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So, Michelle and I go way back.  WAY back, in fact, to when she was in third grade and about 8 years old when I worked at the YMCA school age program in Fargo during my college years.  I had such a fun time working there and when I moved away to go to photography school in Flagstaff, Arizona, I continued to keep in touch with Michelle.  Over the years, and with the help of Facebook, we reconnected in 2010, when she contacted me to take her senior pictures!  Fast forward another six years and here we are on her wedding day to Cody.  I was honored to be able to capture this special day for them!  It was such a beautiful and peaceful afternoon for a farmyard wedding just outside of Moorhead, MN.  Surrounded by their family and friends in a quaint intimate ceremony they said their vows and enjoyed a lovely reception immediately following.  Here are some of my favorites from the day–these two are naturals in front of the camera, that’s for sure!

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Sarah and Andy had a hauntingly beautiful day for their wedding.  And when I say “hauntingly” I think you could also take that literally!  While photographing Sarah’s dress in an upstairs bedroom of the historic 1800s-era Schwyzer Lodge in Sandstone, MN, I caught what some may believe is a ghostly figure in one of the images.  It seemed like a flash of light but when I looked closer it truly resembled a face!  I came downstairs to show the bride and her family and they were amazed and also started telling me some “ghost” stories about the place including some strange occurrences felt by many guests over the years.  It certainly was a unique situation and one I won’t soon forget!  Other than our ghostly visitor, Sarah and Andy had a wonderful gathering of friends and family to witness them sharing their vows at the beautiful Audubon Center of the North Woods which was an absolutely beautiful location on an absolutely beautiful day!  They also had many fun details to accompany the outdoor wedding and reception including an outdoor dance, yard games, and a bonfire.  Here’s a peek at some of the pictures!

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It’s been a LONG time since I’ve blogged.  Instead of going on too much about why that is (having three boys age 5 and under will do that to you!) I’m just going to jump right back in with both feet.  I kicked off 2016 with Michael and Christy’s gorgeous winter wedding at Guardian Angels Church in Chaska, MN.  Micheal’s family are old friends of ours (I grew up going to the same vacation resort Sunset Lodge for many years with Mike’s family) so it was fun to catch up and see how much everyone had grown!  I also met Christy and her family, and they were just as wonderful.  It was a gorgeous crisp blue sky winter day, and the church was still decked out in this amazing holiday decor that just added to the magic of the ceremony.  The reception was held at the Hazeltine National Golf Club, and it absolutely beautiful.  The dance was a blast, and it had been awhile since I’ve seen a group dance that well!  Here’s my favorite shots from the day!

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