Foley Family // Hudson WI Mini Session

With the busy wedding season I had this year, October crept up on me before I was ready for it. I have done mini sessions for the past few years, and just about let them pass this year unintentionally. Thankfully this family reminded me and we met at Weitkamp park in Hudson, WI on a chilly morning to capture some family photos. The two boys are so energetic and full of life and laughter. It was so fun working with all of them and capturing the sweetest smiles against the beautiful fall colors.

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Belisle Family // Stillwater Boom Site

There is so much love for this sweet family of four. I have had to opportunity to work with them three times now and have been blessed by them every time. I first met the Belisle family two years ago when their son turned one, then again in this June on the day their daughter was born. Then I got to see them all again four months later to capture some updated family photos. We met at the Boom Site in Stillwater, MN and had a great time wandering the woods along the St. Croix River. It has been a true joy to watch and document this family grow throughout the years.

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Brandi & Nathan // River Falls & Hudson, WI Wedding

There is so much to say about this couple and this wedding. Wow! I could talk about how Nathan and Brandi met exactly eleven years to the day before their wedding day. I could mention how they currently live in Omaha but chose to tie the knot in Wisconsin, since they grew up in Minnesota and Wisconsin. And how they picked the ceremony location based on images I had taken years before. I could go on and on about the numerous details and decorations that went into their wedding day that really helped tell the story of who they are as a couple and their journey together up to the wedding day. Everything from the bride’s dress being created by and worn by her grandmother during the Great Depression, and also worn by Brandi’s mother to the fun facts about the couple placed at every table seat. Then we can talk about the perfect weather they had for their photos and outdoor ceremony at Prospect Park in Hudson. Crisp, beautiful fall day with the sun shining as the leaves on the trees were just starting to turn color. Of course, I cannot forget to talk about how awesome their wedding “cake” was! Cheese wheels! How perfect for a Wisconsin wedding and yummy it was served as an appetizer during happy hour. Mostly, I cannot fail to mention that Nathan and Brandi were just smitten with each other all day and are just head over heals for one another. Like I said, I could go on and on telling you the story of their beautiful wedding day, but I hope my photographs tell you more. Congratulations Nathan and Brandi! May your love for life and each other continue for many, many years to come.

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Vendors:
Ceremony: Prospect Park, Hudson, WI
Reception: Best Western Campus Inn, River Falls, WI
Catering: Pairfections Catering, River Falls, WI
Cheese Wheel: Hy Vee, Omaha, NE
Flowers: E.L. Design, Ellsworth, WI
DJ: Creative Sound Solutions, Zimmerman, MN
Chair Rentals: Action Rental, Stillwater, MN
Wedding Dress: Bride’s grandmother and mothers heirloom dress
Bridesmaids Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe, Inc., St. Paul, MN
Groom and Groomsmen attire: Tip Top Tux, Omaha, NE & Crystal, MN
Brides Ring: Blue Nile
Grooms Ring: Spexton
Limo: Luxury Limo Services
Photography: Kelly K Photo

Ben & Summer // Bunker Hills Golf Club Wedding

It was a busy Saturday morning at Caribou Coffee when I first met Ben and Summer. Within a few minutes of talking, I knew this couple was one that I wanted to work with and get to know more. They are so genuine and authentic. Summer’s smile and laugh can light up the darkest room and it only takes one look from Ben to get her nose to crinkle and she’s smiling from ear to ear. For cultural traditions, this wonderful couple was officially married during a small intimate ceremony two weeks prior to their reception at Bunker Hill Golf Club in Coon Rapids. Summer’s energy and love was infectious and Ben was a great sport when bird seed was dumped down his pant legs per family traditions.

My wish is for all couples, especially my clients, is to be as happy on their wedding day and each day in their marriage as Summer and Ben were on this day. Many heartfelt congratulations to the lovely couple. It was an honor to get to know the two of you and work with you on such a big day in your lives together.

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Vendors:

Venue: Bunker Hills Golf Club, Coon Rapids, MN
Cake and Desserts: Bunker Hills Golf Club, Coon Rapids, MN
DJ: Party Guy Entertainment, Forest Lake, MN
Wedding Dress: The Wedding Shoppe Inc., St. Paul, MN
Groom and groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridemaid’s dresses: David’s Bridal
Wedding Rings: Halzberg Diamonds
Photography: Kelly K Photo

Zach // New Life Academy Woodbury, MN High School

After being delayed a week due to rain, I had the wonderful privilege of meeting and working with Zach and his mom last week for Zach’s senior portraits. For our session, we walked around downtown Hudson and the river front. We were able to capture some awesome portraits of him since he is a complete natural in front of the camera. It was fun to see his personality come through the further along in the session we got.

Zach is the youngest of his siblings with four older sisters. He currently attends New Life Academy of Woodbury, MN where he is active in music groups playing the electric guitar. He hopes to attend Iowa State next year.

Congrats on your senior year Zach!

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Summer & Kyle // Kilkarney Hills Golf Course, River Falls, WI

Summer and Kyle’s wedding colors of bright pinks, yellows and oranges, complimented by grey, was the perfect color pallet for their outdoor wedding on an overcast and misty day. The bright colors brought pops of sunshine throughout the day. Even with a looming threat of rain and storms, the couple was able to have their ceremony outside at the beautiful Kilkarney Hills Golf Course in River Falls, WI. The colors, the tree lined driveway, the perfect little gazebo, the decorative details, topped off with a great couple….wow!! Love. Congratulations Kyle and Summer. Thank you for letting us be apart of your wedding day!

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Vendors
Venue: Kilkarney Hills Golf Course, River Falls, WI
Bride & Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Converse, customized by bride
Wedding Rings: Shane Co
Flowers: Spring Valley Floral and Design, Wilson, WI
Cake: Spring Valley Floral and Design, Wilson, WI
DJ: Showtime Entertainment, River Falls, WI
Photography: Kelly K Photo, Hudson, WI

Miller Birth Day // Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater, MN

Hours old and cute as a button. This precious baby girl came a few days earlier than expected, but mom and baby are doing great! I met this beautiful family of four in the newly remodeled birth center at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, MN. I had the privileged of capturing the siblings meeting for the first time and let me tell you, it was a beautiful. It’s times like this that can never be recreated. Moments that can steal your heart.

Congratulations Miller family! Thank you for letting me be a small part in such a big day for your family!

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Jen & Miah // Lake Superior Beach House Wedding

Ahhh… to be on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth at Park Point Beach House. Beautiful. Nothing can really compare and it only gets better when celebrating the marriage of two awesome people. Jen and Miah had the perfect, relaxed and casual lakeside wedding a few weeks ago. If all weddings could be as laid back, fun and enjoyable for everyone there. After a short ceremony overlooking the lake, it was a big party where guests mingled, played yard games, kids dug in the sand and wonderful food catered by Duluth Grill was served. These two love to adventure in the great outdoors, hiking, biking, camping, and exploring so the outdoor setting was perfect for them. Miah’s quick quips and remarks led Jen to a contagious laughter and beautiful smile. Can we do it all again please? Get married again next weekend Jen and Miah? K, thanks! It was so much fun, I want to go back already. Congratulations! 01_ParkPointBeachHouseWedding

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White Bear Lake, MN // Family Portraits

On occasion I will photograph family portraits, and then wonder why I don’t do it more often because I had so much fun working with Kalia, her husband and her family. Beautiful people, inside and out. We had the perfect summer evening and beautiful locations in Washington Square Park in White Bear Lake.

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Mark & Stephanie // Eco-Friendly Wedding at Double R Farms in Osceola, WI

Stephanie is apart of a company called Trades of Hope. The mission of the company is to empower women by teaching them artistic trades and have compassionate entrepreneurs, like Stephanie, sell their fair trade jewelry, home decor and other accessories. This helps women get out of working in sweatshops, be subject to human trafficking, abusive situations and poverty. So it was a no surprise when Stephanie also planned an eco-friendly, fair-trade, local business based wedding in Osceola, WI. Every vendor, from her shoes to her florist, came from a company that supplied local, sustainable or repurposed products and services. (See vendor list below for specifics).

Stephanie and Mark met through mutual friends and since their first date, where they went bowling, they have been adventuring in the great outdoors (including a kayaking trip where Mark proposed) and sharing in life together. Their wedding ceremony was set to be outside overlooking a corn field and pasture at Double R Farms in Osceola, but mother nature had it’s own plans for the day. The wind was fierce all morning and the air stifling hot and humid. At the last minute they moved the ceremony inside the barn, which was a great call for as soon as Stephanie’s dads were walking her down the aisle, a huge clap of thunder sounded and rain came down in sheets. By the end of the ceremony the storm had passed, cooling the air and making way for beautiful clouds and sunset which we took full advantage of for photos.

Congratulations Mark and Stephanie. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to share in your day! Enjoy your photos. :D

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Vendors:
Venue: Double R Farms/Cottor Farms, Osceola, WI
Caterer/Wedding Cake: Cafe Wren, Luck, WI
Florist: Sweet Top Farms in Deer Lake, WI and Rose Floral in Stillwater, MN
DJ: Jeremy Swenson
Wedding Dress: Sienna Cole in Forest Lake, MN
Bridemaids Dresses: Buffalo Exchange, Minneapolis, MN
Officiant: Lynne Jeffers, Eaglebrook Church
Shoes: Oliberte
Decorations: Garage sales, thrifting, consignment
Photography: Kelly K Photo, Hudson, WI