I filmed my first wedding in Detroit Lakes back in 2011 for Rochella and Derek, and I was absolutely thrilled to be back this year for Rochella’s sister Jayne and her husband Brant! As always DL was stunning - and for a weekend that was supposed to be filled with rain and clouds we couldn’t have been more lucky! From some of the best wake boarding I’ve seen to a backyard grooms dinner that felt like an escape to the Caribbean, the festivities were off to a fantastic start. For the wedding itself Lakeview Golf Course was beautifully transformed! The ceremony was in the middle of one of the most picturesque fairways, and the reception was in a nearby tent which had many incredible personal touches - one of the highlights being the bar which was handmade by Grandpa Dick! In addition to knowing their way around a wakeboard, they also know how to party in DL! The Roosters were amazing and kept the fun going all night. I have a million more favorite moments but they’re much better seen than heard. Jayne and Brant are best friends, the perfect match, totally in love and I couldn’t be more honored to be back in DL to tell their story. Congrats you guys and thank you for everything!
John and Meg’s wedding weekend was remarkable for many reasons - so much laughter, joy and beauty! However, personally it was extra special as it was the third celebration I’ve captured for Meg’s family - what an honor! Based on our previous experience I knew we were going to have a blast, see two best friends get married, and come away with a really fun story to tell - but even still my expectations were blown away. And I don’t say two best friends lightly. John and Meg have been together for 9 years and if you spend any time around them their love and friendship is immediately apparent. Separately they are very impressive individuals, and together the perfect team! Thank you to Cretin-Derham Hall for hosting a fantastic grooms dinner, and A’BULAE for a spectacular wedding day and reception. A very special thank you to Gingi, the Mother of the Bride, and Meg for planning and coordinating a truly beautiful weekend - every detail was thought of and couldn’t have been more perfect. Finally, it was a huge honor to shoot alongside Laura Ivanova who is such a talented artist and good friend. I have so much more I want to say but their film says it all. Congratulations John and Meg and thank you for letting me tell this story!
I generally spend one or two days with a couple as I tell their story - I was honored to spend almost a week with Heather and Justin as they celebrated with family and friends on Maui, Hawaii. I was allowed in to some incredibly special moments and I’ll treasure our time together forever. Filming on an island brings all sorts of opportunities and challenges. From the Makawao forest to the Makena shoreline this slice of Hawaiian paradise was the perfect backdrop for an epic love story. But as brightly as Maui shined, it was the love Heather and Justin have for each other that stole the show. From every laugh, passing glance, and kiss the depth of their relationship and friendship was on display. They are remarkable individuals, who also make the perfect team, and the world is a better place now that they’re together. Congratulations and Mahalo Heather and Justin! Special thanks to Kara and her team at Your Aloha Wedding Company. Every detail was thought of, perfectly appointed, and went off flawlessly - truly amazing work! Thank you also to Anna of Anna Kim Photography, it is an honor to shoot alongside such a talent who I also get to call a close friend :) Finally, much appreciation to Rio Event Design, Sperry Tents Hawaii, The Four Seasons Resort Maui, Spago, Manutea Nui E, The Honua Kai Lani Estate, Mandy Grace Designs, and Ron Winckler!
There is nothing better than a warm summer night on the river with family and friends, and that’s how Lindsay and Dusty kicked off their wedding weekend. Even the sunset that night couldn't have been better. Weather on the wedding day was a different story :) We had to dodge the rain a few times but Andrew from Vick Photography found us some wonderful dry locations, everyone rolled with it (Andrews enthusiasm definitely always helps), and shorty after the ceremony everything had cleared up and we were treated to another spectacular sunset. The view of the Minneapolis skyline from Town & Country was incredible as always but we also ended up having perfect seats for the Aquatennial fireworks! If all of this wasn’t amazing enough, we were joined by Jack Bauer for some photos. Jack is Lindsay and Dusty’s golden retriever who couldn’t have been sweeter and more photogenic! The weekend was an ideal reflection of this amazing couple - elegant yet fun. Sure, the ladies got ready in the Prince suite at the Loews, but we also stopped by J. R. Mac’s for some post ceremony beers :) Joan from Ambiente planned and coordinated a truly remarkable weekend, and it is always an honor to work alongside such a talent. Special thank you to St. Albert the Great Catholic Church for being so welcoming. Congratulations again Lindsay and Dusty!!! It’s a true honor to call you friends and to have been asked to tell your story!
Tara and Charlie had the most beautiful summer wedding in Green Bay, Wisconsin. One of the things I love most about what I do is being able to travel and experience new places. I totally fell in love with GB, Tara, Charlie, and their incredible group of family and friends. The weekend was full of laughter, joy, intense water volleyball, and heartfelt emotion as these two amazing people joined their lives together. We had to dodge the rain a little on Friday, but it made for an adventure on the pontoon - other than that everything couldn’t have been more perfect. The father of the bride asked for just one thing in his toast to Charlie, that he “love her to death. That’s all.” And after spending a few days with them I can tell you that won’t be problem. Their love for each other is evident in all the big and small ways - from subtle glances to moving words in their letters - these two make the perfect team and have a very bright future ahead. Of course there is SO MUCH more I want to say but their films does it better than I ever could. A special thank you to the Oneida Country Club, Annunciation Parish and Bishop Bob, and the John Paris Band. It was also a pleasure to shoot along side Kelsy & Butch of McCartneys Photography. Congratulations Tara and Charlie, I am honored to know you and to have been able to tell your story.
Sam and Aaron had an absolutely incredible St. Paul summer wedding. The weather was perfect, the bride was stunning, every detail was thought of, and most of all their friends and family were ready to celebrate! From the ceremony at The Church of St. Joseph to the reception at A’BULAE it was one beautiful moment after another. There were tears of joy and laughter, touching and emotional toasts, dancing, dining, and so much more. I’m so honored to know Sam and Aaron and to have been able to tell their story. During their relationship and engagement Sam was in pharmacy school while Aaron was on the road playing hockey for the Washington Capitals. Two stressful things to do in addition to a long distance relationship. But with the strength of their friendship and love they made it work. They are truly extraordinary people who make the perfect team! Special thanks to Rachelle and her team at Style-Architects Weddings + Events for planning and coordinating an extraordinary weekend! It was an honor to shoot alongside Betsy Wall! Thank you also to the St. Paul Doubletree, Sadies Floral Couture, Apres Party and Tent Rental, Linen Effects, Cocoa & Fig, Northstar, Elan Artist Band and Lianna Rose Beauty. There are so many things I want to share but their film says it all. Congratulations Sam and Aaron!!!