Stephanie & Brian's Lake Minnetonka Boat Cruise Wedding

H2O. Water. Brian and Steph love it. Which is why they opted for a ceremony overlooking Lake Minnetonka, a quick ride on Brian's fishing boat, and a reception on Lake Minnetonka. They also had a lot of rain, which they didn't plan for or want. But, sometime's wedding days just don't go as planned and you have to roll with it. Thankfully, we had periodic moments without rain and enough time to enjoy the scenery and make some pretty rad images. Thanks, Steph and Brian. You embraced the day your received and made the most of it, with joy. 

Laura & Ladd's Campus Club Wedding

There were so many intimate, powerful moments during Laura and Ladd's wedding day. Ladd was in a serious car accident during their relationship and it felt like the gravity of the day and the fragility of life were truly felt. I can't thank the Campus Club enough for letting us out on the roof that night. You can tell by the photos, Laura and Ladd soaked up those moments, watching the sun go down and the photos from that time are some of my favorite of all time. This was a wedding from 2016, and I can't believe I hadn't blogged it. Thanks Laura and Ladd. Your openness and vulnerability with each other in front of the camera was truly inspiring. 

I'm currently taking bookings for 2018 and 2019 and with over 100 weddings under my belt can't imagine stopping. But, I need your help. Do you know someone engaged or soon to be? If they would be served by honest, discrete documentation of their wedding day and relationship,

I'm here. 

Thanks for the support, friends.    

Jessica & Scot's Stout's Island Lodge Wedding

Most photographers have a local venue they frequent. You make good connections with the staff and other couples see your photography from previous weddings you've photographed there. Its a cycle that tends to create momentum. Aria is a local Minneapolis venue I've never photographed for a wedding one of my own couples has booked. But, its one many of my photographer friends have frequented. It can be hard to break into a venue if enough great photographers have worked there. Stout's Island Lodge is a venue I didn't even know existed until a few years ago. After photographing my first wedding there and having that wedding published on Wisconsin Bride's website, I started getting more and more inquiries to go back. In 2017, I took the ferry across Red Cedar Lake and docked at the boat house for 3 separate weddings. I can't think of a better place to call "my most frequented wedding venue." I spent a lot of my childhood fishing, hiking and exploring the Northwoods of WI. I love the area. My Grandmother lives 8 miles from the dock to get to Stout's Island Lodge. It fits me perfectly and feels like home. I love it.

Jessica and Scot wanted a destination wedding for all of their closest friends and family but not the hassle of a destination wedding. There is something great that happens when people travel out of town for a wedding weekend. Whoever commits is usually really excited to get away and when a bunch of people, who are in this sorta mood, get together to support a couple and celebrate with everyone else, its a great recipe for photos. If you are considering moving in this direction for your own wedding, I would highly recommend it. You'll have a blast. 

Here's a collection of photos from Jessica and Scot's gorgeous island wedding. Thanks for the support everyone. I'm so thankful you are following along and spreading the word. I cannot do this without your help.