March 10, 2018

Elizabeth & Mike

 

Mike and Elizabeth are a treat to be around. The two are filled with stories and oodles of love for each other and the people dearest to them. They built their relationship through sporting events, reading, music, and most importantly, their shared faith. Mike proposed with a poem and the wedding planning began! From the beginning, they wanted their wedding to serve their guests, and boy did it! Children were welcome and encouraged to come, adding to the fun feel of the day.

Joy: That’s best word to describe Mike and Elizabeth’s White Bear wedding day. Everyone involved with the wedding was seemingly infected with a pure joy the entire day. The couple wrote their own vows, making everyone (even us!) tear up. They spoke to one another with raw, honest emotion as they promised each other the rest of their days. In the middle of the ceremony, Mike and Elizabeth served communion to the guests. After sharing their first kiss as spouses and unable to contain their joy any longer, the newlyweds danced their way out of the chapel.

Another great choice: the guests were met with karaoke and board games as soon as they arrived at the reception. After dinner and heartfelt speeches, the dancing began. First a dance between the newlyweds, then the two parent dances, each with their own sweetness to them. Everyone rushed the dance floor, all the kiddos included. We snuck out of the reception to do a few more portraits and it was blue hour, the sky awash in a cool, calming aura. They danced a little on their own, we snapped a few shots and ran right back inside.

Mike’s Greek heritage showed up in a couple really cool ways, first by teaching everyone how Greek dancing and then in the baklava among the cookies. That’s right: they had a cookies and milk break at their reception. So. Cool. Overall, Mike and Elizabeth’s love was felt through their constant service to their guests, frequent kisses and moments of looking at one another in disbelief, saying, “we’re finally married!”

 

 

Ceremony venue: White Bear Lake United Methodist Church

Reception venue: White Bear Lake Armory

Catering: Donatelli’s

Bartending: Liquid Motion

Bridal gown: Bride to Be

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