Oh my my my!! It is with SO much excitement that I am able to share my very first TWO publications with you all!! This fall was extremely busy with weddings and engagements, and was topped off with the exciting news that I would have not only one but TWO (extremely beautiful) weddings featured in the Minnesota Bride Spring/Summer 2015 issue!! My heart skipped a thousand beats, as it was one of my goals last year to get a wedding into the mag. My mind was blown and I was almost in disbelief…one of those “I’ll have to see it to believe it,” kind of things. Well, the magazine is out people and it’s BEAUTIFUL! It is an INCREDIBLE honor to be featured in this great state’s top bridal magazine with amazingly talented vendors and photographers who I admire and look up to very much. It wouldn’t be without the encouragement and love from my clients and community that I would be where I am in this journey today, so it’s all because of you wonderful people that I get to celebrate this today!! So grateful and such an encouraging way to kick-off 2015!! Oh and who might be the lovely couples you ask?? You will find Hannah + Stephen in the Newlyweds section and Stacy + Jay on the very last Bon Voyage page!! Woop woop!! Here’s to another amazing year!! Now head to a Barnes & Noble to pick up one of these pretty little things, and see the countless beautiful couples and stories featured!
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!!
And here it is folks, my very last wedding of 2014…and I love it!! October 25th was a beautiful day with Lexi, Ben and their awesome family and friends. Our dad’s go way back and our families have known each other for years, so it was so fun to be with them the day of and seeing how loved Lexi and Ben are by those closest to them. I couldn’t have been more happy to be alongside such a great couple, and couldn’t have wrapped up the season with a more lovely day!! So thrilled to share with you all today…enjoy and Merry Christmas!!
October proved itself time and time again to be the most beautiful month of the year…and Steph and Kyle’s wedding day is right up there with being truly TRULY beautiful. The day took place down in Rochester at the Mayowood Stone Barn….if ya haven’t been there, go. And if you don’t think it’s an exceptionally beautiful venue, you’re wrong. It was an amazing day with Steph and Kyle, and their seriously awesome wedding party, family and friends. It was a sweet celebration and I loved being the front man with a camera in hand to capture the whole day for them. Such an honor and so excited to share! Without further ado…I give you the Wahlunds!!
Nothing makes me happier than being able to share ANOTHER beautiful wedding with you all the day before the holidays officially begin! Katie and Ethan were seriously such a great couple to work with. I met them through the amazing planner Sarah Trotter, and gosh, it was the perfect set-up! I connected with them instantly, and their day was beaauuuutiful. It was another stunning fall day at the Basilica and Nicollet Isaland Pavilion, and it didn’t hurt that Katie and Ethan are totally nuts for each other :) SUCH a great day, and so thrilled to have been part of it in this amazing way!! Enjoy!!
And here we go again…another beautiful fall wedding. Ashley and Dan were seriously some of the funnest people to work with. I met them last winter, when we braved the cold and held their engagement session OUTSIDE (relive that day here)!! Well…their bravery paid off, because their wedding day was absolutely perfect, and they couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day! The entire day was all smiles with them, and their love for each other was one of the purest I was able to capture this fall. Their family and friends made the day an amazing celebration, and I was honored to be able to walk alongside them throughout the day to snap some pretty amazing and beautiful moments!! Congrats Ashley and Dan! SUCH a sweet celebration with you both! I loved being part of every second with you!!
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’!!
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!!