July 18, 2012

Rustic Oaks | Mark + Kristen | Fargo Wedding

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7.7.12 – Mark & Kristen’s big day out at Rustic Oaks!! 

My assistants and I arrived to find Kristen in the upstairs suite getting her hair done, so we took the time to get some cute shots of her dress. I loved the vintage mid century desk with a round mirror in one of the bedrooms! I always try to grab a photo of the perfume bottle too, scent is such a great way to remember your wedding day! I’ve heard some brides wear a new scent so it will forever be associated in their minds with their wedding. What a great idea!

Kristen loves the Wizard of Oz, so she incorporated a super cute blue and white plaid garter with Dorothy’s red shoes as a charm. AND she got sparkly red heals with custom lettering on bottom as another nod to Oz. AND she painted a tiny rainbow onto her big toe. LOVE details like that!! (More shoe photos later in the post!!)

First look photos are always so fun! The nervousness, the excitement, the joy!!

Love the next shot that my sister got, so sweet!

Mark is quite the character,  we were cracking up all day at his faces!

This was the first wedding that I have photographed out at Rustic Oaks, so I was pretty excited about it! The landscape is great! Fields, a pond, a windmill, the barn … yes, lots of options for photos!

I loved all the great details that Kristen included, like the Just Married sign! I’ll post all the etsy shops at the end of this blog so you can check them out for your own wedding ideas!

Since Kristen is a fair bit shorter than Mark I wanted to try to think of ways to change it up, so having Mark hold her (in the fields above) or have Kristen stand on the bench (below) were fun ways to play with their height differences!

Ahhh the sparkly red shoes, sooooo adorable!!  Mark and Kristen also wanted an image of them each holding one of their parent’s wedding photos, as  a special nod to their family tree. Again with the cute details!!

Wedding party time!! It was so hot out, but they were great. I tried to work fast because I knew the guys were especially hot in their suits, so we whipped through wedding party photos in about 20 minutes, walking around the property and then letting everyone get back into the house & AC!!

Mark is in a band with three other guys, so “Tripwire” was the best man, or best men in this case. You can tell they aren’t shy in front of the camera!!

Don’t you just adore the pockets in the bridesmaid dresses!! POCKETS!!! So handy, and cute, and perfect for stashing a klenex during the ceremony. Smart move ladies.

After people had cooled down again we grabbed a few more fun pics out on the front porch swing. So lovely!

If you remember Mark and Kristen’s Engagement session you’ll remember their converse sneakers. Well just for the fun of it we took a few wedding photos including their beloved converse, and a pinkie swear showing off their rings!  I love detail shots!!


Ahh the red sparkly shoes, sooooo awesome. Dorothy would totally approve.

Ceremony time!

Inside the barn all the goodies were set out. Cupcakes in several flavors, a candy bar, and a cake that was starting to melt and lean a bit more than it should, lol!

For a surprise Kristen had a special grooms cake made with the Tripwire logo!! The band as pretty stoked about it!

As the sun started getting lower the guests started donating their dollars for kisses – lets just say there was a LOT of kissing going on at the reception,lol! Isn’t the setting gorgeous!!


Toasts are often some of my favorite images from a wedding day. So much laughter going on!!
The first dace was set in the barn’s loft. Rustic and charming.
These guys know how to dance and party!!
I took off at about 9:30 pm, just enough light left to grab a photo of the Rustic Oak signs in the driveway. Such a fabulous evening!!
Congratulations Mark & Kristen!! Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your lovely day, I hope you will cherish the photos and the memories for a long lifetime together!!
Wedding Dress: Davids Bridal – 1500 13th Ave. E Fargo
Wedding Rings: Hers – Helzberg  Jewelers in the West Acres Mall. His – 25 karats, online.
Wedding Flowers: Cashwise in Fargo
Tux: Tip Top Tux -3902 12th Ave S, Fargo.
Wedding Cake : Cashwise  in Fargo
Cupcakes: Angel Cups – Fargo
Catering: Green Mill – 3340 13th Ave. S. Fargo
DJ: Tripwire & Bitzer Entertainment – music recorded at Ceremony Music
ETSY shops:
 Cake Topper: AllegroArt
 Bride’s personalized dress hanger: twobroadsdesign
Bouquet Charm: YourCharmedWedding
Bridesmaid Bracelets: OtisBWeddings
Bride’s headband: Kirsten Kuehn Designs
And of course Wedding Photography by me: Kris Kandel Fargo + Minneapolis Wedding Photographer
  1. Autumn says:

    Love it! You did such a great job capturing the day, and what a beautiful venue! 🙂

  2. […] photos taken by Me at Kristen and Mark’s wedding last […]

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