Collin +Leah // St. Francis Xavier Church + Windom Community Center


He shifted his stance a little nervously and turned around to keep his back to the door. She was about to exit the house to meet him for their first look and he was waiting patiently. He shook his head and said something like, “Oh no, I’m going to cry.” Lifting his gaze up over the horizon, he couldn’t hold back the tears any longer. She wasn’t even in his arms yet, but surely the memories were flooding his heart and mind, with nothing else to fill the silence except the rustling of leaves in the autumn breeze. His emotions overcame him and he bowed his head.

“You can turn around, Dad.” Her words broke the quietness. He turned to face his daughter in her wedding dress and she opened her arms wide as she ran to him. She was long past the days of childhood, but in that moment he was holding his baby girl.

“I’ve only seen him cry three times in my life,” she told me, “This was the third time.”

There aren’t words to convey just how much a wedding can make one achingly aware of the passing of time and the changing of seasons. Hopefully, where words fail, these pictures will help do justice. Collin and Leah, you two have something special and getting to spend the day with you and your closest family and friends was a privilege we don’t take lightly. Thank you for your trust. We wish for every day ahead to draw you closer together in friendship and love.

Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Xavier Church // Preparation and Portrait Venue: Willow Lake Farm // Reception Venue: Windom Community Center // Florist: Mountain Lake Floral // Wedding and Bridesmaid Dress: Chrysalis Bridal Salon // Tuxes: Classy & Sassy // Hair: Hair Hut // Makeup: Makeup by bRii // DJ: DJ SieffStyle // Catering: Hi-Lo Restaurant & Catering LLC // Cake: Lush Cakes

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