All American Wedding by Kate Wenzel Photography
When you choose July 4th as your wedding day, you have to have fireworks. And, of course, apple pie. Kate and Max wanted to treat their guests to not only an awesome wedding celebration but also to a fantastic 4th of July party. They definitely achieved both.From Kate, the couple’s photographer: I knew this wedding was going to be incredible before the day began. Katie and Max live out of state and prior to their beautiful wedding, I hadn’t met them face to face. Despite this, I felt like I knew Katie well. We had spent a few hours on the telephone over the last year- gushing over fabulous details and the excitement of this 4th of July celebration.
Katie put together a wedding unlike any I have ever photographed. Given the holiday, this couple knew that they wanted to treat their guests to an amazing day- honoring their love AND the 4th in such a perfect way. They blended elegance with Americana style, modern and vintage, overflowing beauty with rustic, woodsy touches with sophisticated style, honoring the old while ushering in the new. I thought it was the perfect reflection of how Max and Katie blend so beautifully. Within moment of seeing them interact (and their touching first look!), I was giddy over their love and the images we were capturing!
The backdrop provided by Mississippi Dunes in Cottage Grove, along with vintage rental and design from The Red Bench, this day came together flawlessly. American flag socks, puppies with bowties, s’mores, a bonfire, apple pies, lawn games, fireworks and a sparkler exit kept the entire day moving flawlessly and truly showcased that Katie and Max know how to throw a party!Sweet moments as Max gave Katie a stunning locket, a wonderful father-daughter first look, contagious laughter with their family and friends, and a cathedral veil that dramatically blew throughout the breezy day were all unforgettable.
In the final moments of their wedding day, I watched as the bright lights of the sparklers illuminated their joy-filled faces and highlighted a love that is sure to burn for decades to come. Photographer: Kate Wenzel Photography | Dress Store: Heartstrings Bridal | DJ: Adagio Djay Entertainment | Hair Stylist: Laura Westrem Artistry | Reception Venue: Mississippi Dunes Golf Links | Dress Designer: Mori Lee | Dress Designer: Raffine Bridal | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Savvi Formalwear | Bakery: The Buttered Tin | Event Designer: THE RED BENCH Vintage Event Rental | Submitted via Two Bright Lights