darin + michelle MARRIED!! minnesota wedding photographer
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I was absolutely terrified of the weather forecast for Saturday. One hundred percent chance of snow and LOTS of wind. Thankfully when it did snow, it wasn’t much. And the wind nearly blew it all off the road. So driving was fine, but outdoor pictures were absolutely out of the question. Or so I thought. :-)

I suppose when you plan a wedding for mid-November, you expect there to be some kind of bad weather. So when I casually mentioned that we maybe could do a couple photos outside, if we found a less windy spot, if she’d like…. she immediately responded OKAY! Let’s do it!! And I was SO glad she wanted to. I think Darin was a bit more apprehensive to go, but I also think the photos are a great reminder of the weather that day. Who cares if their hair was a little windblown?

And the details. Oh, the details. The lace overlay on her dress. Her blue suede shoes. The flowers they arranged. The candle-lit walkway at the ceremony. The sparkling reception decorations. So so so lovely! I was in detail heaven! :-)

Okay, enough gushing. Look how GOOD these two look!!! Darin + Michelle, I am SO excited to have been your wedding photographer! You are a perfect match for each other and it was such a treat for me to document that! :-)

Yeah, just a little windy… :-) And you can see their getaway truck in the reflection!!

Hugs from dad! I love moments like these. :-)

ceremony | Bethlehem Covenant Church, Wheaton, MN

reception + catering | American Legion, Wheaton, MN

wedding gown| Jean’s Bridal, Wilmot, SD

groom + groomsmen tuxes | The Affair, Wheaton, MN

hair | Jody Nelson, mother of the groom

flowers | online

cake | Malane Brandenburger (best cake I’ve EVER had at a wedding!!)

ken + brittany MARRIED!!
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Ken + Brittany were SO excited to get married when I saw each of them getting ready on Saturday. But amidst all of that excitement was calmness. Not only were they so excited, they were SO ready. And they couldn’t wait to get started!

Brittany was helping her bridesmaids with their finishing touches and directing her personal attendant to the church over speakerphone. But as soon as her mother walked in the door, she was taking her dress off the hanger – she just couldn’t wait to put it on and go see her groom!

When I went to get Ken set up for their first look, he nearly jumped out of his chair. No hesitation. No teasing joke of “do I have to?” He couldn’t wait to see his bride.

Their ring bearer and flower girl rocked their duties – they were such troopers for pictures, AND those are Ken + Brittany’s ACTUAL rings on the pillow!!

I LOVE secret passageways in churches. I can spy on the couple and get reactions like this without distracting all the guests! :-)

Prayers for the new couple!

ceremony | Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Aberdeen, SD

reception + catering | Best Western Ramkota, Aberdeen, SD

wedding gown| David’s Bridal

groom + groomsmen tuxes | Brides N’ Belles, Aberdeen, SD

party bus | Lifetime Limousine, Aberdeen, SD

flowers | From the Heart, Annette Stein, Aurora, SD

cake | Cakes by Emily, Emily McDaniel

dj | Rat Pac, Elkton, SD

laura loves… november edition
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Life has been so wonderfully busy the past two months! So incredibly wonderful that I spent three whole weeks doing nothing but editing and celebrating!!

Celebrating the love of other couples with their engagements and weddings.

Celebrating the company of my nephews.

Celebrating my ENGAGEMENT!!!

1. Isaac has a new haircut and he looks JUST like his big brother. Until he smiles. :-)

2. Jonas’s favorite part about fall is filling up the pumpkins (leaf bags).

Every time I see my nephews, it’s the highlight of my month… but this month, my MOST favorite thing was when….

3. Lance proposed!!!!!!!!

Best. Month. Ever.