Stouts Island Lodge Wedding with Katy & Jon

The forecast was for rain. I was bummed. Stouts Island Lodge is a destination venue where family and friends travel to enjoy a weekend getaway. Guests swim, kayak, fish, soak up the sun, read while looking out over the lake, enjoy nature, and experience a slowing down and enjoying friends that is hard to replicate anywhere else in the midwest. Rain just gets in the way of enjoying the weekend. BUT, as often does...the weather turned. The wedding day was gorgeous and was only outdone by how amazing Katy and Jon looked together. Everyone involved pulled off the perfect wedding. Below are a collection of random moments and portraits caught throughout the day.

Bookings for 2019 are coming in, but I still have plenty of availability and I'd love to hear from yah! After 7 years, I'm amazed photography has turned into a career and one I love more now than when I started. Thanks so much for all your support. Literally, cannot do this without your help.      

BWCA Wilderness Trip

At the end of August, I had the privilege of joining a handful of friends on a trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. My previous time up was over 9 years ago, so I felt a bit out of place. But, it was nice to kick off the rust and get back into the swing of canoeing, portaging, setting up camp and surviving out in the wilderness. This trip was odd in that the fishing was so good I didn't do much else. I had plans to do a lot of drawing, reading a favorite book on a newly purchased hammock, and just relaxing around a fire with friends. A couple highlights from this trip were a friend, up for the first time, catching a fish of a lifetime and paddling through an area burned down from a previous fire. Freshly off reading through the Hobbit with my kids and all I could think of was the desolation of Smaug. Here are a bunch of photographs from our trip...some on film, some with an iPhone. Our entrance point was #37, Kiwishiwi Lake.      

Megan & Travis' planned and re-planned Trellis Boat Cruise Wedding

I'm on a roll blogging past weddings so why not keep it up? Megan and Travis had a great wedding. What made it somewhat more interesting was their original plan fell through. They were scheduled to be one of the first couples in a new downtown Stillwater, MN venue, but because of construction delays and miscommunication they were told (with less than a month notice) they would need to find a new venue. CAN YOU IMAGINE? All the planning, invites, rsvp's and general excitement for your wedding, which includes the excitement for the venue you find, because its usually a space that fits with your personality and style. Having to completely start from scratch and find a solution. In the end, you still have a wedding. You are still starting a new life together. Its water under the bridge. But, its a bummer.

I'm thankful Megan and Travis didn't let this affect their actual wedding day and I think the photographs prove it. Here are a bunch of random moments from throughout their day. Thanks so much for viewing. Cheers to plans falling through that make way for something truly beautiful in their place.