Juliane James Place | Mr. + Mrs. Kress | Post by Jess Ekstrand

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Morgan and Adam got married in the woods of Finnlayson MN (aka the beautiful Julianne James Place) in September. While every wedding is great in it’s own right, weddings in the woods are quite possibly my favorite. Not only was the location idyllic, but the temperature was perfect, it only rained at the most convenient times and this couple was so chill and fun, it hardly felt like I was working. To Morgan and Adam, thank you for having me and congratulations! 

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Paikka Wedding | Paige and Ashleigh | Post by Melissa Hesse

The moment Paige and Ashleigh got married you could feel all the love they share explode out of the room. These two have everything a commitment is about and being there to document it all was an incredible way to end the wedding season. Their wedding at Paikka welcomed all their close friends and family who traveled near and far to celebrate the two love birds. Congratulations Paige and Ashleigh!

Mill City Wedding | Eli and Reed | Post by Jess Ekstrand

I loved so much about Eli and Reed’s wedding day, I’ve had an incredibly hard time coming up with just a few words to go along with this blog post. To simplify, I’ve made a list but limited myself to three things.

1.) There were cats. Whether intentional or unintentional, it’s always so fun when animals are present on a wedding day.

2.) Their timeline for the day allowed for a 2-3 hour break, allowing me and Angela to get lunch and giving everyone a chance to recharge before the ceremony.

3.) Eli and Reed’s lovely wedding party consisted of their parents and siblings. Not only was this the sweetest group of people but we also took some time to get some really great individual portraits.

Congratulations to Eli and Reed! 

Elm Creek Chalet Wedding | Mr. and Mrs. Thaisen | Post by Melissa Hesse

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I met Robin and Michael at Michael's sister's wedding two years ago. When these two started planning their own wedding and called me to be their wedding photographer I knew it was going to be a love story for the books. The excitement of being part of their day has never left me. These two are so in love and without a doubt are meant to be. After traveling the world and following their dream together to teach in Ecuador they came back to their home town to get married. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Thaisen!

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Aria Wedding | Mr. and Mrs. Shah | Post by Melissa Hesse

Anjelica and Abe traveled from Arizona to Minneapolis to gather with all their friends and family to celebrate their love at the beautiful Aria. These two could have had a celebration of their own with all the love they share but we were so honored to be there to document this special day. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Shah!

Irvine Park Wedding | Mr. and Mrs. Kitzberger | Post by Jess Ekstrand

I’ve known Kara and Dan for a few years and when Kara told me about their wedding plans, I knew I wanted to be there to photograph it! These two got married at Irvine Park in St. Paul on a beautiful summer day. They invited a handful of close friends and family and of course their dog, Mable. Their wedding was beautiful and perfect and I felt truly special to be a part of it. 

Lake Monster Brewery Engagement Session | Paige and Ashleigh | Post by Melissa Hesse

The morning of Ashleigh and Paige's engagement session threw a severe thunderstorm in the mix so we thought what better place to go than Lake Monster Brewery?! Their love for beer making and tasting brought them right in their element. We ended their session walking their two lovable dogs along Mississippi Gorge Regional Park once the rain cleared. So excited for these two to be getting married in September!

Lumber Exchange Wedding // Post by Jess Ekstrand

Justyn and Shannon met at The Pourhouse in Minneapolis.  Shannon was a cocktail waitress and Justyn, a musician, often played the venue. A few years later, they brought it full circle and got married in the Fountain Room just floors above where they first met. These two are such lovely humans, inside and out, and I felt lucky to be there to document their wedding day!