Brian and Mary | Minneapolis Proposal | Mill Ruins Park

Brian emailed me in September and explained that he was planning to propose to his girlfriend on their 4 1/2 year anniversary and wanted a photographer to capture it.  I was so excited to be a part of this!!  When we met, Brian told me a little about his girlfriend, Mary and how she loves the city and he’s more of a nature person.  So, he had chosen Mill Ruins Park in Minneapolis as the proposal spot.  He thought it was a good mix of both of them.  We walked around the park a couple weeks before the date and picked “the spot” and even had a plan B if the weather didn’t cooperate.  Little did we know that on October 20th, it would be 75 degrees, sunny, and the fall colors would be at their peak!  If this day was any indication of their relationship, it’s nothing short of the best love story EVER!

Brian had planned a nice date so Mary thought they were going to the park to have a picnic of cheeses, go out to dinner and then to see Romeo and Juliet at the Guthrie.  As they walked down the path, it was pretty easy to pick them out.  Brian was very handsome in a nice jacket and slacks, holding a picnic basket in one hand and Mary’s hand in the other.  And Mary was so beautiful as she strolled alongside him.  As they started down the walkway, Brian set the picnic basket down and took Mary’s hand and started talking to her.  As I watched the expression on her face, it was obvious she was starting to realize this wasn’t going to be just any date!  And by the time Brian got down on one knee, the tears were flowing.  Seriously the sweetest moment!

When they were done hugging and kissing, Brian turned and pointed me out to Mary and introduced us.  She was so shocked that Brian had planned this all out, and at that point she wasn’t sure what to believe anymore, so she was even asking “Are we still really going to dinner and Romeo and Juliet?”  The look of shock was only covered up by the obvious pure love and happiness she was feeling. Oh and then there’s that ring!!!  Oh my goodness!!  It was the most beautiful array of diamonds and rose gold I have ever seen!! Brian did a very, very good job.  And also a shout out to Lindblom Jewelers in Wayzata.  We spent a little time walking around the park and taking advantage of the beautiful weather and colors.  And as I left, they started making phone calls to their family and friends between tears and laughter.  Brian and Mary, it was such a joy to meet both of you, and I will remember this day forever!!  Happy wedding planning!!!  XOXO

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Doug - Congratulations to you both! What beautiful pictures. We’re so happy for you!
Love, Doug, Jacq and Jake.

Anna and David | A Romantic Small Town Wedding

David and Anna’s love story started 2 years ago when David’s sister, who works with Anna (an emergency room pediatrician), asked her if she would consider going on a date with her brother.  They set up an afternoon mini golf date and David and Anna realized they really enjoyed each other’s company.  Their second date was to the Minnesota State Fair.  And it’s there that David kissed Anna for the first time.  One year later, it’s also where David proposed to Anna.  And a year after that, brings us to their wedding day.

This day could not have been more beautiful and romantic.  As I drove to Plainview, MN, it really took my breath away how amazing the corn fields were against the blue sky and fluffy white clouds.  While it was a little warm for the end of September, (I think we hit 90 degrees by afternoon!) David and Anna’s wedding day was an absolute dream.  I knew the venue was Anna’s childhood home and where her parents still live.  Anna had mentioned there was “a cliff and a big tree”, but as I arrived at the address and drove down the long driveway, I seriously stopped my car 5 times to take photos!  It was absolutely stunning!  I can’t imagine the fun of growing up on this property, and then marrying the love of your life there.  There was a beautiful moss and tree covered cliff, an open field and a babbling brook leading up to the enormous oak tree that David and Anna were married under. Anna’s dad had grown pumpkins and gourds to use as decorations throughout the wedding and reception, and family members had spent the previous couple days decorating with candles hung from the tree, various signs, scarecrows, and much more.  So many personal touches that made this day special.  One of my favorites may have been when David and Anna chose to light a bonfire, rather than a unity candle during the ceremony.  Would you expect anything less from a fireman?

When I asked each of them what they admired most about the other, Anna, replied “his kindness” and David said “she exudes a sense of we are in this together”.  Always remember those two traits.  They will lead you to a long and wonderful marriage, and I couldn’t be more happy for you guys!  Love you both!  XOXO

Bridal Gown | The Wedding Connection

Bridal Gown Designer | Morilee

Bride’s Shoes | Tieks

Hair and Makeup | Urban Village Salon and Spa (Katrina)

Groom’s Attire | Heimes Haberdashery

Wedding Rings | Brent & Jess

Bride’s Bouquet | Handmade by groom’s sister

Venue | Bride’s Parent’s Home

Officiant | Chuck Coggins

Caterer | Southern Smoke and Chrome

Late night corn dogs | Restaurant Depot

Late night Cinni minis | Cinnie Smiths

Dessert Bars | Dorothy Ann Bakery

Invitations | Papercake Designs

DJ Entertainment | Mike Levake, family friend