Shelley Paulson Photography Blog – Minnesota Equine, Wedding and Portrait Photographer

February22nd

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I was very, very busy last fall. Can you tell? I still have about 15 blog posts to share before I put 2012 to rest. :)

In spite of having an already full schedule, when Kale called me about his wedding, something in my heart said to consider it. He told me that and his fiancé Shelly (great name, right?) were going to have a simple ceremony at W. A. Frost, a beautiful, historic (delicious!) restaurant in St. Paul. The bridesmaids and groomsmen would be his kids and hers, and the guests would be family.

Oh, and at the end of the night, he would be surprising his bride with a horse and carriage ride from the restaurant to the hotel.

He had me at “horse.”

But he actually had me before that. I love the idea of an intimate family wedding, where more than just two individuals become one, but where two families blend together to make one beautiful family.

 

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Moms inspect the couple’s rings. :)

 

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The couple showed much love and affection for everyone.

  

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A hug for dad before the walk down the aisle.

  

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The restaurant was open as usual and guests just had dinner all around as the ceremony took place.

 

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Photo by my friend Crystal, who came along and helped photograph this wedding with me for fun. Thank you Crystal!

 

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The kids were involved in the vows.

  

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The most touching part was when they performed a sand ceremony, where each child had their own color.

  

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The end result was a beautiful rainbow of color representing their new family.

  

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The kids got to ride in the carriage around the block first.

  

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From these expressions, I’d say they enjoyed it!

 

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Thanks for the ride sweet horse!

 

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Then it was time to say goodbye!

  

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I think someone’s in love! (I know this feeling!)

  

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A perfect ending to a beautiful day!

 

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5 Comments

  • Comment by kelly klatt — February 22, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    This is awesome Shelley! Looks like a perfect night!

  • Comment by ali — February 22, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    Shelly,
    This totally made me cry. Beautiful. <3
    You do a phenomenal job capturing relationships, emotions and the story of the day.

  • Comment by Jean — February 22, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

    Tears from me too! Beautiful photos of a very beautful family! You captured their day perfectly! Congrats to this family!

  • Comment by Morgan Rigsbee — February 22, 2013 @ 11:51 pm

    I stumbled upon your site thus evening and am completely smitten with your photos and style! Especially this gorgeous wedding! Phenomenal photo content and eye of brilliance! Beautiful!

  • Comment by Tumbleweed Photography Studio — March 1, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

    I had chills the whole time looking through these beautiful pics of this beautiful blended family. I love blended family weddings and how often the kids are an important part of the ceremony as well. Beautiful job!

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