Six years ago, we got married in the Bigelow Chapel inside of the United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, Minnesota.
We considered countless other venues such as the Arboretum, the Carlson Towers, and The Landmark Center but ultimately chose this modern chapel because of the gorgeous sunlight that streamed through -- illuminating the space.
I will admit, I did not love wedding planning -- I quickly realized it was just not my thing. My mom chose and arranged all of our flowers based off of our wedding color scheme.
Andy and I designed our wedding invitation suite together and even printed and trimmed them all ourselves! There were some late nights sitting around my in-law's dining room table to get this done! You can see the collection along with our video here.
It meant so much to us to have family and friends surrounding us on our special day.
Our musicians were family friends and they were incredible. I chose to walk down the aisle to "Interlude" by Shane and Shane, but the song wasn't long enough. I chose this song because I wanted something that was pretty, but also different from the typical wedding song. This talented family wrote their own music to extend the song and it was so perfect!
As music played and guests rolled in, the wedding officially started. Andy walked my grandparents down the aisle to be seated, which was so special to us especially now that my grandma (photo above) and grandpa (below) are no longer with us.
Next, the moms were walked down the aisle to be seated -- Andy's mom is on the left, and my mom is on the right.
Our wedding party followed shortly after! This is Andy's brother Tory, and my sister, Andrea, who served as our best man and matron of honor.
I only have two cousins and it meant so much to me to have them as part of our special day! It's crazy looking back at this photo because they are now almost 16 and almost 19!
After Marissa and Karlie walked down the aisle, I started my entrance.
This moment felt so surreal and is one that I'll treasure forever.
Andy and I met at the front of the chapel and our officiant, Pastor Tom Gilman welcomed everyone.
My aunt is such a rock in my life and it meant so much to us to have her read a few passages of Scripture aloud.
Afterwards, we all sang "In Christ Alone" before Pastor Tom began his message for the afternoon.
To be honest, I don't remember much of what the message was about -- the whole thing felt so surreal and passed by so quickly! Luckily we have it all on video!
After the message came prayer and the exchanging of vows. Below are our wedding vows:
Laura... I give you my life this day... In the presence of God... and according to His will... I leave my father and mother... and now cleave to you... I will love you as Christ loves the church... giving my life for yours... I will lead and protect you... as we share our life in God... who gave us one another.
Andy... According to the will of God and my desire... I give myself to you... to be your wife... and your friend... and to stand by you... as we share our life together... leaving my father and mother... I now commit myself to you... and love you... and believe in you... from this day forward.
Afterwards, we lit our unity candle together -- which was a little tricky since the lighter didn't work! We eventually got them lit and we all had a good laugh!
Next came the kiss! We were officially married!
Pastor Tom then presented us Mr. and Mrs. Kaupang!
We walked down the aisle, hand-in-hand as a married couple! Next it was off to the reception!
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