Having recently moved from Kansas, a quintessential Minnesota background in their images made sense for the K family. We met for family photographs at the Carver Reserve Park, just outside of Eden Prairie, MN, and the fall weather couldn't have been more beautiful. The family wanted natural, candid photographs, especially of the siblings interacting and just being themselves! (It's been a while since I've heard myself say the word "cheese" at a session.) It takes a while for kids to warm up in front of a camera but patience is always key. However, once their parents were out of sight for a few minutes, the kids' magical smiles and joy of being siblings shone bright! And I had a blast with these guys! Mom loves her photos, and I couldn't have been more honored to capture the heart of this family. - Pamela
August 28, 2015. It couldn't have been a more lovely late summer day in St. Paul.
Jayme and Andria began wedding day morning getting ready at their parents' homes. Andria had a special first look with her dad on their front yard after which we headed to the Mendakota Country Club for her first moments with Jayme. Their first look gave me goosebumps. The joy on their faces when they saw each other was second to none! After, we took a few formal photos before the bridal party took off for the ceremony on the party bus.
Jayme and Andria both went to St. Thomas University. However, even though their paths had unknowingly crossed many times in the past years, they met after college at their place of work, and found they had a lot in common. It made sense to pledge their forever love on campus at theSt. Thomas Aquinas Chapel. After the ceremony, guests headed to the Mendakota Country Club while the bridal party let loose on the party bus and enjoyed a quick social hour at the Moose Country Bar, where they also broke out the celebratory champagne before the reception!
Thank you, Andria + Jayme, for the allowing me to photograph your story. I feel extremely lucky to have met you both. Your love is an inspiration. Authentic. Beautiful. May the adventure of marriage bring more and more happiness at every bend.
There are many beautiful and fun memories yet to show you but attempted to encapsulate the essence of your amazing wedding day in a 3 minute song. Turn up the volume if you like "What Would I Do Without You" by Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors as much I do. But consider yourselves warned: these pictures oooooze happiness...
Those were the first words Oscar said to me, with a huge smile on his face, when his family met me at the park. Wow. That young man made my day, for sure!
It's a huge privilege to document a family as they change and grow, year after year. This is truly one of the BEST aspects of my job. I feel incredibly grateful to meet the kindest, most beautiful people while doing what I love.
Thank you, P family, for being a joy... every. time.
Mandy can walk into any room and make someone feel like they're the most special person she could spend her time with. She feels and loves deeply, especially for her family. She is incredibly sweet. When she talks about Matt her already bright blue eyes brighten even more. And she'll tell you again and again that she's the luckiest girl in the world to find a guy as good as him! Together, they enjoy anything outdoors, especially fishing, projects or four-wheeling.
A year ago, when I met Mandy and Matt at her childhood farm to photograph their engagement session, she showed me around telling me her dreams for their wedding. This August, the farm was transformed into a stunning ceremony and reception area where family and friends gathered to celebrate their forever love. It was, in Mandy's words, "a dream come true and I have the most amazing husband!"
Matt and Mandy, I don't have all the right words but I do know one thing to say: THANK YOU. It was an honor documenting your love. To be surrounded by your amazing friends and family was a perfect way to celebrate such a perfect day!
Mandy and her dad shared a moment alone before seeing her husband-to-be, Matt.All morning, she just couldn't wait to see him.... The boutonnieres showed Matt's love for hunting.Mandy arrived at the ceremony drawn with horse and carriage by her beloved Uncle Benny.
A special thank you to TRUE STORY by Jill Hanson in Bemidji, MN for being my incredibly talented second shooter.