“FEMALE BOB ROSS CHARMS CHARMING ADVENTURER!!”
You’ve probably heard this exact story like a hundred thousand times, so nothing new to see here. Just move along to more cat videos and political memes…..unless tales of perfect strangers, chance encounters, and life changing love is your thing!!!
We have had the distinct pleasure of calling these two friends for a bit of awhile now. Sue cheerfully danced into our lives the night of our wedding almost 6 years ago! We then had the pleasure of meeting Tony shortly after Sue did. She was super excited to show off Tony ASAP!! The two met during a live painting Sue was performing at The Ember, a wonderful locally run coffee shop. Let’s just stop there for a moment. How awesome is that!?! The sheer bravery involved!! Painting alone is hard enough but the pressure of preforming creatively in front of people like that! Totally terrifying. And then the daring audacity of Tony right!?! Who wanders upon a live painting and then walks up to the massively talented artist! Someone who’s found exactly what he’s looking for, that’s who!! This has rom-com script written all over it! For an even better break down of the day these two met, you should check out there wedding page here.
September 18th was a perfect Sunday for a wedding. The oppressive heat of summer was a thing of the past and yet the first signs of fall were still barely perceptible. We began the day just as Sue was finishing getting ready. You have to see the exact moment when Sue’s mom, Kitty, see’s her in her wedding dress for the first time. Sometimes I can hardly believe we’re lucky enough to meet couples that entrust us to capture these types of moments. It was somewhere amidst the intersection of tears and joy and laughter and seeing your little girl all grown up. Things we can’t even imagine yet and something I certainly can’t articulate, but there it was all the same and we absolutely loved being there to witness such a once in a lifetime moment.
Before we left Sue’s apartment we had to take just a few pictures of her in front of the painting she was finishing the very night Tony proposed. You have to love how much Sue loves to create beautiful things and just how much of her life involves that. Then we were off to the wedding. It all took place right in the middle of the Seratoma Park, a park we’d been to and even camped out in a number of times and yet had not discovered the perfect little spot they found. Two rows of neatly trimmed, towering trees served as one of nature’s more picturesque cathedrals. While the guests sat in a peaceful shade provided by the tree’s interlocking canopy Sue’s beaming father walked her down the aisle and Tony saw his bride for the first time that day. The way Tony looks at Sue is incredible. It could not be more clear that Tony completely adores Sue. He’s found exactly what he was looking for. His own little ray of sunshine and bubbly energy to share in all of life’s great adventures.
After the wonderfully heartfelt, individually written vows and much joyous kissing and laughing back down the aisle we set off with the newly weds in tow for some really great portraits that I think you’re going to love. The evening concluded with the dinner and dance at the Boardwalk on the rivers edge. As a nice little touch and keepsake, Sue painted every guests name tag on a little square 5×5 canvas. We loved them and we’ve never seen anything like it!!
We want to wish these two love birds all the best as they move forward together and thoroughly urge them to move back to Grand Forks as soon as possible because we miss them already 🙂=
Dress: Fiancee Minot
Wedding Coordinator: Kitty Burke
Florist: Crabapple Floral
Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist: Sue Moe
Wedding Musician: Jonathan Moorman
Cake: Alyssa Nefstead
Dress alterations: Jeanette Wilson
East Grand Forks Wedding Venue: Boardwalk Bar & Grill
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer: Manstrom Photography