When you plan your wedding at camp as a 9 year old girl, once you find the perfect person, you get married at that same camp which is what Willa and Ethan did for their camp wedding in Cass Lake MN last weekend at Camp Kamaji.
The couple’s story in their own words:
Willa and Ethan met, like many of their generation…online. During a pandemic. Over Zoom. It was a time.
Ethan was immediately wowed by Willa, and started referring to her as “Lumberjack Girl” to his friends. He was enamored by her quick wit, her in-depth nerdy and passionate knowledge of Michigan and history, her ability somehow to out-weird him (like a cook off – but with weirdness), her commitment to fostering and maintaining rich friendships, and her inspirational kindness. Willa, likewise, was enamored and started referring to him as “Googly Eye Chicken God Man”.
She admired his generosity and empathy, his close friendships, his steadfast loyalty to his family, his ability to keep a plant alive, his wild silliness, and the number of strange animal figurines he owned. She told her friends about him and they came to the same disturbing conclusion that she had.
So fast-forward to the glorious wedding day at camp. Why have a camp wedding? Well Camp Kamaji is “one of the oldest camps in Minnesota, and having our reception in their historic 1920s lodge. Willa first sat in that lodge, holding her sister’s hand and waiting nervously for her cabin assignment in 1994, and returned steadfastly every summer until she was 15. 21 years later, Willa and Ethan sat drinking coffee with their feet in the water at her brother Nicholas’s wedding and agreed (ignoring the fact that they weren’t, technically speaking, engaged) that they definitely wanted a camp wedding. Which was a relief, since Willa decided she wanted to get married at Kamaji when she was 9.”
The day was filled with camp activities, their adorable pup Earnest, silly family, and adoring friends.
While observing and documenting cock-tail hour, I heard Willa interacting with a guest about being once told she should never settle because she was a wildcard and she should only marry her equal, and that she knows that she really did find her perfect person in Ethan.
These two souls are obviously made from the same energy and I along with their family and friends are so glad they found each-other.
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Thanks to the vendors!
Wedding photography: PennyPhotographics
Venue: Camp Kamaji
Wedding planning: Piece of Cake Wedding Planning
Florist KD Floral & Gardens @kdfloral Jen Kellen
Hair: Fringe Salon