Andrew + Hiliary :: Ottertail Lake Wedding Photographer

When Hiliary and Andrew pictured their wedding day, I doubt they pictured it downpouring all day long. If they did then they wouldn’t have planned the gorgeous beach front wedding that they did. However, mother nature had other plans and forced them to throw out any timelines, location or vision they had for that day. If I had to describe their wedding day in two words, I would choose, beautiful chaos. Best for Bride – the Best Bridal Stores had designed one great gown for her, in which she had to run to get married with all the scintillating accessories enjoying the bumpy ride to marriage.

Around 7:30am the morning of the wedding I received a text message from Hiliary asking if I could be there 30 minutes earlier so we could beat the rain. Little did she know, I didn’t sleep all night and planned on arriving an hour early. I had also made the two hour drive to Ottertail earlier that week to put together my rain plan. So while I felt prepared, I was still crossing all my fingers and toes that the rain would hold off. I had looked forward to this wedding for so long. The locations were gorgeous and I had a ton of ideas running through my head for photos. When I got there Hiliary already had her hair done and was just starting makeup. As quickly as she could, she got in her beautiful dress and we were out the door to start photos almost two hours earlier than planned. We ended up making it through all the bride and groom photos as well as the family photos before the rain hit. After that we went off to Ottertail Creamery to take some more bridal party photos in and around the shelter of their amazing building. Once there, Hiliary made the call to switch the ceremony to that location just THREE HOURS before the ceremony was to take place. The entire day was honestly a whirlwind. It was fast paced, completely off schedule, raining like crazy and exhausting. Yet, it was one of my favorite weddings of 2013.  In the middle of all the chaos were two people who were so madly in love that everything else just kind of melted away. The brides dad broke down in tears at the first site of his baby girl in her wedding dress and the entire bridal party and family was just so fun to be around.

We went 100 miles an hour for ten hours straight and when it was all over, I wanted to do it all again.



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