Shawna and Travis are two of the kindest people you could ever meet. Their hearts are full of love for God, their families and friends. As was evidenced at their very full wedding, they are clearly loved in return! Together, they love to hike, fish, play games, travel and explore new things. A brand new adventure awaits as Shawna leaves her small hometown in northern MN to start a new life with her husband in Wyoming. New things certainly await...
Ansel Adams said "to photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces". This is why I so very much appreciated Shawna and Travis. Shawna allowed me to see her heart. And by openly sharing their heartfelt love story I was able to enter into their wedding day on a personal level. Authentic and meaningful images resulted because I knew them, and the underlying story of their love. I feel truly honored to have been given the opportunity to get to know Travis and Shawna throughout the past year.
Wedding day morning started with cool, misty air but it couldn't have been a better day! The overcast skies created the most beautiful, even light and gorgeous contrasts with all the vibrant autumn colors. From the excitement of seeing her groom for the first time to the first dances Shawna beamed with a beautiful joy. Finally, a long distance relationship was over. No more good-byes....
Although Travis lost his mom as a little boy, he wanted to make sure his mom was a part of meeting Shawna. And their wedding day. From the bride:
"We met at our best friend's wedding. Travis' attendant graduate school with my best friend, Brittany and became close friends with her husband Joe. Conversation sparked and we talked into the night. We had a small obstacle of Travis living in Alaska and I in MInnesota. A few months later, Travis transferred his job to Wyoming. The relationship continued to grow from there. Even with the distance, we knew we had been brought together for a reason and felt a connection from day one. We saw each other as often as we could and talked for hours... and fell in love. On a trip to WY over Valentine's Day weekend Travis made a heartfelt proposal next to his mother's grave where he brought me to meet his mom. He wanted her to be a special part of this moment - and it was perfect."
And so was their wedding day.
Travis and Shawna, it meant so much joy for me to story your wedding day! Thank you for inviting me to join in the celebration of your love. It was an honor to be your photographer. I sincerely wish you both the best as you transition into this new life together. But even more, I wish you unconditional love and never-ending happiness in the years ahead!
With tears in her eyes, Shawna hurried to meet her patiently waiting groom. Her flowers held charms with photos of Travis' mom, and grandmothers. The most beautiful flower girl! And Travis and Shawna got a photo op with her dog, Chesney! You may never have known their reception was a gym! It was so beautiful decorated with gorgeous fall DIY details! The Mercy Tree held photos of those gone before that weren't able to attend their wedding day. Their wedding cake topper was from the bride's later grandparents wedding cake.
Ceremony: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
Reception: Aquinas Hall
Officiant: Father Kris McKusky
Photographer's Assistant: Tia Arnold (Thank you Tia!)
Bride's and Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal
Bride's Jewelry: Grandmother of Bride
Bride's Hair: Northern Exposure (International Falls, MN)
Bridesmaids Hair: Amp Salon (International Falls, MN)
Groom's and Groom's Men Formal Wear: Mason's on Main, Saavi Formal Wear (International Falls, MN)
Rings: Riddle's Jewelry
Flowers: Streiff's Floral (International Falls, MN)
Manicures: Amp Salon (International Falls, MN)
Wedding Cake: Sammy Butts (International Falls, MN)
Wedding Cupcakes: County Market (International Falls, MN)
DJ: Up North Music, Zach Scofield
Catering: Oh For Sweet (International Falls, MN)
Honeymoon: Bluefin Bay Resort (North Shore, MN)
Noteworthy DIY details:
Bride's Bouquet: Bride's great Grandma's hanky with charms of Groom's Mother and Brides Grandma and Great Grandma
Mercy Tree: Table Created by Grandfather of the Bride; Table skirt made from Bride's Mother's Wedding Dress
Head Table Frame: Created by Uncle of the Bride
Cake Topper: Bride's Late Grandparents
Bar: Created by the Groomsmen and father of the Bride
Aisle Frames in Ceremony: Created by Best Man
Guest Book Board: Gift from Sister of Groom
All DIY decorations made by: bride and her mother, aunt, sister and grandma!