Kristen & Andy have an incredibly special love and an incredibly special story! With the help of Kristen’s dad, George, Andy plotted and planned for months before proposing to Kristen on a whirlwind trip to Ireland, in her grandmother’s hometown on what was her birthday. In the midst of the joy and high highs of engagement and wedding planning, sadly the couple and their families were dealt with a blow: Kristen’s father, a physician himself, was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. He suddenly found himself going from doctor to patient, and was soon being treated by his own colleagues at Mayo, where he had worked as a cardiologist for over 50 years. Kristen & Andy ditched any preconceived notions of what they wanted their wedding to look like (they had originally planned on Hawaii or Santa Barbara) and decided that Kristen’s family home in Rochester would provide the perfect backdrop for an intimate backyard ceremony and tented cocktails and a reception. The date (only months after their engagement!) was planned around George’s intense chemo and radiation schedule.
Of course, every wedding is always special, and every detail so meaningful, but photographing this day and this loving family was one of the highlights of my career. Not only did my team and I get to photograph the wedding day, but we also photographed the rehearsal dinner and Kristen’s final dress fitting with her mom & dad at L’atelier Couture. There were so many memorable moments and lots of tears and laughter. One of my favorite details was Kristen’s Monique Lhuillier dress. Her father picked it out of the racks and racks of gorgeous gowns at L’atelier and imagine their surprise when the found out the dress shared a named with Kristen’s late grandmother, Elizabeth; the one who hailed from Ireland, from the town where Andy proposed. I didn’t get a chance to meet Andy until the wedding weekend, but right away it was so apparent why Kristen – and George! – love him so much. They’re both so smart, and so witty, and so incredibly kind; they’re really a perfect match. They’re gracious beyond measure and were over the moon to be surrounded in love by each other and their family and friends.
Their story is coming to the Fall/Winter issue of The Knot Minnesota magazine and I hope you’ll read more there. I really can’t do it justice, in fact, I hope the article includes lots of quotes from the bride, who just happens to be a spectacularly talented writer! I am truly grateful to do what I do and to be allowed into such intimate moments in peoples’ lives. Kristen and Andy, I wish you a lifetime of happiness, and even though I know you’re feeling pain too, I hope you’ll always find comfort in each other.
VENDORS | Planner: Bash Please | Flowers: Munster Rose | Videographer: Shark Pig | Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier from L’atlier Couture | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Custom Clutch: Edie Parker | Headpiece: Maria Elena from L’atelier Couture | Rings: XIV Karats Beverly Hills | Hair & Makeup: Emily J. | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier from Nordstrom | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Mestad’s | Invitations & Stationery: Bash Please | Tent: Sperry Tents | Rentals: A Vintage Touch | Coffee Cart: Old Abe Coffee | Catering: Omar’s Kitchen | Cake: Daube’s Bakery | Music & Photo Booth: Flow Event Group