Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy and girl run off to get married. Wait a second, not the “typical” love story? Jenavae and Misha have anything but that! While COVID has thrown everyone for a loop in their wedding day planning, these two decided that enough was enough and they were ready to get married no matter what. They settled in on a date and reached out to us for their wedding day photography. There is something beautifully simple about an elopement – you get to take in the full moment, not be rushed, and watch each person’s reaction throughout the minimony. You can chase the sunset, go get dinner in your wedding dress, and drive off without anyone knowing what has happened – a secret you choose when and where to share with the world.
One of the things this COVID pandemic has shown us is the sweet spot of people being surrounded by their closest friends and family. Don’t get us wrong, we absolutely still love full on wedding days, but there’s just something unique during this time. Having a backyard wedding at Vicki’s parent’s house in Hastings was always one of William and Vicki’s plans, they just had to adapt it a bit – as all plans are being done to these days.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always thought sunflowers were beautiful. But an entire field of sunflowers that you can walk through and take photos at? That’s a thing? Thanks to Instagram, I now know that yes, yes, it is! So when Megan’s mom reached out saying that Megan needed her senior photos taken and that she’d like her senior portraits at a sunflower field, I was all for it!
It’s amazing how quickly life can change. We were walking with these two for their engagement photos in downtown Minneapolis just days before the world as we knew it shut down. In the blink of an eye, life itself seemed to stop. Then the months followed, we watched as things started to open, new mandates come into place, and then we were weeks away from their wedding day! Did their wedding day go just as they planned? You’ll have to ask them, but I’m pretty sure they didn’t plan on having to have people sit 6 feet apart and wear masks all times indoors. Did they have a poor attitude because things changed? 100% no. In fact, I think they all the more showed what their marriage will be like – one that rolls with the punches, enjoys the moments that they can, and leans on Christ when all else is uncertain.
There is no way to describe the honor of getting to photograph a family from year-to-year. It’s beyond a privilege to watch the littles grow, to see how the couple continues to love and cherish one another, and to laugh as we run around and take family photos together. It's one of my main reasons of why we started doing mini sessions in the summer and fall! We knew that a full session can sometimes be too long for family with littles so we wanted to create a mini portrait experience, so we could still see so many fun families change from year-to-year! So much can happen in a year and it’s so easy for it to fly by, so these moments are the chance we get to stop, capture life at this stage, and take a deep breath, because it’s so quickly flying by.
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