Brennan, Ethan’s best man, stood up in front of Ethan and Kirstin’s wedding guests and explained his first impression of Ethan.
“I thought he was just a classic white Minnesotan boy who didn’t know how to talk to girls.”
After all, when Brennan met Ethan, he learned he was a studying to be an accountant and didn’t find him to be overly talkative or anything, so when he found himself in the middle of having to be on a group date with Ethan – watching a Disney movie and making the girls dinner (a classic Northwestern tradition) – he told Ethan to just let him do the talking.
He stood corrected the minute the girls showed up. Ethan transformed before his very eyes – he knew how to talk to the girls, he was funny, and that charm… where did that come from?
Ethan’s response afterwards? “I’m not a homeschooler.”
This story was one of many special memories and moments throughout Kirstin and Ethan’s wedding day. Kirstin wore her nana’s earrings and bracelet as well as used her great-grandma’s handkerchief – such precious ways to incorporate the “something borrowed, something blue, something old, something new” mantra. The most beautiful part was the necklace that adorned her neck – a simple and elegant necklace, I almost didn’t ask about it when it wasn’t with the details originally but then realized she had it on already. She explained that it was from her mother and contained her mom’s wedding ring diamond in the pendant. The bride’s father had passed away twelve years prior, and Kirstin as well as her mother and sister had such beautiful and precious ways to show his impact and impression upon their lives. One other such way was that Kirstin’s sister had her dad’s writing tattooed on her arm that said, “I love you more.” Even the bridesmaids in their toasts mentioned how Ethan reminded them of Kirstin’s dad and that he would be so proud knowing the man that she was marrying. Since her father wasn’t able to be there on her wedding day, Kirstin’s mom, Darcie, walked her down the aisle – but she wasn’t the only one that gave her away, as the pastor asked who it was to give her away, the entire front few rows of the bride’s side chorused, “We do!” We also got to do a special first look with her mom and grandparents since they helped pay for the wedding and support Ethan and Kirstin through it all. And later? The most tearful part of the day for me… when Kirstin would’ve had her father-daughter dance, all of her uncles came to join in, taking turns to dance with her amidst “Your Heart Will Lead You Home.”
So many precious moments. So many emotions. Such beauty. This is why we love capturing wedding days. They aren’t just photos to us. They’re an image that gives a glimpse to so many stories, so many talking points, so much feeling.
Ethan and Kirstin, thank you SO much with entrusting us with your day! You two were truly a blessing to work with and we loved every moment working with you! We’re praying for you as you continue to learn more about yourselves and each other in this newlywed chapter. Continue to pursue one another and cherish each moment. Next time we hang out, you better bring along your puppy dog, Annie ;)
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Venue + Coordinator: Minnesota Valley Country Club
DJ: Adrian Smithee (friend)
Videography: Rico Roman
Cake: Buttercream Bakery
Reception Décor: Illuminations by Lori Cole
Bride’s Gown: Bridal Accents Couture
Bride’s Ring: Shane Company
Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden
Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie.com Hair: Glamour Beauty
Makeup: Glamour Beauty
Groom’s & Groomsmen's Suit: The Black Tux
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