August 8, 2020
“Falling for you wasn’t falling at all. It was walking into a house and knowing I was home.” The breathtaking vows Courtney spoke to Jake that truly represent their love. Jake told Cody just before the first look that finally getting to see her was the biggest part of the day for him. He couldn’t wait to be with her on the day they were getting married. Seriously, these two have been best friends from the very start of their relationship and their families and friends all spoke to that throughout the day.
We arrived at the church just as Courtney and Jake’s families were setting decorations in the church and we were welcomed by Jake’s dad with pure excitement and joy to be celebrating this day. Both the girls and the guys were very relaxed and full of laughter as they began getting ready. At the first look, Jake turned to see Courtney and couldn’t stop telling her how beautiful she was and how excited he was to see her. They both laughed and hugged and shared about their mornings. Taking bride and groom portraits, Cody and I were moved by their looks of joy at one another, their adoration and love for one another, and the way they held one another so naturally and so intimately.
After the ceremony, we stopped at Apple Blossom Overlook Park in Minnesota with the wedding party for photos. This group of friends and family were constantly laughing and sharing so much joy together on this special day. The day ended at the La Crescent Area Event Center where tables were adorned with elegant decor of floating candles surrounded by flower burgundy floor pedals. Ryan Howe filled the room with beautiful covers of popular love songs creating a cozy atmosphere. Throughout dinner, stories of the funny and special moments throughout Courtney and Jakes story together were shared, and the most common words spoken were that Courtney and Jake were a blessing to their families, and they are each very thankful that they are together.
Enjoy our favorite photos of this intimate and joyful wedding day!
Courtney and Jake, we loved sharing your day with you! Your joy and affection for one another is truly impactful on those around you, and we know together you will have many thrills filled with both laughter and genuine love. We love you two! xoxo Andrea and Cody.
Don’t forget to check out Courtney + Jake’s Downtown La Crosse Engagement Session here!
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Thank you to these amazing vendors who made this day possible!
Dress Designer: Diamond Bride
HMUA: Jasmine Partridge
Florist: Mary Majkozak
Musician: Ryan Howe
Ceremony Venue: The Chapel at First Free Church
Reception Venue: La Crescent Area Event Center