There have been some recurring obstacles during 2020 weddings as our couples continue to adapt their wedding day, struggle to plan, and go forth with their nuptials. However, the themes, love, friendship, hugs, smiles, tears, and laughter, are so important I will continue to write about them! All of these notions that living in a pandemic can’t fully take away from us, have become even more relevant as they have been limited to us these past months.
“The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.” –J.R.R. Tolkien
Courtney and Tyler, ever the adventurous at heart, decided to have their wedding as planned at The Woods in Brainerd MN as the leaves continued to fall. They fulfilled this chapter in their relationship by dressing up in their fanciest attire and kilts, getting many kisses and blessings from their adorable fur babies, and saying their vows under a wooden gazebo straight out of a Tolkien scene.
Under the open blue sky, the ceremony included their puppy dogs, a handfasting, and reciting their own written vows.
Following the whimsical ceremony was a fantastic meal choice of breakfast food for their guest which made Earl and I scarf down some delicious chicken and waffles. Having a wedding filled with themes that match you and your partner is the best way to succeed at having a wedding, thus, Courtney and Tyler crushed it!
After the speeches from family/friends and the official first dance to show off the spin moves of Courtney’s dress, the married couple wandered back to the location they professed their love and this time was greeted with the light of a few falling stars. They had a fairytale ending to a seemingly enchanted day and we wish them all the luck in all their adventures to come!
Tell us your story! How did you meet? Who asked who out?
We meet on Tinder in 2015, I think I swiped right first but he messaged first! We talked constantly for a good month or so and after a failed attempt to meet at the Renaissance festival we finally had a spur of the moment dinner date. He texted me saying he was in my neck of the woods and if I wanted to get dinner. We sat and talked for hours, then after a few movie night dates he took me on a surprise date to Taylors Falls, later on in that date I told him I didn’t want him seeing anyone else and he said the same about me, that night we made it facebook official in October. A few weeks later he told me he loves me, then after a mild freak out and lots of overthinking I told him I love him too. He says it was love at first sight, I am a little more critical, but looking back I definitely knew he is the one I will spend the rest of my life with at dinner that first night. Three months into our relationship I asked him if I could start planning our wedding and he nodded yes.
How did the proposal go?
On Valentines day this year neither of us were working (which is a rarity) so he planned an entire day for us. Keep in mind that almost a year earlier he surprised me and took me to pick out a ring and unbeknownst to me purchased the ring that day, and kept it with him durning all major holidays to follow but “it never felt like the right moment”. Anyway, we went to get bunch in Still Water then made the pretty familiar drive to Taylors Falls. Half way threw the drive I figured out where we were going but just figured we were going because it was the first nice day in a while. We get there and park in a side lot (because the main one was still closed and covered in snow) we then made our way around the park until we get to the highest and furthest put point. I sat down on a rock to admire the view but he just stood there staring at me. I took his hand and he pulled me to my feet so I assumed we were moving on, but he “needed to tie his show”, I looked around one more time but when I looked back to him he was on one knee with the ring I had picked out so long ago! I stood there speechless and mouth open, it wouldn’t have been the first time he joked about it but then he asked me to marry him with a little chuckle. After the minute or so it took me to process I obviously said yes. Later on that night we went to the restaurant we had our first date at to get food and celebrated!
Lastly, we want to thank all the awesome vendors that helped make this The Woods Wedding magic happen!
Hair/Makeup – Melissa Timbers from The Den
Caterer – The Woods
Flowers – Lily Grass
Dress – Bella Bridal
Grooms-wear – Celtic Croft
Video – Klover Media LLC
Bar – The Woods
Cake – Cream of the Cakes