AJ and Steve were basically brothers. They were literally best friends forever, having known each other well before AJ’s little sister was born. The redheaded little spitfire named Haley was just a little sister, someone who maybe tagged along and bugged, but that was it.
Until it was more. Way more. It wasn’t just another beer between friends this past weekend. When AJ toasted both of them as husband and wife one Saturday in May, the law gave him the brother he always had, and Haley and Steve embarked on their greatest adventure to date.
The whole event was truly a family affair and full of tradition. Haley’s bouquet was creatively made to incorporate silk rosettes made out of her mother Missy’s wedding dress. Something borrowed came from a gorgeous vintage ring loaned from her soon-to-be mother-in-law. Something blue was a lovely little glass heart clipped to a button on her new dress.
The biggest tradition held, however, was the wait Steve had to see his bride come down the aisle. He calmly stood, facing the back wall of the newly added outdoor barn at Minnesota National Golf Course, until the officiant signaled him to turn around. His jaw dropped at the sign of Haley in her mermaid nude and ivory dress, rose gold headband, and chapel length veil. Keeping her eyes forward, she smiled as she made her way forward on her dad Al’s arm.
The sweet ceremony was followed by cocktail hour at the clubhouse at Minnesota National, where hors ‘devours of mini egg rolls and cream cheese wontons were served and beverages were consumed from festive glasses that exclaimed “I’ll drink to that!” Dinner came not long after, which was followed by the toasts from the best man AJ and the maid of honor, Haley’s sister Lacey, both of whom reduced the number of dry eyes in the room.
Any eye that was dry was no longer by the father-daughter dance. Midway through their original song, the tempo changed and the instantly recognizable “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle began to play; almost as instantly, Haley’s father became sentimental, bringing those watching with him
Congratulations, Haley + Steve! I wish you nothing but the best for you both!!
V E N U E // Minnesota National Golf Course
C A T E R I N G // Blackwoods Catering