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CARLY, TIM & MOLLY | TAYLORS FALLS ENGAGEMENT

Carly & Tim are getting married!  Carly is a fellow photographer (check out her lovely work on her website!) and when she reached out to me, I was so flattered and humbled that she wanted me to document her and Tim’s engagement and wedding! Carly has such a great eye for fashion and styling (and really anything creative!!) and I knew their engagement session would be perfection! When she told me they chose Taylors Falls as the location, I was even more excited.

Carly and Tim are truly the sweetest couple.  Gorgeous inside and out.  They are so affectionate towards each other and give the best hugs!  They aren’t afraid to get a little silly! Not to mention that they have the cutest little boxer pup, Molly!  I have a soft spot in my heart for black and white dogs, and if Molly’s good looks don’t win you over, her disposition certainly will!  I had so much fun spending the evening with these three exploring the bluffs and chatting about the wedding, home decor, DIY projects, and more.

Counting the days till the big day!

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Jody Savage - These are gorgeous! Love her style and long hair!!

Carly LaVigne - Laura! .. My goodness! These images could not be more perfect! My heart is so overwhelmingly filled with joy right now! I am speechless. What a perfect way to start off my week! (Could I use any more exclamation marks to get my excitement across?!!!)

I cannot thank you ENOUGH for capturing such beautiful moments between me and Tim (and Molly)! .. the bug bites and humidity were well worth it! :) These images are a perfect display of our relationship and who we are together. I cannot wait to put them in an album and up on our walls so that we can live in these little moments over and over again, every day; What a beautiful reminder.

We are so blessed and thankful to have you as our photographer.

xo.

Helgi - Omg, this couple is a typical “Laura” couple, the Dog? SO cute!!!!

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KENDRA, MATT & EVIE | FAMILY SESSION ON FILM

Meet Kendra & Matt, two incredibly talented photographers, and their beautiful daughter, Evie. I originally met Kendra digitally through social media circles, but we officially met in person on a random flight from Boston to Minneapolis.  Kendra and Matt were living there at the time, but traveling back and forth for weddings, and I was in Boston visiting a friend.  Our flight was delayed and I remember being particularly irritated.  I had my headphones on and was leaning up against a wall (likely scowling), when an adorable blond came up and introduced herself.  I begrudgingly pulled my earbuds out before I realized who it was (sorry Kendra!). Luckily she forgave me and we hit it off right away! We also happened to be seated in the same row, and one of our fellow passengers traded seats so I could sit right next to Kendra and and Matt and chat the whole way to Minneapolis.

Fast forward a couple years and now Kendra & Matt’s family has grown!  They have a tradition of having family photos taken on their wedding anniversary and this is their first anniversary with Evie.  I must be honest, although I love babies (especially smiley, adorable, giggly babies like Miss Evelyn), I don’t typically photograph them. I love weddings and they’re definitely my passion and the foundation of my business. But, I trusted that they trusted my abilities and vision, and I couldn’t resist Evie’s sweet little cheeks.  Seriously, could this baby possibly be any cuter?! Plus, I knew that Evie can’t walk (or run; away from me) so I decided to step out of my comfort zone and give a family shoot a try. I shot this entire session on film, and just had fun with this amazing family.  Thanks Kendra & Matt for trusting me to document your beautiful love!

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Catharine - Totally adorable Laura!

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JANE, PETER & SCOUT | ENGAGEMENT SESSION

I absolutely adore this couple and their little pup, Scout!  We started at their gorgeous home in Edina for family pics with Scout, then we headed to the Minikada Club, where Jane & Peter met many years ago.  We finished the session on Lake Minnetonka; Jane & Peter love summers at the lake and spend all their free time up north at their family cabin, where they’ll tie the knot in September. They wanted to incorporate a summery, nautical feel to their engagement session, since they love being on the water.  Thanks to Tina Beaupre for Jane’s makeup, Julie Swenson for her hair and helping out the entire session, and to Kerry Ciardelli for letting us use your amazing vintage boat and for styling it so perfectly!

Counting the days ’til September!!

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Emilia Jane - LOVE this whole session. Just love.

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FLORI & MO | SOFIA, BULGARIA

Let’s take it back to the year 2000 today! I had recently graduated from high school in small town Minnesota and moved to Fargo, North Dakota to pursue my degrees in Architecture and Interior Design. I was going to be living in the dorms and was randomly placed with a international student from Japan. Luckily, the new roommate and I hit it off very well and since she was a sophomore (and I knew exactly 0 people at NDSU) I started hanging out with her and her friends. She was a member of the International Student’s Association, which just happened to have a very cute Bulgarian president! This Bulgarian president and I seemed to cross paths often. I don’t remember specifically meeting him, but we had mutual friends, worked at the same on-campus job, and saw each other at parties and events.

This randomly placed roommate turned out to be so serendipitous. I met so many international students from all over the world which sparked my love for travel and exploration. But most importantly, it led me to my now husband. After a couple years of running into this cute Bulgarian boy, we eventually started dating, eventually tied the knot, and now we will have been married 9 years in July. (HOLY CRAP!!!) As soon as we started dating we fell head over heels in love and it wasn’t long before he invited me to Bulgaria. It wasn’t exactly your typical “meet the parents” scenario. I had to fly 5,000+ miles to meet them. Of course, we were poor college students, so we had to purchase the cheapest fares ever, and if I recall correctly, we had about 15 connections to get to Bulgaria! I remember showing up at the airport, nervous as can be, jet lagged beyond belief, feeling like I desperately needed a shower. We made our way to my in-laws home, and there waiting was a sweet, little, wide-eyed girl named Florina. Flori was only 15 at the time (heck, I was only 22!). I wasn’t engaged yet, but I was pretty sure this girl was eventually going to be my sister-in-law and I was so nervous to meet her. Maybe more nervous than meeting the parents. Flori studied English and spoke pretty well, but back then communication was more limited. We bonded over painting our nails together and our mutual love of her brother!

The next time I saw Flori (and my in-laws) was at my wedding. After that, Flori moved to Minnesota to study, and eventually she met a boy too. He was from Tanzania and they fell in love. Before we knew it, we found ourselves celebrating at their wedding, 1 day before our own six year wedding anniversary! Anyone who sees Flori and Mo together can immediately see how in love they are. (Or if you’re on Facebook, you can just check out Mo’s annoyingly sappy Facebook status updates!!! ;) I’m really happy my little sis found a man who loves her so much and treats her so well. Our family time together is limited since we live on three different continents, but it was so good to be in Bulgaria in last month. I captured a few photos for Flori and Mo. Miss you guys so much!

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Inga - Lovely couple! But those trees are out of this world :)

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