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Chad and Mariah have a very unique story.  They first met on a blind date and fell in love, but Chad had to move away after only a month together!  They decided to make a long distance relationship work, and after much traveling back and forth and over two years apart, Chad moved back to the area.  A few months after that, he proposed!

When they were talking about Mariah’s hometown of Wanda, Minnesota (a population of only 85 people!), she was sure Chad wouldn’t know it, but he knew exactly where it was.  When destiny is determined to bring you together, it gives you little signs like this, and I definitely think these two were made for each other!  They are incredibly sweet together.  Chad never misses an opportunity to kiss Mariah or hold her hand.

These two basically took over the entire town for their wedding.  Everyone was there, which was good news for us when we borrowed Chad’s uncle’s truck and parked it in the middle of the road for some portraits after the ceremony.  We didn’t see a single other car on the road!  Then we returned to the reception where we were all brought to tears by the beautiful toasts by Chad and Mariah’s family and friends.

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There was a lot of dancing at the reception but Chad and his mom were something else.  They started their dance slow, then burst into an energetic routine together, stealing the show!

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Congratulations, Chad and Mariah!  I wish you many more joy-filled years together!


Vendor Information:

Videographer: Cinematic Media

Chad and Mariah’s video

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This beautiful couple might live and work in the city now, but they’re still in touch with where they came from!  John and Maren had a family-filled, homestyle wedding on the farm where Maren grew up.  There might have been a huge crowd of family and friends there to watch this couple become a family, but it still felt like an intimate affair, filled with tons of handmade touches and family traditions!  The day started with a family potluck with some of the best food I’ve ever tasted and all, of course, made with love.

Then we moved to the farm to get ready.  Maren’s family home was incredibly cozy and inviting, and full of life with all of the family around!  Some of them relaxed on the porch, sipping lemonade and listening to music while Maren was dressing.  She wore her grandmother’s veil, and the bridesmaids all had handmade touches to their gorgeous turquoise and coral dresses.

The ceremony was just as warm and full of love as the rest of the day, including an incredibly touching song performed by Maren’s brother Carl and his fiance.  After the vows were exchanged, we all moved outside for a big family photo before heading into the reception tent to admire the photos on display.  The evening ended with some dancing, a warm campfire, and a stunning fireworks display!

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The Kransekake (or Kransekage) translates literally to “wreath cake”, and it’s a traditional Norwegian or Danish dessert served at special occasions such as baptisms, Christmas, New Year’s, or weddings.  At weddings, it’s customary for the bride and groom to take hold of the first ring and lift the cake – however many rings come with that top ring is supposed to predict how many children the couple will have.  Apparently John and Maren should expect a LARGE family!

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Congratulations, Maren and John!  I am so thankful that I got to be a part of  your special day.


Vendor Information:

Florist: Floral Creations by Tanika

DJ: Instant Request

Dress: The Wedding Shoppe, St. Paul

Videographer: Northern Stories

Rings: Robert Foote Jewelers

Reception Catering: Chowgirls

Wedding Rentals: Apres

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