BRITT DAUGHERTY & COURTNEY CLEMONS
Minnesota has more than 10,000 lakes, so the odds that Britt Daugherty and Courtney Clemons would end up on the same one were, on the face of it, quite small. But on a July evening in 2012, Britt came home to find a tanned Aussie in yellow board shorts tying up a boat on her neighbor’s dock. Britt immediately sensed a connection. “Something about him just felt really honest and familiar,” she says. With a job in the agricultural industry, the Bunbury, Australia, native was traveling the United States for the summer, while Britt had come home from Boston on a break from her job at a nonprofit. He thought Britt was beautiful and fun, but out of his league. “I didn’t know if I could run up there with the best of them,” he laughs. Nonetheless, that night they went to a bar on the lake and bonded over a shared love of the outdoors. On the boat ride home, he kissed her under the stars.
They spent the next few weeks getting to know each other and then—realizing they were falling madly in love—moved into a cabin together for the rest of the summer. Over the next three years, their careers took them around the country, to Boston, Minneapolis (where Courtney proposed, on a lazy Sunday morning in March 2014),Washington State, and Kansas City, Kansas. It felt natural to return to Britt’s parents’ house in Minnetonka, a suburb of Minneapolis, for the big day. Britt, a creative consultant, focused on the design— envisioning an elegant, intimate wedding with a bohemian flair.
The night before their September vows, all 80 guests—30 of them from Australia—met at a Scandinavian restaurant called the Bachelor Farmer, a nod to the bride’s heritage (and, jokes Britt,“Courtney used to be a bachelor and a farmer”). The next evening, the two exchanged self-penned vows before a Zen Buddhist priest. After poolside cocktails, everyone headed to a tent on the lawn and dined on grass-fed beef tenderloin and tamales made from local corn. Later, the newlyweds danced to Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” encircled by friends and family. “The love was palpable,” Britt says. Afterward, they knew just where to go to relax: back to the nearby lake that had brought them together. — Rebecca Dalzell
Both born under a crescent moon, Britt and Courtney asked stationer Jenna Rainey of Mon Voir to create a hand-calligraphed, letterpressed suite—featuring bronze foil and deckled edges—that echoed the initial of his (soon to be their shared) surname.
The bride, in a Monique Lhuillier gown and antique tiara, and groom, wearing Isaia, shared a first look under the pines.