September 15, 2018

Kevin + Emily Marusiak | Calhoun Beach Club | Minneapolis, Minnesota

Back in February of this year I received an inquiry for a wedding back home in Minnesota and I was in complete awe of how she found me! Now a days social media is a very powerful tool for businesses even though the algorithms keep changing. When I finished scrolling through the inquiry form, I noticed that Emily had found me on Instagram!! I truly could not believe it. She was the first person to book a wedding through there. I guess that I must be doing something right lol


Just like any other wedding, you worry for about a week or two about how the weather is going to be. It showed that it was supposed to rain on Kevin and Emily’s wedding day for about a week beforehand. It rained the entire morning but cleared up just in time for their first look! The staff at the Calhoun Beach Club even came out and swept the balcony and dried it up so that Emily’s dress did not get dirty! Her dress was 100% custom made! While trying on dresses, she found many different ones that she liked for different reasons. While I was using Emily’s veil for some detail shots, her mom came over and informed me that the veil was hers when she got married 31 years ago.


During the speeches at the reception, Emily’s dad told the story of how Kevin had asked him for his daughters hand in marriage. While Christmas shopping, Kevin and Mike ended up stopping at the bar for a couple of drinks to take a break. Going off of Kevin’s frequent family talk, he asked Mike if the Burnett family would like to join his. While Kevin and Emily were visiting Flagstaff, Arizona, they I went out on the golf course which typically would be frozen but last winter was uncommonly warm and felt more like fall. Little did Emily know what was coming next. Kevin brothers and their wives were all hidden and taking pictures. When Kevin got down on one knee, all he said was “Will you?” Not long after they went back to Kevin’s moms house which was filled with their closest friends and family! They were all ready to celebrate Kevin and Emily’s surprise engagement.


A few questions that I had asked the couple:


Was it love at first sight?

I would say yes 🙂


Who made the first move?

Kevin. definitely.


How did you make it official?

Before summer break going into Sophomore year Kevin asked me to be his girlfriend and I said no! The next day I immediately retracted my statement and we were official at that point.


Tell me something weird about you as a couple:

We recently started working at the same office!! And now the whole place knows everything about us LOL


What’s your song?

Wagon Wheel! 100% it’s also the name of the bar I worked at in college where Kevin frequented 🙂 was also our recessional song at our wedding!


Where do you see yourselves in ten years?

Definitely dogs. Probably kids. Still working on our careers and supporting each others passions.


Best piece of love advice you can give:

Be best friends… but also each have your own best friend!


Emily designed their invites herself! She did absolutely amazing!!

But first…..

Kevin and Emily surprised their guests with a mariachi band!!

We had a surprise appearance from Kat Perkins!!! So amazing!



venue: Calhoun Beach Club

stationery- Emily Marusiak 

hair/makeup: My Boutique Bridal

flowers: Richfield Flowers and Events 

gown: Danese Creations

catering and desserts: D’amico Catering 

rings: Robert C Wesley Jewelers 

tuxes: The Black Tux 

band: Peter Borne – Airborne Creative Group

special guest: Kat Perkins 

second shooter: Missy Freeman Photography

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