Raleigh & Eric | Reinstein Ranch Wedding, Livermore CA

One of my most favorite things is getting to wake up at the location of a wedding, walking around with my cup of coffee, and entering into the day slowly. I think it is because I feel fully invited in, I am surrounded by the couples community, sharing meals and small talk and excitement, and everyone has bought in to the slower pace. At Raleigh and Eric’s wedding, we spent two nights in a yurt on a ranch in California, waking up to the sun coming over rolling golden hills and the sounds of horses and chickens, and falling asleep to singing and dancing and celebrating outside.

Joe & Jess

I don't know if I could find two kinder people then Joe and Jess.

Joe is the brother of one of my favorite friends and photographer, Gabe.  Over and over, he had shared with me just how amazing this couple was, and how incredible this day was going to be.  How it would mean the world to everyone who had cheered on and supported this couple for the last 12 years.  

With the perfect spring day and the St. Paul skyline as a backdrop, I had the honor of photographing Joe & Jess's day.  I am filled with gratitude to be invited into the joy-filled community that these two have grown together.  I can't help but see that joy radiating on every face that day and every single time I look through these images.

2016 Reflection

I don't have the words.  Just beginning to look back through the year, to put together in one collection pieces from each wedding, made me teary.  At the end of this year, I am again humbled by the knowing that it isn't about how well I can take a picture, but how truly amazing the stories in front of my camera are.  Each one of you brought so much life into my work just by showing up, trusting me, and openly sharing these intimate moments with your partner, your communities, and myself without fear.  For that I am forever grateful (and want to shower you with love and affirmation basically forever - so enjoy that).  

Also I suck at picking favorites...so you may need a cup of coffee before sitting down for this one.