Steve + Stacy

You are so beautiful, I am so proud of you and the woman that you have become, you are going to have a wonderful life, I love you so much….

Words that every woman should be told at some point in their lives. The exact words that Stacy’s mother told her as she buttoned each precious button on her daughters wedding dress.

This day was full of so much love, so much peace and joy that you could feel it in the air. Steve and Stacy chose to have an intimate ceremony at their church home surrounded by their closest family and friends. It was an incredible, sweet and beautiful ceremony. The joy filled tears where seen throughout the room.

I loved that Steve and Stacy were not shy about the foot of snow that we trudged through to get to their first look location. It was so them! We laughed and smiled the entire time. After the ceremony everyone headed to W.A. Front and Company in St. Paul for drinks and a meal. The setting was absolutely perfect. I loved the warmth of the room as everyone mingled and shares stories with one another.

Florist – Forever in Bloom Floral

Hair & Makeup – @kmorenson & @allieknutsonhair

Venue – W.A. Frost

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Emmitt’s in Home Newborn Session

Emmitt’s sweet family have been clients of mine for a few years. Ever since their oldest, Harry was born. I can’t believe he will be 3 this year! I was so excited that I was able to photograph this sweet, in home newborn session.

With everything that has been going on it felt so wonderful to get back to what felt like my normal day to day! Also, I adore this family! Snuggling little newborn Emmitt was a dream! He was a wonderful little baby for his session! So happy and content! I hope you enjoy this sweet and cozy session as well. It’s the perfect day to snuggle up together and rest and don’t forget to take time to jump on the bed and snuggle your fur babies too!

Cheers…

 

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Mason + Selin: The Quarterdeck Resort

I first met Mason & Selin in Florida, of all places. They were guests at a wedding I was photographing there. Read more about how we met here.

I had been so excited about this wedding. Simply because of them. We have become so close over the last year and I am so excited to see how they grow in love and what they accomplish in this world. Because I know that they will do great things together.

Their wedding day was perfect! I felt like I got to be a part of their fairy tail day!

One of those weddings that I want to relive over and over again! You could feel the joy all day long.

Mason and Selin met as little kids. Selin actually told a childhood friend the day she saw Mason that she was going to marry that boy! How amazing, to know your husband since you were both so young. To literally, grow up together.

I hope you enjoy this beautiful lake side wedding at The Quarterdeck Resort.

More to come soon on Selin’s sunrise session the next day!

 

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Mason and Selin chose not to see each other before their ceremony. They had a moment alone, with eyes closed to talk and pray. I could hardly keep myself together standing in that room. Sweet Mason wouldn’t even touch her dress, he didn’t want it to give him any hints of what it looked like before she walked down the isle.

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Girma & Tsion’s Garden of the Gods Engagement Session

When I arrived at the Garden of the Gods park in Colorado Springs that morning it took my breath away!

I walked all around the park searching for the best places for photos and being in complete awe of my surroundings. I was totally overwhelmed by the beauty all around me! How on earth did I get the honor of being in this place and then get an even higher honor to be with this incredible couple?!

All I had to do was tell them to stand near each other and the chemistry and magic happened all on its own.

The photos speak for themselves and they made my job super easy that day! I can’t wait to celebrate more with them in September.

 

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Brandon + Maria

Imagine this…

You are all comfy at home and ready to do your evening workout routine. You do this often and sometimes you FaceTime with your boyfriend and you do the workouts together, since you live a few hours apart! What a great way to hang out together! However, this time instead of him calling you, you get a knock on your front door. A little confused, you go to answer the door in your workout gear to see your boyfriend standing there asking you to be his wife!

And that is how it all started for Maria. To top it all off, it was also her birthday!

Now that is an awesome birthday gift! A surprise visit and proposal from the guy you love!

Brandon & Maria’s wedding day was held at All Saints Catholic Church in Lakeville, MN and the reception was in the stunning and charming town of Northfield, at The Grand Event Center. They chose The Grand because of their love for music and the history that The Grand holds.

The day was perfect and full of so many laughs! My favorite part of the day was Maria’s sister’s speech. She put together the best compilation of songs and sang out Brandon and Maria’s love story! So thoughtful and so entertaining! Thank you so much Brandon and Maria for sharing this incredible day with me.

Cheers to many, many happy years!

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Venue: The Grand Event Center

Florist: Judy’s Floral Design

Cake & Cupcakes: Bluebird Bakery 

Hair & Makeup: Salon Onyx 

Dresses & Suits: The Wedding Shoppe Inc. 

DJ: Midwest Sound

Momming Slow.

How did I get to be the way that I am? Is it my generation, or this fast paced world that we live in? If we aren’t making the most noise does anyone even hear us?

I am a doer, a go getter and a mover. My brain never stops thinking and processing and moving. Until the last year I never really noticed how much I just went… without thinking. I constantly feel rushed and that if I am not moving then I must be wasting time. I have been doing so much soul searching since I turned 30. Now 32 I have never felt more of a pull to slow down. To watch more, listen more, and be still.

I don’t think my crave for adventure and new things will ever go away, that’s part of who I am. But, I can do it slower. Just like my parenting.

This last winter has felt so long here in Minnesota. I happened to be driving by my favorite Green House, Queen Beez, one afternoon and decided to swing in with Georgia and Bowdy to feel some warmth and see green living plants! Crystal, the owner is a sweetheart and let us hang out in the warm green house with her. I was in no rush to get back home to what can most days feel so full of mundane chores. So we stayed. Crystal let Georgia help her fill seed starters with dirt while Bowdy played with a truck and chased around the Green House puppy.

We spent an hour or so chatting and playing and I was happy. Happy just to watch and listen and feel the dirt on my hands. We of course left with a few new plants and happy hearts.

It has been one of my goals to parent slower. To speak with a calmer voice, to not rush them when they are just trying to understand this world they are growing in! Because they are so innocent yet. So in awe of every new thing that they see.  These kids just want to soak it all up (and so do I) so why do I feel the need to rush it all?

Slow was my inspiration for these Green House sessions. To stop and learn to grow. It was such a joy to have Sophia and her beautiful girls Beatrice & Elouise join me for the morning session. We all need a good reminder to slow down and enjoy the moments before they are gone.

 

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Location: Queen Bee’s Lawn & Garden Prior Lake 

Sophia is Wearing: Stone + Willow

Grant’s Studio Newborn Session

The sweetest little newborn session! I always love when families come out to the studio for their sessions. The lighting is my favorite. Its almost edible! Baby Grant was total perfection for hi session. He slept the entire time and loved all the cuddles. Big sister Quinn was so loving and I always enjoy giving the older sibling some time in front of the camera alone!

I hope this brings you joy today! That you feel the sweetness all over!

 

 

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