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Unique Train Inspired Wedding in the Midwest by Life and Art Photography

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Midwest Wedding with Unique Train Inspired Railway Wedding

I cannot get enough of the unique touches to this wedding day! From the amazing suit, the groom wore to the custom invitation suite! Also, the beautiful bouquet with feathers! A railway wedding with orange touches done right!

About the couple:

Mandy and Kirk met on a blind date over a mutual love of cats and Mexican food. Mandy and Kirk were set up on a blind date – they didn’t expect it to be anything more than a one-time thing, but fate had other plans. They love camping in Minnesota’s many awesome parks, learning new hobbies together, and snuggling up on the couch together. They live in St. Paul with their cat, Snickers.

Their proposal story:

It was a rainy Monday evening and Mandy was getting home from shopping. Since it was down pouring, Mandy texted Kirk to open the door for her. He responded with ‘my hands are full’. Frustrated, Mandy had to stand outside in the rain and fumble with the lock and key. Finally getting in, she noticed the lights were dimmed and a lovely dinner was ready at the table. When she came around the corner, the room was filled with her favorite colored balloons. As Mandy stood there sopping wet, Kirk came into sight wearing the T-Rex costume! He somehow managed to get down on one knee and asked Mandy to marry him (with tiny arms)!

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Their wedding day:

They had a very unique way of getting to their wedding venue. They had a different venue booked, but after a tornado destroyed it they had to find a new one. Both Mandy and Kirk had grown up loving trains, and decided that was the perfect place to have their wedding instead! It was something that was more unique and meaningful to them.

They started the process knowing one thing for sure – they wanted pizza for dinner! And once they found a venue that offered that they were set. Unfortunately, as luck would have it that venue was destroyed by a tornado a year before their wedding. But these two took the challenge on and decided to add their love of trains to their wedding plans (and kept the pizza, of course!).

Planning a wedding with literal moving pieces wasn’t easy, but the day came together perfectly! It started at the Osceola train station for photos and mingling, took guests aboard the train and brought them to a beautiful train side ceremony in St. Croix, and then brought the newlyweds and all their guests back to the station for an outdoor celebration.

Their favorite memory:

“We did a lot of the work ourselves in regards to making decor and planning all the railway wedding details so seeing it all come together was a highlight. Walking throughout the train visiting with our guests was also just so fun because they were really enjoying themselves!”

Their biggest frustration:

“Our first venue was blown down by a tornado exactly a year before so we had to start the planning all over. This was such a heartbreaker, but we came up with something that was more unique and meaningful to us. Unfortunately, there were a lot of moving parts (literally!) and logistics to figure out. The train we charted runs on an active track so at any time another train could come through. We had to keep that in mind and really just guestimate how long different aspects would last. The timing was certainly an issue the entire day. We had to fit in our pictures, set-up/decorating around the public train schedule, and hope another train didn’t come through during the track-side ceremony. And there wasn’t much of a backup plan available due to property constraints so we gambled on the weather holding out – which it did!”

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Photography: Life and Art Photography

Location: Osceola St. Croix Valley Railway

Event Planner: Rustic Elegance & Keyed Up Events

Wedding Dress: The Wedding Shoppe

Stationary Designer: Hunt Wright Design Co

Catering: Pickles Cafe & Catering / Mama Donato’s Woodfired Pizza

Wedding Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes




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