The day was finally here! The Northway family was abuzz early in the morning getting things all set for their first daughter's wedding. The new house sparkled and served as a soothing environment for all the last touches of the ladies. Claire look breathtaking and her dress could not have been better. She shared a sweet moment with her dad Steve before heading out towards the lake where Christo awaited his bride. He couldn't stop starring and smiling! All day long in fact, and his boisterous Bulgarian's family energy was approval enough and he treated her like his most cherished gift. Following a moving ceremony at St. Christopher's, the main doors at Grandview flung wide open in excitement for the party that was about to ensue. What a great group of friends these two surround themselves with as they came from near and far for this joyous occasion. We all laughed hard together down by the lakefront before night fell and Christo and Claire took a twilight stroll to help the day slow down.
If the walls of the Van Dusen Mansion could speak, the stories of love they would share! Courtney and Andrew picked the perfect place to make it their home for the day and welcome the most fun and crazy friends to celebrate alongside. From the moment Courtney slipped on the dress, we all felt the massive amounts of energy in the room grow and send her off to lay eyes on Andrew. That man of hers has a huge heart, cherishes his bride, and knows how good he has it in life with her by his side. What more could a girl want?! I quickly got to see where Andrew draws all of his studly energy from: his men could not be more epic with their banter of love they showered upon him. Courtney's ladies are what snagged my heart though as they took such good care of their best friend. I left this night with my face hurting from smiling and an ache in my side from laughing. I am a forever fan of these two.
This is exactly why I am a wedding photographer; plain and simple. A family deeply in love send their little girl into the arms of a trustworthy man to cherish her essence and protect her heart. Raw excitement and emotion abound as friends roll their eyes as if to tell them to 'get a room.' These days are few are far between in our world of produced wedding glamor. I have had this pair's backs since we bounced around their stomping grounds of Chicago for their epic Engagement Session I flew in for. Thank you for your incredible hospitality guys! Colonial Church of Edina was home to their emotional ceremony and Minikahda Country Club kept it lights on late as the party would go into the wee hours of the night. This is part of my second family, a family that anchors on things that are important eternally and raise their hands to give thanks for the abundance. Today, joy overflowed and prayers were answered. Paige and Kevin, may you continue to learn from the examples set all around you. Hugs to your friends I love and family.
Chicago is where their romance blossomed so Chicago is where we photographed these two. Kevin and Paige invited me along to play around the city that they call home as they will be getting married back in Minnesota this summer. Our laughter kept us warm as these fun friends jumped from bridges to riverways to parkways. It makes me even more excited for their wedding day ahead!