When the first call came in from this excited pair, plans were still in the works but their biggest need was for a Minnesota photographer to take engagement photos. I don’t think either of us thought this friendship would be formed so quickly and I would be boarding a plane to New Jersey in January.

I teamed up with one of my very best friends on the planet, the famous NY fashion photographer, Nathan Johnson of Drift Studios, to cover start to finish this incredible wedding adventure. I heard it said once, “You can take the girl outta Jersey, but you will never take the Jersey outta the girl.” Justin knows this to be oh so true! Although he works as a golf professional at the glorious Hazeltine Golf Club, the choice was obvious, to bring the wedding home to New Jersey as nod to her family legacy. Everything sparkled this day, thanks to the dusting of fresh snow and a drop in the temperature keeping it looking like a winter wonderland. Alexia was jaw-dropping gorgeous (as were both mom’s!) and styled to magazine-worthy perfection. Even Justin’s normally smooth tongue was at a loss for words upon seeing Alexia in her dress for the first time. The fairy tale day came to a close with grins all around and a full dance floor circled in love. It was hard to get back on a plane, but now this photographer has taken a bit of Jersey with him. I will be back soon!

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Contributing Vendors: St Mary’s Church (ceremony), The Palace At Somerset Park  (reception), Maggie Sottero (dress), London Fog (tux)Wedding Paper Divas (invitations)

New Years Eve is the best. I used to think it was one of the most overrated holidays until I said yes to my first New Years wedding 7 years ago atop Steamboat’s bluffs. Ever since, my calendar has been booked solid every year and I get to ring in a new beginning at this exciting stage of life.

For two people that live life so much in their heads, these two totally let their hearts take over. Michael can put an entire room at ease with his sly smile and head-tossed-back laughter. He is one of my favorite new people in life. Emily comes from an incredible family and her friends were all-in for the wedding and this marriage. The Landmark Center knew they were in for quite the epic party and the countdown was on. First, the ceremony then to ring in the New Year in the heart of St.Paul. Thank you to Janelle Vick and Abby Chall of White Confetti, for making this night pure seamless magic. I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else than the love shared in this room.

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Contributing Vendors: Landmark Center (venue), White Confetti (planner)Colleen’s Flower Cellar (florist), Apres and Midway Rental (rental decor), Lake Elmo Inn (catering), Buttercream (dessert), Maggie Sottero (dress), Jimmy Choo (brides shoes), The Black Tux (grooms attire), Warpaint (makeup), Paper Rock Scissors (invitations), Bellagala (videographer), Bluewater Kings (music)

These two had waited a long time for this moment. Elizabeth and Brian had been engaged for two years and one day awoke and realized life was slowing down for them in a good way so why not try to put together a wedding in four weeks? The fabulous Hana, of Mani Mela, was in full gear to assemble a dream team of people to put their wedding day together. Following the touching ceremony at St Patrick’s in Edina, guests formed a tunnel of love and surrounded them on the dance floor at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest. It was a goose bump moment of the night for sure! Kids and adults alike streamed in all night taking goofy photos in our Crazy Cam and danced the night away. Liz and Brian would not have wanted it any other way.

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Contributing Vendors: St Patrick’s Catholic Church (ceremony venue), Marriott Southwest (reception venue), Mani Mela (planner, florist, rental decor)Hy-Vee (dessert)Morilee (dress), Hugo Boss suit (men’s attire), A Milestone Paper Company (invitations), Instant Request (music)