When you buy a dream house along Minihaha Creek, it just screams to be used for your wedding.  If only these walls of an almost 100-year-old house could speak, oh the stories of love they would share!  Well, Alyssa and Nate added one more good story to the mix.  Nate knew his bride’s emotions were getting the best of her, so he brought her some champagne and had a sweet conversation on the stairs before laying eyes on each other along the creek.  Family joined in the fun before we all headed to Bauhaus Brew Labs for a toast and some games.  Around the corner, the Solar Arts Building was the perfect place for an in-the-round ceremony as guests were handed wine or beer on their way in to toast to the union.  How fun!  Alyssa and Nate have cranked out many state and national parks already, with only bigger adventures ahead!  Congrats you two!

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Contributing Vendors: Solar Arts Building (ceremony and reception venue)Lake Minnetonka Cruises (rehearsal dinner venue)Ashley Fox (florist)Avant Lighting (rental decor)Chowgirls Catering (catering)Glamdoll Donuts (dessert)Bella Bridal Boutique (bridal attire), Men’s Wearhouse (groom’s attire), Salon Montage (makeup and hair), Crazy Cam (photo booth), Mraz Brothers (music)

Every wedding I shoot is special.  Then there are calls like the one Michon Pagitt made to me…”Andrew, you need to shoot my wedding so you pick the date in June and even the location since you know great places.  I will show up with Sean and my family of fifteen.  Just get your killer shots.”  Thanks Michon, no pressure…

Fun Side Note: Michon comes from a very special family in our life.  Her father, Doug Pagitt, serves as pastor of our Solmon’s Porch Church community and who also happened to marry Janelle and me.  Michon and Sean both have given of their time and money to help families in need in Guatemala with our ongoing project, so we share a similar heart.  Needless to say, we have all been very much looking forward to this day!

“How bout a Thursday wedding Michon?”  Done.  I then reached out to a handful of the best photographers I know in the state to give me their ‘dream list’ of locations.  The goal was something that reminded the couple of Oregon with the winning location being Taylors Falls!  As Michon got dressed at her vintage farmhouse in Edina, rain sprinkled down and the umbrellas came out.  They wanted Oregon, well they got its weather too!  We loaded cars and limos all headed for the rock cliffs that make that part of the St. Croix so special.  Before the ceremony started, the two found an oathing stone that they would hold to forever remember their promises this day.  After a group hug and wiping away a combo of rain and tears, we all headed up for a picnic at a sculpture park before dinner to follow at Lion’s Tavern in Stillwater.  One epic day of many more to come for these two adventure seekers.  The Vicks can’t wait to be along for the ride!

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Both had their lucky shoes on today.  For Kirsten, she knew what a catch Thomas was and chose to sport a friend’s sassy shoes as a nod to a relationship she looks up to.  For Thomas, everything he wore was lucky as he has Kirsten kept laughing alongside him in life and looking fabulous.  Hana of Mani Mela made sure Kirsten had her polish on as the two took over St. Stephen’s Church in Edina and then the Minikahda Club until late into the night.  My face hurt from smiling and laughing all day with these Edina friends, with the Crazy Cam coming out at night to top it all off.  What a party for two refreshingly fun, smart, and quotable pair!  I can’t wait to have you back in to celebrate again.

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Contributing Vendors: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (ceremony venue), The Minikahda Club (reception venue and catering), Edina Country Club (rehearsal dinner venue), Mani Mela (planner, florist, hair, makeup, and decor), Buttercream (dessert), Rivini by Rita Vinieris (brides dress), Posh Bridal Couture (bridal attire shop), Badgley Mischka (bridal shoes), T-Lee Custom Jewelry (wedding bands), Men’s Warehouse (grooms attire), Katie Murphy Designs (invitations), AB Rich (videographer), Instant Request (dj), Aspen Limo (transportation), Amazing Alterations (bridal attire)