High school sweethearts? Yes, please! Meet Reed & Maranda, two high school sweethearts who chose to adventure for their engagement photo session at Willow River State Park in Hudson, Wisconsin – a flashback to many walks among their high school years as well as a nod to the same place that Reed proposed!
These two started chatting in high school after they had been in classes together a few times. Maranda said she’s a bit more shy and that Reed is the more outgoing one, but that once they did finally start chatting, they didn’t stop. How outgoing is Reed? I believe Maranda was the one who said to watch out on their wedding day because Reed has split his pants before with how much fun he has on the wedding dance floor. (Hey Siri, remind me to bring a sewing kit…) Speaking of pants and sewing kits, these two shared that Reed’s pants were too long for their engagement portraits, so Maranda did some quick thinking and hemmed the bottoms herself – quick thinking, girl!
Imagine with me that a few short months before your wedding day, the entire world is immersed into a pandemic. Life quickly changes from just starting to emerge from winter hibernation as spring is finally coming to disappearing into houses, working at home, walking on the opposite side of the street if someone is coming, schools closed through the end of the year, and weddings cancelled. The beautiful wedding that you have spent hours, weeks, and months planning at Hope Glen Farm suddenly out of reach. As restrictions continue to, well, restrict and then riots cause our state to call in the national guard, all of it seems so heavy, so overwhelming, so crazy – and more than enough to make anyone or any couple into a bit of a bridezilla.
Being outdoors at Vermillion Falls in Hastings taking couple portraits is finally somewhat of a sense of normal life in being back! Getting to start to see real people in person instead of on a screen is absolutely refreshing! We first met Katelyn & Carlos at Katelyn’s brother and his wife’s beautiful Redeemed Farms wedding last fall. They stepped out at the end of the wedding and pulled us aside, asking if we would be willing to shoot their intimate wedding in a few short weeks. We met for coffee a few days later and before we knew it, the day had quickly come – and we were standing on the 18th floor balcony of a downtown Minneapolis apartment right by Stone Arch Bridge taking their ceremony photos amidst a “dip and dots” like snowstorm.
The first date started out with a simple meetup at a Dunn Bros coffee shop. Ted & Angela sat on a stone bench and chatted before taking a stroll downtown Minneapolis (now you see why we went back here for their engagement photos!). They had met on a dating site, Hinge, and after mutually liking similar things, they thought they’d give it a try. The same week, she invited him to a church hangout night, and he chose to come along. Then, they hung out again later that week, which led into meeting his parents, which led into lunch with her parents, and the rest? History (well, history in the making ;D).
Maybe it’s just me, but after all the excitement of the holiday season, I can feel rather down in the dumps. We spend November working on being thankful, we go right into December counting down each moment and jam-packing a ton of activities in as we celebrate baby Jesus’ birth at Christmas, and then within a week we are sent into a new year. Wow, just thinking about it leaves my head spinning. And yet, we do this every year… and I’m starting to notice a pattern for myself of where I feel a bit overwhelmed with the daunting tasks and unknown future of the new year as I step into early January.
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