Annie and Phil’s family farm wedding in Chisago City, MN was, in one word, magical. Weather reports did not look favorable – strong thunderstorms were likely and it was raining on the drive up – but as soon as we arrived to Annie’s sister’s house, the sky opened up and the sun started to shine.
Annie and Phil met at darts, but not just any darts. Blind darts. Let me explain a little bit. Phil is legally blind. And while Annie has full vision, she became interested in activities that were accessible to differently-abled persons because her father was also blind.
I didn’t know there were dart leagues, let alone blind dart leagues, so I was very curious how it worked. I won’t explain it here, but if you’re curious as well, feel free to visit the Twin Cities Blind Audio Dart League’s website here.
So, as I said, Annie and Phil met at darts and after a while of dating, Phil popped the question at Annie’s family farm…yes, the very farm where their wedding was held. How freaking magical and sweet is that?!
Annie was all smiles and jokes on her wedding day (love a bride and her bride tribe that appreciates a good “that’s what she said” joke or two…or ten lol). Phil was smiley too as he ran (literally) from the house to the farm and back to make sure everything was perfect for the festivities to begin.
I wish Annie and Phil a lifetime of love and happiness. They’re a perfect pair and I know they’ll keep making each other smiling forever and ever.
Venue: Giddings family farm
Photographer: Lauren Baker Photography
Caterer: Casa Rio Tex Mex
Florist: Lael Giddings (aunt of the Bride)
Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cakes
DJ: Doug Weidenhaft (friend of the couple)
Makeup- Artist: Mary (niece of the Bride)
Hair Artist: Ashley Conley (friend of the Bride)
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Officiant: Nancy Giddings (mother of the Bride)
Rings: Riddle’s Jewelry
There was a chunk of time in our wedding planning when we thought we'd go without a professional photographer to save on cost (terrible idea!) but once we met with Lauren, we knew we'd be in good hands. She checked in often and asked questions that got us thinking about other parts of the wedding that we probably would've missed. Lauren captured exactly who we are as a couple!
Lauren and her team are so much fun to work with! She made us feel so comfortable on the day of our wedding, providing both silly and helpful cues to help us relax and be ourselves in our photos. Lauren’s background in dance is super helpful in recognizing simple posture changes that make a big difference, too. Oh, and the photos we got are just stunning!
My husband and I looked FOR MONTHS to find the perfect photographer and after meeting Lauren we knew was the best fit for us. She made our day so much fun and easy. She found little opportunities to make the perfect photo all with a calm ease that comes from someone who has an artistic eye along with experience in understanding the flow of a wedding.
I've been in several weddings and have worked with a multitude of photographers and I never felt as confident as I did with Lauren. I love how professional she is. She helped with the timeline way in advance and we stuck to that timeline the day of. She was also able to professionally and firmly keep unruly family members settled and focused and navigated family drama beautifully!