My crazy month of June weddings started off with a beauuuuutiful day with Ashley and Brian at Shoreview’s most stunning Silverwood Park. They say the bride and groom set the tone for the day, and Ashley and Brian were amazing to be around…so calm and just ready to celebrate the day with their family and friends. I fell in love with the colors and tones of the day, and couldn’t have been a better fit for Silverwood…so dreamlike, I couldn’t get enough! So without any further ado…take a peek inside Ashley and Brian’s gorgeous day!
I feel like I’ve been waiting to share this blog post since the moment I stepped into Erika’s home the morning of May 25th. Once again, I gratefully found myself capturing the day of a beautiful couple with an incredible story. Erika and Lauti met while she was studying abroad in Argentina five years ago, and the rest is history. Sort of. The two traveled back and forth and maintained their relationship long distance for years until they realized they just needed to be in the same place, together. The anticipation to May 25th was undeniable, and their love for one another is one that I truly can’t put into words. It was a beautiful ceremony at The Woods Chapel (did I mention THEY served communion to THEIR guests?!) and a great reception at The Lafayette in Minnetonka. Thank you Erika and Lauti for letting me in on such a special day! It was an honor to be with you both and I couldn’t be more thrilled to share these photos with you today!
It is safe to say that Steve and Kellee could not have gotten a more perfect day! They were the first wedding to my first double header wedding weekend this summer and it was awesome. Steve and I are good friends from college and he met his gal when he moved out to Bozeman, MT a couple of years ago. It was so fun to be able to photograph them together, with their families, and all of our friends up in Milaca at St. Croix Valley Barn and Vineyard. It was one big ‘ol reunion and it was a blast! My good and extremely talented friend Nate Larson also attended the wedding and brought along his camera, and I’m happy to have some of his stunner shots included in the bunch! Without further ado…congratulations again Steve and Kellee! Such a great day to celebrate you two. Enjoy your photos!!
You know you live in Minnesota when it’s one of the first 45-50 degree days and your bride is happy to be outside without a coat on!! My 2014 wedding season could not have started any better than with Angie and Scott. They planned a beautiful intimate wedding with 50 of their closest family and friends at the lovely W.A. Frost in St. Paul. It was an incredible day, and all the details came together wonderfully. It was such a privilege to be part of someone’s day who I’ve known for years…it makes my job that much more amazing and enjoyable and I couldn’t be more thankful! Congrats again Ang and Scott! Such wonderful day celebrating with you!
To say that my 2013 weddings were amazing is an understatement, and Katie and Liam’s beautiful day was no exception! Katie and Liam met several summer’s ago while on staff at Camp Friendship in Annandale, MN. Liam was working overseas from Scotland, and by the end of summer’s time…they knew something good was in store for their relationship. Fast forward a few years and the two of them decided to put long distance to rest and get hitched!! November 17th was a beautiful day with their closest friends and family celebrating their commitment to one another. And let me just say…the wedding party had me in stitches and kept me on my toes ALL. DAY. LONG. They were hilarious, charming, energetic and just a plain ‘ol blast. Maybe it was their English accents that got me, but they made my last wedding of the year one to go down as setting the bar HIGH for future bridal parties (no pressure or anything!!)! And the bride and groom were AMAZING too! Just so calm throughout the whole day, and most of all so excited to finally be able to get married and start their new life over in Scotland together! Thank you both so much for allowing me the opportunity to capture your day for you…it was such an honor and I wish you the best in your new life together!
Ohhhhh man. I just couldn’t be more excited to share my friend Abby’s AMAZING day with you all today! From her dress to the flowers to the amazing vision she put together for her and Will’s day…I’m thankful that pictures are worth a thousand words because I am speechless!! It was an absolute honor to capture this day for them, as Abby is one of the sweetest and most joyful gals I know. Her and Will couldn’t have been more happy to be making such an incredible commitment to one another, and I couldn’t be more thankful to have been the one on the other side of the camera to tell the story of their day!! Congrats Abby + Will, and THANK YOU for allowing me to be part of this day with you both!!
If you’ve never been to the Historic Courthouse in Stillwater, it’s a definite must-see! Kim + Jeff’s day was beautifully thought out and was absolutely stunning. Kim found her dress at a vintage dress shop, and was able to customize and transform it into her dream dress…which as you will see turned out amazing, and Kim was a vision in it! It was an honor to capture the two of them together in such a beautiful location, and I’m so excited to share their celebration with y’all today!
My last out of town wedding in 2013 took place in Sioux Falls with the lovely Kristin + Caleb. It was one of the last beautiful fall weekends us midwesterners had with the amazing fall colors, and the trees still in perfect bloom. Kristin planned a stunning day and I am honored to share some of my favorites of the wonderful couple as well as their wonderful friends that stood up beside them on the special occasion!! Kristin + Caleb are just another great addition to my amazing fall weddings, so I hope you enjoy the photos featured today!!
How in the WORLD do I put 2013 into words?! From being laid off from my full-time position in February, to being able to go full-time with my photography business, it’s been quite the journey. I am unbelievably thankful for all the beautiful people and moments I was able to be part of and capture, and I can’t imagine what the last year would have been without all of you!! THANK YOU for the joy you bring me in being able to capture your weddings, engagements, families and babies…I’ve learned this year that there are so many opportunities to celebrate life and how great it is to have those amazing moments captured. God is good, and I cannot WAIT for 2014…for all I will learn, for how I will grow, and for all the amazing people I will get to work with!! Enjoy reliving this last year with me…it was one heck of a year and I so look forward to what 2014 will bring!!
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!!