Ian + Emma | Moorhead, MN Wedding

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd — Moorhead, Minnesota Wedding Photographer

Ian + Emma

8.25.18

Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd by Chelsea Joy Photography

Ian and Emma deserve an award. This couple planned their wedding in under a year, living over 1,000 miles from their wedding day location in Moorhead, MN! In addition to that, they only came to the area once before the big day.

But when I met with Ian and Emma on their single trip to Fargo-Moorhead before their wedding day, I knew this was one wedding I definitely wanted to be part of.

Surely you've noticed it. That energy in the air when a couple is crazy, 100% in love. Daring to take the path of marriage on their life together. When the most important part of the wedding is bringing together friends and family to celebrate and cherish their union, not about all the stuff and decorations and things that drive up the cost of weddings.

Ian and Emma's wedding was gorgeous from the very beginning of the day. August 25, 2018 turned out to be a sunny day nestled between many dark and gloomy days. From the ceremony at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Moorhead to the reception at the Hjemkomst Center, little tropical and beachy details threaded through the day.

And to understand that theme, I've got to tell you a little story. Ian and Emma were living in Dominica while Ian went to medical school. It's where Ian proposed to Emma! But shortly after settling in, Hurricane Maria (a category 5 hurricane) hit the island one mid-September evening. The island was ravaged. No power, no running water, no cell service. Emma and Ian were safe, but they were unable to contact their families back home until 5 days after the hurricane hit. Imagine that waiting....waiting...waiting. Finally, though, the medical school got all the students off the island, and the two were relocated to Knoxville, TN.

Throughout Ian and Emma's wedding day, the emotion of this experience kept bubbling to the surface. Parents overwhelmed with joy to know that not only has their child married their soulmate, but simply that they are safe and together. Trust me when I say the entire day felt like a huge family gathering that I got to witness and briefly be apart of throughout the day!

Moorhead Wedding Photography by Chelsea Joy Photography
Moorhead Wedding Photography by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography in Downtown Moorhead by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography in Downtown Moorhead by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography in Downtown Moorhead by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at the Hjemkomst Center by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at the Hjemkomst Center by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at the Hjemkomst Center by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at the Hjemkomst Center by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at the Hjemkomst Center by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at the Hjemkomst Center by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at the Hjemkomst Center by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at the Hjemkomst Center by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at the Hjemkomst Center by Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo Moorhead Wedding Photography at the Hjemkomst Center by Chelsea Joy Photography

Congratulations, Ian and Emma. I know your days will be filled with laughter, contentment, and many a scientific debate!

Event Coordinator: Distintcly You Events
Caterer: Concordia Catering
DJ: Kristen Caughney from Harmon Entertainment
Wedding Cake: Hornbachers
Cupcakes: Sam's Club
Hair Stylist: MJ Capelli
Bridal Gown: David's Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie.com
Suits: JCPenney
Photographer: Chelsea Joy Photography

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