(ADD VENDORS) I hope you are ready for this, the year’s biggest event…CARLSON’S RIVER FEST! This late Summer riverside vow renewal celebrating 35 years of marriage will be one of my favorite events of 2022! The passion and love put into this day panned by All Things Goods and their daughter Taylor, owner Tate Design Co, of will never go unnoticed.

As you approach Chris and Deb’s beautiful home in Big Lake, Minnesota, your eyes instantly notice a staircase framed with a beautiful garland of tropical flowers designed by Bumble Fleur. Then, you begin to walk down to the riverside; you think to yourself, “WOW, isn’t this stunning!?.” The paradise vibe continued inside their large reception tent rented from Apres Event & Tent creating a calm and romantic experience. Guests enjoyed a lavish touch with a delectable hors d’oeuvres display and signature cocktails catered by Serrano Brothers Catering.

Chris and Deb felt it in their hearts how much they missed all their closest friends and discussed the idea of hosting an event at their home to bring everyone together again. Conveniently, this year marked 35 beautiful years of being married. So what better way could you celebrate the end of the summer? Unless you are creative like Chris, a party theme guy with a great scene of humor, who thought up all the ideas of a hunting theme party just in time for hunting season, haha! But I think it is safe to say that Chris knew Deb’s heart and that she was already planning the most beautiful anniversary celebration!

Although I only spent a short time with them, I quickly learned how kindhearted they genuinely are! You could feel it as they read their vows to each other with their children and grandchildren as witnesses. Or when their closest friends gave heartfelt speeches about their unconditional love for one another and everyone they know. The level of support for their marriage is infinite. You could see it on the faces of each guest as the entire room filled with laughter, tears, and cheers as they all celebrated together. 

Before I wrap up their blog post, I want to shout out to all the vendors including their videographer Kitzman Creations. Each of them worked SO hard, bringing Chris & Deb’s vision to life. They are all so great to work with too! So, enjoy my favorites from this fantastic day and forgive me; I blogged so many. I realize this! I just had a hard time narrowing it down!

Congratulations, Chris and Deb! I am thrilled to have been a small part of such a big season of your life! God bless you both!

2024 Feature: Minnesota Bride

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I'm a Minnesota raised redhead who is married to her best friend, purchased our first home and had our son all in one year, and is passionate about creating stunning portraits for my clients to cherish forever.

Between keeping up with my toddlers, the whirlwind of puppy antics, and sharing life with my awesome husband, I always find time to soak in nature's beauty and enjoy a good business podcast (Amy Porterfield, Jasmine Star, Jenna Kutcher to name a few). My vision for my business is serving my clients with 10 years of photography experience, a welcoming hug, and captivating portraits you will fall in love with as soon as you open your final gallery.