From the bride, Kelsy:
From the very beginning, Sean and I would say it has always felt natural to love one another. Both from small town Minnesota, growing up just 30 miles apart, much of our lives before one another felt familiar even though our paths hadn't crossed until we were both in our mid-twenties. Life had given us the time and space to grow into the people we were meant to be; two people who just so happened to be looking for each other.
Our mutual love for the outdoors guided much of our early relationship and we spent most of our free time adventuring to different state and national parks. We spent our days backpacking through the Boundary Waters and sleeping under the stars along the Canadian border, camping beside the shores of Lake Michigan, even getting engaged in the Badlands while vacationing in South Dakota! It was no surprise our biggest milestone to date - marriage - would include some aspect of adventure. It didn't take long to decide on a winter wedding in Colorado, and after visiting Boulder in February of 2020, we knew it was the perfect place!
There has always been something magical about snow, maybe it's the Minnesotan in me. There are so many special moments I can remember from childhood that include snow. Most of those memories also include my grandparents, people who were dearly missed on our wedding day. Despite their absence in person, when it began to snow right before Sean started groom portraits that day, I knew they were still there in spirit. Keeping those who we hold closest in our hearts at the center of our wedding was very important to us. We celebrated our union intimately with 50 of our truest friends and family, most of whom travelled from Minnesota but some as far as Sweden! Personal touches that made our day extra special included having both of my parents walk me down the aisle, having Sean's younger sister officiate our ceremony, and having Sean's grandfather present a prayer before dinner. One of the sweetest touch of all were the mittens provided for guests before the outdoor ceremony - all 50 pairs handmade by the mother of the bride.
Planning a wedding at times felt like a daunting task, especially from a distance. I often second-guessed my choices and wondered if my vision would come together the way I pictured it - in all honesty, I can say it was better than I imagined! There were hiccups and not everything went perfectly to plan but at the end of the day life is an adventure best travelled together and I got my "navigator" for life."