Rachel + Jon's Wedding Photography | Golden Valley Country Club

To start the day off, Rick was shooting Jon and the groomsmen getting ready at Rachel and Jon's venue, The Golden Valley Country Club.  Meanwhile, I was with Rachel, who was in Plymouth getting ready with her girls at the home her and Jon are creating together.

It wasn't hard to see that it was a home filled with love, beautiful photos blown up into large prints and canvas from their engagement session could be found sprinkled throughout their home, and the giddiness from her bridesmaids couldn't be more obvious! 

After getting ready, everyone was brought together at the Golden Valley Country Club!  Golden Valley isn't known to be a particularly popular place to go for photoshoots, but Rick and I had scouted out some amazing hidden spots the day prior.  We found a hidden tennis court at an old apartment building that was overgrown with ivy and various other unknown to us foliage, Rachel was a little bit scared at first, but Jon held her hand and the look of fear on her face from the potential of snakes quickly turned into sultry looks of love. 

Being a part of a wedding filled with as much love (and as many speeches that make you ugly cry) as Rachel and Jon's always makes my heart feel a little bit more full at the end of the day.  Enjoy their wedding photos and let us know which are your favorites in the comment's below!

Wedding Photography: Flow Event Group

Wedding Venue: Golden Valley Country Club

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Rachel + Stephen | Bearpath Golf and Country Club Wedding Videography

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Back in 2013, Stephen was my intern and now I was just his wedding videographer last July!  Rachel and Stephen's wedding was an absolute fairytale (a rage type of fairytale at that).

Recently I have been asking clients if they want to be rockstars for their wedding video or if they'd like me to make them cry (happy tears of course). Having personally worked more than 580 weddings (that is an insane number isn't it?) I'm fairly confident that very few people have seen as much as I've seen or analyzed as much as I have analyzed when it comes to the wedding day and receptions. With all of these weddings under my belt, I have never gotten burnt out or tired of weddings (a very rare trait in the industry).

As people can testify, I'm attempting to bring all the fun, positivity and creativity into each day that I can possibly imagine. I attribute this to the fact that I, myself, never want to be bored. And a wedding is always filled with exciting, passionate, emotional and legendary moments. The key is that you have to be excited about finding each and every one of those moments and then be even more excited about extracting those moments and making them really shine! 

When I met with Stephen and Rachel they said they wanted to be rockstars. And there were moments of tears, laughter, smiles and a kid who could out dance any other human ever! And through it all, I kept thinking how do so many other photographers, videographers, or DJ's ever get bored in this industry? I have only come to one conclusion - they just don't love LOVE anymore. I love LOVE and here is a video showing some legendary love! 

Location: Bearpath Golf & Country Club

Video: Flow Event Group

Amy + Aaron | Lowertown Event Center Wedding Videography

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Amy & Aaron's St. Paul wedding day started us out at the University of Northwestern. We had the opportunity to shoot throughout their beautiful campus and under one of my favorite windows of all time outside the church. I've shot ceremonies there 3 times in the past year and that window just inspires me every time. I've learned I really like beautiful windows. After the couple sped off in their gorgeous car we sped off behind them for a jaunt through downtown St. Paul. We brought out the video drone for their arrival and got some of my favorite shots in the park just outside their reception hall. They ended their evening dancing the night away with our very own Flow DJ's spinning the party tunes!

Rachel and Jon | Golden Valley Country Club Wedding Photography Previews

We decided this year that we wanted to surprise all of our couples with a little preview of their beautiful day just a few days after their wedding! Rachel and Jon are currently celebrating their life and relationship down at the Grand Wailea on Maui, Hawaii! Here are a few previews for them to share together while basking in the island sun! PS. I really love suspenders. I think I'll wear more suspenders in my future now.

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Katie + Mick | Cafe Lurcat Wedding in Minneapolis

Katie & Mick gathered their families together for an intimate ceremony on the patio of Bar Lurcat in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The rain sprinkled off and on throughout the day giving us the opportunity to take a romantic walk in the rain. After all, some people walk in the rain and others just get wet. If we were getting wet, we barely even noticed. The laughter was audible, the champagne was flowing, the Sea Bass melted in your mouth. After the dinner and toasts concluded, the celebration opened up as 125 of Katie & Mick's closest friends flooded in for the open bar and passed appetizers. The classic, romantic style of Bar Lurcat is near impossible to beat! Here are a few of our favorite previews from last weekend!

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Katie + Mick | Downtown Minneapolis Engagement Shoot

We met up with Katie and Mick at Sea Change in the Guthrie Theater for their engagement shoot.  While finishing up her glass of wine, Katie giggles and began to tell us how she hopes we get at least 3 good photos of her and her fiancé, Mick.   

We assured Katie and Mick that with their good looks, we would definitely capture at least three perfect photos.  We crashed a picnic that was being had by two teenagers (thanks @giannagabriello - the pretzels were fantastic), danced in the streets, played with glass mirrors, caught the perfect downtown sunset, and headed to Blarney's on Washington for some after shoot snacks. We ended up hanging until 11:30 at night - a fairly typical Flow engagement shoot. Enjoy below.  

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Angel + Brian | Minneapolis Engagement Photographer

Some engagement shoots revolve around the location, others, optimal lighting. However, Brian and Angels was truly all about their cat!  A magical cat that's spoiled beyond words by it's parents!  We were able to capture shots of the precious feline and one with the OneWheel (see below).  

This Uptown couple wanted a shoot that was a reflection of their lifestyle.  We started out cozied up in their Walkway Uptown apartment and ended the shoot by jumping into the pool.  We always like an adventure and this engagement shoot pulls you right into the life of Angel and Brian!

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Lizzy + Mike | Boom Island Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

We were with Lizzy & Mike from the beginning when they were searching venues and trying to get the people who run bookings at the Minneapolis parks to call them back. This wedding was a perfect example that with a little extra work you can really stay within your budget and create everything you want for your wedding day! 

The wind was the strongest we've ever seen (in Minneapolis any way) with gusts hitting 40mph. My motto is to turn every aspect of your wedding day into a positive. The winds meant more dramatic shots with an 8 foot veil ready to fly away at a moments notice. And it certainly did fly. The moment I arrived, a bridesmaid offered me a glass of Prosecco. I knew they were doing their day right instantaneously. We had a party bus, cooler stacked and we went on an adventure throughout the city. The day was setup so everyone could relax and enjoy themselves and that helped us catch some of the best authentic moments of the year. 

A Boom Island ceremony on the river led to a bash all night on the deck of Darby's in the North Loop! For good measure - we had to stay all night so we could capture the sparkler send off too! It was such a spectacular evening!

Photography: Flow Event Group | @FlowEventGroup

DJ: Flow Event Group

Photo Booth: The Live Booth | @TheLiveBooth

Ceremony: Boom Island

Reception: Darby's

Smore's: NorthMallow 

Floral: Sadie's Couture Floral

Dress: Posh Bridal Couture  

Day of Wedding Coordinator: MH event production  

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Lizzy + Mike Preview's | Northeast Minneapolis Wedding Photography

We always schedule pre-wedding meetings with our photography clients to go over timelines and ideas that we can incorporate into the day (sparkler exits, favorite locations to shoot at, and all of the other fun details!) . Our meeting prior to Lizzy and Mike's wedding lasted a record 4 hours as we talked life and weddings while popping bubbles.  We tackled 90 degree temperatures with gale force winds and ended our evening dancing on the patio at Darby's in Northeast Minneapolis, illuminated by sparklers.  

Lizzy and Mike are such a great couple and we wanted to share a few of our favorites from our adventures with them yesterday! 

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Natalie and Janae' | Hidden Falls St. Paul Engagement Session

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Natalie and Janae's abundance of personality, love, and overall giddiness made for a fantastic engagement session.  Being a wedding photographer based out of the Twin Cities, whenever couples jump at my suggestion to shoot at Hidden Falls in St. Paul - I am thrilled.  Hidden Falls always offers up something different - Natalie and Janae's day was especially beautiful, bright, airy, and lots of pollen floating around signaling Spring.  

I wanted to capture Natalie and Janae's love for each other in both a candid, natural way, and also at times, with a more stylized, fine-art, romantic element.  Hidden Falls unique character certainly came into play in their photos, and our little adventure turned into a gorgeous engagement shoot with lots of sun flares and magic!

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