When planning (or even discussing) a wedding, I dislike using the word “Traditional.” What does tradition mean, exactly? The definition of tradition means the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way. Or more simply put: Doing the same thing or idea over and over again, over time. Most would say that weddings have a certain amount of tradition to them – yep, this is true. For me, one of the greatest elements of being involved in the wedding process is seeing each couple’s take on “tradition” and then making them their own. Bits and pieces from the familiar ceremony, reception – and then adding a fun and modern twist to fit their relationship, lifestyle, and personalities.
Amber and Matt did this in epic fashion on September 29th, 2018 when they, along with their two young (and completely show-steeling and adorable) sons Gavin and Nolan, made it official. Together, they have a long history, starting back in high school, to a beautiful family and successful business today.
Festivities were held against the amazing back-drop of the Giant’s Ridge campus up in Biwabik, Minnesota. Heavy snow flurries during the rehearsal, a tree-planting ceremony, and finally a giant, family-style head-table set in the middle of the reception floor were a few of the ways Amber and Matt took the traditional and twisted it around to fit their family.
The evening wrapped up with lots of cake, cupcakes, indoor beanbags, dancing and photo booth. All the festivities were accompanied by smiles and hugs galore. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Gunderson, Gavin and Nolan! I wish you all the greatest happiness possible!