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Almost two weeks ago I photographed a very intimate wedding at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

 Both the bride and groom flew in from out of state for their wedding day which made their wedding day the first day I met them! I typically prefer to schedule a face to face meeting with my wedding clients before their wedding and at their venue, if possible. But when working with out of state clients this, of course, is rarely possible.

I toured the venue the day before with the wedding coordinator so I knew that two other weddings were taking place there on the same day but when I spotted the bride I was sure she was the one. :)

We introduced each other and got to work – our time together was short and the weather wasn’t overly conducive to a bride in a wedding dress.

 Here are a few of my favorites:

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There is a big fountain on the Center grounds and just as we headed over there for photos the sun came out from behind the clouds. We eventually found ourselves in a decent lighting situation but the wind was blowing sprinkles on us from the fountain. It made for a few neat photos. :)

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These were possibly the only few trees left with trees in all of the Twin Cities metro area.

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The bride made genealogy trees for both herself and the groom.  During the ceremony their mothers were asked to come up and place them on the mantel.

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The ceremony was quick, to the point, emotional, and quite entertaining.  :)

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They literally tied the knot. :)

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And sealed it with a kiss!

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Congratulations!!  :)

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I drove out to Cottage Grove to meet with a couple to review their wedding contract and do their engagement session. It was wonderful to meet them and to explore their wedding venue – Hope Glen Farm. There were quite a few neat photo spots. I can almost imagine their wedding already! We had a lot of fun and here are some of my favorite photos:

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Congratulations C+K! I can’t wait to photograph your wedding in 2013!

Last weekend I photographed a lovely wedding in downtown Minneapolis. Unfortunately the weather made the day a bit more difficult but the wedding, portrait time, and reception, were all perfect.

Here are a few of my favorite photos (sorry about the weird formatting/frames, I pulled this from my frost on flower blogger):

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Posting to Instagram. :) My favorite couple yet.
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The bride is a school bus driver.
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So we got a few shots of her in the driver’s seat of one of the shuttle buses.
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A big wedding party but I managed to squeeze them all in.
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Mr. Bridesmaid didn’t really like to smile.
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A lot of thought when into which pair of shoes the bride would wear.
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Groom & Officant
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Some goofy stuff.
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Some normal stuff.
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Overall it was a ton of fun.
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We did some jumping photos by the Stone Arch Bridge.
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I wish I could have stayed to enjoy one of these!
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I absolutely loved the bride’s bouquet.
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Congratulations!!! :)

A few years ago Tyler and I had new gutters put on our house.  Our old gutters were original to the home and were full of big holes.  This was causing quite the problem in our basement which had it’s own set of holes.  The person who did the work was a referral from a friend in Oklahoma.  After our gutters were installed we ordered gutter screens through that friend but he was unfortunately unable to install them for us.  We planned to get around to it but, as happens too often with home projects, we didn’t get around to it as quickly as we would have liked.  Part of the problem was that the screens had to be trimmed a bit to fit and we also don’t own a ladder tall enough to reach our second floor.  Our gutters got clogged and some were overflowing.

I wasn’t able to do a darn thing without a ladder and with a small baby at home.  So I sat down and thought hard about what we could do – paying someone to do it just wasn’t feasible at the time.  And then it dawned on me!  Trading!  I LOVE trading services!  So I posted a little add on Craigslist and was overwhelmed with responses.
I settled on a guy named Joel.  He works for a roofing company that was doing a lot of work in my neighborhood, specifically roof and siding work after the tornado went through north Minneapolis last May.  We weighed the numbers and Joel decided he would install the screens and do some other custom wood work on our exterior.  He was also gracious enough to reroof our garage, which was basically to the point of caving in, for a very low cost.
Over the course of last summer and earlier this summer Tyler and I both got to know Joel and even invited him in for dinner while he was working on our garage.  Little by little we learned more about him, his family, his fiance, and their wedding.
A couple of weeks ago I was finally able to hold up by end of our trade – I photographed his lovely wedding in Lindstrom, MN!
Be warned… there are A LOT of photos in this post!

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Best first look reaction ever:

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Lots of great buildings and textures at the Gammelgarden Museum.

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Stretching out smile muscles:

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Great groom & best man “pose” after arriving at the Panola Valley Gardens:

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Snack break for the guys, just as it was starting to rain:

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Twinsies:

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Attempting to take cover from the rain in a little wooded area:

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Portraits with the bridesmaids and family took place under the cover of the ceremony location:

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The father of the bride was still a little wet from our previous adventure:

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I love the series of photos I got of the bride & groom attempting to pose with the groom’s niece and nephew.  This one, of everyone checking out his blue tongue, is my favorite:

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The rain cleared up just before the ceremony so we were able to squeeze in a couple of wedding party shots:

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I grabbed the rings and the wedding party prepared themselves:

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Great idea! We programs/fans for a potential hot August day:

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Oreo cookie break, of course:

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Antsy little guy climbed up the gazebo.  He was dressed, ready, and waiting hours before the ceremony:

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The groom’s parents flew in from Japan.  The groom’s father officiated:

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The receiving line was in a perfect location:

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The groom’s grandfather gave the blessing before dinner:

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The kids REALLY enjoyed the “Just Married” balloons and the large dance floor:

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After dinner and speeches by family and the wedding party everyone watched a slideshow of highlights from the bride & groom growing up and their lives together:

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Lovely first dance:

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I love father/daughter dance hands, I think it’s my “thing”:

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It’s been so nice to get to know Joel, his wife, and his family.  A big thanks to Craigslist for an awesome trade!

Congratulations Amy & Joel!!

A couple of weeks ago I photographed a beautiful wedding at the University Club in downtown St. Paul, MN. The afternoon was fast paced and involved many locations. I began at the bride’s mother’s home while the bride and her bridesmaids took care of their finishing touches. We then headed through rush hour traffic and construction to the wedding venue where the ladies took a little more time to prepare themselves. I checked in with the guys upstairs in the penthouse before meeting the ladies in a lovely stairwell before beginning the ceremony. The ceremony was sweet and quick. When it was over the wedding party and myself piled into a limo and headed to Rice Park in downtown St. Paul and then over the Summit Hill for photographs before heading back to the venue to meet with family before heading upstairs the ballroom for the reception. It makes me dizzy just thinking about everything we managed to cram into four hours! The afternoon was a whirlwind, the wedding party seemed to have a really great time, and the bride’s wedding dress was stunning! Below are some of my favorite shots! :)

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Congratulations! :)

A couple of weeks ago I photographed my first wedding not on land. I jumped at the opportunity to photograph a wedding on a boat. :) I drove out to Stillwater, MN where I met Janell and Craig along with their family and friends. We snapped some formal and group shots before boarding the Jubilee II for a couple of hours. The ceremony was simple and lovely, the food was delicious, and the party was just getting started when the boat came back to shore and I headed home.

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Congratulations!! :)

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of photographing my friend’s sister’s wedding in Chicago.

It was a wonderful set up – Tyler, Olive, and I drove to Illinois the day before the wedding and shared a hotel room at the Blackstone downtown with our friend’s Brooke & Scott. I’m from just outside of Chicago and Chicago is where Tyler and I met while we were both living there.

We all woke up Saturday morning and I headed upstairs with Brooke to photograph the ladies getting ready while Scott, the brother of the bride and my fellow photographer, captured what the men were up to. Tyler and Olive did some adventuring around the city.

The ceremony took place at the Chicago Veterans Memorial in the middle of downtown, right on the river. It was a hot and sunny day! I think we all complained about the heat that day but it’s been so much worse since then – I’m so glad they got married at the beginning of the month! After the portraits were done in the same area we headed to Reza’s where the reception was being held. Scott walked with Tyler and Olive while I took a cab with the bride and groom.

It was so much fun to photograph this wedding. Starting early with a wedding party, photographing them getting ready, and having time to get to know each other really makes for a wonderful atmosphere and experience for the entire event. And its always fun to work with friends. It was extra special that Tyler and Olive were able to pop in to visit every once in a while and also attend the reception. The reception was enjoyable and exciting well into the night. Scott and I made sure to put our cameras down and get in on the dancing.

We spent the rest of the weekend visiting with my family in the suburbs. Tyler’s family also drove in from Iowa to visit. Our moms watched Olive for the day while we took a trip up to Six Flags Great America with Tyler’s little brother and sister. Overall it was a wonderful weekend. I love photographing weddings and events out of town but love it even more when I can turn it into a trip to visit family as well!

Here are a few of my favorites from the day:

Be sure to check out my flickr gallery if you’d like to see more and to see Scott’s perspective of the day you can see his work here.

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Congratulations!! :)

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