I’ve known Kari since we were kids. Growing up in a small town, we’ve known each other most of our lives, and even though we ran in different circles throughout school, Kari has always been a friend to me. The thing with small towns is that you never really un-know someone. Distance, years, life – it will all get in the way of relationships – it will try and sever connections, fade memories like cruel hands of time. But the familial-strength connections made in county fairs and high school gymnasiums and choir practice rooms never really leave you. So I was incredibly moved when Kari contacted me to document her and Mike’s love story – and to join with them as they finally began their forever.
Kari and Mike were married on a hot and steamy summer day in a gorgeous apple orchard in southern Minnesota. Their day was filled to bursting with loved ones and laughter and personal touches. Despite the heat, the day was pure magic. I could feel the love swirling on the breeze as Kari and Mike’s friends and family celebrated alongside them. I am so honored to have been there to share in their joy – to watch and they wrote the next pages of their story together – and to hug them both tightly as the night drew to a close.
Here’s a preview of their unforgettable day: