The Storm that sends reminders… | Pine City MN Photographer

When you witness mother nature in person you gain a respect you never had. This wasn’t even that bad honestly compared to other storms and disaster around the world. It’s still absolutely a reminder of how powerful mother nature can be tho, and how quickly weather can change. Our power went out for a while after this.. we sat with our flashlights, glow sticks, and candles playing games and talking.. the kids gone to bed it finally returned close to 9 pm.  It’s also a reminder of what our lives revolve around.. when you take something away that seems so basic, you have to face what are you left with. Every day around the world there are people living in poverty with none of these basic necessities.. this really does remind me to keep praying for those people, and appreciate what we have.  I had to stop what I was doing more then once to take in this thought. When you are faced with situations like this, what are YOUR thoughts? I’d love to here.. tell me about it in a comment.

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And then the sky started to clear for a while.. the sun blasts through the clouds as if to push it away..leaving these breathtaking colors.

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Cameron & Laci Engagement | Milaca Mn Wedding Photographer

 I just knew when Laci contacted me I would fall in love with their style.. I was even more excited when she said Cameron would have the horses ready to photograph with them for their engagement session.  Since these two are traveling from Texas we had to wait till they got to Minnesota to do their engagement session.. we really picked a perfect day, when I pulled up to his parents farm I was instantly inspired by the surroundings and the warm golden hour sun.  I’m beyond excited to photograph their wedding day in just 2 days!  At this same farm.. oh the details! I’ll be sure to post right away!  <3

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Chris & Jenny Wedding |Two Harbors MN Wedding Photographer

Jenny and Chris contacted me way back in very early spring.. when we met I just knew she had amazing plans for their wedding day. They decided to get married at the beautiful Larsmont Cottages in Two Harbors MN on Lake Superior.  Not only was the weather perfect, the lake was calm so they could enjoy their ceremony. It was a peaceful, simple day full of love and close relatives.  Congratulations you two, I absolutely love every single detail <3   2014-08-12_0002 2014-08-12_0003 2014-08-12_0016   2014-08-12_0004   2014-08-12_0005 2014-08-12_0008 2014-08-12_0009 2014-08-12_0010 2014-08-12_0011 2014-08-12_0012 2014-08-12_0006 2014-08-12_0007 2014-08-12_0015 2014-08-12_0014 2014-08-12_0013

Bret & Donna Engagement | Pine City MN Wedding Photographer

I was sitting here thinking the other day.. and I thought to myself, i’m not really that great of a writer but I want to keep blogging! lol.. I take these photos of amazing people, and I get these small glimpses into their lives that I somehow capture in my head, but I can’t get them down on paper when i’m blogging their sessions.. ever. I’ve actually tried many times! It just never seems to come out quiet right. But I really wanted a way to share this little bit I capture along with the photos I take. So I came up with some questions and I asked one of my recent clients, Donna if she would be willing to participate. She joyfully said yes and sent me back my “interview” questions. I’m really excited to share this.. because I could see the love between her and Bret.. just seeing them through my viewfinder while I was capturing their engagement session I could see a very special connection, and what better way to share that side of their story through photos, and then to have them tell their story as well. I’m very excited to share this! <3

Donna & Bret

You are getting married, please tell us how you met?

The summer prior to eighth grade I moved to Braham with my family. We met at the Pie Day street dance that August, but didn’t get together until the fifteenth of September in our freshman year of high-school.

What is the wedding date?

August 22nd, 2015!

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How did he propose?

Bret is a very sneaky fella! I had found a ring that I absolutely loved around Christmas of 2013. I brought him in to see it (and how it was on sale!) but he made it seem like I would be waiting a long time for it! On February 14th of this year we went on a beautiful date to Bellisio’s in Duluth. We enjoyed fine wine and delicious Italian cuisine! Afterwards we weren’t quite ready to end our great date, so we ventured to the mall to walk around. We decided to go to Barnes & Noble, which is when I crossed paths with the wedding planning books. I wanted one SO bad! Bret told me to buy one, to which I responded with something like “You don’t buy that until you’re engaged!” After our trip to the bookstore we wandered around the mall and Bret asked me if I wanted to go to Zales. I was appalled and told him that you absolutely do NOT go into a jewelry store on Valentine’s Day!  That was about the time we concluded our trip and went home. We were in our room with the dogs when our roommates asked me to come down and take a photo of them before their date. When I returned to the room, the door was locked! He asked me if I wanted to come in and then continued to say “this wasn’t how I planned on doing this” and such. When he opened the door he was on one knee with a ring in his outstretched hand. I stared for what seems like an eternity and then I started to cry. I eventually remembered to say yes (I think?!). Either way, it was the best thing I ever could have asked for. It wasn’t somewhere fancy and elaborately planned and it happened to be on a holiday all about love, which really isn’t Bret’s style! I was so caught off guard and SURPRISED, which is hard to do with me! Bret claims he wasn’t planning on proposing until Summer of 2014, but he couldn’t wait any longer and had to do it!

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Where are you getting married and why did you choose that spot?

We are getting married in Braham and having our reception at the new banquet center. Initially we went to look at places in Duluth and on a weekend trip to visit our family we decided to check out the new center. I remember saying I would keep an open mind, but truly I was set on getting married in Duluth. After walking into the building our jaws dropped and we KNEW we had to have this as our venue!

 What helped you decide the date to get married?

We knew it was going to be the summer of 2015, so I asked Bret which month he would like to choose and we went from there. After he chose August I went through and looked at all the Saturdays of the month. For some reason 8/22/15 stood out to me and we chose our date as easy as that!

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Where are you both from and what impact do you think It’s made on your life?

Bret has been in Braham basically his entire life, whereas I moved around a bit growing up. Once my family got to Braham, though, we settled in and stayed! Living in a small town is truly wonderful and I feel that it made us better people as we grew from pre-teen to adult. I can’t really explain it, but it really made an impact on us and how we grew as individuals and as a couple.

 Tell us the best day of your life as a couple so far?

This is tough! We have been together for almost 7 years, so we have had quite a few fabulous days together! Other than the day we got engaged, I think one of our favorite times together was when we traveled to Florida. It was our first big trip together and that in itself made it great!

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What is your favorite thing to do together?

We love going to one of the many parks in Duluth to enjoy the outdoors. We don’t get to do it as often as we’d like, but it will always be one of our favorite things to do. Nothing beats escaping the busy city life for an hour to relax and unwind!

If you both could meet anyone, alive or deceased, who would it be!?

Bret wants to meet Chris Farley because he’s funny and thinks it would be entertaining, but I’d like to meet J.K. Rowling (because she’s fabulous!) or Betty White (no explanation needed!).

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 Do you have a favorite song you both stop and enjoy?

This is an embarrassing question, mainly because our answer is ridiculous! We both like different music, but there are some songs we both really like and get into! “Get Low” is a favorite to jam out to in the car (blame “The Proposal”) and “Turn down for what” is something we love to watch the music video of because it’s hilarious! We also enjoy NORMAL songs together, but there isn’t any that really stand out.

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Describe your most significant goal that you have yet to achieve as a couple?

Becoming parents is something we both look forward to. Once we’re established in our jobs we can’t wait to start a family!

 At the end of the day, what do you most look forward to?

We enjoy putting our feet up, watching Netflix and just being with each other. We also like to snuggle our puppies!

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 How did you find Angela? And what made you choose her to be your photographer?

I actually came across her at the wedding fair hosted at our reception site! She had beautiful photos and seemed like an awesome person! We got a great deal on a full day package that we couldn’t pass up so we booked that day!

 What was your favorite part about your session?

Saying funny things to each other while taking photos! I think it helped us get some of our favorite shots!

And last.. tell us how your most favorite image in your gallery makes you feel and which one is it?

Do you know how hard of a question that is? Angela took so many beautiful photos that it is SO hard to choose just one! We love the shot of us in the grass at park point beach quite a bit, though. The black and white version is fantastic!

Jennifer and Jason ~ Married | Pine City Wedding Photographer

Jennifer and Jason are my first wedding on the Blog this year!   They had a beautiful day, it went from sun shiny to ominous, to rain, then fun and exciting, to FIREWORKS!  Just as we arrived at our portrait location after the cereomy I was able to shoot about 20 shots and then it down poured!  I’m so happy we were able to shoot what we could tho because the location was beautiful.  After the reception and party started we had a very short break in the rain and it depleted to just sprinkles long enough for us to grab a few portraits with the umbrella. When the shooting was all said and done and dinner was done, I was quite sad to have to leave, not only was I having a good time it was still raining…  Jennifer and I had both gotten excited about the Pine City fireworks just a few days before and we hoped to be able to photograph with them…  As I got home and checking our radar I could clearly see the sky was clearing and just after 9pm I made a quick decision to head on back being I was not even 2 miles down the road, I’m very thankful I followed my gut!  After all said and done it really was a very eventful day, but amazing!!  Jennifer is a stunning bride, and Jason such a handsome groom, with such a beautiful ceremony location at Jennifer’s parents home on Pokegama Lake, I had a very hard time with culling and choosing which images to go be added!!  Enjoy!

You two are a wonderful couple, congratulations again!

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Corinne and Bill Engagement | Pine City Wedding Photographer

I first met Corinne by email.. after chatting back and fourth I was pleased her and Bill hired me to be their wedding photographer. These two are such a cute couple, and you can see they are just so in love. When I meet with any of my clients I want to make sure everyone is completely comfortable, not only in front of my camera but with me…  I think we achieved that because when we said goodbye I got some pretty big hugs before I left ;)  It was a fun beautiful session, you two are so sweet. October 11th will be here in no time so enjoy your summer between all the wedding planning!!  ♥

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Jason and Samantha got Engaged! | Pine City MN Wedding Photographer

As some of you know I’ve decided to make some changes with my business this year, and so far it’s fantastic and I’m completely honored to be able to offer weddings and have so many booked for my first year offering them again!

I was super excited when Samantha contacted me and asked me to photograph their wedding this September at the Larsmont cottages.. This is right on the lake shore of lake superior people!!.. It’s going to be amazing!!  Be sure to watch for sneak peaks and tags!  Sam is just beautiful, you guys are such a good looking couple, and I can see how in love you two are ♥  I just can’t wait to photograph your special day!

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