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Winter Wedding: Katie and Arik | Whitefish Lodge and Suites | Cross Lake Minnesota Wedding Photographer

This was our first wedding of 2019 and it was SO much fun!  A winter wedding is something that can be very cold (especially in Minnesota), but it can be absolutely beautiful as  well.

Funny thing about this wedding from the beginning – Katie found us on The Knot. We went to meet with her for a consult and the second we met, we were like, “Wait a minute…” We went to school with one another for nearly the entire twelve years of schooling. But my rather noticeable last name had changed to Hansen when I got married, so she didn’t know it was me. That made it so much fun to begin with.

I always ask myself why people want to get married in Minnesota in January. My birthday is in January here and I have always hated it because it’s always too cold to do anything. Katie wanted a winter wedding and I have to say, Whitefish Lodge and Suites was the ideal place to have it. It’s such a cozy and warm place to be. We got there the night before the wedding and everyone that worked there was so wonderful to work with.

Two things that made this winter wedding incredible:
  • THEY HAD SLEIGH RIDES!!!! HORSE DRAWN SLEIGH RIDES!!! Like, are you SERIOUS??? That’s awesome. It’s like a fairy tale.
  • The other thing was the hot chocolate bar. Maybe I’m finding that more incredible as a personal thing, but I love hot chocolate. When it’s winter, I love having hot chocolate with a fire going. They had hot chocolate and all kinds of things to go in it. I had about four cups of it.

The whole day was just plain lovely. Everyone in and at the wedding was a sheer joy to work with and it was a wonderful way to open our year. Here’s to the rest of our 2019 weddings being just as much fun!

Thank you to the following vendors for contributing to such a beautiful day!

Venue: Whitefish Lodge and Suites
Photographer: RKH Images
Catering: Whitefish Lodge Catering
Hair & Makeup: J Amelia’s
Wedding Dress: Stella York
Bridesmaid Dresses: Mori Lee
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Jewelry: Zales Disney collection
Florist: Celebrations by Melissa
Cakes: Sweet Life Bakery
DJ: DJ JP – Jeremy Pollock
Invites and Programs: Minted
Sleigh Rides: Action Entertainment

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