Sometimes photographers have pretty, unique, or detail weddings.  Sometimes photographers have weddings that are fun, filled with laughter.  And really lucky photographers are able to capture weddings that remind them so much of themselves that they are able to connect with the couple in a way that can’t be described.  I am one of those lucky ones.

Every detail about Kristen and Wes’ wedding was amazing, and so “me” that it made it all the more special.  Kristen is ubber crafty talented and designed most of the wedding and reception details.  From handmade pheasant feather earrings for her bridesmaids, to the lavender bouquets, cake stands and table decorations.  Wes was not sitting by the side though, he designed the most unique ring (see the description by the photo below) and he brewed many of the reception drinkables–which he gave an amazing story about bottling.

Wes described collecting bottles for a long time in preparation for this day.  As he was cleaning the bottles he thought about where each of the bottles came from…. from their home in South Dakota, vacations up north, and living in southern Illinois.  And he though about the memories from each of those places that he shared with Kristen.  Than he thought as he placed the new labels for the wedding on the bottles of all the new memories they would create, and the next time he used the bottles he could reflect on their wedding day and all the memories since.  {seriously a tear jearker}

Of course I should put in a clause that Kristen is my cousin, so it was beyond fabulous to have so much family that made the trip to celebrate their big day.  AND a huge thank you to Wes’ family and friends for hosting and making everyone feel so welcome, and especially Kay for helping so much on the big day!

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Pheasant feather earrings… handmade by Kristen

Below… the first look

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Kristen’s homemade jelly…. wedding favors for all the guests!

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Her ring…. designed by Wes… made from the ivory tooth of the first elk he shoot… now that is true love!

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The food was by far THEEEEE best wedding food I have had… and probably the best meal I’ve had in a long long time!  From the amazing salads to the freshly grilled buffalo there was something for everyone!

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And of course the beer…. top is Wes’ brew complete with stories on the labels!  Bottom is Cody Banks home brew!  Both were fabulous!

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