Tom + Tricia | Concordia Language Villages Wedding in Bemidji, MN
Concordia Language Villages Wedding, Bemidji, MN - Chelsea Joy Photography
Tom & Tricia
I have no other way to introduce this wedding blog post than to frankly and simply say how much of an honor it is to be included in a small, intimate wedding. Tom and Tricia, two beautiful souls I met about 5 years ago, got married at Concorida Language Villages in Bemidji, Minnesota, with 17 people in attendance — including the bride, the groom, the officiant, and me!
I feel like a bit of a broken record saying this, but intimate weddings truly touch my heart in a way huge weddings never will. I wonder if other married wedding photographers feel the same; you have a soft spot for weddings that remind you of your own.
At any rate, I had no idea what to expect at the Waldkapelle and Waldsee in Concordia Language Villages other than the pictures Tricia showed me. But what we found there was more than I ever could have hoped for. Warm glowy light, crisp fall colors, and a steadfast love ready to start a new chapter.
I typically don’t get too emotional while photographing a wedding (too busy working!), but I couldn’t help but get choked up during Tom and Tricia’s gazebo ceremony. Their officiant, one of Tricia’s former professors, littered the ceremony with nerdy references and deeply sentimental passages, essentially ensuring that the space was filled with laughter and wet eyes.
I learned a lot about Tricia and Tom, like that they met in high school and Tom thought Tricia was out of his league. Tricia went abroad for a while, and that time was both hard for their relationship but also a sign for them that this love was the real deal. I didn’t meet Tom or Tricia until long after this, so for the past 5 years they’ve simply been one of those “mainstay” relationships — they’ve always been a couple from my perspective, and that was that!
Being present at this wedding was an honor that a handful of people out of the billions on this planet got to experience. I know I’m not the only one that feels the blessing of that privilege.
Thank you, Tom and Tricia, for including me in your day. Your lives together are only just beginning, and I look forward to spending more time with you in the future!
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!