Jon + Ashley // A Paynesville, Minnesota Wedding

So I have definitely been off my blog "game" and I apologize to you avid followers -- BUT, the good news is . . . I've got lots of images stocked up for sharing over the winter months! I have recently been busy getting images out the door to clients, scheduling and attending meetings with next years couples, planning out my 2016 goals list, working my weekday Real Estate Photography job, annnnd gearing up for winter, all while working on the house with Darin. And honestly, so so much more. I am thrilled and incredibly excited to share some home updates with everyone including before and after pictures!!! That will come VERY soon :) 

But before that, I want to share a one of a kind wedding with you. Jon and Ashley came to me about 2/3 years ago asking for wedding photography quotes. A few emails back and forth we set up a meeting date and they decided to seal the deal and sign up with me! I took their Engagement photos in a beautiful park in St. Cloud during the summer of 2014 and quickly came to realize how sweet of a couple they are. I have known Ashley for years -- we actually met on the school bus . . . crazy, right? Little did we both know we would be chatting wedding dresses, decor & locations a few years later. 

When their big day finally arrived I was eager to see the whole day in it's entirety; planned, decorated, organized and in total bloom. And boy was the day ever in it's fullest of blooms -- the temperature that bright September day reached what felt like 95 degrees! Bug Bee Hive Resort was buzzing with excitement ( pun intended ) and everyone was carefully prepping for the hours ahead when I arrived.


As I witnessed the day unfold I was in awe of how lovingly Jon would look at Ashley, it was like he just knew how to be the most amazing groom to his bride.


My favorite part about a wedding day is not only getting to take part in and photograph everything behind the scenes, but to actually see the love between a bride and groom -- this was something that was completely raw and evident on September 5th, 2015. As you scroll through bits and pieces of their special day, I think you might just agree with me.

Congratulations Jon + Ashley!

Marriage looks great on you :D 


Until next time! 





Venue: Bug Bee Hive Resort, Bridal Gown: Alfred Angelo, Hair Stylist: Beyond Basic Salon, DJ: Bellagala, Minister: Marilyn Blumhoefer

Brandon + Paulette // A Whimsical Rustic Inspired Wedding, Rice Creek, Minnesota

Life has been a whirlwind lately. Including new sessions, wedding days, meetings, working on the house after work along with the typical normal day to day things. But today I have a little extra time to sit down and reminisce on one couples special day. My heart is fluttering as I am finally able to release these images into the world. 

I had the pleasure of celebrating Brandon and Paulette's wedding day while also celebrating my 26th birthday! It was a bright sunny morning as I pulled onto the dusty road towards Rice Creek Hunting and Rec. Center.

I've known Paulette for years through high school and some of the summer plays we were involved in together . . . we won't be discussing my short and embarrassing acting career. Anyways, I was thrilled when I received a call from her asking if I would be available for her wedding day. Emailing and messaging for a few months about the little details, I knew this was going to be one I didn't want to miss! 

The details speak for themselves <3

Here are the highlights from Brandon and Paulette's beautiful day! 

Before we get too far, a special shoutout goes to Mary with A Helping Hand Wedding Decor & More for helping Paulette design almost every single detail! She does amazing work -- be sure to visit her page and give her some love. She is a wonderful lady. 

And of course, no wedding is complete without a photobooth! Thanks to Mary for all of your fabulous items! 


As always, thank you for visiting! 





The Creative Team behind the scenes: 

Photography -- Amber Rae Photography

Decor -- A Helping Hand Wedding Decor and More

Florist -- Blais Designs

Venue -- Rice Creek Hunting & Recreation

Ceremony Piano -- Adam Kroll

Music -- Sound Trax DJ