Krystal and Patrick were married on a beautiful September day in the state capitol of Minnesota (ten points if you’re not from MN and know what city that is!) at the James J Hill Library downtown Saint Paul. These two, who currently call Chicago home, were set on hosting a classy yet laid back wedding that their friends and family could celebrate together after their long courtship leading up to their wedding. Our Midwest Associate Photographer Abby was there to capture all the action and clearly had a great time working with Krystal and Patrick and their kind crew of friends and family. We are so happy for you, Krystal and Patrick, and we wish you nothing but the best in your new adventure; marriage! Congratulations!
These two. This wedding. If I could have a mini Jen and Dylan to carry around in my pocket all day, I would. That sounds silly, but everyone who knows Jen and Dylan can attest to their ability to make you feel loved, cared for and encouraged. I daresay that these two together are going to make the world a better place. I started the day with Jennifer as she prepared to see Dylan for the first time at her parents home on the Portsmouth waterfront surrounded by her loving family and girlfriends. She was cool as a cucumber, and clearly beaming with excitement for what the day would hold. When she met up with Dylan, his adorable reaction to her bridal beauty literally brought tears of happiness to my eyes. They took me to some of their favorite spots in Portsmouth, where I was in photo heaven with these two stunners in front of the camera and the amazing scenery surrounding them (as evidence to the large number of couple portraits I just couldn’t narrow down). Their ceremony was held at a stunning old church, where instead of a unity candle they poured ocean water from their respective coasts into a peach tree that they’ll plant at their favorite place to relax. After the ceremony they had popcorn and lemonade for their guests to enjoy on the lawn of the church and then had a “popcorn parade” where all the guests walked over to the stunning Portsmouth Harbor Events Center for an evening of delicious food and dancing. It was a marvelous evening filled with loving toasts and a jam-packed dance floor where Jen and her best friends (and mom and grandma) showed off their dance moved to a Celine Dion song that they may have had an unhealthy relationship with. Congratulations Jen and Dylan. We are so happy for you!
I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed with this Engagement Session. Between Molly and Paul’s radiating love, their adorable black lab, Penny, that tree swing that was just hanging out in the woods waiting for us and the most perfect sunny light there can be (surprisingly taken at 12:00 noon, which is a huge photography challenge) this session is completely “Pin-able”. Go ahead, and scroll through them again. I’ll wait…..You back? Now that we’ve all swooned over the prettiness that surrounds this session, I’ll take a moment to talk about Molly and Paul as people. They really are about as laid back and humble as two gorgeous people can be. Paul lights up when he looks at Molly (he even has a tattoo to commemorate his love for her) and Molly has a lovely, charismatic personality that makes everyone feel loved. We are so excited to be working with these two and can’t wait to share in their wedding next July. If these photos are any indication of how their wedding will go, you’re going to want to check back next August to see them on the blog because it’s going to be GOOD.
Doesn’t this wedding just make you so happy? Kerry and Matteo are the types of people who bring positivity into the world. Chuck was our lead shooter at this wedding and the moment he left the wedding he texted us to share what amazing people Kerry and Matteo are, and how their connection gave everyone at the wedding the (good) chills. It’s clear from the photos how much they love and deserve one another, but it just makes us so happy to know people like Kerry and Matteo are teaming up for a great life together. Throw in some wood fired pizza, a drizzly backyard farm in New Hampshire and a loving crew of guests and you have yourself a perfect wedding. Congratulations Kerry and Matteo, it’s been our pleasure!
There is just something about a backyard wedding that we really dig. The emotions seem higher when a couple says ‘I do’ on territory that is woven into their lives. Mandy and Zach did just this and the results were a smashing success. Mandy’s childhood home sits right on the Saint Croix river, which separates Minnesota and Wisconsin, in a sleepy little town called Marine on Saint Croix. There are about 600 people in this outer-ring suburb of the Twin Cities and, Mandy, correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe about half the town attended your wedding, is that right? Zach’s cheerful friends and family completed a fun group of wedding guests that surrounded these two as they committed themselves to a lifetime of joy worth fighting for. It was a great party. We may also be newly committed fans of the post-ceremony wedding party ‘booze cruise’. Mandy and Zach are loved by so many, and after we’ve gotten to know them it’s no surprise why. Special thanks to our gal Abby who second shoot with us for this wedding, and Congratulations to the newlyweds!
You know when a couple tells you their wedding will be held in the backyard of the bride’s ancestral home (which just got electricity) on the coast of Maine that it is going to be a unique and fantastic day. Cerridwen and Nic threw a party to kick start their marriage that did not disappoint. Gathered in the cathedral of evergreens, they said their vows amongst a crowd of their closest loved ones and planted an oak tree in lieu of a unity candle that will grow beyond their years together. After the ceremony they dodged the rain and settled into a delicious meal with their friends and family as they cozied up in the warmth of their newlywed glow. We had to sneak them away for a few minutes on the foggy, brisk waterfront for some portraits which we are just a *little* obsessed with. Cerri and Nic, you have both been such a pleasure to get to know. We are so grateful for your trust in Summer Street to capture your beautiful and thoughtful wedding day. Congratultaions!