A Perfect Rainy Day Wedding
It’s said that rain on your wedding day is good luck and I think this has to be true. Rain can also be gorgeous on your wedding day and Matt and Kaiah’s wedding is proof to that. Keep reading to hear more about their Lake Wissota wedding.
Kaiah Shares How They Met:
“Matt and I met through mutual friends in college. We continued as friends until Matt asked me to a 1920s themed dance called “Gatsby’s Gala” at our school. We were just friends at the time but- as cheesy as it sounds, Matt wooed me with his dancing and smooth talking. Once the night was through, we began to look at each other a little differently. The day after the gala I called my mom in tears because I knew I was falling for him and I didn’t know how to respond to these feelings! He was gentle and kind and unlike anyone I had met. She told me I needed to learn to take risks and tell him how I felt. A couple weeks later, Matt asked me on a date and that started everything, really.”
About Their Engagement:
Kaiah shares how Matt finally popped the question!
“Matt proposed at Centennial Lakes in Edina in February. While dating and living in Eau Claire, we planned spontaneous dates in Minneapolis – often because I missed home. I had been talking about skating at Centennial Lakes ever since our first date in the cities but we never got around to it. The Monday before the proposal, he asked if I would like to go on a special date on Friday! I of course said yes. He planned to have my friend Mack take me to Woodbury, MN for a fun girls day and he would meet me in the evening for our date. Mack took me shopping and to get my nails done (part of Matt’s grand plan) the whole day made me so giddy and excited (He knows me so well). Mack encouraged me to get all dolled up for my date with Matt and I started to wonder… Matt picked me up and asked if I wanted to know where we were going. He proceeded to tell me we were finally going to skate at Centennial Lakes! We skated and then walked around the park until we reached a spot with two chairs overlooking the lake. We sat down and after chatting for a bit he asked me if it seemed like a romantic spot. (I laughed as he confirmed my suspicion). He had me get up and follow him to where he would get down on his knee and ask me to be his bride. To me, it was perfect.”
Red Wing, MN Engagement Session
Matt and Kaiah may look and sound familiar because I shared their beautiful engagement session a few months back. If you haven’t had the time to check it out, be sure to! It was at Barn Bluff in Red Wing, MN (one of my FAVORITE spots) last summer and they were stunners (and troopers for making the hike up!). You can see their engagement session here.
Lake Wissota Wedding
When we arrived to Matt and Kaiah’s beautiful Lake Wissota wedding at the Wissota Golf and Events venue on the wedding day, Matt and Kaiah were kicking off their big day in a way that I now understand to be true to them – casually brunching with their friends and family. Both were so relaxed and truly enjoying their favorite people in the world who were all there to celebrate along side them.
The First Look
Once the girls and Matt were done getting ready, we had a very private and sweet first look on the porch of the Lake Wissota Golf Course where they exchanged hand-written letters to each other and spent some alone time before group photos. These are some of my favorite photos from the whole day. Matt was so excited to see Kaiah and you could see the nerves melt away once they saw each other.
The Eau Claire, WI Ceremony
Everyone then moved from the Lake Wissota wedding site to downtown Eau Claire to the site of the ceremony at the Christ Church Cathedral. It was a beautiful old cathedral with high ceilings, gorgeous furnishings and plenty of space! Following the traditional ceremony, Matt whisked Kaiah away in his vintage red convertible.
The Lake Wissota Wedding Reception
Back at the Lake Wissota Golf Course, guests enjoyed champagne, dinner and dancing. There was a break in the rain and we were able to get out on the lake for some beautiful bride and groom photos where they could enjoy a few minutes alone (ok, plus me, haha!) as husband and wife.
“A Relaxing Day by the Lake”
There day was truly them from start to finish. Hear about Matt and Kaiah’s wedding day vision from Kaiah herself.
“For our wedding day, we wanted to create a relaxing day by the lake for everyone to enjoy,” said Kaiah. “We wanted it to be simple and elegant. I had envisioned deep reds, gold, champagne and natural greens for the colors.”
About Marit Williams Photography, a Rochester, MN Wedding Photographer
Marit Williams is a Minneapolis and Rochester, MN wedding and family photographer. Marit specializes in timeless wedding, family and newborn lifestyle photography. Her natural, simple style ensures the focus of your portraits is on you and this not-to-be-forgotten chapter of your story. Learn more about Marit’s wedding and family photography services here.