Family | Samara Point on Gull Lake

Erin and her sweet family’s vacation may have had the hottest/highest heat index/humid-crazy-ness day that existed this summer, but that didn’t stop us from documenting a small part of their family time at Samara Point Resort on Gull Lake. I am always amazed at the many hidden gems in the Brainerd Lakes area and the cabins at Samara Point Resort are definitely one of them - what an awesome place for a family getaway! Even with the high humidity, the calm lake and it’s beautiful blue tones were complimented by the lovely greens of summertime and I don’t think there is any better way to enjoy a little bit of Minnesota in July than with family.

Lia + Tony | Private Residence Wedding on the Gull River

Lia and Tony celebrated their wedding at a location that was not only meaningful to them, but was unbelieveably gorgeous on the Gull River just outside of Brainerd. Sometimes I have to pinch myself because I can’t believe I am so lucky to work with such amazing couples and share in their wedding day. I often can’t stop smiling white taking photos and pretty sure I left with pure permasmile - from the decor to Lia’s blush BHLDN dress (and Tony’s perfect shoes!) to the flowers (OMG CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE FLOWERS?!?!) to the airstream photo backdrop to the sweet and intimate ceremony and so much more - the day was perfect. Lia and Tony dined with their closest family and friends on vintage dishware that Lia had collected and they had many other little touches including wood slice guest book, custom wood ring holders and custom take home mugs with chocolate and coffee. Enjoy these sweet smiles and lush blooms - pure happiness during my favorite season - Minnesota Summertime.

Fab Vendor Team:

Planning, Floral and Design: Bloom Designs

Photography: Aimee Jobe Photography

Venue: Private Residence

Rentals: Farmhouse Foundry

Catering: Prairie Bay

Lettering: Autumns Lettering

Linens: BBJ Linen

Cake: Lia's Uncle

Jenny + Craig | The NP Event Space Wedding


Brainerd, Minnesota | Venue – The NP Event Space

Jenny and Craig's wedding was sooo "sweet." When Jenny emailed to say that the Hershey Chocolate company was playing a part in their wedding I was beyond excited to say the least. Most people don't know, but my background is in vending/foodservice and companies like Hershey were a staple of my job before I entered the wedding world and moved back to small town Minnesota to start NP. I always love when there is a small connection to my past life (and job!) in the twin cities. :) Jenny and Craig's unique Hershey/Reeses wedding story was published by multiple places - with our favorite being Brides! Even without the candy connection - there was nothing we didn't love about Jenny (and you too Craig!). When we get put with the sweetest bride on earth we truly believe we are the lucky ones.
A few months later, the couple celebrated their nuptials, and you guessed it: Their wedding was overflowing with chocolate. On February 23, Ries and Hirschey said their I do's surrounded by family, friends, and 750 pounds of chocolate. According to Delish, their big day featured custom Hershey’s Chocolate and Reese’s Peanut Butter cakes for every table, and plenty of candy for each guest to take home. Additionally, the chocolate company served lots of Hirschey Milk Chocolate Bar with Ries’s Pieces in honor of the couple. The groomsmen even got into the spirit of the theme, each wearing their own pair of brown Hershey's socks.
Vendor Team:Ceremony Venue – Zion Luthern Church | Reception Venue – The NP Event Space | Photography – Aimee Jobe Photography | Floral and Design – Bloom Designs | Rentals – Farmhouse Foundry | Planning – Poppati | Catering – Prairie BayClick below to view more images from their stunning day! 


Danielle + Oak | Brainerd Wedding at Luminary Fern


Brainerd, Minnesota | Venue – Luminary Fern

Danielle and Oak's wedding was a real dream - complete with beautiful decor, great food and such a sweet, sweet family. Danielle planned such a stunning, classic wedding in a few short months and the results made for a winter day filled with warmth and joy. Short Stop Custom Catering served a chicken dinner that was beyond delicious and their family and friends spent the evening officially bringing their two families together - so beautiful! Congratulations!Vendor Team:Venue – Luminary Fern | Photography – Aimee Jobe Photography | Floral and Design – by the bride! | Catering – Short Stop Custom CateringWant to see more? Enjoy a slideshow with the highlights below!


Heather + Ryan | Winter Wedding at The NP Event Space


Brainerd, Minnesota | Venue – The NP Event Space

Vendor Team:Venue – The NP Event Space | Photography – Aimee Jobe Photography | Floral and Design – Bloom Designs | Lounge Rental – Farmhouse Foundry | Catering – Prairie BayWant to see more? Enjoy the slideshow of highlights below!

Elise + Brett | Spring Wedding at The NP Event Space


Brainerd, Minnesota | Venue – The NP Event Space

Elise and Brett's wedding was the perfect spring soirée complete with peonies, pastels and all the pretty things.  Elise's two piece flowing wedding dress fit her infectious smile and glowing personality perfectly.  Their meaningful church ceremony was followed by a dreamy reception that was designed and decorated by Bloom Designs.  Kate also hung one of my favorite ever hanging pieces in NP - a beautiful cloud of greeny and flowers - so lovely for spring!Vendor Team:Venue – The NP Event Space | Photography – Aimee Jobe Photography | Floral and Design – Bloom Designs | Lounge Rental – Farmhouse Foundry | Catering – Prairie BayWant to see more? Enjoy the slideshow of highlights below!

Ellie + Nick | NP Event Space Wedding


Brainerd, Minnesota | Venue (Ceremony and Reception) – The NP Event Space

Ellie and Nick had a wedding straight out of my real life dreams - for real - pretty sure this is exactly what is in my head while I sleep.  (:  The fall created for a natural backdrop to accent the lovely tones of blush, greens, mauve and peach mixed with traditional fall colors.  And the flow of Ellie's BHLDN dress and adorable Minnetonka Moccasins?  SWOON.  I could go on and on from the graphics to Nintendo set up in the lounge to Ellie's crazy cool tatoo to Bloom Designs floral to the extensive selection of unique pieces from Farmhouse Foundry to the loving, constant gazes from Nick to Ellie - so many magical wedding moments.Vendor Team:Venue – The NP Event Space | Photography – Aimee Jobe Photography | Planning – Bre is Fun | Floral and Design – Bloom Designs | Lounge Furniture, Tables, Chairs, Moonbeam Arch, Mantle – Farmhouse Foundry | Wedding Cake – Glam Doll Donuts | Catering – Prairie BayWant to see more? Enjoy the slideshow of highlights below!

Shannon + Shawn | Quarterdeck Wedding Photography


Brainerd, Minnesota | Venue (Ceremony and Reception) – Quarterdeck Resort

Shannon and Shawn's gorgeous Quarterdeck Resort wedding was planned perfectly by Kate, owner of Bloom Designs.  A backdrop set with the perfect mix of water, woods and lake and boat details - it was a stunning wedding day surrounded by their closest family and friends (even if it was swelteringly out!).  The colors Shannon chose for Kate to incorporate through the floral were so bright and happy - the perfect accent to the nautical background of the Boathouse reception and outside ceremony lake backdrop.  And how cool is the wood boat that they took a glorious ride on after they said I do while all their wedding guests watched?  Congratulations Shannon and Shawn on a beautiful marriage!Vendor Team:Venue – Quarterdeck Resort| Photography – Aimee Jobe Photography | Planning, Floral and Design – Bloom Designs | Bar, Linens, Vineyard Chairs, Glassware Rentals – Farmhouse Foundry | Catering – Prairie BayWant to see more?  Enjoy the slideshow of highlights below!

Katie + Joe | Luminary Fern Brainerd Wedding


Brainerd, Minnesota | Venue (Ceremony and Reception) - Luminary Fern

Katie and Joe planned their wedding from the East Coast (her first tour was via facetime!) and finally seeing it all come together was incredible.  With the help of Katie's mom (thanks Laura!) and Kate with Bloom Designs - the creation of the overall wedding look was a true mix of personality and personal taste and it all came together perfectly.  The end product was something off the pages of a sweet wedding magazine with the gorgeous floral by Bloom Designs and the decor found and handpicked across multiple states by Katie, her mom and her family.  There is something about the flower colors mixed with the fall tones of our property and Katie and Joe's sweet smiles that keep me coming back to their images again and again.  Enjoy!Vendor Team:Venue - Luminary Fern | Photography - Aimee Jobe Photography [photographed by Associates Garrett and Jen] | Floral and Design - Bloom Designs | Furniture, Tables, Chairs, Flatware Rental - Farmhouse Foundry | Glassware, Plates, Decor - Bride | Catering - Black Woods CateringWant to see more?  Enjoy the slideshow of highlights below!

Cassy + Ryan | Brainerd Engagement Photography


Brainerd, Minnesota | 2019 Venue (Ceremony and Reception) – Luminary Fern

Due to the weather it took us a few reschedules for Cassy and Ryan's engagement session, but boy oh boy did we get a beautiful fall day when it finally worked out! We used my studio at Northern Pacific Center as our base camp (which I typically do on portrait days) and spent time utilizing the unique backgrounds and surround area. I loved photographing these two - they are super sweet and so excited for their wedding in Luminary Fern in fall 2019!

Jessica + Anthony | Brainerd Wedding at Luminary Fern

Jessica and Anthony's September wedding at Luminary Fern was simply stunning and truly elegant - a perfect match to their sweet personalities. The day ran smoothly with Kate of Bloom Designs at the helm for planning, design and decor - I am still so in love with the dahlias and deep tones set against the white walls for a perfect fall palette! We had set extra time aside for portraits and I absolutely love the variety with both indoor and outdoor backgrounds. Jessica was so gorgeous in her Katie May gown and her and Anthony's connection truly shined all day. Enjoy!

Brainerd Family Photography Portrait Session

There is nothing I love more than photographing a previous wedding couple once they have a sweet little family. Anne and Cory were married in a colorful and perfectly intimate sized wedding in my studio in 2015 and now they have an adorable little guy. He gave me quite the run for my money trying to catch a few smiles, but I love how they turned out.  (:

Bella + Mike | NP Event Space

Bella and Mike were so sweet on their wedding day (even with it being like 1000 degrees and almost unbearably humid!).  Early on I declared Bella the best bride award as she had custom made cookies of the Northern Pacific logo [yes, FOR REAL!]!  Their wedding was full of so many thought out details and Bella did an unbelievable job with the decor thoughout The NP Event Space.  My favorite details of the day were with the bride - her gorgeous Vera Wang gown, stunning bouquet by Bloom Designs, cute Kate Spade flats, Mrs. Box, custom cookies and so much more - GAH LOVE!  But most of all it was the sweet and smiling love shared between Bella and Mike that lit up their family and friends all day.  Best wishes you two!  I hope you adore these photos and memories for many years to come!

Brainerd Engagement Session | Heather + Ryan

I am SO excited for Heather and Ryan's winter wedding at The NP Event Space.  Between Heather's gorgeous smile (and outfits!) and Ryan's loving gazes - these two made it through their engagement session like seasoned pros.  We had quite the interesting day with a mixture of the forest fire haze, humidity, crazy storm clouds and then a return to the haze...their wedding photos will be quite the contrast this January!  Heather and Ryan - thank you so much for allowing me to photograph your engagement session! 

Staci + Nick | Brainerd Wedding at The NP Event Space and Luminary Fern

Staci and Nick's March wedding was straight out of my dreams.  The classic tones, many of my favorite flowers (you know...peonies, garden roses, dahlias, ranunculus, so many more...), a custom wedding gown by Jude Jowilson from Che Bella and one of the most beaming smiles I have ever seen on one of my brides.  Being that it is March in Minnesota (water, mud, snow, rain...whatever mother nature feels like doing) we used the loft bridal suite, Storehouse and Luminary Fern for most of the portraits.  The bridal party looked stunning with hair by The Fine Line and makeup by Bliss Salon and Boutique.  Kate (the magical Kate!), owner of Bloom Designs, decorated their ceremony in Luminary Fern to the tune of a classic fairytale.  I LOVED the vintage mix and match candlesticks used in the fireplace and on the mantel - so pretty!  After the ceremony guests headed over to The NP Event Space for a delicious dinner by Prairie Bay and dessert buffet by Edible Art Bakery.  Guests danced all night long with music by Electrifying Dynanmics.  All of this was planned and decorated to perfection by Bloom Designs (serioulsy - those flowers...and candles....and linens...and everything gorgeous!).My wedding day favorites - check out that warm sun flare about 3/4 the way down...pretty sure I need more March weddings in my life.  Next fave - the fireplace in Luminary Fern (which was born out of irritation - I didn't like how the wall looked after we drywalled and put up some art so I asked my husband to build me something that looked like a modern fireplace wall) and I am obsessed with how Bloom Designs decorated it.  Head over to the Luminary Fern instagram for more on that story.  ;)  Staci.  Serioulsy - is she not like the prettiest bride you have ever seen?  No doubt.  And last but not least, I love how Storehouse turned out with original blueprints of our campus - the original site of Northern Pacific Railroad - such a cool backdrop for photos!  So many other things I could say, but I think I will let you get to the images...give it a minute to load as there are quite a few photos!  Nick and Staci - thank you so much for choosing me as your photographer and I hope to see you again when you move back to Minnesota! 

Reception Venue – The NP Event Space  //  Ceremony Venue - Luminary Fern //  Dress – Jude Jowilson //  Floral and Design and Planning – Bloom Designs  //  Photographer – Aimee Jobe  //  Dessert – Edible Art Bakery  //  Hair – The Fine Line  //  Makeup – Bliss Salon and Boutique // Invitations – Minted // Second Photographers & Video – Garrett Tetrick and Jen Kalenberg  //  Food – Prairie Bay  //  DJ – Electrifying Dynamics  //  Ceremony Music – Jim Olsen Guitar

Ashley & Jeremy | Brainerd Engagement Photography

I'm not going to lie...I was slightly bumming about the weather going into Ashley and Jeremy's engagement session. And then we started shooting and the sun let a few amazing rays shine through and the slightly slimy side snow turned into some of the most beautiful flakes I have ever seen.  So it pretty much the best day creating some of my favorite images ever.  ;)Ashley and Jeremy - I am SO excited for your wedding at NP this July and can't wait to photograph your gorgeous smiles and love in slightly warmer weather!

Ally + Andrew | Colorful Wedding at The NP Event Space

Ally and Andrew's November wedding was one of my all-time vibrant with many personal details and beautiful design!  Everything from Ally's GORGEOUS long-sleeved dress, stunning allover floral, sweet puppies, the ladies getting ready flannels and so much more - they style and details were all so perfect.  Ally and her gals started their morning in the loft bridal suite while the guys enjoyed their time at Roundhouse Brewery.  Their ceremony in Luminary Fern was filled with family, friends and an epic floral installation - so amazing!  After the ceremony guests headed over to NP for an evening filled with fantastic food, music and overall great company.  It was a photographers dream - always so much beautiful natural light enhanced in the evening by the glow of the chandeliers and candles.  The day ran so smoothly with full planning, design and decor by Kate Kuepers of Bloom Designs. [Slideshow with more images at bottom of post as well!] 

Pete Driessen Visual Artist | Brainerd, MN Public Art

Every once in a while magic gets piled on magic.  I like to refer to Northern Pacific Center as Disney World - the happiest place on earth.  There are elements when you are here that can always make your mind and heart the site has a soul of it's own.And then sometimes someone else not only sees the magic, but spends their own time listening, learning, observing and creating and the result is nothing short of real magic.  When Preston, Ethan and I attended Pete's opening of Trestle Support Systems we were blown away.  Walking through Blacksmith Main for the Trestle Display pretty much constantly cued "this is so awesome!" from Preston and I twenty thousand times.  We spend quite a bit of time in this building and it was transformed with Pete's art.  After viewing the Trestle we continued to the Boiler Shop to view the Railroad Workers and we continued to be in love - overall an incredible experience!After arriving back home Ethan quickly went to his blocks and created both a trestle and railroad workers and proceeded to ask with a very timid voice if he created art like Pete and if it was as good as Pete's to be seen by other people.  It was quite a moment and one that I hope Ethan continues throughout his lifetime.My only regret is that I didn't get a picture of Pete with his art - maybe next time it is displayed will bring that oppurtunity.  ;)Side note - don't judge our stained, painted and worn is a real side effect of our love for this place.  :) 

Emily + Patric | Brainerd Wedding at The NP Event Space

Emily and Patric's fall wedding was out of a [very fun] fairytale.  The day before the wedding delivered an unexpected dusting of snow that added a little extra touch of beauty and magic.  The snow, fun couple and loving family combined with impeccable planning, design and floral by Kate with Bloom Designs made for a perfectly smooth and gorgeous wedding day.   I LOVED the pale blue mixed with deep reds in the decor...and the color palette was perfectly complimented in my studio turned bridal pretty!  And that warmth and glow of NP in the cold season?  I could stare at that light all day (and night) long.  ;)