Minnesota Boat Club Wedding / Kristi + Pat / 7.15.17
It all started with a swipe, a corny pick up line, and a handshake. Kristi and Pat are one of the sweetest couples I have ever met in my life. They are so in-love and everyone around them can feel it. Their Minnesota Boat Club wedding was filled with laughter, tears, and of course, lots of loving words from their families and friends.
While the groomsmen dressed at the future Mr. and Mrs. Larson’s home, the bridal suite buzzed with excitement at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel. The girls watched eagerly in their gold silk robes as Kristi put on her wedding dress, and Kristi’s mom shed a few tears as she watched her brown eyed girl become a bride.
Everyone met at the Minnesota Boat Club on Raspberry Island where Kristi and Pat exchanged letters before doing their first look. Talk about a tear jerker, both of these letters were straight from the heart and written so well that even us photographers and videographers had a hard time keeping it together. After the notes were read, they finally were able to meet face to face and that’s when you could really see how excited they were to live their happily ever after.
After photos with the soon to be married couple, the wedding party joined us on the beach at the front of the venue. You know your wedding party is cool when they will get sand in their shoes on your wedding day before it’s even really started. I took it a step deeper and had to take off my shoes to wade into the Mississippi to fit the whole group in- it was totally worth it and actually felt really good. Their families joined us up top for the final photos and soon everyone made their way inside to celebrate with a pre-ceremony glass of champagne.
Their guests arrived and were greeted with programs that doubled as fans and a side table with infused water and lemonades. The sun shimmered onto the river and the view of the boats beside the St. Paul skyline made for the perfect scenery.
Pastor Ralph Olsen rocked out their ceremony. This man was funny, smart, and moving, which I think truly describes Kristi and Pat’s relationship. They shared vows, placed rings on each other’s fingers, then poured sand together to symbolize their love and the blending of their families. After a kiss and some celebrating, the wedding party boarded a bus while the rest of the guests went up stairs to socialize.
The wedding party reentered the hall about an hour later to some awesome jams but also with some fun dance moves. Kristi and Pat entered last to a standing ovation, handshakes and hugs as they made their way to the head table. Kristi’s mom started the night off with a sweet toast then Pastor Ralph with a blessing and after dinner, Kristi’s dad raised the bar on father of the bride speeches. He brought out some old letters that Kristi had wrote him from her teenage years, and let’s just say it was hilariously adorable. As her father mentioned, she has a heart of gold and her bubbly personality was apart of her even as a teen.
After Kristi and Pat cut their cake, they shared a first dance and held each other tight. Soon after, their guests joined the party and boogied it down. Pat’s best man and his mom had some great moves together that just showed how amazing and incredible anyone that knows this couple is.
Kristi and Pat- you two will live happily ever after! You are the kind of couple that restores faith in all of us that love is really enough. Thank you for having us, it was a day that was not only fun, but made us both laugh and cry. Cheers to you both (and Moose) and may your marriage get better with each and every day!
Venue: Minnesota Boat Club
Ceremony: Pastor Ralph Olsen
Wedding Dress: The Wedding Shoppe
Flowers: Pamela Schendel
Videography: The Great White Dress
Want to see more of Kristi and Pat? Their engagement shoot is here-
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