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Lakeside Destination Wedding in Minnesota – Crystal & Travis

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Last October our dear friend Crystal came to visit with her boyfriend Travis. They were here for a few days to see us, meet Keziah and just catch up. Crystal was a bridesmaid in our wedding and has been an incredibly close friend ever since we were roommates in Australia, where we met. So, back in October we took them to Folklore Coffee Co one morning for breakfast and coffee and while we were there, me being the nosey friend I am I asked how serious they were. Actually I specifically asked them about marriage, which Travis took to be the perfect cue to pull out an engagement ring and ask Crystal to marry him!!

Let me tell you she was thrilled and shocked….and so were we! We had no idea it was coming and barley managed to pull ourselves together enough to get a phone pic of the moment. After tears, a big YES and us all coming back to earth we all realized why Travis had ordered two drinks and an unknown amount of food that morning ;) He was a little nervous and waiting for a good moment to propose while they were visiting us, but our time together was coming to a close and he knew it had to be some time that day….hence all of the ordering! It was incredible to be there for such a special moment in their lives <3

They chose a May wedding at the beautiful property her cousin has in northern Minnesota. And they wanted us to be there, actually they wanted me to be a bridesmaid and they wanted (mattnnat) to take their photos. So, Matt took on the photography side of things and I got into a teal dress and stood up  with my friend as she and Travis shared their vows to one another. Here is their beautiful day :)

A little bit of Ireland was entwined in their wedding, including their rings.

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Crystal’s dress was handmade in Canada from a wonderful little shop on Etsy.

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Crystal’s cousin Colleen was her hair and makeup artist for the day.

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Travis getting all ready and sporting a boutonnière straight from Ireland!

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Travis’s mom pinned it on for him.

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Bridesmaid details….I got to be the model for this one ;)

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Beautiful friend, just beautiful!

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Crystal’s mom put together all of the flowers for the day, including all of the girls bouquets!

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Their First Look was so lovely and a highlight of their day, even though it was a last minute decision!

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Pure joy.

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And a kiss.

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One of my favorite moments from their day….and one of the few moments I had a camera in my hand.

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A groom and his bride.

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Travis loves Crystal <3

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A lovely moment.

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Getting the lipstick off of her groom ;) A common occurrence on a wedding day!

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Spring was still making it’s appearance in MN.

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<3

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What a gorgeous day they had.

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And then Mr Henry joined them.

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Cute family.

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Being silly, they do that pretty well ;)

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Not only does the property have awesome woods, it’s also lakefront!

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Crystal and Travis on the unknown lake. It doesn’t have a name.

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Gorgeous May day!

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The bridal party :)

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Everybody was Kung Fu fighting… Travis and his brothers anyway, lol!

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The ladies.

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And the toes ;)

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I don’t even know what to say….

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Crystal + Travis.

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Henry.

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So many beautiful DIY details! The Mason jars and the flowers by Crystals mom, the awesome ring box and the hand painted signs by friends (and can I brag on Matt for a second because he stenciled them out).

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Crystal’s niece made such a cute flower girl! Also there was a slight hiccup while Crystal and her dad were walking down the aisle, so she made her grand entrance to “I Feel Good”, which was amazing and saved all of us from shedding a ton of tears at that moment ;)

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Travis looking sharp.

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Their ceremony.

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All smiles.

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Sealed with a kiss.

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Their first dance.

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Cutting the pie :)

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Travis and silliness with his nephews, the ring bearers.

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Amanda is a friend of Crystal’s who we have met a few times and here she is with her David, we had a lot of fun getting to know David and catching up with Amanda too! Pretty sure these two should probably just get married… no pressure.

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Reception highlights. There was a lot of musical talent, but I have to say that Grandpa on the accordion was my favorite!

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A little sparkler fun!

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And a lantern send off in memory of those who couldn’t be with them……and there was a little laughter in this moment too since this was about how high the lantern went before it landed gracefully on the lake ;)

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Crystal & Travis, our warmest congratulations! We are so glad we got to be there for your wedding, to support you and capture these memories. Love you guys!