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Nicole and Scott had the perfect end-0f-spring day for their wedding at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN.  Everyone there was involved in this intimate ceremony, sharing lots of smiles and happy tears as they all celebrated Nicole and Scott’s life together.  These two are absolutely the best of friends who enjoy every second they spend together, and it was definitely reflected in their wedding!

They went with a simple, classy color palate of yellow, grey, and white, which worked perfectly with all of the beauty that the Arboretum had to offer them.  They decided not to have a first look before the ceremony, preferring to save that first look for when Nicole walked down the aisle, but we took lots of time after their vows to explore the grounds and take some photos of the two of them together.  I don’t think Scott took his eyes off of his new bride the whole time!

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Isn’t their cake topper adorable?  Nicole and Scott have two four-legged babies that they absolutely adore and wanted to involve in the ceremony, even if they couldn’t come to the Arboretum with them.  In addition to dancing the night away, Scott’s father made an incredibly touching speech, and Scott’s sister and her husband serenaded the crowd with a song.  Everyone danced the night away and went home with a beautiful handcrafted candle.

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Congratulations, Nicole and Scott!  I am so happy to have been included in your special day, and I wish you many years of happiness together!

Vendor Information:

Photo assistant – Gianna

Getting Ready, Groom & Groomsmen – Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center

Wedding Venue – Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Ceremony Site Coordinator – Carissa Pfarr

Reception Site & Catering Manager – Kristyn Wade

Florist – Festivities

Ceremony Music: Cheryl Zylla, A Beautiful Violin

Reception DJ: PM Enterprises

Dress Shop & Designer: Melissa Sweet for David’s Bridal

Rings: Zales

Cake: Buttercream Cakes & Desserts

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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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