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Seeing Grace become the most gorgeous bride and capturing this day was so precious to me. Grace is a really dear friend of mine and for as long as I’ve known her, I’ve known that she wanted to marry Darrell.  It seemed like it took half of forever for them to get engaged, then once they did, it seemed like it took forever for their wedding day to finally arrive.  At the time, it was a whole lot of patient waiting, but after being present on their wedding day, I could see that it was all meant to be a very beautiful build-up to the most special, joyful day of their lives!! Clearly, every piece of this day was worth waiting for—from perfect fall colors surrounding the Bearpath Golf Course to having Darrell’s brother/best man home from his military deployment. Grace’s flowing-full length veil and elegantly beaded gown transformed her into a real-life princess, but the most stunning part about her was her radiant, infectious expression of joy as she vowed to be Darrell’s partner for the rest of her life. Grace & Darrell have been through so much together already, and their devoted commitment and best-friendship is so evident when you are with them. My heart was literally exploding with happiness for them all day long!
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Officiant : Rev. Leslie Johnson
Florist : Simply Stated Elegance
Dress & Jewelry : Wedding Tree
Hair : Samantha Palumbo
Makeup : Amy Johnson
DJ : Steve at Instant Request
Cinematography : Princess Bride

This day was a complete dream come true for Ashley—a perfect afternoon in the backyard of her childhood home, overlooking the lake near Sauk Centre Minnesota where she had spent lazy summers swimming and learning to water-ski with her sisters. I don’t think she could have imagined a more meaningful, beautiful place to marry Geoff, her college crush, now handsome husband. Their friends and family pitched in with tremendous amounts of time and love to help make this day so special for these two lovebirds! We loved that Ashley choose to walk down the aisle wearing Toms wedges—so perfect and practical for the backyard setting. After tearful I-dos, Ashley & Geoff, along with their wedding party, raced down the hill and hopped into her parents’ pontoon for a Just Married joy ride around the lake. Boat rides continued into the night—until all the guests had a chance to take a spin! This day was so rich with nervous excitement, joy, and togetherness, and we felt so honored to be there to document it! Congrats Ashley & Geoff, we just know you’ll make endless new summertime memories with your family in this special place, each time you return & remember the day you became husband & wife!
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Floral : Michelle Meyer, Centre Floral
Dress Designer : Maggie Sottero
Dress Shop & Men’s attire : Mestads St. Cloud
Bridesmaids dresses : JCrew
Shoes : Toms
Desserts : Linda Beste
Catering : Custom Catering by Short Stop
Music : Nik Haas
DJ : Minnesota Pro DJ

  • Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 5:22 pm

    Ashley Dauksas - Thank you so much for the beautiful photos! Geoff and I have enjoyed working with you both over the past few months!ReplyCancel

It is sometimes unbelievable how much our engaged couples are juggling—on top of planning a huge beautiful wedding! Looking at these photos, their complete joy and in-loveliness, you wouldn’t know that this very same week, Lindsay & Mark were in the process of moving, Mark was starting a new job, and oh yeah, Lindsay is in the middle of law school! So I give them huge props for enjoying every minute of their photos, despite their super full lives and even despite the fact that we got caught in the rain. It was so special to sneak a few shots of them dancing outside the ballroom where they first took lessons together. So jealous of that! These two are just so amazing and it is so evident that they love living life together and are getting married {next August} for all the right reasons…I bet they’ll even have a super stunning first dance in store!