Married! // Ryan + Jana

 

Ryan and I go way back. He's been a great friend of mine for years and is also an assistant photographer on our team, so he might look familiar to some of you! For as long as I have known Ryan, he has always said that there is only one woman he would ever marry - his best friend Jana. 

Until a few years ago, Jana lived in Texas and the two have literally been the best of friends their entire life. Life happened over the years - jobs, relationships, wonderful children and moves across the country - and all along these two stayed in touch. When it became known that Jana was single and moving back to Minnesota, I think everyone in each of their lives raised a little eyebrow and wondered if the two would try dating. 

As it turns out, the timing of life couldn't be more perfect and Ryan and Jana sparked an incredible romance. I couldn't be happier to photograph their wedding day - we've all been through a lot of life together and this was one big celebration to capture! Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson!

LOVEe

Married! // Joanna + Jordan

 

Joanna and Jordan are a couple who make you believe in love. They truly adore one another and it's so sweet to watch them together. Another thing I admire about this couple is how they are truly their own and do what is right for them. The couple decided to have a private church ceremony with close family the evening before their big day and what was really cool is that on their planned wedding day, they recognized they were already married. The ceremony that took place at The Machine Shop was lovely - their parents gave speeches, Jordan and Joanna read their promises to one another and they lit a unity candle. It was a true celebration of their love and in such a relaxed and thoughtful way. 

There was a joke going around that Jordan and Joanna had the best First Day of Marriage ever and I couldn't agree more! It was such a special moment and we feel so lucky to have witnessed their love! Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Stang!

LOVEe 

VENDORS//

Venue: Machine Shop

Event Planning: Beth at Kismet Weddings and Events

Catering: Deco Catering

Floral: Studio Emme

Tables: Rudy's Rentals

Band: Blue Water Kings

Lighting: PHOS

Linens: Linen Effects

 

Married! // Kellee + Tom

 

I love Kellee and Tom's Knoxville wedding for so many reasons. First, I feel like photographing this wedding was very serendipitous for the couple and I. Tom and I met probably close to 10 years ago, while at a photo convention in Las Vegas. I volunteered a couple years in a row for a company that Tom worked for and we all had the best time - and geeked out a lot over old film cameras. It was at one of the trade shows in Vegas that Tom mentioned his girlfriend Kellee and that she was really something special. He also mentioned that if he ever got married in life, he would love me to photograph his wedding. (This is the biggest compliment I could ever receive!)

This brings me to the second part that I love about this wedding. All of these years later, I received an e-mail from Tom that he had proposed to Kellee and asked if I would be their wedding photographer. I was beyond thrilled, because I totally remembered how truly excited he was about her all of these years. 

The third reason I love Tom and Kellee's wedding was the fact that it was a true pleasure to get to know Kellee more and them as a couple. Their story really came full circle with a wedding in Knoxville, Tennessee, which is where the couple first met. It was a destination wedding for almost all of their guests and they had special, personalized moments along the way. Kellee's friend married the couple and their dog Maggie made appearances in literally almost every photo of the day. It was a gorgeous wedding and you could really feel the love that had grown between all of their family and friends over the years!

Tom and Kellee, thank you for inviting Liz and I down to photograph your wedding and for letting us shoot ALL those rolls of film! We're excited to see where life takes you two!

LOVEe

VENDORS//

Venue: Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum

Wedding Planning & Design: Honeybee Events

Dress: Allure Couture

Hair & Makeup: Amanda Maddox Salon

Suit: Banana Republic

Flowers: Honeybee Events

Catering: Buddy's Bar-B-Q

Cake: Litton's Market, Restaurant & Bakery

DJ: Ogle Entertainment

 

Engaged! // Raquel + Jared

For those of us who have been to Chicago, we know how magical that city is. Raquel and Jared met one night out on the town and literally the rest is history! She is a beautiful, sweet woman who definitely found the man of her dreams in Jared and I am so very excited for their wedding! 

Raquel grew up in Minnesota, so the couple is coming home to get married! We ventured downtown for a Mill City engagement session and it was the perfect day! Can we also talk about how fun Raquel's dress is? Swoon! 

Congratulations to Raquel and Jared on their engagement! 

LOVEe

The Machine Shop

The Machine Shop is the newest - and hottest - wedding venue in Minneapolis. We had the pleasure of photographing a gorgeous wedding a few weeks ago and though we are keeping most of the images private, we did want to share some of the stunning details!

When it comes to planning a wedding, couples spend so much time and energy into designing the look of their day. They also place a lot of trust in their vendors to make their vision come to life. That is part of the reason we credit all of our vendors in each blog post - we know they have given their time and talent to create and amazing space for us to photograph and for the couples to experience the best day of their life!

This wedding was nothing short of stunning. Scroll down to see the vendors who created such brilliance!

LOVEe

Engaged! // Katie + Travis

Katie and Travis have whatever it is. You know, that unexplainable thing that you see in couples and it is what we all strive for. It's a deep connection, a sense of respect, a great sense of humor and that little something special that brings it home. It's inspiring is what it is. I love the way that Katie and Travis talk about one another and spending time with them during their engagement session left me feeling all sorts of special to document this time in life for them.

So, without further adieu, here are some of my favorite moments from Katie and Travis's engagement session! I can't wait for the wedding!

LOVEe

Married! // Caroline + Will

Caroline and Will were married this weekend in Minneapolis! Their ceremony took place surrounding Loring Park - with their ceremony at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral and their reception continued at the new wedding venue, The Loring Social. Will and Caroline are such a thoughtful couple and always, always having fun. Throughout their wedding day, there was a theme that kept popping up and it was this: It's all of the small things in life that really matter. It's all of the small moments that are part of the bigger story of our lives. 

I love this. Will and Caroline met at a bar one random night in NYC. Will was simply had his hands full, bringing back drinks for his table, and Caroline offered to help. Call it fate, but it was a moment in life that could have seemed very small, but ended up being so much more. 

I've always been fascinated by how people come in and out of our lives. I feel this connection with many of my wedding clients, which makes photographing weddings that much more meaningful. 

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Geiger!

LOVEe

Married! // Sara + Jeff

Where do I possibly begin this blog post? Sara Montour came into my life years ago and she quickly became one of my best friends. We have been through some LIFE together and who would think that within the same year and a half, we would both fall in love and decide to get married within two months? Not us - at all. But life has a funny way of bringing the perfect people in at the right time and I think that is true in both our friendship and when Sara met Jeff (aka. Hat). 

Jeff is the steadfast home to Sara's wanderlust heart. He is not afraid to jump in the car on a whim to travel and Sara agreed to get a Costco membership. (Hint: We all knew this was serious when Montour started going to Costco.) They started their family by bringing Wyatt, their giant Newfoundland puppy, into their life and all throughout the time they have been together, I have never seen Sara more happy than this! 

It's a special thing to be a part of weddings, but when your close-personal-friends get married, it is even more humbling and great to be a part of. Sara is an amazing photographer herself and it meant the world to me to photograph her wedding day! I also got to shoot alongside my other best gal, Liz for the first time and it was So. Much. Fun. 

Sara and Jeff had the perfect wedding for themselves. They got ready together at their home, while records played their favorite music. (By the way - Sara's dress was handmade by her wonderful sister / designer Kyra Deva). Next up was a quick stop in the forest for their photos and then we were off to get LewTour officially married. They invited all of their close family and friends to Bauhaus Brewery for a  quick ceremony - and then it was onto the games, beer, food and fun for everyone! Congratulations to Sara + Jeff - we are all SO very happy for you!

LOVEe

Engaged! // Joanna + Jordan

 

Jordan and Joanna are a wonderful couple. Their happiness and positivity just make you smile and seeing the two of them just naturally puts you in a better mood. The couple met in college and have been having fun together ever since. We waited (literally) almost all winter to get the perfect snowy day for their engagement session and it was so worth the wait! We spent some time with their gorgeous Chocolate Lab, Ryder, and ventured into their neighborhood of the North Loop! 

Congratulations to Jordan and Joanna on their engagement! I am so excited for you two and can't wait for your wedding this fall!

 

LOVEe

Married! // Tia & Cory

 

I first met Cory years ago at a networking event - and anyone who knows Cory knows that he is ALL about networking. Cory is a guy who does it all. He is always on a bike ride, kicking ass at work, running a race or picking up a hockey game. I think all of his friends had the thought at one time or another - who is going to ever keep up with him? The moment I met Tia, I knew she was someone special...dare I say THE special girl? She definitely is. She is the perfect match for Cory and it has been so cool to see their relationship grow. When they asked me to photograph their wedding, my answer was immediately yes! 

In true Cory and Tia fashion, their wedding took place in the mountains of Breckenridge, Colorado, so we could all go on vacation and have the opportunity to do something extreme and sporty. They also decided to get married on Cory's birthday. When I heard the plan, I again thought to myself - this is perfect for them. Tia is originally from Colorado and Cory's father has taken him skiing in Breckenridge since he was 6, so the mountains and a winter wedding were the perfect fit. (Do you see a trend - everything is a perfect fit!)

I was honored to photograph this wedding. The day started out with a small, private ceremony in a historic church. The couple then went on to have a second ceremony at The Lodge, overlooking the mountains with all of their family and friends. It was an unforgettable weekend and I couldn't be happier for the new Mr. and Mrs. Vandenberghe!

LOVEe

Married! // Emily + Chad

 

Emily and Chad technically met when they were young - like real young. Their families have nostalgic photos of these two all the way back to preschool, but the two moved to different schools in 2nd grade. It wasn't until they were adults that Emily and Chad reconnected and became a couple - and now husband and wife!

Emily grew up as a figure skater and has gone on to coach and even start her own business as a designer for figure skating apparel. The theme of her life is Winter Sparkle, which also became the theme of her wedding! It took place at Calhoun beach club and was simply a magical winter wedding!

Congratulations to Emily & Chad!

LOVEe

 

VENDORS//

Venue and Catering: Calhoun Beach Club and D'Amico Catering

Event Planning: Lasting Impressions Weddings

Florist: Arts and Flowers

Hair & Makeup: Brett Dorian Artistry Studios

Cake: HyVee

Dress: Romona Keveza from L'Atelier Couture Bridal

Videography: Snowshoe Productions

Ceremony Musicians: Lake String Quartet

DJ and Lighting: Instant Request

Best Moments of 2016!

2016 was an amazing year for us! We photographed some absolutely amazing weddings and had the best times with our clients. We launched our new website and also introduced new branding for all of our companies! To top it all off, our sister company, Rivets and Roses had their best year ever!

I wanted to take a moment to look back at the 2016 season and share some of my personal favorite images from each wedding. Once they were all selected, I realized my favorite images are still deeply rooted in moments. Moments that we can't predict and pictures that might not be technically perfect, but you can feel exactly how it felt to be in that space. 

There are so many reasons why I love to photograph weddings, but working along side my team to document these days is always what keeps me coming back. A big thank you to all of our clients for an amazing year - and congratulations to you all!

LOVEe

 

Married! // Kim + Jake

 

Oh man, I don't even know where to begin in speaking about Kim and Jake's wedding! After a GREAT season of weddings, this was our last wedding to photograph for the year and it ended on an EPIC note. Kim and Jake hosted their wedding at the Grandview Lodge, so all of their guests from near and far had a weekend getaway in Northern Minnesota. The weather was perfect, the leaves and season of fall was in full effect and the sunshine gave us some amazing light.

Beyond the setting, there were many Jewish wedding traditions that took place and made for some absolutely unforgettable moments. If I could describe this wedding in one word, it would be celebratory. Everyone was so deeply happy and joyous for Kim & Jake and also so thankful to be a part of this time in their lives. 

I couldn't think of a better way to round out the amazing year we have had with all of our couples. To Kimmy and Jake - thank you so much for inviting us to document this day. You are an amazing couple who is going to go so far in life and I can't wait to see where all of the adventure takes you!

LOVEe

 

VENDORS//

Venue and Catering: Grandview Lodge

Dress: Mira Zwillinger from L'atelier Couture Bridal

Event Planning: Allie Markman, Divine & You 

Florist and Event Design: Bloom Designs

Stationary: Spark Letterpress

Decor: Dee's Decorating, Linen Effects and NP Event Space

Videography: Ladd Films

Entertainment: Northstar

Dessert: Edible Art

Ketubah: Alexandra Minkoff

Popcorn: Maddie and Maize

Lighting: AVEX

 

 

 

Married! // Samantha + Bryan

 

From the moment that I met Samantha and Bryan in the studio, it was clear to me that they had a love that inspires everyone around them! I have been looking forward to their wedding ever since that day and it was even better than I could have imagined! It was a day filled with romance, gorgeous scenery and celebratory moments! It was such a pleasure to document this day for Samantha and Bryan and I am just so so so thrilled for this couple!

LOVEe

 

VENDORS//

Ceremony + Reception Location: Mayowood Stone Barn

Dress: Che Bella, Alvina Valenta

Suit - Macy's

Event Coordinator: Letecia Holter of Ardently Yours

Florals, Lighting and Linens: Fox & Fern Floral

Cigar Bar: Fox & Fern Floral

Hair and Makeup: Lindsey Weber and Rachel Notch of Hair District, Maple Grove

Catering and Bar: Canadian Honker

Cake and Dessert Table: Top Tier Delights

DJ and Photobooth: Wedding Day DJ's

 

Married! // Adell + Curt

 

Adell and Curt's wedding took place on one of the most beautiful days of late / summer early fall. The weather was gorgeous, the sun was shining and the colors were lush. The couple chose Hennepin Ave. United Methodist Church, which matched the beauty of the outdoors for their ceremony. The reception took place at the Town & Country Club and it was simply stunning! I am so very happy for Adell and Curt! I wish you all the best in your new life together!

LOVEe

 

VENDORS//

Ceremony Location: Hennepin Ave. United Methodist Church

Reception Location: Town & Country Club

Coordination + Floral: Artemisia Studios

Hair & Makeup: Bb Makeup

Cake: Cakes by Jan

Videographer: Capture the Moment Productions

PHOTOGEN INC. // New Brand Identity!

 

Brand identity by dschwen

I am super excited to share the new identities of all of our companies! This is our eleventh year of business and as our work and businesses grow and become more refined, so do our brands. Last year, we took on the big project of updating all of our websites and this year brought along the next phase of that project, which was to unify all of the brands. We worked with the brilliant mind of David Schwen of Dschwen to bring this all together and I am SO happy with how it turned out! Each company still has it's own individual presence, while still feeling cohesive with all we do here in the studio. 

PHOTOGEN INC. is a luxury wedding photography brand that takes me around the world to photograph weddings.  Our sister company, Rivets and Roses, is an affordable wedding photography studio, serving the Midwest and features the work of 6 different artists. Part of the new identity was creating branding that separated the different price points and client base of work. As PHOTOGEN INC. grows, it has become more grown up and refined, while still staying a bit badass. The Rivets and Roses brand took on a friendlier font that is more approachable! 

You can check out all of our other brands at the sites below:

eliesaconsults.com

eliesajohnson.com

rivetsandroses.com

Married // Marcus + Katherine

 

Marcus and Katherine met while studying abroad in Sweden - he was from Germany and she was from the United States. Over the course of their relationship, they effortlessly committed to long distance, until finally moving to Minnesota to officially start their lives together. The couple's wedding took place in Katherine's hometown of Duluth and many of Marcus's family and friends traveled from Europe for the festivities. 

I absolutely loved their wedding weekend. It was full of culture, fun stories, boat rides, great people and one absolutely stunning wedding. Marcus and Katherine are a gorgeous couple, but the moments of their day was what got me the most - and what I enjoy most while looking through their photographs. 

Congratulations to Katherine and Marcus on tying the knot and starting your next adventure!

LOVEe

 

VENDORS//

Rehearsal Dinner : Vista Star and Duluth Grill

Ceremony Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Reception Location: Kitchie Gammie Club

Day of Coordination: Yana at Northland Special Events

Bride's Dress: Sareh Nouri at a&be Bridal Shop

Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo

Groom's Tux: Hugo Boss, straight from Germany

Groomsmen: Zara

Cake: The Exchange

Florals: Kelly Hurley and Sara Balmer

Graphic Artist / Print Designer: Kim Wickman

Carriage: Top Hat Carriages

Live Band: Johnny Holm Band

German Band: Jolly Huntsmen Polka Band

Reception Lighting: Duluth Event Lighting