Charolette sent me an email in May, and in it she told me about her fiancé Chuck. She told me about their first date and how, instead of going to a baseball game as planned, Chuck sat with her as she recovered from appendicitis. Un-showered and post-sugery swollen and grumpy, Charolette was certain Chuck was seeing her at her worst. As he kissed her goodnight she knew that he was her forever. In that instant, Charolette knew that Chuck would never give up.
That same day I got an email from Chuck telling me about Charolette. He described his love for her and he told me about how, even after seven years of ups and downs and in-betweens, her smile still gives him knots. And he told me how he would be blissfully happy spending the rest of his life doing anything he could to make this beautiful girl smile.
As I read those emails I fell in love with both of them. I knew that I was put on this earth to tell their story — to be a part of their story. So it was an honor – a blessing and a pleasure and a someone-pinch-me-please-because-how-did-I-ever-get-so-lucky-to-do-this-for-a-living – to dance the night away with them. To laugh with them. To shiver on a beach with them, tears streaming, as they promised to never give up.
This is a small preview of their incredible Door County wedding day:
To all of Charolette and Chuck’s friends and family: Thank you. For inviting me into this story so completely. To Charolette and Chuck: I fear the only thing I could possibly say to sum up this day and how I feel about the two of you is this: Shoop.
Meredith and Kevin were married in St. Paul on a cloudy Saturday afternoon. The wind whirled through trees and scented florals as autumn threatened to overtake the final days of summer. Both Kevin and Meredith grew up in Ohio, ventured to California for college and eventually settled in St. Paul, so their wedding was attended largely by out-of-towners; family and friends-so-close-they-may-as-well-be-family, and few co-workers turned friends. The kindest, most amazing and wonderful and welcoming group of people, many of whom played a part in their wedding day. From the aunt who did the florals, to the sister and brother in law who helped with the styling and set-up, to the father who hand selected the wine for the evening, their guests weren’t just bystanders to their celebration; they were as much a part of the day as Meredith and Kevin themselves.
The gathering was intimate and warm, despite the chill in the air, and laughter mingled easily with the late afternoon rain. It was an absolutely perfect day, and Meredith and Kevin’s incredible backyard was an ideal setting for their gorgeous reception. This day – these people, this wedding – is exactly what I love about being a wedding photographer, and exactly what I want to be shooting. I am still pinching myself and reeling from the fact that Meredith and Kevin chose me to be with them on their wholly and entirely magnificent day.
Here are a few of my favorite images from the day Meredith + Kevin promised to be best friends (and cat owners and chemistry nerds and beer drinkers) forever.
Thank you Meredith + Kevin (and family and friends!) for inviting me into your day. For making me a part of your day. A thousand million happy blessings to you both.
I’ve known Kari since we were kids. Growing up in a small town, we’ve known each other most of our lives, and even though we ran in different circles throughout school, Kari has always been a friend to me. The thing with small towns is that you never really un-know someone. Distance, years, life – it will all get in the way of relationships – it will try and sever connections, fade memories like cruel hands of time. But the familial-strength connections made in county fairs and high school gymnasiums and choir practice rooms never really leave you. So I was incredibly moved when Kari contacted me to document her and Mike’s love story – and to join with them as they finally began their forever.
Kari and Mike were married on a hot and steamy summer day in a gorgeous apple orchard in southern Minnesota. Their day was filled to bursting with loved ones and laughter and personal touches. Despite the heat, the day was pure magic. I could feel the love swirling on the breeze as Kari and Mike’s friends and family celebrated alongside them. I am so honored to have been there to share in their joy – to watch and they wrote the next pages of their story together – and to hug them both tightly as the night drew to a close.
Here’s a preview of their unforgettable day: