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Erica and Pat’s day was full of lots of smiles and COLOR! The entire day was so calm and a complete joy to be apart of. The venue, Campus Club, is located right in the heart of the University of Minnesota Campus. It has beautiful views of the campus and Minneapolis skyline on the terrace. It was extra special for Erica (and her bridesmaids!) because that’s where she went to school.  As we were about to head out for sunset photos right before the first dances Erica’s dad let me in on a little secret. We were going to have to wait a bit for our sunset photos because Goldy Gopher (the U of M mascot) was on his way to the dance! He provided a big surprise for Erica & Pat and lots of entertainment for the guests. Congrats to Erica & Pat as they start their new life as husband and wife! 🙂

Venue and Catering: Campus Club at the University of Minnesota | Florals: Lexington Floral |Dress: The Wedding Shoppe | Officiant: Pastor Ali Ferin, St. Michael’s Lutheran Church | Dessert: Dorothy Anne Bakery | DJ: Ryan W with Instant Request

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This blog post might have too many images. But I’m not sorry because there’s so much pretty and so many amazing emotions to share. Claire converted to Catholicism in preparation for her upcoming wedding and journey into marriage with Brian. (Wait…did I just say “journey” in regards to love and marriage because I watch too many episodes of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette?)  I loved Claire and Brian’s beautiful and tradition filled ceremony.

Afterwards the party started at Nicollet Island Pavilion which looks right out onto the Mississippi River and Minneapolis skyline. The venue was filled with colorful and elegant blooms designed by the talented Munster Rose. I could have snapped photos of the gorgeous peonies, ranunculus, and lisianthus all night. I learned before the dance that there’s such a thing as an “extra large dance floor,” as that’s what Brian announced to the guests that he and Claire ordered. So really, zero excuse to not get your booty on the floor and dance the night away!

Church: Church of St.Boniface | Venue: Nicollet Island Pavilion | Florals: Munster Rose | Invite and Paper Products: A Milestone Paper Company | Dress: a&bé

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I feel like I waited so long for Caitlin and Ryan’s big day. I was so excited and patience does not come easily to me in these instances. Not only is Caitlin so sweet, so smiley and full of joy but she’s also a crazy creative like me. Her mind is always swirling with new ideas. I knew she would pour her whole heart and soul into every little detail for her and Ryan’s big day.  And not to brag, but I told you so, I was right. 🙂

Caitlin and Ryan are so sweet together and make my job incredibly easy. They spent their day surrounded by their closest family and friends. Caitlin and her dad have a very warm and close relationship which was clearly evident throughout the day.

Now can we talk about these amaaazing flowers!? And the centerpieces? In pineapples! The combination of the peonies and the pineapples made the room smell divine. The balloon installation on the dance floor was so perfect and fit Caitlin and Ryan’s contagious joy to a T. Congrats Caitlin and Ryan I can’t wait to see what your next adventure is!

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I met Kelly and Paul the day I shot their engagement photos and we hit it off immediately. They were unsure of exactly where they were going to have their wedding. A couple months later when they e-mailed me to tell me they were getting married at Glensheen. I knew that was the perfect place for them to have their wedding. Being a history nerd and loving Glensheen I was over the moon to shoot those two there!

Before their wedding I also did some extended family photos on Kelly’s side of the family and it was a blast to get to know Kelly’s parents and siblings. The day of the wedding I really felt like I was part of Kelly and Paul’s family and friends. They have such an amazing group of loving and welcoming people surrounding them in their lives.

My favorite thing about Kelly and Paul, besides their total admiration and adoration for each other is their goofiness. They are the perfect combination of class with a side of fun and silly.

Shout out to all the completely amazing vendors who made this day run so smoothly.

Planning: Nicole Sellers, Mother of the Bride | Venue: Glensheen Historic Estate | Florals: Bella Flora | Officiant: Pastor Chuck Landon | Hair and Makeup: Creative Beauté Agency | Wedding Gown: Posh | Formalware: Macy’s | Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: The Laurels | Rentals: Linen Effects | DJ: Alex Knight of Instant Request | Invitations and Paper:  Letter Perfect | Cake: Country Cake Cupboard | Catering and Bar: Bellisio’s

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Usually when I have an engagement session in February I plan for cold and snow. However Claire and Brian (and I!) got extremely lucky and had a 64 degree day. Usually in Minnesota it’s about 40 – 50 degrees colder than that in February. Everyone was out and about enjoying the weather and sun.

I’m so stoked for Claire and Brian’s wedding, Claire is the sweetest and Brian cracks me up constantly. Brian brought a suitcase on wheels with to our session to tote an outfit change. When he asked if I was embarrassed I laughed so hard I snorted, embarrassed? Nope, just highly amused. Especially when people turned around to see what was click clacking behind them on a wooden pedestrian bridge down by the river. Can’t wait to see what laughs are in store for me at their wedding!

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