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!!!
I went to bed late last night with so much excitement and anticipation for today. Not only because I believe my second calling in life is to spend as much time in the sun as possible (sidebar: we haven’t seen it here in MN for a good two weeks), I saw the forecast and all I saw was pure sun. All day. The best. But mainly, I was excited to wake up knowing I was going to post Kim and Jeff’s engagement session. Like a lot of my couples and clients lately, we’ve been working a bit with the weather, and Kim and Jeff are no exception and have been awesome to work with. We met a few weeks ago at Elm Creek Park in Maple Grove. It’s an absolutely beautiful park with SO much green, it’s unbelievable. We had a great time walking around, taking photos and getting to know each other and our stories. I love the connections you find in this business, and the relationships built by just taking photos. It’s such a sweet thing, and I couldn’t be more thankful to be in this industry! Kim and Jeff, you were so wonderful and I can’t wait for October with you guys!! So with that, enjoy the sun and most of all the photos today!!
If you are a fellow Minnesotan, you might be joining me in asking, “WHERE IS SUMMER?!” I woke up today thinking it was…April. Not to mention, a friend of mine told me yesterday that in the past 90 days, only 15 (15!!) have had consistent sun. Which is also why this is the perfect post for today. I met with Shara back in December and it was an instant connection, both knowing we wanted to work together. She told me about her and Ryan, how they met, and the beginning visions of their August wedding. Fast forward to monsoon May, when we had planned for a lovely spring engagement session. Shara and I were in communication for a straight 24 hours, as the time we planned for was forecasted as scattered storms. BUT! Luck would have it that the clouds broke just in time for the session, and I couldn’t have been more happy that we took a chance and just went for it. And let me just say…it was TOTALLY WORTH THE RISK, because I am in love with the photos below. Shara and Ryan have such a natural chemistry and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be their photographer. Their wedding is going to take place at the beautiful Historic Hope Glen Farm in Cottage Grove, and it’s just going to be dreamy. So on this cloudy and 59 degree summer day, may these images warm you right up!