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Barbie + Rory Married

Barbie and Rory's story reminds me of an old romantic movie, he is in the army and they want to be together so badly and long to be married so they don't have to spend any more time apart. So sweet.

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 You can tell that these two are truly meant to be together,  they way he looks at her and way that Barbie talks about Rory they both have such a deep respect for the other person and it is so great to see firsthand. They also have some really amazing friends who went above and beyond for them on their wedding day, they even had their favorite mascot make an appearance while they were getting ready! They were truly surrounded by love all day.













































Proposal at Goosberry Falls


Last friday after we launched the new website we headed up north to Duluth for a day trip. We visited Goosberry falls for a hike and on the way back we saw this couple walking far under the bridge we were walking on. Bethany said "hey I think that guy is proposing!" So I pulled the camera out and got a couple photos!

We couldn't get down to the base to get in touch with them as we were pretty far away but we left our contact info with the gift shop in case they stopped in. About an hour later, we got an email from the couple and sent them the photos!


Congrats to the couple at the falls!

Jackie & Drew

Hey everyone! We are so happy to share Jackie and Drew's wedding with you!

Jackie and Drew got married in Detroit Lakes Minnesota in July and it was such a beautiful day. The setting was at the families' restaurant/bar's back yard and the sunset over the lake was just perfect. We were able to photograph a first look and spend a lot of time with the couple and the bridal party. Its always so cool to capture the couple seeing each other for the first time and spend a lot of time getting beautiful photos.

The reception was a blast. It went long into the night and everyone danced like crazy to some perfect music and a beautiful sunset.  We love these two and wish them a lifetime of happiness!












































































Jenny and Joel's Anniversary

Four years ago we photographed Jenny and Joel's wedding up in northern Minnesota. Jenny was a good friend of Bethany and their wedding was one of the first ones we had ever photographed. I got to know Jenny and Joel after that and we quickly all became really great friends! Bethany and I got married later that summer and with Jenny and Joel being fellow photographers we sort of gotten into a habit of trading anniversary sessions every year.

This summer marked the four year anniversary for both of us and of course, we had to carry on the tradition of a yearly session. Jenny and Joel were in town for a wedding photography meeting and we made time for a quick evening session together at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis.

Jenny and joel wanted a "flower child" antique feel to their photos and brought along a ton of sweet stuff from their house. Joel brought his guitar and was quite a trooper carrying all the rest of their stuff all over the woods! We had a beautiful golden glow from the sunset and couldn't have asked for a nicer evening with these guys.

Of course, Jenny and Joel photographed Bethany and I as well, but I'll let her tell you about that over on her blog! (Click Here!)

Here are some of their images. Hope you love em!





























Sneaky Peek at Kaila and CJ's Wedding

Kaila and CJ are two of our closest friends here in Minnesota. Bethany has known Kaila since they were babies! Kaila and CJ got married a couple of weeks ago and I had the honor of photographing the wedding.

The wedding day couldn't have been more perfect. The weather called for rain and storms but the sky stayed beautiful all day. The setting was a beautiful in the back yard with acres and acres of gorgeous land, horses, trees, and even a barn full of kittens. I cant wait to tell more stories and share more photos from the day but that blog post will come another day. For now, here is a first look at a sneak preview from June 22, 2013. 










#9 & #10

Hey everyone! We have been busy these last couple of weeks photographing a lot! We have some really cool blog entries coming up soon. Here's last week's and this week's photo tips.


We get asked about what clothes to wear to an engagement session all the time. Really its all up to you! Wearing something that you normally would wear is important because you will feel like yourself. When you are being photographed as a couple its important to keep your outfits matching. It can be fun to go with a wardrobe theme depending on where your session will be photographed!


We always make sure to capture all the aspects of your wedding however, if a special performer has a connection to you its helpful to know so that we make sure to capture extra memorable photos of them.

Thanks for reading! We can't wait to share more photos with you.

Ryan