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Glow Bar Fashion Shoot

August 1st, 2014

A little while ago I did a fashion shoot for Glow Bar. The shoot was designed by Girl Friday and the ladies wore clothing and accessories from Covered.  Hair and makeup was done by Melanie Rivers Beauty and Sarah Elizabeth Artistry.  I wanted the shoot to have a relaxed feel while still showing off the ladies’ beautiful tans and glamorous fashion.

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Rudy’s Luxe

July 29th, 2014

Rudy’s Event Rentals (formally Rudy’s Rustic Rentals) is one of my favorite wedding companies to work with.  And Michelle has done it again with her new Luxe Collection.  Gold and Silver leafed hand made farm tables with place settings and linens to match.  The tables are hand made in St Paul and the napkins custom made in St Louis Park.  Staying local and owner operated is one of the charms of this business, Michelle is with you from start to finish and helps orchestrate a wedding design from top to bottom.

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For the Luxe debut, Rudy’s worked with Studio B Floral, We’ve Got It Covered, Nutmeg Style and Paper Thick Ink to create an event that was relaxed and vintage, with an autumn vibe.  It was lovely.

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Krista and Claire

July 26th, 2014

Krista and Claire were married today!

These two are quirky, fun, and low key.  They wanted a day that was very personal, and their wedding at Carleton College was just that.  With a design theme around their love of cats, to the presence of meaningful music throughout the day, Krista and Claire invited their friends and family into their world, and they did it beautifully.  We started the day off with a first look at the chapel and then a short visit to downtown Northfield.

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We happened to run into a some friends while there…

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Krista wore a romantic lace gown from The Wedding Shoppe, and Claire’s fabulous suit was made by 9 Tailors.  We took most of our portraits on the stunning Carleton campus, which luckily had quite a bit of shade to hang out in as the day got warmer.

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Even the flower girl needed some time to cool off before the ceremony!

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The ceremony was very meaningful and intentional, the words and thoughts expressed were so lovely.

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Various shades of lavender were used throughout the day (the delicious cake was from Angel Food Bakery), as was the theme of cats, which was referenced in every speech tonight.

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One speech got a tad embarrassing ;)

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Midwest Sound started the evening off with a first dance and then continued to keep the guests happy with a wide range of music from indie rock to show tunes to 90s dance classics to Jock Jams.  This crowd had a really great time on the dance floor!

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Krista and Claire, thank you so much for having us tell the story of your day!  We were honored to be a part of it.  Enjoy your sneak peek!

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A Tardis and a Tiara

July 26th, 2014

Last week, I traveled with Dani Tietjen to Ft Wayne Indiana.  We took this trip (6 kids under 9 and 2 mamas!  WOW!) to begin working in earnest on GatherHaus, our new project.  While staying with a friend, I got to know his daughter and just loved her constant sweet nature and enthusiasm.  As we were chatting I just blurted out, “lets do your senior pictures!” and so the next day, we did.  Since our lovely subject wants to work for Disney and loves any excuse to dress up, her first outfit was absolutely bubbly princess.  I love when my clients are truly themselves!  And we spent the next hour driving around town dancing in front of barns and in gardens and down an alley way, it was fabulous.

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Isn’t this lovely?!?!?!

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First outfit = girly side.  Second outfit = geeky side.  LOVE IT!

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Chaska Newborn Session

July 25th, 2014

I love how the images turned out for Anna’s newborn portraits.  Her cousins joined us at the beginning for a picture for grandma and the boys were so sweet with her!

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I simply adore this image!

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Such proud parents!

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Look at those beautiful eyes.

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Surprise Proposal

July 24th, 2014

I had been in contact with April and Jodi, setting up a consultation time when I got an usual phone call.  It was Jodi, VERY EXCITED and slightly nervous.  She wanted to surprise April and propose to her and wanted to see if she could do it at my studio at the consultation so I could photograph it.  I naturally said yes, what an experience to be a part of!

After a day of rushing around delivering items and trying to keep everything a secret, April and Jodi showed up at my place.  Jodi and I had to pretend like we hadn’t just spend an hour together that day plotting the details, and I think we did a pretty good job.  April was completely unaware, even as I led them to my backyard.  She thought I laid out rose petals and lit candles for all my clients ;)  Then it dawned on her when Jodi asked her to sit down.  It was such a special moment!  I’ll let the images do the talking…

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Jodi and April, thank you SO MUCH for having me be a part of this very special moment.  I hope you enjoy reliving the surprise and joy of that evening!

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Brad and Shannon

July 12th, 2014

Brad and Shannon were married today!

Brad’s dad said it best in his speech, “if you aren’t having fun, its your own fault!”  It was SO true of this day, because Brad and Shannon are FUN.  And they wanted their day to be FUN.  Not even the rain could stop this group from celebrating!  Friends and family gathered at St Olaf Catholic Church in downtown Minneapolis for the ceremony.  Brad’s first glance of Shannon was as she walked down the aisle, and she looked simply stunning…he couldn’t keep his eyes off her.

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The couple’s son, Kieran, wore the cutest little tux onsie, and pretty much stole the show.

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After the ceremony, the rain started to let up and we jetted all over town.  The couple loves Minneapolis, and we got to show the city off as we drove around.

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A colorful group of ladies deserves a colorful backdrop, and I just love the floral designs by Renee’s Bouquets!

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Pizza at Psycho Suzis was a must on the couple’s list, and even with a few sprinkles it felt like a tropical getaway.

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Stop number two was to Sociable Cider Werks where the couple was greeted with cheers and whistles, and even got a game of foosball in!

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Brad and Shannon live in a highrise with a gorgeous view of the downtown skyline.  The roof top common space was perfect for their reception.  With all the clouds gone, and a lovely balmy breeze, it was the PERFECT summer night.  Common Roots Catering provided a delicious spread of food perfect for grazing and the bacon cupcakes from Angel Food Bakery had guests lining up with excitement.  We had to fight them off just to get a picture before they disappeared!

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The couple had an emotional first dance performed by Kim Marie Fragodt, and then it was time to start the party!

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Brad and Shannon, it has been such a fabulous journey celebrating with you!  Thank you for having us be a part of your lives!  Enjoy your sneak peek!

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Brian and Kristen

July 5th, 2014

Brian and Kristen were married today!

The priest quoted Benjamin Franklin during the ceremony, “Marriage isn’t a noun, it is a verb. It isn”t something you get, but something you do…Don’t marry someone you can live with, but someone you can’t live without.”  This quote absolutely fits Brian and Kristy, who are quick to laugh, embrace their nerdiness proudly, and who are so loved people traveled from all over the world to be a part of today’s festivities.

St. Paul was just recognized as America’s Most Romantic City, so it was the perfect place for this couple to host their destination wedding.  They were able to show off this lovely city to their family who got to enjoy a holiday weekend with a Twins Game and viewing fireworks right from their hotel rooms!  Love was definitely in the air when we took Brian and Kristy for a stroll this afternoon to take their portraits.

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They had nothing but eyes for each other!

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The ceremony took place at Church of the Assumption.  Kristy was walked down the aisle by both her parents, it was so sweet!

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MARRIED!

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Brian and his groomsmen looked so sharp in their tuxes.  And they wore boutonnieres made of lavender from a farm near where the couple lives in Pennsylvania.  The bridesmaids carried bouquets of the same lavender, so I can honestly say they were the best smelling wedding party I’ve ever worked with!

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Brian gave each of the groomsmen a custom set of cufflinks, we had a whole team of superheros.

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We also had the cutest ring bearer and flower girl ever =)

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Seriously…

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The ‘maids wore mint dresses, and the bride carried a bouquet of baby’s breath.  The wedding had a modern rustic theme, simple, breezy and summery.  Just lovely.

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Man, they have fun together!

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We took a few romantic shots as well, these two are my favorites.

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The reception took place at The Landmark CenterWe’ve Got It Covered hung cafe lights over the tables which looked amazing!  And the guests were like moths to a flame when they saw the gorgeous Muddy Paws Cheesecake centerpieces!  The custom wood piece the cheesecakes were sitting on were made by Girl Friday Styling, they added the perfect finishing touch to the tables.  Green Mill Catering provided the delicious dinner, and guests spent a good portion of the evening wining and dining, followed by a crazy fun dance!

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Brian and Kristy, thank you so much for having us tell the story of your day!  We had an amazing time!

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The Birth of Anna

June 29th, 2014

Little Anna was born in the wee hours of the morning today!  Lisa was so amazing, especially for her first baby…and it was awesome to see her make eye contact with Tony during the intense contractions.  Afterwards she said that he is her calm, her rock.  It was very sweet.

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The baby came a lot quicker than expected!  They had waited to be surprised by the gender and discovered they had a baby girl!  While Anna was being warmed up by the nurses, Lisa took a minute to process that she had just had a baby and shared a kiss with Tony.

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Anna was the calmest newborn, she gave off barely a cry, and was wide eyed and alert.

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Daddy gets solid eye contact =)

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Lisa and Tony, it was an honor to be in the delivery room with you!  Thank you, and enjoy your sneak peek!

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Into the Woods

June 25th, 2014

This evening was simply gorgeous, and we got to enjoy some beautiful nature during our session.  Ellie and Miles are getting so big and now that we are in our third year of working together, I love how comfortable they are in front of the camera.  Miles even helped as an art director with locations and posing ;)  At the end of the session he said, “see you next year!  when I’ll be taller than my mom!”  I love developing relationships with my clients, it just warms my heart.

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I love jumping pictures…

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Such sweet siblings!

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We took full advantage of the gorgeous light.

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The secret word to get all the giggles was “underwear”

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This is my favorite =)

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