The LC Photography wedding crew got to celebrate the extra long 4th of July weekend this year in the best possible way- a wedding!
Jessica and I met Erik and Kelly at the Elm Creek Park Reserve early in the afternoon. It was a hot and humid day (as can be expected for July in Minnesota) but these two troopers never missed a beat while hiking around the grounds to take their portraits.
Erik and Kelly are both passionate photographers, specializing in wildlife & owl photos. They first met and fell in love searching for owls together and wanted their wedding to reflect the place they’ve spent so much of their time ever since, the woods.
We tried to stay in the shade of the trees as much as we could, but I couldn’t resist the temptation of the dramatic backdrop nature was giving us in the open field. The sun would occasionally hide behind the puffy cumulus clouds, giving us some relief and opportunity to get out in the open.
This wasn’t just a special day for Kelly & Erik, but also a very important day for Kelly’s two daughters Delia and Alaina, who were officially gaining a stepfather. Delia got to stand up with her mom as a Jr. Bridesmaid and Alaina was supervisor of the flower girl duties.
The sun was kind to us that day and hid behind the clouds for the majority of the ceremony giving Kelly, Erik, and all their guests some relief from the heat. The family celebrated the official union with a beautiful sand ceremony that demonstrated the four of them coming together as one beautiful family.
After the ceremony, we all headed inside to the Elm Creek Park Chalet to celebrate with some drinks, dinner, and dancing. Family had come from near and far, and the room was filled with laughter and love the entire night.
This was an extra special wedding for Jessica and I as photographers because we were also there as guests! Erik is Jessica’s cousin and he holds an incredibly special place in her heart. I was introduced to Erik and his family nearly a decade ago and have been fortunate enough to be able to see his love for Kelly grow throughout the last few years.
As the day came to an end and the sun started to sink to the horizon, I stole Erik and Kelly away from the party for a few moments of quiet and to take advantage of the breathtaking sky nature had given to us that night.
It was an amazing honor to be able to capture the love these two have for each other. Throughout the entire day they demonstrated that not only are they deeply in love, but also the best of friends and teammates.
After the wedding, these two jetted off to honeymoon in Florida for a week on the beach with their cameras, on the hunt for Floridian owls.
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Berg on the start of the first beautiful chapter of your lives together as husband and wife!