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Cece nailed her senior session, and the proof is below! We did a quick one hour session at the Angel of Hope Arboretum on a beautiful sunny evening, and since I shoot there really often, I wanted to make sure that we got some different looks to Cece’s session. We made that happen by playing around in harsh light, which I usually avoid with seniors – but Cece was totally on the same page as me and we both love some of the more unique photos that we made together!

Here’s a few of my favorites from the session!

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Dustin & Nikki had a gorgeous day for their Woods Chapel wedding in Orono, MN this past weekend. The Woods Chapel provided the picture-perfect backdrop for the day, and a lush setting for their outdoor ceremony. The new Mr. & Mrs. spent the day surrounded by their family and friends, including their two fur babies Monster and Payton Rose who served as ring bearer and flower girl (are you kidding me with that dog suit and that gorg collar made of roses!? Obsessed.)

Nikki opted for a super unique off-white mermaid gown by Allure Bridals with subtle clear linear sequins and a full line of buttons down the back. She had some amazing sparkly heels as an option, but wore cowboy boots the whole day instead (atta girl!) Dustin and his groomsmen looked dapper in navy, white and blush and stood out from the bridesmaid’s blush gowns from the Wedding Shoppe perfectly. KMB Floral came through as always with a divinely massive blush bouquet for Nikki to hold throughout the day – I love Kari’s work and am always excited when my brides choose to work with her!

After a short and sweet ceremony, guests headed to the Hilton Bloomington/Minneapolis where they enjoyed a cocktail hour with the bride and groom, followed by a delicious meal and dancing!

I had the best time with Dustin, Nikki, their bridal party and their families throughout the whole day. Their “people” are so dedicated to supporting them and were so in tune with them and their needs throughout the day. It is so obvious how in love Nikki and Dustin are with each other and how committed they are to loving each other well for the rest of their lives! A love like theirs always makes the wedding day fly by so quickly because it’s pure joy!

Nikki & Dustin, a thousand thanks for having me on one of the biggest days of your lives!

Here are some photos that tell a bit of the story from their wedding day…

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Thank you to the fantastic vendors who made this day possible!

Ceremony Venue: The Woods Chapel, Orono MN

Reception Venue: The Hilton Minneapolis, Bloomington MN

Bride’s Hair: Miranda at Mirabella Studios

Bride’s Makeup: Chelsey at Belle on Wheels

Bride’s Gown: Allure Bridals from The Wedding Shoppe

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe

Men’s Tuxes: Express

Cake Artist: Buttercream

Ceremony Videography: Voxel Cinematography

Floral Design: Kari at KMB Floral

 

Emily, her mom, sister, and I met up last week in Maple Grove, MN for her senior session! We began our session surrounded by some gorgeous blooms and then drove over to a local park to complete the shoot!

Emily, thanks for being so fun to work with! I love how your session turned out & I’m excited to share it here today!

Thank you Emile Ann for the gorgeous makeup!
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What a day! Lucas and Katelyn tied the knot last weekend at Salem Covenant Church in Pennock, MN and celebrated with family and friends afterwords at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds in Willmar, MN. When I arrived at the church on Saturday, it was pouring rain. Throughout the whole morning the weather had been on and off, but as soon as Kate began the finishing touches on her makeup and hair the clouds parted and the sun came out! It peeked out here and there throughout the rest of the day, and by the time we drove into Willmar for the reception, we were left with a gorgeous, sunny evening. Lucas, Kate and their bridal party were such good sports throughout their formal photo time, dealing with the harsh wind like champs! I kept reminding the bride and groom that the wind would make their photos that much more dramatic – and I was right 😉 I love shooting in wide-open Minnesota, and the wind really did play up Kate’s dress beautifully.

One of the highlights of the ceremony for me was when Lucas & Kate’s pastor pulled out a photo that included both of them from their confirmation class who-knows how many years ago! I can’t imagine how many memories they share from growing up in the same church! They helped lead worship together by playing guitar at one point during the ceremony, and made sure that their message was focused on Jesus (the best kind of wedding!)

After the ceremony, they walked straight down the aisle, decisively high-fived me, (a pretty good moment in my career) and we all drove right to their reception at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds, where the finishing touches were being put on the decorations! The space was totally transformed with flowers, twinkle lights, and vintage doors galore – it was such a fun space to photograph! With our little pocket of time before guests arrived, we snagged a few more photos around the fairground and soaked up the wind-free, sunny evening!

Lucas and Kate, thank you so much for trusting me with your day! I had such a wonderful time with you two, and your awesome bridal party!

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Thanks to the vendors who made this day wonderful!

Ceremony: Salem Covenant Church, Pennock MN

Reception: Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds, Willmar MN

Tuxes: Knight’s Chamber

Bride’s Gown: Carrie Johnson Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: BHLDN, Azazie

Floral Design: Wild at Heart Floral

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