Dustin and Michelle are a modern day love story.
It was Thursday night, October 11 of 2012. Dustin and Michelle were to meet each other for the first time over a drink at a restaurant. And although Michelle confesses to being 40 minutes late he patiently waited in the lobby. She was impressed by his sweetness and they hit it off right away! They immediately made plans to watch the Vikings game that weekend. Over a course of a 16 month dating relationship they experienced job changes, met each other's families, traveled and got to know each others friend's. Dustin and Michelle describe their relationship as spontaneous, supportive and spirited! Together, they enjoy summertime walks, beer tasting and other summer festivals like the Minnesota State Fair, Saturday cross-fit classes and a little ice skating in the winter.
And here is their proposal story (I love her honesty):
"On Valentine's Day 2014 we went to a movie and dinner in the Longfellow neighborhood and as we were driving home, Dustin turned into the Minnehaha Park. I had no idea what was about to happen because he seemed so calm! He casually asked if I wanted to walk down to the Falls and I shrugged yes. We carefully - and slowly - stepped down the very icy steps toward the frozen falls. It was there that Dustin asked if I would be his Valentine. I laughed and said yes! Then he got down on one knee and asked with a ring box if I would be his Valentine... for the rest of his life. At first all I could say was, are you sure? Are you... sure-sure? We were both laughing and I, of course, said 'yes!' And by now it's 10:30pm and -13 degrees out but with dripping noses we kissed - it was so cold!! And then we ran back to the car and blasted the heat trying to defrost."
If you're like me, and love Minnesota (especially summers) then you'll adore this wedding with it's classic Minnesota-vibe! From a ceremony at Preachers Grove among towering pines at Itasca State Park, to dropping their vows in a bottle down the Mississippi river, to making a stop for photos at the classic Paul Bunyan and Babe statues in Bemidji (the first city on the Mississippi!), to showing up at their reception on a boat off Lake Bemidji! Their wedding was filled with both rustic yet gorgeous classic, elegant details! Not to mention the fun wedding party who were a total hoot to be around!
Dustin and Michelle, what can I say? I think I might have a small Photographer crush on you guys?! (Can I say that? Well, I just did.) Seriously though, I admire your beautiful kindness, sincerity and love for each other. Thank you for the HONOR of photographing what was one the most beautiful days I've ever witnessed from behind a camera.
Blessings and love,
The wedding party stopped at the infamous Paul Bunyan and Babe in Bemidji, the first city on the Mississippi!
On the way from Itasca to the reception in Bemidji, Dustin and Michelle stopped the bus to place their wedding vows, along with their contact information, down the Mississippi River in a glass bottle!
Ceremony: Preacher's Grove - Itasca State Park, MN
Reception: Hampton Inn - Bemidji, MN
Reception Event Design: : Panache Events- Bemidji, MN
Officiant: Father Henry Doyle, Shattuck's St. Mary's - Fairbault, MN
Pontoon Rental: Ruttger's Lodge - Bemidji, MN
Bride's Dress: Alfred Sung, The Wedding Shoppe
Bride's Jewelry: Rachel Bragg (High school friend)
Groom's Formal Wear: Combat Gentlemen
Florals: Panache Events - Bemidji, MN
Paper goods: DIY
Make-up Artist: Dinave, Herberger's
Hair Salon: Hair Naturally - Bemidji, MN
Wedding Cake: Mother of the Bride
Catering Services: Green Mill - Bemidji, MN
Musicians: Michael Knutson (vocals) and Cindy McCormack (harp)
DJ: NTertainment - Bemidji, MN
Honeymoon: Apostle Islands, WI
Signs: DIY (Father of the Groom)
Chalkboards: DIY (Mother + Sister of the Groom)
If you were a vendor or business that wasn't mentioned here please contact me, I'd be happy to add you to the credits.