Emmy & Dan’s wedding at The Outing Lodge in Stillwater, MN was one of the great ones. A fantastic couple whose wedding day was full of great atmosphere and energy and included family and friends in all parts of their day.
The Outing Lodge, with its wooded areas and European style charm was the perfect venue for this casual wedding day affair.
Before their wedding ceremony, Emmy and Dan held a ketubah ceremony with a small group of family and friends in the lower level of the Outing Lodge. A ketubah, says Emmy, “is a Jewish marriage contract, that emphasized compassion and equality.”
From the bride: “For our outdoor Jewish wedding, we chose to blend traditional rituals with modern day customs. We wanted the whole ceremony to capture the essence of Judaism with our own personal twist. Our wedding ceremony reflected our values: egalitarianism, inclusivity, and connectedness. Our mothers created our huppah, a canopy depicting intertwining branches that we stood under to get married.”
“What really made our wedding feel personal were all the homemade decorations. One of the special touches was hand-lettered place cards that my mom made on pieces of birchbark from our summer cabin spot on Washington Island, WI. We named each table after a MN or WI state park that we had explored together. Instead of a guest book, guests left us a message on vintage postcards and placed them in a small suitcase.”
After dinner there was a contra dance put on by Pig’s Eye Landing. Everyone took part as the caller led the party in large circles and dance lines. It was pretty amazing to see all the guests on the dance floor smiling!
From the couple: “With our families and friends sharing in our joy, we celebrated an amazing wedding that we’ll hold onto throughout our marriage.”