These two bring a big smile to my face every time I think of them. There are not two more deserving people of love that I have met as of late than the fabulous Lisa and her confident William. They are a true case that if you surround yourself with good friends and family that love you, good things will grow from it. Upper Room was a fitting place to begin this day as William waited for his bride under a winter forest canopy outside the church. Lisa could hardly contain herself! Her ear to ear grin and sense of adventure is what drew William to her in the first place and neither could wait any longer to begin life's journey together. McNamara Center at the University of Minnesota was breathtaking from floor to ceiling as this party would go late into the night. I was honored to be apart of it.
When the first of your three little girls gets that ring, your heart must stop as a dad. Suddenly your whole world has to transition to sending her off in the arms of a really good man. Fortunately for FOB Tom, Hayden is not only good; he's the best for Jenn. Jenn is a beautiful and confident woman whose smile lights up a room and you never have to guess what she's thinking. She will tell you. Jenn was all about her groom this day at The Depot Minneapolis. Janelle Vick of White Confetti wedding planning (go wife!) had every last detail covered and the room was aglow. Prior to the ceremony, which featured many Westwood Church faces, the crew braved Minnesota winter to find a few snowdrifts still hanging around town. Later into the night, the only thing to out do the sparklers might have been the moving toasts that left everyone's heart warm. It was a special day well deserved for a special family. We love you guys!
Basically, I have a huge lifestyle crush on these two. Jennifer & Brandon have my dream home, dream artwork, dream dog, dream travel stories, and even my dream group of friends. As we have become friends over the past year and a half, its obvious to me that our lives will keep intersecting. This New Years bash at the Walker Art Center's Sky Room would be one for the record books! Mount Olivet Lutheran Church altar was classic and quaint for their life-long promises. Before darkness set in, I led the wedding party in some playful banter along the Minnehaha Creek riverbanks. The energy was contagious and all had their sights set on the New Year countdown ahead. Atop the Walker, the city lights started to pop accented by a flashes of lights from both our Crazy Cam, dance floor, and the Minneapolis firework show in the distance. What a start to 2015!
I will always remember this day. Blake knew what a big deal this day was and as his photographer and friend, I could see it in his eyes. The hills these two have already climbed and the adventures they have experienced, to experience this wedding today was like reaching the summit and inhaling the sweet mountain air and letting out an emphatic cry! The sound of this joy could be heard from everyone in attendance. Jamie was breathtaking. From stylish touches only outdone by their lovely "tinker bell" daughter, Jamie's intentionality in relationships stood equally impressive. Blake held his bride's hand tight as laughs and tears flowed openly all day from Aria to St. Thomas Chapel and back to Aria for the party. Their epic grand entrance from the rafters is a visual all will remember before the first beats of dance rang out. I could have sworn even the chandeliers' cut glass clanged together in approval. And my heart was happy for these new life friends.
Contributing Vendors: In the Woods Floral and Events, Midwest entertainment (DJ), Rob Kopp (Videographer), Katie Romnes (Planner), VIP Photo Booth, Milestone Paper Company (Invitations), Deco Catering, The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas (Ceremony Venue), Aria (Reception Venue)