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CHELSEA & BRIAN | EDINA, MN WEDDING

Chelsea & Brian’s day was so perfect!  I first met this couple when I photographed Chelsea’s sister’s wedding last year and I was so happy when they contacted me after they got engaged.  I felt like an old friend, and when I left the wedding, Chelsea’s dad gave me a kiss on the cheek and told me I was part of the family!  It might’ve been one of the very sweetest moments of my career and I feel so incredibly lucky to work with such genuine couples and families.

But let’s talk more about Chelsea & Brian!  They met working at Target Corp and through the heartfelt toasts I learned how as their relationship grew, they met each other’s families and about how Brian didn’t exactly impress the fam with his board game skills, but won Chelsea’s heart anyway! ;)  Their day was simple yet beautiful.  Easy, just like their relationship.  The way they interact and smile at each other feels so loving and so real.  Their beloved pup, Addison, made a cameo! It was a fun day and a perfect start to what I have no doubt will be a strong marriage.  Chelsea & Brian, thank you for inviting me to be a part of your day!  I adore you both!

Vendors:
Dress: Monique Lhullier from L’atelier Couture
Bride’s Hair & Make Up: Haus Salon
Bridesmaid Hair & Make Up: Creative Beauté
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale from Flutter Boutique
Groom/Groomsmen Tuxes: Heimie’s Haberdashery
Invitations: Paper Rock Scissors
Florals: Munster Rose
Ceremony: Christ Presbyterian Church
Recption: Westin Edina Galleria
Cake: Sweet Retreat
DJ: Midwest Sound
Photobooth: Traveling Photobooth

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UP NORTH | APOSTLE ISLANDS KAYAK TRIP

I recently road tripped to Bayfield/Madeline Island, Wisconsin with a small group of girlfriends for a short overnight trip just to get out of the city and enjoy nature!  We wanted to go kayaking around the beautiful Apostle Islands and explore the area.  On a rare Saturday off (after a Friday wedding), we loaded up a car and headed up north.  Shortly after arriving in Bayfield, we stopped for lunch and asked the cook what we should do with the remainder of the day. She encouraged us to go to Madeline Island via ferry and rent mopeds to cruise around the island, so off we went.  At the moped shop we met a Bulgarian guy, and I surprised him with my (very limited) Bulgarian-speaking skills and very Bulgarian name, thanks to my hubby! ;)  We ended up hanging with out with Alex (the Bulgarian) and had a fun day on the island.  We hiked and Big Bay State Park and skipped rocks on the lake.  I don’t want to brag, but we perfected the art of rock skipping (you gotta select the perfect flat, surprisingly heavy rock, and get really low with your arm and body), skipping rocks 6+ skips!  After dinner and many drinks at the coolest bar, we took the last ferry back to the mainland, and rested up for our all day kayak expedition the next day with Lost Creek Adventures.  Though the kayak adventure didn’t go as planned (and I got super sea sick), due to rough seas and wind, we still had an amazing day.  I love being up north!

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TANYA & MATT | SEMPLE MANSION WEDDING

Congratulations to the newlyweds!  Tanya and Matt chose the gorgeous Semple Mansion to celebrate their day!  I absolutely love this venue and was oohing and ahhing over all of the gorgeous details.  Tanya’s ballgown was stunning and so her, and both Tanya and Matt were all smiles all day!! I’m so lucky to work with such joyful couples that are so in love and excited to spend their lives together.  The decor and flowers and shoes are fun, but truly, a happy bride and groom are what it’s all about!  Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your day!

Vendors:
Venue: Semple Manion
Florist: Floral Logic
Dress and Tuxes: Wedding Shoppe
Bridesmaids Dresses: Flutter Boutique
Stationery: Serif & Stripes
Officiant: Greg Grimstad
Ceremony Music: Bel Canto Quartet
Caterer: Brie Cater
Bakery: Buttercream
Rings: Arthur’s Jewelers
Band: The Covers

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Butch McCartney - Beautiful black & whites, Laura! Awesome wedding!

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MARY BETH & FRED | LAKE MINNETONKA WEDDING

Mary Beth & Fred were married on warm and gorgeous summer day!  They began their celebration at the historic Our Lady of Lourdes church near downtown Minneapolis, then guests hopped over to the shores of beautiful Lake Minnetonka in Wayzata, MN for a tented party overlooking the water on Fred’s family’s private residence.  Near the end of cocktail hour, the weather suddenly changed and if rain (or sudden downpours) is considered good luck, I think Mary Beth and Fred are destined for a lifetime of happiness!

After a wild party with amazing entertainment from the band, and a sparkler exit, the newlyweds jetted off to Europe for a dream honeymoon with stops including Tuscany and Santorini! I may or may not have staked their Instagram accounts for teeny peeks!

Huge, huge thanks to the amazing vendors involved!  I feel very lucky to work with such talented and passionate people and I know they all helped execute the perfect day for this sweet couple!
Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Ceremony: Our Lady of Lourdes
Reception: Private Residence
Florist: Sadie’s Couture Floral
Dress: Legends by Romona Keveza from L’atelier Couture Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Tent: Apres
Linen: Linen Effects
Caterer: Deco

Cake: Buttercream
Band: Casblanca Orchestra

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MINI APPLE / BIG APPLE

Just for fun, sometimes I carry my old-school 35mm film camera around in my tote.  This is a random collections of images I captured on that camera in Minneapolis and New York.  A few of the photos including the first and last, were taken from the observation deck of the Foshay Tower in downtown Minneapolis.  A former client-turned-friend was visiting from Boston, and she invited me to be a tourist with her for a day.  I couldn’t say no!  We had the observation deck all to ourselves and had fun taking pics and enjoying the views. I wish she lived closer so we could go on random adventures more often!

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