We were excited to be a part of Kelsey and Leonard’s wedding day. Kelsey is actually Drysen’s cousin, and during their last family reunion we were able to take her and Leonard’s engagement photos in Crofton, NE. We got some great pictures while dodging little cousins that wanted to watch the engagement session. 🙂
The drive to Lander, WY was a long trip, but it was worth the drive. It almost felt like a mini-vacation. After a 13 hour car ride through the black hills and the vastness of Wyoming, we finally arrived just in time to watch the wedding rehearsal. The wedding ceremony was at the Museum of the American West. It gave the wedding a rustic country feel – especially with the mountains in the background!
Kelsey had a nice laid back morning when it came to getting ready. I joined them in the hotel room to snap a few photos of her hair. And yes, it was gorgeous! I love the half up, half down hairstyles with curls. I was even able to hang out with Leonard and his guys while they were having a good time before the wedding.
Here a few detail shots from around the venue. I love the sunflower bouquet!
Leonard and Kelsey decided to see each other for the first time at the alter. I love that they found a way to say a prayer before the ceremony without seeing each other. It involved a little flexibility and pair of blindfolds, but it was a powerful moment.
Their wedding ceremony was outdoors. They setup a gorgeous archway with hay bales for decoration. In the distance, you can even see the base of the mountains I mentioned earlier. *drool!*
After the ceremony we took a few family and group pictures. These guys were great to work with because they made taking pictures super easy, and even more fun. Even though it was a little on the warm side, we found some good shady spots to keep cool. They were absolute troopers through all the pictures!
Leonard and Kelsey wanted to sneak away to take a few pictures at this really neat place, Sink Canyon. This was where Leonard proposed to Kelsey, so it only made sense to return on their wedding day for some Bride and Groom pictures!
When we arrived back at the Venue, it was time to get the Reception started! I have to take a minute though and talk about how cool their venue was. They held the ceremony and reception at the Museum of the American West. It reminded me of those old 1880 towns, complete with a schoolhouse, chapel, and livery stable (which was where the dance was held).
Back to the the newlyweds! We kicked off the reception with their Grand Entrance, and then ate some delicious food. Leonard & Kelsey welcomed everyone to the wedding reception, and the Maid of Honor Kirsten and best man Dillion gave their speech. Dillon’s speech was extremely powerful. He talked about a hunting trip with Leonard where after unsuccessfully finding any elk, Leonard reminded him that life is about the important things. “God gifted him with a beautiful wife, so God could keep his elk!” It’s was one of the best wedding speeches I’ve ever heard.
Meanwhile, Carl was enjoying the aroma of these delicious cupcakes!
Afterwards, Drysen started out the night with the first dances.
The rest of the night was awesome! Guests enjoyed dancing inside, while some got to enjoy socializing and playing cards outside in the nice weather. Soon before the dance ended, Kelsey and Leonard had a big exit through a tunnel of guests throwing bird seed at them!
Thank you Leonard and Kelsey for having us, we had a blast.