Tia + Edward | City Brew Hall Wedding in Wahpeton, ND

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Tia + Edward
8.17.19

City Brew Hall Wedding | North Dakota Wedding Photographer

Tia & Edward aren’t like most couples — it rained on their wedding day, and they were THRILLED.

Before the clouds came in, though, it was a gorgeous day. Sunny, mild, and by all means perfect conditions for a wedding. So at the beginning of the day, I definitely utilized that light for pictures of Tia’s dress, bouquet, and portraits of the bride and groom.

City Brew Hall Wedding | North Dakota Wedding Photographer
City Brew Hall Wedding | Fargo Wedding Photographer

But here’s the real magic: the first look. Ugh, I can’t even tell how how sweet it was to see Edward trying to hold back tears as soon as he saw his bride.

City Brew Hall Wedding | Fargo, North Dakota Wedding Photographer
City Brew Hall Wedding | Fargo, North Dakota Wedding Photographer

Later, at the reception, Edward’s mother commended me for getting Edward to smile in the engagement photos, but I demured and told her all I had to do was have him look at Tia and the smiles take care of themselves. I meant it — don’t have to coax out smiles when a couple is so clealry in love!

Tia and Edward’s vows were some of the sweetest self-written vows I’ve heard. Edward’s vows for Tia were a poem, handwritten on notecards. I bet they’ll be a keepsake for decades.

City Brew Hall Wedding | Fargo, North Dakota Wedding Photographer
City Brew Hall Wedding | Fargo, North Dakota Wedding Photographer

Then, after the ceremony, clouds swooped in and it started to rain. What Tia hadn’t told me was that she was actually hoping for rain on her wedding day. She and Edward love rain and thunderstorms, so it just felt right to them.

Tia excitedly asked me if we could take pictures in the rain, and I’m ALL IN for stuff like that. Luckily, I have the gear on hand to get those raindrops to sparkle and actually show up in the pictures. Gotta be prepared for anything — including awesome couples who want to venture out in inclement weather!

City Brew Hall Wedding | Fargo, North Dakota Wedding Photographer
City Brew Hall Wedding | Fargo, North Dakota Wedding Photographer
City Brew Hall Wedding | Fargo, North Dakota Wedding Photographer
City Brew Hall Wedding | Fargo, North Dakota Wedding Photographer

Before the wedding, Tia had told me that her aim was to not have to worry about anything on her wedding day. Well, I think she achieved that. The day was wonderful, with the rain Tia was hoping for. That’s a good omen for long, happy years of marriage. Or at least, that’s how I choose to interpret it!

Ceremony & Reception: City Brew Hall
Makeup & Hair: Astral Cosmetic
DJ: Harmon Entertainment
Dessert: 457 Cake
Dress: Your Day By Nicole
Suit: Halberstadt’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!