August 6, 2013 : Weddings

Cindy and Nate!

Their day was casual and full of GREAT celebration! :) We pulled up to Nate and Cindy’s house to start our day (I LOOOOVE when a bride chooses to get ready at their own house, it’s so wonderful!) It’s like she is prepping for the rest of her life in the first place that she will begin the rest of her life. The atmosphere is always laid-back and there is so many already-made memories surrounding her as she applies makeup and pulls on her dress, quite a cute narritive I think! :)

Cindy had a vision of something soft and romantic with touches of vintage. Since the day she was born, her Mom had been collecting white milk-glass vases and pitchers; so the minute Nate proposed, her vision was clear and she HAD to use her Mom’s collection! :) She tied it all together with burlap runners, an AMAZING vintage mint cake stand, and splashes of kraft paper elements and small vintage frames! :) It was simple and charming….just like Cindy and Nate! :) Nate wore a custom tie-clip with hammered letters that spelled “BEST DAY EVER” (I agree), while Cindy carried around a bouquet that her maid-of-honor put together for her (talk about talent)! :) Guests sat under that warm June sun as they promised their lives to one another….and as the wedding program said “Now, let’s celebrate with lots of good food, some booze, and really bad dance moves!”

YAY for you, Mr and Mrs Heinz (ps, don’t you just love the mini-heinz ketchup’s for their guest favor?! :) What a great day it was! :)

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Ceremony and Reception site: Medakota Country Club, Mendota MN
Wedding Dress designer: Mori Lee, from the Wedding Shoppe
Shoes: Joan and David Cicilee, purchased from Zappos
Hair: Megan Gramentz from Salon Intrigue
Makeup: Jody Olson
Bridesmaids Dresss: Lore by Enzoani
Florist: Magnolia and Ivy
Cake: Made by the bride’s great-aunt, Ila! :)
Invitations: Made by the bride’s aunt Jacki

 

May 29, 2013 : My story, Published!, Weddings

MN BRIDE + WI BRIDE features! :)

Alright….I know, I know……blog posts have been scarce the past few weeks (or ahem…….non existent)! But I promise I have about 90 billion rolls of film at the lab that I’m waiting to get back from 4 weddings, 6 engagement sessions and some snaps of Baby Zeke! :) So, I promise I won’t be silent around here long! :)

BUT, in the mean time….check out what the AMAZING LADIES at Minnesota BRIDE and Wisconsin BRIDE did in their recent Spring 2013 issues! :) MN BRIDE is featuring Alex and Chris’s beautiful, early summer, pretty-in-pink wedding from last June and WI BRIDE is featuring the super fun brunch wedding from the Enchanted Barn last May! :) They sure know how to put a week-long smile on my face!!!! :)

Grab your favorite cup of coffee and pick you up a copy of the mags at your local Target….I mean, what else do we have to do on these gloomy, rainy days?! :)

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April 16, 2013 : Weddings

Kay and Slade :: Minneapolis Photo Center! :)

What another AMAZING weekend at the Minneapolis Photo Center! Three cheers for Kay and Slade, our lovely models for the weekend as I taught another great group of photographers! And another round of high-fives to the FABULOUS vendors that made this class happen:
Styling and Concept: Johnny and Dottie
Flowers (AMAZING): Johnny and Dottie
Hair and Makeup: Breanna Sturgeleski of Beauty Reform
Dress: Bridal Accents, MN
Chevron Clutch: {AO3} designs
Cake: Taylor’d Cakes
“XO” Cake toppers: Emily Steffen Textiles

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