Courtney + Blake were in my circle for a few years before I ever got the chance to meet them. Courtney works with my husband, and once she and Blake were engaged they wanted to meet and talk about their rustic wedding day. I was so incredibly excited when they decided to hire me as their Minneapolis wedding photographer! They are so sweet, fun and down-to-earth, I couldn’t wait for their big day.
We began working together with their Minneapolis engagement photography session at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park. They frequented the park because they walked their sweet doggie Jägr there, so the place was a natural fit for their photos.
Their rustic wedding was held at Courtney’s parents’ farm and home out in Cokato MN. The weather could not have been more perfect on the big day. And every detail of their event was picture-perfect. (It helps when the bride and her mom both work in the home decor design business!) They held their preparation time in the beautiful farm house. Then their first look was held under the maple trees in the front yard of the house. Next, we spent some time on their couple portraits. We then worked on bridal party and family portraits. It was so much fun wandering around their beautiful property and finding amazing locations to photograph! I particularly loved the wide open fields as a beautiful backdrop, as well as the old Finnish sauna!
Their rustic wedding ceremony was so beautiful. They were married at the edge of the hill overlooking the barn, sauna and fields below. After the ceremony, everyone headed down to the barn for cocktail hour. Dinner was followed by joyful and tearful toasts, and also a rousing shoe game. Then dancing was up next until late into the night.
Courtney + Blake, thank you so much for including me as your Minneapolis wedding photographer on one of the biggest days of your lives. I am so happy for you as you begin your new lives together!
View the slideshow to see more photos from Courtney + Blake’s beautiful day!
Venue: Family farm
Wedding Dress: Watters / a & bé bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Anthropologie
Hair/Makeup: Lori Christensen, Emmy Larson
Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu
Groom/Groomsman’s Attire: Joseph Abbound / Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding Rings: JB Hudson
Officiant: Leslie Johnson / Positively Charmed
Videography: Dan Riggs
Catering: Elbows Allowed
Rentals: Country Style Accents
Desserts: Angelfood Bakery
Ceremony Music: Jocelyn Ecker, Andy Rosenquist
DJ: Three Six Sound
Stationery: Paper Source