I think weddings are a pretty great way to spend the day. Getting to know a couple at their engagement session, you get to experience different personalities, different walks of life. Then you get to enjoy how they incorporate their lives into their wedding in truly unique ways. For each couple, their journey will be different; for Gage and Mikenzie, it meant swerving left when their original plans were canceled due to COVID-19. Instead, they enjoyed a sweet private ceremony while still planning to hold their wedding with friends and family later.
At Ivory North in Minnesota, Gage and Mikenzie created a Covid-friendly wedding that was brimming with love, laughter, and elegant, personal touches. The business genius of two photographers, Ivory North, is an amazing wedding location. The downstairs is a beautiful brick, while the upstairs is a wash of white, crisscrossing Edison lights and giant windows that allow natural light to pour in. Almost every space is a photographer’s dream to create portraits in.
Ivory North hosts a getting-ready space for the whole wedding party, which means less rushing, more relaxing, and more time to bond with family and friends while preparing for the wedding. Gage had a riot with his friends as they mastered their ties. The light in the room was perfect for capturing the carefully selected details of the day, right down to Mikenzie’s custom-made bridal gown, which was the culmination of three gowns; it was absolutely killer!
Gage and Mikenzie chose the upstairs to host their ceremony, though several outdoor spaces are available at Ivory Coast. From her custom couture to their carefully chosen bridal party gifts, Mikenzie and Gage’s wedding had special, personal touches. During the wedding, they had a honey ceremony. It’s not a ceremony I’ve seen before, but it was exceptionally touching. I honestly think it’s something a lot of couples would enjoy having as part of their ceremony!
Gage shared that he told his Mom when he was ten years old that he would grow up to marry Mikenzie, and it’s easy to see why. A sassy, boss babe who works for Medtronic, she’s also exceptionally kind and bakes a mean cookie. Almost every time Gage kissed her, she swooped her up. Of course, this might be because of their almost one-foot height difference, but it made for great wedding portraits from their first kiss to the amazingly cool smoke bomb in the grass we did.
The reception was downstairs under the Edison lights, where natural light flooded the white brick and shiplap walls. Family and friends gave amazing toasts into a vintage microphone, while laughter filled the room and the candid outtakes are hilarious. Let’s just say that Mikenzie’s brother may have told some stories that her parents heard for the first time at her wedding!
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Mikenzie had a special Mother/Daughter dance; the bond among the whole room was evident. This day was not going to be stopped by anything; not a world-wide pandemic and certainly not a toppled wedding cake, which did happen in the course of the evening.
This wedding was a ray of light in an uncertain time but proves for sure that love is not and will never be canceled. Congratulations Gage and Mikenzie!