Oh this pandemic has been such a joy. [Insert all the sarcasm]

Since March, I have slowly watched my Wedding Season get pushed to next year little by little. Eventually, I found myself with free calendar for the Spring and Summer.

Luckily, one stayed strong. Persistent in the pursuit of keeping thier wedding date.

My mom and I just finished our mini great plains road trip ending in my hometown of Minneapolis. I made the short drive over to one of my favorite midwest towns, Madison, to take part in this amazing day.

Andrea + Cole met online and began their first date by meeting at the grocery store [too good!]. The two went for brunch and then continued with a hike. Afterward, they stopped for a drink and ended the day with freeze pops. Where I’m from, if a date ends with freeze-pops this is a great sign.

Their original 200 person guest list was changed to about 20. The venue was switched to their home and the ceremony was in their very own backyard.

The girls got ready at a hotel in the morning with lots of laughs and champagne toasts. Andrea had a beautiful first look with her dad. We then headed to Tenney Park for a first look and some portraits on Lake Mendota. I successfully sweet-talked some sailors into letting us stand by their boats for a few of my favorite images of the day.

The backyard ceremony was intimate and live streamed for all invited guests to see. Because June 13th is national Rosé day and Andrea was becoming Mrs. Rosemeyer, they opted for a rosé unity ceremony. They also did a southern folklore tradition of burying a bottle of bourbon one month before their wedding. This is said to bring good weather on your wedding day but if you break the bottle digging it out the couple can expect a baby in nine months.

Planning a wedding in the middle of a pandemic is no easy task. Andrea said her biggest challenge was changing everything to fit within city guidelines that were constantly changing themselves. Overall, she said it was really special just having family and their bridal party. It was more their style to have a small group to celebrate the day. Andrea and Cole do very much look forward to having a bigger party whenever it is allowed!

Enough words, I always get excited to shoot in the Midwest. Everything up there feels like home to me and the people are second to none. I loved shooting this one, below are some of my favs!

-t


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