Stephen & Emma // Fergus Falls, Minnesota

I really have so much to say when it comes to this Friday in June, and yet maybe just a few words will give you an idea of how beautiful this wedding day with Emma and Stephen really was. They said their vows in the backyard of Emma's parents' Scandinavian-inspired home on the prairie, where the grass grows long and children run barefoot. Their families were key parts of this day - Emma's sisters with her from start to finish, Stephen's brother standing as his best man. Emma wore both her grandmother's wedding dress and antique brooch that her mother had worn before her - so much heritage, so many family ties. With beautiful Norwegian wedding themes woven throughout the day, I couldn't have pictured a better spot for these two to become one heart. Every part was so fitting, the day so fluid and the joy, so obvious. 

What moved me again came a few weeks later in an email from Emma after they had returned to their home in Boston -  

"Thank you, once more, for capturing not only the best of the best and the most beautiful of all the beauty in our wedding, but also the little imperfections that constitute the real core of any day. Because marriage is more than one glorious day of celebration, but also a lifetime journey of ups and downs, we feel like your approach to documenting the eddies and currents of emotion, fortuitous wrinkles, gorgeous and fortuitous snags are emblematic of what we have to look forward for years to come: moments of graceful imperfection that are all the more beautiful, because falling short is human, and something we have promised to embark upon together, through thick or thin. Stephen and I feel that embracing this process together is what is important in marriage - and we feel your work in documenting our wedding day has truly captured this."

I'll carry Emma's words with me for a long, long time. Thank you so much, you two. Wishing you all the happiness in the wrold.

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Vendors

(A huge thank you to my friend Ashley Ham of FloraPine Photography for shooting this day with me!)

Bridesmaids dresses: J Crew // Seamstress for bride's dress: Cindy Holte

Makeup: Jennifer and Katie Petersen // Hair: Jenny Skjeret (Salon and Co.)

Chalkboards, decor, programs and graphic design: Molly MacDougall (Love Letters)

Floral: Julia Lundeen // Mismatched plate collection contributions from Hanna Borowski

Food and catering (for charcuterie and dessert): Cafe 116

Wedding cake (traditional Norwegian kransekake) - Tim Petersen