Olson Wedding | North Dakota Wedding Photographer

Mr. & Mrs. Olson
June 17th, 2017
Bismarck, North Dakota

   
  
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     We first met on a sandbar on the Missouri River. We were introduced by mutual friends. I was currently in a relationship at the time that went south about a month later and I happened to run into Zack again. I was infatuated with him ever since I met him on the River that day. We finally went on our first date and not long after that we were official and moved in together 6 months later and the rest was history. It happened really fast but it’s almost like we were meant for each other.         Zack proposed to me at our good friend’s wedding (it was actually the bride and groom’s idea). They called him up with this great idea that when she would go to throw the bouquet she would just turn around and give it to me (of course at first I thought this was a joke like “haha you’re not engaged yet so you better hurry up”) and Zack would be down on one knee behind me with a ring. Of course, I never saw this coming because who proposes at someone else’s wedding but the fact that our friends wanted to surprise ME on their big day made everything that much better. 

We first met on a sandbar on the Missouri River. We were introduced by mutual friends. I was currently in a relationship at the time that went south about a month later and I happened to run into Zack again. I was infatuated with him ever since I met him on the River that day. We finally went on our first date and not long after that we were official and moved in together 6 months later and the rest was history. It happened really fast but it’s almost like we were meant for each other.

 

Zack proposed to me at our good friend’s wedding (it was actually the bride and groom’s idea). They called him up with this great idea that when she would go to throw the bouquet she would just turn around and give it to me (of course at first I thought this was a joke like “haha you’re not engaged yet so you better hurry up”) and Zack would be down on one knee behind me with a ring. Of course, I never saw this coming because who proposes at someone else’s wedding but the fact that our friends wanted to surprise ME on their big day made everything that much better. 

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Wedding planning came pretty easy as I had an idea of what I wanted for quite some time. I wanted things to be boho/rustic but simple. I didn’t want tons for floral but just greenery/ leaves/ branches that sort of thing. Our tables had long vines across them with wood rounds in the middle that had old milk bottles/jars with greenery in them, candles and deer antlers. The table clothes were a champagne color with lace runners. Our backdrop was a sheer with lights and vines hanging down. I really couldn’t have had a better decorator. The only downfall was not being able to get married outdoors. We had about a 50% chance of rain that day and didn’t want to chance being poured on so we said our I Do’s on the barn itself.

 

I got a lot of ideas on Pinterest and bought a lot of my décor/gifts/jewelry etc… from Esty.

 

Tammy was so easy to work with and pretty much hit the nail on the head on what I wanted my venue to look like. She did all the set up and tear down which was very helpful.

 

Broadway was also great to work with. Kris made sure I stayed within my budget and everyone was in and out quickly that morning. The girls were very happy with their results.

Cake: Katy Kakes http://www.kaitykakes.com
Invitations: Bob’s Photo http://bobsphoto.com
Ceremony Venue: South 40 Events- Pavilion https://southfortyevents.com
Reception Venue: South 40 Events- Pavilion https://southfortyevents.com
Catering: The Woodhouse https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Woodhouse/114186271946521
Decorator: Tammy Kelsch
Shoes: David’s Bridal
http://www.davidsbridal.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAyZLSBRDpARIsAH66VQJtdNVQLhVFIZxiWaQfzloRsnfmA9c7iqjBherBMlFRWZf9qYqRdecaAujJEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CMG35YTQrdgCFUa7TwodMecIeg
Rings: Zales for mine and Zack’s was from Esty (wood and antler) Origin HG https://www.zales.com
Brides Dress: White Lace Bridal http://www.whitelacebridalnd.com
Headpiece or Veil: I did a hairpiece (succulent clip) from an Esty vendor called The Fancy Triangle
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Apricot Lane Boutique https://apricotlaneboutique.com
Hair and Makeup: Broadway Salon and Spa https://broadwaycentrespaandsalon.com
Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse https://www.menswearhouse.com
Flower Girl's Dress: Forever 21 https://www.forever21.com/us/shop

"Melanie was great from the start. I love the fact that she was there the day we got engaged and was able to capture that moment for us. From the engagement pictures to the wedding pictures she was able to create my visions in my head. I can’t wait to call her when the time comes for a pregnancy shoot. Thank you, Melanie, for capturing these special moments in our lives and I’m glad I can call you a friend." -Elisha