The start of the day was Elizabeth biking to Ruby Coffee Roasters in Stevens Point to finish writing her vows and have a bit of coffee. She was relaxed and calm and ready to marry her best friend. She then biked to Lake Emily County Park and she got ready in her dress. They wanted to see one another before the ceremony but didn't want to fuss with an orchestrated first look - something I appreciated for it's natural and completely candid way. Everything and every detail was completely them and it was wonderful.
There weren't a ton of flashy decorations but the bride and groom hung handwritten personal notes to each of their guests (including us - their photographers) which, in my opinion, was one of the greatest details of their day and was reflective of their loving personalities. The cards waived with the slight breeze as guests found their special note. Guests seated on quilts overlooking the lake on a pleasant warm day. The ceremony included everyone singing along to The Prayer of St Francis, a song near to mind and Jordan's heart because it was also sang at our wedding.
In addition to the lovely wedding there was a frisbee game where the bride tore her wedding dress and changed back into her wedding clothes and kept going without any fuss. The bride and groom rode a tandem bike together as part of their photos together... but the very best detail of all was the scheduled story slam during the reception before the dancing began. Guests were encouraged to come to the wedding with a story planned and ready to share. It was simply THE BEST. Family and friends from all over came together and shared their stories about them individually and together... What a wonderful memory they will have forever.
Jordan created an wedding audio story for them by recording the couple before the wedding day and then during the wedding, you can listen to their story by following the link here below.
Huge thank you to Nathan and Elizabeth for hiring us to photograph and audio record your wedding day. It was a true honor and a day that makes us shake our heads and wonder how we ever got so lucky to cross paths with such lovely people and be invited in to such a great day.