Kurt&Janna 04.02.2016

My good friend Janna got married on April 2nd to Kurt, who happens to be my cousin.

This made for a very fun wedding to be a part of.

I love to witness all the little things that make a day into someone’s wedding day.

The day started at Janna’s parent’s home.

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It was a nice and relaxed environment. That’s how Janna rolls.

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The bride…

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Grandma

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The groom and his men arrive for a homemade breakfast and sauna.

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Liz hard at work with her PA duties.

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Almost ready…

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The first look for Janna’s dad, Bob. His first daughter to get married.

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And now onto the real deal…

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Snow flurries started to make their appearance…

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Then back inside for a warm-up. The Oja’s had arrived and it was fun for them to join the day!

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By the time we were ready for the bridal party pictures, the snow was really picking up steam.

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Add in the little sweeties….

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Yeah warriors, these ladies. To think I still had them out in the blizzard at this point!

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So we headed to the church where they could at least take cover under the awning.

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Brothers. Ross, Justin, Kurt and Chad

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The Oja’s

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The Daavettila’s

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Thank you Kurt and Janna!

It was such a pleasure to be a part of your day.

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Bryan&Kelly 04.18.2015

Bryan & Kelly picked the perfect spring weekend to get married.

April had a few 70 degree and sunny days and one happened to land on their day.

You never know what the day will bring but this weather could not be beat!

It was such an honor and fun opportunity to be a part of their wedding day.

Kelly is my first cousin so it felt extra special to have a front row seat to all the details of the day.

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It always amazes me how us girls spend the whole morning prepping for the big day and guys seem to take about 10 minutes…

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Onto join family and friends…

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And we’ll start with these pretty ladies.

It is a BIG day for these girls.

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I forgot what was happening here but I do enjoy seeing a good time had by all!

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Okay some may think this shot is overused. I think it can be fun!

The girls greaty outscored the boys when it comes to photogenic jumps.

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Bryan’s family

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Thank you Bryan and Kelly for the awesome day and opportunity!

I’ll end with a few shots of the spectacular treat table!

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Brian&Lynda 01.17.2015

To set the scene it was a crisp, winter day.

A beaming bride stepping into  her dress with her mother by her side.

The warm and elegant interior of Crystal Garden’s Banquet Center held

the murmur and anticipation for the grooms arrival.

I had honor of capturing Brian and Lynda’s mid-winter wedding.

They made my job easy for they were

relaxed and comfortable with each other and their family and friends.

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Here we go…

Calm and collected.

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and the fanfare…

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Oooo can’t decide if I like the color or black and white version better!

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We headed inside for some pictures within Crystal Gardens.

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We went onto a park up the road for a few pictures. Don’t be fooled by the sunshine, it was cold and windy!!


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These girls are troopers! You can see the cold.

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The bridal party all together in the warm indoors:)

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These two munchkins often stole the show!

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I’ll wrap up this blog post with a few pictures of family!

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Thank you Brian and Lynda for the special opportunity!

Also a big Thank You to my 2nd shooter, Julie!

Justin&Heather 09.20.2014

Justin and Heather’s wedding day was a lot of fun!

For a day that called for scattered severe thunderstorms and there was no electricity in the morning due to a local fire,

this day sure turned out nice.

Heather made for such a happy, relaxed bride,

 even despite the few hiccups that each day brings.

I think all future brides can take note from her….she was exactly who she is and seemed to enjoy the whole day to the fullest.

Why have it any other way, I guess.


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Oh and I forgot to mention, Justin made for one happy groom as well!

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 They genuinely laughed a lot on their wedding day.

Sometimes with the pressure of the big day, it’s harder then you think.

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On to join their bridal party…

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Christina, Kristin, Heather, Kaitlin and Tara

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I have a soft spot for sisters’ pictures!

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We headed back to the boardwalk for a few bridal party pictures.

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The girls again!

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The love the different style of each wedding.

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The full Pennala crew
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Dad and the kids

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The whole Pietila family

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Heather and her brothers and sisters.

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Personal attendants picture….
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…and then right back to work, girls:)

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Every kid’s dream.

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Mr. & Mrs.
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My favorite shot of the reception.
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The storms hit during the ceremony and reception.

It made for a cool evening feel.
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Thank you, Justin and Heather!

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Chad&Tanya 08.16.2014

Ahhh another sunshiny day and all the beautiful details a wedding brings.

 I’ll let the pictures tell most of the story.

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Ready to take on the wedding day…

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I just really love something about the in-between moments.

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Tanya made for one beautiful bride!

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Enter in these 3 cuties.

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And the whole crew!

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And some special guests of the wedding

Lots of love for their dogs, Annie and Gus.

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Chad and Tanya’s nephew, Ben, made for a handsome ring bearer.

Thank you, Chad and Tanya! I am always honored.

Aaron&Kylee 07.26.2014

Warm sunshine greeted me as I pulled up to Matt and Carol’s.

As I made my way upstairs where the bride was getting ready, I could hear reminiscing and laughter.

Oh the sweet details each wedding day brings!

All unique in their own way for every special wedding day.

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Bridesmaids Heather and Sara had their babies along and it added to the sweetness of the morning.

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The bride and groom exchanged letters right before seeing each other.

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The bride’s family…

and the groom’s family.

Once we arrived at the church, these two cuties were in full flowergirl mode.

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Mr. & Mrs.

I had to share a few shots of the beautiful cake and cupcake table.

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As the reception started, ice cream of all kinds was set out.

Thank you Aaron and Kylee for letting me be a part of your big day!

Karl&Brita 07.19.2014

Back in the saddle.

Behind the camera again since my son Russell was born this spring.

How fun to start it off with Karl and Brita’s wedding!

I could feel the excitement as I parked my car outside Brita’s Mom and Dad’s home.

I didn’t even see anyone yet but I could feel it.

Maybe it was because I was back to being part of someone’s special, special day.

 I am always honored for this opportunity.

Karl and Brita’s day was a beautiful partly sunny, summer day.

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And this is how big Karl’s smile stayed all day!!

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The arrival of the bridal party!

Comparing their new rings.

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Pictures were taken at Apple Jack’s Orchard. It made for a pretty setting!

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This picture makes me smile because it shows how brothers have a way of making each other laugh.

Speaking of brothers…

This is a fun one that Karl jokingly suggested.  The guys got into it:)

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The cute additions to the bridal party arrived!

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There is something about a bride and her mother on the wedding day. It’s a big day for mom too.

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Thank you Karl and Brita for the opportunity!

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