The second I came up that long driveway onto Hope Glen Farm, I knew the day was going to be something of utter magic. When you step foot on the property, you are taken away by enchantment. And I love pretty. But there is something in that space that is more than pretty, but instead creates a sacred atmosphere to create promises for forever.
Then there is Michelle + John. Its not stunning flowers, gorgeous centerpieces, or even timeless images that make a wedding. As much as I marvel at these things- the people are what take center stage. Two hearts that gather with the people who made them as amazing as they are to celebrate + vow to love regardless of whatever comes their way. A love that recognizes no barriers. And will jump hurdles, leap fences, and penetrate walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
Michelle + John beamed of hope all day long. Of a story greater than theirs. Of the love of a Father who taught them what sacrificial love looked like when He laid down His own life for theirs. It was breathtaking.
Though they did traditional vows during the ceremony, beforehand they met at the "kissing tree" for their first look at each other and to read their letters of promises over their futures. These vows were intentional, intimate, sweet, and moving. I loved getting to be a fly on the wall for these sacred moments, and capture some images that they can look back on. Images that will bring them right back to that bright day in the Minnesota sun, when they said, "Good, hard, or ugly. I'm not going anywhere."
This is just the beginning--- the launching pad for a lifetime to come. It was the most incredible starting point, with beauty blooming at every corner. But something tells me that the story to come is chalked full with even more adventure, joy, and wonder. I will be cheering your marriage on every step of the way!
Talented team of Vendors:
Venue (Ceremony + Reception) : Hope Glen Farm, Cottage Grove MN
Florals + Day of Coordinating: Studio B Floral Designs
Bridal Shoes: Tieks
Wedding Dress: Che Bella, Minneapolis
Cookies: Homemade by family