The rain fell softly as the ladies bustled around the boat house, singing and dancing away. The lovely Alicia was getting married and every detail was planned to perfection so all could enjoy living in the present. As the two did not want to see each other until the altar, Alicia asked Cole to pray over the day as they locked hands and hearts from around the corner. It is hard to find a better dude in this world than Cole. He takes great care of his friends, family and now wife. Alicia sweet spirit grabbed his attention from day one. It seems like just the other day I was out at their lake place for their engagement session as we waded in the water, paddled out into open water, and scarfed down good pizza. This day however, Stillwater served as the perfect place to play with all their favorite friends before we gave a courtesy nod to their beloved Hudson across the river and headed for lawn games at the Withrow Ballroom. Night came fast but not too soon before we trounced a nearby field in search of another epic shot as Stillwater lights reflected in the low-hanging clouds. What a day. I miss you guys already!
The Van Dusen Mansion was bustling from the moment I arrived. Flowers, linens, décor, table settings, programs, were streaming on pull-carts through the wrought-iron gates. Upstairs the ladies were humming away to tunes as guys took their luck to the pool table in between bites of sandwich. Taryn’s dad Mike had an extra bounce in his step today as he eagerly awaited his turn to tell his daughter how beautiful she looked. Scott won out big time this day. A hunting and fishing enthusiast, this catch just might be his best. Flowers were done with perfection in every area of the mansion filling the air with peony perfume. Katy from Mother of the Bride planning had done a fab job with a vision that transformed the mansion into a masterpiece. Just before the ceremony, Taryn boarded the horse and buggy with her dad for a last conversation around the city before pulling up to the top of her wedding aisle. As night fell, the mansion staff and I had a special surprise waiting for the couple as we led them to one of the best overlooks of the city. Goosebumps.
Contributing Vendors: Mother of the Bride (planner), The Van Dusen Mansion (venue), SoundMotion Films (videographer), Sadie's Couture Floral, Cocoa & Fig (cake & desserts), The R Factor (dj), Linen Effects (decor), Hitching Post (horse and carriage), Letter Perfect (invitation), Mintahoe (catering), Bespoke Hair Artisans, Jett Makeup
The fourth of four Richter children to get married, and all four weddings have been as unique as each kid! Lonnie was marrying into a special family, one that I have gotten to see grow up and rooted in faith. These two have had faith in their families and each other to get to this point. It will also be what will sustain them in the years ahead. Lonnie is as comfortable a guy to be around that you will find, and his trademark shy grin was out in fully glory all day knowing how good of a girl he was marrying in Emily. She is a loving and tender soul, whose special relationship with her parents was evident in each embrace this day. The Plymouth Creek Center kept the rain away just long enough for the ceremony to wrap as guests scurried inside for fabulous food and fellowship. As the sun disappeared, we stepped outside to say goodbye to a fabulous day and the start to many more blessed days ahead.
What do you get when you cross a classy Chinese lawyer with an exuberant thoughtful Aussie? Answer: a dangerous duo known for adventure! Throw in the most vibrant mansion in town and seventy of their closest friends and no wonder this party could not be matched! Ruilin had picked out not one, not two, but three breathtaking dresses to impress John with throughout the night. John finally got to lay eyes on his glowing beauty at the entry to one of Minnesota’s best historic landmarks, the Van Dusen Mansion. It is best know for its uncanny class, charm, and warmth which is exactly why Ruilin and John chose to call it “home” for the day. The staff went above and beyond in every way to make sure all guests we well taken care of and the ceremony would go without a hitch. What a way to start a life together and I can’t wait to see what next big adventure is around the corner!