Styled Wedding Shoot at Erickson Farmstead - Isanti, MN

Tucked away in rural Isanti, MN, the Erickson Farmstead is a cozy and rustic home in a world of its own. An hour outside of the Twin Cities, it offers couples an opportunity to have a destination-style wedding at a unique venue without the huge travel expenses.

Purchased by the Erickson Family in 1893 and noted in the Minnesota Historical Society as a representation of prosperity in the early twentieth century, this family farm has a rich and quaint atmosphere.** The property was recently purchased by Dennis and Julie Davis in 2018 in hopes of creating a whimsical wedding and gatherings venue (mission accomplished!).

I was lucky enough to be invited to this winter holiday themed wedding shoot by Terri of Uy-Lennon Floral (who provided the greenery and bouquets pictured) and Christina of Dos Goats Plans, a wedding planner.

Special thanks to Dennis and Julie of Erickson Farmstead for hosting us, Katrina Widener of Katrina Widener Life Coaching for modeling.

  Terri of Uy-Lennon Floral & Christina of Dos Goats Plans

Terri of Uy-Lennon Floral & Christina of Dos Goats Plans

Thanks for stopping by!

**information from Erickson Farmstead and the MN Historical Society. For more information, click here.

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Deadhead Love

“Fly on those wings of love, fly up, fly home” - Grateful Dead, The Stranger

On a rainy Saturday in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, friends and family gathered to celebrate Rob & Lisa in an intimate cabin setting. A lifetime of friendship and deep-seeded love from their childhood brought them back together again (finally!)

This hits me personally, as Lisa is my mom! It was truly a gift to be a part of this magical evening.

“Well maybe I’ve got no star to spare, or anything fine or even rare,
only if you let me be your world, could I ever give this world to you.
could I ever give this world to you.” - Grateful Dead, If i Had The World to Give

Special thanks to Tina of McKenzie Botanicals in Maggie Valley in providing the beautiful blooms we arranged into whimsical bouquets!

Twin Cities Wedding & Event Networking

Highlights and “drama” from today’s TCWEP Networking Event at the Delta Hotels by Marriot, North East Minneapolis! Muddy Paws Cheesecake, delicious Pad Thai & Lo Mein, “Potty Banks” and more!

MORE PHOTOS TO COME SOON!

It was an intimate meeting for October - with delicious food, a beautiful venue, and close colleagues!

Katie & Mitch are gettin' hitched

With soil from both homes, water from the river in-between, and a love that will blossom a lifetime, Katie & Mitch planted a tree as their unifying ceremony. Their vows and love story, (as grade-school sweethearts), is just as sweet as their wedding day. A forest ceremony and whimsical barn reception were a perfect fit for these two! Who said “cheesy” had to be a bad thing?

Wedding Fair at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Stop by the Minnesota Renaissance Festival this Sunday, August 26th 1pm-3pm for a special wedding fair, geared toward couples looking to get married on the festival grounds. I've had the opportunity to photograph at the fair a couple of times, and I can't wait for more!

Stephanie and Colin tied the knot at the King's Arbor in 2012, and Dana & Daryl exchanged vows at the Chapel Garden in 2015. I've picked a few of my personal favorites to share!

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A Rooftop Reveal

Would you believe that in the middle of a concrete jungle, Ary & Jeff found a quiet secret garden for their wedding ceremony? The rooftop of the Crowne Plaza Northstar Minneapolis provided a scenic backdrop with a mixture of city life and whimsy - and these two brought the romance!

Keeping with tradition, Ary and Jeff decided to wait until the walk down the aisle to see each other for the first time. Jeff's reaction is breathtaking! Untraditionally though, Jeff included his 5 year old son as his Best Man, and 2 year old son as the Ring Bearer... too cute!

Special thanks to Complete Weddings & Events for matching me with this amazing couple!

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The Element of Surprise!

Hannah & Marc added a blindfold to the traditional reveal before the ceremony, which only made their first look more sweet. Telling the story of a couple on their wedding day involves capturing moments just like this one!

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Thanks to Complete Weddings + Events (based in So. St. Paul) for letting me capture this vivacious and awesome wedding!

Queen Copper Mining & Offbeat Love

A couple years ago, Kat and Trevor migrated from city life in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to the dry heat of rural Arizona. After acclimating to the desert and somewhat off-the-grid lifestyle, they decided to make their intentions known in a destination wedding! Bisbee, AZ is known for its days as a mining town, as well as its relaxed atmosphere and eclectic sights - the perfect place for a vibrant and offbeat wedding. 

The Southwest feel of their ceremony at the Star Chevrolet and reception at The Courtyard succeeded at embracing a vibrant party in an intimate setting, complete with close friends and family.

As a note: Kat is a friend of mine and I functioned as a guest at this wedding with permission from the bride & groom to photograph the event. I was not the hired photographer, nor was I the main photographer. I simply love what I do and enjoyed being a spectator to Kat & Trevor's beautiful day.

Congats again, Kat & Trevor! All the love <3 <3 <3

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Isabel & Julian Tie the Knot

On a surprisingly mild Spring day in Minneapolis (between those crazy March and April blizzards) I joined Isabel & Julian in the Fountain Room at the Lumber Exchange. With soft greens and blush pinks, this romantic ceremony and reception reflect how truly sweet this couple is!

Isabel's dress is from The Wedding Shoppe, Inc.,  St. Paul
Hairstyling by Kayla VanderZiel of Ziel Bridal
Julian's suit is from the Men's Warehouse
Flowers were created by Hy-Vee

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A New Venue: THE Hutton House

The Twin Cities Wedding & Event Professionals attendees had the pleasure of touring the newest addition to the wedding scene; The Hutton House -- a venue designed with weddings in mind! Large bright and open spaces, multiple ceremony space options, and cozy offerings make this venue irresistible to photographers like myself! I couldn't resist stealing a couple shots of this new space for myself, and can't wait to officially photograph a couple here! Check out the images I captured of the sweet setup below (and gather some inspiration for your own festivities too!). 

Floral Decor by Leslie Ann Johnson, Positively Charmed! Custom Ceremonies & Boutique Decor
Cheesecake Bites by Tami Cabrera, Muddy Paws Cheesecake
Raspberry Dessert Cups by Amanda Twait, Unique Dining Experience/Courtyards of Andover
Mini Cupcakes by Dawn Wallerus, Sugar & Spice Custom Cakery

Planning your Hutton House wedding? Let me know!

Recently seen in... Print!

I recently had a couple photos from Monica & Eric's Como Zoo Wedding published by the venue in some print magazines! It's always a pleasant surprise to see my work out in the world!

Minnesota Bride// Spring-Summer 2018

the knot Minnesota// Spring-Summer 2018

perfect wedding guide// Winter-Spring 2018 (Twin Cities Wedding Association)

Steampunk Summer Wedding

Sam & Michael blended their Steampunk style with the rustic feel of an outdoor wedding in Summer 2017. Sam worked tirelessly to create cog and sprocket laden details to create an authentic feel to this splendid clockwork scene. 

Ringing in the New Year

A whirlwind evening of class, romance, and excitement: Molly & Ryan represent everything I want in my clients. Their New Year's Eve wedding in Minneapolis features The Rogue Buddha Art Gallery, The Renaissance Minneapolis Depot Hotel, the recently lit Grain Belt Sign on the Hennepin Ave Bridge, St. Anthony Main, and Vic's Restaurant.

Wild about Como

Monica and Eric's Summer wedding at St. Paul's Como Zoo and Conservatory have me wild about this venue. If you're looking for a bright, lush, off-beat wedding venue (with a real-life sloth mascot to boot), this venue is for you!

Special thanks to Monica & Eric, for being an amazing couple to work with, Como Zoo & Conservatory, Lancer Catering, Complete Weddings & Events, and the Commons Hotel Minneapolis.