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Minnesota Lake Wedding | Maddie + John

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Maddie and John contacted me two weeks before their wedding. I called Maddie after receiving an email from her and as soon as we began talking, I knew I needed to photograph their wedding. She told me they currently lived in Los Angeles and were planning on having a very small ceremony with their closest friends and family at Noerenberg Memorial County Park, in Orono, MN.  Maddie is from Australia and John has family in MN but their "international love" began at the LAX airport! It wasn't accidental though - they were there to fly out to Arkansas with the rest of their production crew. They were to spend 3 months in Arkansas shooting a reality TV series. After some time John proposed in South Africa while they were on a safari ride - it was his birthday and the rest is history. 

Their wedding was short and it was sweet. Maddie's father couldn't make it due to issues with a passport, but her sister read a message he had written and was able to attend via Skype. His words were heart felt, beautiful and full of great advice that all married or those in a relationship should read:

"My wish to you both, when you make this commitment today is that your relationship will allow you to say with each passing year, I am content with my life. It is through simple acts of love such as shared routines and rituals, taking time to talk about life and the universe and remembering to play together, that you grow content day by day. Simply loving also means, you differ on some things but will want to find common ground and let go of anger. Above all when newness gets eclipsed my sameness try not to lose site of the other separate to you. Separate thoughts and feelings and dreams as important as your own. Delight in each others development, even if it takes you into unknown territory." - Maddie's dad

Kayla & Matthew | Sioux Falls Wedding Photography

Kayla & Matthew's wedding was at the Old Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls with a beautiful reception at the Icon Lounge after the ceremony. To say it was a beautiful day is definitely an understatement. These two are two of the kindest people I have ever met and their entire bridal party and family were so welcoming and warm. It was an amazing day and I pray you have a long, happy and adventerous marriage! Now for the photos, 10 bonus points if you scroll to the end! (I had such a hard time narrowing down!)

Meredith & Jared | Engagement Story | Minneapolis Engagement Photographer

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I met up with Meredith and Jared in Minneapolis for their engagement shoot last month. Within minutes of our meeting, I could tell that they were a perfect match. Meredith was so kind and Jared a walking example of gentleness.  To say I thoroughly enjoyed our time together and can't wait for their wedding this fall would be a total understatement.
You can read a bit more about their story below:

"It’s funny in life how even the most circuitous paths can find their way to each other. Jared, a sun and ocean-loving Californian, and I, a sunscreen-wearing prairie-loving North Dakotan, were on two different journeys that somehow brought us together in Rochester, MN. I’d like to think we had been looking up at the same sky wishin’ for “the one” to enter our worlds all these years. After meeting each other, it was that feeling that all you’ve been missing in life is wrapped up in this one person. We shared laughs, tears, tea, and passion for life and all its gifts. And that was it… this was the start of our forever.

I’ve always thought it fitting that we met in our residencies - fields we both chose to serve others - because marriage is the choice, such an important choice, you both make to serve one another through life - the happy, the sad, the joys, and the difficulties. We have very similar hearts. We share love of God, family, friends, outdoors, quiet times, hobbies - you name it. In a year together, we have traveled to new places, sang loudly at concerts, admired art museums, and tasted delicious food. Whatever lies ahead will be an incredible journey, now sharing the same path. Everything I had envisioned for a life well lived has been gifted to me in Jared. He is my very greatest earthly blessing." -Meredith