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Kyla and Ryan’s destination winter wedding in Duluth was picture-perfect and full of the romantic, cozy love that they wished for their day — minus the snow! Kyla, a former Princess Kay of the Milky Way and Minnesota State FFA officer, now a recent graduate in Agricultural Communications from SDSU, and Ryan, a recent Air Force Academy graduate entering pilot training, beat the odds after all these years and finally became husband and wife!
Their Duluth wedding day at Clyde Iron Works was a whopping 45 degrees and there was barely any snow left in sight (amazing since the snowfall began back in October in Minnesota).
Their love story began all the way back in the 6th grade. However, as middle school relationships go, that didn’t exactly last for the long run back then. But they stayed best of friends all through high school and beyond and did everything together. Little did Kyla know that Ryan believed she was far more than a friend, but he had left for basic training in the Air Force. After a return trip to MN for Christmas break, and a subsequent goodbye once more… Kyla knew, beyond a doubt, that she loved him wholeheartedly and couldn’t believe he was in front of her eyes all this time. She wrote him a letter professing her love and the rest, as they say, is history! Through years of long-distance dating and “airport kisses” goodbye, these two lovebirds were finally ready to profess their love in front of family and friends and the Lord to finally become one.
The day began with sunny skies and an incredible almost-summer-like forecast (the antithesis of what Duluth in the winter is known for!). After an emotional first look at Clyde Iron Works, we departed for the stunning Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI. Father Andrew offered a beautiful marriage lesson and even involved the young ring bearers in the blessing of the rings (with subsequent fist bumps!). Guests were offered a humorous chance for “15 seconds to take as many photos as you want!” at the end of the mass and Kyla and Ryan sealed their love with a kiss!
Lake Superior, notorious for ice stacking on the shoreline in winter, was almost completely thawed and we had a chance to grab some stunning sunset photos along the North Shore coast. A detour to a Duluth beach for more photos ended in some gorgeous cotton-candy skies and still no coats! We did get caught by the Lift Bridge though… during the long delay for a ship to pass through, we jumped off the shuttle and ran to the Canal, just in time to grab some epic shots with the Federal Rhine Bridgetown ship (the last “saltie” of 2018 to depart from Duluth!). Check out the video and you can even see my flash going off. Our Canal stop was completely unplanned and totally awesome!!
We joined up with guests at Clyde Iron Works and the couple greeted guests and enjoyed a fabulous cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes and a special Christmas “cookie table”, a Pittsburgh-area tradition from Ryan’s side of the family. The dance floor opened up and Kyla showed off her swing dancing skills while the dance party raged on. It was a night to remember and so full of joy!
THE WEDDING DAY TEAM
Photography: Laura Robinson Photography
Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI
Reception Venue: Clyde Iron Works - Duluth, MN
Bridal Gown: Madison James from The Wedding Shoppe - St. Paul, MN Hair Stylist: Megan Stueven
Makeup Artist: Serenity Salon
Bridesmaid Dresses: Revelry
Suit/Tux: United States Air Force Uniforms + Deb Gatz - Sew Unique
Bridal Shoes: David's Bridal
Rings: Tri-Gem International - Colorado Springs
Florist: Seena Glessing
Caterer: Clyde Iron Works
DJ: Sounds Unlimited
Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Cookie Table: Made by family; it's a Pittsburgh tradition (where Ryan's family is from)
Lighting: Duluth Event Lighting
Videographer: Sydney Meyer