Sarah & Mike’s Wedding

What a beautiful wedding Sarah and Mike had! It was such a pleasure to be a part of their marriage two weekends ago at Grandview Lodge in northern Minnesota. Alex and I flew in on Thursday and drove up to Nisswa first thing in the morning on Friday. We arrived just in time to part ways with each other so I could go to the spa with the bridal party and Alex could meet up with some of my friends’ husbands and hang out for the day.

 

Bubbles in her glass and on her toes!

Bubbles in her glass and on her toes!

The spa at Grandview was very nice. We all got to indulge in a little pre-wedding pampering in the form of a manicure or pedicure.

Getting my toes done.

Getting my toes done.

We finished up the day with the wedding rehearsal, rehearsal dinner and bon fire. It’s safe to say we all had a great time catching up and enjoying the beautiful surroundings at Grand View Lodge.

Grandview Lodge

Grandview Lodge

Saturday morning came quickly. I woke up a few minutes before my alarm went off, thinking it was still the middle of the night because it was so dark out. As it turned out, it was pouring. All of the bridesmaids met up mid-morning and headed to Starbucks on the way to get our hair done.

The blushing bride!

The blushing bride!

All of our hair turned out really well. I was the only one who risked not pulling my hair all the way up, and even though I thought my hair would be easy peasy it ended up taking over an hour to just throw my hair half up.

Sarah and her bridesmaids.

Sarah and her bridesmaids.

Our appointments were completed around noon and the rain still hadn’t let up. The girls were able to get shower caps from the salon to keep their up-do from getting ruined. It was quite the soggy day. Sarah didn’t let the rain ruin her parade though. We all had our fingers crossed that the rain would stop so that they could go forward with having the ceremony outside.

Kailey and Anne in their shower caps.

Kailey and Anne in their shower caps.

It was an absolute downpour.

It was an absolute downpour.

Thankfully the rain did eventually stop and the sky cleared up just in time for the ceremony. It was quite chilly {around 50 degrees}, but at least it wasn’t raining. We helped Sarah into her dress – she had quite the audience! Our beautiful bride has never looked better than she did on her wedding day. Of course the bridesmaids and mothers were fighting back a few tears at the sight of Sarah.

The beautiful bride!

The beautiful bride!

The bulk of the afternoon was spent with Sarah and Mike taking pictures and the bridesmaids poking our heads in on the reception site just trying to sneak a peek at the decor and set-up for the evening. I was able to snap a few photos, but none of them showcase the complete look of the site.

Rustic but classy interior and decor.

Rustic but classy interior and decor.

Place card table. The table ultimately had a tall and beautiful flower arrangement in the center.

Place card table. The table ultimately had a tall and beautiful flower arrangement in the center.

Since Sarah and Mike met on an airplane they carried that theme through with suitcases and travel paraphernalia.

Since Sarah and Mike met on an airplane they carried that theme through with suitcases and travel paraphernalia.

An adorable guest book.

An adorable guest book.

This doesn't look nearly as cute as it did when it had cupcakes on the table, but Sarah found some really pretty cupcake stands made out of old logs.

This doesn’t look nearly as cute as it did when it had cupcakes on the table, but Sarah found some really pretty cupcake stands made out of old logs and tree sections.

The centerpieces were just stunning! The table was not completely set when I had my last look...

The centerpieces were just stunning! The table was not completely set when I had my last look…

Thankfully the rain continued to hold off for the ceremony. We even got a glimmer of sunshine at the most perfect moment: right when Mike was putting Sarah’s ring on her finger and saying his “I do.” It couldn’t have been timed better. The ceremony was beautiful and very personal to Sarah and Mike.

Best man & matron of honor walking down the aisle.

Best man & matron of honor walking down the aisle.

Sarah and her father making their appearance.

Sarah and her father making their appearance.

The backdrop where the bridal party was lined up.

The backdrop where the bridal party was lined up.

After the ceremony the bridal party scooted down to the lake for a few photos and then we made our way to join everyone for a cocktail hour before the reception. The DJ was great and kept people dancing all night long – we had a great time celebrating Sarah and Mike.

Bridesmaids!

Bridesmaids!

Overall, it was a wonderful wedding! We had a great time and it was such a special day for me to see my longtime friend tie the knot.

So many little details all over made the day so much more personal.

So many little details all over made the day so much more personal.