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!
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!!
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!
These two. Are adorable. Spending any amount of time with them, and you’ll know they were meant-to-be. After being friends for a while, with frequent hang-outs and racquet-ball games, Mickey decided to go for it and asked her on their first official date. Playing hard-to-get and going into that night thinking they’d leave as just friends, Natalie quickly learned she was wrong. Mickey took her fishing, made a fire, FILLETED and cooked the fish they caught, and totally swooned her. Both Natalie and Mickey left that night knowing that they had found the one, and within days had said their first, “I love you’s.” With a proposal six months later out in California, the two started planning a beautiful November wedding. I was blown away by the simplicity and beauty in the day, with brilliant reds, browns and pine cones as the main decor of the day. Mickey and Natalie were stunning themselves, and it was a blast spending the day with them, and their close family and friends. I can’t say enough how cool it is to witness the love and support and EXCITEMENT from family and friends on wedding days, and I think people forget photographers not only capture the day, but the witness so much more than just moments to take photos of. It was so great to be there with Mickey and Natalie, and to snap a few great ones to start their new adventure together. Here’s to the Kocembas! Enjoy!
I first met Vanessa up at Camp Shamineau waaaay back in 10th grade. We stayed in the same cabin (Oak Hollow for any of you past attendees), and I remember thinking she was the coolest…not to mention she had the most beautiful hair. Fast forward a few years later and we were reunited through my best friends at Bethel, who it turns out had been best friends with her since middle school, and her hair was still…amazing. Vanessa is one of the sweetest, most funny, and Christ-centered girls I’ve ever met. Anytime she would come up from Iowa State for a visit, you always felt so fulfilled and uplifted. Being able to be part of Van and Jason’s wedding day was an incredible honor, because it was one of those days where it was completely full of joy from start to finish. I understand I use the phrase, “just the best,” a little too often, but sometimes there is really no other way to describe an event or experience, and that’s exactly how I feel about spending their wedding day with her family. Every moment and every speech was full of love for Vanessa and Jason, and was completely honoring to who they are as individuals, and now as a couple. It can be said that this celebration was one that you never wanted to end, and felt sore for days after because you (worked) and danced so hard. It was a beautiful day, and I’m so excited to share the photos and LOVE that was non stop, all day, just the best kind you can imagine. Enjoy!
This fall has been full of great opportunities, several of them being second shooting for some truly amazing and talented photographers. On this particular day, I got the chance to shoot with a friend from high school Jess Nolan, and it was a blast! Dylan and Michaela are high school sweethearts, who fell in love up at Dylan’s cabin, and it has been non-stop ever since. It was a beautiful day to celebrate, and though it’s not a full blog post, I thought I’d just post a couple of my favorites from the day!!