I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it a million more times, but Janelle and Jordan’s wedding was one of my favorites :) Their intimate backyard wedding was perfect! From the greenery chandeliers to the ceremony backdrop, her dad, Bob, slaving for days to make (delicious) cheesecake. Everything was thought out, simple, and elegant! It had me wishing we had a small backyard wedding ;) — though I regret nothing (except having the day last longer!) It was so much fun working with these two and all their friends and family. &&& working with my newest associate Sydney :) I’d do it all over again if I could!
The Minneapolis Event Center was absolutely stunning! I know Hanna was nervous about the construction going on nearby, but I overheard how impressed everyone was with the venue all night long, and it is definitely one of my favorites! The Wild Orchid’s floral arrangements were drop-dead gorgeous as well! Every little detail was perfect, from the arbor to the elevated greenery and garland at the head table! And Hannah’s bouquet, let me just say “Wow!” Melissa’s (MHEvents) planning of course brought everything together in effortless fashion. I honestly wonder if the wedding guests even knew Melissa was there, working her butt off! I suppose that the sign of a good wedding planner is that all the hard work that goes into the big day looks effortless! Everything about this day was perfect, sweet, and whimsical!
Jordan and Mitch got married on the coldest day in November. (that might not be accurate, but it was quite nippy). Even though it was freezing, Jordan and Mitch were so cute and such troopers! We got into a good rhythm talking photos. We’d go out, take a few, then go inside and warm up, then go out again. It was actually perfect!! It started to snow during their ceremony, and I couldn’t wait to take them outside and get those whimsical snowy photos. Overall, it was a simple and stunning black and white wedding!
Moody and elegant styled shoot for Minnesota Bride, shot by Hannah Ampe Photography at The Golden Oak Farm with the following amazing vendors.
Photography | Hannah Ampe Photography | www.hannahampephoto.com
Florals | Emily @ Blossom Studio | http://www.blossomstudiominneapolis.com
Details | Copper Mug Co. | https://www.coppermugs.com
Details | Ribbon: Tono&Co | https://tonoandco.com
Details | The Mrs Box | https://themrsbox.com
Rentals | Amy @ Sante Events | https://www.santeevents.com
Venue| Golden Oak Farm | https://www.thegoldenoakfarm.com
Dessert | Amy's Cupcake Shoppe | https://www.amyscupcakeshoppe.com
Hair & Makeup | SoCoJo Hair and Makeup | https://www.socojoartistry.com/services-prices
Models | Mary & Zach Swenson
Invitations | Katelyn @ PaperPlumCo (Etsy) | https://www.paperplum.com
Dress | a&be, The Samantha by Truevelle | https://aandbebridalshop.com/minneapolis
Suit | Martin Patrick 3 | https://www.martinpatrick3.com
Kristy & Rogan are married!!
Leading up to Saturday, we were checking the weather ever hour on the hour. There was a 60% chance of rain from 12pm-6pm, the exact time that Kristy & Rogan had me booked for their wedding day. Needless to say we were a bit nervous because the wedding was all outdoors. Well guess what..?? It didn't rain :) Well okay, it rained a little bit, but just enough to use our cute umbrellas for a few photos.
Kristy and Rogan are emotional beings, and knowing that, they didn't want to say their vows in front of everyone at their ceremony, because well.. they wouldn't have been able to get their sweet words out. So they decided to say their vows after their first look on a small private beach in Walnut Woods State Park in Des Moines, Iowa.
Now, me also being an emotional being, it was hard for even me to keep it together for their vows!! Everything about it was so beautiful and intimate. It was exactly what they wanted it to be! Their whole wedding day was full of love, family and friends, and a laid back vibe that made everyone feel comfortable and full of love.
Kristy had asked her dad to make a wine box for their unity ceremony. What he delivered blew away everyone! He made this detailed and exquisite "box" equipped with wine glasses, a bottle of wine, shooters, a photo album that showed the making of their wine box, AND secret locking pins to lock the drawer they will keep their letters they wrote to each other in. It was the most careful creating of love I have ever seen, and Kristy's reaction says it all :)
Their ceremony was performed by their friend Tina, who did an absolute amazing job!!! There were laughs and there were tears, but in the end there was nothing but love.
We ended the night with a casual Champagne shower, which was absolutely epic!!! This must turn into a thing at every wedding :)
Kristy and Rogan are the sweetest people and were so much fun to work with. I know I say this every wedding or engagement shoot, but I really mean it: I have the best clients and I am so pumped that I got the chance to capture their special moments. I get such a rush shooting couples and capturing their love and telling their stories. :)
Until next time,
Emily & Jacob are married!! I had such an amazing time shooting their wedding and hanging out with their awesome family and wedding party!!
Sweet words about Emily and Jacob's love story
from the bride |
When I first met Jacob I knew he was a good one. He was kind and thoughtful and really listened to everything I had to say. Our first meeting was at a bar in Pella. He came up and started talking to me and then we danced the night away. Honestly with alcohol involved there isn’t much we remember. Jacob texted me the next day asking me on a date. We set it up and decided on going to a movie. We went to ‘The Intern’. It was a great movie but the conversation Jacob and I had for 5 hours afterward was even better. We stood in that movie parking lot and got to know one another. This conversation affirmed my opinion. Jacob was perfect. From then on our relationship moved fast, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. We moved in together about 6 months in and this allowed us to know 100% that we could make it together forever. After 1.5 years together Jacob and I decided it was time to buy a house. We picked one and we were ready to move in, but first we had some painting to do. Jacob woke up early one morning and told me he was going for a run, but he actually headed over to our new house and painted some words on the wall. I had no clue this was going on. We arrived to the house before our families, who were coming to help us paint. Jacob told me he had something to show me upstairs. I opened the door to our soon to be bedroom and saw the words “I love you” .. so cute!! But then I turn around and see Jacob on one knee and the words “will you marry me” on the wall behind him... freaking adorbale! My heart melted and I managed to say yes and then we celebrated when our families arrived. It was perfect!!
I love his thoughtfulness and kindness. He truely and deeply cares about every person in his life. He is an amazing listener. He is also super weird and hilarious.
from the groom |
Emily and I went to the same small college for three years together but it wasn't until after college that we met. We were both back in Pella for Homecoming the year after Emily graduated. Some friends and I were hanging out at the bar when Emily and her friends walked in. Emily caught my eye right away due to how beautiful she is. I was super nervous to go talk to her but I did and not too long after, we were on the dance floor for the rest of the night. I'm sure it was an absolutely wonderful night but it was kind of a blur due to too much liquid courage. I could feel that she was special the first night I met her. Our first official date was going to a movie ("The Intern") but it was what happened after the movie that made the night so memorable. We talked in the parking lot until 3:00 am getting to know each other. I couldn't get enough of her and so we went on multiple dates soon after and took a couple trips to Chicago and Kansas City together. Next thing we know, we were moving in together after 6 months of dating. It felt so good to live with my best friend and the person that I was in love with! We decided to buy a house after a year of living in our apartment. Emily and I coordinated a paint day with our family members. What Emily didn't know is that I had a little something extra up my sleeve (or in my back pocket) and a very important question for her. I had painted a few words on our future bedroom walls that morning (I told her I was going on a 9 mile run for our half-marathon training). Right before our family got to our place, I told Emily I wanted to show her something upstairs. We walked into our bedroom and she saw the words, "I love you", on one wall. When she turned around, I was down on one knee and the words, "Will you marry me?", were on the wall behind me. I nervously said how much I loved her and asked her to be my wife and...... SHE SAID YES!
I love how caring and hard-working she is. I love how outrageously beautiful she is. I love how she always makes me smile and laugh. I love how smart and thoughtful she is. I love that she has such a passion to teach her first grade students.
If that doesn't melt your heart, I hope these photos do :)
Clayton and McKenzie's wedding was perfect :) They got married at the Rose Garden in State Center, IA and had their reception at the lovely Gatherings in Nevada, IA. I could say so much about these people and this day, but I will let the photos speak for themselves on this one!