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Daniel and Amanda | A Snowy Minneapolis Proposal | Stone Arch Bridge

When Daniel contacted me a couple weeks ago about a proposal, we had no idea that today was going to be a little bit frigid to say the least!  Daniel and Amanda have been dating for 5 years, to the day actually!  And they had planned an anniversary trip to Minnesota from their home town of New York.  They were coming to town to see a favorite band of theirs play over the New Year’s weekend.  And since they had actually met at a concert, it seemed like the perfect weekend to propose.  Daniel had researched locations in Minneapolis online, since he had never been here before.  And he really liked the look of the Stone Arch Bridge.  After several days of emailing and texting back and forth to make sure plans were set and details sorted, the day was here!  And I might mention that during the planning process, Amanda had seen the forecast and when Daniel said he wanted to walk on this bridge, she said ok, but she wanted to wear a ski mask!  Luckily, Daniel’s mom gave her an adorable poofy white hat for Christmas so she opted for that instead!  The windchill was -13 below when I headed to the bridge, but I was pretty sure that Amanda would forget how cold it was once she saw the reason for the walk. And even though it was hard to see her expression when he popped the question, due to the winter gear, there was no doubt when he pointed me out to her that she was one very happy lady!!  She could hardly take her eyes off the stunning Veraggio ring that Daniel had picked out at HL Gross Jewelers with the help of her cousin.  We grabbed a few quick shots before she had to put her gloves on to avoid frostbite!

Meeting them in person was even better than what I knew of them through emails and texts with Daniel.  They are the cutest, sweetest couple!  And I couldn’t have been happier to have been out in the cold to capture this moment.

Daniel and Amanda, I hope the love and happiness you’re feeling today multiplies a hundred times over in the coming years!  And I’m hoping our paths cross again sometime too!  Have a wonderful New Year’s weekend!!  XOXO

Kayla and Eric | A Snowy Fall Wedding

Kayla and I had chatted a couple times during the week leading up to her wedding, and she was a little hesitant about the snow in the forecast.  But Kayla is one of those people that always looks at the bright side and has one of the most upbeat, positive personalities I have ever met.  She was marrying Eric and knew they would be surrounded by so many people they loved.  Nothing was going to change that.

Kayla and Eric met in 2010 through friends.  But while they went on a date and really enjoyed each other, distance kept them apart. They lived a few hours away from each other. So it wasn’t until a year later that they had their second “first date”!  Kayla said she felt so comfortable again and knew it felt right even though they still had the distance to overcome.  There were a lot of miles travelled the next couple years so they could spend weekends together.  Many of them were spent in Alexandria as Eric’s mom battled cancer.  It was during this time that Kayla realized what an amazing man Eric is.  “The love he had for his mom and how sweet he was to her was so heartwarming.  That was the first time I really thought, ‘he is the one.”  Eric’s mom passed away in 2012, however I know I’m not the only one who felt her presence throughout the entire wedding day.

The small amount of snow that had fallen had stuck just perfectly to the trees.  Between the fall colors and the snow, it was so beautiful.  And as Kayla and Eric read their notes to each other after their first look, it looked like a scene from a movie.

One thing that I learned in the last year since getting to know Eric and Kayla, aside from the fact that they are two of the sweetest, most genuine people you will ever meet, is that their families are really important to them.  So of course they played a huge part in their wedding day.  Their nieces and nephews were flower girls and ring bearers, cousins, an aunt and siblings were part of the wedding party and handed out programs, Eric’s uncle played the bagpipes as they left the wedding ceremony and Eric’s aunt, stepmom and sisters shared the mother-son dance with him. The day was full of so much love and joy.

I have no doubt that Judy was looking down on you with incredible pride, Eric and Kayla, and sending you all of her love.  Your wedding day was exactly what dreams are made of.  Love you both!  XOXO

Bridal Gown | The Wedding Shoppe

Bridal Gown Designer | Blu by Mori Lee

Bride’s shoes | Toms

Groom’s and Groomsmen Attire | Savvi Formalwear

Bridesmaids Dresses | The Wedding Shoppe

Bridesmaid Dresses Designer | Bill Levkoff

Rings | Kay Jewelers

Hair | Angie Richter, Hair on Mane

Makeup | Makeup by Anna Joy

Flowers | Ella Jean Floral Design

Invitations | Magnet Street

Ceremony Venue | Transfiguration Catholic Church

Transportation | Rent My Party Bus

Reception Venue | St. Peter’s Catholic Church

Caterer | K & J Catering

Desserts | Dorothy Ann Bakery

DJ/Entertainment Services | Evolution Entertainment

Photo Booth | Shutterbug Photo Booths