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I always want to do a “best of” blog post every year and share my favorite images and moments of the year from my weddings. But, to be honest it’s so overwhelming! I feel a connection with all my clients as well as to their style, family interactions and all the details that go into to making their wedding day personal. It makes it hard for me to narrow it down. But lo and behold I did it this year! And you best believe it took me forever as I kept narrowing it down from thousands to 500 to just a little over 200.

I lovelovelove me some pretty portraits as well as detail shots but I also love the real moments that happen on wedding days. Every part of your day is equally important. From your mom fastening that last button on your dress to you and your friends getting crazy on the dance floor. And of course all those events in-between, you know, like getting MARRIED!

I want my couples to be able to hang beautiful portraits of themselves from their wedding day on their walls AND reflect back on the story of their entire day in a book. I want my bride to remember the speech her dad gave during dinner as he told her that when the doctor handed her to him that she was the most beautiful baby he had ever laid eyes on. I want my grooms to remember their crazy antics with their guys. And most importantly I want my couples to remember why they fell in love, why they decided to make a major commitment to share their lives and grow together.

Here’s to 2016!

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Ain’t no little rain gonna get these two down on their wedding day! 🙌🏼 It drizzled throughout Rachel & Steve’s late October wedding day but it certainly didn’t dampen any moods. There was palpable excitement and joy in the air all day. Rachel and Steve are two of the nicest people ever with a classic and lovely sense of style. Rachel’s bridal look was timeless and elegant with an added punch of flair with red pumps, an overall perfect reflection of her personality.  One of my favorite parts of the day was Rachel and her dad’s endearing relationship. It left this mama of a daddy’s girl near tears.

Let’s talk about my second favorite thing of the day, flowers, flowers, flowers! Munster Rose NAILED it! 😃🙌🏼 Rachel’s gorgeous bouquet was nearly bigger than she was and was ultra dreamy and romantic. The James J. Hill Library was transformed with a juxtaposition of soft and charming floral arrangements amongst the marble, ionic columns and book stacks. I offer no apologies for sharing way too many photos here of the floral awesomeness!

Getting Ready: St. Paul Hotel | Ceremony: Holy Spirit Catholic Church | Reception: James J. Hill Reference Library | Florals: Munster Rose | Dress: Alvina Valenta | Catering: Green Mangos | Bar: Mintahoe | Dessert: Nadia Cakes

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Allie & Russ’s wedding style was elegant with a punch of color. I think this is a perfect reflection of who they are. In case you can’t tell from their wedding party photos, these two are pretty popular and it’s easy to see why. Allie radiates joy and kindness from inside and it shows in every photo I took of her. The officiant started the ceremony off with a joke related to Jimmy Fallon (who is pretty much my TV boyfriend, hello Mr.Funny) so I knew it was going to be a great day.

Let’s talk about these flowers. Umm…hello!? AMAZING! It’s so refreshing to see a blush palette constrasted with a huge pop of color. Molly from Studio Emme NAILED it. As bridesmaids started walking down the aisle for the ceremony I heard guests in the pews oohing and aahing over their bouquets and I thought “Just wait until you see the bride!” The reception flowers were equally gorgeous and I love the classy but modern rose gold geometric lanterns. Congrats Allie & Russ!

Ceremony: St.John the Baptist Catholic Church | Reception Venue: McNamara Alumni Center | Florals & Decor Rentals: Studio Emme | Hair & Makeup: Teneille Corrigan Makeup Artistry | Dress: a&bé bridal shop | Catering & Dessert: D’Amico

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Lyndsey & Chris made my job so easy. All I had to do was tell them to talk to one another and instantly Lyndsey would have the best laugh and smile on her face. Lyndsey and Chris’s love and affection for one another is so effortless. Their wedding day style was fresh, clean and traditional with a twist of sequins and bowties. I love Lydnsey’s asymmetrical bouquet which was created to mirror her asymmetrical Monique Lhuillier gown. Thanks to the team from Jessica Wonders Events and all of Lyndsey and Chris’s vendors who went above and beyond. The guys had a little difficulty figuring out their bowties so someone from Heimie’s Haberdashery actually came over to the hotel and helped them tie their bowties. Now that’s first class service! Congrats Lyndsey & Chris who are sure to have a marriage as laid back and happy as their wedding was.

Venue: Minnesota Boat Club | Planner: Jessica Wonders Events | Hotel: St. Paul Hotel | Officiant: Rev. Amy Riesenberg, Interfaith Minister | Hair & Makeup: Primped | Florals: Forget Me Not Floral Events | Stationery: A Milestone Paper Company | Mensware: Heimie’s Haberdashery | Bridal Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bridal Shoes: JIMMY CHOO | Bridal Sash: Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge | Bridal Earrings: Haute Bride | Bridal Rings: Anna Sheffield Jewelry | DJ: Midwest Sound DJ Entertainment

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