She was standing in the living room of the home she grew up on, as her Mom zipped up her wedding dress and her friends got misty-eyed around her. They were in awe as she stood there, all dolled up, ready for the big day ahead. You could see the love in the air. And then I looked at her Mom….BOY oh BOY……..she was full of tears with an ear to ear smile. She hugged her and they held one another for a solid few minutes as they cried and laughed and thought about the days ahead and remembered the days behind! :) It was THE PERFECT way for Allison to begin her day! :)

And then they went to the classic and gorgeous halls of the University of Northwestern……..Allison and Garrett exchanged vows under the big marble pillars and classic architecture! :) And they danced the night away at the Town and Country Club overlooking the gorgeous river and the city of St. Paul! :)

What an incredible day! Hugs hugs hugs Allison and Garrett!! :)

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Ceremony location : University of Northwestern Chapel, St Paul MN
Reception location : Town and Country Club, St Paul MN
Brides dress : Allure purchased from the Wedding Shoppe, St Paul MN
Hair : Crystal from Preeya Salon
Makeup : Blush Beauty
Bridesmaids dresses : Alfred Angelo
Floral : Studio Emme
Paper goods : Katie Tuohy of Tuohy Designs
Cake/dessert : Franklin Street Bakery
DJ : Lars Larson, ‘Sota Sound

Even though the storms were imminent (and quite a large red blob on the radar), once they saw one another, nothing else mattered. The rain pounded outside while Julia was waiting to walk down the isle and she goes “Well……I love thunderstorms, always have….they are quite calming……I guess this is the way it’s supposed to be!” :) And I KNEW…..this is what wedding days are all about…no matter the weather or the details or anything, Julia and Alex would be married at the end of the day! They would drive away together as husband and wife and being their next chapter! :) THIS is what makes weddings great! :)

Guests arrived and were greeted in the barn at Camrose Hill, which is a chandelier lit, magical space. As the ceremony started, Julia and Alex’s dogs walked down the isle right before Julia did to pay homage to their love story. You see, Julia and Alex are together because of their dogs….they met at a dog park and their pups actually kinda made them chat and meet and start their relationship. Julia says that every day she came to the dog park, she would round the corner and just wait for Alex and his pup to be there! :)

After awhile the skies did open up and the sun came out. I’m sure theres a metaphor in there someplace about marriage and the tough stuff and how sticking it out always matters! :) But for now….this day, this couple, this marriage….it’s pretty darn sweet! :)

And let’s just give a HUGGGGGEEEE shout out to Emily from Simple Elegant. She made this day run even in the down pouring moments! High fives, just HUGE high fives! :)

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Ceremony and Reception location : Camrose Hill Flower Farm, Stillwater MN
AMMMMMMAAAZING coordinator and designer : Emily from Simply Elegant
Wedding dress : Allure Bridal, purchased at Our Shop in Stillwater, MN
Hair and makeup : Hayley Sachs Artistry
Bridesmaids dresses : BHLDN Chicago
Papergoods/invites/guestbook : Printerette Press
Florist : Camrose Hill
Catering : Chow Girls Killer Catering
Desserts : Patisserie 46
Cake : Buttercream
DJ : Adagio
Coffee Cart : (YUMMM) Minneapolis Coffee Cart
Videographer : Sunset Blue Productions

From the moment I woke up amongst the BREATHTAKING Colorado mountains to photograph Christy and Luke’s wedding, I was smiling from ear to ear! :) And let me tell you that it didn’t stop until I was driving back down those mountains after saying good-bye! :) WOW! I mean, WOW! :)

One of the first conversations I had of the weekend was with Christy’s Mom, Pat, as she tearfully remembered her very own wedding day, exactly 40 years ago! :) I find it quite awesome that Christy and Luke chose the same weekend to share their anniversary with her parents….I mean, what an honor AND amazing set of steps to follow in, eh?! :) AND they even surprised Pat and Dr. Ricker with a “replica first dance” from their very own wedding as everyone kicked off the festivities with “sweet caroline” as everyone flooded the dance floor! :)

The ceremony was held in one of the most ADORABLE chapels in the mountains I have EVER seen…..stone walls, HUGE antler chandeliers and a GIANT set of floor-to-ceiling windows for the couple to share their vows in front of…..SO GREAT! :) After the ceremony, the couple was “celebrated” with ribbons and cheering and LOADS of love on the front steps, followed by apps and drinks and more love on the patio of the Avon Westin nestled right next to a rushing river! :) The whole day TRULY allowed the love of family shine while highlighting the mountains, sky and river! :) It was casual and fun and full of the beauty of Colorado while filling Christy and Luke’s hearts to overflowing with support and love! :)

Yay for you two and your beautiful day, Christy and Luke! I am SO coming to visit you guys every year in the fall!!! :)

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Ceremony venue : The Chapel at Beaver Creek
Reception venue : The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa
Dress : Karen Willis Holmes purchased at Emma & Grace, Denver CO
Earrings : Swarovski
Veil : Borrowed from sister-in-law
Hair/Makeup : Beauty by Belviso
Bridesmaids dresses : Jim Hjelm Ocassions
Coordinator : Sparrow Event Planning
Florist : Ivy Lane Floral
Cake : Mulberries, Denver CO
DJ : A Music Plus
Invitations : Minted
Videographer : Sun Prairie Films

Because it was a PERFECT sunny day in Chicago and because it’s where they met and lived where they were falling in love! :) I mean, aren’t Krystal and Greg just gorgeous and SO SO SO SO adorable together?! :)

I can only imagine how perfect their June wedding will be next year up in Northern Wisconsin! :) #YAY

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