Romantic Candlelit North Dakota Wedding: Brook + Matthew

North Dakota Wedding

Brook + Matthew always wanted to get married outdoors, but it was too big of a risk in September in North Dakota. To give their day an organic, natural feel, they chose to tie the knot at sixteen03Main in Bismarck, North Dakota, turning the venue into a romantic, candlelit soirée, reminiscent of a night in a garden. (Swoon!)

Brook tells us, We made the day about the two of us by adding personal touches to the ceremony and reception. All of the details of the reception were designed by myself to make it feel intimate and as much like us as possible.

Thanks so much to Glasser Images for the stunning images + congrats to B + M on such a gorgeous day!

Dahlia Bouquet

first look5

Quinn from Glasser Images says, I knew Matthew was anxious to see Brook, but his reaction was more emotional than I could have imagined. It’s one of my favorite first looks of all time!

North Dakota Wedding

North Dakota Wedding

Tara Keely Wedding Dress

North Dakota Wedding

North Dakota Wedding

Brook + Matthew’s desired garden feel came across beautifully in the bridal bouquet by crabapple floral.

industrial wedding party

floral heels

chalkboard frame

giant spool card table

lights in mason jars

love marquee

Since Brook wanted candlelit to be the only light source at the wedding, she + Matthew got creative with coming up with dreamy ways to light up the dark refurbished factory space.

string lights

string light ceremony

string light ceremony

string light ceremony

string light ceremony

Our Musical Choices

Processional: Wagner's Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin played live by the Bismarck Symphony Orchestra

Recessional: Mendelssohn's wedding March from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Op. 61 played live by the Bismarck Symphony Orchestra

First Dance: How Will I Know – Sam Smith


just married garland

candlelit centerpiece

floating florals

giant cake balloon letters

Isn’t that cake – baked by a family friend – the cutest?!

naked cake

naked cake

floating florals

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

Matt was a professionally trained opera singer so he surprised me and sang at our ceremony. He sang a Neapolitan song "o sole mio".

first dance

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

We both live in Arizona so making sure everything was in place was hard. We didn't have anyone planning the wedding. My advice would be to put someone in charge of keeping you on track the day of your wedding. Or hire a wedding planner!

photography: Glasser Images // venue name: sixteen03Main events // event design: Sparkle Events + bride // florals: crabapple floral // wedding dress: Tara Keely // bride's shoes: Ted Baker // bridesmaid dresses: BCBG // groom attire: Calvin Klein // paper goods: designed by Friend of the bride // catering: sixteen03Main events // cake: Mothers friend // music: Power Play DJ // officiant: Rebecca Ardahl