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.
A week ago I returned home from shooting my first wedding of 2012! Some of you might remember Kelly & Bob from their Duluth engagement session last summer. I love this couple to pieces! Despite some unexpected changes to their wedding plans (no snow in Fargo…in January…GASP!), we had a wonderful time capturing their big day. While I would’ve loved to have snapped a few pics of Bob riding up to the church on his snowmobile, I must say it was rather nice not being buried up to our knees in snow for outdoor photos. I mean let’s face it…38 degrees in January is downright balmy by North Dakota standards! And I couldn’t have asked for better surroundings at Moorhead’s Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd…bright walls and a prairie view that went on forever made the pre-ceremony photos easy and accessible! After the ceremony, we loaded onto the Fargo Trolley and made a pit stop at the Depot to capture a few photos of the wedding party at dusk! However, my favorite part of the day was seeing all of the wonderful and creative touches that Kelly had prepared for their reception at the Fargo Holiday Inn. Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Leiseth! Wishing you much happiness in the years ahead.
This post is long overdue! But I have a good excuse…I promise. I’ve been unexpectedly busy since moving my photography business to Idaho! I’m loving the fact that I’m finally a full-time photographer. It’s something that I’ve been dreaming about since my portrait business took off in Minnesota! It has been so fun getting to know the Boise area and finding new places to shoot. I have to say…living in a larger city definitely has its advantages! Including…an awesome college (go BSU!) which has a Photography program. I was completely overwhelmed by the response that I received last June when I placed an ad for a Photography Assistant on the campus website! I received approximately 35 resumes…and slowly but surely narrowed down the candidates to two! Meet Ashley and Michelle…my new go-to gals. I’m so excited to have you girls helping me out!
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!
I will always remember my time in Duluth, simply because it is where my photography business took root. So…it seemed rather fitting that the very last thing I did before I left was capture the beautiful wedding of Pascha and Abbot at the Northland Country Club. I said it at least a million times the day of the wedding, and I’m going to say it again…Pascha, you are simply stunning! You and Abbot did such a magnificant job of planning an elegant and classy event for your closest friends and families. It was truly an honor to capture every detail…including the Flower Cart’s refreshing summer centerpieces. Thank you again for selecting me to capture your day. I hope you are relishing your time together as a new family!
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!
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.