Their outdoor wedding was everything for which they hoped. The entire day Allison twirled and laughed, reminding me of Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music. If I didn't have picture proof I'd swear her feet never touched the ground.
Barns of Old Glory, just outside of Rochester, both stuns and welcomes, a venue providing a comfortable vibe with beautiful surroundings. Their decor, highlighted with bright yellow sunflowers contrasted with light blue attire, was simple yet elegant. When Brett and Allison aren't having a wedding, they love exploring new places, hiking, spending time with friends and family, and brewing their own beer. Their fave? Amber lager. The moment she dreamed of most? Standing at the ceremony site with friends and family gathered as they shared their vows to one another. In fact, there is a story here:
Four eagles burst out from behind the trees swooping up from the Whitewater River bluffs overtop the ceremony site the moment they met at the front of the aisle. It threw me off guard, and the convocation disappeared as quickly as they had appeared. Brett and Allison told me later that an eagle had flown over the ceremony area signifying to them this was the spot for their wedding when they had come to view the farm this winter!
Can a wedding day actually be perfect? If so, Brett and Allison did. I've learned the "perfect wedding" isn't in the details. (Sorry, Pinterest.) After several years of observing all kinds of weddings I am confident of this: it's joyful couples have perfect weddings. It's the bride who would rather take off her shoes and get the bottoms of her dress a little muddy so she can feel the dirt between her toes. It's that they walk hand in hand to the reception after saying their vows. It's the couple who doesn't need the world's fanciest wedding cake but would rather dish up ice cream for the kids. It's the groom who would open wide his arms in the sunset and invite his new wife to lean on him while taking in the final moments of their day. It's the couple who knows the entire reason they are there in the first place: to marry their best friend and celebrate their love with their closest friends and family. Brett and Allison had the perfect wedding day because they made it perfect.
Brett and Allison, I hope your honeymoon in Alaska was the restful getaway for which you hoped. "Thank you" doesn't even begin to express how lucky I feel to have been your wedding photographer. Getting to know you over the past year has been nothing short of a delight. I truly wish you both the most incredible adventures as you journey together in marriage! Let's make sure our paths cross again.
Ceremony + Reception: Barns of Old Glory - St. Charles, MN (about 2 hours from Minneapolis)
Dress - The Wedding Shoppe (Morilee)
Bride's Maids Dresses - David's Bridal
Groom's + Groom's Men Formal Wear - JC Penney
Catering - Power Ventures (Canadian Honker)
DJ - Music + More
Cake - Nicole Benesh
Hair Stylists - Double Take Salon - Byron, MN
Rings - Wedding Day Diamonds
Florals - Hyvee
Paper Goods - Vistaprint
Honeymoon - Adler's Travel