BRITT DAUGHERTY & COURT­NEY CLEMONS

Martha Stewart Weddings - - CELEBRATIONS -

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.

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