We headed to one of my favorite Central Minnesota wedding venues, Rice Creek in the beautiful countryside of Little Falls, to celebrate LaEva and Matthew Rutz. It wasn’t just a celebration of the two of them becoming one, but a celebration for their kids as well. It was apparent how much they value family and love their children, as they included them every step of the way.
As someone who has photographed over 400 weddings, I witness a lot of things. Quite often I can tell whose kid belongs to whom when the couple directs me (or corrects me;) if I put the kid on “the wrong side”. Of course I respect and honor their choice…it’s my job…but I can’t help but think in my head “well aren’t they both your kids now?”. Yes, I’m human and have opinions. And the heat, stress and lugging 50 pounds of gear can get to me sometimes. But I honestly had no idea all 3 children weren’t created by these two until the extended family photos. I absolutely LOVED that!!
LaEva and Matt have been together many years, but the time had come to make it official. They chose Rice Creek to host their special day. They both love the outdoors, and of course respect the family ties that run thick at Rice Creek (owned by a pack of LeBlanc’s)!! The decor was kept simple and classic with the primary focus being on their guests and the memories made. Bean Bags, an otter in the creek, tree climbing, and a giant Jenga game were a big hit amongst the children. The outdoor scene at this wedding venue truly is a kids paradise.
“Even if you already have children and know you will be together all through life- take time to honor and celebrate your relationship in someway.” ~LaEva
Photography + Video: Xsperience Photography | Venue: Rice Creek Weddings, Little Falls MN | Prelude singer: Tanna Lukasavitz | Officiant: Crystal Benson | Hair: Rachel Miskowic | DJ: DJ MIKE NELSON | Floral: Sams Club put together by bride and family & friends | Dress, Veil & Hair Piece: Celebrations Bridal, St. Cloud MN | Cupcakes: Sweet Perfections by Sam