I stood there with my camera nearly holding back tears as Ashley got ready…watching her girlfriends and aunties and new mother-in-law surround her with love and support and hugs and tears. They laughed together and they talked about Ashley’s Mom and remembered her and tried their hardest to fill in the spots where her Mom would have been…and I saw it. It was beautiful….with the photo of her Mom in the background of every piece of the day, they stepped in and gave Ashley EXACTLY what she needed to make the morning of her wedding so extra special and full! :)

The rest of Nick and Ashley’s celebration was perfect! A hot, summer day at the gorgeous Settlement Hill Farm in Hudson….with an outdoor ceremony “in the round”, custom WI and MN wine glasses, lawn games, beautiful, tearful toasts, happy dancing and a glowing “LOVE” sign that you could see as you drove away down the road and listened to the celebration inside the barn! :)

Cheers to the beautiful newlyweds!!!! :)

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Settlement Hill Farm, Hudson WI
Wedding dress : Mori Lee purchased at The Wedding Shoppe
Hair and Makeup : Root Salon and Viva Voce Salon
Flowers : Minneapolis Farmers Market :)
Dessert : Homemade cookies from Aunties
DJ : Rob Wilson
Catering : the bride and grooms faves – Bayport BBQ, Pier 500 restaurant, Uncle Paul, and Sue Hayden Portable Parties
Invitations : Wedding Paper Divas
Table rentals : Rudys Rustic Rentals

  • July 20, 2016 - 3:14 pm

    Ashley & Nick - LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Her horse, Amorosa, was the inspiration behind the idea to have the wedding at the horse farm just down the road from where Lindsey grew up! She has loved and nurtured her beloved Amorosa for years and she had been a part of so many of Lindsey’s big moments in life, so it only made sense for Amorosa to be there as Lindsey tied the knot too! :)

Their day began with gorgeous blue skies as far as you could see, horses eating one last round of grass, groomsmen playing scrabble, and girls giddy with excitement in Lindsey’s childhood home as they all got ready! Family and friends were putting the finishing touches on the barn and everything was coming together…..and just before they walked down the isle, Lindsey’s Dad paused to have one last moment with his daughter next to the horse stables. She was about to become Justin’s wife….so he whispered some words to her, they shared some tears and he pulled the veil over her face. And then he walked her down to meet her husband at the end of the isle…

This day was one of the MOST beautiful beginnings for Lindsey and Justin! :) With wood pallets, dusty blue willow china, grandmas (SUUPPPPPPPPER yummy) coconut cake, flower crowns, wagon wheels, horses grazing out back, lots of beautiful toasts and many more hugs and smiles to the happy couple! :) HOORAY for beautiful horse farms and HOORAY for Justin and Lindsey! :)

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Ceremony and Reception location : Private family horse farm
Dress : Melanie by Maggie Sottero (with custom sleeves)
Grooms suit : Victor Valentine
Hair and makeup : Sarah Hanson

Bridesmaids dresses : Lace & Chiffon by Tulle and Chantilly
Florist : Susie Beulke
Cake : Daubes Bakery in Rochester, MN
DJ : Elegant Affairs

  • August 9, 2016 - 12:37 am

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  • September 1, 2016 - 1:56 pm

    Kathy - What was her color scheme? I am getting married on a farm as well. Loveee her pictures. Also going for a rustic theme

I know it’s been quite awhile since you’ve seen a new blog post around here…I mean, after all we DID welcome a little baby girl into our world 2 months ago (and she’s pretty stinkin’ adorable if you ask me…more on our little Esther later)! :) And it’s also been a bit since this amazing fall wedding for Brett and Lindsay happened, but I just HADDDDD to get these images up on my blog! :)

With the help of the ever-so-wonderful Lizie Anne, they threw together a weekend party that went down into the record books! :) It started off with a beautifully simply rehearsal dinner at Le Meridien Chambers on Friday and then moved into the GORGEOUS ceremony and party on Saturday! The Calhoun beach club was exactly the vision that Lindsay had for the big day….classic, modern and oh-so beautiful! :)

They started off with their emotional ketubah ceremony that was officiated by their super cool Rabbi uncle Steve….as Lindsay and Brett were singing the ketubah, I glance over to find Lindsay’s Mom squeezing her Grandpa’s hand with tears filling both of their eyes as they watched their daughter/granddaughter make their marriage contract official to begin the rest of their lives together. Everyone started singing and the celebration truly started at that moment! :)

The October sun started to set as the rest of the guests arrived to be greeted for the ceremony! They were welcomed with with custom yamakas, floating candles and an bridal entrance down the GIANT, winding staircase that left everyone with tears running down their faces (including Brett’s)! :) Lindsay and Brett said their “I do’s” and celebrated as they cheerfully walked back up the isle to greet their guests with custom hors’devours, drinks and lots and lots of love! :)

The rest of the night was full of dancing, hilarious toasts, lots of hugging and laughing and LOADS of super yummy food, including custom macaroons AND a nod to their ala mater, the University of Indiana and their famous “sink the biz” fries for a late night snack! :) SO YUMMY! :)

The best part about weddings like Lindsay and Brett’s is that I leave the reception feeling like this TRUELY is only the beginning for them. I leave with a HUGE smile. They are surrounded with everyone they love as they dance away their first night as husband and wife….and their story only starts there. Sure, marriage is hard and takes work and MUCHO amounts of effort….but when you’re surrounded with THAT amount of love, like Lindsay and Brett were, they will always look back on their wedding day and remember it as the beginning of a life together and the beginning seeing what love REALLY is all about! :)
YAY for weddings like this and amazing couples like Lindsay and Brett! :) JUST YAY!

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Ceremony and Reception site : Calhoun Beach Club, Minneapolis MN
Wedding dress : Lazaro
Bridal accessories : gift from Mom, heirlooms
Bridal shoes : Jimmy Choo
Hair and Makeup : Julie Swenson
Bridesmaids dresses : Amsale
Coordinator and event design : Lizie Anne
Floral : Munster Rose
Cake : Yum
Band : The Sevilles
Caterer : D’Amico
Invitations/paper goods : Dancing pen and paper
Videographer : Sky Focus Films

  • April 10, 2016 - 6:14 pm

    Lizie - Beautiful said and beautifully captured (as always!). Love you!

Ya know, it’s winter….so seems about as good of a time as any to highlight the wonderfully wonderful features that I was honored by this past fall! :) From magazines to blog posts to Martha Stewart (!!!!). To say #imblessed is an generic, but truthful statement! Not only do I feel BEYOND privileged to be invited into my beautiful client’s wedding day, but I also get to enjoy wedding cake every weekend and on top of it, magazines and publishers and editors think that these stories and photos are worthy of sharing. I mean, pretty cool deal if you ask me! :)

WOW! #thankful #verythankful I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings my way! WAHOOOOOOOO! :)

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Kolin’s reaction as Christ walked down the isle at their Door County, WI wedding…as seen on the Huffington Post (see #11) :)
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  • March 14, 2016 - 1:53 am

    Linda - Congratulations of your featured work. Your photos are lovely.