Curating your Wedding Details for Magazine-Worthy Images

I am so excited for today’s guest blog post from Cam + Tia! We love working with them and always leave wedding day feeling rejuvenated with the energy they bring with them. Not only are they great humans but their photos are always stunning, and their styling blows me away (teach me your waaaaays). They are popping in to give us tips on making sure your wedding day details are top notch! It is my pleasure to introduce you to Cam + Tia Goff, the duo behind Cam + Tia Photography!

Hey y’all!! We’re Cameron & Tia, high school sweethearts turned wedding photographers. We’re always game for an adventure and will provide ya with some full belly laughs (no additional charge). We are SO honored to guest blog on Ashley’s blog, because well, if you’re already here, you know that Ashley and her team are THE BEST!! Today, we’re sharing our perspective on how to curate your wedding details for magazine worthy images.

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With so many things to coordinate, your wedding day details (the shoes, invitation suite, cuff links, and more) are probably some of the smallest - physically and figuratively – but when coordinated successfully, they can make a huge impact! Getting your wedding published in a magazine may not be a life goal of yours, but it is pretty darn cool! Not only does it show off your vendors and venue, but also YOU and your big day! It’s something fun to add to the scrapbook. So shoot for the stars!

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So, how do you get there? To start, we want your wedding to be authentically YOU but there are a few little tips to consider when you’re coordinating your wedding day details to increase the beauty of your wedding detail images (and increase the chances of your wedding ending up in print)!

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Step One: Think through every little detail before you finalize it. When you’re ordering your save the date, you need to think all the way into the future. If you order the save the date with the gorgeous gold embossing now and then later down the road choose a bunch of silver jewelry all of those pieces won’t complement each other. You need to see the bigger vision and coordinate the color palette. Think about it from start to finish – the invitation suite, the reception décor, the bridesmaids’ bouquets. Match metals. Have one consistent color palette.

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Step Two: Give your photographer everything the morning of your wedding. Not your social security number or your passport, don’t worry! But ALL the fun details. Don’t hold back and think it’s not significant, but we want it all!

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When your photographer arrives for you getting ready moments and detail shots, it helps to have a “Detail Bag” assembled with all of the items that you would like them to style. Please put these items in a bag or box (so it’s easy for you to keep track of and you can just pass off to them when we arrive). Here are all of the things we request:

 

· Any Paper Goods (Invitation, Save the Date, program, etc) – with the invitation suite, include all pieces – two sets of the invitation (so we can photograph front and back), RSVP card, envelopes, stamps, etc

· Jewelry/Accessories (ALL – earrings, necklaces, hair pieces, bracelet, veil, belt, etc)

· Shoes (both groom’s and bride’s)

· Groom’s Accessories: Watches, cuff links, tie, socks, etc

· Rings (Engagement Ring and Bride and Groom’s wedding bands)

· Any extras: ring boxes, heirloom pieces, ring boxes, extra flowers from your florist, gifts for out-of-town guests, favors

· The bridal bouquet

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Step Three: add a few things that waaaay up level your detail game:

Invest in a ring box. There are tons of cute ones that not only are a great place to store your ring while you hop in the shower, but will take your wedding photos to the next level. The Mrs. Box are epic! Choose the color to tie everything together! There are tons of more affordable options also on Etsy.

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Have some fun silk ribbon on hand in your wedding colors. Our favorite vendor is Bertie and Fred. While we have a handful of colors on hand always, if you want to make sure it looks great with your palette, order some to have ready!

We always ask our brides to have their gowns hanging from a non-plastic hanger with any pins or stuffing removed. This gives us more time to find the perfect place to photograph their dress, rather than spending those precious moments unpinning and hanging. But don’t worry about getting a crazy hanger with your new last name on it. We recommend keeping it simple and we’ve got an entire blog post all about hangers.

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And that’s it: as easy as 1, 2, 3! Get curating and you’re going to have the most beautiful wedding details in all the land! Questions? Head on over to our website with any questions!

Thank you so much Cam + Tia for popping in today! I already have a few ring boxes added to my shopping cart! These were excellent tips and I can’t wait to see how you style our clients goodies in the future!

Annie + George | Almquist Farms

If you love color then this wedding is for you! When I first met with Annie and her Mom, I was in love. Not only obsessed with their color palette but also their love story. Annie met George in 2014 while she was studying abroad in Ecuador. The entirety of their relationship was long distance with both of them traveling back and forth to see each other. When I had first met with them they were in the process of getting a visa for George so that he could move to the state to start their lives together.

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Because of who they were and where they came from, their wedding would be a special blend of American and Ecuadorian culture. I was so excited to be able to create their floral dreams for their wedding. Annie chose bright bold colors to contract the Ecuadorian theme they had planned for their wedding.

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We played with Coral Charm Peonies, Juliet Garden roses, bright and bold spray roses, and my all time favorite ranunculus. We accented her flowers with bright greens like ruscus and sword fern. The whole time during assembling her flowers I was so happy to be surrounded by such rich colors. I loved how the bright colors played off of the darker tones of the bridesmaids dresses and really popped against the light grey suits that the men wore.

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When I arrived on the day of the event everyone was so calm and the bridal suit was so peaceful. I was so excited to deliver Annie’s bouquet to her and was thrilled when she later told me that the flowers were her favorite part of the day ‘SWOON’. My favorite part of the day besides the flowers was listening to Annie speak Spanish. She sounded so beautiful despite the fact that I had know idea what she was saying (you would think that I would have learned something in my 4 years of Spanish class). I could have sat and listened to her all day.

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For her table decor Annie chose to use authentic runners she had picked up on trips back to Ecuador. Each runner was a little different but full of bright colors. We accented the runners with bud vases and colorful flowers including spray roses, ranunculus, and lisianthus. I personally loved the delicate table numbers that Annie chose- they fit their theme so well.

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The backdrop at Almquist Farms is already so beautiful so she didn’t need much to dress it up. She chose one arch piece full of bright blooms to bring a little freshness to the ceremony. This was later used on the head table- I love when couples choose to repurpose the ceremony decor into their reception.

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The night consisted of tres leches cake from Cafe Latte and dance lessons for the guests- let’s talk about a wedding that I would love to be a guest at! Annie + George sent their guests home with hand made key chains that she had also picked up on her travels. We loved being a part of this day and wish Annie + George a lifetime of happines!! Thank you both for letting us be a part of the magic!

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Photos provided by Ivory North Co

How to be an A+ Wedding Guest this season (Part 1)

We are a little over half way through the year here in Minnesota and wedding season has already been in full force. Like every year I shake my head at a select few weddings guests and wonder, WHYYYY? Then it hit me, maybe they just don’t know better. So here it is, folks. A little insight on how to be a great wedding guest (part 1 -because I’m just getting started). Follow my easy tips on how to get started in the right direction!

Photo provided by Russell Heater

Photo provided by Russell Heater

1.     RSVP… and on time.

 The most stressful time during the wedding planning process is that last 6 weeks- this is when all of the projects that can’t be done ahead of time really start to feel that deadline. This is also when the RSVP’s start coming in and things start to feel real. On top of the natural stressors of this time, friends and family also sometimes add to this stress. Why? Because of your RSVP.

All of the final details rely on your rsvp’ing not only on time, but accurately. The floor plan and food counts depend on this.

I once had a wedding guest that attended a recent wedding of ours and he didn’t have an escort card. I asked him, “Did you RSVP?” His response was, “Yes, I sent it in this week”. Unfortunately for this guest both the bride and groom where from out of state and had been in Minnesota for a week prior, so that RSVP never made it in their hands. This is one reason why there is that magical cut off date.

This should be the easiest step for you. Your couple makes it easy for you by either already adding postage for your convenience or having an easy online rsvp option. So, what do you do when you get your wedding invitation? Step 1: Check your calendar. Is that date open? Do you want to go? Awesome, then RSVP ‘YES’ and put that sucker right back in the mail. Do you already have something going that day? Bummer. RSVP ‘No’ and again, put that sucker right back in the mail. A wedding is a big deal – out of all the people that the couple knows they invited YOU, there is nothing else better that could pop up on that day so unless you have a pending vacation or other milestone then get it on your calendar and don’t schedule anything else. Obviously, life happens and if something, like a funeral or sickness, comes up then you are excused from the following paragraph.

If you RSVP’d No in hopes that you would get invited to the next celebrity wedding and wow, you didn’t. Then don’t go back to your couple and tell them that, actually you are coming because guess what – they already gave up your spot. Keep it at a ‘No’ and watch their love story unfold on Instagram or facebook the next day.

If your invite was addressed to you, and you only, then they have only reserved a seat for you – no guest. If the envelope says your name and another name or “and guest” then lucky you, you get a plus one! Don’t be mad if your couple left off a plus one- odds are they didn’t know you had a significant other or space is limited at their venue.

In a nut shell:

a.     RSVP on time

b.     RSVP with the correct amount of people and names (no adding anyone)

2.    Don’t bring a gift…. You read that right

It’s 2019, every online business offers shipping for whatever gizmo or gadget your couple has registered for. Save them the hassle of having to transport it anywhere and ship that lovely present right to their front door. If you want to have something in hand when you walk into the wedding, gift cards (or cash) are great options!  

3.     Wear the right attire

When getting dressed for a wedding think to yourself ‘is this appropriate for this type of wedding’ and here’s what I mean. If this is a backyard BBQ wedding, then go ahead and wear those favorite shorts you wear all of the time- maybe throw on a button up T shirt to dress it up a tad. If the wedding IS ANYWHERE ELSE than please, check what you are wearing. Does it fit the venue? Will my top, front, or bottom hang out of anything that I’m putting on me? Then maybe don’t wear that. You have no idea how many times I see all of the parts that I didn’t need to see.

Photo provided by Sophisticated Grace Photography

Photo provided by Sophisticated Grace Photography

Photo provided by Russell Heater

Photo provided by Russell Heater

4.     Don’t get greedy

This pertains to the food, bar, and dessert. I literally see the worst in people at weddings. Perhaps this is because I’m playing security guard at the dessert table or watching the buffet line to make sure we have plenty to go around or maybe it’s because I get notified on the bar tab when our clients have reached their limit. Maybe it’s all of these things but here are my tips. DON’T BE GREEDY.

BAR: Think about going out to the bar with your buddies on the weekend. You’ve had a great time and enjoyed a few too many beverages.  Now it’s time to pay the tab- would you be willing to fork up the money to pay for the whole thing? Probably not. Well, a wedding is almost the same except there’s 200 buddies and the couple IS paying that hefty bar tab. Here is my rule of thumb. If it’s a hosted bar don’t take 5 drinks back to your table in hopes that someone is going to drink them because, guess what - They won’t. How do I know? Because I throw all of those full drinks away at the end of the night. Just because a bar is “open” doesn’t mean that it’s free. For every beer poured or wine bottle opened your couple is getting charged for it. So, take one for you, one for your date and then when that’s gone go get another one. While I still have your attention on the bar situation- don’t drink more than you can handle. This isn’t a college party – please be responsible drinkers and don’t drink so much that you are passed out in the parking lot or throwing up all of the bathrooms (true story).

 The same rules go for dessert and dinner- the food is not unlimited. There aren’t secret fairies in the kitchen whipping up desserts until everyone is pleased. Your couple has ordered food based on those handy RSVP’s we talked about earlier. When going through the buffet line take one plate and take portions for normal sized humans – this isn’t an eating contest. Same goes for the dessert. Just because there are 10 different types of dessert doesn’t mean you need to try all of them. If they are full sized desserts take one or two or find a friend to split two things with. If they are mini desserts take two or three and If you have to try the others than find a friend to go halvsies with. DO NOT LOAD UP YOUR PLATE WITH ALL OF THE DESSERTS. Gir, I know you are not “sharing these with the table” I know better than that.  Don’t make me repeat myself.

Photo provided by Sophisticated Grace Photography

Photo provided by Sophisticated Grace Photography

5. Keep it in your pants… these are all true stories.

As a wedding vendor I’ve seen some stuff- most of it I hope to forget. It comes with the territory of being at the event from start to finish. At the end everyone has enjoyed the bar a little too much and their lack of respect has fallen short somewhere between the 10th shandy and the cupid shuffle. So here are my tips:

A wedding is not a place to hook up- sure, the girls look better than usual, and the guys actually did their hair, so you start to feel some stuff. Awesome. Go back to his or her place and explore your options SOMEWHERE else. Please don’t get dirty on the dance floor, in the back of the reception hall, or a “secret” coat closet. For the LOVE OF GOD please don’t lock yourself in a bathroom stall and make it awkward for everyone else being an A+ wedding guest. That coat closet is not secret, and it is probably where I’m hiding all of my stuff and will be going in and out of it all night long. Guess what, I can see you. Even if you ignore me, my eyes still work.

Not only do I mean keep it in your pants when it comes to the opposite sex I LITERALLY mean keep it in your pants, guys. Awesome, God gave you the ability to pee practically anywhere. Great for you. A wedding is not a place to practice that ability. You are a grown up, so use the grownup toilets that are provided for you. Don’t relieve yourself at the park, during the day, in front of a bunch of innocent toddlers OR on my car, yes you, groomsmen who apparently wasn’t educated in the way of American toilets (can you tell I’m still bitter about that one). Use the bathroom, the inside one that’s what it’s there for.

Photo provided by Kendra Oxendale

Photo provided by Kendra Oxendale

There you have it. 5 easy tips to help you be a great wedding guest and keep your couple happy!Rule of thumb? Not everyone at a wedding is drunk or unaware of the things happening around them. There are wedding vendors and eyes everywhere- watching you, and all of the dumb things you do. Keep that in mind the next time you take a heap of mashed potatoes, or 15 desserts to “Share with the table”.  

Megan + Drew | Married at The Lafayette Club, Minnetonka Beach, MN

Here’s a fun fact - before meeting my clients I facebook stalk them (not in a creepy way) but just enough so I know what you look like, most likely what your fiance looks like and I always like to see if we have any mutual friends. Why? A. So that when we meet in a public place I’m not thinking that every person walking in could be my client - I know what you look like, because I saw you. and B. Having mutual friends gives us something to talk about right off the bat. That’s how the story unfolded for my meeting with Megan.

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Megan and I had a couple of mutual friends including two of her cousins that I grew up with. Small world, like freaking small. The best part was that they weren’t even the reason why she hired me - it was news to her that her cousins and I had sleep overs at least once a week and snuck off during church service to go to McDonalds… don’t tell our Mom’s.

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Meg was at ease right away and we quickly moved on to planning her wedding. She eventually moved to Dallas so having us as her boots on the ground was great! Her and Drew chose the Lafayette club for their reception space and we were SO excited to be back at one of our favorite venues plus to make it even better Russell Heater was their photographer so we knew we were about to have a great day!

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The weather was perfect for Meg + Drew’s big day. Everything went off without any issues. Their ceremony at Holy Name was beautiful. We decorated the back of the church with fresh floral to frame in her entrance to the ceremony- these were later used as entrance flowers into the reception hall.

Back at the reception everything was on track. Her desserts arrived from Buttercream and were beautiful as always. Her tables were set with two different centerpieces. One was a beautiful compote floral piece with neutral toned blooms and the other was a trio of candles accented by little bud vases with fresh flowers. They had so many cute details including table numbers that showed places that meant something to them and the cutest little cake topper with a couple riding a bike. One of my favorite things to do with flowers is finding unique ways to incorporate them into your event. Meg really loved the idea of adding flowers to the fountain in the entry way that guests could see right as they walked into the space. This was a great way to welcome guests into the space and it was so fun hearing all of the comments about them as people came in and out of the building throughout the day.

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Wedding at Lafayette Club, Wedding Planner

The night continued with a delicious dinner served by the Lafayette staff, assorted desserts including tarts, trifles, and cupcakes from buttercream and meaningful speeches from their wedding party and parents. The party got started on the right foot with entertainment provided by the R Factor Band, a very high energy cover band located in the cities. Guests danced all night and fueled up with late night flatbread pizza.

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We loved having the opportunity to serve Meg + Drew on their wedding day and look forward to celebrating with them again at Meg’s brothers wedding next September! For more photos of their big day and to see all of the vendors that made this day a success, keep on scrolling!

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Lafayette Club Wedding, MN Wedding Planner
Lafayette Club Wedding, MN Wedding Planner

Vendor Team Making the Magic:

PHOTOGRAPHY Russell Heeter

CEREMONY VENUE Holy Name

RECEPTION VENUE Lafayette Club

DESSERT Buttercream

FLORIST + Planning Ashley Skeie

RENTALS Linen Effects + The Staging Point

HAIR Primped

MAKE-UP Cristina Ziemer Beauty

ENTERTAINMENT The R Factor

BRIDE'S ATTIRE The Wedding Shoppe

MENS FASHION Gariani

Cortnie + Alex say "I do" at Legacy Hill Farm

We recently updated our website and when going through our old pages I stumbled across our "blog" and saw that our last post was from OVER A YEAR AGO. Friends, if that doesn't tell you what this year has been like I don't know what does.

It's been a whirlwind to say the least. It's been busy but we have celebrated with so many amazing couples that we kind of let the social media game go to the side and you know what? I think that's ok. Sometimes I find myself overwhelmed with instagram, facebook posts, updating my website, etc. When what I really need to focus on is my clients and making sure that their needs are met on time. Maybe this Winter I'll come out of social media hibernation and get some good content up for you on a continual basis but, for now, I'll start our rebirth from blog solitude with this stunner of a wedding.

Cortnie + Alex

(Photos provided by Cameron + Tia)

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Most of the time we send our clients down the aisle and then never really get to see them again. Luckily that wasn't the case this time. In September of 2017 we had the absolute pleasure of planning Matt + Sam's Wedding in Chaska and a few shorts months later we got to see them again as Matt's Brother, Alex, married Cortnie at Legacy Hill Farm!

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It was all set to be another beautiful wedding. Everything had been planned with precision, not one detail over looked... except the weather. Mother nature did not hold back. She rained, she poured and then poured some more. The incredible thing about these pictures is that looking at them you would never know. The ceremony was moved under the pavilion but it was still a beautiful celebration despite the last minute weather adjustments. We loved celebrating with the families again but we also loved watching all of the vendors come together to make their day flawless.

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For more photos from Alex + Cortnie's wedding click here.

Vendor Team

Photography Cameron and Tia

Venue Legacy Hill Farm

Dress The Wedding Shoppe

Planning Ashley Skeie Events

Flowers Ashley Skeie

Hair Simply Done by Allie

Make up Anna Joy

Catering This little Piggy

DJ Adagio (Kelsey)

2018 in Review

Does anyone else feel like this year flew by? I don’t know if it was the addition of our fourth child, or our busy calendar but I still can’t believe that it’s almost 2019. It was a FANTASTIC year for Ashley Skeie Events. We laughed, we cried, and we witnessed some of the sweetest weddings to date.

Let’s start with our first wedding of the year – it was an actual blizzard on their wedding day. One of those things you pray never happens but you know what, the pictures are INCREDIBLE. The wedding party had no problem standing out in the winter wonderland and our Bride & Groom were troopers the whole day!

Kristen and Luke married 2/24/18 at the Courtyard Marriott | Photography    Tessa June Photography

Kristen and Luke married 2/24/18 at the Courtyard Marriott | Photography Tessa June Photography

Our next couple Madison and Tony they were the sweetest. I’ve never met a more laid back couple. They got married in his hometown church which looked like it could have come right out of a Hallmark movie- small and intimate. They had Boughart donuts at the reception and I can’t even explain to you how amazing their donuts are. I took one for the road

Madison and Tony married 3/24/18 at | Photography by    Russell Heeter


Madison and Tony married 3/24/18 at | Photography by
Russell Heeter

Brittany wasn’t a planning client but we did get create beautiful floral for her! She was so kind and sweet and with her and my husband both being teachers we connected very well! They had a perfect spring day at Almquist Farms!

Brittany & CJ Married 5/12/18 at Almquist Farms | Photography    Twin Cities Collective

Brittany & CJ Married 5/12/18 at Almquist Farms | Photography Twin Cities Collective

Our first “Summer” wedding of the year was Karina & Phillip. Karina and I grew up together and I was so excited not only to plan their wedding but to be able to spend time with their families again. It rained. ALLL day. Which would be the format of almost every wedding to follow. It was not ideal but like true champs they just went with it. They still took pictures outside, still said I do, and danced the night away. The night also ended with cotton candy so who could be mad about that?

Karina & Phillip Married 06/02/18 at Birch Hill Barn |    Photography Sophisticated Grace

Karina & Phillip Married 06/02/18 at Birch Hill Barn | Photography Sophisticated Grace

Our next wedding brought us out to Wisconsin. It was a down home celebration as Stephanie and Brady said their I do’s in their own backyard. The reception then moved on to the local county fairgrounds which actually was an amazing location for their large guest list. Did I mention they had a cheese curd bar? Yes, you read that right. CHEESE CURDS. When in Wisconsin! They both were so sweet and we felt like family all day!

Stephanie and Brady Married 6/23/18 at Pince County Fair Grounds | Photography    Amy Wolfe

Stephanie and Brady Married 6/23/18 at Pince County Fair Grounds | Photography Amy Wolfe

We love being at Camrose Hill in Stillwater and we were so excited to be back for Maren & Even! The first thing I remember about their wedding was her dress. It was a very NON traditional dress that she found on a whim. It was stunning and looked like it was made just for her.

Maren & Even married 7/7/18 at Camrose Hill |    Photography by Sophisticated Grace

Maren & Even married 7/7/18 at Camrose Hill | Photography by Sophisticated Grace

Another floral client of ours was Ashley- she was getting married in Lutsen and let me say- her wedding was stunning. We didn’t see it in person but we got to re-live it through pictures!

Kara & Michael married 7/14/18 at Machine Shop | Photography   AJ Tamari (Onona)

Kara & Michael married 7/14/18 at Machine Shop | PhotographyAJ Tamari (Onona)

Every year we get so excited to be able to work at new venues in the twin cities. This year we got to be at the Machine Shop. This wedding will go down in history as the best Mother of the Groom speech. Plus, if you’ve never been around an Italian family you NEED to stat. I wanted to be adopted by them because they made us all feel so special!

Samantha & Wade married 08/04/18 at The Hutton House | Photography    Monique Pante   l

Samantha & Wade married 08/04/18 at The Hutton House | Photography Monique Pantel

What happens when two hockey players fall in love and get married? A very large bar tab –Kidding, sort of. These two knew how to party and it showed. Meeting Samie was fate and we were so fortunate to have her fall in our lap (figuratively speaking). Not only did we help plan their big day we also got to create their floral pieces as well. Give me peonies any day and I’ll be a happy camper. These pictures speak for themselves – it was a beautiful day.

Katie & Dan Married 9/7/18 at TPC | Photography by    Michael Anderson Photography

Katie & Dan Married 9/7/18 at TPC | Photography by Michael Anderson Photography

Katie & Dan processed down the aisle to the Star Wars theme song- you love them already, don’t you? They were so fun and laid back and it carried through the whole wedding day!


It was a rocky road for Charlie & Emily. First, their “new” venue never got built like promised, and then their officiant backed out a month before the wedding. All was taken care of when their wedding was moved to the beautiful Lafayette club and my husband married them (he’s ordained). When my husband gets to perform a wedding ceremony we get to know our couples on an extra special level and they hold an extra special place in our hearts. Their day ended up being beautiful. Not a cloud in sight for these two love birds.

Paige & Jake married 9/15/18 at Wayzata Country Club | Photography    Eric Vest Photography

Paige & Jake married 9/15/18 at Wayzata Country Club | Photography Eric Vest Photography

If I could pick a strong “Wedding planning talent” for Maddi it would be planning the details. This girl was incredible at thinking out what she wanted, where she wanted it, and everything was cohesive right down to the napkins. You could tell that these two were IN. LOVE. From the first look to the last dance they had stars in their eyes. The day was a refreshing breath of air. I remember it perfectly since the fall had been anything but ideal but we finally had it- SUN. The sun came out for their day and it was perfect!

Amanda & Jake Married 9/28/18 at the Grand Event Center | Photography by Matt Sowa

Amanda & Jake Married 9/28/18 at the Grand Event Center | Photography by Matt Sowa

When you ask the Bride & Groom what their favorite movies are and the Groom says Lion King and the Bride says the Purge- you know you have a good match. These two were the sweetest and had us laughing all day. It was more than worth the drive to round lake to celebrate with them. My favorite part was when they washed each other’s feet at the ceremony. If you remember this Fall was the worst Fall I can remember. It was FREEZING, and they said I do outside, next to a lake. IT. WAS. COLD. They persevered and washed their feet anyway and it was a very sweet moment to witness.

Amy & Tyler Married 10/28/18 at Dellwood Country Club | Photography    Megan Tetzloff    +    Sarah Fuller

Amy & Tyler Married 10/28/18 at Dellwood Country Club | Photography Megan Tetzloff + Sarah Fuller

Proof that love can come to you at any Age – Teresa & Jim! Early on in the planning process they had mentioned that their only concern was the dancing. They only wanted to dance. They were not lying. These crazy cats could get down. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a dance floor packed from start to finish. We had a great time creating a beautiful day for them!

Katie & Alex Married 12/08/18 at The Hutton House | Photography by    Sophisticated Grace

Katie & Alex Married 12/08/18 at The Hutton House | Photography by Sophisticated Grace

We don’t play favorites but we can firmly say that we saved the best for last. We can say that because Katie is one of our own, and when one of your own gets married you do all the things! This day may forever be one of my favorite weddings. The day was flawless and beautiful. We cried happy tears and danced to “I wanna dance with somebody” the song we secretly dance to at weddings in the background but this time we were front and center and it was the best moment (for me). Fun fact: Katie was my very first employee that I hired and I am so happy that we were able to execute such an amazing day for her and Alex!



Next up was Amanda & Rambo. These two were complete opposites, which in my personal opinion, is the best match. Amanda was refined and outgoing and Rambo was mostly quiet in our meetings UNTIL he hit the dance floor – then the real Rambo came out!

Amanda & Rambo married 3/10/18 at Paikka | Photography    Nylon Saddle

Amanda & Rambo married 3/10/18 at Paikka | Photography Nylon Saddle

Our first brunch wedding was with Carrie & Andrew. The day started early but feed me bacon and pancakes and I’ll get up at any time! They had an intimate wedding followed by a delicious brunch reception at Medina Country Club

Carrie and Andrew Married 4/21/18 at | Photography by CeCe Boyle

Carrie and Andrew Married 4/21/18 at | Photography by CeCe Boyle

I’ve never met anyone more organized than Janine, except for her Mom, Janet. From our first initial meetings to our final meeting when I was presented with a packet of information down to the napkin fold I knew I had found my people. The day was perfect- the trees were in full bloom and it was picture perfect Spring day – even the weather couldn’t have been planned better. My favorite part of the day was the father daughter dance- they took dancing lessons and Blue Water Kings Band accompanied them- I’ve been obsessed ever since. Also, her dress is an all-time favorite!

Janine & Dan Married 5/18/18 at Interlachen Country club | Photography    La Vie Photography

Janine & Dan Married 5/18/18 at Interlachen Country club | Photography La Vie Photography

What’s better than new clients? Repeat clients! Last September we got to celebrate with Matt & Sam and it was amazing. We were thrilled to hear that Matt’s brother, Alex, popped the questions to Courtney and were ready to work with us too! Again, it rained… and not just any rain it was a FREAKING Tsunami. But you know what? It was the best day. All of the vendors jumped in to help with whatever was needed all with smiles on their face. It was SO, SO fun! This is also where we met our now employee Brittany who was a bridesmaid and a kick ass planner now!

Cortnie   & Alex married 6/9/18 at Legacy Hill Farm | Photography    Cameron & Tia

Cortnie & Alex married 6/9/18 at Legacy Hill Farm | Photography Cameron & Tia

From my first meeting with Anne and Brian I just wanted to be their best friends. Do you ever meet people like that? That make you feel like the coolest person in the room? That’s how they made me feel. They were married on the rooftop at Abulae and the sun shined down on them! We didn’t do any planning for them but we were so honored to be able to create their floral pieces for their big day!

Anne & Brian married 7/6/18 at Abulae | Photography    Spicy Meatball Photography

Anne & Brian married 7/6/18 at Abulae | Photography Spicy Meatball Photography

Ashley & Matt Married 7/13/18 Lutsen, MN | Photography by    Sophisticated Grace

Ashley & Matt Married 7/13/18 Lutsen, MN | Photography by Sophisticated Grace

Camra & Scott Married 7/20/18 at Bunker Hills | Photography by    Sophisticated Grace

Camra & Scott Married 7/20/18 at Bunker Hills | Photography by Sophisticated Grace

Camra would come in a close second to being the most organized bride we’ve ever had. She is a teacher, and it showed. The day was flawless thanks to her preparedness. My favorite take away from her wedding would have to be the centerpieces. Why you ask? Because each centerpiece was a smorgasbord of mini desserts and let’s just talk about what heaven probably looks like. Each guest was delighted to see that they had dessert waiting for them at their table and I can almost guarantee that some of them ate dessert first, but life is short, right? Fun fact: Camra is now a part of the Ashley Skeie family and will help assist with weddings this coming year!

Meghan & Kailin married 08/04/18 at Ambiente | Photography by Ka Vang

Meghan & Kailin married 08/04/18 at Ambiente | Photography by Ka Vang

On the very same day we got to celebrate Meghan and Kaillan. Jaycee took lead on this day and since I wasn’t actually there in person I can’t say my favorite moment but leading up to their wedding they both were so care free and their main focus was ensuring that all the guests had a great time. Looking back on their gallery I can say they achieved j

This was the year of out of town brides. Katie lives in Colorado but is from MN originally. They were married at Gale Woods Farm with goats and sheep in the background. It was a HOT day but they were ready to party no matter what!

Katie & Evan married 8/18/18 at Gale Woods Farm | Photography Tony Sou

Emily & Charlie married 9/8/18 at Lafayette Club | Photography by    Sophisticated Grace

Emily & Charlie married 9/8/18 at Lafayette Club | Photography by Sophisticated Grace

I’ve never cried more happy tears at wedding (including my own) than I did at Jake & Paige’s wedding. I think I cry more now that I have my own daughter and seeing the relationship that Paige had with her Mom, Kay made me see what my life could be like down the road. The day was incredible. Every detail thought out and no spot was left undecorated. The father of the Bride speech left everyone in tears and the wedding party was made up of the best friends anyone could ask for. I only pray that my own kids will find a tribe like they did that supports them so well.

Maddi & Chris Married 9/22/18 at Villa Belezza | Photography by    Sophisticated Grace

Maddi & Chris Married 9/22/18 at Villa Belezza | Photography by Sophisticated Grace

Our final wedding weekend of September brought us down south starting in Northfield. We had never been there before but we knew we were in for a treat as this couple was anything but traditional. They got married in an old theater and partied the night away to the Blue Water Kings band. Complete with gourmet donuts and a 10ft CD Wall for pictures the day was stunning!

Maclane & Bryce Married 9/29/18 at Round Lake Winery | Photography by    Sophisticated Grace

Maclane & Bryce Married 9/29/18 at Round Lake Winery | Photography by Sophisticated Grace

Amy & Tyler- SWOON. We get excited for all of our weddings but Amy brought us to the next level. She was so happy and excited for her day to get here and we felt the joy and anticipation during the planning process. The day was so fun and we felt very lucky to be a part of their big day. The Groom, Tyler, brought us to happy tears during his speech. He was so thankful for US but we are the ones who are thankful for THEM!

Teresa & Jim Married 12/01/18 at The Four Seasons of Rush Creek | Photography by    Sophisticated Grace

Teresa & Jim Married 12/01/18 at The Four Seasons of Rush Creek | Photography by Sophisticated Grace

Boho Wedding at Birch Hill Barn

If you live in MN you know that our summer and fall this past year were anything but ideal. The summer was wet, the fall was cold- not the weather we are used to. The morning of Karina & Phillips wedding was cloudy. We all hoped and prayed for sun and watched the clouds by the hour.

The rain soon came and stayed almost all day. Not ideal for a wedding day but man- these photos make up for it. There is nothing better for a photographer than an over cast day (except maybe an unplugged ceremony).

Despite the weather the day was perfect. They took pictures outside inspite of the rain and looking back on these pictures now you would never know that it was cold and wet.

The wedding flowers were made up of mostly assorted eucalyptus greens (Seeded and silver dollar). We added a focal Protea and hanging amaranthus to the brides to make it pop a little - still on trend with her boho wedding.


This wedding may go down in the books as the best first look. These two were serious goals.

The tears continued through the ceremony where the Bride & Groom were married by the Bride's brother in law. The ceremony was thoughtful and full of love.

For the ceremony floral we did an elegant arch swag that included a king protea, spray roses, amaranthus, campanula, and eucalyptus. The same arch piece was later reused on the sweetheart table! We always try and reuse as many pieces as possible!

After the ceremony the party got kicked into high gear with liquid motion slinging drinks in the lower level of the barn. The clouds did eventually open in time for sunset photos and outdoor play! The guests danced the night away and enjoyed not only cupcakes but also cotton candy!

The day turned out beautiful and we loved being able to celebrate with Karina & Philip! We can't wait to be back to Birch Hill Barn!