Summer in Duluth, Minnesota is absolutely BEAUTIFUL, and Nate & Katie couldn't have chosen a more perfect place to say "I do." Surrounded by their closest friends and family, they vowed to love one another for the rest of their lives. Nate and Katie included something very unique in their ceremony: love letters and a wine box. What significance could this possibly have? Let me tell you...
A few weeks before the wedding, Nate and Katie each took some time to write a letter to the other, expressing their thoughts about the good qualities that they find in their future partner, the reasons for falling in love with them, and their hopes and dreams for their future together. In other words, they wrote "love letters" to each other and placed them in a sealed envelope, with the name of their partner on the outside. They placed these unread letters, along with a bottle of wine and two wine glasses, in a box that needed two keys to open it. During their ceremony, each locked the box with their own keys, with the intent of opening it together on their 25th wedding anniversary.
There is only one other reason the box should be opened before their 25th anniversary. If they should hit a bumpy road in their relationship, before giving up or making any irrational decisions, they would sit down together, open the box, uncork the wine, and then go to separate rooms and quietly read the love letter their partner wrote for them. The hope is that there will never be a reason to have to open the box except on their anniversary! But, if that situation should arise, the intent is that the letters would remind the couple of all the reasons they choose one another as their partner, and all the things that helped shape the life they've created together; to never take the blessing of being together for granted. The romantic sentiments they wrote, the declaration of love, the clear thoughts about why they chose one another as life partners would help put them back on even ground. This is the perfect ritual to remind you of your wedding day and your intention to love and cherish each other in good times and bad for as long as you both shall live.
With the love I saw between Nate and Katie, and all the support from their family and friends, I know that they'll be waiting two and a half decades before opening that box, so they better find some more wine 🙂
Vendors that helped make Nate & Katie's day special:
Hair: Sara Kringle at Vain Salon
Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal
Florist: Kristine Schaak
Wedding Cake: Life is a Picnic
DJ: Night Magic
Caterer: Greysolon Ballroom
Wedding Planner: Shae Desotell