They met in the Bahamas where friendship grew into long distance love. After two years of correspondence and flying back and forth between northern Minnesota and the Bahamas, Evander and Lacy were finally getting married! Their story couldn't be more dreamy!
From the bride:
"My cousin Gina invited me to go down Spanish Wells, Bahamas for a Bible conference. We ended up staying with Evander's family. He had returned home for the conference as well. I'm pretty shy but after a few days of being there I found myself wanting to spend more and more time with Evander. He took me on rides on his motorbike, went snorkeling, boating and stayed up late every night getting to know each other. I literally felt like I was in a movie - it was all so surreal! After seeing how Evander interacted with his family and friends, along with mine, I knew that he was the one. It only took 5 days for me to come that realization and one day later he asked me to be his girlfriend, on May 28, 2012. We hit it off ever since! Skype has been our companion and after several visits between Minnesota and the Bahamas over the last 2 years we are finally getting married!! I'm so blessed to have Evander and so thankful that the Lord has brought such a honest, fun, loving person into my life!" - Lacy
Because Evander is from the Caribbean and would be whisking his Minnesota bride to their new home in the Bahamas, Lacy wanted to create a wedding with a hint of the Caribbean! But growing up on a farm, Lacy also loves the rustic chic look. She blended both themes together with treasures from vintage shops and airy, light colors that reminded her of the ocean. I loved that Lacy wanted a simple, pretty wedding placing most of her focus the story of their love! (After all, celebrating love is what a wedding is really is all about, right?) They chose to have their First Look photos at the local airport since Evander is a pilot and travel has been so much a part of their lives. "Destination" was a natural part of their theme. It was cold for a spring day, but it couldn't have been more perfect!
I truly couldn't have imagined nicer (and HAPPIER) people to spend the day with! Wedding party, families, guests from all over the world - I loved meeting everyone! Gina, Jenny, Alyssa, Daniella and Briana, thank you how you cared for Lacy, for the laughs and your willingness to be flexible and adventurous, especially in such crazy weather! Evander had a gentlemanly group of guys at his side as well. My favorite? When Evander's younger brother couldn't stop giggling during the groomsmen photos.
If I can be honest, the most difficult part of the day was saying good-bye. After spending several months getting to know Lacy and then spending an entire day documenting their wedding story as it unfolded (experiencing all the anticipation, emotion and love...sigh) you kinda can't help but fall in love with these two amazing people! (Those darn tears!)
Evander and Lacy, I don't know how to express my gratitude for the honor of celebrating your wedding day with you! And Lacy, I've loved all our coffee dates and correspondence. Getting to know you has been a blessing and I'm doubly blessed by our new friendship! (I plan on taking you up on that visit to the Bahamas!) Thank you for reminding us of the Great Love that brought you together and covers your marriage as you journey together, for the rest of your lives! Here's to no more good-byes!
Evander and Lacy held their wedding reception at the Sportsman Lodge in Baudette, MN. The wedding party arrived to the Lego song, Everyone is awesome! Lacy decorated the guest sign-in with a rustic chic and Caribbean flair!
Not just any candy... Caribbean candy, including fudge! De-lish. (Of course I had to try a piece!)
Anyone who has been married realizes later how quickly the wedding day goes by. As a Photographer I love giving the bride and groom as many opportunities to slip away from the throngs of guests to spend a few celebrate a moment alone. It's always worth it...
Evander brought sand from the Bahamas to mix with Minnesota sand for the unity sand pouring at the ceremony....
Ceremony: Evangelical Covenant Church - Baudette, MN
First Look Location (used with permission): Baudette Airport
Reception: Sportsman's Lodge - Baudette, MN
Bride's Dress: Formalities - Bemidji, MN
Bride's Shoes: Target
Bride's Maid Dresses: Renz Rags, Etsy.com
Groom's Formal Wear: Rental
Florals: DIY Pink Peonies
Wedding Invitations: Designed With Amore, Etsy.com
Hair Stylists: K Salon, Deanna Block
Exit: Real Candy Sprinkles
Wedding Cake: Diana Fish
Catering: Sportsman's Lodge
Party Favors: Jelly Belly's
Honeymoon: Royal Caribbean Cruise
And a huge thank you to my assistant, RaeAnne Conat! You already know how much your help means to me!
If you've stuck around our blog for a while you may remember Jesse and Karla. You know, that gorgeous couple who puts to shame all other dips on top of huge round hay bales on their wedding day while a rainstorm looms in the background to shame? Yup. That's them!
AND they just celebrated their one year anniversary this past August!
Recently, we photographed Jesse and Karla's holiday Mini session in Edina, MN. It was super cold but being that we're ALL from northern Minnesota (the "Icebox of the Nation") we decided we're tougher than most. So, in the end, it wasn't really THAT cold, right?! Well, at least you couldn't tell as the camera just loves this handsome couple who bring a warmth and genuine beauty to any setting. I simply LOVE these guys.
Thank you for again, Jesse and Karla, for your generous, kind spirits. And for welcoming us the Cities with open arms. We are so glad to be here!
LAST CHANCE for Holiday Mini Sessions!
Sunday, December 7, 2014 11-3pm
Contact Pamela for details!
Last spring, I received the most inspiring email in my Inbox from a lovely, mature young lady named Anneke. She shared her desire to help with Project Elise, a dance project for young dancers with cancer. In ballet since kindergarten, Anneke is trained in mostly Russian Vaganova style dance. She has studied in Kirov in Washington DC, Bossov in Maine, English National Ballet in Toledo and out of the country at the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam. She is currently attending the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet in NYC and hopes to pursue a career in a ballet company and possibly teach ballet.
Although Anneke and I have worked together on the dance project (yet to be released) this photo session, however, was just for Anneke. I was simply honored when she asked me to do her 2015 Senior pictures! We spent part of our session in downtown Stillwater, MN but concentrated our time at the William O'Brien State Park. And as always, we had a great time together!
Anneke is a beautiful dancer who radiates warmth and beauty from deep within. I truly admire her and can only imagine how proud her family must be of her, and her strong values and exceptional character. I pray all the very best for your future, Anneke, wherever it is He leads you. You are one beautiful and talented girl. I can't wait to attend your performance later this month! Enjoy your blog post.... xo!
If you have children, it is likely most of the photos you have with them are because you pointed your phone backwards. (I know I have taken plenty of "selfies" with my husband or kids.) I love many of these snapshots and yet, they don't quite compare to that classic family photograph!
Many fellow moms have confessed to me they've never had a "real" photograph taken of their family. We have the best of intentions, thinking "someday" we will. But we all know time doesn't stand still.
Family photos done can be difficult to pull together with a busy schedule, figuring out clothing and hoping your kids won't have a breakdown at the session. Every year, our family has the same experience. Personally, I've become less concerned about what we're wearing (20 years from now, will it really matter?) or how "I" look in a photo (we're not getting younger here) and simply more thankful that we are all in a frame. Like Walt Whitman says, "We were together. I forget the rest." Family photos are truly an investment into our children's future. iPhone pictures have their place but there's something special about that timeless family photo, isn't there?
It was an honor to photograph the Dodd family for their very first family photo session, EVER! We were blessed with a gorgeous fall afternoon at the park. The entire session couldn't have gone better. Thank you for the lovely time spent. May these photos bless your family for generations to come!