A new year means engagements! As many couples get engaged between Thanksgiving thru Valentines Day, this means engagement sessions are coming around the corner! Our Rivets and Roses team has expanded, and each photographer has a different style. You can now book a photographer that will be perfect for you and your loved one! Here are our 6 artists. Click to view their portfolio!
Ethan and Katherine's engagement session this past summer in the garden's at Hill Valley Cafe. This location was perfect for their love of gardening and being outside. As we adventured around the location we found a lot of great spots to surround them in their habitat.
Winter engagement sessions are here! As the winter might force most people to take photos inside that wasn't the case for this couple. They enjoyed taking it outside to have some fun in the snow, and it made for a great session. Love when people embrace the weather , and have fun with whatever nature throws at us.
Tis the season for warm-weather engagement sessions, hikes through the woods and loads and loads of mosquito repellant! But you won't hear me complaining, as we finally have long, luscious light and warm sunshine in every shot. Congrats to Katie and Courtney, whose wedding I'll be shooting next month!
As promised, here are highlights from Kelly and Scott's engagement shoot last week. We began at the scene of Scott's proposal, the Aster Cafe. After walking more about the riverfront, we hit the sinfully-delicious Izzy's Ice Cream for sustenance. It was a nice evening to get to know these two and I am pumped for their St. Paul wedding this Fall.
When I was first met Briana and Jason I was shooting senior portraits for Jason's sister, we started talking about their upcoming wedding and the rest was history!
When planning their engagement session we wanted to capture the two of them where they first met, and like that we were off to Kieran's Irish Pub in the heart of Minneapolis. I was so excited to have the entire place to run wild and get creative with these two. After capturing the mood of Kieran's we decided to head outside, if anyone as gone outside this winter you know there haven't been too many "warm" days...
Once we got bundled up we ended up heading over to Loring Park to soak up what was left of the beautiful sun.
We ran around, sat on some snow covered benches, and ran around the park. Boy was I happy I wore boots!
I am so excited to shooting Briana and Jason's wedding this summer at the Gitchi Gammi Club up in Duluth, MN.
Ok, so it's the end of winter & I am so completely over it. I usually dread that very "brown" time, after the snow is gone & before the grass turns green…this past week we had some higher temperatures which started to melt the massive amounts of snow everywhere & I can honestly say seeing all of the brown ground peeking out through the snow put the biggest smile on my face! Did you know that this Thursday is the first official day of Spring?? I am so EXCITED!!! The only reason I'm glad that there is still snow on the ground is because of this Engagement Session. We've had this bonfire idea brewing for a little while now & this past weekend it all came together! So thrilled for these brides-to-be! For now, just a sneak peek while I get everything edited! Enjoy!
Shooting an engagement session this holiday season is both thrilling (because OMG I love the snow!) and terrifying (because OMG IT IS SO DANG COLD OUTSIDE!). Part of this challenge lies in finding a location that will allow for lovely images both inside and out, and luckily for us the Como Zoo and Conservatory did just that. The other part that is important? Couples that are totally low key and who just want to have a good time and enjoy the shoot. Holy cow, these were those people. We had so much fun catching the end of the day's light and playing in the snow -- even if it was about 2 degrees outside. I am so excited for the wedding this summer!
Finally! I got to shoot an engagement session in the snow! Not just with snow on the ground, but full of flakes coming down from the sky! It was lovely. And the adorable couple didn't hurt any, either. I had so much fun meeting Elizabeth and Mike for the first time in person (they live on the East Coast) and photographing their engagement session the weekend before Christmas. Not only were they kind and gracious, but they were totally willing to lose their coats and run out in the snowfall for a few shots. I love it when couples come to play!
I love getting to know my clients. I love getting to know their stories. I love chatting, & laughing, over wine after a beautiful sunny afternoon & feeling like we are just old friends catching up. And I can tell you right now, without a doubt, I am going to love photographing this wedding! Usually an Engagement Session is included in the collection that my couples purchase. In this case Melissa & Laura won an Engagement Session from another photographer so they really didn't need me to to photograph another Engagement Session for them...but what a lot of photographers will tell you...is what's nice about an Engagement Session is that I get time to work with the two of you prior to your wedding day to see how you best fit together. I absolutely LOVED working with my photographer on our Engagement Session when Dave and I got married. True story - I hated the way I looked when I kissed my soon-to-be-hubby in our Engagement Photos...so what did we do?? Practiced for the big day! And I can honestly tell you I LOVE every kissing photo we have from our wedding! Haha! Dave will tell you there was too much kissing at our wedding...but I digress...not only was it beneficial for me to see me/us but it was also beneficial for our photographer to see how we looked/photographed best together...makes walking into the wedding day a little less stressful for your photographer for sure!
So before we sat down over wine to chat through the details of their wedding day, Melissa, Laura & I drove around in their bright orange convertible beetle bug (SERIOUSLY LOVE!!!) until we found a sunny little park...enjoy!
Just a guess...but I think they MIGHT be excited for the big day!
You know that one time of every day where no matter what you're doing you stop, look up & take it all in because the sunlight that is filtering through the trees & making the brush around you glow catches your breath & takes it away? Yeah, me too. This happens to be just the specific time of day that I photographed Sarah & Luke's second Engagement Session. Yes, Engagement Session number two! The first time we worked together was in Minneapolis...this time we met at St. Olaf! I haven't been to St. Olaf in ages, literally I think I was there for a concert in High School? Maybe a night of random partying in College?? In either case this campus wasn't as I remembered it...maybe because I wasn't looking at it before through photographer eyes??...regardless, the St. Olaf campus is beautiful. Absolutely. Gorgeous. Campus. This happens to be where Sarah & Luke met so I was thrilled to be able to get back there with them to photograph these special memories in a place that meant so much to them!
Oh! There's a special story with the seats...gives me the goose bumps!...but you'll have to wait until you see the wedding sneak peek to hear more about that! Enjoy! ciao! natalie