“A willow tree. Do you know of any places that have a willow tree?” “Why yes, of course I do – the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum!”
So went my conversation with Jesse + Ashley when talking about ideas for their engagement photos. They were really drawn toward willow trees, but they are not always easy to find! So we instantly settled on the gorgeous Landscape Arboretum as the backdrop for their engagement session. You cannot get much better than that!
We were so lucky to have a gorgeous early fall afternoon to spend our time in the fields and landscapes of the Arboretum. The weather was perfect with awesome temps, a few clouds that appeared to be painted in the sky, and the gorgeous fall colors. I had some awesome spots already picked out, so we were able to run between each location quickly, and finished up just as the sun was setting in the west.
Jesse + Ashley, thank you so much for working with me on your spectacular engagement photos. I wish you the best of luck on your big day, and wish you every happiness in your new lives together!
“Look how handsome you are!” Those were the first words from Lauren when she saw Wes for the first time before their wedding ceremony. They were the cutest bundle of hugs, adoration and kisses during their first look, and also while we spent time wandering around taking portraits among the grapevines and hay bales prior to their beautiful wedding ceremony.
Wes + Lauren’s wedding took place on a gorgeous, crisp October day at the Rum River Barn & Vineyard in Hillman, MN. The barn and vineyard grounds were spectacularly gorgeous, especially with the fall color and light. The girls got ready in the cute bridal suite building while the guys were getting ready in the little house. Guests were able to meander around the barn and grounds, passing their time playing home-made, over-sized jenga and other lawn games.
The sun had just begun setting behind them as Wes + Lauren gave their vows in a clearing of trees in front of their friends and loved ones. Their ceremony site was set in a half-circle and the two of them stood under the adorable birch arbor while they were married by their newly-ordained friend (an awesome trend I have been seeing more and more!)
Once their ceremony was over, guests were able to enjoy cocktails, snacks, and then dinner, followed up by dancing away into the night. It was so fitting as we left for the evening to look up and see a gorgeous star-filled sky over the warm, glowing barn that echoed the sounds of music and laughter over the fields.
Wes + Lauren, I am so happy for the two of you as you begin your new life journey together. And I thank you so much for including me on one of the biggest days of your life. I wish you every happiness together!
When Kim and Lucas and I first started planning for their engagement photos, they mentioned the Stone Arch Bridge as being a place they really gravitated toward. They loved the beauty of the old stone and archways of the bridge coupled with the city buildings. However, they also mentioned the challenge of not wanting to be in a bright, sunny location, and being right on top of the Stone Arch Bridge doesn’t exactly give you any shade. Luckily, one of my favorite locations to photograph engagement sessions around the Stone Arch Bridge is actually at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, located right below and next to the Stone Arch Bridge, among lots of of vegetation, trees, trails, wooden bridges, and even the water’s edge of the river. Kim and Lucas were more than happy to spend our session at the park when I told them how perfect it was for them!
We visited the park on a late weekday afternoon, and we were in luck – the weather was perfect and the park was nearly empty! We had plenty of time to wander around the trails, bridges, stairways and beach and have fun chatting and laughing and getting cute photos of the two of them spending time together. We had a blast and our session seemed to be over in a flash (or at least until the sun went down and it was practically dark outside lol!) The two of them were even able to head out afterward to a nearby restaurant and enjoy a lovely, romantic dinner.
Kim and Lucas, I had such a great time working with you on your engagement photos, thank you so much for choosing to work with me! And of course, I am so excited for your Aria wedding next year – it’s going to be awesome!