September 26th, 2013
Since this wedding is near and dear to Amy’s heart, I thought it was only fitting that she write the explanation for this post. Here is what she wrote:
Our first wedding overseas was an amazing experience for two reasons. The first being it was my first time leaving the country, and the second was the reason we were going: to photograph my sister’s wedding in Germany. Angie and Timo were married in Heidelberg, Germany at the Heidelberg Castle. Germany has many castles but what makes the Heidelberg Castle unique is its rich history. It has survived many attacks, including being pummeled by French cannons and later a fire. Though there were parts of the castle destroyed, much of it is still preserved and beautiful to behold. It was a very romantic location with the grand, old structures and also known for the world’s largest wine barrel.
Just hours before the wedding ceremony, Justin and I were able to steal away the couple for some fun photos at a nearby vineyard. It was a nice chance to visit with Angie and Timo before the wedding. The ceremony was set for early evening, and some of those closest to the couple attended to support and take part in their joy. The bells chimed and the organ echoed through the vast chapel with arched ceilings. Angie walked down the isle with confidence. The ceremony was spoken in English and and German which added to the richness of joining their two lives. The ceremony was short, with tears shed and laughter heard.
After the ceremony we went out onto the balcony where the couple greeted their guests. With the sun just starting to set over the town of Heidelberg, it’s hard to imagine a more romantic setting. The city glistened below with their red rooftops and store fronts.
The reception was held at a little country club where a pig was roasted and excellent, traditional, German food was served. Local German beer was served, trays of shnopps (a somewhat strong drink to help with digestion) were passed around, and glasses of champagne from France, were raised in many toasts to the newly wed couple. Friends and loved ones came to support and welcome Angie into Timo’s family as well as share in the wonderful celebration. With lots of laughter, a bit of good dancing and singing, the night was greatly enjoyed by everyone.
We can’t express how happy we are for Angie and Timo and how thrilled we are to have Timo in our family. Being able to travel to Germany, and be a part of their important wedding day, was a huge privilege and a bit of a dream come true.
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June 9th, 2013
Star Wars Christmas Special. That’s how Mikaela and Nathan jokingly referred to their wedding day. When they set their wedding date several months ago, they chose May 4th because Nathan is a big Star Wars fan (“May the Fourth Be With You”). However, their dreams of being married outside under a huge oak tree at the Mayowood Stone Barn were buried under 15 inches of heavy, wet snow in a record-setting, late spring, snow storm that covered a narrow strip of Minnesota, just days before their wedding. Though the couple was disappointed, they took it in stride and the ceremony locations was changed to the loft of the barn, which was also beautiful. Lit by twinkle lights and skylights, the old barn had a very warm and natural glow.
Mikaela started off her day at Salon Chic where she and her bridesmaids, all in their pajamas had their hair and make-up professionally done. What a fun sight to see these beautiful women with their gorgeous hair, all wearing PJ’s. Mikaela had a lace wedding dress and proudly wore her “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” gifts, which were presented to her by the mothers.
Nathan, focused his early morning attention, along with the other groomsmen and set-up crew, to get the remaining details ready. With the amount of work to be done and as stressful as it was, Nathan handled it well.
Things to know about Nathan and Mikaela: They love to laugh. They love movies, theater pop-corn, board games and having fun. We loved how their wedding was so different and really showed their personality through little things.
The ceremony was uniquely theirs. Instead of a unity candle they lit the lantern that Nathan used when he proposed to Mikaela. Their wedding vows left the guests and each other in tears and laughter. Their love for each other was so beautifully expressed and shown through the vows they spoke to each other.
After the ceremony, tables were set up for board and lawn games upstairs so guests could hang out, play games while eating movie theater popcorn, ordered specially for their wedding. The seating arrangement for dinner was according to tables named after some of their favorite movies. The Grand Entrance, with Star Wars theme music, ended with the bride and groom battling it out with light sabers on the dance floor. Star Wars bobble head vs. Disney Princess Cinderella cake toppers for their wedding cake made out of rice crispy bars, and drizzled in marshmallow frosting with cookies on a separate platter. They also arranged for us to do a photo booth with props, for fun pictures they will use as a gust book. We enlisted our friend and photographer Matt Harthan to help us with this. Everyone enjoyed the couple’s fun humor and jokes throughout the night. We are so happy for Mikaela and Nathan and truly pray for their marriage to be filled with many years of endless love and laughter.
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May 19th, 2013
As we’ve mentioned in our blog post for their engagement photos, Sara & Eric first met each other when Sara was in middle school and Eric was in high-school. But it wasn’t a rosy start; their story almost sounds like a movie plot. They didn’t think too highly of each other, but as time progressed their interest in each other changed and they started dating when Eric went off to college. They’ve been dating ever since, and with the love & support of their families, they tied the knot.
It has been exciting getting to know them and be a part of their planning of their wedding day. It was hard not to be emotional with them over the celebration of their lives joining together. We truly felt a part of this celebration.
In typical Minnesota fashion, the weather went from sun to rain, then to snow. We were able to sneak the couple off to the Plumber House to take some photos before the rain started. We wrapped up formal photos at the church as the snow started to fall and guests began to arrive. The warm glow of ambient lighting cast a romantic feel over the ceremony and reception. The ceremony had it’s share of laughter, tears, and heart-felt moments, and the reception was quite the joyous occasion.
Some details about the day: Sara had her hair done at Hair Studio 52 and her makeup done by her good friend, Cindy. The flower arrangements were done by Flowers by Jerry. The reception was held at the Blue Moon Ballroom where they had wonderful staff and very friendly catering by Ye Old Butcher Shoppe.
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April 6th, 2013
Here are a few teasers from yesterday’s wedding with Sara & Eric.
December 25th, 2012
Amy and I were thrilled to go to Chicago to photograph my cousin Mary’s wedding. We photographed Mary’s sister, Katie’s wedding a few years ago—that was the first time we met Jeff. We knew right away, he would be a great fit for Mary, and a strong source of encouragement and joy to her. Mary is a writer, and loves quotes and movies. Jeff is a comedian and is great at giving her new quotes to hang onto. He seems to put a smile on Mary’s face whenever we see them, and always has us laughing.
When we set out to photograph this wedding, we had all sorts of expectations, and our personal timeline in preparing for our trip to Chicago with our family of 6. However all that was shot down when we both came down with the flu the week of the wedding. I don’t think we have ever been so nervous about weather we would be able to photograph a wedding before. However, with lots of answered prayer, we were able to travel down to Chicago, and felt much better the day of the wedding.
Mary and Jeff were married at Saint Nicolas Church, in Evanston, IL (near Chicago), during the month where they celebrate All Saints Day, otherwise known as the Day of the Dead. There is a large hispanic population that attend the church and this is a month-long time of celebration/prayer time in remembering those who have passed away. In honoring the deceased, people bring in photos of their loved ones to display on any flat surface available in the church. They light candles and say prayers for them. While these traditions were quite new to us, it was neat to learn about, and the decorations, provided a nice colorful backdrop within the church.
Another interesting tradition at St. Nick’s was to “visit with the Virgin” which goes along with the unity candle, during the wedding ceremony. Off to the side was this very beautiful painting done by one of the Hispanic parishioners of roses tumbling from Our Lady of Guadalupe to the people around her. Look for those photos in the slide show. The art work and symbolic detail is amazing.
With so much family coming in from out of state, there was a great vibe at the Prairie Moon of family being reunited even though many had met for the first time. This couple was surrounded by many who were thrilled to come, and we truly feel blessed to not only witness, but to participate in some small way to making this day special. Congratulations, and Jeff, welcome to the family!
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November 19th, 2012
Movies, popcorn, boardgames… These are some of the interests that Nathan and Mikaela share that make them seem like a fun couple to hang out with. We spent the evening splitting our sides, yet trying hard to pause laughter long enough to get in a few photographs in during their engagement photo session. We loved how fun and carefree they were in front of the camera—not at all camera shy. The weather called for clear skies, so they drove down from the cities, only to be met with a somewhat dreary sky over Rochester. Not really sure what we were all in for, Nathan & Mikaela were in great spirits and up for the adventure.
We tried to work fast to beat the quickly fading fall light. However, the overcast, and sometimes rainy sky however quickly choked out any existing available light so we improvised by bouncing flash and then eventually heading downtown outside the historic Chateau Theatre (now Barnes & Noble store). They both enjoy watching movies together so the theater lights seemed fitting. The lantern used in the earlier photos was also something of meaning to them since Nathan had wanted to use as part of his proposal to Mikaela.
We can’t wait to photograph their wedding this spring and look forward to being a part of there big day. A little warning to those invited, be prepared to laugh; they’re a hoot.