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!

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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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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A Surly Adventure

I joined Megan & Pat at Surly Brewing Company for their sunny and beautiful May engagement session! Over delicious beer, they reminisced on how their relationship blossomed after meeting at work, Megan's fondness of the color red, and their common interests (including some of my personal faves - like Lord of the Rings and Parks and Rec!).

I can't wait to see these two again in July when they tie the knot!

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Playful Light Engagement Session

Teegan and Jenny incorporated a date into their engagement session, which included playing video games at home, visiting a local brewery, and strolling along the Stone Arch Bridge at  dusk. Despite the cold temperatures, this winter session leaves me feeling extra cozy.

The Art of Wedding Photography

Photographing at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has been one of my goals since I began shooting 8+ years ago. A friend and fellow photographer, Heidi Garrido of HM Photography, recommended clients Kaitlin & Steve and it was a match made in modern art heaven! 

Thank you to Kaitlin & Steve for sharing their day, Evan Sowder my second photographer, Terri of Uy-Lennon Floral Design, The Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Sculpture Gardens, Heidi M, Garrido, and Frazier Benya Cake Design.

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.