Ryan and Kelsey were married today!
These two are a study of opposites. One is quiet, reserved and feels cold in 70 degrees. The other is boisterous, outgoing and wears shorts when it is 30 outside. But it takes being with them only a few moments to know they are just right for each other. They bring out the best in each other.
The ceremony and reception took place at the gorgeous Silverwood Park in St Anthony. While nervously checking the radar to see when the next thunderstorm would roll through, we headed outside for portraits. Minnesota threw all kinds of weather at us today, but man, the wedding party sure stayed fabulous the entire time!
A unique and fabulous angle to this wedding was inspired by the venue choice. Silverwood is passionate about preserving the environment and encourages recycling, composting and reusing as much as possible. So Kelsey and Ryan made their day a green wedding. Kelsey purchased her gown from Classy Consignments Bridal, the flowers were all silk so they could be reused, the couple used a tree that they will plant to symolize their unity, all the dinnerware was compostable or recyclable, and the whole day took place in one location to reduce emissions. Kelsey looked amazing! We loved photographing her in the lush green of the park….
…and the guys had fun with the park’s artwork. Goofballs.
The ceremony was very sweet, and ruled by mother nature. Halfway through the vows the wind picked up… Judge Armstrong started to speak at bit faster and the couple had to raise their voices to be heard. And then the rain came! Kelsey and Ryan were so awesome, they quickly finished the vows, put on the rings, said I do, gave a big ole kiss and then ran inside! They will have such a great story to tell about this experience! And of course as photographers, we loved every minute.
Once the guests had dried off and greeted the couple, it was time for the reception. The space was beautifully decorated, and guests enjoyed the comfort food provided at dinner by Famous Daves. After speeches and cake, Instant Request got the dance floor pumpin’ with a great mix of music. There were quiet a few…lets just use the word “enthusiastic” dancers that had us in stitches. These college and high school friends were a blast to watch.
Ryan and Kelsey, thank you so much for having us be a part of your day! Enjoy your sneak peek!!!