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Jill and Rick :: Wedding at the Little Stone Church

A few years ago I read an article in South Dakota Magazine about the Little Stone Church at Firesteel. I am kind of a history junkie, so I love learning about old, historic things. There were beautiful photographs of the church by photographer Greg Latza¬† See this one. Anyway, I am kind of full of that type of random knowledge. When Jill inquired about shooting her wedding there, I was beyond excited. In case you don’t realize, the church is 14 miles on a gravel road, followed by 4 miles down a dirt road. I mean dirt as in two ruts through a pasture. There is no electricity, running water, or heat. Being October, in South Dakota, it’s hit or miss on the weather. We got hit. It rained most of the month it seemed and the day of the wedding it was freezing temps. Jill was a determined bride, however, and wanted that wedding at that church. And as we know how brides are, that was it. I will admit that I was worried she’d change her mind. We didn’t even know if the road would be passable. If you know me, you know I”ll do anything, go anywhere, and love a new adventure and challenge. So, off we went and the wedding was absolutely beautiful. The church, though tiny in size, was big on impact. Guests were not detered and there was standing room only.Truly a testimate to how much they are loved.























  • Chad Phillips - November 25, 2009 - 10:39 pm

    Great pics Shalista! I LOVE the church! Is that snow on the ground?…

  • Sara Larson - November 27, 2009 - 7:10 am

    Shalista, these are beautiful pictures.

  • Thresha - November 28, 2009 - 11:22 am

    This could the neatest location for a wedding!!! I love the hidden treasures you can find in the middle of nowhere in south dakota!

  • Tama Backlund - February 2, 2010 - 1:42 pm

    Wonderful pictures. The bride has to be so pleased with her decision to marry in that grand church. Beautiful wedding, bride and flower girls.

  • Viola Ebling - January 7, 2011 - 9:29 am

    I know the old stone church well. I grew up very close to this church. These photos brought tears to my eyes, remembering my childhood. My family, beloved grandmother,great grandparents and other close family members are all buried in that cemetary. When i pass, my wish is that my ashes be spread over my grandmothers (Emma Makes Trouble-Frank)grave. Thank you for the beautiful photos. I will be making the long trip home this summer to pay my respects at that cemetary. What a beautiful wedding.

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