I can already tell that today’s Real Bride, Michelle, and I would be great friends. I absolutely love that it rained on her wedding day – and although that might seem strange to say – it’s okay because she absolutely loved it too! There is something so cleansing and beautiful about the rain, and when you can have this much fun with it – especially on your wedding day – beautiful photographic memories are sure to follow! For Michelle and Nick, their day was about incorporating friends, family and the three adorable pooches who were responsible for bringing them together. With images by Cadence Cornelius, today’s Real Wedding is so fresh, so fun and so full of life! Congratulations to the couple and thanks to Cadence Cornelius for sharing this perfectly picturesque day with us!
Who, What, Where ~ Ceremony: Irvine Park. Reception: 413 on Wacouta. Photographer: Cadence Cornelius. Catering: Cosetta Eventi. Dessert: Sweet Retreats. Flowers: A Day in Provence. Music: The Milk Dudes. Favors: Etsy.
From the bride, Michelle…
I was single for a long time and decided to buy a home on my own. The first thing I did after closing was I went out and found myself a rescue dog to share my new digs with. I never could imagine loving anything more. We were a perfect match. Little did I know, one year later, this little dog named Weezy would be the reason I would meet my future husband. We met at the dog park. Nick had two white boxers. Casual conversation quickly turned into something more and before we knew it, we were dating. On our one year anniversary Nick proposed in the same exact spot in the dog park where he asked for my phone number. It was a quick six month engagement.
We married on a rainy spring day at Irvine Park in St. Paul which is near our home. Nick had his brother and I had my best friend stand up at the ceremony with our dogs (of course!). Instead of having official bridesmaids, I had all of my favorite girls (2 sisters and 4 best friends) wear blue so I could include them in our photos. As a bit of foreshadowing, I bought different colored rain boots as bridesmaids gifts months before the wedding. It turned out they all needed them that day! The reception was down in the cozy 413 on Wacouta in Lowertown St. Paul. We had a delicious Cossetta’s (classic St. Paul Italian) dinner by candlelight and then danced the night away.
Surprisingly, my favorite part of the day was the rain. I remember thinking, “I have never been to a wedding where it rained like this!” As I looked around at everyone gathered under colorful umbrellas, it looked and felt so beautiful and romantic. And it was.