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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Staci and Todd were married on the Vista Fleet in Duluth and were joined by their pups, family and friends throughout the day.  With pictures at Hartley Nature Center and then Park Point, Staci and Todd nailed the trifecta of outdoor locales: the lake, the trails and parks and the beach.  BOOM!!  And you can’t beat getting married in the middle of Lake Superior with the lift bridge as your backdrop.  Congrats, Staci and Todd!

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As much as I love shooting weddings in northern Minnesota, I love venturing to work in the metro and seeing different venues.  Add in a great couple like Donnee and Justin and it makes for a great day.  That was just the case with their wedding in Minneapolis followed by a reception at the Fountain Room in the Lumber Exchange building in downtown Minneapolis.  Below are a few highlights from the day.  Congrats Donnee and Justin!

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The radar was ominous at times, misty sprinkles descended on Pine Peaks Event Center more than once, but the big downpours held off until well after the sun went down for Dave and Maria’s wedding day in Cross Lake, Minn.  It ended up being a warm, beautiful day for a wedding and I haven’t worked with many couples who smiled as much as Maria and Dave.

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