An Intimate Art Gallery Wedding at Ecce Gallery in Fargo, North Dakota

In latin, "ecce" means "to behold." For Katherine Zander (49 and a teacher) and Bill Pallen (53 and a pilot) guests were treated to a truly beholden e

In latin, "ecce" means "to behold." For Katherine Zander (49 and a teacher) and Bill Pallen (53 and a pilot) guests were treated to a truly beholden experience for the couple’s wedding at Ecce Art Gallery in Fargo, North Dakota. “Bill and I have lived in Fargo for the last 25 years,” Katherine says. “It's our home and the perfect inspiration in creating our wedding day. Our wedding was almost entirely serviced by downtown Fargo businesses who worked so carefully to help make this day special for us.” Local vendors like Your Day by Nicole bridal salon, Prairie Petals floral designer and Mosaic Foods Catering helped make the whole day come together with ornate details like golden candelabras, damask tablecloths and royal blue napkins that created a sophisticated air. —Allie Volpe

Before the ceremony, guests mingled on the first floor of the gallery for cocktails and truffles from Nichole’s Fine Pastry in Fargo, North Dakota.
One side of the gallery's second-floor space was dedicated to one long table, set for over 30 guests for the reception. An elegant damask tablecloth covered the table, while white china and silver chargers and ornate brass and silver high candelabras decorated each setting. Fresh flowers and votive candlelight added ambience.
Katherine's gown featured delicate straps and an open back. She wore a sheer shawl. The aisle was lined with eucalyptus leaves, tree branches and candles.
The intimate ceremony took place on the second floor of the art gallery. Brick walls and natural sunlight added warmth to the room.
A selection of cakes were prepared by Nichole’s Fine Pastry in downtown Fargo. Each featured a different design and flavor.
Katherine's bouquet consisted of soft pink roses mixed with eucalyptus. Bill's boutonniere included the same florals.
The long feasting table featured gold candlesticks with taper candles and low arrangements overflowing with moss and greenery.
The couple wrote and recited their own vows. "Our wedding was meant to be untraditional, although not entirely," Katherine says. "After the ceremony, Bill and I walked down the aisle to 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. The ceremony was deeply sentimental for me. There weren't many dry eyes."
Fargo's Mosaic Foods catered the reception dinner. The menu included braised beef brisket with garlic and herb new potatoes alongside a roasted sweet potato salad and a country-style Greek salad.
A tubful of ice kept the beer assortment chilled throughout the night.