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August 1, 2011

Don & Linda: Rapid City Wedding Photographer

If ever there was a wedding day completely filled to the brim with surprises, it was Don and Linda’s.

When Linda saw her groom for the first time, she brought him a gift. After taking the sight of her in, which nearly brought him to tears, a watch was carefully unwrapped. Don returned the favor during the ceremony when he placed a little extra sparkle on Linda’s ring finger.  At their dinner reception, Linda was a little stunned—and a lot happy—when he ended a toast to his beautiful bride with an impromptu first dance.  This sealed Don’s place at the top of my “best-ever-grooms” list, but going the extra mile didn’t stop there. Don planned the entire honeymoon. And she still didn’t know where they were headed.  The very thought just makes me smile. Good work, Don.

Linda did an amazing job of carefully putting together every detail. She incorporated family heirlooms into many aspects of the day, including in the entrance, on the mantel, near the guestbook, and surrounding the unity candle. The thing I loved most was the way their table was set up for dinner. Rather than having a head table, it was set up family-style, where their two families could eat and celebrate together.

Linda and Don, I had such a great time spending the day with you and your families, and can’t thank you enough for treating me like one of your guests. I hope you are having a wonderful time on your mystery honeymoon, and are looking forward to a lifetime of surprises upon your return. Enjoy some of my favorites!


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  1. Judy Larson says:

    Once again Jessica, you have told a beautiful story through your photographs. I always enjoy your posts but this one is even more special because I know the bride and her family. Thanks for sharing and congratulations Linda and Don!

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