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Dan and Sara

September 21st, 2014

You know you’ve lucked out when your client says, “this is a north shore wedding, my dress is going to get a little dirty, that’s fine”  YESSSSS!  This north shore destination wedding embraced the up nort’ mentality through and through.  Sara and Dan are foodies that love good music, good people, and having a good time, and their wedding covered all the bases.  Friends and family stayed at the Larsmont Cottages on Lake Superior and made a weekend out of it.  The day was THE MOST PERFECT North Shore kind of day…a light breeze, beautiful skies, perfect temperatures, and a very enthusiastic group of people!

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Sarah Trotter, of Lasting Impressions Weddings, worked with the couple on the aesthetics of the day.  Laid back darling art by Ello There set the tone for the weekend, and Angela’s Bella Flora created soft organic designs for everything from the bouquet to the flower girl wreaths. 
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We covered the day along with the videographers at Lola Visuals and truly enjoyed running around Duluth with Dan and Sara.  And the dapper couple drew attention wherever they went.  Sara wore a fabulous gown from Brides of France and Dan was in a custom suit from Heimie’s Haberdashery.  Since we’re in Minnesota the weather changes constantly, and this is especially true on the North Shore.  We went from 80% chance of thunderstorms four days ago a cloudy morning the day of to a vibrant blue sky just a few hours later.  And we took full advantage! 
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The ceremony took place outside along the shore.  The couple included meaningful poems and songs and gave an enthusiastic “I do!”
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Cocktail hour was followed by a few more portraits just as the clouds rolled in. 
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Guests were treated to a delicious dinner, including the AMAZING cake (peanut butter chocolate, the BEST!!!!) by How Sweet It Is Cakes.  Dan surprised Sara with a slideshow of their favorite travel pictures, and Sara’s sister surprised the couple with a group sing along. 
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Multiple guests were inviting everyone back to their rooms, and the party naturally ended up at the bride’s parents’ room.  The raucous sounds of singing and general merriment coming from that cottage can only be compared to an Irish Pub.  It was awesome.  The clouds rolled in, the bonfire was lit, and sky lanterns were sent into the air to remember loved ones.  It was a beautiful evening.
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Dan and Sara, thank you so much for having us tell the story of your day.  We are HONORED.

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Harvest Party

September 14th, 2014

Yesterday a fantastic thing happened in Minneapolis.  A community came together to celebrate friendship, enjoy the autumn weather, and eat lots and lots of PIE.  Gatherhaus sponsored the event, and everything went so well!

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We used hand made farm tables from Rudy’s Event Rentals, they were the perfect size, and nice and sturdy!

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Everyone made their own pies, except for me Studio Laguna Photography events   I couldn’t resist getting some of Cocoa and Fig‘s Minnesota Pie on a Stick!  Serving up their treats did all the guests the giant favor of not having to eat my baking Studio Laguna Photography events   Guests filled out a little sign for their pies, indicating gluten free or sugar free or vegan or paleo…since we all have a variety of dietary restrictions, it was neat to see all the variety provided!

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This event was based on community.  We all brought food to share, cleaned up after ourselves, and played with each others’ children.  From vintage sheets as tablecloths, to heirloom quilts to keep us warm, to centerpieces picked from our gardens, this event was homespun, prudent, and local.  Everything we love and value!  This is what Gatherhaus is all about!  We currently have our facebook page that is starting to grow, we would love for that to become a place where people can share and engage.  Future events are coming, and will be announced there.  A blog is also in the works!!!  Join us on this journey =)

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Better When We’re Together

September 13th, 2014

Justin and Christine had their engagement session today!  Even though it was cold enough to see our breath this morning, we created warm sun drenched images.  I truly enjoyed watching these two, they have such affection for each other and love to be together.

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Aren’t they just adorable?!?!?!

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Christine and Justin enjoy the outdoors and love St. Paul, so we made sure to get some skyline shots as well as frolic in nature.

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Justin and Christine, thank you so much for hanging out with me this morning.  I had such a wonderful time and hope you enjoy your sneak peek!!!!

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Alan and Alice

September 7th, 2014

Alan and Alice were married today!

From carousels to paddle boats to the lindy hop, this couple did it all today!   Saint Paul was actually a destination wedding for almost everyone, and made a wonderful central location.  After planning a wedding long distance, Alice and Alan were ready to kick back and relax on their wedding day.  Alice started her day getting ready with Meghan Lee Artistry and then we headed out for some fun portraits.

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The day couldn’t have been more beautiful!  Warm and breezy, it was an ideal Minnesota late summer day.

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After family portraits it was time for the ceremony at Black Bear Crossings on the Lake.  I love this picture of Grandma tring to entertain the flower girl before walking down the aisle!  The ceremony music was performed by Lake Minnetonka String Quartet, my favorite was the theme from Game of Thrones.

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Alan and Alice incorporated parts of her family’s heritage into the ceremony, including readings in mandarin and a tea ceremony.

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YEAH!  Lets totally hop into a paddle boat in our wedding outfits =)

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After dinner, Alice changed into a cute red dress so she could dance the night away in comfort.  There were sweet speeches, a PhotoMingle booth, and an ice cream sundae bar to round out the evening.  The couple are avid dancers and had Midwest Sound play quite the eclectic mix of music from hip hop to the waltz.  It was so fun watching everyone dance!

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Alan and Alice, thank you so much for having us be a part of your day!  Enjoy your sneak peek!

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Jeremy Messersmith – Supper Club Tour

September 5th, 2014

Yesterday, Jeremy Messersmith wrapped up his Supper Club Tour in the studio of La Petite Fleur.  Carra is one of his biggest fans, so this was a fantastic opportunity and I was so excited to get to be a part of it!  In between eating amazing potluck, Minnesotans do it best!, and listening to Jeremy’s fabulous music, I captured a few images to share.  Enjoy!

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Aaron and Jenny

August 23rd, 2014

Aaron and Jenny were married today!

We started off the day with a darling first look at their venue, the American Swedish Institute.  We took advantage of how the colors and architecture perfectly coordinated with the wedding, and had so much to work with at this fabulous space.  Jenny and Aaron’s clean aesthetic was evident in all of their choices to the day, from the clean simple decor to the playful invitation suite designed by A Milestone Paper Co, to the lovely blooms from Molly’s Flower Studio, everything tied in so beautifully.

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We hopped in a limo for a drive around Minneapolis, with the music cranked, it was quite the party bus!  Pictures were truly a blast, the wedding party was up for anything, so we had a great time getting images.

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The ceremony took place at Mt Calvary Lutheran Church.  Jenny’s former youth minister performed the ceremony, it was quite lovely.  Jenny and Aaron both love music, and chose some gorgeous pieces, including an amazing performance by friends and family.  But first, we all got a good chuckle at this exuberant ring bearer….

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After the ceremony, we visited the site where Aaron proposed and took a few more portraits before heading back to the American Swedish Institute for the reception.

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I just LOVED that the couple chose to have a Ketuba at their wedding.  With their vows printed and the signatures of all their guests, this will be a beautiful piece to have in their home.  Ketubas are a fabulous way to show your community’s involvement in your marriage.

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After a fantastic meal from Slate and Stone, Adagio got the dance started.  After the first dance they went into a “good luck dance” where every couple on the dance floor equaled five years of a happy marriage for the couple.  With every guest on the dance floor, you could just feel the love.

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And then it was time to party!

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Aaron and Jenny, thank you so much for having us be a part of your day.  We had a marvelous time!  Enjoy your sneak peek!

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Sean and Sara

August 22nd, 2014

Sean and Sara were married today!

So, word is on the street that Minnesotan and Wisconsin weddings are different from each other…and we sure saw that today.  ‘Sconies can party!  With a steady stream of “All About that Bass” playing, there was constant dancing, smiles, and jokes.

These two lovebirds met while working together at a camp, so it was completely fitting that they chose a relaxed summer camp theme for their wedding.  I just adored the playful designs used throughout the day created by Design by Mary B, they perfectly set the mood.  Sara’s sister-in-law Erin designed the bouquets with the same vibrant summery feel.

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Sara and Sean had their first sight on the La Crosse campus, and a nice stroll before the ceremony at Roncalli Newman Parish.

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Throughout the entire ceremony, Sean just couldn’t keep his eyes off his beautiful bride.

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YESSSSS! We’re married!

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La Crosse is such a lovely town!  We spent the steamy hot afternoon taking pictures all over, with a stop at a favorite watering hole and also a hop in a fountain to cool off.

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Sara is so lovely =)

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SO HAPPY!

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The reception took place at Pettibone Resort, a camp ground and banquet center right on the river.  The camp theme was evident here, from the s’mores table to the Moonrise Kingdom inspired photo booth we set up outside.

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After dinner and speeches and a rousing traditional Irish song, it was time to dance…and this group was ready to get down!  This dance floor was packed, and I was laughing the entire time as we were taking pictures.  Everyone was such a riot and having SUCH a good time.  MJ Entertainment did a great job playing oldies but goodies and also sneaking in some classic rock for the bride’s dad.

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Sean and Sara, thank you so much for having us tell the story of your day!  We had a fabulous time!  Enjoy the sneak peek!

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The Sweetest Gift

August 21st, 2014

We had a beautiful sunset last night which was perfect for a pregnancy session.  Summer flowers and a warm summer night, a loving hubby and a cuddly toddler…what more can a mama ask for?

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I hope you enjoy your sneak peek and that this little bun comes out of the oven soon!!!

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Megan and Julie

August 16th, 2014

Megan and Julie were married today!  Minnetonka Orchards was the perfect location for this nature loving couple.  The day started off with the first sight in the orchard with Julie sneaking up on Megan and both of them exclaiming how adorable the other was when they saw each other.  Though they never discussed what look they were going for, they both chose flowing ivory outfits from The Wedding Shoppe that matched beautifully.

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Julie loves tractors, and we made sure to include Minnetonka Orchard’s extensive collection in our portraits.

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Later in the afternoon, it was time for the ceremony.  Leslie, of Positively Charmed, created a beautiful ceremony full of tender stories and heartfelt words.  Megan and Julie included meaningful music and sweet readings as well as a hand fasting ceremony.  Lots of happy tears were shed for this fabulous couple.

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During cocktail hour we ran around a bit more using the many beautiful vignettes at the orchard for portraits.

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And yes, more tractor time!

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Lasting Impressions Weddings designed the wedding, which had a travel theme interwoven with the orchard’s ambiance.  A popcorn station and atlas guest book along with lawn games were some of the items that added personalization to the day.  Corey Allen Designs created flowers in ivory, green and blue which were so summery and bright.

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After a delicious meal of Famous Dave’s BBQ and many visits to the Muddy Paws Cheesecake buffet, Instant Request started off the dance with Etta James’ “At Last”, a song very special to the brides.

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As the sun set, we took another stroll through the orchard, what a gorgeous night, and what a lovely couple!

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Julie and Megan, we were honored to be a part of your day!  Enjoy your sneak peek!

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Angi and Erin

August 9th, 2014

Angi and Erin were married today!  This beautiful summer day greeted friends and family from near and far to Maplewood Heritage Farm.  This wedding was such a joy to be a part of…the fabulous group of friends surrounding these two kind hearted ladies was wonderful to witness.

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Erin had fabulous henna work done on her arms, I just loved the look!

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The ceremony was heart felt and personal, and it was fun catching Angi’s many expressions throughout the whole thing.  An element I really loved was the stone they used to seal their vows, which was especially meaningful when Erin said her vows to her step sons.

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The barn was all gussied up using DIY flower decorations and burlap runners.  Aesop’s Table cooked outside and laid out the most amazing spread of comfort food.

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Check out these cupcakes from Sweet Retreat!  YUM!

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After speeches full of happy tears, and the best cake cutting ever, Glitter Bomb Party started the dance off right, with Whitney Houston….and the dancing never stopped.

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Erin and Angi, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for having us be a part of your day!  Enjoy your sneak peek!

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