I’m a bit of a sap at weddings. I cry at every single one of them. It’s gotten to the point where I can tell, if I were invited to the wedding, how much I would cry tears of happiness for the couple. Well, it is safe to say I would be a total mess at this wedding fromĀ Wildernesses Photography. Because the love this couple and their families have for each other is beautifully obvious, and you can see exactly what I meanĀ here.

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Styles
Rustic

From Wildernesses PhotographyWhen Stephanie and Lisa got engaged in the fall of 2012, they didn’t dream of having a “real” wedding. They intended on committing themselves in the presence of close friends and family at a rustic, out-of-the-way cabin in the woods of northern Minnesota, but they didn’t think that they would be able to officially call themselves wife and wife when the time came. That all changed when Minnesota passed the Marriage Equality bill in May of 2013. When the law went into effect on August 1st, Stephanie and Lisa had less than a month for it to sink in that they would, in fact, be wife and wife on their wedding day at the end of August!

Stephanie and Lisa are both huge lovers of nature and the outdoors, so it made complete sense that they were going to tie the knot in the middle of a Minnesota forest. They wanted to be as eco-friendly and as DIY as possible, so their party favors for their guests were glass mason jars which they decorated with twine and name tags. The guests could bring their jar to the bartender and get it refilled with their beverage of choice all night long! Plus, they could then take their jar home and reuse it. It was a huge hit and everyone adored it.

The day was absolutely magical, and everything from the venue (a woodsy, rustic cabin in the pines of northern Minnesota) to the food (traditional Minnesota comfort food like prime rib and mashed potatoes) to the decor (freshly-cut wildflowers, vintage glass bottles and softly-glowing candles) was beyond perfect. It was an absolute dream come true for Stephanie, Lisa, their three kids, Cooper the dog, and their family and friends. If I could shoot this wedding again, I’d do it in a heartbeat, no questions asked. That’s how amazing it was.

Photography: Wildernesses Photography | Event Design: Bash Collective | Event Planning: Bash Collective | Floral Design: Bash Collective | Wedding Dress: Nordstrom | Reception Venue: Juliane James Place | Catering: Savories Catering | DJ: Instant Request | Coordination: Bash Collective | Desserts: Cupcake | Video: Wildernesses Photography | Wedding Venue: Juliane James Place