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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.


 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.

Lindsey & Kevin's Wedding

Lindsey is a one of a kind gem, the type of girl that you could talk to for hours and hours and want to know more about, she has such a great outlook on life and a real grasp of who she is. She has found a deep love for Kevin. Kevin is one of the kindest guys I have ever met, he has a huge heart and heart that is all for Lindsey. When you see the way he looks at Lindsey you know he is head-over-heels for this girl. 

Their wedding day was one darling day filled with the perfect fall pallet, full of rich oranges, sumac reds, browns and the perfect gold that sparkled in the autumn sun. Lindsey look absolutely stunning in her vintage inspired all lace dress with a gold leaf hair piece that matched perfectly, and Kevin looked quite dapper in his suit, with a small hint of fun with some bright orange socks that matched Lindsey's heels.  They had planned every detail of their wedding day and it all came together seamlessly. 

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!

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!

Kelly and Jack's Wedding

July 19th was a beautiful day for a wedding in Vadnis Heights, Minnesota and we can's stop raving about how fun and beautiful Kelly and Jack's big day was.

Since we first met Kelly and Jack we could see such a spark between them in everything they do. From romantic glances and subtle hand holding to making funny faces and little jokes these two really compliment each other so well. Their wedding day was a prime example of this. While getting ready all Jack could talk about was getting to see Kelly and making sure she received the card and roses he got her at just the right time. After Kelly first saw Jack during the first look her eyes continued to wander towards him for the rest of the day.

We're so glad to have gotten to know this couple and had been a part of their beautiful day. We could go on and on about their wedding but what better way to describe it than with photographs?


Markus and Erin's Backyard Wedding

Markus and Erin created such an amazing backyard wedding in late July and we couldn't wait to share it with you. These two really just wanted to have a great party with great friends, family, music, food, and beer.

The wedding was held in Kenyon, MN at Erin's mothers beautiful country home. The day was perfect, not to hot or cold, with an amazing sunset. Markus and Erin wanted a real quick wedding ceremony and a really fun and intimate reception. Their ceremony was the quickest we had ever done! It came in at just under 4 minutes. Markus and Erin got right to the point and had their friends and family gather around while they gave their vows and exchanged rings. They had a couple of bands play, multiple kegs of quality beer, and just had a really great night to celebrate their union.

It really was a beautiful day for a couple of really great people. Cheers guys!