Abby and James: The Princess and the Pilot

We LOVE sparkle around here.  And if there’s anyone who knows sparkle, it’s Abby.  We first met her when she was the Hopkins Raspberry Festival Queen, and weren’t at all surprised when she went on to be selected as a Minneapolis Aquatennial Princess. But wait…there’s more!  Most recently she spent a year playing the role of West Wind Princess for the legend of the St. Paul Winter Carnival.  Yeah, she’s a pretty big deal here in the Metro…and we dig her…a LOT.  Abby is one of those people who is just a blast to be around…witty, spirited, and more adorable than is fair for one person to be.

And then there’s James…the dashing Navy pilot who entered Abby’s life and swept her off her feet, just like a perfect prince should.  It’s easy to see she’s as smitten as smitten can be!

Planning their engagement photos was so exciting…we KNEW there had to be a themed shoot with planes…but where?  James set us up at the Minnesota Air National Guard Museum for part one of their session, and it couldn’t have been more perfect…wouldn’t you agree?

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We had way too much fun with part one, and kind of lost track of the time, so we had to hustle over to part 2 at a regional park in Eagan where we planned to get a ton more shots in before the sun set.  Once again, the evening light was spectacular for capturing the stunning fall colors and, of course, the adoration they have for each other!

Absolutely cannot wait to capture all the beautiful at your best day ever next July!

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A Perfectly Perfect Sweetheart Session

To know Allie is to know, without a doubt, what “walking on sunshine” means.  The girl is a walking, talking billboard for upbeat and positivity; not to mention being the most sincere hug-giver in the history of all mankind!  Enter Brian…the man who loves, supports, pushes, and encourages Allie every single day.img_2252

Together, they are magic.  They are both entrepreneurs, owning several businesses each.  Allie owns a clothing boutique called She Laughs MN as well as Natural Suds Cleaning.  Brian has his own lawn care company, B’s Lawns and Landscapes, and he’s also a real estate professional at Lakes Area Realty.  Brian is a real go-getter who pushed Allie to start both of her businesses, and she’s grateful he did.1j8a0811

We got together on a late September afternoon in order to catch a magnificent golden hour just before sunset.  As you can see, we weren’t disappointed!  Scheduling your session towards the evening definitely lets us take advantage of the most incredible, soft glowing light…as long as the clouds are cooperating with our plans!  And on this night, they were.1j8a0808

Allie & Brian had so much fun, they scheduled another session…but this time they were hoping for a Christmasy feel with their new puppy, Benny!  Seriously…is there anything cuter than a floppy-eared puppy…in the snow…wearing a sweater??img_3806

There wasn’t much snow to speak of the day before our shoot, but the weather forecaster promised plenty of snow was coming!  We totally lucked out on this December Sunday with about four inches of new snow on the ground (and still coming down, obviously!) the day of our session.

All the best to you, sweet Allie and Brian, as you continue to make a beautiful life together.

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First wedding of the year!

Brrrrrrrrr, the January morning of our first wedding of the year was so cold the coffee wouldn’t stay hot as we headed to Bloomington for Molly & Ben’s best day ever.  In the back of the van was not only our photo gear, but also snow pants, fur-lined boots, and a pile of hand warmers for outdoor photos at Edina’s Centennial Lakes Park.  But just look at these girls…Molly’s fur wrap and her bridesmaids’ cozy plaid blanket scarves (perfectly matching her jewel-toned theme, of course) kept everyone looking radiant and comfy…would you even guess the windchill was nearly twenty below??

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Back inside the warmth of the wedding and reception venue, Radisson BLU offered some ultra modern backdrops so we could incorporate their use of blue and pink lighting…perfect for showing off Molly’s pink ombré gown…can you even believe how lush and gorgeous that dress is?

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Molly & Ben are SUCH a fun couple, always laughing and smiling…it’s easy to tell they really enjoy each other’s company.  Leave it to them to have Roxy the Rottweiler be a part of their ceremony!

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And Roxy certainly made herself the star of the show with a grand departure… check out the capture she made from the aisle vase on her way out!  You should have seen her strut…that girl was quite proud of herself!

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Molly knew exactly what she wanted for her dream day and thought of everything down to the very last detail.  We so loved all of her sparkly touches…but seriously…that brooch bouquet??  Perfectly  exquisite, and what fun to collect all those pieces!

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And finally…we can’t forget about the guys!  They were a riot all day long…and best friends to the end.  How lucky Ben & Molly are to have friends like these who love and support them so much!

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