I love these two and their whole family. We hugged, we laughed, we cried. It’s true. And they’ve remained great online friends since the wedding. Their wedding was bursting with love and joy. It’s what you hope for with every wedding.

We started off with a summer engagement shoot in Maclay Gardens. We met very early in the morning and stuck to the shade as much as possible. Even with that, these two a smiling and looking fabulous while we were slowly being drenched in sweat.

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I know – they’re the cutest. All dapper and in love. There’s more of this ahead as we look at their wedding. They styled it with rich peacock colors.

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Know what’s extra special? When the groom designs the engagement ring. Good job, Mike! Bonus: the center stone is Alexandrite and shifts from green to pink depending on the light. It’s stunning!

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Kirsten’s dress was covered in lace and looked like a pale pale green or grey depending on the light. I adore the deep pink ribbon with and sweet floral Manolo Blahnik shoes.

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I just adore photos of the bride as she gets ready.

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That is one happy momma!

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Just a reminder of how stunning those shoes are…

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Mike & Kirsten opted for a First Look. If you’ve been wondering what they are, it’s when a couple decides to see each other alone before the ceremony. They’re always beautiful, intimate, and filled with loads of emotions. As a bonus, you can go ahead and shoot many of your formal portraits so it’s easier (and faster) to move into the reception.

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This little dude just wasn’t having it. No children were harmed in the making of this wedding photo.

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Guys, it’s favor time – please make a large print of this and pull it out for her wedding one day. It’s a precious moment! And it will make future me cry.

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My favorite parts of the ceremony? The couple each being walked down the aisle by their family and Kirsten’s minister father conducting the ceremony. Pssst…my dad is also a reverend and I hope one day he’ll do the same for me and my sister.

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Pssst – their wedding food was so wonderful it was featured in an article in the Tallahassee Democrat!

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Thanks to you and your family for inviting me along for your lovely wedding day! Best wishes for a happy future!

Venue: Lieto Fine Farm, Monticello, Florida
Bridal Gown: Theia Bridal
Bridal Heels: Manolo Blahnik
Bridal Boots: Ariat
Catering & Bartending: Truly Scrumptious, Thomasville, Georgia
Flowers: purchased from Costco and arranged by the bride and groom
Cake: Tupelo’s Bakery, Monticello, Florida
Engagement Ring: designed & created by Paul Vermylen III

Sainte-Chapelle is a royal chapel and within walking distance of Notre Dame. It was begun in 1238 and a stunning example Gothic architecture. My favorite part is the vast collection of 13th century stained glass. I stood in awe in this space for well over an hour. I cannot suggest it enough if you get the change to visit Paris!

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Once I finished my doctorate I decided to revisit Paris. I studied abroad there in 2000 when I was a wee lass and just beginning my college education. It was a wonderful time and Notre Dame was one of my favorite places to visit.

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Big bada boom! I spent the 4th of July in Minneapolis. We went down to the river area (near the old Pillsbury factory/plant) to watch the fireworks and eat fried cheese curds. Can we please import fried cheese curds from the Midwest? I don’t know how the South hasn’t started frying these little white gold nuggets (we fry everything else though!).

I used this as a chance to break out my camera and play with some long exposures using a Neutral Density filter. Props to my Joby GorillaPod tripod! Thanks to it I was able to secure my camera to a very sturdy and stable iron fence.

The fireworks this year were also a tribute to Prince and included segments from 15 of his songs. For a special bonus, it was also very windy and a cool 76.

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Hope you enjoyed your celebration! Happy birthday, America!

One of the first things my friend said when I was situated in Minneapolis was, “Prep your gear. We’re going to see my friend’s band tomorrow.”

Turns out it was the CD release party/show for Highchair Kings at Nomad World Pub. Opening for them was Mary Bue. She’s a singer/songwriter from Duluth who has made her was to Minneapolis. She has an EP available for pre-order and in other exciting news she’ll be spending 3 months in 2017 as the Artist in Residence for the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico. Congrats to Mary! Listen to her latest work on SoundCloud.

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Highchair Kings play in the key of ROCK (or much more specifically, they’re Alternative Noise Power Pop). Anyone who references Aimee Mann and American Music Club’s Mark Eitzel are winners in my book. For bonus points, the song #STUMPS was written in reference to an exchange singer/songwriter Trevor Lettman had with the previously mentioned musicians over Twitter.

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I’ve been listening to them since the concert and I’m falling for their lyrics and arrangements. It feels both fresh and familiar at the same time. But don’t take my word for it, listen for yourself on SoundCloud.

Thanks to both bands for a great introduction to the Minneapolis music scene!

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