Aaaaaand winter engagement sessions are officially back in action!! Jaci and Pete were an absolute blast, and we couldn’t have had a more perfectly beautiful day. I get even more excited about sessions when I know the couple is excited about the session, and when I knew that Jaci loved the beauty of winter, I knew we had something good coming our way. Winter sessions are a rare thing here in good ‘ol Minnesota, but I am SO happy they were up for wandering around this beautiful tree farm! I am so looking forward to their wedding next November, and if it’s anything like the hour we spent together last weekend, it will be beyond beautiful and I can’t wait!!
2015 has officially begun, and I couldn’t have asked for a sweet session to kick it off with! Steve and Mollie met me in Taylor’s Falls this past weekend, as it’s one of Steve’s favorite spots to go fishing and it was….beautiful. Steve and I met our freshman year, and it’s crazy to think that we’ve known each other for almost 10 YEARS, and now he’s up and getting married to the sweetest gal. These two are totally in love, and you can tell by the way he’s looking at Mollie in all the photos he’s just nuts about her and I love it!! So excited for these two, and honored to have been able to capture them together as they start their new journey together!!
It’s hard to know exactly where to start and what to say without sounding like a total cliche in regards to how grateful I am for all that 2014 brought me, but whatevs…I know my truth and I know that I am so BEYOND thankful for the last year and all the beautiful moments and couples I was extremely fortunate to work with!! This journey of photography I am on is ever-changing, and each year that passes I feel renewed, energized, and so excited about how God continues to work through me and through the amazing clients he brings my way. Most people don’t realize how fortunate I feel I am to be the one on the other side of the camera…capturing moments, relationships and above all love…for them to be able to look back on and remember the most significant people, places and times they experience life with is such an honor! It’s taken me more than a few hours to gather photos for this post because there were so many incredible days, couples, and moments to include that it took me quite a bit of time to narrow it all down. I hope you can feel a little bit of the goodness I was able to experience this entire year through all these amazing people…so grateful for what I’m able to do and so happy to share my highlights from 2014 with you all this (freezing cold) morning!!
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!
As all of us have been trapped indoors this week due to terrible rain, I thought it only appropriate to post an engagement session from this thing we called “summer.” Kelsey and Corey were a blast to hang out with for a bit at one of my favorite parks up in my neighborhood. Seriously, I can’t get enough of it, so I was thrilled when they were up for it! Kelsey is just in the processing of applying to med school and Corey is just finishing his degree in sports management, PLUS planning a wedding, and these two have a pretty crazy life going on between the two of them! I’m SO excited to be part of their day next May down in Rochester, and am thrilled for them and this crazy adventure they are about to dive into!