Kayla & Tony’s Green Acres Barn Wedding was one I couldn’t wait to share! The smiles on these two’s faces ALL day was just something that gave me tingles and made my heart smile while looking through their whole gallery! These two are truly as kind as they appear and are so genuine, we loved working with them and capturing these memories for them!
Kayla & Tony met while working at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, he thought she was cute, they went out & now, well clearly they got married!
THE PROPOSAL :
Bonding over a love of travel and the outdoors Tony & Kayla decided they would do the Superior Hiking trail. 310+ miles of swamp, north woods & rugged coastline along Lake Superior’s western shore, the trail starts on the Wisconsin Minnesota border & ends overlooking Canada. They knew they wouldn’t have the time to thru-hike so they took it a few miles at a time, hiking on the weekends. The day of the proposal Tony & Kayla started hiking early in the morning at the Martin Rd trailhead. With fresh dew on the grass, they began what was a very long day. They planned to get to Sucker River campsite that evening, 22 miles away where Ben & Kristen (friends) would join them. They hiked through sun, rain, muddy swamps and cool forests, but one constant was the mosquitoes. By mile 19 they were quite tired and the bugs were driving them crazy! Now usually when a hike got to this point Tony would tell Kayla a story to distract her from her troubles. He did this time too, and wove a long and exciting story about two forest critters, Kony & Tayla. They were a rabbit and chipmunk couple who were exploring the world and got into some crazy adventures. Fighting off giant bears, evil hawks and miles of desert our explorers traveled in search of the magical land of Sucker River. In the end, (after Kayla became very invested) the two critters realized they didn’t need to find the magical land as long as they were together. It was at this point that Tony tapped Kayla on the shoulder and asked her to marry him. She screamed, loudly, and realizing it was not another fake proposal (Tony had done a few of those to keep her on her toes) she said yes. The last couple of miles were much easier! That, my friends, is how this adventure began.
What was it about Green Acres that made you say YES!
Tony : “Green Acres doesn’t need much decor, which was a big selling point. For color scheme we didn’t want to be too on the nose with red and orange for a fall wedding so we opted for richer tones like emerald and navy. We did make all the signs and wine bottle candles. Our aunt also did all the flowers. So a fair amount of DIY and plenty of help from friends!“
Let’s chat wedding day look! What made you say Yes to the dress?!
What I love is that Tony was the one filling in the answers and this made me laugh when I read it!!!
Tony: “Hey grooms can fill out this questionaire too 😉 As for Kayla’s dress, it was actually the first one she tried on and it just felt right. She is very indecisive though and had to try on a ton more just to make sure the first one was the one. As for me, I like how I look in blue and knew I didn’t want to be so formal in a suit jacket. Suspenders and personal touches like my axolotl pin (our pet) kept it classy and fun. Which I think describes my wife’s dress as well!“
“We love the outdoors and wanted that to be part of our day, so outdoor ceremony was a must. Other than that we really just wanted a big enough space for our loved one to eat drink and be merry. Be comfortable and have fun, that was our goal.“
What was your most anticipated or special moment of the wedding day you were most looking forward to?
“The ceremony. It was the most nervous part as well as the most us. It was fun to share those personal touches of us as a couple with so many loved ones. Plus it was the official part of it all.“
In regards to that were your emotions during that moment what you were expecting?!
“I think we were both nervous, but excited. Afterwards? Still my favorite part and I will always remember it fondly. The ceremony went great except it was a little windy for our guests. And the mistakes like a runaway flower girl or me exploding the champagne during the unity cocktail ended up being really funny and making for GREAT pictures!”
WE loved being at Green Acres, as we absolutely love this venue. Cheers to Kayla & Tony, thank you for choosing us to capture your wedding day!! We wish you a lifetime of happiness & love, and of course careful with shaking champagne! 😉
PHOTOGRAPHY : STUDIO 220 PHOTOGRAPHY TAMIKA & GABI | VENUE : GREEN ACRES | WEDDING DRESS : THE WEDDING SHOPPE | BRIDESMAID DRESSES : AZAZIE | CATERER : GREEN MILL CATERING | DESSERTS : LA DULCERIA