Bitter Cold-Sweet Couple | Minnesota Engagement

 

By far the most challenging session of the year!  And not because Katie and Daley weren’t fun…It was because they WERE tons of fun, plus cute and photogenic, so all I wanted to do is spend hours capturing their playful love, but instead we made the most out of  the 5 minute increments before all our fingers and toes froze.  Luckily I get the chance to head back to the beautiful up-north land and photograph these two again in August!!

Words from Katie…”Just like the fairytales go, Daley and I met 3 years ago at a mutual friend’s wedding.  We basically met while walking down the aisle together as a bridesmaid and groomsmen.  Ironically the bridesmaids dresses were white so it is how we started dating, and will be how we start our marriage. The connection was instant.  Fast-forward 3 years, he proposed on a mountaintop in Colorado.  To top things off he designed the ring himself because he knew I wanted something unique and different.”

Check out this beautiful red gown made by Katie herself…

 

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Second Chance Love | MN Winter Wedding

Freezing or not, a second chance love as pure as Brad and Sarah’s can warm anyones heart.  Sarah shared their story with me…

“I moved to Foley when I was in 6th grade and Brad says he knew the first time he saw my freckles that I was the girl he was going to marry. I remember him on and off all the way through school (Brad’s impossible to forget;) but we didn’t officially date until 2000. Our relationship lasted a couple years before we decided to take our lives in another direction. We continued to hang out after I moved to the cities, but my life in Tennessee distanced us for a decade. We just started talking again around Christmas time of 2014. He proposed at Christmas a year later and that’s why we chose Christmas time of 2017 for our wedding day.”

I’ve known Brad since I was little.  We were neighbors, went to Sunday School at this cute little Popple Creek Church, rode the same bus, and have remained BFFLS (best friends for life, seriously) through every crazy direction our lives have taken us.  I have to smile when I read the words Sarah wrote to him on their wedding morning, because I’m so happy he is getting the wife and girls he deserves.

Today is the day. The day we have dreamed about for awhile. I can not imagine giving you any other gift than this one. You have turned my world upside down and shown me what true love really is. Your hard work and dedication to us is what makes you so incredibly irreplaceable. Every day you show me what true love is and what it’s supposed to be, and for that I will be forever grateful. You picked me up and brought me back to life and showed me all things are possible. Inspired me to love harder and be a better mom and show our kids that love is real. You deserve so much, for the hard work that you do for us as a family. I’m so proud of how far we have come and what we have accomplished. For how we have grown as a couple and a family. When I say I am the luckiest girl in the world I mean it because you are hands down the most amazing person in my life at any given moment. You are my calm in the storm, and my sunshine in the rainstorm. So with that, I hope I make you the proudest and happiest person. I am excited for what every day has to bring us. The adventures we get to do together. I am excited to be yours forever and get to be called your wife. I love you sooo much and the best is yet to come. I hope you enjoy your gift because you deserve it. Love you forever, your soon to be wife.

Now…I specialize in outdoor photography so I was all about snapping a few pics outside regardless of temperature, but this 8 below day put all of us Minnesotans to the test (one of my camera’s is still in shock and recuperating in the closet)!!

CHURCH: Popple Creek | RECEPTION: Coyote Moon | FLOWERS: Kayla at Falls Floral in Little Falls | DJ: Soulful Sounder | DRESS: Carrie Johnson’s Bridal | DRESS DESIGNER: Stella York | HAIR: Amber Ternet | MAKEUP: Cassie Van | RING BOX: Flowertownweddings, Etsy | DONUTS: Dutch Maid Bakery | DONUT HOLDERS: made by Brad | BRIDESMAID SHAWLS: made by Sarah | BOUQUET WRAP: Sarah’s late Grandma’s belt from a dress she wore all the time | TABLE CENTER PIECES: made by Brad | BRIDESMAIDS MITTENS: made by Brad’s Sister-in-law Tammy

“Sometimes, two people have to fall apart to realize how much they need to fall back together.”

 

 

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Winter Woodland Cake Inspiration

As much as I want Halle to follow in my footsteps and take over the photography business someday, she insists on owning a bakery instead… (actually she wants to open a traveling bakery with her cousin Jayda and run it in the back of a horse trailer, but I have a feeling that might not pass code;) So as I was scrolling through Pinterest looking for ideas on a Winter Woodland bridal shoot coming up, it dawned on me that we could combine the two professions.

I like my styled bridal shoots to feel like a romantic elopement; filled with fresh air, nature elements, and some yumminess to make it all the more special.  Most include a fun beverage and a dessert.  My heart was set on a naked cake for the Winter Woodland bridal shoot and since it was painfully cold outside and I wanted something special for Halle and I to do on New Years, I went out and bought a couple boxes of white cake mix, some white chocolate truffles, and Halle googled Vanilla Buttercream Frosting.

And so began our new hobby of cake design…

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Cancer, Christmas and Cuddles from your Kids

Melissa DeYaeger is an amazing mother, wife, sister, cousin, niece, aunt, friend, and so much more. She is married to her high school sweetheart Royce, and together they are raising two energetic and wonderful children—Gus, age 5, and Letty, age 15 months.

In April 2017, Melissa began her battle with metastatic bile duct cancer. This is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that tends to be difficult to pin down and complicated to treat, but nonetheless, Mel has fought with staunch determination.

When Royce’s cousin asked me to join the family on Christmas Eve, how could I say no. I knew they were an amazing and beautiful family from all the wonderful words spoken of them, but seeing their strength and love in person was the best Christmas present a girl could be given.

If you’d like to help Melissa and her family join them February 10th at the Sauk Rapids VFW from 4-9pm for a fun evening including a spaghetti dinner, silent auction, meat raffle, and other family friendly activities.

Dinner will be served from 4:30-7:30pm
Silent auction open from 4:00-8:00pm

If you are unable to attend the event but still would like to help this incredible family, donations can be made to the Melissa DeYaeger Benefit at Pine Country Bank, PO Box 25, Royalton MN 56373

If you have any questions or have something you would like to donate to the event or silent auction, please email deyaegerbenefit@gmail.com

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Below Freezing Mini Boudoir

Telling your model to freeze takes on a whole new meaning when it’s 17 degrees outside.  I was finishing up my last minute Christmas shopping in Brainerd and couldn’t take my eyes off the snow capped trees all around me.  I grabbed a few scenic snapshots on my phone, but wanted something a bit more for my Winter Collection.  I called one of the prettiest girls in Central Minnesota and asked if she would be willing to get ready in one hour because daylight was fading fast. Unfortunately Little Falls didn’t have the snow capped trees like I saw in Brainerd so I was slightly bummed.  I was going to postpone the mini shoot, but Racheal was standing there waiting for my decision, when I saw the golden light surrounding her.  It wasn’t my original vision, but still oh so pretty!

And this, my friends, is what you get in a 5 minute Below Freezing Outdoor Boudoir Session…

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