up north

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!)

Chelsie & Mike | Madden's on Gull Lake Wedding

The Brainerd Lakes area has always had my heart, so getting the chance to travel Up North for the wedding of Chelsie & Mike was an extra special opportunity for me to capture love and spend some time in a place that I love. Madden's has undergone some incredible facelifts in the past year due to some severe weather that came through the area, and WOW was it ever a stunning place to photograph!! C&M are made for each other, their families and friends are a joy to be around, and I am just so happy that I had the chance to get to know this amazing couple through this crazy time in their life together. Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Gontarek!! You deserve every ounce of happiness and love that you felt on your wonderful wedding day.

Venue: Madden's on Gull Lake, Bridal Gown: The Wedding Shoppe, Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal, Guys' Suits: Men's Wearhouse, Bride's Shoes: Kelly & Katie @ DSW, Wedding Rings: Shane Co. , Hair and Makeup: Breanna @ Simonson's Salon Spa, Florals: Bloom Designs, DJ: Midwest Sound, Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas