Sara and John's St. Paul Engagement Photography

I love planning photoshoots with people I care deeply about - when I plan any engagement session, my reflective/emotional sappy side comes out and I love getting to talk with couples about their relationship and their life together. There was a day this summer when Sara and John and I sat in my backyard while our pups played together, and had a little reflective chat about their love story and what they wanted to document from this chapter of life, and how they envisioned their engagement session. 

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Chris and Emily's Wedding at Aster Cafe in Minneapolis

When they were looking for a wedding venue, they fell in love with Aster Cafe - it feels cozy and romantic, and they loved how it set the tone for their intimate wedding. When we talked about how they wanted to experience their wedding day, they wanted it to feel like a reflection of their love and their relationship: they wear their hearts on their sleeves and are emotional, honest people. They didn’t want the day to feel too complicated, they didn’t want to subscribe to traditions that didn’t resonate with them - they wanted to surround themselves with their community, share a meal, and party it up. 

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Patrick and Jeff's Sunny, South Minneapolis Engagement Photography

Patrick and Jeff are a bit of a magical couple: they’re laid-back and welcoming, fun and adventurous - the kind of people that just feel so good to be around. When we talked about what they were looking for in their engagement pictures, they wanted photography that would feel relaxed and true to them. Since they wanted a mix of photos - some that would feel more lifestyle and candid, and some that felt more portrait-like and focused on the two of them and their relationship - we decided on selecting two locations for their engagement session.

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Emily and Johnny’s Spring Engagement Photography at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Emily and Johnny envisioned the fresh and colorful season of spring as the backdrop for their engagement portraits at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. When my couples are looking for something specific like blooming flowers or changing leaves, I suggest touching base as the season approaches to best time their sessions - rather than try to predict mother nature. We touched base throughout the spring season and ended up with a session in mid-May at the height of the blooming trees; our coordination totally paid off to bring out their vision. 

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Nicole and Matt’s Fun, DIY Wedding at a Minnesota Plant Nursery

Nicole and Matt are a sincere and funny couple - they’re both creative and funny, they love art and crafting things. Their attention to detail and craftsmanship was not only evident in their home when I visited for their art consultation, but in so much of their wedding day as well - from the beer steins Matt hand-turned for his groomsmen to flowers from the property woven into Nicole’s hair.

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Heidi and Josh’s Colorful, Bohemian Wedding at Golden Oak Farm

Heidi and Josh met years ago through mutual friends: he was in on the setup and she was surprised to learn later that their casual bowling meetup was more orchestrated than she first knew. They are such a creative, laid back, and intentional couple with big hearts - they love their community and really wanted their wedding day to be a celebration they all enjoyed.

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Madeline and Neal’s Happy and Relaxed Spring Wedding in Downtown Stillwater

Madeline and Neal’s love story began at the Science Museum of Minnesota: he worked there and she joined as a volunteer, and their maid of honor even played a hand in encouraging them to connect because she knew they would be an amazing match (as she reminded guests during her toast at the reception!)  They are a sweet and friendly couple - they’re both thoughtful and easygoing, they love nature and animals and their community.

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Melissa and Andrew’s Anniversary, Pregnancy Announcement Portraits

Melissa and Andrew and I started chatting last fall to plan a session for their first anniversary after getting married. While we were on the phone talking through ideas for their session, Melissa shared that she and Andrew recently found out they were pregnant. They were really excited to do the anniversary session on its own, and also realized they could use these photos to announce their pregnancy to friends and family. It was perfect timing for a happy anniversary session!

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Chase and Maddie’s Day in Minneapolis Proposal Portraits at the Stone Arch Bridge

My first proposal photoshoot and I’m so psyched at all the emotions these two shared. Chase loved the idea of Minneapolis being the background for their photos and wanted a short and sweet way to document the moments of his proposal to Maddie. They went out to lunch at Aster Cafe and walked across the Stone Arch Bridge and downtown for a bit. On their way back, in the middle of the bridge, Chase got down on one knee and proposed.

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