Brian and Katie found me through my mom. And Katie’s mom. And the college I went to. And my close friend Anna. And someone who lives across the street from my parents. I’m not sure how all of this ended up colliding but perhaps, simplified: On a snowy April morning, my mom stopped to chat with a neighbor and I got an email from Brian the following week. It was kismet. These two are funny. Like, really funny. This was a wedding that didn’t feel like a job. I tuned in and stayed there. I loved being able to explore shape, color, and shoot a few rolls of black and white film (something I’ve been doing a lot more of). I picked these photos carefully and I hope you enjoy them. Congratulations you two. May you continue to giggle through the years together.
I’m so fond of this couple. Katie and Cody are from my home state of Vermont, which makes me feel close to them. They’re also the first couple that has hired me for their wedding after seeing my work with Doomtree which feels sweet and nostalgic. I photographed their engagement session three years ago and we connected right away. I am proud of this work and I am proud of these two people. Katie is an extremely talented ceramic artist (she made all the plates and cups, which I featured heavily in this post!) and Cody is one part model, two parts twin cities music scene intern and boss bartender.
I’ll leave these here. Cheers you two. I cried a lot.
This was a big year.
Of the 20 weddings I photographed in 2017, more than half fell in the month of September. In that month alone, my camera fired its shutter 16,500 times. 13 weddings were located in the Twin Cities proper. Long veils, dark red lipstick, suits from Atmosfere, spanx, and readings by e.e. cummings reigned. The song "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" by Stevie Wonder was the most frequent walk-down-the-aisle song. First looks were passed off in favor of dressing together and sit-down dinners took the place of food trucks. The focus fell on food and family and the most common word heard during speeches: "better together"
Below is what happens when I decide to find a "few photos" that I feel raised the bar this year. All the weddings I was lucky enough to take part in were extraordinary in their own way but these selected moments remind me why I love what I do. I hope you can feel how it felt to be there by going through them, too. Click an image to open the slideshow.
2018, I'm ready.
I ran into Liz & Hank at the Eaux Claires festival while I was hoisting my camera and stepping through cute couples waiting patiently for Jenny Lewis to take the stage. They called out to me-- we spoke for a bit-- and I left feeling like I had these two friends that weren't really my friends because we'd only had coffee once to go over wedding details but I kind of wanted to sit down and hang out with them for the rest of the day.
When their wedding day came, I wasn't even nervous. Something about how the two turn their gaze to you and just know they're truly listening, made me feel like there was already a warm room inside this unfamiliar church that I was standing before, about to enter.
Liz and Hank are funny and they attract friends with great humor. They are faithful and are some of the only 20-somethings I know who have created such community within their church. I know it sounds cute when you say that two people in love are at ease around each other but they aren't just clearly calmed in each others presence, they sweep that ease out and touch everyone with it.
Their ceremony was intimate and to the point. It touched on their faith and their commitment. Their reception was warm, humble, and full of a connectedness between each guest-- something that I find rare when 100's of people who don't all know each other are gathered in the same room. Also, they had a Chinese takeout buffet which is GENIUS.
Working with these two was memorable. A bright spot. I'm proud of these images. Enjoy.
Katie & Greg are the kind of people who, when meeting for the first time over coffee, remind you of your own friends. Three minutes in, we were laughing, rolling our eyes, and talking about our design aesthetics. I love working with clients who are visual people, and Katie being an art director was able to give me detailed ideas and visual cues that, I think, allowed me to really nail this wedding.
What transpired was a Wes Anderson a la Moonrise Kingdom styled intimate wedding in the middle of Camp Tanadoona in Excelsior, Minnesota. There was quiet love wherever you looked. Family and friends embraced, people gathered together closely and had in depth conversations-- there was something very peaceful and intimate about it all.
it's almost like this web of humans who love Katie and Greg were all speaking a language that I couldn't hear. It was blissful and humbling. As I left that night, I felt a pull to stay.
Venue: Camp Tanadoona
Hair / Makeup: friend of the bride
Rings: Brilliant Earth
Stationary: designed by bride
Cocktail hour musicians - Jake Hansen and James Buckley
Flowers: Eclectic Elegance Florals
Baked goods: Sarah Jane's Bakery
Photobooth: Blue Goose Photo Booth
Food Truck: Bark and the Bite
Coffee: Coffee Cart Mpls
Furniture rental: Rustic Elegance