summer engagement

Mallary & Steve | Crosslake Engagement Photography

This session is what we'd consider the epitome of a Minnesota summer day! It also just so happens to capture the essence of Mallary & Steve's typical summer rendezvous during any free weekend they may find for themselves: at their cabin, cocktail in hand, Bonzer pup at their sides, and celebrating all the good things in life. 

Steve is the (very patient) man who helped Aaron and I search for our first home for 3 years. 3. YEARS. He has a passion for all things classic and we had a dream of our ideal home - and he helped us pull the trigger on the perfect house for our vision! Now I get to return the favor by living out my passion for capturing couples exactly as they are (and exercising my own patience while Steve took his time obsessively cleaning his boat before our session ;) ), and I can easily say this evening was a highlight of my summer. These two are incredible individuals who come together through thick and thin to make a stellar team. Mallary & Steve: thank you for being who you are, unashamedly. Thank you for letting your laughter come freely and for giving me this opportunity to capture you at one of your favorite places!

(p.s. to all you readers... That house we found?! I'm hoping to share photos of our half-year-long kitchen renovation in the near future... so stay tuned!)

Mandy & John | Minneapolis Engagement

When my husband and I got married almost 5 years ago, we moved to Minneapolis into the most charming four-unit apartment building by Lake Nokomis. In the craziness of our moving in, amid boxes everywhere and wet paint on the walls, the sweetest girl with an equally sweet (freshly-made) loaf of banana bread knocked on our door to extend a welcome to the building. Her bright smile alongside the cutest neighborly gesture is something I've always been grateful for, and Mandy immediately made my hubby and I feel even more excited about moving to the "Big City". Since then, we had the pleasure of getting to know her and her fiance John - together they make one of the kindest and most adventurous couples I know. They have since moved to North Dakota and I couldn't be more thrilled that I get to travel to the U.S./Canadian border this fall for what is sure to be one of the most welcoming and fun weddings I've ever photographed! Their day can't come soon enough - but until then, check out how sweet these two are; especially making music together. Some of my favorite images I've ever taken!! :) 

Erica & Chris Engaged

I truly couldn't have asked for a more beautiful night with this sweet couple!! That golden light makes me swoon -- add in one of my favorite locations and a stunning couple and I am totally in love!! Luckily, I don't have to wait too long to photograph these two again because their wedding is less than TWO weeks!! For now, you'll have to be content with seeing Erica in this gorgeous white dress until the real one comes into play!! :)

Ariel & Nick Engaged

Because WHY WOULDN'T I take advantage of my favorite 10 days of summer and do an engagement session at the Minnesota State Fair?!?! I have been trying for the last 4 years to get a fun, sweet couple to do a session there, and I think the patience served me well because Ariel & Nick couldn't have been the more perfect couple for me to get the chance to do this with!! I am so in love with these photos that I can barely stand it. I am so in love with this COUPLE that I can hardly believe I get to work with them throughout their engagement and into their wedding day. How incredibly awesome it is to watch this stage of people's relationships... love is so, so sweet. Add some Sweet Martha's Cookies to the mix and I'm almost in over my head. 

....Almost. ;)