A Rustic Winter Wedding at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, Minnesota
Both enthusiastic adventurers, Nick (28 and an airline pilot) and Keely (23 and a graphic and web designer) Johnson met at an indoor rock climbing park. After a first date at an ice rink, they had a series of outdoorsy dates, including camping, hiking, and even wake boarding. For the engagement, Nick flew Keely to Duluth and proposed on a walk along the beach at Park Point. They held a winter wedding six months later at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, Minnesota. Their outdoor ceremony took place in front of a brick fireplace, while guests stayed warm and cozy under fuzzy blankets. Keely wore a strapless, A-line wedding dress with a birdcage veil, and her bridesmaids wore short, ivory American Eagle dresses with black sashes, tights, boots, and feathery blue hair accessories. The groomsmen dressed in gray vests with bright blue button-downs and ascot ties handmade by the bride's mother. At the reception, the ceremony altar doubled its functionality as guests toasted marshmallows and made s'mores. A large dessert table included a display of miniature cupcakes, brownies, and cupcakes in addition to a three-tier rustic wedding cake decorated with burlap and a bird's nest cake topper. Simple centerpieces incorporated tall candles, pine cones, and wine glass vases filled with winter branches. Nick and Keely had their first dance to a song performed by the bride's brother and a local musician. After all was said and done, Keely's biggest piece of advice for brides is to, "Keep the engagement short! Seriously. It saved us money and stress."