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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Amy + John

January 21, 2017

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Amy + John’s wedding was our last of 2016 and our first of 2017!

New Years Eve weddings are so fun and extra glitzy and glamours!

One of my ideas for 2017 was to have words from THE bride and groom to go along with their images.

I think all of you reading would love to hear the real wedding stories from those who experienced it, am I right!? 

So without further ado…


What was the BEST part of your wedding day!?

Besides the actual “getting married” part of the day, the best part of the planning process and the day of was having our family and friends completely rally around us, blanket us in love, and help our wedding literally be the best day of either of our lives. We don’t think anything went wrong the day of, but if it did, we have no idea because any fires that may have exploded were burned out by our amazing family and friends and bridal party. The week of the wedding, there was an assembly of bridal party friends and family who helped us assemble centerpieces. This sounds minor, but when we stopped and realized that 4 of these friends flew in from London, and family came over and gave up their time just to help put together centerpieces, we were overwhelmed with gratitude. The day of the wedding was equally the best and most humbling day of our lives, and we can’t stop thinking about how amazing it is to be surrounded by people who love you and are rallying for you just because they love you and want you to have a perfect night. From people helping you put your shoes on to friends spending hours hauling your decor and setting it up/tearing it down again, to parents whose kids’ bedtimes schedules were completely messed up because they knew you wanted their kids to be a part of the celebration. There is no other way to describe the feeling besides feeling overwhelmingly humbled and loved. 


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Tell us about the planning of the wedding!

Initially, we weren’t exactly sure what our vision was, what we could afford, and what was important to us in our celebration of marriage. New Years Eve is our dating anniversary, and since we saw it was on a Saturday in 2016, we decided to go all out and have a big new years eve celebration. I always say my favorite color is “sparkle”, and nothing says sparkle like New Years Eve, so we went for a mixed metallic/gold color scheme. Music is also really important to us, so having live music both spoke to us. Ultimately, we ended up having Ovation (a local string quartet, play Christmas carols with a trumpet soloist. We both really enjoy and respect nature, and thought that incorporating elements of the woods into our wedding would be festive and represent our love for outdoors. As the planning continued, and Amy’s mom found a bunch of gold, sparkly brush on clearance at Bachman’s, the theme of Christmas/Winter-Woodsy Glam came to be what we designed our centerpieces around. The majority of the brass deer we had on the tables were mid-century/antique deer and one element we loved about our decor. The bridesmaids dresses all were different. Having 2 bridesmaids in California, 1 in London, and only 3 in MN, Amy left it up to her Bride Squad to pick dresses that were in the gold/rosegold/blush or champagne scheme. Each bridesmaid got to choose their style and hue that they felt comfortable in and was reflective of their personality. In the end, they all blended perfectly. Amy and John kept it simple and went with simple Black and White for the tuxes.



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OK, this is so fun! Tell us how you met?
Amy and her high school friend Connie were paddleboarding one day when Connie mentioned she thought Amy and John should meet. Connie arranged a game night, and as she puts it, “it was love at first roll”…even though we played Scrabble ;-). The proposal was incredibly personal and sweet. Context: Day was Dec. 19, Amy has always wanted a Husky, their first date was at a donut shop (Mel O Glaze), a coffee shop (Nokomis Beach Coffee) and the Minneapolis Farmers Market. John had volunteered to host a friends birthday at his house, and asked Amy to come over to help clean. Poor guy paced the house until 3 pm until Amy finally came over to help get the house ready icon wink Amy + John When she came in, the house had all the Christmas decorations lit up and John was dressed up. He started telling her how the last year of his life has been amazing since she and him met, that she had changed his life, and he gave her a box. Now this box was a hand made, wood dog crate with a lid on it, holes punched in the side of it, and covered in brown mailing paper. The man had made her a home-made wooden dog crate. Inside the box was their original order from the donut and coffee shop, a mug that says, “Does this ring make me look engaged,” and a small stuffed husky with an Iowa Hawkeyes Collar and Leash (Amy is a hawkeyes fan) and a dog tag with “Amy, will you marry me?” and 12-19-2015 on it. She cried and said yes.

Congratulations!! You two and your families were the best way we could have closed out 2016 and welcomed in 2017!

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Kayla + Nick

January 17, 2017

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When you envision a winter engagement shoot I think you dream of this. I’m serious, like being in a snow globe. There was NO wind, which is incredible since we were on the shores of the great Lake Superior. The snowflakes were big and fluffy, but not TOO big and fluffy. Kayla and Nick were down with trudging through the snow, I even slipped on my way up a trail but landed on my butt to save my camera! Win!

Nick was the one who suggested Split Rock as our location since he had just been there and thought it would be perfect, he was right. Are you available for scouting/hire?

The next time we shoot together it will be the middle of the summer and hopefully just as beautiful.

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Jessica + Jordan

January 12, 2017

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We’re so excited for these two and the beginning of a new chapter of life for them.  Their wedding day was the perfect beginning paragraph for a long love story to unfold.  Complete with the most stunning ceremony location ever.

Getting to be apart of their day was such an honor, and when the guest list is under 20 people it’s a little nerve wracking too… haha! We really stick out with our big cameras!

The day started with Jessica and her closest girls getting ready in the St Paul Hotel.  So many laughs and such beautiful friendships. The girls all wore a monarch butterfly as a tribute to Jessica’s mother.  She was certainly there in spirit!  The Hotel also served as a great backdrop for their first look and then photos outside in the bustling “end of the holidays” crowds.  I must say that Jess had an amazing trio of outdoor wear to toss on over her dress… from the red coat to a fur stole and finally a full blown fur coat. LOVED them all and it’s so fun to switch it up.  Eventually we made our way over to the Como Conservatory where the private ceremony was held in among hundreds of red and gold poinsettias.  J+J were stunning, it was warm, smelled like heaven and the music of the sting quartet put the whole setting over the top.

To finish the evening off everyone headed back to the St Paul Grill for the meal of the year while we walked across the street with J+J for just a few more photos in the Christmas lights.

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Lindsie + Andrew

December 20, 2016



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Lots to be thankful for on this amazing Thanksgiving weekend wedding!  First things first, hounds-tooth shawls with green dresses… amazing.

Now that I got that out there here’s a little more about Lindsie + Andrew!  They are both northern kids at heart, Lindsie from Cloquet and Andrew from Iron River. They were living parallel lives as they grew up, which was perfectly shown through photos and table numbers at the reception, they even attended UMD at the same time but didn’t meet until they both moved to Minneapolis.  It didn’t take long for Andrew to propose and then it’s all of a sudden their wedding day.

As you’re scrolling through their day via photos I hope you notice the men in shawls, summer weather in Duluth in late Nov, the flowers and decor by NSE and the radiant smiles and glances between L + A.


Merry first Christmas as Mr and Mrs!



Ceremony &  Reception – Clyde Iron Works   :   Flowers – Northland Special Events

DJ – ProSound   :   Dresses – The Wedding Shoppe

Makeup – Monica Szypkowski    :   Hair – 2 Dye 4 Salon


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Siiri + Xavier

December 12, 2016

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High school sweethearts from small town Wisconsin, ready to go on their next adventure!

Siiri + Xavier are planning their wedding for this coming summer and we are so excited to be there to capture their day.  We just met Siiri at the Greysolon Open House about a month ago and after a few moments of chit chat we fell in love too… We can see what Xavier sees!

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