One of the most precious things that happens on a wedding day is uncovering the behind-the-scenes stories and details that aren’t shared with everyone. In fact, I love this so much that we’ve made it a new goal of ours to try to notice the special little things and remember them, so that we can share them after the wedding day. Ariel and Alex’s wedding day at Olympic Hills Golf Club in Eden Prairie had so many of them, though, that we might not be able to share them all, but we’ll try!
I still remember the first moment Travis called to tell me about her. I was outside pushing my kids on the swings in the late August sun, and he randomly called - something he hadn’t done in a little while. He began to excitedly share all about Crown College’s welcome weekend, and finally he got to talking about her (the girl Josiah had hinted at in our family group text with a photo earlier that week). Emma was her name, and Travis was pretty smitten. We talked for the next few weeks about how things were going, what she was like, and what he could/should do with liking her. Flash forward to the day of our family photos – yes, on top of everything else in capturing a proposal we thought we’d try to throw Emma off by taking our family photos (pretty sure she was too smart still but we tried!) It’s not every shoot that you get to capture a proposal, and it’s even less likely for it to be your brother the one proposing. In fact, for me, that chance is two in a lifetime, as I had previously taken photos for my sister’s surprise engagement (no pressure to make it three, J ;D)! Anyways, when Travis shared he was getting ready to propose and that he wanted us there to capture it the answer was, “OF COURSE.” Josiah joining in on the fun again to capture the day? Yes, please! Who wouldn’t want three photographers in order to make sure we would get at least one solid angle! The tricky part was when he shared he wanted to take them in our area at Vermillion Falls. We LOVE Vermillion Falls, but if you’ve been there, you know there really aren’t that many angles you can take from with all the trees, bushes, and, well, falls. But we were up for the challenge, which meant that I went weeks in advance to take photos and videos while I walked the area to get an idea of what we would do.
The only thing better than hanging out with a couple on their wedding day is hanging out again after the wedding day to celebrate the coming of a little baby! This was definitely the case of Matt & Laura’s maternity photos at Woodland Trailhead Park in Elk River. We captured their wedding day photos last May at the Grands at Mulligans in Sartell, MN, so to come full circle and be capturing their maternity photos now was absolutely so much fun! Some other things that came full circle? Matt had given his groomsmen each individualized suphero cufflinks as a gift, and now we took a few photos of them with a superhero onesie to celebrate their little bambino!
We met Katelyn & Carlos a month prior to their wedding day at Katelyn’s brother’s wedding at Redeemed Farms. They asked to talk with us fast as we were loading up to go home, so we stepped outside of the barn, and they shared they were engaged, getting married, and looking for a wedding photographer the next month – we so happened to have the day open, so we setup a time to meet them for coffee and chat more about their wedding day! And here we are, less than a month later getting to share photos from their wedding day. They told us it would be a rooftop wedding downtown, but you can’t describe the view with words until you actually see it!
Wow, oh wow, oh wow! What can we say about Travis and Lindsey’s wedding day but wow? These two are the sweetest, kindest, most joyful couple there is. We met them at a previous WP bride and groom’s wedding day – Lindsey was the maid of honor and Travis happened to sit at our table during the reception. He shared the story of how these two were dating and as silly as it sounds, we fell in love with this couple, and both Mark and I left Becca & Connor’s wedding day wishing that someday we would be able to photograph Travis and Lindsey’s day. So flash forward a few years and here we were, standing at Redeemed Farms in Scandia, MN – a beautiful farmstead reception venue that has a Magnolia-style farmhouse, cute cottages, a gorgeous well-lit barn with both downstairs and upstairs spots, plenty of adorable yard spaces to play games and connect with loved ones, and an outdoor ceremony location amidst the vineyards. This time, Becca was the matron of honor to Lindsey (fun how roles can change in a few years) and Connor was the one attending the wedding.
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