Alyssa & Taylor | Wedding

It didn’t matter that Alyssa & Taylor’s wedding day was overcast and rainy because their smiles and the personalities of their wedding party surely made up for it.  Alyssa and Taylor were married Saturday afternoon in a small Lutheran church located in Mountain Lake, MN.  They celebrated with family and friends, and danced the night away at Comfrey Community Center.  From the few times I’ve met them it is safe to say their wedding was much like them, fun, unpretentious and full of laughter.   Here’s to an amazing life together!

 

(The banner and cross were not intentional, but I do love the symbolism).

 

 

And for all you fans of the movie Bridesmaids you’ll appreciate this next photo, requested by the bridesmaids themselves. Nice work ladies.

 

 

 

Kelly & David ~ Minneapolis, Wedding

Ok, confession time. When I heard Lakewood Cemetery was the location for Kelly and David’s wedding I was a little nervous, and there may have been visions of the wedding party intermixed between headstones replaying in my head.  But let me tell you, the Lakewood Memorial Chapel and surrounding grounds are one of the most beautiful places I’ve discovered here in the Twin Cities.  However, the beauty of this chapel was nothing compared to the radiance of Kelly and David’s smiles as one of them would ask the other, “Do you know what today is?” and the other would answer “Our wedding day!”  The beauty of the day continued into the service which was a wonderful reminder of God’s plan for marriage, and that despite the beauty of the day-it was just a day.  That the colors, the make-up, the hair, the gorgeous surroundings were all just details in a day that began a life together, a life united in a God who designed each detail in loving perfection.  May God continue to bless you two on this beautiful journey! Enjoy the previews below:

Amanda & Philip {Wedding}

Amanda and Philip were married on a beautiful Sunday evening in Fargo, ND at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. It was a wonderful day spent with their family and friends as they committed their lives to each other.  Amanda and Philip’s story began about four years ago when they met and began dating during their freshman year at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN.  Anyone who has spent time with these two could attest to the fact that they belong together.  Their story is a terrific reminder of God’s design in everything.  Amanda is a Florida girl who came to the North to pursue her calling to be a Director of Christian Education.  Philip is a North Dakota boy who came to Concordia to play baseball and explore his love of Math and education.  Two different cultures, two different personalities, one  shared faith in a God who was directing their steps to one another.  Who knew that while God was growing and maturing each one separately, that He was also preparing them for each other and a life of love, joy, forgiveness and ministry?  Amanda and Phil, I know that God’s hand is at the center of your life together, that He will be guiding your marriage and ministries as you embark on this next adventure.  My prayer for you is that you find shared joys, forgive when necessary and that through the demands of life and churchwork you continue to trust God to guide you, and give you his peace and assurance.  Thank you for blessing me and everyone else who was able to be part of your day.

And a few quick shout outs:  to my awesome assistant, Kaysee, thank you for all the help with train fixing and lens changes! And to the fantastic group of groomsmen and bridesmaids! Thanks for making it a fun day!

Emily & Tyler {Maple Grove, MN Wedding}

Many words could be used to describe Emily and Tyler’s wedding…beautiful, loving, unique, thoughtful,  but none would do justice to just how amazing their day was.  It was a joy to witness the love shared between Emily and Tyler, not to mention the love their family and friends shared for and with them.  Their ceremony was a beautiful reminder of the grace-filled love given to us through the waters of holy baptism.  Their reception was a fun-filled celebration of their new lives together.

Thank you Emily and Tyler for including me in your day, and being an amazing example of a Christ-centered marriage.

Here are just a couple highlights from this beautiful day: