With their little boy in the front row watching, Jordan married Mike on her parents’ front lawn. As the cheering from over 300 guests began, they sealed it with a kiss, followed by a shot of brandy that they had poured for each other! My favorite part about this wedding day was that they did it their way- it was all about celebrating, not following the rules (Jordan and Mike had written their own vows, and when it came time for Jordan to read hers, she tossed them aside and shared their memories from the night that they had met, to the amazing dad that Mike is to their son Easton, and everything in between), and I love that these families really know how to have a good time!
It had been seven years. She finally got to marry the person that she had spent the past seven years loving; her best friend, she told him. He adores her. You can see it in the way he looks at her. He told her how he loves so many things about her, especially her competitive side, her heart for children, and being a teacher to them.
I am convinced that Molly and Jon were meant to spend their lives together, and we are all better for it. You know those couples that just fit together? They just seem to make sense? Meet Molly and Jon. They spend their summers playing co-ed softball together, she laughs at his jokes, he takes opportunities to confesses how highly he thinks of her. They’re just living their lives, and spreading their goodness everywhere they go, and the best part it is- I don’t think they even realize it.
“I just wanted to make sure that this day was everything that Kristin ever wanted it to be,” Jody told me. Kristin & Jody… they were more than ready for this day to come, they were ready to be husband and wife. She couldn’t wait to see him. He couldn’t take his eyes off of her. Gathered under the trees in a family friends’ backyard, they exchanged the personal vows that they had written for each other. After their marriage was official, guests joined them at Granite Peak’s Sundance Chalet to celebrate! It was a joy to photograph this wedding day, and see the love that Jody and Kristin share for each other, and their closest friends!
What a beautiful year of celebrating love stories, family bonds, births, babies, and inspiring boudoir sessions. 2016 was the busiest one yet, with weddings all over Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, California, and this week wedding season kicks off in Mexico! I am truly blessed to do what I love, and this year will mark ten years of documenting life’s love stories for my clients!! Thank you to everyone who has welcomed me into their homes, their wedding ceremonies, and into their lives to make photographs for them. Many of you have become my closest friends, and I hold you and your stories close to my heart. The years have flown by, each one faster than the one prior, it seems. I think that this is a really good indication that I’m still doing what I was meant to do, and what I love to do, but it wouldn’t be the same without the open arms of my clients. My clients have trust in me, and believe in my work and abilities, and that’s what keeps me hungry and passionate toward a career of weekend work, all week desk work, travel, and even the pressure that comes along with the job. It’s the best. Thank you dear clients, parents, bridal parties, and fellow professionals for a gorgeous and meaningful year shared together!
It happened again. We completely fell in love with what came our way in 2015. The year of weddings, families, newborns, engagements, and boudoir with Kate… it was all a big beautiful blur that went by way too quickly. The year left us feeling grateful; grateful to be trusted by our clients and grateful to be surrounded by such genuinely great people.
It is a beautiful life.
We will never take this work for granted. We will never stop embracing our clients and photographing from a place of authentic love, because that’s what they deserve.
Alicia and Braden’s elegant Fall Wayzata Country Club wedding was breathtaking. Alicia chose this amazing blush wedding dress, and looked stunning with her bridesmaids dressed in navy with blush florals. The gentlemen looked dapper in their black suits and bow ties. This wedding was equally as meaningful as it was beautiful.
Braden made Alicia his wife in the gorgeous University of St. Thomas Chapel, which brought back memories from their days of college and dating. Alicia’s father walked her down the aisle, and Braden awaited her with both jumps and tears… so much lovely to witness. These two people deserve all of this happiness and more, because they are just as kind on the inside as they are beautiful on the outside.
Whew! We have got loads of pretty love stories to share with you over here on our blog! The end of Summer, and ALL of Fall, really, has got us jaw dropped and almost speechless. We’ve had the pleasure and honor of documenting couples, families, and wedding parties that we can’t help but completely adore and admire. We look forward to sharing them here with you through the rest of this year.
Joslyn and Matt were one of those couples that we hadn’t met in person until their wedding day, but it felt like we had known them and their families for years. There were so many traits in them that instantly pulled us back to some of our favorite friends who are scattered across the United States, which was such a wonderful surprise. These Chicagoans chose to get married at the beautiful Woodwalk Art Gallery. Matt grew up in Door County, and Joslyn quickly fell in love with the charm and comfort of the destination. Amongst their greatest friends and family, with Joslyn’s dad as their officiant, they became husband and wife out on the lawn at Woodwalk. Guests greeted the newlyweds on the top steps of the barn, where signature cocktails awaited them inside.
Megan and Alex exchanged their vows in Megan’s parents’ backyard, and later celebrated their marriage at the Rothschild Pavilion. We love backyard weddings! This ceremony site was extra special, since the home has stayed in Megan’s family for generations. It is nestled on Lake Wausau, and only a short boat ride across the lake from the Rothschild Pavilion.
This day was a blast. Megan and Alex, along with their wedding party and families, seemed to keep “celebration” at the heart of this day. The mood was light, and happy, with exception to the intimate ceremony vows and the rush of sweet emotions that Alex and Megan shared. It was beautiful to witness the depth of love shared in that backyard.
Nicollet Island Inn is one of our favorite places in Minneapolis, and photographing Caitlyn and her bridesmaids as they prepared for the wedding there was such a pretty start to this wedding day. John and Caitlyn’s families met them at Nicollet Island Pavilion where they shared a romantic outdoor ceremony, complete with their favorite literature shared by friends.
Congratulations Caitlyn and John Backes!!
Since the day that Nubia reached out to us about photographing her wedding day, we knew we HAD to photograph her and John. She was deployed at the time, and through just a few email exchanges, we shared a mutual excitement about her future wedding photos.
Fast forward to August 1st when we met Nubia and John at The Wilds Golf Club… we were in awe over all of the beauty and design that Nubia had devoted to her day; but even more, we were moved by the way these two people love each other. We celebrated their great love through photos at the lake, and Fort Snelling Chapel, where Nubia’s commitment to the United States Army, and her father’s service in the United States Navy were honored.