Brandon + Becky | Hotel Donaldson + Downtown Fargo Wedding

Hotel Donaldson + Downtown Fargo Wedding - Chelsea Joy Photography
Brandon + Becky
8.9.19

Hotel Donaldson Wedding | Fargo Wedding Photographer

At a quiet, intimate Friday evening wedding on the rooftop of the Hotel Donaldson in downtown Fargo, Brandon and Becky finally became husband and wife.

From day one of meeting this couple, I knew with 100% certainty that we’d get along. First off, Brandon and Becky are both cat people, with 3 kitties waiting at home for them. (As a matter of fact, Brandon tearfully confessed during dinner that when he left their apartment to make his way to the HoDo, he told the kitties “I’m gonna go marry your mom!”)

Downtown Fargo Wedding | Fargo Wedding Photographer
Hotel Donaldson Wedding | Fargo Wedding Photographer

That kind of cat-crazy dedication rings true for me, since I also thought the worst thing about my wedding was that I couldn’t feasibly bring the cats with me. And, actually, my just-married husband and I went home early from our own reception because we missed the cats!

Hotel Donaldson Wedding | Fargo Wedding Photographer
Hotel Donaldson Wedding | Fargo Wedding Photographer

But beyond the cat connection, Brandon and Becky are just nice people. Gracious, kind, and positive. To echo how the wedding party described them, they just seem to fit together, a pairing that just made sense as soon as they started to date.

Brandon and Becky put their energy into a close-knit circle of friends and family. Being part of their wedding was like receiving an invitation to an exclusive club — but no pretentiousness here, as they welcomed the videographer and me into their circle with open arms. I love weddings like this!

Hotel Donaldson Wedding | Fargo Wedding Photographer
Hotel Donaldson Wedding | Fargo Wedding Photographer

The wedding party and I had fun exploring a bit of downtown Fargo for pictures, hitting up Wurst Bier Hall (where Brandon & Becky had their first date), the ivy wall at the Iverson building, the infamous Fargo Theater sign, and some of the wall art on the way.

Downtown Fargo Wedding | Fargo Wedding Photographer
Downtown Fargo Wedding | Fargo ND Wedding Photographer

Also, shout-out to personal attendants Kristin, Michaela, and Taylor, who carried the bridal party’s bouquets in vases throughout our Downtown adventure to make sure the flowers didn’t wilt. What rockstars!

Downtown Fargo Wedding | Fargo ND Wedding Photographer
Downtown Fargo Wedding | Fargo ND Wedding Photographer
Downtown Fargo Wedding | Fargo ND Wedding Photographer
Hotel Donaldson Wedding | Fargo ND Wedding Photographer

After a touching, short and sweet ceremony, we headed to Stocker’s Basement for an amazing meal courtesy of the HoDo kitchens, as well as tear-jerking speeches by the wedding party and family. Then we caught sunset light just in time for the first dances.

Hotel Donaldson Wedding | Wedding Photographer Fargo
Hotel Donaldson Wedding | Wedding Photographer Fargo
Hotel Donaldson Wedding | Wedding Photographer Fargo
Hotel Donaldson Wedding | Wedding Photographer Fargo

Put simply, Brandon and Becky’s wedding day was beautiful. Thank you so much, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, for inviting me to share it with you. Here’s so many more years of happiness and kitty cuddles!

Ceremony & Reception: Hotel Donaldson
Makeup & Hair: Enlightened Beauty Salon
Wedding Dress: Diamond Bride
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Suits: Halberstadt’s
Florist: Hornbacher’s
Photographer: Chelsea Joy Photography

Photos by Chelsea Joy Simdorn, photographer and owner of Chelsea Joy Photography. I'm a Fargo area wedding photographer, capturing weddings throughout North Dakota and Minnesota!