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Heather & Charlie’s Wedding ~ Afton, MN Avonlea Farms

If I had to use only two words to describe this wedding, it would be: rustic elegance. There is so many details and personal touches that go into these weddings. I think these are some of my favorite weddings to capture, and I think its because this is so close to my style. I felt right at home, almost like I put the whole thing together myself (I didn’t). I think Heather is a natural in front of the camera, some people are hard to capture and she is NOT one of them. It was so hard to narrow down her images, she is so photogenic that they all turned out so beautiful. The bridal party was so awesome, I was horrible at remembering names, but they all put up with me asking names over and over again. In Minnesota, they always say that the weather changes every five minutes… not this day! It was perfect all around. I always prefer the cooler days because of all the running, and Heather was pretty happy because her dress got hot and heavy very quickly so the cooler air was nice for her too. You can’t tell in her pictures though! I am sure Charlie was happy as well, since those suits get pretty warm too!

Finally, talk about an unbelievable sunset. I was inside the barn capturing the memories there, when I popped my head out the upstairs window to take some shots and I saw the amazing cotton candy sky. These skies just don’t happen everyday! I almost tripped twice running outside to get Heather and Charlie, who were already outside. I ran up to them so excited about the sun set, when Heather turned around and saw it she gasped and grabbed Charlie. We ran to the field, she was wearing boots so she could really run! We got everything set up, and WOW. I can’t even describe it. I think that this sunset is one of the best ways to describe Heather and Charlie. There isn’t a word for it, but its a moment that you see and all the feels come out.
Congrats again Heather and Charlie, I cannot wait to capture more of your precious moments!
Oh and the frog! Heather used to work with amphibians’ so when we saw the cute little frog hopping around, getting a picture with it was necessary!

Sarah and Charlie’s Wedding ~ Eko Backen in Scandia, MN

If I could, I would do everything in my power to make all weddings run as smoothly and perfectly as this one. From timing, to weather, to the views and the guests, everything was perfect. Yes EVERYTHING was running right on time which, anyone who has ever gotten married knows that something is always late or behind or taking too long… not this day! And the weather?! Oh, you mean the beautiful 70 degrees, with that perfect amount of breeze blowing in the right direction to get AMAZING shots kind of weather, yes we had that too. The views, words cannot even begin to describe the breath taking view over a valley, that I had the honor of capturing at just the right moment on this PERFECT day. I have to send a shout out to the bridal party as well, you guys were so cooperative and I didn’t have to yell at you to smile, or look at me or stand straighter, you all so wonderful. Last, but definitely not least, the actual Bride and Groom, Sarah and Charlie, you two brought on this perfect day. You two are clearly perfectly made for each other and I am so happy for you. Thank you for choosing me to capture one of the most important days of your lives. I had an absolute blast and cannot wait to catch more of your lives in the future! Congrats again!

Jake and Cassie’s wedding day Savage, MN

As I sat down to blog about this couple and this wedding, the only thing that came to mind was that these two are made for each other, meant for each other, so in love with each other. That is what this couple is and more, but its one of those things that is really hard to describe, so I took pictures of it instead! I feel like they look like they are the only two people in the world when they look into each others eyes. I love when couples are open to doing funny poses, and out-of-the-norm but also really like the traditional shots too. Cassie, I am a huge fan of the blue shoes! That pop of color is so exciting, different and worked so well with this wedding! I am so glad I was able to capture Cassie dancing with her Father-In-Law. He told me he had to dance with the bride, so grabbed his sombrero and went to dance with her…So hilarious! (Check it out below!) The kiddos did such a great job smiling and making funny faces!

Jake is in active duty military and was transferred to Texas, they moved just after their wedding! Thank you to you Jake, your family and all of those people who serve our country. It is always an honor to meet those who put our lives and country before their own. Again, I really appreciate all that you do!

This was such a beautiful wedding, your photos turned out amazing (despite the crazy wind!) and I hope that you cherish them for many many years to come!

Chase and Leah’s Magical Wedding ~ Lake Minnetrista Regional Park Chanhassen, MN

Meet Chase and Leah, the beautiful, enchanting couple I recently met for their wedding! When I first arrived to this fabulous outdoor wedding, the storm clouds (you can see a few in the first couple photos) were rolling in…Luckily, they kept rolling by and the entire wedding was nothing but blue skies! In my opinion, this was one of the most relaxed, go-with-the-flow weddings I have ever been a part of. After getting to know them better, I realized it completely fits their style. These two are definitely meant for each other! I loved how they had a relaxed yet elegant reception, with anyone else, this would be hard to pull off but these two completely NAILED IT. Can I just, say genius on the pizza you guys?! Um, I am still raving to everyone I know about that AMAZING baked potato pizza… YUM!!! Shout out to Pizza Luce, you have some delicious food. If you have never had their pizza I strongly, strongly suggest trying it! Chase and Leah, this was a beautiful wedding, I hope to share many more amazing memories with you and your family. Congrats again!

Behind the Scenes, Wedding Style ~ Red Wing, MN

I was adding finishing touches to this gorgeous wedding session that I shot in March at the St.James Hotel in Red Wing, MN and found this gem. The moment I saw it I giggled to myself because it brought me right back to that day, to that moment I clicked the button on my camera. I smiled as I thought back…

I was trying to figure out how in the world do I fix that curtain way up there. Stand on a chair? No… its not high enough. Stand on a table? No….. its still not high enough. So the monkey in me was like, “should I jump up there? But what if I fall and break a wrist? I won’t be able to shoot this wedding then!” Normally, I don’t get scared to do stuff like that but do you see how small that ledge is?!

All of a sudden, one of her bridesmaids says “watch out, I got this!” She then proceeds to kick off her slippers and shimmies her way up there like a pro! Seriously, I love moments like this! One, I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this shot of her in mid motion going to fix the curtain. She did it with such elegance and grace (two things I wouldn’t have had jumping). And Two. We got the perfect dress shot with out me having to Photoshop the curtains. Win win for everyone!

I just had to share that little fun tid-bit of a behind the scene at this fabulous wedding!

Congratulations again to Chris and Katie!

Take a look at my Wedding Gallery for more amazing photos from their special day!