Matt + Carly

Matt contacted me over a year ago about proposal pictures. Instantly I was impressed by this guy’s thorough planning for it and his clear determination for Carly.

Together we kept this event totally unknown to Carly, and now here we are with these two married with me having the privilege again of witnessing such an intimate and beautiful day.

I love a good guy who can cry and let his feelings show, especially for his lover. Matt was totally this and more. He was so thoughtful and intentional reading his love letter for Carly. She only returned this love and adoration for Matt, making me so happy and hopeful as I saw genuine love being stirred and grown between two beautiful souls.

Photography aside, that is what I love about my job, the deeply significant moments I get to witness between two lovers who are only starting their journey of life together. I know there are always ups and downs to marriage and life, but there is a special joy that I feel being alongside two people joining their lives together on the very first day.

Cheers to you two and your genuine love.

Britt + Joey / An intimate wedding.

This day was really good. Britt and Joey had an intimate ceremony under the Stone Arch Bridge, surrounded by a select 25. During this time the pastor revealed the personal details of their journeys, and how they came together through the mire of life's circumstances.

I was in awe at their vulnerability and transparency, and moved to tears at the way their story unfolded. From falling in love, to a prison sentence, to waiting and visiting, to holding on to hope, growing together within the trials, and finally to tying the knot. I was reminded that we never really know how the story will go... but often the unexpected circumstances of life bring about something better than we could have imaged. The pain was worth all the joy that finally arrived. 

After sharing their story both families surrounded the couple in the power of prayer. The grandparents each offered words, followed by the parents and whoever else felt moved. To me this was a sweet picture of how couples in marriage thrive off the support and prayers of their community. Marriage can be challenging, and letting other people into the relationship, inviting in their wisdom, truth, and love, can make all the difference. Thank you so much for allowing me to witness this radical and unconditional love that the world really needs more of.

Renae + Stephen

Stillwater: a small picturesque and charming town nestled along the St. Croix river, only a leap across the bridge to Wisconsin.

And definitely one of my favorite spots. It's nostalgic for past birthdays, adventures with friends, and the way fall takes over the little town in all of its glorious and crisp color. Apparently a ton of other people love Stillwater too, so I find myself shooting there at least a couple times a year, and that's totally cool with me.

This particular day was for Renae and Stephen. In the morning it was definitely a joy connecting with Renae and her bridesmaids. It's sweet to find brides who jive with all of who you are and your passion, and vice versa. We connected on the little things, and seemed to relate on a deeper level as well. I'm grateful for the lovely conversations that day.

Renae and Stephen had their ceremony at Pioneer Park, which overlooks the city and the St. Croix River. This is a public park, so there were also bystanders watching their intimate wedding. I thought this idea of potential bystanders watching their wedding was actually sweet. I know some people are turned off by this idea, and I can definitely understand why. On the other hand, I love the idea of an unashamed and open wedding, inviting others to witness your love. We could all use the encouragement of witnessing an exchange of truth in vows and love to the end. 

Afterward, we walked back downtown and let the celebration begin at Loft J. The exposed brick had the same Stillwater charm, with a little bit of vintage class to go along with it. Absolutely fitting for these two.

John + Michelle

The joy that these two share together is sweet.

I got to know John and Michelle last year while shooting their engagement session. I remember walking away from it with a big smile on my own face and confidence in getting meaningful photos. When two people have that much joy together it really makes my job extra fun and even easy! 

Their wedding was no different. The joy was actually increased because they got to share it with all their closest family and friends! I totally cried happy tears during the ceremony. It just happens. 

Thanks for letting me capture your wedding day, and for having a beautiful fall wedding. Fall is the best.

Cheers!

Happy New Year.

Thank you...

To each and every one of you who let me photograph some aspect of your life in 2016. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. I am so grateful for the fun opportunities that I had last year, and I am a happy dreamer about 2017.

I am booking up already for this year, so if you're interested in booking please contact me :)

Wising you all a better-than-you-can-imagined 2017! 

Cheers,

Nicole

Brad + Megan

This wedding marked the beginning of what finally felt and looked like fall. It was exciting. Megan and Brad had their wedding in Crosslake, MN, where Megan's family spent many summers. The trek up north that morning felt rather adventurous, considering that it was cold, windy, and rainy. It didn't look good, to be honest. However, as the morning progressed the rain subsided and it really turned into the perfect day for a wedding. I love overcast and fall weather. It helps to have a sweet couple like these two, also!

Isaiah + Miriam

These two are brave. With the wind chill that day it felt like -6° F. Despite the piercing and bitter cold, Isaiah and Miriam were so peaceful, and this thread of peace wove throughout the whole day. Something else that I noticed about Isaiah and Miriam was their pure and mature love for each other. When I say pure I mean that it was just so evident that their love was very deep, deeper than a lot of relationships seem these days, and, they are still young. I know you guys will go far and do great things.

Andrew + Madison

Colorado is a beautiful place in general. To have your wedding there in late September when all the aspens are yellow is taking it to another level completely. Andrew and Madison, thank you for the beautiful opportunity to shoot your wedding in Colorado. Also, cheers for being ridiculously kind, caring, and considerate of others on YOUR wedding day. What a pair!