Claire + Zach

August 25, 2017

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CLAIRE + ZACH

THE BOAT CLUB

DULUTH, MN

 

Close your eyes and try to imagine the most beautiful summer day on the shores of Lake Superior, a bright blue sky, a light breeze and a couple who’s relationship is the perfect blend of beauty, sincerity and fun.  This would be Claire + Zack. They wanted their day to be less stress and more fun. They nailed it! From their breakfast buffet with donuts for dessert, to a crazy fun first dance to lingering on the yard with drinks in hand I’m sure their guests experienced a wedding like none other they’d attended before. Personally, my favorite moment of the day was when they held hands, without seeing each other, shortly before the ceremony. They got to talk and hear each other’s voices but they didn’t peek. (At least we don’t think they did! We gave them some alone time after we got the pics, be sure to scroll down to see!)

Their story is really fun, I think you’ll enjoy hearing from them!

From Claire: On a January morning last year as I handed out high-fives to my fifth grade students entering my classroom, my co-worker Brenda stopped by and asked if I’d be interested in going out for coffee with her son, Zach. Typically, I say “no” to these invitations, but on a whim I agreed. After agreeing, I started thinking how awkward it would be if it didn’t work out because I’d still have to work with Brenda (plus I had several failed first dates and blind dates) and told several people that I would rather have a root canal than go on a date with him! Through a few text message conversations, Zach and I planned to meet a week later. We went on our first date at the Brewhouse in Fitgers, which is the building we got married in! Soon after our first date, we were seeing each other regularly and then fell in love! If it weren’t for Brenda’s great matchmaking skills, we’d still be aimlessly searching for each other!

 

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Engagement:
Near the end of the school day on a Wednesday in November, Zach had all the 5th graders gather around on the playground while I was inside giving homework help to a few kids. My co-worker, Erin, came in and told me to come outside because some 5th graders had a little performance that they wanted to show me. That should have been my first clue something was up, but I was oblivious. I came out to find all the kids lined up, so I was very confused. Then I saw flashes of pink paper with letters that the kids were holding up reading, “Ms. Nordskog, will you marry me?” but of course some kids weren’t quite holding them up right and some were upside down, so it took a couple seconds for the message to be read. It was adorable! Then Zach came out, got on one knee, and proposed! I said “YES” and the kids cheered! I was SO surprised and it was absolutely perfect!

 

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Planning for the wedding:
We both wanted a smaller, low-key wedding. All that I cared about was great pictures (which is why we chose to work with Lyndsey and Al!) and that I could have breakfast for dinner (my favorite!) and all that Zach cared about was not seeing me before the wedding. Both of us got what we wanted and more! The Boat Club was a perfect venue since we were able to stay and get ready at the hotel, get married in the courtyard, and have our reception at the restaurant. The weather was perfect and you couldn’t beat the views! In our minds, the day was absolutely perfect!

 

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Best part of the day?
I think Zach and I both were most excited about our first dance. We both thought it would be great to surprise our family and friends with a more fun dance instead of having a traditional first dance. We chose several fun songs to dance to, made a mix, then started learning and creating dance moves for our mix. We forgot a few steps during the real deal, but we sure had fun! And of course we loved to celebrate with our closest family and friends!

 

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Venue: The Boat Club
Dessert: Johnson’s Bakery
Flowers: Saffron + Grey
DJ: Pro Sound and Light
Hair: Mirror Images, Donell Cackowski
Makeup: Derick Cich
Dress: Bella Rose Bridal Shop, Casablanca Gown