Weinreis Wedding | Wedding Photography Medora, North Dakota

Mr. & Mrs. Weinreis

May 20th, 2017

As seen on Buckskin Bride

 I met Travis at my best friend’s wedding. I was the maid of honor in the wedding and good friends with both the bride and groom. The groom knew Travis through work and wanted to introduce us. At first it was pretty awkward because not only did I get introduced to him but also some of his cousins that were there. I asked Travis if he wanted to dance with me and at first he said no (only because he thinks he’s a horrible dancer). I asked him a little later that night and this time I didn’t take no for an answer J. I never thought that dragging a man onto the dance floor would eventually lead to dating and then marriage. At that time I was working in South Dakota and Travis was working on his family’s ranch in North Dakota. We dated for about 8 months and survived the long distance relationship (which is hard but totally worth it in the end). I remember taking a few days off to visit Travis, it was raining and cold when I arrived at the ranch and I met him out near a set of corrals that he was fixing. After he finished up with what he was doing, he told me that he had to go out and look for a calf that had been missing. We ended up driving up on a hill that overlooks the river that runs through his ranch. He told me to get out and help him look and at first I refused because I did not want to stand outside and freeze in the rain. After some convincing from Travis, I got out and that’s when he popped the question. I was totally caught off guard and couldn’t believe that he was actually proposing to me. I was not expecting it at all but I couldn’t have asked for a better way. He is so unpredictable and full of surprises. He told me later that he was planning to do it some other way but he couldn’t wait any longer. The rain stopped and the sun came out what seems like minutes after he proposed. It was perfect. He also told me that there really was a calf that we had to look for so we hopped in the gator and off we went.

I met Travis at my best friend’s wedding. I was the maid of honor in the wedding and good friends with both the bride and groom. The groom knew Travis through work and wanted to introduce us. At first it was pretty awkward because not only did I get introduced to him but also some of his cousins that were there. I asked Travis if he wanted to dance with me and at first he said no (only because he thinks he’s a horrible dancer). I asked him a little later that night and this time I didn’t take no for an answer J. I never thought that dragging a man onto the dance floor would eventually lead to dating and then marriage. At that time I was working in South Dakota and Travis was working on his family’s ranch in North Dakota. We dated for about 8 months and survived the long distance relationship (which is hard but totally worth it in the end). I remember taking a few days off to visit Travis, it was raining and cold when I arrived at the ranch and I met him out near a set of corrals that he was fixing. After he finished up with what he was doing, he told me that he had to go out and look for a calf that had been missing. We ended up driving up on a hill that overlooks the river that runs through his ranch. He told me to get out and help him look and at first I refused because I did not want to stand outside and freeze in the rain. After some convincing from Travis, I got out and that’s when he popped the question. I was totally caught off guard and couldn’t believe that he was actually proposing to me. I was not expecting it at all but I couldn’t have asked for a better way. He is so unpredictable and full of surprises. He told me later that he was planning to do it some other way but he couldn’t wait any longer. The rain stopped and the sun came out what seems like minutes after he proposed. It was perfect. He also told me that there really was a calf that we had to look for so we hopped in the gator and off we went.

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If you know me, you know that I am not a planner. Planning something as big as a wedding was difficult for me because I seemed to have changed my mind on just about everything that I planned. We got married in Travis’s hometown of Beach, ND at Grace Church. Our reception was held at Buffalo Gap Guest Ranch outside of Medora, ND. It was the perfect location because the barn, caterer, and hotel rooms were all at one location so guests didn’t have to travel far to their hotels. I couldn’t have done it without the help from my mom, Deb, mother in law, Pam, and (new) sister in laws, Sierra and Abby. They helped out tremendously with all the details, big and small. Travis and myself wanted a simple yet rustic wedding so we used wooden boards from an old windbreak for our 

table runners, centerpieces were done by Sierra and Abby, and a lot of little details were items from around the ranch. I had my bouquets and bouts done in Pierre, SD (where I lived at the time) at Bokay Studios. Kay Decker, the owner, was amazing to work with and she hit my vision dead on. We are so blessed to have such amazing friends and family to help put together such a special night for us.

Invitations: purchased template on Etsy
Ceremony Venue: Grace Church
Reception Venue: Buffalo Gap Guest Ranch Catering: Olie at Buffalo Gap Guest Ranch Decorator: Shoes: Boots are Corral Vintage
Rings: Riddle’s Jewelry
Brides Dress: Bridal Allure. Purchased in Omaha, NE at Bridal Traditions
Headpiece or Veil: Unsure, purchased in Omaha, NE at Bridal Traditions
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Morilee Madeline Gardner. Purchased in Omaha, NE at Bridal Traditions
Hair and Makeup: Hair- Sierra Tosner Makeup- Cheri Mott
Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Jackets were rented from Out of Town in Dickinson, ND
Flower Girl's Dress: (purchased on Etsy but unsure from who)

"Melanie, I just want to thank you for taking the time to travel out to the ranch to take our engagement pictures and traveling again back to Beach/Medora to capture our big day. You were amazing to work with and made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera. You are so good at what you do and would definitely recommend you to anyone looking for an awesome photographer! Thank you again for everything!!!"- Katie

Retterath Wedding | Bismarck, North Dakota

November 5th, 2016

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Bridal Shop: Bridal n’ More
Groom's Suit: Halberstadt’s Sioux Falls
Rings: Riddles
Brides Engagement Ring: Riddles
Brides Wedding Band: Westley’s made brides wedding band from brides grandfather’s wedding ring
Wedding Ceremony Venue: Belle Mehus Auditorium
Reception Venue:  Radisson Bismarck
Decorator: I Do…Balloons, Weddings, & Events
Hair: Glance Spa and Salon
Cake: Bearscat Bakery
Catering: Radisson Bismarck
DJ: M.C. Inkster
Band: Flea Bitten Tramps