blog_title_decorationMAGGIE & GREG | DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS WEDDING

I originally met Maggie when she was a bridesmaid in Emma & Alex’s wedding. You know how you just connect with certain people? You click and feel like you have so much in common?! That’s how I feel about Emma, and Maggie, and their tribe of friends. (Probably doesn’t help that I’ve stalked them all online since ’14!) I was soooo excited when Maggie reached out to tell me the good news that she was engaged to a very dapper gentleman named Greg. These two, along with their pup, Max, are the sweetest little family! It certainly makes my job easy to work with couples that are so in love, and not afraid to smile, laugh, and have fun!

Maggie & Greg (aka #gregandpeg) had the most perfect wedding day. It was mid November, but the sun was SHINING bright and the temps were warm. They hosted a fabulous party at the newly renovated Lumber Exchange in downtown Minneapolis and kept their guests entertained with yummy food, a dessert buffet, and a jam-packed dance floor!

VENDORS | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Lumber Exchange Event Center | Getting Ready: Laura Ivanova Photography Studio | Florals: Bachman’s | Wedding Gown: a&bé | Bridesmaids’ skirts: BLUSHFASHION | Hair and makeup: The Wedding Stylists | DJ: Instant Request

Images captured on the Contax 645 and Canon 1V with Fuji 400h, Ilford XP2, and Ilford 3200 film

blog_title_decorationMAL, CODY & PINOT | ONE YEAR

I was so happy to have past clients, Mal & Cody and their pup, Pinot, in my studio for a one-year anniversary session! Mal and Cody have had a whirlwind year since their wedding day (how has it already been a year?!?), with an amazing honeymoon in New Zealand, and traveling all over the states for Cody’s career as a pro baseball player! They made it all the way to the world series this year, and even this non-baseball girl (I’m referring to myself here, ha, sorry guys!!) was cheering them on! It’s always so fun to see previous clients again; let’s make it an annual tradition!

Hair and makeup by the fabulous Julie Swenson.
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blog_title_decorationPORTUGAL

Ahhh, Portugal. Almost a year ago today, I was jetting off to my explore this beautiful country. If I’m being honest, the real motivation was to visit Spain. Specifically, Salamanca; a city that has a special place in my heart since I studied abroad there. Taking a leap to move to that foreign country, even if for a short time, sparked my love of travel and adventure. While I will always love Spain, plane tickets to Portugal were significantly cheaper, and Salamanca was just a short drive away. And lo and behold, I found out Portugal is pretty freaking amazing too. I picked up a hitchhiker in Spain (sorta! the truth is, I met another solo female traveler from Japan, and after a big, meandering loop around Spain, we decided to explore the Algarve region of Portugal before heading up to Lisbon). Together we hiked along the rocky shores of the southern coast. My new friend (who had been traveling the world solo for almost three years when we met in December of 2015) told me that whenever a place was really, extra special, she doesn’t take a photo, as she prefers to see it only with her eyes and let it slowly fade from her memory. She said it so poetically in her mix of broken English and Spanish (the two languages we used to communicate); much more poetically than I could ever hope to write. Though she has visited countless beaches around the world, she proclaimed the Algarve as her new favorite and never snapped a pic. I, on the other hand, took enough pictures for the both of us and we enjoyed the crisp weather and off-season that scared all the other tourists away. (My absolute favorite thing is visiting places in the opposite time as is recommended!! Like winter on a beach!)

After a few nights in the Algarve, we headed up the coast to Lisbon, and were blown away by the beautiful city. Super welcoming people, generous yet inexpensive meals, Fado bars on every corner, pastries that still make my mouth water, and my new favorite wine, Vinho Verde. Pure perfection. I can’t wait to go back- there is so much more to see.