Wedding Photography: Mollie and Ryan

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My life is sooooo busy right now. It’s wedding season, I’m quitting one job and starting 1, possibly two new jobs… I’m gaining more clients for my photography business… And I have a commissioned painting in progress. Plus, I’m starting to wrap up the garden for the season and maintain some semblance of a social life. I am thrilled with all of the amazing opportunities I have going on, but I will be glad when things get a little simpler and I get to slow down again. I haven’t had time to read, and barely make time for yoga right now, despite the fact that yoga is what would make me feel best right now. My blog has taken the sideline to all this mayhem, but I’ve got some exciting recipes and diy projects scheduled, so things will get back to normal soon.

Without further ado, here are a few shots from one of my weddings this summer. Mollie and Ryan were amazing… It’s interesting to see how couples interact, and the two of them had this quiet, humbling love between them.

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Bridesmaids movie inspired! This was one of the bridesmaids ideas, and I think it’s got the perfect amount of sass, no?

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The mosquitoes were sooooooooo awful this day. I couldn’t believe they were willing to walk back into the woods.. But, I did learn a little trick to keep the bugs off temporarily without having to stink like bug spray. Dryer sheets! For some reason, if you rub yourself with dryer sheets, they don’t bite as much! I keep some in my camera bag now.

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My favorite picture of almost any couple is usually one in which they’re laughing.

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There were cross-shaped windows in a set of doors that lead into the church, so I had Mollie and Ryan positioned outside the doors and shot from inside to get this neat little framed shot.

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Gotta love dancing children. They’re one of my favorite parts of shooting receptions.

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She’s stunning, isn’t she?!!?

 

Shot for Bella Rose Photography and Videography, Saint Cloud, MN.

Camping Adventures at Glendalough State Park

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Recently I had a weekend off (doesn’t happen often during wedding season)! I decided it would be the perfect weekend to take one of my very best friends, Julia, out on a camping adventure. She’ll be the first to tell you that she’s not super outdoorsy, which just added to the experience in my opinion. In fact, she told me that she hated camping!! Sooooo, of course I had to show her how great camping could be.  We only camped for one night, but the weather was perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Along the way, I took Julia to one of my favorite spots in the state, Inspiration Peak, which I also wrote about here. It’s beautiful and you can see for miles and miles. It’s a tough hike to the top… but it’s well worth being out of breath when you get there. We just don’t have a lot of high points around the area, so it’s really something special to be this far above sea level.

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Still at the peak…. We sat a little way off from where most of the other tourists were and enjoyed the view in peace.

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When we got to Glendalough State Park, we did a little hiking.. There’s a large, wonderful prairie right near the camping area.

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We set up camp and relaxed and ate a snack. We packed a ridiculous amount of food, but it served us well. I think we ate a good majority of it… There’s nothing like meals over a fire!

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Cast iron pan on a fire.. perfect. There is no better way to cook! For supper the first day, we had black bean and garden veggie burritos, corn on the cob, and green beans with tomatoes. Then after hiking again, we wrapped pears in foil and baked them until they were tender and the sugars caramelized. They were possibly the most delicious thing I have EVER eaten! Really. In the morning, I got up before Julia, put on my winter coat (yes, it was necessary!!) and built up a fire. I got some coffee brewing and set a cup in the tent next to Julia. She doesn’t run very efficiently without a little coffee fuel. For breakfast, we had fried polenta cakes with maple and onion baked beans. I ate until I couldn’t eat any more. Then we went canoeing…. upstream, against the wind…. It took us about 2 and a half hours to get from one point to the other. I didn’t take any pictures though, because I wasn’t about to risk bringing  my camera on a canoe.

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The view from the prairie near our campsite. It was spectacular. Soooo beautiful at sunset!

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We made a small friend… I took this picture without a zoom lens. I literally got this close to the little creature!! Soooooo darn cute. Look at those little hands! I forgot a bag of sunflower seeds out on the table when we went hiking and when I came back, the bag was torn open and there were sunflower seed shells everywhere.

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When we sat down at the end of the evening, we both were so exhausted and relaxed that when we first started talking about going to bed, we realized it was barely after 7 o clock. I think we did make it till about 10, though.

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Sunsets on the prairie. Thanks Glendalough State Park for the wondrous weekend. And, thanks Julia, for giving camping another chance!

Portrait Photography: Rachel’s Senior Photos

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I recently had the chance to take senior portraits for a gorgeous young lady. It’s wonderful clients like her that make my job that much more wonderful. You know those folks whose smile comes so naturally, that even after hours of posing for photos, they still look truly happy? That’s Rachel.

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Thanks, Rachel (and Cindy and Bob!) for the opportunity to take these photos for you. It truly was my pleasure.IMG_7804IMG_7975IMG_7805-2

Wedding Photography: Krista and Tyler

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It’s amazing how many couples I meet in a year working as a wedding photographer. Every couple is so unique, has such a different story, and such a different wedding.

Every wedding has something in common, though… A little bit of magic, and a whole lot of love.

 

 

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It’s always amazed me to see what little details each bride thinks of… Like Krista adding a little sparkle to her bouquet.

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Confetti?!?! Sooooooo much fun. If I recall correctly, there was also silly string involved in this night.

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Has there ever been such a dapper little man?! I took several photos of this fella throughout the evening just cus he was so darn cute.

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A beautiful bride and her beautiful dog? Truly special. I wish pets were invited to come say hello at receptions more often!

 

 

Shot for Bella Rose Photography and Videography, Saint Cloud, MN.

 

Summer Bucket List Update

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Anybody remember my Summer Bucket List post? I looked back on it the other day and checked off the things I accomplished. This summer flew by soooo quickly. (Don’t they all?) I was either at my weekday job or shooting a wedding. Or weeding the garden! I’m thrilled with the fall weather, and I plan on writing a new fall bucket list as I sit at my lovely campsite this weekend. Happy Friday, folks!

  • Make homemade ice cream- Got a Kitchenaid mixer (FOR $29 AT A THRIFT STORE!!!!!!!), just gotta borrow my sister’s ice cream attachment. Ice cream is good in fall, too!
  • Go to the farmer’s market
  • Learn a new song on my dulcimer- I learned a new song on my harmonica. Let It Go, from Frozen. Despite my issues with the movie, it’s my nieces favorite and she was pretty darn excited to hear me play Let It Go for her.
  • Take a long bike ride- I have a cruiser bike that I bought a few years back and thought it was great when I lived in town and drove back and forth to work, and wasn’t biking up and down hills on country roads. I think I oughta sell my cruiser and get something more practical for long rides.
  • Go roller blading
  • Watch fireworks
  • Go swimming with my nieces- 
  • Spend at least five days on my favorite lake
  • Have several bonfires
  • Watch some live music outdoors
  • Go golfing
  • Do an oil painting (before I really began to love watercolors, I liked oils best)
  • Go computer-less one day a week (I don’t have a smart phone, so this will be especially easy)
  • Do a LOT of yoga Most every day. Even ten minutes a day helps maintain and is long enough to slow down for a few.
  • Read good books
  • Get strong arms (this goes with the above mentioned, lots of yoga)   Well, they’re stronger than they were! HahaIt’ll take some more time to get these noodle arms ‘strong’.

Did you write a summer bucket list? If so, did you do all the things on it?!

Garden Veggie Black Bean Burritos

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Yummmmm, nothing gets better than making a meal with delicious ingredients from your garden. One of my favorite restaurants serves veggie fajitas- with cauliflower and mushrooms and carrots. For some reason, it hadn’t occurred to me to put those veggies on a fajita. So, when I was trying to figure out what to toss together for dinner, I tossed some garden veggies in a skillet and made some lovely burritos.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 1 cup cooked brown or white rice
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1-2 small potatoes, diced
  • 1 small carrot, diced
  • 1 cup kale shreds
  • 1-2 Tbsp sunflower oil, or other high heat oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • Gluten free tortillas
  • hot sauce (optional)

Heat oil in skillet over medium.

Add onions and saute until tender.

Add carrots and saute until just tender. Add potatoes and seasonings and saute until tender.

Layer rice, beans, veggies, and kale onto tortilla.

Drizzle with hot sauce if desired. Serve.

These would be especially great with fresh squeezed lime juice… The garden fresh veggie taste with fresh lime juice?!?! Yes.

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Don’t forgetttt, the weekly VVLP!

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Wedding Photography: DeAnna and Kevin

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I suddenly realized this morning that I haven’t shared any of my wedding photos from this wedding season yet! I’m talking weddings that go alllll the way back to May!  I work for Bella Rose Photography and Videography out of St. Cloud, MN as a wedding photographer… But I am starting to book my own clients for my own business for next years wedding season.

I obviously can’t release photos of weddings until after the bride + groom have received their photos, so I can’t post photos when I’m still all hyped up about a particular recent wedding… So this particular wedding is from May of this year.

This wedding was my first of the season (in Minnesota, weddings occur pretty rarely during winter, so there’s an really obvious wedding ‘season’). I shot it alone, which is pretty unusual. Most often, we shoot in pairs in order to get more variety of photographs, more support throughout the day, and an extra set of eyes to notice things like crooked necklaces and stray hairs.

My nerves were a little higher than usual on my travels to this event because as it was my first wedding in a few months and I had no support. I ran through all possible things that could go wrong on my hour long drive there… Not a single thing went wrong all day, except that it was slightly windier than one would like for picture taking.

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This couple, DeAnna and Kevin, had the unmistakable love of two people who were truly a perfect fit together. Their wedding took place out on the hill behind their home, overlooking miles and miles of beautiful woods and fields, surrounded by close friends and family. I can’t imagine a more picturesque outdoor wedding in this part of Minnesota.

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See?! A view for miles!

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How many brides are willing to crawl up a six foot ladder and sit in a tree in their beautiful white gowns? Not many. But this was actually DeAnna’s idea! She asked me what I thought, and I’m sure my eyes were the size of saucers as I nodded and said, “If you’re willing to do that, I’d be thrilled!”

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Red, shimmering heels? Classic pop of something special.

I hope to continue sharing some wedding photos as the season goes on and I have more of them that I can post about. Click on over to my portfolio website if you’d like to see more of my work.

Happy Labor Day! I hope you all are having a lovely day off of work!