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Mandy & Levi Engagement

May 25th, 2014

We first met Levi at a Help Portraitt photography event, and have become good friends in the years since. Mandy and Levi met at church, and although they were shy at first, they soon became friends and formed a relationship. Mandy has a passion for children’s ministry and is, children’s director at Hope Summit Church. Levi is a talented cinematographerr and photographer as well and I’ve gotten to take part in some of his creative endeavors. They are a great couple and have lots of fun together. We had a great time hanging out with this couple for a few hours, downtown Rochester for their engagement photo shoot. As we’ve mentioned, engagement shoots are special to us, because we really get to know the couple in a more relaxed and playful way.

In just a couple weeks, we will be photographing this couple’s wedding. Congratulations to you Levi and Mandy! We are looking forward to your wedding day!

Engagement kiss with warm glow of the sun glinting off
Engagement photo of Levi & Mandy dancing in downtown Rochester MN at the Peace Plaza
Two engagement pictures of Mandy and Levi
Engagement couple laying in grass looking into each others eyes
black and white portrait of engagement couple kissing
Engagement couple walking down alleyway in downtown Rochester, mn
Engagement couple in glowing light
Engagement couple Selfie on park bench
Two joyful pictures of engaged couple
Close-up of woman’s broach as couple embrase

Senior Pictures – Annika

October 21st, 2013

It’s really hard to believe Annika is a senior already. We met Annika and her parents close to 6 years ago, when we moved into the neighborhood. It’s been neat to see Annika mature into a fabulous young adult, and grow in her wisdom intellect. Amy says she will miss the conversations she’s use to having with Annika next year, when she goes away to college. We are confident she will do well at and succeed in whatever she puts her heart into. We are so proud of you, Annika.

Anika playin chello in woods - senior photo
Close up of Anika playing chellow in wooded medow - senior photo
Anika senior portraits
Senior portrait of Anika with red leaves in background
Senior picture of Anika in front of Rochester, MN city skyline
Senior photo of girl with fence - vanishing point
Black and white senior photo of Anika

Timo & Angie’s Wedding

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.

Wedding rings in bunch of grapes in vineyard
Engaged couple kissing in vineyard
Engaged couple kissing in grape vineyard row
Panoramic view of Heidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, Germany
Courtyard inside Heidelberg Castle
Bride walking out of arched doorway into the light
Two black and white pictures of bride at Heidelberg Castle in Heidelberg Germany
Groom looking out door and getting ready
Close up of Bride holding boquet of flowers in doorway of castle
Bride waiting by doorway of church at Heidelberg Castle
Bride walking down aisle
Bride and groom at ceremony
Wedding in chapel at Heidelberg Castle
Bride and Groom at alter in chapel at Heidelberg Castle
Bride and groom kissing after ceremony in arched doorway
Bride looking down outdoor hallway at Heidelberg Castle
Bride standing in doorway of castle lookout
Wedding couple, Timo and Angie looking out over Heidelberg from castle
Wedding couple kissing at Heidelberg Castle
Bouquet of flowers
Wedding couple looking off into vista of Heidelberg from Heidelberg Castle in Germany

 

Slideshow (best viewed full-screen):

Grace Senior Session

July 28th, 2013

grace: n. simple elegance or refinement of movement or courteous goodwill. It also means an attractively polite manner of behaving. We have known Grace and her family for many years. We would describe her as having all these attributes associated with her name. Grace is very intelligent, confident and elegant. She loves singing and acting. With Grace’s connections with the Austin theater, she was able to borrow some vintage costumes from the theater department for her Sr. photo shoot session and had connections that gave her the ability to access and use Modern Design & Concepts in downtown Rochester to have her photos taken at their location. We were so excited to learn of this. It gave us a neat opportunity to photograph in a completely new setting and work with some really fun backgrounds and props. We are very thankful to the studio for allowing us to use their space for Grace’s photo shoot.

Once again, this was a really fun photo session for us and we are so proud and happy for Grace. May God be with you and bless your last year of high school!

Teen Girl in dress in flowers and grass
Senior female on couch
Grace on textured background
Two senior pictures woman against brick wall
Teenage Woman on blue background
Senior in field & by flower bush
Senior teen in vintage dress reflected on waterTwo images of teen senior next to pond
black and white picture looking over the shoulder
Senior teen girl laying in grass

Mikaela & Nathan’s Wedding

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.

Bride and groom embracing on a snowy day
Wedding bouquet and shoes in window at the Mayowood Stone Barn in Rochester, MN
Macro shot of Wedding Bands on wooden window cill
Bride dressing in rustic setting at Mayowood Stone Barn in Rochester, MN
Triptic of bride and bridesmaids details
Bride preparation
Family seeing the bride for first time
Groomsmen getting ready
Bride with bridesmaids behind her in a line
Flower girls playing on steps at Mayowood Stone Barn in Rochester, MN
Bride coming out of dressing room as flower girls look on
Bride and bridesmaids doing team huddle
Father of the bride putting on veil
Flower girls, bride and father ascending stairs
Father walking bride down the aisle
Father giving bride away
Bride and groom kissing then walking down the aisle and flower girl picking up rose pedals
Bridal party formal portrait on yellow couch

Groom with bride in background
Bride and groom portraits at Mayowood Stone Barn in Rochester, MN
Bride and groom
Three views of rice wedding crispy bars cake
Bride feeding groom rice crispy bar
Wedding photo booth
Looking in on reception and dance at the Mayowood Stone Barn in Rochester, MN
Mayowood Stone Barn at night

Slideshow (best viewed full-screen):

Sara & Eric’s Wedding

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.

Wedding couple, Sara and Eric at near Plumber House
Wedding dress on wooden hanger
Bride and groom getting ready
Bride getting ready while groom plays pool
Bride looking up over shoulder
Groom waiting for first look as bride walks toward him while wiping tears
First Look
Bride and groom on cold day at the Plummer House in Rochester, MN
Wedding couple next to stone wall
two photos of bride and groom on cold winter day
Crazy wedding formal
Wedding ceremony with lit up cross and white christmas lights
Bride and groom wedding kiss
wedding couple kissing after ceremony
three pictures of Blue Moon Ballroom in Rochester MN
Bride and groom cutting cake then dancing
Wedding couple dancing at ballroom

Video Slideshow (best viewed full-screen):

Sara & Eric { Preview }

April 6th, 2013

Here are a few teasers from yesterday’s wedding with Sara & Eric.

Bride looking over groom's shoulder at Plummer House in Rochester, MN
Bride in archway at Plummer House in Rochester, MN
Black and white  photo of Bride and groom kissing
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Mary & Jeff’s Wedding

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!

Bride and Groom on bench
detail of wedding bouquet and ring
Detail of Wedding ring & earrings
Bride in preparation looking out window and getting buttoned up.
Father adjusting groom's shirt
Groom getting ready next to wooden church cabinets
Bride under arched doorway
Bride and maid of honor
Bride walking down aisle with parents
Photo of groom reacting to bride coming down the aisle and a wide angle shot of ceremony in historic St. Nicholas Church in Evanston, IL
Wide angle of Catholic church with wedding ceremony
Bride placing ring on grooms finger and the first kiss
Bride and groom embracing in arched doorway
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Groom kissing bride under arched doorway of St. Nicholas Church in Evanston, IL
Mini cupcakes at wedding reception and bride and groom by wedding cake
Reception area at Prairie Moon restaurant in Evanston, IL
Kids with fake mustaches
Bride reacting to Maid of Honor's toast
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Reception fun
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Slideshow (best viewed full-screen):

Debra & Timothy’s Wedding

December 6th, 2012

Debbie and Timothy are great to have as next-door neighbors. When they announced their engagement, we were excited to share in their joy. Tim grew up on a farm near Plainview, MN and has deep roots in that area. So, it made perfect sense for their ceremony to be held in the little chapel about a mile down the road from the old farm. The church is no longer in use as a church, but is kept up and maintained by the owners of the property. Kerosine chandeliers glowed, casting light on the beautiful woodwork and left the atmosphere warm in spite of the outside chill.

After the ceremony, they first stopped at a small local bar and park for pictures, then were greeted warmly by guests as they arrived at the Stumble Inn 2 in Plainview. We are so very happy for you both and are happy to be a part of your wedding day.

Groom by country fence post on with clouds rolling in
Groom holding farm kitten
Two images of boquet on vintage gas pump
Older gentleman lighting kerosene lamps
First look bride coming to meet groom in old country church
Girl looking out stained glass window
View of wedding ceremony through kerosene chandelier
Wide angle views of ceremony in an old country church
Black and white images of bride and groom in old country church
Tim and Deb hugging
Two images of bride and groom in front of old country church in rural Minnesota
Formal wedding portrait along the side of old courntry church
Bride and groom walking by tall trees next to a veiw of a rural valley
Rolling clouds with bride and groom embrasing by old country church

Slideshow (best viewed full-screen):

Mikaela & Nathan’s Engagement

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.

Engagement photo of woman whispering into ear
Engaged couple hugging in forest with red lantern between them
Engaged couple laughing together under tree
Peering through branches at engaged couple kissing
Two pictures of engaged couple kissing
Engaged couple dancing in front of old historic Chateau Theater which is now Barns and Noble in Rochester, MN