Dex + Jessica
This couple always can make me laugh. Dex and Jessica's story is unique but a heartwarming story all the same. They have been together for 13 years and have two beautiful children along the way. Dex and Jessica's wedding day was not affected by Covid and it wasn't Covid that was the deciding factor to finally decide to tie the knot. After seeing her mother beat breast cancer there was a new look on life and they decided life was too short to not spend the rest of their lives married.
Dex and Jessica got married on June 20, 2020. It was another gorgeous summer day in North Dakota. Sky was a bright blue, everything was in full bloom with a rich dark green to all the leaves and grass.
The wedding was held at Regency Event Center in downtown Minot, a new venue to the Minot area. The regency has a modern uptown elegance, a venue truly of its own. The bridal suite is so light and bright giving lots of natural sunlight, perfect for getting ready photos. My favorite thing about the bridal suite is by far the vanities, so chic.
The day started out with hair and makeup over at SOS. Even with new precautions having to be put in place, SOS did a wonderful job making the ladies feel loved and comfortable! Jessica was just so calm through the whole process and her sweet little girl was living her best life getting dolled up like a princess! It was only the morning and I was already pumped for this day!
While the girls were wrapping up hair and makeup, I went back over to the Regency to capture getting ready photos of the guys. The Groom's room at the Regency is a lot of fun! Equipped with a TV and X-Box, the guys will surely find something to do! When it comes to detail shots, I always try to find something different to add to the photos to give everything an extra little POP! The décor at the Regency is always so much fun to work with. My eye caught site of a black and gold decorative tray that was perfect for styling Dex's details with!
The guys were sure not wasting any time on getting the party started! Special shots and toasts were made between the guys. It was gearing up to be a fun day!
A perk of being a downtown venue is having wonderful rooftop access that gives a fun skyline view of the city of Minot. The guys made their way out to the rooftop for some fun shots. Let's just say this was not a dull shoot lots of fun personality and they brought everything to the table and more!
Being as it was already starting to get warm the guys made their way back to the groom's room to cool off and hang out while I made my way back to the bridal suite to capture getting ready photos.
A unique thing about the location of this venue is the history that it brings behind it. Many people do not know about the unique history of Minot, North Dakota. Minot has been nicknamed little Chicago. Even though the history of Minot dates back to the 1800s there was a lot of fascinating history made in the 1920s, specifically during the time of Al Capone. I used the old history of the building mixed with the current modern flair as a creative outlet to help capture Dex + Jessica's story.
Jessica had beautiful pearl pieces picked out for some of her jewelry accessories and it just really helped capture the vintage feel of not only the mood of the venue but the day as well. Jessica's choice in shoes were the perfect modern piece to bring the look all together. One great thing about weddings is all the different styles and ideas that couples bring to the table, not to mention all the different fashion choices!
Time almost stood still as Jessica got ready. Not to mean that it took a long time to get ready, it was actually rather quick! But there was such a calm to the air and the room was filled with pure joy. Jessica's mother helped with her dress and then her sweet boy and girl got to make over how beautiful their momma was!
For the entire day there was an elegant calmness to her, everything was just as it should be this was the next chapter in their lives. This calmness only brought out more of Jessica's beauty. We were able to capture a few bridal portraits in the bridal suite. Have you ever looked at a photo taken long ago and feel this enchanting energy from it? That's how I feel when I look at Jessica's bridal portraits. It's the mixture of the venue's powerful history, the modern beauty of a bride awaiting to marry her love. It's a reassurance, that as life changes, stories will live on forever.
Dex + Jessica decided to do a first look on the rooftop which gave a wonderful view to the historic Parker building behind them. There were lots of emotions had during the first look. They both looked so beautiful together though!
The color choices of Dex and Jessica's wedding was truly the perfect pick for a summer wedding. They styled their wedding in a light blue and light gray with a few accents of pink. Their décor had a simple elegance to it which really paired well with the interior of the event hall at Regency Event center.
Before the ceremony, we did wedding party pictures as well as their couple session pictures. Dex and Jessica decided to split up their couples session which is always a fun option for those that have the ability to do that on their wedding day. It allows for different moods and looks to the pictures. We met at Roosevelt Park in Minot just minutes away from the Regency. With the trees being in full bloom and the grass a beautiful bright green it was perfect for some pictures even with the bright afternoon sun!
The ceremony was short and sweet with only but the most perfect of words needed to be said. After the ceremony Dex, Jess and I made her way out to downtown Minot for some fun rooftop sunset pictures. Jessica grew up just not too far from the area we had chosen and had fun memories of looking out on this particular location and seeing the city of Minot.
These two have been through so much over the years and have raised two beautiful children. There was so much love and emotion that was shared on their day and I am so glad I was able to witness it. If you would like to see their story come to life check out their video in the link below.
A humble witness,