What can I say about this beautiful family that these AMAZING images don’t already say?! I have been taking Torrie’s family pictures for a couple years now and every time I see them they are always really fun, go with the flow and ready to rock the entire photo session. Seriously this family cannot take a bad picture, ever! This sweet girl has such an infectious smile!
The light this evening was to die for, the golden hour definitely was on our side! The golden hour, in photography language, occurs when the sun is low in the sky, but not quite setting. At this time, the intensity of the direct light is reduced and everything in front of it look illuminated. It really created some amazing light, for some perfect shots! So gorgeous!
I met this couple quite few months ago for their engagement session, which was so much fun! They had me a tad worried when we drove down some random dirt roads and man-made paths, but the session turned out amazing, what an adventure that was! I had a blast with them and was looking forward to their special day!
Now, I feel like I blinked my eyes and it was already June 18th! The sun was shining and the drive down to Mount Frontanec Golf Course was a dream. Far enough away from the cities to have minimal traffic and no road construction. In June? I know! I think that was the best part of the drive! I arrived at Mount Frontanec Golf Course. I slowed down, thinking I was there when I pulled in, but then I realized it was still a mile straight up a HUGE hill. I later found out, this used to be a ski resort so this massive hill made sense. At the top of the very steep hill was, hands down, the most gorgeous golf course I have ever seen. To be honest, I have not been on many golf courses, as I do not golf. I have done a handful of weddings on them, but this one had a one-of-a-kind view. Being so far up on that ski hill they had a very unique and mesmerizing view of Red Wing, Minnesota. I made sure to capture some of the killer view, plenty to see below in the pictures!
I was greeted by the sweet owners and they were just the most helpful couple. They showed me around to some of the places to take photos and where everything was going to take place. I love when someone can show me around and let me know where the nooks and cranny’s are! When Mara arrived, everything went according to the plan. We hopped in the car and ventured our way back down the steep hill to head into Red Wing, where Jeremiah was waiting to see his beautiful bride. They decided to do a first glance before the ceremony, I love when couples do this so I can catch the grooms face! So glad she chose the river for her first glance, couldn’t have been any better if I picked it myself! After that, we all rushed back to finish up formal pictures, then it was time!
The ceremony was beautiful, the music, the dresses, the flowers, everything. The reception definitely was their style and the food was so good, I mean sooooo good! I LOVED the adorable cake toppers! When it was about time for Gretchen (my second shooter) and I to pack up, we were so lucky to get to take Mara’s ’68 Purple Mustang out to the beautiful bluff overlooking Red Wing. These were definitely some of my favorite shots of the day! Thank you Mara and Jeremiah for giving me the honor to capture your special day. It was perfect in every way. Thank you to Mount Frontenac staff and owners for being so amazing!
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!
Oh my goodness. I pulled up to Windy Ridge Ranch in Woodbury, MN a couple weeks ago for an engagement session and ideas just started exploding in my head. I will try and set the scene for you, but there are some things that cannot be described in words, thats why I take photos!
It was absolutely breathtaking. As I turn into the ranch, it is onto a dirt road (dirt roads are always a plus) then, to the left is a beautiful field with some gorgeous trees just waiting to have pictures taken by them. To make this an even more perfect location, the sun sets right behind the hill and I couldn’t ask for anything better. As I pull all the way up the drive I see the barns and girls out riding their horses. Everything was just picture perfect. Did I mention the chickens roaming freely all over the property? That was fun (city girl here)! But wait! It gets better! We took a stroll out into the pasture…. Even more breathtaking, literally had to remind myself to breathe. Hills and trees and horses!!! Lots and lots of horses!!!
So we are walking out into the pasture and my bride-to-be Heather tells me Charles (her fiance) is afraid of horses! I stop in my tracks-WAIT, WHAT?! Now I am thinking, how is this going to work? Throughout the shoot I could really see his love and passion for Heather, and when it came to the horses, lets just say he was a trooper. I promise I was not laughing at him, I was laughing WITH him! As I was taking pictures and even now as I go through them, I realized how much he really loves and cares for Heather, to face his fears for her and still smile, now that has to be love!
Next, this beautiful horse in the pictures deserves a meet and greet! Meet Sage! Sage has been a part of Heathers life for (if I remember right) 15 years! It just wouldn’t have felt right to not include her in all of Heathers special occasions. Speaking of special occasions, Miss Sage will be making her appearance again on Heather and Charles’s wedding day coming this September! They are getting married just a couple miles away at a beautiful barn, so it is definitely a must-do to stop by and include Sage in some pictures on their big day too! I can’t wait to capture your wedding day!
Jenni and I went to high school together, she was in the class above me but we had a couple classes together. When Jenni contacted me about shooting her wedding I was ecstatic! I thought It was going to be so much fun! They are getting married at the Chanhassen Arboretum in August, so what better place to take engagement pictures then where their having their ceremony?! Jenni and Kevin have been together for a long time, and definitely meant for each other. We had so much fun during this session! Having a personal connection and being able to spend time with an old friend is part of what makes my job so wonderful.
On a fun note, please check out that awesome picture with them in the tree! The BEST thing about this picture is that about five seconds after it was taken, they both fell right out of that tree. I promise I was laughing with them, not at them! Can’t help but see they have “fallen in love” again!!! Hahahaha. I cannot wait to be apart of their special day in August! I hope that we have MANY more laughs then!