I love these moments captured of Shannon and Tim because unless you know what you’re looking at, you may just be convinced that these photos were taken on a tropical island! Truth be told this lush landscape lies in Minneapolis, MN at Minnehaha Falls. Shannon, a native Minnesotan, and Tim, an Aussie, met abroad and have travelled the world together. With a wedding planned in Hawaii, they wanted their engagement pictures to match the excitement of their day, but still have elements of home.
“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!
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!
Beth & Mike's love story "begins in Minneapolis," so it only seemed fitting that I met them for their engagement at the historic Stone Arch Bridge, at the heart of the city. As a special challenge, they asked if I could recreate a photo of Mike's grandparents. "Challenge, accepted!"
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!
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!
May 2018 - Spring has finally come to Minnesota and the warm sunlight and budding plants are everywhere! Christina & Albert took advantage of the beautiful weather as we explored the Weisman Art Museum and Victory Memorial Parkway. Their furry companion, Luna made an appearance too!
I enjoyed catching the early Spring light (done entirely in camera) through the trees at St. Anthony Main and Stone Arch Bridge before following Becky & Greg home for a casual date night. Becky was able to borrow Keri Noble's velvet ribbon dress, beautifully crafted by local designer Tess Ross for the Go Red for Women fundraiser.
Later that night we went back to their loft to make pizza, drink wine, and cozy up on the couch!
P.S. This year I've shot more snowy engagement sessions than ever, and I LOVE it! I also love that Becky sought out designer Tess Ross to borrow this beautiful velvet ribbon dress (recently worn by Keri Noble at the 2018 Go Red For Women Fashion Show)! Of course, Greg borrowed a red velvet bow-tie from dad to match!
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.
Jess and Ben explored I Like You, MPLS and The Union Depot in St. Paul for an evening full of warmth.
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)
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.