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Engagement Photography

Amanda Allard Photography 2011 Rewind

I know it’s almost March, but it’s never too late for a little love.  A big beautiful thank you to my amazing 2011 clients!  I traveled through 5 states to snap this year’s round up…and enjoyed every minute capturing these wonderful moments.


Homecoming: Bria + Kevin

On Friday, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Bria & Kevin.  Kevin is currently serving in the United States Army in Afgahnistan, so this beautiful couple has had to spend some time apart this past year.  Last week, Bria traveled all the way from Alaska to Idaho to welcome her husband home.  If you need evidence as to how much these two miss each other, just look at the pictures below.  (You two were so amazing to work with!)  During the shoot, Bria mentioned that she has worn out all of her favorite pictures of the two of them.  (She has looked at them daily since Kevin was deployed).  Bria, I hope this shoot has provided you with some new favorites to flip through until Kevin returns home safe…for good.  Enjoy the rest of your precious time together.  I hope to see you again next year, after you relocate to the Boise area!

* A special thanks to Wood River Cellars for allowing us to use their vineyard and grounds for this special homecoming shoot *

** Bria, here’s the special ANTM reference I promised you during our shoot…the camera loves you!  **


She Said Yes! Lee + Michelle

Two weeks ago I had the privilege of traveling back to my hometown of Fargo, ND to capture the wedding of one of my oldest childhood friends.  Some of you may remember Lee & Michelle from their April engagement session.  I was so thrilled that these two had a beautiful day for their wedding!  Lee & Michelle agreed to brave the summer heat so we could capture a few outdoor photos of them prior to their ceremony.  (You guys were such troopers!  That goes for your wedding party too!)  We kicked things off at Trollwood Park, where Lee spent much of his youth riding around on his big wheel and exploring the banks of the Red River.  The park hasn’t changed much in the past 25 years…so it was fun to use the grounds and a few of the park’s colorful buildings as backdrops.

After we captured their outdoor portraits, we made our way to Hope Lutheran Church (North Campus) for their ceremony.  It had been years since I’d been in the church’s sanctuary.  It is such a stunning backdrop for a wedding.

After saying their “I do’s”, we threw on our dancing shoes and headed downtown to the Radisson.  Lee & Michelle, every last detail at your reception was absolute perfection!  It was truly an honor to capture your wedding day.  Here’s to Mr. & Mrs. Rieniets…(wait that’s what I used to call your parents, Lee)…wishing the two of you many years of wedded bliss together.

P.S.  Many thanks to my Midwest Assistant, Jeannette!  She did a wonderful job helping me at my last three weddings!  Couldn’t have done it without you, Mom!


He Popped the Question: Kelly & Bob

I’m sitting in an empty house (our moving truck is not scheduled to arrive until the first week of August), but that hasn’t stopped me from settling in to our new home and jumping back into work.  I have to thank Kelly & Bob for their patience over the past couple of weeks as I moved across three states, waited for internet access and created a make-shift work station in our new home.  (Moving is hard work!)  I was so happy that these two were able to arrange a trip up to the North Shore for some camping (and their engagement session) prior to my move out West.  We started out their session at Chester Creek, one of Duluth’s many hidden gems, before heading down to the populated Canal Park area.  Kelly & Bob’s yellow lab, Sky, was particularly happy to romp around in the cool waters of Lake Superior when we headed across the Aerial Bridge to snap a few beach shots.  I am so thrilled that I get to reconnect with this couple again in January for their winter wedding in the Fargo/Moorhead area! 


She Said Yes! Mollie + Mark

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of capturing the beautiful marriage of Mollie & Mark.  I absolutely adore this couple!  I met the two of them over 2 years ago when Mollie asked me to shoot their wedding.  I instantly knew that I would love working with these two!  And let me tell you, they didn’t disappoint!  We started the day off at Justin Paul Salon – in Downtown Duluth – where Mollie and her bridesmaids kicked off their morning.  Her nieces completely made my day as they ran around the salon with chocolate donuts in their hands and all over their faces.  Our next stop was the Bridal Suite at  Greysolon Plaza, where Mollie had her make-up applied by Derick Cich.  I absolutely LOVE this venue!  The huge windows in the suite provide perfect light for detail shots and preparation photos.  And the ballroom…is simply breathtaking.  Mollie & Mark’s ceremony took place St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Lakeside.  We took advantage of the location by making a quick stop at Lester River Park to capture some bridal portraits and group shots of their wedding party against the park’s lush, green backdrop.  (I ♥ Minnesota summers!  Especially after a week of rain.)  Mollie & Mark’s perfect day came to a close in Downtown Duluth.  Before making their grand entrance in the Greysolon Ballroom, we headed down to E Michigan Street to capture some images against a fun backdrop that I have been dying to use for over a year!

I am so thrilled that the two of you are finally “Mr.” & “Mrs.”!  Wishing you many years of wedded bliss together.


Published: Minnesota Bride

Exciting news!  I just found out that one of my 2010 weddings will be published in the Fall/Winter edition of Minnesota Bride Magazine.  The issue will hit book stores on August 1st.  I felt so privileged to be a part of Michael and Elizabeth’s wedding day.  Their wedding and reception took place at not one…but two historic Duluth venues…The Glensheen Mansion and The Kitchi Gammi Club.  Laura Mullen, of Laura Mullen Event Design, helped the bride and groom design a beautiful and sophisticated event which I will not soon forget.

Ironically, by the time the magazine rolls off the press I will no longer be a Minnesota photographer.  However, I’m SO excited about the photographic opportunities that lie ahead of me in the Boise metro area.  If you know anyone in the Treasure Valley who is interested in booking an upcoming wedding or session, I can be reached on my new Idaho digits:  208-564-2510.


Engaged: Lee & Michelle

With Royal Wedding week underway, I couldn’t have picked a better time to shoot my first engagement session of 2011!  What made this session even more special, was the fact that the soon-to-be groom was like a second brother to me during my childhood.  He was my next door neighbor, so just about every young memory I have includes him and his little sister.  As I was driving to Fargo for the shoot on Monday, I couldn’t recall the last time Lee and I saw each other…so it was fabulous to catch up with him again.  And I was thrilled to finally meet his beautiful fiance, Michelle.  (Michelle, I hope these images prove to you how AMAZING your smile is.)  I am so excited to return to Fargo this July to capture your summer wedding!