Originally, Jess and Dave had talked of having a MN elopement, but eventually decided on having an intimate wedding where they could share the day with their immediate families and closest friends. Only the people that mean the most to them.

Jess and Dave spend most of their summer weekends exploring, hiking, and camping with their dog Jasper. They have a goal to hike each of Minnesota’s 67 state parks. They’ve crossed about half of them off their list so far. When deciding on a wedding venue, it only seemed natural that they got married at one of their favorite MN state parks, Temperance River State Park. (We did their engagement photos at another MN park. You can check those photos out here.) For me, their intimate wedding was a dream come true.

I always strive to connect with the couples I get to work with, but sometimes I get really lucky. From the first time I met these two, I felt as if I were meant to capture their story. They embraced not only me, but my husband and kids as well! They met my family at our very first meeting. My hubby, Ben, and baby came along for their engagement shoot. Ben even second shot their ceremony while wearing baby Parker in her Ergo. After the ceremony, the 5 of us (Jess, Dave, Ben, Parker, and I) hiked around Temperance River, spent some time exploring and took some gorgeous photos along the way.

Then, we all joined the rest of their family and friends back at the cabin for some burgers and folk music, and ended the night with a bonfire down by the lake.  It was a perfect day. Take a look and don’t forget to leave a comment and share your thoughts with me! I’d love to hear what YOU think of their simple little wedding.

Getting Ready/Reception Venue: Cedar Cliff Retreat
Ceremony Location: Temperance River State Park
Bridal Gown: BHLDN Calla Gown
Groom’s Suit: Indochino
Florals: Saffron & Grey
Bakery: Rustic Inn Cafe
Band: No Tent
Bride’s Jewelry: Saressa Designs
Groom’s Tie Bar: Will Alderfer Metal Art