BRICK X MORTAR WEDDING | MINNEAPOLIS, MN | EMILY + ROB

Brick x Mortar is a shared working space in downtown Minneapolis. An amazing Rooftop view, comfortable lounge seating all around makes for an amazing wedding venue. My friend Olivia mentioned she was shooting a wedding here - and I jumped at the chance to get in on the action. It was absolutely perfect evening.

MINNETONKA, MN | FAMILY SESSION

Another fun family session:) When we first started discussing this session, there was a bit of nervousness due to these boys being, well, boys. But as a family photographer, it is all about knowing kids, and lucky for me, I have one of my own that has taught me how they think:)

A few things we did that helped make this an AMAZING session.

1.) Location - we did this where the Max and Oliver are the most comfortable - at their house, where we could play with the tennis racket, we could see their rooms, they could show me where they found a mouse. For kids that might be nervous or shy - its always good to have familiar things they can show new people.

2.) We took our time, we don’t need the “all smiling” photo the minute I walk in. In fact, usually the first 15min of a family session there aren’t all that many “keepers” and that is OK!!! It is weird having a camera pointed at your face, and I know that, let’s all just get comfortable.

3.) let them be kids and PLAY:) Just have fun, play, if they aren’t listening, it is ok, just change the game or subject, get their attention a different way.

4.) Just let go, know that the goal is getting photos of you being you, they don’t all have to be perfect smiles.

We got a mix of everything, and by the end, we were taking pics of mom and dad together;)

MINNEAPOLIS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | EAGAN, MN POOL SESSION

Non traditional family sessions are my favorite. Pick an activity that is meaningful to your family - something you LOVE to do. It could be going to brunch on Sunday mornings, it could be running around with sprinklers in the backyard, or in the Sexe Family’s case - launching your kids as high as the second story of your house in the pool. Anna first contacted me and said she had an idea about a family shoot and was wondering what I thought. The phone on her camera wasn’t cutting it for capturing the epic height or reactions on her kiddo’s faces anymore, and she was nervous as they got bigger, that the height will start to decrease. While that may be true, I have a feeling with these kiddos they will be jumping and flipping into that pool for MANY years to come. We started with 15 min of family photos outside of there house, with a quick change while we grabbed a few more of sweet little Aspen, and we were launching. SO FUN!!!

GOLDEN OAK FARM WEDDING | WEBSTER, MN | MICHAEL & JOANNA (and llamas)

ahhhhh WHAT A DAY! Mike and Jo made a commitment to be present, be grateful and to celebrate love on their wedding day and they lived these things through and through. From the first time I met them, I knew this day would be amazing. We talked about how photos were important to them, but they didn’t want their day to be driven by the photos - and from that moment on I knew we were a great fit. The entire day was at Golden Oak Farm, and it was the truly the perfect setting.

As I love to say, THIS IS YOUR WEDDING DAY!!!!, (not a photoshoot), so don’t let it get away from you. Don’t get me wrong, I think I took more photos than I literally ever have during a wedding day - but these photos are moments, snapped in time for them to relive this day over and over, 50 years from now, and for that, I am forever grateful our paths crossed, and I had the honor to capture this day.

Everywhere I looked there were moments happening. Kids petting llamas, adults swinging on swings, a choreographed dance by the high school girls basketball team behind a small house, a Dad teaching a son how to lead his mother in a dance. Literally everywhere. It was magic. Below is a SNIPPET of the day, and I can’t wait to show them the rest.

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GIANTS RIDGE THE QUARRY WEDDING | BIWABIK, MN | JOSH & STEPHANIE

Josh and Stephanie’s day was filled with everything you want a wedding day to be. The first time I met them, I asked about how they picked their locations - Biwabik, MN for their wedding. They mentioned that they both love the outdoors and nature, which led them to Giants Ridge - the Quarry, after a coworker recommended they check it out. Probably one of the most scenic places I’ve been to in the midwest - the Quarry offered their guests a destination about 3 to 4 hours from the Twin Cities, offering plenty of golf, mountain biking, and hiking.

The day started with getting ready at the Lodge, a first look at the Quarry, a quick 2 min drive down the road. As soon as Stephanie saw Josh - any nerves she may have had absolutely disappeared. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and ceremony, with blue skies and big clouds. The entire bridal party was an absolute blast, and the photos turned out so fun. Check out just a snapshot of the day below.

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VENN BREWING MINNEAPOLIS WEDDING | GINNY AND NATE

Ginny and Nate sent me a note last fall, on a Tuesday, asking if I was available for a spur of the moment courthouse wedding….the answer was OF COURSE, how could I miss it! Then this summer, they wanted to bring their family and friends (and Corgi Vito - the cutest pup ever) together to celebrate at their favorite neighborhood brewery Venn Brewing. It was the PERFECT spot for these two, with corgi artwork literally on the wall. A few weeks before I had sent Ginny a note saying we needed to find a fun mural wall for some pics, and she sent me a photo the most epic wedding mural wall ever right outside of Peace Coffee.

They named all of the beers after all their favorite things (including GOT and Corgi’s obviously), and made this day absolutely their own. Instead of cutting the cake, we went outside and had Turbo Taco truck,:) . It was such an amazing night, it was such an honor to capture.

LORING SOCIAL WEDDING | LORING PARK | MINNEAPOLIS, MN | LARA & DOM

I had the great honor of being part of another Loring Social wedding this summer - with Lara and Dom. Loring Social is such an amazing wedding venue in Minneapolis. Such a great space, with an amazing alleyway for photos.

It was HOT, but Lara and Dom choose a late ceremony - with a 7pm start, which was perfect just be getting ready during the hot mid day sun. They had a seating setting with comfortable couches where they did sat for speeches. Food stations all around the room from D’Amico Catering with all of their favorite foods (pad thai, sushi, sliders and churros with carmel dip) . And my favorite part of the night - a packed dance floor:)!

second shot with the amazing Ali Leigh Photo

Day-of Coordinator: Buck & Rose 

Videographer: Alma Films

Florist: Pristine Floral

Caterer: D’Amico Catering

DJ: Nora Events

Baked Goods: D’Amico

Bride’s Dress: The White Room 

Hair: Hair by Theresa 

Makeup: Andrea Holton

Rentals: Linen Effects

Photobooth: Snap Yourself Photo Booth 

Getting Ready Space: Hotel Ivy Minneapolis

LOWERTOWN EVENT CENTER WEDDING | ST. PAUL, MN Wedding Photographer | ANJ & RYAN

LOWERTOWN EVENT CENTER WEDDING |  ST. PAUL, MN Wedding Photographer | ANJ & RYAN

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MACHINE SHOP WEDDING | MINNEAPOLIS, MN Wedding Photographer | ANDREW & ALYSSA

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LUMBER EXCHANGE WEDDING | Minneapolis, MN Wedding Photographer | Jenna and Nick

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The Renaissance Hotel Minneapolis, The Depot Wedding | Minneapolis, MN Wedding Photographer | Andrew & Megan

The Renaissance Hotel Minneapolis, The Depot Wedding | Minneapolis, MN Wedding Photographer | Andrew & Megan

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Holden Room + Paralell Wedding Minneapolis, MN - Styled Shoot -Tried and True

Holden Room + Paralell  Wedding Minneapolis, MN  - Styled Shoot -Tried and True

MINNEAPOLIS MN WEDDING VENUE HOLDEN ROOM + PARALLEL - STYLED SHOOT - TRIED AND TRUE