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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Josh + Crystal - Brainerd, MN and Breezy Point, MN Wedding Photography

When you plan an outdoor wedding in Minnesota, you are always taking a chance. You give the control to Mother Nature and hope that she cooperates. The forecast for Josh and Crystal's wedding day looked promising when I check a week prior. As the day got closer though, the chance of rain increased until it showed straight rain, the entire day. 80% chance, which means 110%. Of course it would rain when they had planned a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Breezy Point.

The gloomy weather forecast didn't phase Crystal and Josh though. They made the decision to have their ceremony indoors and took it all in stride. Rain or no rain, this was their wedding day and they weren't going to let anything wreck it.
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The energy in the bridal suite was contagious as Crystal's bridesmaid worked on her hair. She kept glancing at her reflection in the mirror, her expression saying, "I can't believe I'm getting married today!"
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While his gorgeous bride-to-be was stepping into her dress, Josh was anxiously waiting for the ceremony to begin. Crystal really wanted to wait until the ceremony for Josh to see her, so we designated time after the ceremony for portraits. To give Josh something to do and to get a jumpstart on the formals, I snapped a few of Josh while he waited.
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And then, it was time for the ceremony to begin!
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Just as the ceremony was ending, the prayers I had been saying all day [and the prayers I had commissioned from my family too] were answered - the rain stopped! The clouds parted and the sun peaked out! On a day when the rain forecast was constant, I was shocked and thrilled. What a great wedding present for Crystal and Josh!

[P.S. The next photo is of the birdseed shower their guests gave them as they exited the ceremony.]
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The two flower girls didn't know each other prior to the rehearsal the evening before. They became fast friends!
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After taking portraits in the beautiful evening sunshine, it was time to join the guests in the reception hall. Crystal had planned every detail to perfection, from the seating chart and the table decor, to the "Ring This Bell" for the kisses and a beautifully unique cake.
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I'm 99% positive that Facebook told me Josh and Crystal took dance lessons in preparation for their wedding. They moved so elegantly and romantically out on the dance floor. 
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They showed off the moves they had learned and everyone clapped and cheered.

Then the fun started. Josh's aunts were hilarious on the dance floor. I could hardly hold the camera still because I was laughing so hard.
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The entire day was full of laughter and love, from Josh and Crystal, and from all of their friends and family who traveled long distances to be with them on their Wedding Day. That, combined with the sun peeking out at the last minute, was truly the best day.

Josh and Crystal, thank you so much for choosing me to be your wedding photographer. It was an honor to be there to document your day, and your love. I hope you are having a blast in Jamaica, and I wish you a lifetime of love and fun memories. xx, Laura

4 comments:

  1. I couldn't stop smiling. Each moment of their day was filled with so much love. How beautiful!

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  2. Laura, You are so talented! So many stunning photos! What a beautiful day and you captured it perfectly. I especially love the rings photo with the water drops.

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  3. Crystal WaagmeesterJune 1, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Thank you so much for such beautiful photos, and being just so great during all the events! I will be recommending you to everyone I know!

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  4. Becky and Deb, thank you! I really appreciate your sweet words.

    Crystal, you are so welcome. I had so much fun! xxx

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