Andrew & Tessa married! Part 1

This post is long over due and I’m sort of at a loss for words regarding this beautiful day!

Tessa & Andrew got married at Rustic Oaks in Moorhead, MN which happens to be where Andrew grew up! His parents turned the beautiful barn and surrounding property into a stunning wedding venue! It was such an honour to be asked to photograph this wedding and to capture all the wonderful details that went into creating this beautiful day!

Tessa sent me an email last winter and I immediately felt a connection and was drawn to their love story. When the big day finally came, hubby and I packed our boys and a sitter into our van and travelled down to Fargo/Moorhead for the weekend! The family’s hospitality upon arrival Friday night was so heart warming! Twinkling strings of lights hanging from the trees, a crackling fire pit, romantic music, s’mores, a big old barn packed with close family and friends feasting on delicious elk chili and cornbread, perfect climbing trees for kids, and a giant swing. It was love at first sight for me! And this was only the rehearsal dinner!

The morning of their big day was warm and sunny! The sudden gusty storm with thunder and rain went by without anyone really noticing! Nothing could dampen the excitement of their wedding day!

As usual, I’ll let the pictures walk you through the day!

After a slight delay due to rain, the sun came out and we took to the fields for bridal party pictures!

Balloons! This was a ton of fun especially with the gusty winds blowing them all over the place!

I adore the colour scheme!

I love being able to shoot weddings at locations rich with memories!

The tree swing was dubbed the Andrew & Tessa swing, so of course we had to get some pictures with it! These two are radiantly in love and their story goes back a long ways. Such a joy to photograph their love for each other!

Thank you so much Andrew & Tessa for having me shoot your wedding day! You guys managed to make me teary eyed a few times through out the day!

Stay tuned for part 2 coming soon!

Credits:

Hair & makeup: Chelsey Winter / Decor & flowers: Kimberly Hess from Prairie Petals / Bridesmaid dresses: Modcloth / Bride: Alvina Valenta’s Ti Adora gown / Groom: Tommy Hilfiger / Venue: Rustic Oaks

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Rej & Kelli

You have seen Kelli’s creative Sugar Blossom Design shoots and bracelets on my blog many times, but her pretty self; not so much! Well here is the beauty behind those gorgeous designs!

I spent an evening in August with Kelli and her husband Rej; partly to get some portraits of Kelli for her new site but also to celebrate 2 years of marriage! A “just because” shoot!

I love love love this field of wild flowers so thought it would be the perfect location! Kelli crafted this heart shaped floral piece herself!

Happy 2 years Rej & Kelli!!

If you are not familiar with Kelli’s arm candy, go check it out now! –> Sugar Blossom Design

And stay tuned for the launch of her new site soon!

xoxo

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Favorite Things Friday!

Because it needed to be documented, I asked one of the baristas at Thom Bargen to take our picture! A date night to celebrate my birthday this week!

Of course we had to go to my favourite coffee shop –> Thom Bargen

Loved the gorgeous lattes! And a pretty box of macarons from my favourite bakery in Winnipeg –> Jenna Rae Cakes

We ended the evening by attending a private open house at Anthropologie!!

I’ve waited years for them to open in Winnipeg! (squeal, jump for joy!!)

Last night was amazing and the staff went above and beyond to make my night special! As they checked my name off the list I noticed a star beside it… she said hold on and pulled out a birthday card for me with a little gift tucked inside!! Happy shopping to me! I also got to talk to the manager and creative design team for western Canada and WA! Such an honour to meet the creatives behind a store thats inspired me for 13+ years! Thank you to my hubby for gently pushing me towards my dream! And thank you Winnipeg Anthro team!! I look forward to going back often!

xoxo

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving; always one of my favourite weekends of the entire year!

Ours was filled with sunshine, crunchy leaves, family, walks, and lots of yummy food!

Thought I’d share a few images.

Day 2

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers!

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Neil & Nikki and family

This session; sword wielding boys, running down hills, lots of giggles, some crying, cute little sister, and lots of lady bugs!

Meet Neil, Nicole and their beautiful family!

Kissing tackles and tickling giggle fests on blankets; my fav!

Thank you Nikki for asking me to capture your beautiful family!

xoxo

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