It’s hard to believe that 2016 is almost over. It seems like our second issue of Southern Minnesota Weddings just left the press, yet here we are in December, working hard to bring our third edition to life in a month (eek!). As we wrap up the year, we are skimming the pages of our 2016 issue and picking out five of our favorite things that helped make our magazine oh-so-special!
1. Our Cover Couple
Kyle & Danielle showed us the power of love in the face of heartbreak as they shared the story of their engagement and wedding planning. With family health hardships and an unexpected deployment, Danielle and Kyle pushed on and grew stronger in the process. They married at August Schell Brewery, where Kyle and his family work, on July 11. Danielle’s dad, who had suffered a serious head injury during their wedding planning, was able to walk her down the aisle, which was a very special moment for Danielle.
“Having my dad give me away to my new husband was more than every girl’s dream,” remembers Danielle. ” It was literally a miracle, and the best thing any daughter could ask for.”
Danielle and Kyle’s hopes for a day of celebration and merriment came to fruition with the help of family, friends and their local wedding vendors, including Patterson’s Diamond Center, Sisters Bridal & Tux, Decadent Desserts, G&K Rental, A2Zinnia Floral & Gifts and Sarah Joy Photography, who captured these breathtaking moments.
2 – A Woodland Wedding
Our feature styled shoot captured the raw beauty of the outdoors. Set in the enchanting Meadowbrook Woods at the Meadowbrook Stables near Mankato, our team of vendors and wedding pros brought charm and whimsy to an unexpected setting.
Photos: Daniel Dinsmore Photography | Wardrobe Stylist: Kate Moroney | Hair + Make-up: Bella Donna Artistry | Decor + Design: G&K Rental | Florals: A2Zinnia Floral & Gifts | Videography: Olsen Media | Gowns: Sisters Bridal & Tux, Encore Bridal Boutique | Jewelry: Exclusively Diamonds | Groom’s Attire: Tip Top Tux, J.Longs | Stationary: Ginger P Designs
3 – Real Love Stories
It probably comes as no surprise, but we’re suckers for a great wedding story here at SMW! We love being able to share the stories of our real local couples. From engagements and planning to the big day and honeymoons that follow – being able to share these special moments is what motivates us to do what we do every day. Here are a few highlights from some of our real weddings from the 2016 issue.
Klarissa & Joshua tied the knot at the Walsh Field in Gaylord, MN – the groom’s dream locale! Photo: Malwitz Photography
Sarah & Aaron share a laugh at their engagement shoot. This sweet moment was captured by Sarah Joy Photography.
4 – Our Team & Trusted Local Vendors
Words cannot properly describe how blessed we are to have the talented team and local wedding vendors that help us bring our magazine to life. A wedding in Southern Minnesota is a beautiful thing. We have venues to fit all tastes, caterers and bakeries who dream up magical things for their couples, photographers and videographers who brilliantly capture special moments, and the list goes on and on and on… we look forward to working with all of you for years to come – cheers!