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Sioux Falls, South Dakota Wedding at Steever House Bed & Breakfast

This is the type of wedding will truly take your breath away, and you won’t even realize it until you are at the end of the images gasping for air. Because breathing just seems like a secondary need when you are devouring all the gorgeous perfectly snapped up by Jeff Sampson taking place in this South Dakota soiree. It’s by far one of the most lovely weddings I’ve ever seen, and you can dissect every detail right here.


From the Bride…We knew we wanted a comfortable wedding with the atmosphere of a big family gathering. We tried to use space and focal points to encourage interaction among guests who didn’t know each other well. Most of our friends are from different parts of our lives and some family hadn’t even met! Steever House, my aunt and uncle’s bed and breakfast outside of Sioux Falls, was the perfect venue. The reception card read “Feasting and Merriment” so we created a menu to reflect a bountiful, celebratory feast with an over-the-top fruit and cheese table created by one of my mom’s good friends and a sweets table full of cupcakes and macaroons. We used Liam’s mother’s Maryland crab cake recipe alongside prime rib (a Tiahrt favorite) to continue the “family dinner” feel. The weather didn’t cooperate, but we had lawn games ready to serve as another small group conversation/gathering spot. The bar/cigar tent and nearby fire pits got good use though.

A May wedding lends itself to beautiful spring colors and lots of soft texture so I picked long, flowy, pink chiffon bridesmaids dresses. I bought pink mercury glass vases for centerpieces and added mercury glass and hobnail votives for warmth and texture on white linens. We mirrored the peony, hydrangea and ranunculus centerpieces with big fluffy tissue poms tied to the tent ceiling.

I used 1 Corinthians 13 phrases on the handmade guest favors – painted mugs filled with ranunculus. The scripture is such an inspiration and a measuring stick for what we believe love should look like.

We also fell in love with the Burgues Script font used on our invitations and continued that throughout the wedding. I personally designed and created the wedding programs, dinner menus and other printed items and had everything printed on site at the FedEx in Sioux Falls the day beforehand. Whew!

Photography: Jeff Sampson Photography | Dress: Allure | Cake: Cakes By Monica | Invitations: The Dandelion Patch | Reception: Steever House Bed & Breakfast | Catering: Chef Dominique's Catering | Hair & Makeup: Lacey Mae Makeup Artist | Entertainment: Pinnacle Productions | Bridesmaids\' Dresses: Bill Levkof | Church: Calvary Church | Desserts: CH Pattiserrie | Floral: Bella Rosa

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Callaways Winter Wedding

So this wedding is pretty much my favorite. First of all, it took place in January, and winter weddings are tops in my book. Secondly, the whole day was covered in ivory and gold… which just so happen to be my favorite colors. And finally, the night ended with a Chinese Sky Lanterns release. Based on the gorgeous images from Jeff Sampson Photography, the bride has got to be my soul sister.

This gorgeous film from AJ Production Company is just a cherry on the beautiful cake.

From the beautiful bride… Blake and I met through my best friend, Kaitlyn. We had known of each since high school but we never actually dated until after college. We hit it off immediately and were pretty much inseparable from the first date. We got engaged just over a year from our first date on top of the highest peak in South Dakota!

Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of walking down the aisle at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on my wedding day. Luckily for us, it had just been renovated and was more beautiful than ever. We didn’t even need to add extra flowers to pretty it up. We ended up choosing to get married in January. We knew it would be a cold day and we prayed there would be a fresh coating of snow on the ground. We got lucky again. It was the most perfect winter day we could have asked for. We are both very old fashioned people and there fore wanted a very classic, timeless wedding. Our colors were ivory and gold. I wanted it to be a sparkly winter affair. We added touches of glimmer wherever we could; from the bridesmaid dresses to the table numbers.

Since I am an event planner we didn’t choose to hire one. I was constantly scouring wedding blogs for ideas. We had such a great time planning and seeing every moment of our vision come together. We did so many fun projects to prepare for the day. We were so thankful to have so many friends and family to help us along the way. Our tables were covered in ivory linens and sprinkled with mercury votives and beautiful flower arrangements in ivory by Joyce Naber. We used all mercury glass for the center pieces. I had about 20 people on the look out for any they could snatch up! We used gold frames and glitter card stock to create our table numbers. We spray painted branches with gold to hang above our head table and our dance floor. For our guestbook we had guests sign corks. I plan on making something with all of them; I just haven’t decided what yet!

Our wedding day was beyond perfect and we couldn’t have imagined it any better! We danced the night away with all of our guests and we are still hearing what a fun night it was for everyone!

Photographer: Jeff Sampson Photography | Cinematographer: AJ Production Company | Stationery: Spark Letterpress | Reception Venue: Callaways | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Entertainment: DJ Jer | Church: St. Joseph Cathedral | Church: St. Joseph Cathedral | Dress Designer: Martina Liana | Floral: Joyce Naber | Groom\'s Attire: Halberstadt's | Transportation: Royal Limo

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Sylvan Lake Lodge Wedding from Mindy Myers Photography

South Dakota isn’t necessarily the first place that comes to mind when you think Destination Wedding, but after spending some time with this wedding, I’m totally loving it. The couple returned to the first place they had ever said those three magical words – I love you – with their friends, family, & Mindy Myers Photography to create a Library-Law Love Fest in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The soiree, complete with mason jars, fantastic florals, books, typewriters, and lots of sentiment, was spectacular. Click here when you’re ready for even more!

Matt and I met as teachers in the South Dakota corps of Teach for America.  We worked on two different Reservations, but most of our first dates were in Rapid City or the gorgeous Black Hills.  The SD corps has a taste for camping, so we spent many weekends out under the mountain stars.  Sylvan Lake was the first place we said “I love you.”  When it came time to choose a wedding venue, even though Matt is from Iowa and I’m from Nebraska, so South Dakota was a destination for most of our guests, we knew it had to be there.  We organized a weekend of adventures, including a hike up Harney Peak and a welcome campfire on Friday night.  Getting to see our friends from all different points in our lives bonding together over the weekend was one of the greatest parts, and for that reason, I’d highly recommend a destination wedding to any other bride.

If you asked me to describe our wedding going into it, I would have said “classy folksy.”  We wanted big vases of curly willow and greenery, little mason jars stuffed with wildflowers, typewriters and cowboy boots, beautiful hard-bound books, handkerchiefs, baskets of petals, and a campfire.  Matt is a librarian and I just got my law degree, so we took the law & libraries theme and set it in a cabin in the woods.  Laura from Letter Box Ink couldn’t have captured our vision more perfectly than she did in our invitations; she created a book for us, titled “Lawyer Meets Librarian” with eight pages of information for our guests, and an RSVP styled like the library return card tucked in the back.  Our florist, Cynthia with Bent Willow Designs, gave us exactly the style we’d envisioned, with vases overflowing with wildflowers and willow.

We pursued the theme in a number of do it yourself projects, too: we typed the ceremony programs on our typewriter, themed like court orders and officially sealed with a wax stamp.  The escort cards were a library card catalogue; guests looked up their names to find their table.  Each table was an actual Dewey Decimal number (who knew that the Dewey Decimal system included category 0.21: “Library Relationships” ?!).  Matt’s mom hand-stamped bookmarks, which we paired with sea salt caramels (from Giggle Sweets on Etsy) as favors for our guests.  Our guest book was the typewriter, and our incredibly talented friend Dan drew us a tree for guests to fingerprint and sign.  I made paper cones for everyone to fill with petals out of the pages of my Civil Procedure book, which was, I’ll admit, incredibly satisfying to tear to pieces.  We set up my camera in the corner with a box full of costumes and chalkboards, which resulted in some of my favorite photos of the night.

Coming out of the wedding, though, if you asked me to describe it now, I wouldn’t say “classy folksy”; instead, I’d say “joyful.”  All the little details, the pretty things, the DIY projects we spent hours on, fade away in comparison to the feeling of being surrounded by loved ones on such a special day.  Ultimately, what I’m going to cherish isn’t the flowers or the sea-salt caramels, but the memory of my grandfather giving us a benediction, wearing the necklace Matt’s grandfather gave his grandmother the day before their wedding, watching as our guests passed our rings along a ribbon and blessed them before we exchanged them, our TFA best friends surprising us with a choreographed song and dance routine … and then everyone in the room standing up to sing along.  I’ll remember dancing with Matt surrounded by a circle of everyone we love.  I’ll cherish our photos, taken by Mindy Myers, because they completely capture the joy we felt.  That joy, coming out of that love, is what a wedding is really about.

To future brides, I’d recommend: do things your own way!  Everyone on this blog says it, but it’s true.  Make your own traditions, and the day will be that much more special.  Matt and I had our parents walk us toward one another, then he and I shared the walk down the aisle together, and I loved the feeling of facing the ceremony together rather than being “given away” to him.  Instead of tossing the bouquet, we gave it to my grandparents, who had come all the way from Virginia to witness and bless our union.  Our friend Emily wrote us a song, and dancing to it as we entered the reception just felt right.  We had an amazingly delicious carrot cake.  We never chose colors, per se, and our sisters and brother looked fantastic in the outfits they’d picked out for themselves.  I couldn’t be happier that even the most romantic photos of the night seem to include buffalo hats or pirate eye patches.  Your wedding should reflect who you are, even if it’s unexpected.

Most of all, surround yourself with the amazing people in your life, because sharing the day with them is going to be what you end up cherishing the most.

Photography: Mindy Myers Photography / Flowers: Bent Willow Designs / Venue: Sylvan Lake Lodge / Bride’s dress: Marisa, Kleinfeld Bridal / Groom’s suit: Badower’s of Des Moines / Save the dates: Sunshine and Ravioli / Invitations: Letter Box Ink / Cake: Piece of Cake