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Karey Ronnow

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The day was absolutely beautiful. Anyone from San Francisco knows that you can not judge the fog from one day to the next. The day prior to the wedding, the fog was thick as only San Francisco fog can be. By the time the sun rose on Sunday morning, even the smallest patch of fog could not be seen. It was crystal clear and the sky was radiant. Katherine and Konstantine are as sweet as can be. The two met a number of years ago in… Australia. Katherine was participating in a study abroad program with UC Berkeley and Konstantine was, well, a citizen! Both are also Russian!

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In their culture, everyone knows everyone. Information can travel around the world faster than one can say vodka! The two were connected up through family and friends just before Katherine was to leave Australia. They met… sparks flew. They hung out a few more times before Katherine made the trip back to San Francisco. Ironically, Konstantine had already planned his Christmas holiday and would be traveling with friends around the world. With a few phone calls and a few flight changes, he boarded a flight to SFO after spending New Year’s in NYC. With a date in her home city, an empty tank of gas and some wine and cheese, Konstantine knew for sure this was the girl for him. He traveled back to Australia, packed his bags and boarded a one-way flight back to San Francisco. A little over 4 years later, the two boarded a flight bound for Paris… on their honeymoon.

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The cathedral was gorgeous. Breathtaking. Three stories high, with balconies on the second and third floor – arched ceilings and beautiful stained glass. When the choir sang and it gave me chills. Eastern Orthodox are very different than a traditional ceremony. The Father of the Bride does not walk her down an isle, there are no spoken vows and the exchange of rings is done by the priest, just to name a few. The ceremony began with the choir singing (oh, my, they were so beautiful) to Konstantine and the bridesmaids proceeded to line up in the church. Shortly thereafter, Katherine entered the church. All stood still. She was breath taking. Escorted by her parents, who were married at the same cathedral nearly 30 years prior, they both stepped to the side as the two greeted each other in the entry way. The ceremony continued in the vestibule, candles were lit and their rings were blessed. They were placed on their right ring fingers and the choir sang (have I mentioned how amazing they sounded? Good bumps. Every. Single. Time.) like angels.

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The ceremony continued in the middle of the cathedral where the couple was crowned, scriptures were sung, they drank from a the common cup and then their hands were joined. Three times, they circled the bible. Each time, lead by the cross and priest. This dance is so joyous. In this act, they are joined and take their first steps as husband and wife. Beaming ear to ear, happy tears from the guests, you could not help but feel all of the love.

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January 30, 2015 - 1:56 am

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Throw Back Thursdays | Beyond the Wanderlust | Inspirational Photography Blog

Every Thursday the blog will be showcasing some of the blog post that had been featured previously. There has been tons of talent and great sessions featured, that taking a look back will only remind you of all the inspiration that you might have missed.

Bee Chalmbers Photography

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Morgan Neisinger Photography

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Alyssa Morgan Photography

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McKenna Pendergrass Photography

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Little Bud Photography

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Erin Johnson Photography | Chic Minnesota Wedding: Ashtyn + Cody | Beyond the Wanderlust | Inspirational Photography Blog

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Equipment Rentals: Apres Party and Tent Rental | Musicians: Bellagala | Bakery: Byerly’s | Hair Stylist: Dolce Capelli Studio | Floral Designer: Lebens | Makeup Artist: Mac @ Roesdale Center | Event Venue: Minneapolis Event Center | Tuxedo and Men’s Attire: Savii Formalwear | Dress Store: The Wedding Shoppe

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What is your story as a couple? 

Cody & I met in 2009 at Century College. We were both in the Marketing program, which was a small program, so we had quite a few classes together. We became friends but once we graduated lost touch. We ended up reconnecting a friendship via facebook. Cody was renting the upstairs of his house & I was looking for a place, so moved in. Immediately Cody knew he wanted a relationship, but it took some convincing on my part. After a few dates we knew it was just right. We got engaged on the dock at my family cabin, during a family reunion. Cody had planned it and I had no idea; it was just us two out there so it was perfect & than I was able to tell all my family right away.

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What made you chose your venue?

We found a few venues on the knot.com and MEC is the first one we saw out of all our appointments. As soon as we visited it we knew right away it was perfect & cancelled seeing all the other appointments. They weren’t fully done with the remodel but we loved everything about it. The original beams of the building with the more modern updates it had a lot of personality & didn’t need us to do much – which was perfect.

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What inspired your wedding day attire?

I really had no idea what I wanted in a dress. The Wedding Shoppe was great. I came with a ton of pictures. The Shoppe pulled similar dresses & they were horrible on me but slowly we came to what I liked/didn’t like and as soon as I put on my dress I knew it was the one.

Cody was a lot easier – I found a style tux online he went tried it on, liked what I chose & he was set!

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What inspired your wedding decor? Why did you choose the things that you did?

After we saw The Great Gatsby movie we really liked the whole atmosphere & theme of the parties in the movie so that is what we wanted for our wedding. I had already had the typical wedding Pinterest board so we found most ideas from that. We wanted it to be really simple yet elegant. I really don’t like over the top so wanted it to be pretty without being too overwhelming.

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What was your favorite part of the day?

My favorite part of the day was just being able to celebrate with friends and family. We had been waiting for the day for so long but it really went by quickly! Almost seems like a blur.

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Do you have advice for engaged couples still in the planning process?

Try to stay calm! We planned for about 10 months in advanced so we did a little bit at a time which helped. Towards the date of the wedding, it gets to be crunch time & it’s easy to stress but not worth it! It’ll all come together!

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What DIY projects did you do, to help create your wedding decor?

We didn’t have a lot of DIY. The chalkboards & frames we got from home goods & my father in law spray painted them all gold for us. My sister did all the chalkboard writing. Her, my mom and cousin did the table numbers out of fabric.

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