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Willmar, MN Wedding – Salem Covenant Church & Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds

What a day! Lucas and Katelyn tied the knot last weekend at Salem Covenant Church in Pennock, MN and celebrated with family and friends afterwords at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds in Willmar, MN. When I arrived at the church on Saturday, it was pouring rain. Throughout the whole morning the weather had been on and off, but as soon as Kate began the finishing touches on her makeup and hair the clouds parted and the sun came out! It peeked out here and there throughout the rest of the day, and by the time we drove into Willmar for the reception, we were left with a gorgeous, sunny evening. Lucas, Kate and their bridal party were such good sports throughout their formal photo time, dealing with the harsh wind like champs! I kept reminding the bride and groom that the wind would make their photos that much more dramatic – and I was right 😉 I love shooting in wide-open Minnesota, and the wind really did play up Kate’s dress beautifully.

One of the highlights of the ceremony for me was when Lucas & Kate’s pastor pulled out a photo that included both of them from their confirmation class who-knows how many years ago! I can’t imagine how many memories they share from growing up in the same church! They helped lead worship together by playing guitar at one point during the ceremony, and made sure that their message was focused on Jesus (the best kind of wedding!)

After the ceremony, they walked straight down the aisle, decisively high-fived me, (a pretty good moment in my career) and we all drove right to their reception at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds, where the finishing touches were being put on the decorations! The space was totally transformed with flowers, twinkle lights, and vintage doors galore – it was such a fun space to photograph! With our little pocket of time before guests arrived, we snagged a few more photos around the fairground and soaked up the wind-free, sunny evening!

Lucas and Kate, thank you so much for trusting me with your day! I had such a wonderful time with you two, and your awesome bridal party!

Now, for a little peek at the day…
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Thanks to the vendors who made this day wonderful!

Ceremony: Salem Covenant Church, Pennock MN

Reception: Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds, Willmar MN

Tuxes: Knight’s Chamber

Bride’s Gown: Carrie Johnson Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: BHLDN, Azazie

Floral Design: Wild at Heart Floral

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