So much fun on this day.  The preceding two days before Shammi and Gary were married at the Glensheen were rainy, windy and cloudy.  The rain and the wind disappeared on the wedding day and it was a beautiful afternoon for a wedding at the mansion.  Big shout out to Clint Austin for second shooting with me and Northland Special Events for helping the day go smoothly.  I had a really fun day following these two around.  Congrats!!

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I apologize.  I’ve been terrible at blogging this year.  My year has been as busy as ever with weddings, work for MPR News and a wide variety of things that most freelance photographers can relate to.  For me, that includes shooting athletics for the College of St. Scholastica.  With the fall comes soccer, football and volleyball.  Below is a small sample of some of my work covering the Saints’ football and fútbol teams over the past couple of weeks.

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Hard to beat the views at the Summit Chalet at Lutsen.  And the ride up there, via gondola, is probably my favorite way to get to any ceremony site.  Going back down in pitch black darkness via gondola is a really cool and calming experience as well.  Throw in Lake Superior, the amazing views and how great Andrew and Sony were and you have a recipe for a really fun day.  They did not disappoint.  Congrats!!

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Lots of fun here.  Beach wedding on the shore of Lake Superior.  A post-ceremony community beard shaving of the groom.  The greatest wedding officiant I’ve ever seen.  The tiniest storm cell in history coming in with a direct hit on the bride, groom and myself after we spent five minutes carefully traversing rock and water to reach a spot in front of the falls at Gooseberry and then only picking up in intensity as we carefully make the trek back over rock and water to our vehicle.

It was a really fun day and throughout it, Nicole and Michael were all smiles.  Congrats to both of you!

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The traditional post-ceremony beard shaving begins!

The traditional post-ceremony beard shaving begins!

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Transformed!

Transformed!

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Jessica and Matt were married last month at the Crow River Winery in Hutchinson, Minn.  If you are getting married in that area, I really suggest you check this place out.  Amazing ballroom and ceremony grounds and it’s hard to go wrong in a vineyard at sunset.  A rainbow even made an appearance during their evening photos.

It was also great to work with people who are as passionate about wrestling as I am.  I don’t think I’ve ever spent 15 minutes talking to a bride about the U.S. World Team Trials and Big 10 wrestling.  Matt was a national champion in division two for Northern State and is currently an assistant at Nebraska while training for the 2016 Olympics.  Between all the training, camps and regular jobs, Jessica and Matt are very busy people.

Congrats, Jessica and Matt!

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