Ah, the 11th commandment…. I owned a t-shirt that stated this – until I wore it completely through – (literally – as in see-through.) But, I still follow this one to a ‘T’.
There is nothing that gets me giddier than when people just know how to BE! You know – thine own true self, truly true, really real, outside of ordinary, inside-out transparency, following one’s heart, and making no apologies for shining brightly against an often dull background. Then, when people take this and run with it – incorporating it into their every fiber, no holding back – making their wedding memories into stellar, personalized and truly meaningful soirees – I want to eat it all up with my lens and create art out of it all – frozen in time forevermore. Nom-nom! Like a delish frozen treat – – for the eyes.
In honor of some of the more memorable moments and minutiae, I’m re-living some noteworthy mentions below… Here’s hoping this sparks some creative contemplation and ignites that fire within. Now, let us celebrate individuality – together!
Jessica & Scott – A 1950’s-Inspired, MN Rockabilly Wedding – complete with classic cars, a super-hero-inspired groom’s cake, and a rockin’ swing band for all those Jitterbuggin’ hip cats and dolls
Our 1950’s Bride in her classic ride
The Groom steps into his stellar classic car following the ceremony.
Bride and Groom share a snuggle in their Pontiac
You don’t see beer-cans tailing behind the get-away vehicles very often any more!
Vintage luggage-designed wedding card holder – fabulous!
It’s not often you see Famous Dave’s catered-in for the wedding meal! Nommmm!
Super-hero-inspired groom’s cake!
Bride and Groom steal away to the photo booth for a little alone-time 😉
Fantastic swing band kept the party hoppin’
The place was filled with hip cats and dolls who really know how to jive!
Catherine and Patrick shared their home, their MN lake-front yard, and oodles of DIY vintage-inspired wedding details (too many to showcase!) for their undoubtedly personalized wedding day memories!
Still my favorite wedding-cake-topper ever! “Til death do us part!”
This couple included an additional cake-topper for each pet (2 dogs and a kitty)!
DIY wedding programs! Clever girl.
Happy Bride donning her hand-made gown inspired by Grace Kelly in “To Catch a Thief” – Her mother made this replica gown! Her flowers? DIY FARMER’s MARKET finds! NICE touch.
Bride and Groom celebrate with their pups!
Lakeside ceremony-markers for the outdoor vows!
DIY mason jar candles line the outdoor aisle.
Outdoor ceremony on the lake in Minnesota – – WOOOOT!
Bride and Groom share a smooch on their backyard swing overlooking the lake.
The wedding couple steal away on their moped – loooove it!
Nicole and Sam enjoyed a Rustic Farm Wedding in Wisconsin – featuring gardens galore, live farm animals including goats and chickens, DIY flowers from the grounds of the wedding site, and of course – the kind of fresh air offered up only by the great outdoors!
Bride and Groom enjoying a moment outside of the rustic barn
The Bride enjoys a stroll through the gardens before her outdoor wedding!
Groom and Groomsmen enjoying a pre-wedding beer!
DIY flowers from the grounds of this WI farm wedding retreat!
Love grabbing up expressions like these. Priceless! Bride amid the vine-covered arbor for the outdoor wedding ceremony.
The Bride and Groom took some time to feed the goats on their farm-wedding!
Wedding guests enjoyed feeding the goats as well!
Natural centerpieces for a rustic wedding celebration!
This was a laid-back and fun country-charm-infused wedding celebration on the farm!
Do you think they enjoyed their down-on-the-farm wedding celebration?
Lisa & Joe – an October winery-wedding in the horse stables in Minnesota’s farm country! These nuptials featured all kinds of fun frolic, including a giant game of chess, a clever personalized chair-decorating idea, and of course – pumpkins! Everywhere you turn you find lush surrounds and tons of rustic character & charm at Carlos Creek Winery – Alexandria, MN
What would a winery-wedding be without a pre-wedding glass of wine??
Love the glow, the green wall, and the mirror surrounding this beautiful wedding gown.
Abstract shot of our Groom in the horse stables at Carlos Creek Winery, Alexandria, MN
Silhouetted stolen-moment between the Bride and Groom in the horse stables.
The Bride and Groom dabble in a little game of GIANT chess – in spite of the drizzly weather!
Our Bride and Groom share a kiss on the giant chess game at Carlos Creek Winery, MN.
This couple wasn’t shy about PDA! We photogs DIG that!
The wedding couple created these fun and nostalgic chair decorations for their horse-barn-wedding at Carlos Creek Winery, MN!
The couple’s arbor honored their deceased grandparents during the ceremony.
Too fun for an October wedding – pumpkins help celebrate their “Just Married” status!
Color dominates this wedding theme! Allie and Joe and their families are superbly fun! They celebrated their UBER-COLOR-INFUSED wedding day with pops of vibrant hues throughout!
This wedding was plum-full of vibrant and electrifying color – exemplary of the fun personalities of this family!
The Bride kicks up her feet on her Groom’s lap for a while – showing off her sparkling Steve Madden heels!
While Denise Mack Photography doesn’t emphasize “posed” photographs, some couples wish to include a few groupings. We always follow the personalities of the group, having as much fun with it as we can!
The wedding couple pours colorful sands during their outdoor ceremony on the balcony overlooking the lakes in Minneapolis’ Calhoun Beach Club!
Bridesmaids hand out brightly colored name cards to guests for reception seating.
The Bride changes into her vibrant purple tennis shoes after the ceremony!
Wedding guests reveled in the brightly-colored celebration!
No detail was without color at this wedding celebration! BRIGHT color! Yum.
Wedding guests choose cupcakes that match their colorful attire – and now their tongues!
Clever wedding-favors that emphasize color and fun!
And here is the final one I’m featuring in today’s reminiscent post – but certainly not the least of which will always hold a place in my heart as one of my favorite wooded-wedding-in-the-wild! Much like each of the couples I’ve been privy to work with over the years, Jenny and Tom and their families were entirely too much fun, and their images are certainly reflective of that. Below are just a couple of teasers… Be sure to peek at the “Featured Lakeside Wedding” Gallery on the website for many more note-worthy moments from this one!
The wedding couple shares a kiss in boat #1 as wedding party members look on from the second pontoon.
The flower girls (including the couple’s adorable baby girl) enter in style for this lakeside outdoor wedding!
The Bride and Groom share some laughs during their WI lakeside wedding reception!
Many thanks to all my couples for allowing me the honor of sharing in these magical and marvelous memories with you and yours! Mwah!
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