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Mr and Mrs. Kippen

 Cassie is a fisherman's dream come true, she has always loved everything about fishing, she spends a lot of her time on her boat or dock casting and waiting for the perfect catch and she finally caught a keeper named Jack. Cassie and Jack share a simple love, a love that is strong and very real to everyone they meet. These two have strong faith and a deep love for their families. Their wedding day was a prefect example of this, all day the were both surrounded by so much love. The day was one of those rainy romantic ones, where nothing else mattered to Cassie and Jack, except each other. They made their wedding about what mattered to them the most and yes, Jack even had a fish caught for his bride on her wedding day.


I think this was one of my favorite moments of the day, Deb sitting on the ground holding her daughters hand and praying for her. So emotional and so beautiful.

Everything about this wedding had someones special touch, these invitation's were painted by Cassie's sister Jenny.

Cassie and Jack had some really great details to bring the fishing theme into their wedding. 
They were subtle and very cute.  

This was one of my favorites! They had nets and lanterns behind the head table. 

They had their rings in this pirate ship metal box that Cassie has held onto for years. 

Instead of having a unity candle or sand, they decided that they would braid this piece of rope that they could hang in their home. 

 And of course all the groomsmen and Jack wore fly fishing lures instead of flowers.

They had this amazing folk band and they played such fun dance music!

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!

Kaila & CJ's Wedding

We are just so happy about this wedding! Kaila and CJ had the perfect day, an incredible setting, and the most amazing party. Kaila is pretty much a sister to Bethany and they have known each other for their entire lives so it was an honor to be able to photograph her special day.

The weekend of the wedding was SO beautiful in Detroit Lakes, MN complete with beautiful woods, sprawling fields, and scenic views.


Kaila was the most calm and relaxed bride I have ever seen on her wedding day, she was taking in every moment as they came. She paid very close attention to detail and every part of her day had meaning to her and CJ. She wore his shirt all morning until it was time to put her dress on, her hair was done just the way CJ likes, and her shoes and hairpiece were completely lovely, just like Kaila. Everything flowed so perfectly together.

CJ and his groomsmen gathered in the morning to get ready at his parent's house on the lake. It was a beautiful morning and you could just feel the excitement in the air. Amidst having fun with his guys you could see it in his eyes that he just couldn't wait another moment to see his bride.

CJ and Kaila opted to do a first look session for their wedding and had set up a quilt fort in the yard to spend some time together before all the excitement of the day. We captured them seeing each other for the first time on the wedding day here. 

We took a quick (air conditioned, phew!) trip to the lake down the street and photographed them as cars passed by honking and shouting their well wishes. It was supposed to rain all day but we really couldn't have asked for a better sky. After the lake we moved back to the ranch and photographed in the woods, in the fields, and even with the horses! The three horses were so happy to be loose in a new field but Kaila's horse came right over to see her and pose for a photo.

Kaila and CJ paid a lot of attention to all the little details in their wedding day and the setting truly showed their personalities.

The programs were handmade and tied with twine and the banners on the guest table were all made from burlap, twine, and hand painted lettering. The head table was decorated with beautiful flower boxes and was backed by antique reclaimed doors hinged together.

The ceremony was outdoors right where the forest breaks with the chairs arranged in a half moon formation. In lieu of a traditional archway a beautiful ribbon of fabric was hung from the trees draping down as a backing to the "stage."

Kaila and CJ said some beautiful things, exchanged the rings, planted a tree, and had quite the kiss!

The reception was in a giant tent in the field and turned into quite a party as the sun was going down and the dance floor was heating up. The bar was homemade from another reclaimed door, pallets, and strands of burlap. The food was catered by an amazing local restaurant, the cake was incredibly tasty, and the kids even got to ride ponies! The party went well into the night with everyone dancing, having tons of fun, and celebrating Kaila and CJ's day.

Just when we thought this wedding couldn't be any cuter, we snuck away after Kaila and CJ had made their exit and photographed the two of them with baby kittens that live in the barn. Seriously? Cute overload. 

Thanks for letting us share this beautiful couple's wedding day. 

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.