Max & Jenni – Legacy Hill Farm

How many people do you know can say they met their soul mate in kindergarten? I know that this was the first time I had ever heard it.

Max & Jenni have literally grown up together. I find that so rare and so special.

Their wedding day was full of tears… “Happy tears” as Jenni says.

As we got ready for their first look Max chocked up with the thought of his soon to be bride coming towards him. From there on the day was full of tears and kissing! Every time Max looked at Jenni he teared up and then he kissed her. What an amazing memory to have from your day! That your husband couldn’t stop his joyful tears at the thought of you becoming his wife and then he couldn’t stop himself from kissing your lips. It was such an incredible day to be a part of.

Max and Jenni were married at Legacy Hills Farm in Welsh, MN. I was so excited to be at this venue. It is beautiful everywhere you look.

Jenni also has amazing taste. From her dress to her florals, I was in photographers heaven! I loved her bouquet wrapped with a piece of her mothers wedding dress. Every detail was beautifully crafted. I hope you enjoy this love story as much as I did. Congratulations Max and Jenni and thank you so much for having me.

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Jenni did a first look with her Dad too! Such a sweet idea!

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Legacy Hill Farm (Contact: Joan Hoffbeck)
Dress -a&be
Catering – This Little Piggy
DJ – Bellagala (Mike Veiln)
Florist – Brittany Lott
Bakery – Angela Ross
Officiant – Jenni’s Brother, John Aiton
Day of Coordination – Events by Melody (Melody & Tina)

Luke & Leigh – A Joy Filled Sioux Falls Wedding.

When Leigh reached out to me and asked if I would photograph their wedding I was mostly in shock. You see… Leigh was one of our youth students and how in the world is it possible that she could be getting married??? She was in my mind still only 15 years old.

Time has a funny way of moving faster the older I get.

She is  no longer 15 and in high school. She is in fact an amazing young woman. Who went off to college in Sioux Falls South Dakota and met an amazing young man named Luke who loves her like crazy.

The day was filled with so much joy! I don’t have many other words to describe it other then joy. As I go through the images that’s all I see. Big smiling faces.

Luke and Leigh had their wedding at the Leif Ericson YMCA Camp in Sioux Falls. Luke had worked there in the past and it was the perfect setting for their day! They were surrounded by the sweetest of friends who have walked with them through their story. Both together and separately. It was a beautiful day! It spoke so clearly to who they are as a couple.

My favorite part of the day was the vows. Luke and Leigh chose to write their own vows. I love when couples do this. Leigh had the entire church laughing and crying with hers. She promised to not only love Luke, honor and serve him but to also watch Star Wars with him until she could have intelligent conversations with him about it. That’s love for sure!

Thank you Luke and Leigh for having me. And so much congratulations on your wedding!

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Reception Site: Leif Erickson YMCA Camp

Hair and Makeup: Beauty Lounge LLC

     Dress: Lace Bridal (Etsy)

Caterer: Rollin’ Pin Cafe’ & Grill

 

 

Ryan & Liz’s Stillwater Wedding

 

Ryan and Liz met in Florida of all places, on a work trip. They quickly hit it off and Ryan stepped out and asked for Liz’s number with the help of a friend. I think its such a cool start to their story having both been from Minnesota and then meeting in Florida for a conference! The perfect timing for sure!

The day of the wedding Liz walked into the church glowing. She was one of the calmest and happiest brides! Her joy radiated onto everyone else that day. We started the day at the church and then headed to Spring Lake Park Reserve in Hastings MN. A beautiful park over looking the river. The day was HOT… 98 degrees to be exact, but that didn’t keep us indoors. The heat plus the wind would have scared most people off from doing outdoor photos. But, not Ryan and Liz. We found the perfect little trail for their first look and the rest of the day flowed really well.

Their reception was held at the gorgeous JX Event Venue in Downtown Stillwater. It was the perfect setting! The vibe of this wedding was so full of life. I wanted to stay and dance the night away too. Ryan and Liz make everyone feel so welcome and so do their families. The day was absolutely perfect! Ryan and Liz are a couple that you want to know. It has been a joy getting to know them over the last year.

Flowers: Tommy Carver 

Dessert’s: Bread and Chocolate

Bridal Gown: Amelishan 

Bridesmaid Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe

Suits: Mens Wearhouse 

Brides Boots: Ariats 

DJ: Manny with Instant Request

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Jason & Amelia’s Whitetail Woods Wedding

In the weeks prior to the big day I sat down with Jason, Amelia, and her maid of honor Gwen to go over all the wedding day details. To map out the schedule for the day. When they would get ready, the first look time, right down to when the cake should be cut. The meeting was so much fun. I love this couple and all they bring when they are together. We were chatting about the things they still needed to get done before the day. At this point, the wedding was about two weeks out. I asked Amelia about the dress and she just started laughing.

She said so coolly, ” I haven’t made it yet. But, I know what I want it to look like!”

My heart started racing for her. For most brides-to-be, this would have been a major problem. But not for Amelia.

Their wedding was pretty much all DIY.  All hand-made things, mostly by Jason and Amelia themselves. The flowers were purchased at Trader Joe’s on Tuesday. (I would have never guessed- they looked amazing). The cake was made by Amelia and frosted on site. All the cutlery was bamboo and compostable. It was amazing. This is such a testament to what they will do in their marriage.

The dress and head piece were also made by Amelia. She had recently learned to sew. I think it was incredible. It fit her and their day so well.

The wedding was all held at Whitetail Woods Regional park in Farmington. This state park has the most incredible brand new cabins that the wedding party all got ready in and stayed in that night. They are tucked back in a beautiful forest of large tress. It was magic for photographing in. The day was perfect weather for the 1st of June.

My favorite moment of the entire day was the foot washing at the ceremony. A true picture of serving your spouse over yourself.

Congratulations Jason and Amelia! Thank you so much for inviting me in on your wedding day!

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Momma, me and the Chickens!

When Nick, Cassie’s husband reached out to me and asked if I would do a session for her mothers day gift I was so excited!!! Cassie and I went over a few ideas of where to do the session and then when I suggested doing it in their backyard with her chickens both of our eyes lit up! Cassie has had chickens in their back yard for a few years and she just loves them and so does Larina their daughter. So doing the session in the back yard was the perfect location.

Larina loves to help her momma with the girls and is getting better and better at holding them all by herself!! She was so cute as she helped collect the eggs and run around after the chicks! I knew I would fall head over heels for these photos while we were taking them. Capturing the simplest of things with our little ones can be the best to look back on. I almost missed my chickens while at this session… almost.

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Ben & Nikki’s Maple Grove Reception Celebration

Ben and Nikki got married last month in Cabo, Mexico. When I asked Nikki how it was she said “Perfect”

I love that answer, isn’t that how every wedding day should be.

Since Ben and Nikki did a destination wedding not everyone was able to attend. So when they got back to Minnesota they planned a big party to celebrate with all their family and friends.

I dont know about you but I think being able to wear your wedding dress more then once sounds pretty awesome.

They held their reception at the beautiful Elm Creek Park Reserve Chalet and the weather was magnificent! You couldn’t have asked for a better Minnesota day.

Congratulations Ben and Nikki!

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