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John called the studio the moment he knew he was going to make Emily his wife. It was one of the best phone calls I have received, and you could just hear that the excitement and awe of the moment had grabbed him. John comes at the world much that same way, wide-eyed and ready to take on most anything that comes his way. Emily loves adventure and is the ‘roll-with-it’ partner John needed. To top that off, she is off-the-charts stunning through and through! As Edina high school crushes, the two have found a way to make life weave along with their adventures. I was invited out to New York this past winter to get a peek into life as they know it and document some of the fun with a night engagement shoot. For their wedding, Janelle Vick of White Confetti, had things neatly in place to allow for the day to flow smoothly. Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church opened its doors enthusiastically to welcome everyone before the Minikahda Club’s impressive ‘mic-drop’ of a closing performance left guests raving about the days’ perfection. John had his Emily, and she her John. Life does not get any sweeter in teenage dreams.

Contributing Vendors: Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church (ceremony venue), The Minikahda Club (reception venue), White Confetti (wedding planner), Christina Marie (florist), Queen of Cakes (dessert), Yum! (dessert), L’Atelier (brides attire), Emily J (hair), Bean + Ro (invitations), PranaLens (videographer), Instant Request (music), Renee’s Royal Valet (transportation)

The party is never too big for these two and it seems wherever they go, life shows up big. Speaking of big, Gillian fell for Nick’s huge heart and she came at him with a killer combination of strength and beauty; how could he resist? Everyone could feel the excitement as they entered the Lowertown Event Center in St. Paul for an intimate sharing of vows before the dance floor would be opened. This pair has a special way of drawing people in and feeling valued in the world, a rare quality that will for sure leave a dent. Before the night ran away from us, the happy couple asked to venture into the night to take it all in. Of course it’s nice to have a photographer around to capture and create magic. Poof!

Contributing Vendors: Lowertown Event Center (venue), Florals by Claire (florist), Brie Catering (catering), Nothing Bundt Cake (dessert), Calla Blanche (dress designer), Wedding Shoppe (dress shop), London Fog (groom’s attire), Klass Beauty (makeup), The Hair District (hair), Paperless Post (invitations), Studio Veil (music)

What’s not to love about a wedding atop the tallest building in Minnesota? Windows at IDS got to show off its’ sparkle as Kimberly and Kevin took over the entire top floor for an intimate ceremony and celebration to follow. Wow! Nadia, at Simply Elegant, had the day planned to perfection from our rooms at the Marquette Hotel to our adventures around town. You couldn’t find a better-matched couple than Kimberly and Kevin, his easy-going nature is perfect for her passionate drive. They keep an awesome crew that kept us laughing all day as we ventured from overlook to craft cocktail bar. Their friends and family really know how to have a good time! No one wanted to leave this party and the live music lasted well into the night. See you guys around Edina and love that you are almost neighbors!

Contributing Vendors: Windows on Minnesota (venue), Marquette Hotel (hotel), Simply Elegant Group (wedding planner), Studio C Floral (florist), Linen Effects (rental decor), Angel Food Bakery (dessert), Musette Bridal (dress shop), Primped (hair and makeup), Paperless Post (invitations), Better Together (videographer), Rock With U (music)