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Congrats to Molly & Steve!!  I met this gorgeous couple on the perfect summer evening for an engagement session.  It was one of those nights where there is no place on earth you’d rather be than enjoying the beautiful lakes of Minnesota.  The couple chose two special spots for their session- both of their home neighborhoods.  Molly lives on the river on St Anthony Main and Steve lives on Lake Minnetonka.  They love the water, and for their session, it was the perfect mix of city and nature.  Molly and Steve will tie the knot in 2016, and I’ll be waiting (im)patiently for their big day!!

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I had such a fun time with Chrissy, James & their pup, Hero!  We started their session in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, then headed to the couple’s hometown of Breezy Point, New York, just outside the city for photos on the beach.  We arrived at the perfect time and the sunset was beautiful.  I seriously didn’t know this little slice of heaven existed so close to NYC- it is absolutely stunning, and a perfect summer night (albeit a bit windy!).  Thanks to the lovely couple for the amazing session- I can’t wait to be back in October for the big day!!

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  • Therese Tully - Beautiful pictures of this beautiful couple…

  • Chrissy Tully - LOVE how the pictures turned out!! You work magic :) so excited to have you as our wedding photographer! xoxo

  • Donna Fedele - Absolutely lovely!

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!!!!

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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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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