Kristen & Andy have an incredibly special love and an incredibly special story! With the help of Kristen’s dad, George, Andy plotted and planned for months before proposing to Kristen on a whirlwind trip to Ireland, in her grandmother’s hometown on what was her birthday. In the midst of the joy and high highs of engagement and wedding planning, sadly the couple and their families were dealt with a blow: Kristen’s father, a physician himself, was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. He suddenly found himself going from doctor to patient, and was soon being treated by his own colleagues at Mayo, where he had worked as a cardiologist for over 50 years. Kristen & Andy ditched any preconceived notions of what they wanted their wedding to look like (they had originally planned on Hawaii or Santa Barbara) and decided that Kristen’s family home in Rochester would provide the perfect backdrop for an intimate backyard ceremony and tented cocktails and a reception. The date (only months after their engagement!) was planned around George’s intense chemo and radiation schedule.

Of course, every wedding is always special, and every detail so meaningful, but photographing this day and this loving family was one of the highlights of my career. Not only did my team and I get to photograph the wedding day, but we also photographed the rehearsal dinner and Kristen’s final dress fitting with her mom & dad at L’atelier Couture. There were so many memorable moments and lots of tears and laughter. One of my favorite details was Kristen’s Monique Lhuillier dress. Her father picked it out of the racks and racks of gorgeous gowns at L’atelier and imagine their surprise when the found out the dress shared a named with Kristen’s late grandmother, Elizabeth; the one who hailed from Ireland, from the town where Andy proposed. I didn’t get a chance to meet Andy until the wedding weekend, but right away it was so apparent why Kristen – and George! – love him so much. They’re both so smart, and so witty, and so incredibly kind; they’re really a perfect match. They’re gracious beyond measure and were over the moon to be surrounded in love by each other and their family and friends.

Their story is coming to the Fall/Winter issue of The Knot Minnesota magazine and I hope you’ll read more there. I really can’t do it justice, in fact, I hope the article includes lots of quotes from the bride, who just happens to be a spectacularly talented writer! I am truly grateful to do what I do and to be allowed into such intimate moments in peoples’ lives. Kristen and Andy, I wish you a lifetime of happiness, and even though I know you’re feeling pain too, I hope you’ll always find comfort in each other.

VENDORS | Planner: Bash Please | Flowers: Munster Rose | Videographer: Shark Pig | Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier from L’atlier Couture | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Custom Clutch: Edie Parker | Headpiece: Maria Elena from L’atelier Couture | Rings: XIV Karats Beverly Hills | Hair & Makeup: Emily J. | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier from Nordstrom | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Mestad’s | Invitations & Stationery: Bash Please | Tent: Sperry Tents | Rentals: A Vintage Touch | Coffee Cart: Old Abe Coffee | Catering: Omar’s Kitchen | Cake: Daube’s Bakery | Music & Photo Booth: Flow Event Group

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

blog_title_decorationSNE & JON | MINNESOTA BARN WEDDING

Sne reached out to me as soon as she got engaged and said she had been following me online forever! I must admit, I always love when emails start out like that! From the moment we met in my studio to discuss their big day, I felt like we were the perfect fit! Sne & Jon’s biggest priority was photography and they wanted to ensure their wedding day would be documented perfectly. They also wanted to include their beloved pups, Annabelle & Gonzo.

They got married at the most perfect, little, red barn in Lakeville, then had a small and intimate reception at Angry Inch, a brewery they own together with a friend. Hosting their wedding at Angry Inch, a place they had put a tremendous amount of energy into, was incredibly special. The couple and their co-owners have put their heart and souls into this place. Everything from handmade tables and chandeliers crafted out of growlers, to Sne working on the branding and design. It’s been a labor of love, and it really shows. Friends and family were treated to yummy Greek food and more brews than they could handle before dancing the night away. The whole day had a relaxed and celebratory vibe. Sne & Jon, it was such an honor to document your day and be a part of your lives! I wish we could go back and do it all over again!

blog_title_decorationSLOVENIA ROAD TRIP

Slovenia is one of the most surprising places I’ve visited. It was never really on my travel list, but on one of my numerous trips to Budapest, a local friend recommended I visit Kranjska Gora, a teeny mountain village in the northwest corner of the country, near the border where Slovenia, Italy, and Austria all converge. The area has a ton of beautiful bike trails and since I love biking, I was SOLD. My friend was kind enough to lend me her car and a bike, so I drove solo from Budapest, through Slovenia to this little hidden gem of an area.

I found a little AirBnB on the border and spent a few days exploring the area on my borrowed mountain bike. (Ironically, the car broke down and spent a few day at the mechanics, so THANK GOODNESS I had a bike!)  It’s kinda cool to be able to say I’ve biked from Slovenia to Italy and Austria (even though it was only a few miles!). The mountainous terrain proved a lot more difficult than the flat roads I am used to in Minneapolis, but biking to beautiful glacial lakes was something out of a dream. On the way back to Budapest, I also visited Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj (by car!), which were incredible. I highly recommend a visit to this beautiful area. Just a few of my favorite film photos below:

Images captured on the Contax 645 with Fuji 400h film.