Chandy {Pierre, South Dakota Wedding}

Graceful. Compassionate. Poised. (That's really what the title of this blog post should be) The story of Mandy & Chad's wedding weekend began the week that Pierre, South Dakota received the news of flooding, evacuation, homes being washed away, long hours of sandbagging, and certainty that the worst was only yet to come. While wedding planning, it's easy to get wrapped up in superficial happiness; forgetting about what's really important.   As wedding plans changed from outdoor ceremony location to indoor, the possibility of a different reception venue being decided day of, photography locations changed, getting ready locations changed, housing locations changed etc.  it remained clear what was most important to Chad &, friends, being married, and that the people whose lives were being affected by the flood were being helped.   I've never seen a more graceful, compassionate, and poised couple. When true sincerity, kindness and love are within someone, it shines on the outside with beauty!  That's Chad & Mandy.  The weekend was filled with mixed emotions of pure happiness for our friends' marriage, enjoying the company of wonderful people, and experiencing a small South Dakota community coming together to help and support each other in trying times.  Truly heartwarming!  Makes me proud to be from South Dakota!  : )


We love you guys so much!  We love you two together!  So happy to be a part of your wedding weekend!  Ecstatic you are moving back to Sioux Falls!   Couldn't have been a more perfect wedding!!



Last note:  There are still thousands of people & homes being affected by the flood.  Not only in Pierre, South Dakota but in the Dakota Dunes area of South Dakota.  The flood is expected to get worse.  Here are a few links to information on how to help, and keep informed:

Oahe Flood Relief and Support Fan Page

Waters of War- Fighting the Flood in Pierre by Andrew Kightlinger


{Florist: Capitol City Florist; Caterer: McClellands Catering;Dress: Liz Fields;Jeweler: Gunderson's;DJ: Eccentrix Mobile DJ; Event Decorator: Mary Hoover; Transporation: Forrell Limousine Services; Cake: The Cake House; Invitations: Jurgen's Printing; Suits: Halberstadts; Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor}