By now, you all know how much I love weddings in the woods. Missy must’ve known, because when she said she was going to be getting married at Grand View Lodge up in Brainerd, I was through the roof! It was another spot I’ve always wanted to shoot at, and it absolutely did NOT disappoint. I think the first look speaks for itself, but it was truly a breath-taking day with Missy and Brad. It was a great and intimate celebration with their family and friends, and I was truly honored to be able to be alongside them throughout the day and I’m so thrilled to feature these two on the blog today!! Now get to viewin’!!
I met Ashley a few months ago at my first wedding of the season for my friend Angie. Ashley was Angie’s hairdresser, and she did an AMAZING job, which you can see more of here!! (PS: You can also see more about Ashley’s own salon work here) She was such a fun and enthusiastic person to have around in the morning, and I was SO excited when she called looking to have her engagement photos done this fall! Her and Andy were absolute champs, because though you can’t tell, we were lucky enough to have one of the coldest days in October, but needless to say they kept each other warm and we had a great time!! So excited to share these photos with you all, and so SO glad to have been able to capture this beautiful couple!!
Now, Lauren just might be my first bride who I’ve known the longest and go waaaaay back. I think maybe all the way to kindergarten?! We were neighbors when we were really little, my sister was her and her brother’s babysitter and we went through a majority of our schooling together…along with knowing both of her wonderful parents throughout the years!! Phew! So, needless to say, I was thrilled when she emailed me and said her and Michael were looking for a wedding photographer!! It was so fun to grab coffee with them, get to know them as a couple and of course…plan out the engagement session. If you follow along on the blog, and have learned anything about me in the last week, you’ll know I love fall engagement sessions, and was so excited when they said they wanted to make sure to get their fall color fix in their session! And gosh, we sure did. We ventured around the Loring Greenway and ended up venturing over the beautiful Walker and sculpture gardens…I am over the moon with their photos, and most of all love seeing their love and laughter come through in such beautiful ways! I can’t wait to be part of their day next August!!
Oh my goodness, where to begin with Claire and Nate, I don’t even know!! These two are the most joyful and lovely people you have ever met, and their love for each other was literally bursting through EVERY PHOTO. We started our morning off at Spyhouse to actually meet one another and chat a bit before beginning our session. They shared their story, and they opened up their hearts and gosh, I feel like we go way back already! We then ventured to one of my favorite parks, and is seriously in my top two after this session because the colors there in the fall were truly some of the most beautiful I’ve seen all year. Minnesota did good this fall, yes?! I think we spent about 3 hours at the park, chatting, snapping photos and having a blast. I couldn’t be more thrilled to share all the beautiful moments we caught that morning with you all, and I REALLY can’t wait to be part of their wedding next summer!!
Another beautiful couple, another beautiful fall day! Lauren and Nate were awesome and once again, couldn’t have asked for a more perfect session. Lake Harriet (if you haven’t been able to tell) was my favorite spot this fall, and every tree and every angle gave such beautiful variety that you can barely tell where we are! I love engagement sessions for the sole purpose of having a more relaxed time with the couple before their big day to hang and not worry about the schedule of the day. And it’s safe to say, our Saturday night session was beautifully simple and so relaxed, it was the best! SO pumped to be part of Lauren and Nate’s day, and am even more pumped to share their beautiful photos with y’all today!!
One of my favorite things about what I do is connecting with couples, and their families. Emily is the sister to one of my beautiful brides from the summer, Laurel…and I couldn’t be more excited to be working with this family again! Emily and Jeremy brought along their baby girl Josie (and in this instance, baby girl means pup) and she was the most well behaved rescue dog I’ve ever met! Not to mention gorgeous…which is why you will see her in so many photos :) I’m not sure if any of you made it to Lake Harriet this fall, but it was glowing, and I’m pretty sure Emily, Jeremy and myself made it there at the perfect time. The colors (and Emily and Jeremy) in the photos below are stunning so without further ado…I present this sweet sweet couple!!
There are almost no words for how amazing Minnesota’s fall was…am I right?! October was JAM PACKED with amazingly beautiful sessions, and I couldn’t get enough of each couple and location that sessions were held. October began with this engagement session with the lovely Alyssa and Tyler, and our time together was just perfect. It was so pleasant walking around Taylor’s falls, exploring the grounds and experiencing just how beautiful the season was. These two made my job effortless, as they could barely take their eyes off of each other and we had a such a great time together…kind of my favorite :) I am so excited to be part of their day next fall up north and am thrilled to share this lovely pair with you all today!
It is practically impossible to put into words how amazing Brady and Andrea’s wedding weekend was. Brady is one of my best friends from college, so the opportunity to be his and Andrea’s photographer for the weekend in Black River Falls Wisconsin was an incredible honor. Everybody should get married in the woods. EVERYBODY. Andrea is the sweetest, and her and Brady are so complimentary of one another…their love for each other is genuine and pure and so SO contagious. Their vision for the weekend came together flawlessly, and could not have been spent better surrounded by our best friends at such an amazing place. We camped at Black River Falls, and the celebration began Friday and lasted through Sunday morning…AMAZING. Literally one of the best weekends ever, and I could not be more excited to share this beautiful couple on the blog today. As difficult as it is to put words together, putting this blog together was even more difficult! If I could share every single picture from the day I would. The bridal party was amazing. The ceremony was amazing. Brady and Andrea were amazing. Every speech was amazing. THE DANCE. WAS AMAZING. The story goes that Brady loves dancing…like…more than anyone, ever. And he may or may not have shouted/jumped/cried “THIS IS HEAVEN ON EARTH!!” throughout the entire night. It was…the best. I’m so happy for Brady and Andrea, their new life together, and so without further ado…I present the Gaalswyks!!
Well it’s safe to say that Kelli + Christian had one absolutely BEAUTIFUL day. When Kelli told me of her plans of getting married at Aria, I was ecstatic! The venue, if you haven’t been there, is incredible and has been on my list of places I need to shoot for months now. The whole day was a dream, and the vision Kelli and Christian put together was stunning. They were such a chill couple to spend the day with, and the pureness in their love for one another was so refreshing. It was a beautiful day with their amazing family and friends and I am so thrilled to share this awesome couple with you today! Without further ado…Kelli + Christian!!
Man oh man. One of my favorite ways of meeting new couples is through good friends. Last summer, I connected with Kara and Nate through my good friend Ryan and I knew that we would have a great time on their wedding day!! Their wedding party, as well as their family and friends, were seriously some of the funnest I’ve shot with all summer!! Kara and Nate are such a sweet couple, and their love for one another was so evident throughout the entire day. Thank you guys SO MUCH for letting me tag along. I had SUCH a great time and I am so SO excited to share your photos today!!