Today we are throwing it all the back to 2013 with a wedding day that, for me, remains incredibly special. There is a term in the Yiddish language that I think of whenever I remember this wedding — “bashert.” It means “destiny” or “meant to be.” Not only was Keri and Ricker’s relationship a great example of this, but so was the way I met Keri and became a part of this wedding.

For a brief season in 2012, I worked at BHLDN in Chicago, selling wedding dresses and other event-related goodies. While in town to attend a wedding, Keri (who lived in Madison, WI) decided on a whim to visit BHLDN and try on wedding dresses. We met, and during our time together, I shared that I was planning on moving to Madison and that I also planned weddings. We bonded, and just a few weeks later, when I moved to Madison, Keri and Ricker were my first Wisconsin wedding couple!

Fast forward a year, and these two had the loveliest “farm fresh” wedding at the Groom’s family farm, complete with a ceremony on the lawn overlooking the Wisconsin countryside, honey favors from the farm’s bees, farm tables and the prettiest local blooms. It was meant to be, and I’m so glad all the variables of our lives lined up on that fateful summer day in Chicago.