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Tom & Dana ~ A Chic, Winter, St. Paul Wedding

Oh my, where do I even begin??

First, hi friends. :) It’s been a few weeks since my last post so I hope all is well with you in the New Year so far. :) Things haven’t been too shabby over here and soon, I hope to tell you about a little something I’ve been working on for the past month or so. It’s all very exciting and until a few more things are set in place, I don’t want to spoil it for you by telling you yet. Soon. :)

Anyways! This past weekend Paul and I got to attend, as guests and photographers, a very special wedding between two of our good friends, Tom & Dana. (You might remember them from this absolutely dreamy proposal from last winter.) I’ve known Dana for a very long time, since I was in 5th grade and she was in 8th grade. We started our bond with our love for Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys of course – fun fact: their wedding date was his birthday. ‘Twas fate.) and we’ve been friends ever since. This past year we’ve spent a lot of wonderful days with them and I just love these two. They’re hilarious (every time we hang out we laugh constantly), incredibly generous, full of adventure, and just overall wonderful people that we’re lucky to call friends. (We plan to retire and drive an RV around the US someday together.)

Their wedding day was perfect, seriously. We were worried there wouldn’t be any snow from the springish days we’ve had here, but just a few days before we lucked out and snow came hurdling our way leaving them with a blanket of snow. Their venue looked gorgeous – chandeliers twinkling, pops of color in the centerpieces, gold accents, and an array of photographs of friends and family sprinkled throughout the hall. Their day was more than a celebration for them; it was for everyone that came together on that day, who had supported them for the past few years, and who loved them each individually and as a couple. The speeches that night were beautiful, I felt so lucky to be a part of it all.

We only have one more wedding left until retirement and I’m so glad I get to almost end it with Tom and Dana. :) Love you both and congratulations a million times! I hope you enjoy reliving your beautiful day – Paul and I are truly happy for you and can’t wait to see you again. :) xoxox

PS. You might see us in here a few times – I couldn’t help it! :)

Oh goodness, her dress was a dream.

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Gorgeous!!

Tom’s twin brother, Justin. :)

Snazzy socks.

First look with her bridesmaids. :) (Right before this I knocked over a very full bottle of champagne. Lordy.)

Love these two!

First look with each other was outside in Mears Park. :)

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So sweet!!

I love when the bride starts to show off her dress for her groom. :)

Love all of these!!

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I have too many favorites, as usual. :)

Such models. :)

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Beautiful bridal party – love the girls’ furs!

Those dresses were so beautiful – loved how different they all were!

Such studs. :)

Hurray!! :) (This will be framed in our RV someday.)

During her mother-of-the-bride speech, Gerri called Dana the funniest person she knew, and her very best friend. Love that. :)

Just married!! :)

Do you see that photo all the way on the right?? We made it on the table of family and friends! Holy moley, I was so touched! :)

Since I’ve known Dana since grade school, lots of grade school families were at this wedding and it felt a little like home again. :) The Ponsolles & Heintz, Dana and her brother Dean, another bride, Tara, and carpool buddy, Amy – all us St. Jerome’s kids back together again. :)

The lovely women on the left sat at our table – what a treat for us! :)

Such a pretty dessert table!

The new Mr. & Mrs.!!

The speeches were seriously wonderful. I don’t think I’ve ever cried that much at a wedding.

Justin talked about the day Tom left for boot camp for the Navy, and it reminded me of my brother and the day he got picked up for boot camp all those years ago. Oh goodness, the tears kept coming!

We were even mentioned in a speech – more tears, friends!! Cheers, Tom. :)

St. Bernard’s crew!

Roseville crew!

Rick and Tara on the right! :)

Us St. Jerome’s kids!! :)

We couldn’t help it…

Whoo hoo!! Sing it!

Tom and his momma. :)

And then we went into the night and friends and family showered them in sparklers. :)

Perfectly dreamy.

Love you guys!! I hope you enjoyed your sneaky peek!! :) xoxoxo

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