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Mikaela & Nathan’s Wedding

June 9th, 2013

Star Wars Christmas Special. That’s how Mikaela and Nathan jokingly referred to their wedding day. When they set their wedding date several months ago, they chose May 4th because Nathan is a big Star Wars fan (“May the Fourth Be With You”). However, their dreams of being married outside under a huge oak tree at the Mayowood Stone Barn were buried under 15 inches of heavy, wet snow in a record-setting, late spring, snow storm that covered a narrow strip of Minnesota, just days before their wedding. Though the couple was disappointed, they took it in stride and the ceremony locations was changed to the loft of the barn, which was also beautiful. Lit by twinkle lights and skylights, the old barn had a very warm and natural glow.

Mikaela started off her day at Salon Chic where she and her bridesmaids, all in their pajamas had their hair and make-up professionally done. What a fun sight to see these beautiful women with their gorgeous hair, all wearing PJ’s. Mikaela had a lace wedding dress and proudly wore her “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” gifts, which were presented to her by the mothers.

Nathan, focused his early morning attention, along with the other groomsmen and set-up crew, to get the remaining details ready. With the amount of work to be done and as stressful as it was, Nathan handled it well.

Things to know about Nathan and Mikaela: They love to laugh. They love movies, theater pop-corn, board games and having fun. We loved how their wedding was so different and really showed their personality through little things.

The ceremony was uniquely theirs. Instead of a unity candle they lit the lantern that Nathan used when he proposed to Mikaela. Their wedding vows left the guests and each other in tears and laughter. Their love for each other was so beautifully expressed and shown through the vows they spoke to each other.

After the ceremony, tables were set up for board and lawn games upstairs so guests could hang out, play games while eating movie theater popcorn, ordered specially for their wedding. The seating arrangement for dinner was according to tables named after some of their favorite movies. The Grand Entrance, with Star Wars theme music, ended with the bride and groom battling it out with light sabers on the dance floor. Star Wars bobble head vs. Disney Princess Cinderella cake toppers for their wedding cake made out of rice crispy bars, and drizzled in marshmallow frosting with cookies on a separate platter. They also arranged for us to do a photo booth with props, for fun pictures they will use as a gust book. We enlisted our friend and photographer Matt Harthan to help us with this. Everyone enjoyed the couple’s fun humor and jokes throughout the night. We are so happy for Mikaela and Nathan and truly pray for their marriage to be filled with many years of endless love and laughter.

Bride and groom embracing on a snowy day
Wedding bouquet and shoes in window at the Mayowood Stone Barn in Rochester, MN
Macro shot of Wedding Bands on wooden window cill
Bride dressing in rustic setting at Mayowood Stone Barn in Rochester, MN
Triptic of bride and bridesmaids details
Bride preparation
Family seeing the bride for first time
Groomsmen getting ready
Bride with bridesmaids behind her in a line
Flower girls playing on steps at Mayowood Stone Barn in Rochester, MN
Bride coming out of dressing room as flower girls look on
Bride and bridesmaids doing team huddle
Father of the bride putting on veil
Flower girls, bride and father ascending stairs
Father walking bride down the aisle
Father giving bride away
Bride and groom kissing then walking down the aisle and flower girl picking up rose pedals
Bridal party formal portrait on yellow couch

Groom with bride in background
Bride and groom portraits at Mayowood Stone Barn in Rochester, MN
Bride and groom
Three views of rice wedding crispy bars cake
Bride feeding groom rice crispy bar
Wedding photo booth
Looking in on reception and dance at the Mayowood Stone Barn in Rochester, MN
Mayowood Stone Barn at night

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