Ohio Wedding

Congratulations, Janie and Nick! They had a beautiful Ohio wedding at the The Carriage House-Manor House. I was so honored to photograph Janie, one of my good friends, and Nick’s wedding. These two have quite the love story! They met back in 2009 in France. Janie was teaching English in Nancy, France and became friends with Lauren, who was teaching in the same region. Lauren’s now-husband, Chris, and his twin brother, Nick, took a work-related trip to Monaco in December and planned to meet up with Lauren in Lyon, France. Lauren invited Janie to join them and the four of them spent time together in Lyon. After Lauren and Janie finished the year in France, Janie was accepted into a Master’s program in Bowling Green, Ohio. She visited Lauren frequently, but pretty soon, she was going to visit Nick. By the summer of 2010, Nick and Janie began dating and one December, Nick decided it was time to pop the question. The couple has a Christmas tree tradition where they pick out a tree from a local tree farm. They bring the tree home, turn on some music and start decorating the tree. Once the finished the tree decorating, they sat in front of the tree and drank eggnogg. Janie went to turn off the lights and when returned to her chair. They talked for a minute, and then Nick asked, “What is that?” He was pointing at the tree. Janie noticed a ribbon hanging on the tree and thought an ornament broke. She went closer to investigate. That’s when she realized it wasn’t a broken ornament, but a ribbon with an...

Courtyards of Andover, Minnesota Wedding Venues

Courtyards of Andover is a venue catered by Unique Dining Experiences. The space can host events in two different areas up to 400 person seated dinners. The courtyard covered in snow needed a little imagination to see its potential. Surrounded in trees and what looks like a bridge buried in the snow it appears to […]

Courtyards of Andover is a venue catered by Unique Dining Experiences. The space can host events in two different areas up to 400 person seated dinners. The courtyard covered in snow needed a little imagination to see its potential. Surrounded in trees and what looks like a bridge buried in the snow it appears to be a private ceremony location. It is March in Minnesota and we still have a couple feet of snow!...

Blizzard Engagement Session

Congratulations, Ali and Jason! Check out this beautiful blizzard engagement session! Some stay inside after a ice blizzard. Not Ali, Jason and I. We braved the roads to take advantage of the lovely iced trees at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen. Was it worth it? Absolutely. I can’t wait for their less cold, fall […]

Congratulations, Ali and Jason! Check out this beautiful blizzard engagement session! Some stay inside after a ice blizzard. Not Ali, Jason and I. We braved the roads to take advantage of the lovely iced trees at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen. Was it worth it? Absolutely. I can’t wait for their less cold, fall wedding in October at the Arboretum and the Garden Room of Eden Prairie....

Wedding Details

Some of my favorite photos from a wedding day are the detail shots. I love getting a chance to find new ways to display some of the important details- like the wedding gown or bridal accessories- in a new way! One of the great things about a couple’s venue is being able to play around […]

Some of my favorite photos from a wedding day are the detail shots. I love getting a chance to find new ways to display some of the important details- like the wedding gown or bridal accessories- in a new way! One of the great things about a couple’s venue is being able to play around with the different architecture, design, and colors of the building. For example, one of my favorite bridal gown shots is hanging the dress in a window and letting the natural light come in. Also- check out those gorgeous purple bridal shoes. I love the way the bright purple pops in the photo. Every bride needs a pair of fabulous shoes on her wedding day!...

Minnesota Winter Wedding, Barb + Mark

Barb and Mark braved the cold for a snowy Minnesota winter wedding. They had the ceremony at a beautiful church in Brooklyn Park, MN and the reception at Edinburgh Golf Club in Brooklyn Park, MN. I adored their black, emerald green, and white color scheme. I love the way the green pops throughout the photos. Check out the lace bridesmaids dresses […]

Barb and Mark braved the cold for a snowy Minnesota winter wedding. They had the ceremony at a beautiful church in Brooklyn Park, MN and the reception at Edinburgh Golf Club in Brooklyn Park, MN. I adored their black, emerald green, and white color scheme. I love the way the green pops throughout the photos. Check out the lace bridesmaids dresses with green sashes! The bride even had green shoes to match the bridal party! I also love their centerpieces- wood stumps with candles, greenery, and Mason jar vases filled with white and green floral. Some of my favorite photos from the day were the bride and groom portraits with sparklers standing out in the white wonderland of snow surrounding the church! Congratulations, Barb and Mark!...

Maple Ridge Farm, Barn Weddings

Maple Ridge Farm is located just outside of Taylors Falls. From the moment we drove onto the property it was apparent how many hours of hard labor had been put into restore this 1923 vintage barn and property. We were wowed as the barn doors opened revealing a truly authentic rustic wedding barn! The barn […]

Maple Ridge Farm is located just outside of Taylors Falls. From the moment we drove onto the property it was apparent how many hours of hard labor had been put into restore this 1923 vintage barn and property. We were wowed as the barn doors opened revealing a truly authentic rustic wedding barn! The barn is complete with a mason jar/wagon wheel light fixture, swings overlooking the back field, a little nook for the built in bar-not to mention the original old wood flooring and built in deck off the back. The inside of the barn can seat 150 for dinner and 200 for a ceremony. This spring, Maple Ridge Barn will be adding a pavilion that can also seat 300 for dinner and then can be accompanied by a barn dance. Another great thing about Maple Ridge (besides the rolling hills and large maple trees) is that the completely remolded 1800’s farm house is included with the rental-which sleeps 10! Content written by Kellie with Rustic Elegant Weddings....