Maggie Soo + Steven

August 10, 2017

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MAGGIE SOO + STEVEN

ENGER TOWER PARK

DULUTH, MN

 

One of the absolute best perks about being a wedding photographer is when one of our family members becomes engaged we get to plan afternoon hangout sessions and make them smooch in front of the camera!

 

It was the best to meet Steven and see my sweet cousin Maggie in love! They had planned a weekend getaway to Duluth and packed it full of good food, sightseeing, North Shore hiking and ended with their engagement shoot at Enger Tower.

So happy for you two and can’t wait for the big day next spring!

 

 

 

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Amanda + Scott

August 8, 2017

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AMANDA + SCOTT

GREYSOLON BALLROOM

DULUTH, MN

 

I know everyone who sees photos of Amanda and Scott on their wedding day (and any day really!) will think Sheesh, they are such a beautiful couple, people shouldn’t be allowed to be so beautiful. And that’s true, they shouldn’t be… :)  But, they are also just as beautiful to be around. Their friends and family love them dearly and it was such an honor to watch them be celebrated on their wedding day.

My new favorite quote is from Amanda: When people say “don’t sweat the small stuff, none of it matters in the end,” don’t believe them, and hire the best dang photographer around to capture everything you took out a second mortgage to buy for that wedding!

LOVE YOU GUYS!!!

 

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Now, let’s hear from the Bride:

The #1 question we get asked is, “how did you guys meet?”. It starts with a simple answer, “we went to the same high school”…. easy enough, right? Not so much. I wish I could tell a fairy tale story about love at first sight, walking down our high school hall, holding hands to each class, a relationship lasting almost 12 years, but I can’t. True story is, I ditched this guy 2 weeks before our high school prom and never looked back until our junior year of college.

It was over a Christmas vacation where we re-connected. We were both attending colleges in different parts of the state and sure enough, we ended up at the same bar back in Virginia, MN. We continued talking after that night and eventually started officially dating. I would drive up to Duluth from St. Cloud to watch him play hockey on weekends and he would reciprocate when he could.

Eventually, we moved out to Indiana where he signed a minor league hockey contract. This is where we were blessed with a sweet little brown eyed girl, Divot. After Indiana, we move to Germany where Scott would play his final year of semi-pro hockey. Unfortunately, Divot didn’t make the trip, there is no way that high maintenance little girl would have sat below deck patiently for 9 hours. In case you didn’t catch on, Divot is a dog. And 5 ½ years later at one of our favorite golf courses in Duluth, Scott dropped to one knee and ask me to marry him. You can probably guess for yourself what I said….

 

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I love to ask the bride and groom to help me write the blog and give them some questions to just get their creative juices flowing. Scott just answered everything straight and I love it! Enjoy!
And from the groom:
Tell the world about the planning of the wedding. Amanda did the bulk of the planning. Bless her heart for taking the lead on that.
How you guys met or how the proposal went down. I proposed on the golf course to her. Lester lake 9 #2 on the green.
What was a surprise during the process? How bad some people are at sending back rsvp’s.
The best part of the wedding day! Best part of the day was the first look. That is when I was the most nervous and it was the most exciting part.

 

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Ceremony + Reception: Greysolon Ballroom
Flowers and Decor: Northland Special Events
DJ: Sounds Unlimited

Dessert: How Sweet It Is

Hair: Language of Hair
Makeup: Derick Cich
Wedding Dress: Posh Bridal Boutique

 

 

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Bennett

August 3, 2017

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BENNETT HELLIE

AMERY, WI

CLASS OF 2018

It was such a treat to do Bennett’s senior photos and be around his family for an evening. (They fed me burgers pre shoot! YUM) The last time I saw them all together was just a FEW years ago… check it out here, it’s amazing what happens in 5 short years.  That last image from the old shoot has Bennett in a hockey jersey,  he’s grown up a lot but still playing hockey (and baseball and football!)

We did a few family photos and even a couple of the “little” brothers before heading out for solo Bennett photos. We came across a creepy man by the river… but other then that we had a perfect evening! Enjoy your senior year Bennett, you’ve got a lot of fun ahead!

 

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Rachel + Lucas

July 28, 2017

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RACHEL + LUCAS

PARK POINT

DULUTH, MN

It happened to be (probably) the hottest evening of the year yet… so there really was only one place to be and that was on the shores of Lake Superior. Add a beautiful lady in a red dress and we are ready for a perfect shoot!! (And of course the handsome fiance Lucas as well!) Swing dancing on the sand, kicking off sandals, lots of laughing and even reenacting how they first met… scroll down to the series of images on a park bench and you’ll see it was Rachel who made the first move! haha.

Can’t wait for their wedding coming up in September and all the fun they have cooked up for their family and guests!

 

 

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The Fruehauf Family

July 27, 2017

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FRUEHAUF FAMILY

BILLINGS PARK

SUPERIOR, WI

 

Such a great family and a beautiful evening at Billings Park! The kids of the family all surprised their mom with a gift certificate to do a family shoot this summer. Just a few requirements…Packer jerseys be worn and board games be played. Sounds just about perfect!

 

 

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Dachen

July 27, 2017

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DACHEN & FAMILY

DULUTH, MN

 

I don’t know how it’s possible but every year it happens… Dachen keeps getting cuter and his energy levels keep rising. The one thing that remains constant is his contagious laugh. While playing on the playground he was laughing so hard that another lady who was at the park commented on how his laugh was making her laugh! I hope he has that quality all his life!

 

Big changes happening this fall with D heading to PreK and his auntie moving away to college. You guys got this!

 

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Siiri + Xavier

July 26, 2017

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SIIRI + XAVIER

GREYSOLON BALLROOM

DULUTH, MN

With names like Siiri and Xavier we knew we were working with really cool people, movie stars practically.  Their personalities match their names too! They are both from small towns in Wisconsin (we approve!) and met during their senior year of high school. Different schools though, so it was a bit of a scandal. They’ve had lots of traveling and hunting adventures together and I’m sure the future will bring even more their way! We loved getting to meet their friends and family and capture their wedding day. According to Siiri they don’t have a lot of photos together, so I hope they’ll love these!

 

 

From the Bride:

It all started in high school when my best friend asked me to go to a wrestling match with her. My parents let me go but they jokingly said, “now don’t come home with a boyfriend.” I listened really well… 6 and a half years later the boy I met at that wrestling match is now my husband. We went through many stages together from high school prom, graduation, college, first jobs, etc… We had been together so long and everything just seemed so natural. I was starting to think the time was coming that we should take things to the next level, so I started making hints. One of the biggest was when I told him to plan a date in Door County. I am usually the planner, but I told him this time he had to do it. In my head I was thinking this was the perfect opportunity for him. He must have gotten the hint, because that weekend he asked me to marry him on the shore of Egg Harbor. It was a beautiful weekend that he planned almost entirely by himself (besides some help from my friend Billie who also got engaged that same day!)
Then started the wedding planning, and the celebrations, and all of the little details. It was both fun and stressful. We both couldn’t wait for the day to come and for us to begin our lives together. When the day finally came, the stress seemed to fade away and nothing else really seemed to matter. All our planning had paid off. We enjoyed spending our time with family and friends, and besides a couple issues with repeating the vows, we sailed through the night without any glitches! Everything was perfect from our emotional wedding day first look, to the beautiful weather we got to enjoy while taking pictures with Lyndsey and Al!

 

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Ceremony + Reception : Greysolon Ballroom

Flowers: Saffron & Grey

DJ: Trustworthy Music

Hair + Makeup: Fitgers Salon & Spa

Wedding Dress: Wedding Shoppe
Cake: How Sweet It Is

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Lauren + Justin

July 25, 2017

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LAUREN + JUSTIN

SUPERIOR SHORES

TWO HARBORS, MN

 

We met these two one year ago at Justin’s best friends wedding. (Happy Anniversary Marni + Jaq!) He was the best man and Lauren was there as a guest and the two of them were so fun to be with. So, when they reached out to us to see if we’d be available to shoot their wedding we instantly knew we were in! We can’t wait to celebrate with them next spring.

Fun facts about these two: Lauren is from New York, Justin is a MN guy. They were close friends and co-workers before they dated. They’re both brilliant and choose to serve the unmet healthcare needs of the undeserved as pharmacists. Yeah, these two are amazing.

 

 

 

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Branden

July 20, 2017

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SENIOR CLASS 2018

Branden’s mom and grandparents have been life long friends with Al and his family, however we’ve actually NEVER met Branden until his senior shoot. He thought that the “Al & Lyndsey” he’s heard about all these years was one person named Alan Lyndsey… so he was surprised to meet us! I love that!

We had so much fun shooting on the river and getting to talk life. Good luck Branden! Enjoy your senior year in Boise and that new house too! You’ll do amazing at whatever you end up choosing!

 

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Hannah + Cavan

July 18, 2017

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GREYSOLON BALLROOM

DULUTH, MN

 

Hannah + Cavan planned a perfect Duluth day and invited all their family and friends from their home town and beyond to come and experience Duluth and all that they love about the city.  Personally, my favorite part of the day was walking the boardwalk with the wedding party from their ceremony at Leif Ericson Park to The Boat Club where they all had drinks on the patio and then proceeded to walk to the reception. Cheers to getting out for a walk on your wedding day and inviting your party to join in on the scenery!

 

From the Bride Hannah:
Cavan attended a Catholic elementary school, while I attended public school so our first sight was at basketball camp that Cavan’s dad put on. When a classmate of mine hung around Cavan at camp he of course got twenty questioned by me about who Cavan was. Then when Cavan came to public school we began to talk and interact more and more, but didn’t start dating until after I found out his mom would be my volleyball coach. It took a long time for us to finally start dating but it was well worth the wait! Through high school and college we basically grew up together having both ups and downs. Now after being long distance for the past five years we finally live happily together under the same address!

 

Our favorite wedding day memory… first look for sure! And feeling so loved by our friends and family.

 

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Ceremony: Leif Erickson Park

Reception: Greysolon Ballroom

Flowers: Eveleth Floral

DJ: Sounds Unlimited

Hair and Makeup: Language of Hair

Wedding Dress: Madison James

 

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