Angela + Matt

April 26, 2017

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These two are pure gold. You are going to fall in love with them, I promise!  We have known Angela for over 10 years and just this last year have gotten to know Matt.  We absolutely agree with Matt’s brother’s speech “Matt and Angela – they just make sense. They always have.”  Follow along below to hear about how Matt proposed, a few funny planning mishaps and hear from each of them about their favorite moments of their wedding day.  We’re so excited for these two and what’s to come!


We’ll write this from Matt’s point of view, since, well, Angela just got to go along for the ride. One thing you should know about us before this all starts is that we are St. Paul people. We love the city and it was where the wedding was. Also, neither of us are all that great at sitting still. Now you know that, we can start!

First of all, Angela and I went in together to pick out the ring. She knew we were getting close, so I had to find a way to surprise her. I figured, hell, why not propose at 8:00 in the morning and we’ll go from there. So I had some friends invite us to coffee then make up some excuse why it had to be so early in the morning. Her cousin (who was going to be in town and who I had talked to about all of this) had then invited her to brunch. So we had the whole day blocked off. When our friends called to let us know they were running a bit late, I detoured the car up to Dayton’s bluff which overlooks downtown, which is where Angela was living at the time. It was awkward, I was nervous and I think that made her nervous, but I said some nice things, got down on one knee, and asked her to marry me. She said yes and I told her we were putting our phones away and we’d capture the day on one of those instant film cameras.

From Dayton’s Bluff we went down to Union Depot and hopped on the Green Line. We hit up some classic St. Paul places as well as some places that were important to our relationship. We started with breakfast at Keys Cafe. We then actually did meet up with our friends for coffee at Workhorse Coffee. From there we went to feed the giraffes at Como Zoo. We had lunch at a little place that lets you build your own spring rolls off of University Ave. From there we went to Surely (I know, that’s Minneapolis, but it’s on the Green Line and important in our history), had a beer, and hopped back on the rail and headed downtown – lowertown to be specific. We had coffee at Black Dog (we value hydration, as you can tell) and walked up to grab a beer at Tin Whiskers, the brewery closest to Angela’s condo.

When we got to Tin Whiskers, we had a huge group of our friends and family waiting there for us to surprise Angela. She cried for the second time and we spent the rest of the time before dinner celebrating with them. We took our parents from Tin Whiskers to Big River Pizza for dinner, and after dinner we made a few phone calls and totally crashed. It was busy, action packed, and it felt like the perfect way for us to spend our engagement day.



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When planning  your wedding did you have any big surprises?


I think the biggest surprise for both of us was how many more things we immediately needed to have a preference on, and how controversial seemingly mundane pieces of our wedding became. The two that stick out in particular were our plates and our registry.

We were both home owners before we were engaged and we moved in together before and both homes were about the same size. While we were planning the wedding, we were also decluttering our life. It made sense that since we already had duplicates of most things to just invite people to the wedding and not suggest things they could give us in return. The second another soul got wind of that news, we were hearing all about how rude it was to not provide a wish-list. At the same time, we were reading about how it’s rude to mention anywhere on anything related to the wedding that there is a registry. It was a pickle that we thought we could avoid by not having one and it ended up being more of an issue than we could have imagined.

Perhaps even more mundane than that, after researching rental prices for table settings we decided it would be less expensive to simply buy our dishes and silverware. This should be a simple task. We found some great, nine-and-a-half inch clear plates for our buffet. Now, I’m sure Al and Lindsey know this since they were there and measured the plates, but we did not use the plates that we purchased. Both mothers took issue with how small our dinner plates were, despite us having used them successfully for multiple events previous. For most of the planning, the size of the plates dominated our discussions with our mothers. We eventually got to the point where we said we weren’t going to discuss it anymore and said if they wanted a solution, they were welcome to fix whatever issues they had with our plates. Sure enough, we had ten-and-a-half inch plates for the wedding courtesy of Angela’s mom. We were simply informed they would be there, and they were taken care of at the end of the night.


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What are your favorite memories of the wedding?


Angela:  Far and away my favorite memories of the wedding are the things that were said. From sitting on the floor alone in the hotel room reading the note Matt had written me to hearing his parents repeatedly express their excitement and love for us, it was amazing to hear how people other than myself see our love and intend to support it. It really helped me realize what we were doing. This wasn’t just a big party. This was a celebration of both an ending and a beginning. An end to searching for “my person” – a phrase I used often growing up. Matt’s brother, Joe, said exactly what I’ve felt for a long time “Matt and Angela – they just make sense. They always have.” Hearing others agree that we have each found our person was a perfect way to end the “search period” of life. It was also a celebration of what is hopefully the beginning of a long love story. As my dad spoke during our ceremony, he quoted the ending of my great-grandpa’s memoir, which said “In hindsight, I realize more and more that love was the predominant factor of our lives.” Our wedding day left me so encouraged that we not only had sufficient love for each other to make that the predominant factor of our lives, but we also had an excess of love and support around us to make that true. Looking back, I truly feel like our wedding was the celebration of love that we wanted it to be.


Matt: I think for me the most memorable moment that isn’t Angela (a lot of the day is admittedly a blur – I’m not sure how you would avoid that) was when we were taking a moment to reflect while the song was playing during our ceremony. It was after a prayer, and I think most people were still bowing a bit, but I took that moment to glance out over the amazing group of people who had gathered to spend the day with us to help witness our commitment and celebrate with us. It was an absolutely humbling moment. I can’t think of a time I’ve been in the presence of so much love and joy of so many people. That moment snapped me into the realization of how gigantic of a point this was in both of our lives. It drove home the, until then, vague notion that what we were doing was a real, important, impactful, and sacred and that we would be held accountable and we would be supported in this journey that we are now embarking on. I’m sure I’m still only at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding the gravity of the vows we took, but that moment was, for me, the most awesome moment of the night that wasn’t how beautiful Angela looked or how well she danced!



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Ceremony and Reception Venue : Harriet Island Pavillion

Videography : Daniel Flaherty (Bellagala)

Flowers : Handmade by Angela’s mom

Dessert : Cookies and Milk made by Matt’s mom

DJ : Adrian Ramos (Bellagala)

Makeup: Sara Aune Spa Beauty Agency

Hair: Stephanie Felling, friend of Angela

Dresses : The Wedding Shoppe


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Lynette + Matt

April 6, 2017

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Before we even arrived we knew it was going to be a special day for us. I mean, it wasn’t even OUR wedding and it was a special day for US. Ha!  Many of you know Al and I were the directors at Luther Dell Bible Camp for 9 years before we started shooting weddings full time. Over those years we met thousands of people at the camp! Lynette (and both her sisters) was one of those folks, she came as a young camper and had a super memorable experience there. Camp had made an impact, as it tends to do. She then did what we all do and she went and grew up… but she opted to work for a camp and that is where the paths of these two cross. Camp love is the best. I’ll let them tell you about it!


From Lynette: Matt and I met in August of 2016 at a camp down in Texas to work side by side for a year long fellowship with 12 other people. It took us until about the middle of winter to realize and recognize we had feelings for one another. This is when our late night talks and walks around camp began. We loved spending time together, even when our work already required us to be around each other for 14+ hour days . Our community of friends that were working alongside us supported and kept our relationship accountable. It has always been important that the Lord is first in our relationship and we are so grateful for God’s grace in allowing us to find each other.


How did the proposal happen?  


Matt had wrote me a poem during the summer that spelled out my name ‘Lynette’ and told me that he loved me. After the fellowship ended we drove up to Minnesota to get a few of my things. One morning we were getting ready to go to lunch with my parents. My mom asked if I was going to get ready, I looked at my Nike shorts and t-shirt and told her that I was ready. Little did I know that after I went upstairs to put on some makeup (she insisted), Matt was outside underneath the climbing tree in the front yard. He had put out rose petals, tea lights, and had Michael Buble (my favorite) playing in the background. My dad was busy distracting me up in my room until Matt called me. He asked me to come outside because he didn’t know what something was. So down the stairs I went and after I opened the front door, I saw him there, standing under the tree with a rose. He had added to the poem he previously wrote me and it spelled out the name ‘Ray’ and asked me to marry him. It was perfect, nothing special or grand, but sentimental in using a setting that means more to me than most people know. Also, both my parents were included in the process, making it special for them as well.
What were some favorite parts of the wedding day?
We really enjoyed our ‘first look’ together. It gave us time together where we could actually talk and relax a little. Plus the photos with Al and Lyndsey were completely focused on what we wanted and our true emotions! Another favorite part of the wedding was just having our loved ones celebrate with us! We have never felt so loved and supported and we are forever grateful for all of you who were there and also there in spirit! Matt and I have agreed that another favorite part of our wedding day was having Al and Lyndsey as our photographers. Never did I imagine that my wedding photographers would leave such an impact on our day, but they did! Anything we wanted, they did it. They also helped direct the wedding and made things much easier for us and for our guests! Our friends and family are still coming to us and praising the two photographers we had! All in all Matt and I are so blessed by our friends and family, but the biggest blessing was that God allowed this to happen and He is the reason for our wedding. We give Him all the glory.
Congratulations! We loved getting to be apart of your day! Enjoy!
Vendors:Venue : FIVE Event Center      Hair & Makeup : Jenna Shaffer       Cake : Keyscafe        DJ : Bellagala       Videographer : Vern LaBorde        Dress : The Wedding Shoppe




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March 15, 2017

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She only has a few weeks left to go until she’s officially a high school graduate! One last softball season to rule the mound and then off to college in the fall to start the next chapter.  We had a lot of laughs and huddles behind trees to dodge the wind gusts but I kept saying the wind was giving her hair the super model look anyways, all is good!

Good luck  in the fall and congratulations Allison!




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March 10, 2017

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We got the beautiful fluffy snow the night before and it stuck around all day for us!  It made for such a pretty backdrop, especially with the bright and cheery outfits they chose to wear.


Documenting this awesome family from the beginning of their story has been a highlight over the years. Watching Sy and Maylee growing up before my eyes is pretty amazing and confirming in the fact that it’s worth it to do a family shoot annually! These moments today will become tomorrows memories soon. AHH, I can’t even handle thinking about that.


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Hannah + Austen

March 8, 2017

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A note from the Bride…

High school sweethearts? Yeah, they still exist! Austen and I met when I was 15 and he was 17… crazy right?! Austen and I knew who each other were and our families new each other, but Austen and I never really had chatted. It just so happened that Austen was hanging out with his buddies and he asked the guys who he should maybe try talking to. One of his friends said, “you should go for Hannah Walter she’s pretty cool!” Austen’s first response was “the pastor’s daughter?”
But sure enough…Austen messaged Hannah and before long, they were spending almost everyday together.
5 years went by and on August 8, 2015, Austen got down on one knee (after a long day of planning and re planning- thanks to my crazy work schedule) and asked me to marry him. We went back to my parents right away and started to celebrate this new beginning! The wedding planning started almost immediately. The date we set for the wedding was totally random, we had just both agreed on winter and pulled out the calendar and decided on February 18th! The first thing to get booked regarding the wedding were our amazing photographers (yay Al and Lyndsey!) and second was our venue. We knew that we would have a lot of people at the wedding since Austen and I both have big families…we called around and finally decided to go with the DECC! We love Duluth and the area and we wanted all of our guests to enjoy it as much as we do.
The planning of the wedding was so much fun! I wouldn’t have done it any other way. I made all of our save the dates, invites and wedding programs- I love DIY’s!
The best part of getting married was knowing we were vowing to spend the rest of our lives with our best friend. The past 7 years really helped to shape who we are today, and we wouldn’t change a thing. We are beyond blessed and so thankful to have had so many loved ones with us to celebrate our special day!
Reception: DECC
Flowers : Bella Flora
Cake : Diana Ruopp
Hair: A Le Salon
Makeup : Stephanie Peters

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Claire + Zach

February 26, 2017

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You never really know what you’re getting yourself into when a client suggests having the photo shoot at their private residence. A family farm was promising but when I turned left to head down the canopied driveway I knew I was in for a treat. Being greeted by Zach’s dad and their huge German Shepherd was the beginning of a great shoot!

It took all of 3 seconds for these two to warm up to the camera and having a surprising warm Feb afternoon was helpful! We basically did a little walking photo tour of the yard and ended up at the edge of the river with a bonfire to roast a few marshmallows. Pretty darn dreamy. Plus, I was sent home with a dozen farm fresh eggs!


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Karen + Lucas

February 24, 2017

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So excited to share this wedding with you all!  You are going to fall in love with these two, I guarantee it.  Make sure to scroll to the bottom, the last photo of the day might be my favorite!

A message from the bride:

We met 14 years ago this coming April. One of my figure skating students thought we should meet so she had us exchange phone numbers. I called Lucas one evening, about a week or so after obtaining his number. He returned my call later that night and after talking on the phone for over an hour, he asked if he could come over and actually meet me in person. I wasn’t too sure about it so I wouldn’t give him my address. I gave him some clues on how to find my house and told him if he could find it in the next 30 minutes I would still be awake if not, I was going to bed. Needless to say, he found it. We ended up talking until 4:00 in the morning. We built up our friendship over the next year before actually “labeling” ourselves in a relationship. There have been some bumps along the way but our work on our friendship has always prevailed. I can honestly say we both feel we married our best friend.


We had a lot of fun planning the wedding. We ended up choosing a winter wedding after talking one night and realizing that even after all these years we both had the same favorite date night…going to Heritage Park in Superior and sledding down the snow covered skateboard ramps, having a snowball fight, building a bunch of snowmen, and capping if off with a trip back home to make “adult” hot chocolate to warm up with. We also really enjoy playing games. We decided to incorporate the two together. Everyone thought we were nuts and that there was no way we could combine the two. After a lot of convincing and meetings with Yana at NSE, we were able to get our ideas to meld.


We went with a navy and steel gray color theme. I also wanted a lot of sparkle and snowflakes. To keep with the winter theme I wanted all white flowers. However, Lucas has really bad allergies so I was trying to figure out a way to do an alternative boutonniere for him. Playing off the game theme I designed dice boutonnieres for him and his groomsmen. Each one was designed to represent the importance of the day. The grooms dice had the 2-11-17 up for the date, and each groomsman had the numbers up to represent the specific number of years they have known the groom. NSE added some greenery to them for us and they ended up looking cooler than we thought they would.


The hardest part of planning actually involved our venue, Pier B Resort. The resort was actually still being built when we put the down payment on it…we had to rent it sight-unseen. It made it very difficult to plan any of the details until July when we finally were able to get in to see it. Luckily we had the most amazing vendors who were willing to work with us on a tighter timeline.


Finally, the best part of our wedding day was…getting married! We’ve been waiting so long for this that we actually couldn’t believe it was happening. We were so excited to be able to share it with all of our family and friends! We literally felt like we were dreaming. We had our very own fairy tale come to life!!!


Makeup artist: Derick Cich

Cake: How Sweet It Is

DJ: Sounds Unlimited


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Janelle + Eric

February 8, 2017

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I almost cancelled on these two because the wind was freezing my face off only two hours before the shoot. But… they’re from Fargo and Chicago and I knew I couldn’t be the wimp to cancel! I’m so glad I didn’t! We were warm enough in the woods and the sun was shining and it was perfection.


I have an old standby – whenever you’re in doubt about what to wear -  I say wear red and Janelle is a perfect example of why that works. Right?
Let’s not forget their adorable dogs either, just take a look at these two, they remind me of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in Twins. Ha!


Looking forward to warmer spring weather to shoot their wedding day!! Cheers!



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Amber + Blake

February 6, 2017

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Having known Amber for many years made it especially sweet to be there on her wedding day to capture all the big and little moments.  The wedding party included all of the bride and grooms siblings and Amber’s dad preformed the ceremony as well, it as quite the family affair!

Love at first sight, not the case for these two. They met at Amber’s sister’s wedding a few years ago and the sparks did not fly… but Blake eventually stole her heart when he gave “the best Best Man” speech at a wedding of mutual friends. They said the planning of the wedding was fun and easy! Amber is a good delegator and Blake loves to complete tasks so they made a great team! They wanted the day to represent a little both of them, city chic for Amber, and country for Blake. (I think bullet boutonnieres vs. burgundy suede boots nailed it. )

Amber said “Both of our favorite parts of the day was the first look and the hour of alone time we got to spend together running around Hayward taking pictures! Also, having my dads blessing during the ceremony was pretty awesome.”

It was a beautiful day, congrats Mr. and Mrs. Johnson!


Reception : Steakhouse Lodge  //  Florist : Family Friend //   Cake : Cindy Gidley //   DJ : Sounds Unlimited //   Hair : Abby Raskie //   Wedding Dress : The Wedding Shoppe //   Men’s Attire : Cas’ Men’s Store



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The Roberts Family

January 26, 2017

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When you grow up in a small town like Solon Springs you know (and are known) by everyone! The Roberts siblings to me were always laughing and just straight up fun to be around.  Fast forward to now and you know what?? They are STILL laughing and fun to be around! There are now 9 grand-kids in the mix and it’s clear they are carrying on the good traditions.
It’s not often when they can all gather together so we hoped for decent winter weather when we planned the date weeks in advance…  and got rain… they’re tough northerners and we carried on!  We shot in family shifts and ended the session with an all out snowball fight. Like I said, they know how to have some fun!


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