DUSTIN + MICHELLE

I'm in love with Dustin + Michelle's iconic Minnesota wedding.  From a ceremony at Preachers Grove among towering pines at Itasca State Park, to dropping their vows in a bottle down the Mississippi river, to making a stop for photos at the classic Paul Bunyan and Babe statues in Bemidji (the first city on the Mississippi!), to showing up at their reception on a boat off Lake Bemidji.  Their wedding was highlighted with a mix of both rustic yet gorgeous classic, elegant details!

Dustin + Michelle found each other on an online dating site.  When they decided to meet in person over a drink, Michelle confesses she made Dustin wait 40 minutes!  She felt terrrible, and was impressed by his patience - and he found the wait well worth it. They immediately hit if off and over a 16 month relationship found they had much in common like summertime walks, enjoying beer tasting and other summer festivals like the Minnesota State Fair, Saturday cross-fit classes and a little ice skating in the winterOn February 14, 2014, with runny noses + freezing cold hands, he proposed at Minnehaha Falls. In her words:

On Valentine's Day 2014 we went to a movie and dinner in the Longfellow neighborhood and as we were driving home, Dustin turned into the Minnehaha Park.  I had no idea what was about to happen because he seemed so calm! He casually asked if I wanted to walk down to the Falls and I shrugged yes. We carefully - and slowly - stepped down the very icy steps toward the frozen falls. It was there that Dustin asked if I would be his Valentine.  I laughed and said yes!  Then he got down on one knee and asked with a ring box if I would be his Valentine... for the rest of his life.  At first all I could say was, are you sure?  Are you... sure-sure?  We were both laughing and I, of course, said 'yes!'  And by now it's 10:30pm and -13 degrees out but with dripping noses we kissed - it was so cold!!  And then we ran back to the car and blasted the heat trying to defrost.

Dustin + Michelle have a beautiful, kind and sincere love for each other.  And had one of the most beautiful weddings I've had the honor of photographing.  Thank you both for being absolutely amazing! To your adventure. - Pamela

 

Ceremony: Preacher's Grove - Itasca State Park, MN
Reception: Hampton Inn - Bemidji, MN
Reception Event Design: : Panache Events - Bemidji, MN
Officiant: Father Henry Doyle, Shattuck's St. Mary's - Fairbault, MN
Pontoon Rental: Ruttger's Lodge - Bemidji, MN
Bride's Dress: The Wedding Shoppe
Groom's Formal Wear: Combat Gentlemen
Florals: Panache Events - Bemidji, MN
Make-up Artist: Dinave, Herberger's
Hair Salon: Hair Naturally - Bemidji, MN
Catering Services: Green Mill - Bemidji, MN
Musicians: Michael Knutson (vocals) and Cindy McCormack (harp)
DJ: NTertainment - Bemidji, MN
Honeymoon: Apostle Islands, WI