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.
We’re so unbelievably excited to announce another year of mini sessions! Each year this looks different but as we prepare for these this year, we can’t help but feel all the more urge of the importance of these mini sessions. We get that the budget sometimes gets tight, we get that not everyone loves being in front of the camera for long periods of time, we get that kids don’t last the longest – we get it. The point is that the longer that we live in this strange stay at home, quarantined state of COVID-19, the more that I appreciate the interaction with those that I love the most. And having them documented so that I can look back on them in the future? All the more precious.
We interrupt your daily coronavirus stream with an adorable newborn baby girl – yes, you’re welcome. Getting to take newborn photos at their home in St. Paul Park and see this little lady before everything changed as we know it was such a timely and HUGE blessing. I love getting to see the specialness of the family in newborn photos and in-home lifestyle shoots are all the more precious to me!
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).
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