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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!

Ranch Engagement Session ~ Windy Ridge Ranch in Woodbury, MN

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!