the shoreline.
It was a Modern Northwoods Party COVID style. There was never any doubt the day would come even if the plan was to change the plan every other day. Whatever the challenge, Holly and Dave made it happen and safely celebrated with their family and friends at Lutsen Resort.
“Thirty years of hoping, wondering, peering out over the vast sea of people. Thinking, who? When?
It was worth every year. I will never forget the day I met you, what we wore, where we were, the way I felt that night. I will never forget how you made me feel— whole. You filled every doubt, every concern; you filled my heart with love, with confidence, and courage.” – Dave
“Unlike my favorite pieces of literature, where the entire novel builds tension based on the question of whether the love interests will finally be together, there was never any doubt about whether we’d spend our lives together.” -Holly
The chairs are set, flower arranged, dress steamed- every detail complete. Perfection.
Mimosas make every morning better.
The Red Covered Bridge over the Poplar River is one of the most romantic spots in Northern Minnesota.
“No matter where our story leads us, I will love you unconditionally for my entire life and into the next life.” – Holly
It’s impossible to fake that smile.
Dave and Holly
Remember Gangnam Style?! Now it’s COVID Style.
“You’ve supported me in so many ways- always encouraging me to take the next big leap. I will always do the same for you.” -Dave
Snazzy Cakes always delivers.
The first dances at Lutsen Resort.
It’s OK to get the wedding dress a little wet and dirty.
Nate and Ally first met online, but Nate decided it wasn’t a fit, so he deleted her. Then Ally accidentally “super-liked” him instead of swiping the other way. A year-and-a-half later, that one small “accident” snowballed into a proposal at Ally’s family cabin. While at the lake, Jax, the Yellow Lab ran from the cabin with a yellow bandana that said, “will you marry my dad,” and that’s when Nate got down on one knee. Both families watched for afar and afterward, Maverick, Nate’s second dog, came down with another bandana saying, “she said yes!”
Amity Creek is still flowing.
Nate and Alley
Ice and Diamonds. Alley’s warm ring melted the ice just enough to get a bit stuck when it refroze.
Jax’s humans are getting married. It only took a hundred photos for Jax to look at the camera. He was more interested in the buried sticks.