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Basically, I love Anna and Cil’s relationship – from the way they got together to how they got engaged – it’s all wonderful! I’m excited to not only share their stunning engagement pictures with you, but their story as well.

Both work at Lifetime, but different clubs, so it took them until a non-club specific leadership outing to finally meet. The two immediately hit it off, and many hours and rounds later, they ended up at Cowboy Jack’s, still talking and getting to know each other. There Cil asked Anna to describe her type. Anna named five specific traits, and Cil told her that she had just described her. From then on, they both knew it was history. Or as Cil says, the deal was “Cil’d.” 🙂

It gets better. The happy couple was on vacation in Cancun when Cil decided (pretty last minute) that there would be no better place to ask Anna to spend the rest of her life with her. She bought the ring at the resort they were staying at and on the last night the two went down to the beach to soak in the gorgeous view one last time (or so Anna thought). But to Anna’s surprise, Cil pulled out a beautiful ring and said “I found this pebble for you, will you marry me?” Gentu penguins search the beach for the perfect pebble to give to the penguin that will be their soul mate for the rest of their lives. Cil and Anna are undoubtably each other’s penguins. Congrats you two! Thanks for letting us be a part of your story. We cannot wait to capture part of it on your wedding day.

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Simply put, Annie and Tyler are just happy people who are super in love with each other. They’re the kind of people that you could throw obstacles at all day, but as long as they have each other, they’d be content. I know this to be true because on their wedding day, it kind of happened. For starters, they got married on a hot day, I mean really hot. Hot like I was sweating and drinking tons of water and worrying about the heat for them. But whenever I asked them how they were doing and feeling, they would both respond, “hot,” but with a smile on their face, and leave it at that. No complaints, no high maintenance requests. They simply acknowledged the obvious and went on enjoying their special day.

As if the heat wasn’t enough, Annie also lost her voice due to bad allergies. Although no one dreams to lose their voice on their wedding day, Annie somehow was able to laugh it off and turn it into an adorable, funny situation. I’m telling you all of these “not perfect” moments because Annie & Tyler’s wedding was perfect anyway – because they allowed it to be. Even though Annie and Tyler went all out planning their details and decorations (which looked amazing), they didn’t stress about any of it on the actual day of the wedding. Even though it was crazy hot and Annie lost her voice, they didn’t let that distract them from the true meaning and beauty of their wedding day – they fully embraced every moment regardless if it was how they planned it to be or not.

People like Annie and Tyler are rare and wonderful. I truly mean that. They were easy going, relaxed, fun, and crazy in love. In my opinion, they cracked the wedding code. They didn’t expect or demand perfect, they focused on the important stuff – each other, their awesome families and friends, enjoying their unbelievable 12-person band, breaking it down on the dance floor, and cherishing all the special moments. Annie and Tyler, you were our dream clients on your wedding day, we all have a little bit to learn from your approach to life and love. Congrats again!

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There were so many wonderful and unique things about Brooke & Aaron’s wedding, it’s hard to know where to start. There was little magical moment after magical moment all day. It started right away in the morning when the forecast – supposed to be rainy – turned out to be the sunniest, most perfect summer day. Weather aside, the wedding itself was stunning. The newly remodeled Van Busen Mansion was one of the most gorgeous mansions I have ever shot in before. It shined during the day and continued at night with a courtyard strung carefully with hanging lights. It was truly a vision, and so was Brooke. Everyone thought so, but the interaction between her and her father was really special. The first look that these two shared was one of the most emotional and memorable I have witnessed between a father and a daughter (see pictures below for proof). It was obvious how much he loved and cherished her – so you know he wouldn’t give her away to just anyone. It must have been clear, to him especially, that Aaron is not only good for Brooke, but perfect for her.

We noticed this, too. Brooke and Aaron are just such a perfect fit for each other. Their relationship has such ease about it – it’s hard to describe. Throughout the entire day they were both so relaxed, calm, and unworried by small details. They were more concerned about their guests having a good time than whether or not their day went “perfect.” However, you could tell there was a special peace they found in each other whenever they were able to steal a second alone. When we were taking couple pictures, it was like the cameras weren’t even there. Brooke and Aaron were just happy to together, and nothing else really mattered. Their love is natural and beautiful.

Brooke and Aaron’s amazing ability to love each other well is special, and it seems like they may have learned it from their parents. We couldn’t help but notice that both sets were happily married and obviously still in love. Which is rare. It was beautiful to see so many different relationships at different stages in life, all still going strong. These awesome families did an outstanding job raising their children and setting a good example for marriage, it makes sense that the two ended up together. I have no doubt that Brooke and Aaron will do the same in their future. I could go on forever, but ultimately, it was a beautiful day of celebrating true love and families being joined together. I only foresee one conflict in their future – will their children be Vikings or Packers fans? 🙂 Congrats again Brooke and Aaron! Keep spreading your infectious love.

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Ceremony Venue – Nazareth Chapel – Roseville, MN
Reception Venue – Van Dusen Mansion – Minneapolis, MN
Officiant – Father Steve Prokop – St. Paul, MN
Hair Stylist – Nivala & Co. (Alex Kraus) – Rosemount, MN 
Caterer – Mintahoe Catering & Events – Minneapolis, MN
Cake Designer – The Cakery by Farmington Bakery – Farmington, MN
Florist – Stems & Vines – Prior Lake, MN
Dress shop/Designer – Posh Bridal – Minneapolis, MN
Tuxedos – Men’s Warehouse – Minneapolis, MN
Limo/Party bus Company – Renee’s Limo Valet – Limos, Coaches, & Trolleys – Minneapolis, MN
DJ – Sam Johnson (Bellagala) – Minneapolis, MN
Ceremony Music – Sharon Planer (Pianist for Parties) – Minneapolis, MN 

 

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The first wedding of the year is always a special one – it’s the start of a new adventure, a new season of love, a new set of amazing couples to get to know, and new wonderful stories to tell. What I’m trying to say is that regardless of the wedding (how beautiful it is, how in the love the couple is, how crazy the guests are, etc.), the first wedding is always memorable. In Heidi and Tony’s case, however, their wedding would be memorable whether it was the first, the last, or happened 20 years ago. They had the kind of love that you just don’t forget.

Heidi and Tony have been together for about five years. When they first met, at an event for Heidi’s Matron of Honor’s wedding, they had an instant connection – one that everyone noticed, and everyone was excited about. The day of their wedding seemed like day one for them all over again – if anything their connection and passion for one another had grown.

Their first look is a perfect example of this, and one of the most beautiful first looks we have ever witnessed. Heidi naturally lights up a room, I swear, her smile literally radiates joy. But for Tony, she lights up his life. When he saw her for the first time on their wedding day, he couldn’t stop letting her know how true this was for him – how beautiful she was, how amazing she was, and how excited he was to marry her. And that same passionate, authentic love continued to shine throughout the entire day.

There was not a single moment that wasn’t full of joy. Heidi and Tony were so obviously in love and so obviously excited to be spending the rest of their lives together that their happiness spread throughout the entire wedding and everyone who was there. So, they celebrated! In a fun loving, St. Patty’s day fashion! It was a celebration indeed, and one that all who were present will remember dearly for a long time.

Heidi and Tony – your relationship is inspiring. I have no doubt your love and passion for one another will only continue to grow (as it has already) for the rest of your lives. It was such a joy to capture your special day, congratulations again!

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Before I say anything about Megan & Ben’s story and how wonderful they are, I first need to tell you that the day we ventured out together to take these engagement photos was freezing. I’m serious, like 20-degrees-below-zero-with-windchill freezing. How awesome the pictures turned out, even in unfavorable weather conditions, is your first insight into Megan and Ben’s personalities and their relationship. They so joyfully trekked across ice shelves and the frozen Mississippi River, enjoying time together, regardless the circumstance.

Our frozen adventure made me realize that Megan and Ben really cherish every second that they have together. A chance for them to be together is a chance to celebrate, no matter the weather or situation. They are both extremely driven people, who motivate each other to work hard but also motivate each other to take necessary breaks, unplugged from work and outside thoughts, to just focus on each other. I really admire this in them. Witnessing a love like Megan and Ben’s, will always be worth bearing frigid temperatures.

They are truly the perfect pair, in so many ways. They both have similar interests: exploring yummy dinner and drink spots around the cities, tinkering with computers and electronics, being outdoors, and most importantly, the desire to never stop learning. They are alike, but not so much so that they don’t challenge each other – they help each other grow. Megan says that being with Ben helps her to drop the weight of the world off her shoulders. A smile and a hug from him has an amazing (“super” in her eyes) power to make everything better. It is obvious that Ben is willing to go great lengths to bring a smile to Megan’s face. The amazing proposal he planned for her makes that hard to deny. Stayed tuned for their wedding blog to hear more details!

Congratulations Megan and Ben! You two and your loving, adventurous souls are beautiful. Thanks for bearing the freezing temperatures with me! I’m down for round two if you are.

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