This is not your standard love story. Boy actor on a Broadway tour meets a lovely Minnesota gal at an Irish pub, fall deeply in love, then spend the next months chasing each other down, ultimately ending up in New York City together. Matt's charm, talent, and heart make him a triple threat in life, but there is nothing diva about this gentle man. Katie was smitten from the first pitch. Her style and playful spirit had grabbed Matt hard and he knew just how good he had it being trusted with her lovely and generous heart. Any guy who puts a ring on the finger of a girl who works in bridal fashion in Manhattan has to brace himself for quite the spectacle. And not just any store, Kleinfeld's, where the hit TV series "Say Yes to the Dress" is filmed. Katie had watched and helped hundreds of girls' dreams come true and float down the aisle. Now it was her turn. To Katie's credit, the day was planned with the utmost intentionality that could be felt by everyone.
Family and friends poured into Minneapolis from all ends of the earth to witness these two make promises under God and before each other. Katie's epic dress was kept secret from Matt until she bounded into his arms at the altar. As Matt's eyes filled with tears, he couldn't break his gaze away from his Beauty, his Bride. Following the ceremony we all chased down some brilliant Fall color along the Mississippi River, a river that connects the North with the South and a fitting symbol on this day and a relationship that has bridged many states and distances. With the help of Simply Elegant, Aria's stage was brought to life with enthusiastic dancing and all left with their hearts singing along with this dynamic duo.
Jeff and I met through a mutual friend’s wedding on the shores of Aruba. Yes, I know, it sounds like the start of an epic love story. At that time, I was a newlywed and he was seeking a lady that may not exist in this world. Jeff was determined to hold out for the best. Months later, he found the best in Gina and the two would be inseparable. Most importantly, they bring out the best in each other and challenge each other to live deeper and drive further. This can be seen in their love of racing and marathons. Note: I will save you any marriage analogies to marathons. What a perfect day! Their local golf club closed down for the evening to host this epic celebration. I found that I was not alone in the waterworks category as they exchanged promises at the altar, giggled back and forth, and then slapped hands on the way out the aisle. These two are so dearly loved and it showed throughout the celebration. I am honored to consider them dear friends for life.
And I firmly believe their greatest race has actually just begun.
Why not run off to an island and get married?! For a couple of outdoor, thrill seeking enthusiasts, this seemed ideal in every way. Maybe their thought was, “If we get our favorite people on an island all to ourselves, just think of the crazy fun we could have.” They nailed it. THIS is how you do a wedding and with Brianna and Brandon as the ring leaders of the fun, you could do no wrong. Our instant connection made this day extremely special for me to be apart of. Stunning color stormed the island as well as some mist creating a breathtaking pallet for a photographer to play. This day was in the works for years and you could feel the excitement, especially in the wedding party of friends. Head to toe, each was dressed impeccably (thanks to Brianna and her wonderful mother’s keen sense of style) with some adding a touch of the ranch to the attire. It all worked for the historic hunting lodge of Stout’s Island Lodge where you could smell the tar from the turn of the century in each room of the estate. The rain held off for their intimate ceremony overlooking the lake that was accented by laughs and even some tears. Following the ceremony, Brianna and Brandon headed down to the boathouse and boarded a historical rowboat and headed out into the mist to celebrate. What a visual! The tented party complete with up lighting would be the largest the island has seen in three years, and the dancing must have set records as well. I was left with an overwhelming feeling of a job well done by two very intentional and loving families coming together.
I cannot wait to see the dent this dynamic couple makes in this world!
The world believes that there is a completion for a man’s eye between his pretty gal and his pretty car. Calendars have been made for years depicting this collision in fact. Now I have no idea what Ben’s racecar looks like, but today, Jessica in her white dress blew any remote competition away. What a show stopper dress and touches of class this lady exudes! Not only does their involvement in the racing world make them instantly intriguing, but they are also extremely cultured in the refinement of small batch beer. A guy knows he has it made when his “homework” for the centerpieces on guest tables is to go on brewery tours to collect growlers with his fiancé. This day at Heartwood Conference Center, WI could not have been more fun. Color came to play early this year as we headed around the grounds for a bit of sightseeing with their family and friends. After a moving ceremony at the edge of the lake, the two adventurists took my challenge and arrived to the party by canoe! Their dock welcoming party consisted of a toast by some of their favorite people. Dancing would take us late into the night, and I would come away with some of my all-time favorite dance images using one classic spotlight. Classic seemed to fit these two just right.
Two best friends fall in love and get married at an old wooden Barn....in Eden Prairie. That's right, I thought I misheard Lindsay at first too when the two came into the studio to talk over the vision for their day. My ears were correct, and what a gem of a location Riley-Jacques Barn was to get married, combined with all of Lindsay's smart details! After some photo homework around the area we would find ourselves in all new locations with new lenses with these two fabulously fun creatives. Epic Day. Between my goofy giggle, Mike's perfect grin and Lindsay's full-body contagious laugh, we made quite the scene! Their friends were off the charts awesome, many being fellow Edina-grads as these two can trace their dating roots back to the halls of school. I would have totally been friends with them back then too. I fell helplessly even more obsessed with Lindsay & Mike the moment their dance music kicked in with a blissfully refreshing array of 80s classic beats. Hello Madonna and Lionel Richie...I believe we have met before?! Lindsay and Mike, a reunion tour to hang out is a must.
What fun new friends these two have become! Our bond started out in Seattle where we explored the city and captured pieces of them along the way. Jason, while serving our great country, never felt like he gave his Nicole the proposal he always had dreamed of giving. After scheming through email, I found the perfect spot and Jason would get down on a knee and profess his love. That set the table for this day. People were almost hyper excited for this one. Hailley Leverty was brought in to work her magic transforming the Radisson Minneapolis and coordinating at St Thomas Chapel, letting a couple who tends to tip towards “type-A” relax into each moment and be fully present. Success! I could not be happier for you guys and can’t wait to see you again soon! I hope you enjoy each frame of your day’s story.
Sometimes you meet people in life you just want to squeeze and put in your pocket for when you need a big smile on your face. That would be the case with Emily and Tyler. Ty's adoration of his bride and his lightheartedness are so refreshing. Her sparkle back is worth his efforts every time. Their love story is an epic one: girl sees boy, sends boy over her digits, he whiffs at first, then gets a second chance as fate has its way and....poof! They are married! Cool people find cool people in this world as their friends adopted Kim and I right in. All day long laughter was a bit of the self-induced theme as we made our way down memory alleyway from Rice Park, where Tyler first proposed, to The Bulldog, where the two first met. The historic side of St. Paul has been their slight obsession so in choosing 413 Wacouta and the Church of the Assumption downtown, you have buildings that date back to the turn of the century and part of this city's rich pride. This day could not have come together better for two special new friends of mine who can love WAY bigger than pocket-sized.
These two must thrive in building suspense, because they were planning out this day for almost two years. Their intentionality showed in all of the purposeful touches they added to make the day unique to their relationships that surround them. The Enchanted Barn could not have been more perfect for the day they dreamed up. Their wedding party was particularly lively as we would spend most of the day maximizing the kisses of sunlight and keeled over in loud laughter. It was the perfect soundtrack for this day. Anyone could see that Katrina and John are loved, in an overwhelming abundance in fact. They are the glue to so many friendships around them, and so it was an honor to get to bless a pair that have been a gift to so many. I miss you guys!
Allie is really close with a lot of amazing people. So much so that when it was time to select a wedding party, she couldn't just stop there. Rather, I got to witness my first ever "House Party" that consisted of another handful of family members that traveled with us all around the Lakes, a small sorority if you will. As we were off laughing and enjoying the sunshine, Trent hung with the guys and awaited the moment he could be by Allie's side. The Woods Chapel also was anxious for the pair to make their grand entrance as guests poured in from all over Minnesota to witness their promises. With the talented Tasha Hergott armed with a camera by my side, we had plenty of beauty to choose from in ideal settings before setting foot into Lafayette Country Club. What a venue choice! Since photography was a really big deal to both Trent and Allie, we got to come up with all sorts of ideas and they were game for anything! What a treat. What a day. What a pair.
My sister has made some incredible friends in her life and Erinn may be about as sweet and compassionate as they come. It is no surprise then that Mark snatched her up. You kinda want to carry around a photo of the two of them to pull out on a gloomy day for a little sunshine pick-me-up. *Note to self to order an extra print to try this theory out* Seriously and all creeper things aside, I adore what Erinn and Mark have together. Anyone in attendance of the wedding would tend to agree. We started the day on a pier where Mark waited, silhouetted against the sky, for Erinn to bound up behind him. Family greeted us back at the church with an enthusiastic roar....literally. Following the traditional ceremony at their home church, the Minneapolis Golf Club welcomed us, decorated to brilliance. The party would last us late into the crazy night. "Lutheran crazy" that is, meaning balance and respectful with all the right wobble on the dance floor.