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Kate Botwinski Photography

From the Photographer, Kate:
Bekki was an art teacher in Arkansas and Andrew was in the Navy in Baltimore while they were wedding planning for the big day. They mastered a long-distance relationship, and they both glowed on their wedding day. Bekki was busy working on all of the details of their DIY wedding from afar. She handmade the programs, lovebird place cards, painted the many signs posted throughout the property, and collected vintage windows and frames to hang throughout the barn for added character. The wedding was so adorable and the barn was beautifully transformed.

The couple tied the knot with Andrew’s dad as their pastor, and hosted more than 300 guests in Andrew’s family’s red barn. One of our favorite parts of their ceremony was watching them pour sand from two vases into one vase; sand that they had each collected from the monumental locations of their childhood. Guests were moved as we all watched them literally take pieces of their past and devote themselves to living one life together. Bekki was her college softball team’s pitcher, so for one of her locations, she gathered sand that she used to compete on. Andrew included sand from his current Naval base. After being pronounced husband and wife, the couple and their friends ran through the sunshine-filled fields jumping and cheering in celebration. It was such a lovely event to witness.

The evening commenced with yard games, cocktails, and dancing under the twinkly lights in the barn. Bekki and Andrew kicked off their marriage by running through a human hallway of sparklers, and I think you could hear their laughter all the way down the winding country roads of Southern Minnesota.

Ceremony / Reception Venue: Private Residence | Dress: Pearls & Lace Bridal Boutique | Groomsmen Attire: JCPenney | Floral Designer: Jan Folie* | Cake: Nathan Olsen* | Rings: Chappius Jewelry

*Floral design and cake were provided by friends of the family.


  1. Sara
    8:03 am on June 20th, 2011

    So fun! I adore that welcome sign. We went a little overboard with ours, and I ended up hating it! Simplicity is the trick sometimes! I love the use of clothespins and tulle, too! Pretty, pretty!

  2. wow i love all those wooden signs!

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  4. I love the pink lettering on everything from the wooden signs to the chalkboard. Very cute!

  5. Everything looks so beautiful and fun – and the images are gorgeous. Thanks for posting.