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.
Brainerd Wedding Photographer
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
Ally and Andrew's November wedding was one of my all-time favorites...so 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!]
I don't even know where to start with these two...everything I think of brings a huge smile to my face! Julia and Casey are two of the most perfectly paired people I have ever met. Their love for each other is so obvious and they both light up a room. And how gorgeous is Julia - AH, super beautiful and totally a cover bride in my opinion!! They celebrated a beautiful just after sunset ceremony - perfectly decorated by Bloom Designs. And that might be one of my favorite bouquets of my life...just saying.Even though it was a quite chilly winter day (we do live in Minnesota after all...), the grounds of Pine Peaks Event Center were absolutely stunning with the snow, pine tree farm, fields and of course very well thought out amenities. I didn't venture much outside Brainerd this past season, but that might have to change this year with how much I love shooting there. ;) Thanks again Julia and Casey - I will always love staring at your beautiful faces and smiling as I remember your contagious laughs! **Lots of images! Please give a little time to load. Slideshow and vendors listed at bottom of post** Venue – Pine Peaks Retreat and Event Center // Dress – Casablanca // Floral and Design – Bloom Designs // Photographer – Aimee Jobe // Dessert – Nothing Bundt Cakes and North Mallow // Hair and Makeup – C'est La Vie Salon // Invitations – Ginger P. Designs // Julia's Ring – A small shop in Vienna (really...so romantic!)