A pretty consistent theme for me this for fall weddings was travel. Well, I can now cross Evergreen, CO (an extremely beautiful mountain town) off my list of places to go to! You might remember Tonia and Matt’s engagement session here, (but if you don’t, stop reading and go look at it, because they are some of the greatest!!) and I couldn’t wait to go back out there in October and capture their big day. Something I’ve realized this wedding season is that actually spending TIME with the couples beyond the day of their wedding is so so incredible. I can’t say how thankful I am for the opportunities to not only get to know the couple, but the family and friends that really have made the couple who they are and support them in life. I flew into Denver the day before the wedding, and made it to the rehearsal dinner where friend after friend, family member after family member, shared stories, words of encouragement and affirmation for Tonia and Matt as they were preparing to get married. It was such an amazing dinner to witness and instilled an honor in me to be photographing this special and significant day in their life. Tonia and Matt have passion for life, for each other and for serving the Lord. They radiate joy and I just couldn’t be more excited to share a little bit of that with you in these photos of my beautiful friends!!
Now, we all know Minneapolis is one of the greatest cities in America (shout out to my brother-in-law Brian Moon)…but Ali and Chris made it extra wonderful on the day of their wedding this last October. They couldn’t have planned a more perfect day, with a bridal party full of their amazing friends and family, and all of it at the beautiful Mill City Museum in the heart of Minneapolis. I feel like I said so often this year that being the photographer, though a lot of times you’re behind the scenes, you’re actually the luckiest person to experience the day, because you get to be there for it all, and see it all. It’s such a joy to be there when the bride is getting ready, when they first see each other, to witness the ceremony, and of course…celebrate with them at the reception. Ali and Chris’ day was exceptionally beautiful in every way, and it was such an honor to witness and capture their love for one another. So grab your kleenex and prepare to swoon, because this is one of the most beautiful weddings there’s ever been!
When I first met with Mark and Christina in August, we started planning for not only their wedding, but their engagement session as well. We started talking about timing, location…any kind of personal items they might want to include, and I remember they looked at each other and looked at me and said, “We love canoeing.” And my heart exploded and was smiling ear to ear, because I have ALWAYS wanted to photograph a couple on a canoe…and let me tell you, Mark and Christina set the bar high for my first time out on the water with them! We ventured around Lake Harriet and then made our way to the water, where…it was magical. I am so excited to share these two with you today, but most of, I cannot wait to celebrate with them at their wedding next June! Here’s to a a beautiful couple, a beautiful canoe, and one heck of a session…Mark and Christina!
Well folks, here it is. A true dream of a wedding, and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you all this morning! You may have seen my post from yesterday here, but just in case for you newcomers, know that I have been anticipating Zoe and Cody’s wedding for a year now! They live in Truckee, CA and made their way to Kirkwood for their incredibly beautiful Tahoe wedding. I was thrilled when Zoe asked me to join their family and friends for their midweek wedding at a beautiful lodge called The Hideout…and needless to say, had a BLAST spending time and getting to know them all before the big day. If I could wake up here every day, drink my coffee on the deck with a view of the lake…twist my arm, I’d do it in a heartbeat. It was absolutely breathtaking, and an amazing setting for a wedding celebration. Not to mention, Zoe and Cody’s vision for the wedding couldn’t have been planned more perfectly. The colors, the dresses, the flowers, the centerpieces, the setting (lake, lodge, saloon–bummer right??) and most of all, the bride and groom themselves! Okay, so much for blabbing here…PLEASE, go and enjoy these photos and relive this beautiful day with me!!
I’ve been waiting to blog this couple and their wedding since last year, when Zoe and Cody asked me to be their photographer for their Lake Tahoe wedding. It’s their beautiful home, but a destination for me, so I seriously could not wait! I met Zoe a couple of years back through my best friend Kelly (who WILL be making a special appearance in Part 2). During college, they met studying abroad in New Zealand and have remained close ever since with multiple visits to each other, and hence our meeting! Fast forward to the second week of September, when I made my way to Tahoe for their midweek wedding. They invited their closest friends and family to Tahoe to camp out and lodge at an absolutely BEAUTIFUL location called The Hideout, in Kirkwood, CA. I was fortunate to make the cut as photographer and got to spend a couple of extra days with Zoe and Cody as well as their family and friends, and I couldn’t be more thankful! They were married on September 11th, but on the day before we ventured around the lodge with a few a-maaaazing family heirlooms, and had a little mini-session before the big day! Zoe and Cody drove from their town of Truckee to Kirkwood in his parents 1968 Dodge Van. His parents rode away from their wedding in it, and Zoe and Cody thought it would be fun to do the same, so Cody spent the last couple of months fixing it up and prepping for their wedding! They also brought along an antique tent, that both Cody’s father and grandfather used and is now in his possession. It was SO fun to take photos of the two of them, in an environment that so perfectly describes them and their passion for the outdoors, with items that are not only awesome but hold significant value as well! So…sit back, enjoy, and start planning your vacation to Tahoe, because you WILL want to go after viewing this session and their wedding…which will come TOMORROW, so stayed tuned!!!
It was an amazing Labor Day weekend spent in Wisconsin shooting Kelly and Ben’s wedding! Or as they deemed the weekend…a Stopover. Prior to the wedding, I had only spoken with Kelly over the phone, as we lived several hours apart. We connected INSTANTLY, and I couldn’t wait to meet her and her fiance Ben the weekend of their stopover. Now…what is a Stopover you ask? Merriam-Webster defines a Stopover as “a stop at an intermediate point in one’s journey,” and Kelly and Ben’s desire for their wedding was to have it be just that. An experience for all of their close family and friends to come, camp out on the farm Kelly grew up on, and celebrate this time together amidst everyone’s journey. It was also significant as Kelly and Ben fell in love at a Mumford & Sons stopover the summer of 2012. Kelly and Ben had known each other for years, and had commonality of being World Racers, and really connected when Kelly returned from her time overseas. Fast forward a couple of months and they decided to run with the theme of stopover, as they loved that time together, and wanted to have that time with their family and friends for more than just a couple of hours at their wedding. And let me tell you, it was amazing! These two were an absolute JOY to spend the weekend with, and I truly couldn’t have been more honored to capture them together on such a breathtaking day. It took place at Lakeview Farm (her family farm), and was beyond a dream of a backyard wedding. They were surrounded and showered by amazing family and friends, and the whole day was a party. I hope you enjoy these photos and get a taste for how amazing these two are! Congratulations Eppingers!! You are amazing!