Tina + Tom // A North Shore Black Beach Elopement

Do you ever just close your eyes and remember what it feels like to have the waves crash against your skin? The water, so immensely powerful, yet also a source of serenity. Your desire for embrace grows, your yearning for freedom intensifies, and your craving for...everything overwhelms you. There are numerous experiences that have this same impact - hiking through the woods, jumping off a cliff, maybe even perfecting a new recipe or falling in love.

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More often than not, it seems falling in love creates this sensation the most. This is primarily why we feel so lucky to capture weddings and help people share their love stories because we get to witness this passion for people, life, and love. Sometimes people build and grow by being playful and having an all around raging celebration, while others let it speak through the intimacy and romance of their union.


We designed Tina and Tom's styled elopement on the black beaches of the North Shore in Minnesota to elicit every emotion an individual could experience, wrapped into one breathtaking day. As the wind blew through the intimate getaway, Tina and Tom used it to intensify the feelings and emotions of the affair. Tina embraced the windswept hair, the overturned table settings and crashing of the waves as they moved higher up the shore.

The entire day we knew there was one thing to be true - they would both leave the entire world behind just to be with each other. Witnessing this love and passion, capturing the intimacy and romance, and sharing their story is an experience we will never forget. It amazes us when we walk away at the end of the day, and even we were changed and inspired by everything we were a part of.

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Spoiler Alert: Her dress got very dirty by the end. Are you afraid to get dirty?

Your dress shines bright on one day, why not let it display each step of your adventure…needless to say, we promote fearless adventures and capturing even greater experiences.

Photography: Flow Event Group + 42Foto | Styling: Laine Palm Designs | Floral: Lilia Flower Boutique | Gowns: The White Room | Makeup: Tina Beaupre

Brittany + Chris // Engagement Session at Tattersall, Bauhaus, & Izzy’s Ice Cream

This is my life. This is it. This might be all there is. You’re going to be okay. You don’t have anything to worry about. I know you’ll still worry but hopefully less now. I love a lot of things. It never made sense to me to have limitations on your love. Make your cup runneth over. I know it’s always on your mind. LOVE. You know it exists but seems impossible to find. You find a form of it and think “maybe this will work.” I love that about you. Thinking you can outsmart love itself. You’ve learned it doesn’t work that way. It doesn’t bend to your will like so many other things seem to do. It’s elusive. The most amazing things in life are. In the mean time, you may ask, “what do I do now?” Stay the course. Make that cup of love runneth over. You’ll still get some crap for this philosophy. In the end, you’re right and everyone who’s awareness is late to the game on this one will be envious they missed out on all the joy. You got this. I have all the faith in you. And if you don’t have this, I wouldn’t worry too much anyway. I mean remember last night? She asked what you do. You’re tired of your answers. You make wedding magic. I know you need an Oscar as well but all in good time. Instead last night you responded “Yoga Instructor.” I mean it’s true. You’ve taught like 10 classes. You touched your toes and smiled and that was it. Maybe she is LOVE? Who we kidding. She’ll forget who you even were by morning. Was it dream? He couldn’t have been that funny. Luckily for you - you are that funny! 

Do you ever write yourself letters and read them years later? I clearly do. This is an engagement. It was so fun! We biked there for the shoot! Included a Faraday in the photos for the first time. I love that bike! It’s like riding a dream on clouds with bomb pops in your hands on a hot sunny day and a cool mist of rain comes at the right time to cool you off just perfectly. It’s so much more than that but we have a word count here. I love this couple. I am doing the photography, video and DJ for their wedding in the Black Hills in October. It’s going to be gorgeous! I like them a lot and I love engagements where we just go out on the town. The shots are so much more real. Those pictures are from real moments with real laughter and most importantly, real ice cream! Yes, those are their hands scooping their own ice cream. This is how we roll.

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Olivia + Addison | Vali-Hi Engagement

As a photographer, you have one very important decision to make. You have to select what the color green is to you. It’s like some photographers have been hit over the head and are now blackmailed to kill color. I haven’t been hit over the head yet. I’ve seen the green in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland where the waterfalls masquerade through the sky. I walked the trails as hundreds of them fell, water misting off into the golden hour sun. I remember the trees. We sat underneath one at the base of a fall. Standing underneath the falling water a rainbow appeared around me. I could see the pot of gold at the tip of my fingers. The tree before me glistened in green. I can see everything about it now. I remember thinking how I’d never really seen green before. 

This is that green. This the way the light shined. The setting was their favorite date. The gorgeous red truck, mixed with their dog and a drive-in movie. It doesn’t get more nostalgic than this for a summer night. I love everything about it. I ate a lot of popcorn and had to buy the dollar dog, actually two! Engagement shoots feel so natural when you pick something you love to do and emerge yourself into the experience. We are there to simply photograph you in your element. Olivia and Addison are shining here!

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Kallie + Tom | An Encompassing Celebration

A Wedding. An Event. Moonlight Waterskiing. They all have one thing in common. They go a lot better when no one else is in charge, but me.

Kallie and Tom had a unique genius in their wedding planning. They wanted to do it all. So that’s what we did. We started in a gorgeous suite in downtown St. Paul with exploding champagne, and a trolley packed with all of the items they desired. We cruised. They let us pick the destinations. This makes us happy. From an urban wall, to being lost in the woods by Lake of the Isles - let’s have fun and take some pictures with all our favorite people. That’s what we do. We are having so much fun! We even hit moto-i for a cheers on the rooftop, symbolizing the place where Kallie and Tom all began.

I can’t understate the extreme popularity of this couple. People love them. The crowd felt like everyone was injected with the same happy pill. I’m currently in talks with Pfizer on its creation. Custom ordered Juicy Lucy’s were served to the guests by Blue Door Pub. They didn’t offer us any ketchup, mustard or condiments. It’s okay though - I used it as a lesson to my team about what it’s like to rough it. I just felt bad for the cow that knew a perfect dip or aioli would’ve satisfied the experience so much more. Rest in Peace dear cow, you will still be remembered. I can’t be involved in everything. I mean my DJ brought in the florals (as pictured - looking good, Lance) he killed it per usual. We danced. A spontaneous limbo line appeared. The vibe, the energy, the celebration of a couple that is in love, it encompassed us all. I stayed til the very end. I didn’t want it to end. It’s the way you want every wedding to be.

On the drive home, I tried to describe the explosion of happiness that I was experiencing. I could only come up with one comparison... it was midnight, there was a full moon, the lake was glass, we waterskied, clothing was optional, the wind, the feeling of the ski cutting through perfect glass... The memory came rushing back and the inspiration was tonight!

Photography: Flow Event Group | Videography: Flow Event Group | DJ: Flow Event Group | Bridal Suite: Intercontinental Hotel - St. Paul | Ceremony: Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church | Special Stop: moto-i | Reception: Harriet Island Pavilion | Food: Blue Door Pub |  Florist: Olive & Jack | Dress: The White Room | Makeup: Sarah Nelson | Hair: Erin Gonsior

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Samantha + Tyler | Sandpearl Resort Beach Wedding | Clearwater Beach, Florida

Life is a hill that we climb. We all climb it. And on this trek we climb in order to seek out the best ideas for living that we can. As I climb, I notice many things but one idea seems to stand out. With each ascension, as I learn something new, meet someone new, experience something new, I learn that this hill we climb must not have a set destination. When I was young, I had goals, ambitions, desires and now some of those goals have been achieved, some ambitions recognized, and some desires realized. Yet, each time I climb and see from the top of my current peak, something new happens within me. I see something I didn't see before. I feel inspiration. This inspiration gives life to more ideas and now I have created new goals and motivations to keep climbing. 

Life is a hill that we climb. One thing is for certain. It is a much more enjoyable climb with someone that we love. For me, it's been the most important thing in my climb. Most of my climb has been on the search for love. Love makes it better. I learned on my climb when I didn't find it, I simply had to create it. Love is like a bouquet of a thousand roses and each petal gives more insight into the beauty of the next. Sami and Tyler leave petals following them as they walk. They are love. Tyler just has to scratch Sami's back and she melts. Tyler would do anything for Sami. Together they ran up the hill (we had those nasty spurs in Sami's feet to prove it)! She didn't even complain once. Love can clearly overcome everything!

Photography, Videography, DJ // Flow Event Group

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KDWB Star Party | The Life of a Rock Star

I still dream of being a rock star. I'm not sure that dream will ever fade nor should it. Being a rock star is the pinnacle of everything. You stand on stage, cut your heart open and let it bleed on the floor for all to see. We, the audience, can connect to this. We can judge it. We can celebrate it. We can ravish in the freedom and happiness it delivers. It's a unique and beautiful experience. Over the past 15 years, the stardom created by our rockstars has grown even more. The take off of the festival scene has made DJ's gods. Being a DJ since I was 15, I always figured we should be gods. After the flow of alcohol the next most important thing is the music! Music is the one bond that connects us all. It rises above politics and petty differences and creates a dream world. I, for one, have no problem living in this dream world. I love it and I can never get enough of it.

Running from the floor to backstage for photos at Myth Nightclub in Minnesota, I all of a sudden got the feeling of being in the Wizard of Oz. Peaking behind the curtain can demystify the experience of the rock star. You talk to them and they are just like everyone else. I get the impression that some are struggling far more than me. What is it that makes up a rock star, I pondered. If you inspire me, you are a rock star. If you challenge me and open my mind to better ways, you become a rock star. It got me thinking about the stage and all the fans screaming out my name for more. I haven't filled a stadium, but I did keep a captive audience at the dinner table for 10 minutes once. Maybe to scale, we are all rockstars! Overall, it's all relative about the number of people who are cheering us on. All that matters in life is that you get up on stage and open your heart for all to see. Show your passion. Show your talent. Dance like AJR. Drum like Nia Lovelis. Swoon your audience like Niall Horan. Shake it like Tinashe. Show us your pain like Julia Michaels. Make us smile like Kyle! Show everyone that you are here to party like Flo Rida. If you do all that - you are the rockstar!  

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2017 | Being in the Flow

In all my years... and shockingly I’ve had quite a few of them by now, I’ve never had a year where monstrous changes didn’t occur. I used to go to a coffee shop every Valentine’s Day by myself and write ‘my year in review.’ I honestly couldn’t even recognize the man from the year before. So much changed. I read another book - changed my life. I met a different person - changed my life. I had a different job - changed my life. Year after year, I kept evolving and growing and each new version of myself that was created became so much more... aware. I think that’s the best word for it. Awareness can’t be taught. The subject of the idea itself means it has to be experienced. 

If understood fully, awareness is akin to finding nirvana. It’s the balance of faith, hope, meaning and reason all wrapped up into the exact moment you’re living in right now. The goal is never to forget it and to live in that state of mind infinitely. Every year, I get a little bit better. Each new experience gave birth to a new awareness and an understanding I can’t imagine I ever got by without. So here I am now. 10 years since Flow started. People have come and gone but the Flow has always stayed the same. With our wedding this weekend on the sunny beaches of Clearwater, Florida - it makes our 1000th event! It’s fitting that I’ll be running photography, video and DJ for the celebration. As Liam Neeson said in Taken, “I do have a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a valuable asset for every event worth celebrating!” I added in a twist at the end.  I began this journey by pulling off things others thought was crazy or impossible. Doing it all became part of my new normal. Thankfully, 10 years later, I’ve added on a team of celebrities in their respective field. Somehow, everything came full circle and I’m truly thankful. The next 10 years will bring about even more change. With these changes will be more excitement, more adventure, and events that not only create and capture the imagination but begin a whole new story that we each can call our own.

This is “our year’s favorite moments” with many more to come! I included a best friend who I lost to cancer, another best friend’s wedding day, adventures overseas, oldies but goodies, first times and last times, and falling in love. And most importantly a child’s perfect moment of GLEE! After all, being in the Flow is to be truly happy, challenged and ecstatic about the moment you’re living in right... NOW!


Anya + Slav | How wild and free do you want to be?

North Shore Elopement 

The Minnesota wedding season is right around the corner. Everyone knows you never know what you're going to get in this atmospherically wild and crazy state. In fact, this coming weekend our clients are now planning for a winter wonderland wedding in mid April! 5-8 inches are on the horizon. With weddings you want to plan for everything and most importantly enjoy what you get and maximize all the creativity you can from what Mother Nature gives you. In this gorgeous and romantic elopement shoot we were given overcast skies on the black beaches of the North Shore. I prefer to capture the moment as it is and then help it take off! You may want a light and airy themed day or a moody romantic day in your photos and while our intentions can always be grand, in reality we want to live exactly in the moment that was given to us. This shoot has all the feels with great contrast that lends itself innocently to this young love.

I often think about what wedding I like best. Do I want it big or small? Do I want an intimate or an affair worthy of Gatsby? I'm also the worst to ask because I want them all. I'm reminded of a Two Door Cinema song here... anyone? :) You see, I want both! Most people and budgets call for one or the other. So, pick wisely. There are naturally pros and cons to each. I will tell you what I love about the small and intimate is that it can truly be anything you want it to be. Do you want caviar with your closest 6 on a private beach with no one else in sight? I've done this it was amazing! Do you want to run wildly along the water's edge like this is your own world made just for you? I liked this a lot too! The seclusion of this shoot reminded me of a conversation I had with a woman in Bali last week. She said she loved Bali 4 years ago because she could run on the beach naked and she felt like the whole island was hers. Now others have joined her on this beach so she's in search of her next location where it can be just her and the world. Ask yourself these two important questions and then plan from there. One, how wild, authentic and free do you want to feel on your wedding day? And lastly, who is this wedding really for? You'll plan everything right if you start there! 

Couple: Anya Skorykh and Miroslav Skorykh | Styling by: Laine Palm Designs + Flow Event Group | Gown: The Wedding Shoppe | Makeup: Tina Beaupre | Florals: Lilia Flower Boutique

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Sami + Tyler | A Minneapolis Engagement Session

This is what happens when a Minnesota Viking's Cheerleader falls in love with a hard core Green Bay Packer fan from Iowa! Love and rivalry unite in chemistry that makes this fall engagement shoot sizzle. We can't wait to shoot their wedding in Florida next year on the Gulf Coast. 

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Hannah + Brian | Set Your Path Right

Autumn Engagement Shoot

Sometimes a walk on the beach is all you need to set your path right! I met Hannah exactly that way. Myself and two friends just took a walk on a sunny day in Cancun. From that moment on a great friend for life was made! We went out to their land near Spicer, MN for this outdoor engagement shoot. We went to the lake, made a fire up on the hill, did some off roading with the four wheeler and watched the sunset fade into the countryside. I love sunsets! Enjoy :)

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