legacy hill farm wedding – nikki & matt

At the end of May, I received an inquiry for July 6, 2018, just a little over a month before the wedding. After speaking with Nikki + Matt, they explained Matt is a brave member of our country’s Marines, and there was a possibility he could be at training over the weekend of their original wedding date, with no guarantees if he would be able to get the time off.  So here they were planning a Minnesota wedding four months sooner, from Virginia. After our phone call, I felt like I had known these two forever, and I knew their wedding was going to be nothing short of amazing. And oh boy, was I right. You could feel the love throughout the entire day at Legacy Hill Farm. There were four branches of the military present: Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Army. It was truly an honor to capture Nikki + Matt’s wedding.


st. anthony, mn – styled wedding


Event Coordination: Hart & Sole

Hair and Makeup: Jillian Maria Makeup, Makeup & Hair by Heidi, Makeup by Pa Da

Photography: Tonya Hjort Photography

Dressing Room: Dream Day Dressing Rooms

Custom Gifts: B+D Custom Gifts

Dinnerware: Elegantly Placed

Table Linens: Festivities

Stationary: WS Designs

Florals: Cutting Garden

Sweets: Miss Sara’s Cakery

Dresses: Mara Marie Bridal

Veil: Forget Me Not Heirlooms

Tux: Savvi Formalwear

Jewelry: The Jeweler

Venue: Three Rivers Park District

Models: Paige Bieker, Dahmian, Tia Lang, Sadie Issacs, Dunia Francois, Mary Reed

my favorite travel spots

For my whole life, I have been fortunate enough to be able to travel around the world. I have been on numerous cruises, road trips, and vacations. I wanted to share some of my favorite travel spots with you! These aren’t in necessarily any order, but New Zealand most definitely on top, I couldn’t decide how to rank the other 9!

1. New Zealand

2. Stockholm

3. Dublin

4. Seattle, WA

5. Athens

6. Richmond, VA

7. Alaska

8. Bermuda

9. Colorado

(Photo by Russell Heeter)

10. Monaco

Fun fact, I am terrible at taking photos on vacation. I’m always in the mindset, that if I’m taking photos they need to be perfect. I have just started using a Fuji x100t, which makes taking photos on vacation so much easier!

I so wish I could find my photos from my Meddeterrean trip* (Athens, Italy, Monaco). I’m sure if I logged back in to my old Facebook account, where all of the glorious high school photos live, I could get them back. *This is why you print you photos!!

What are you favorite travel spots? Tell me in the comments!

minneapolis wedding reception – the lynhall – anna & tim

Kia Ora! I knew immediately Anna + Tim were going to be so great to work with: Anna works with vineyards at the U of M and Tim is originally from New Zealand. If you know anything about me, you will know these are two of my favorite things. These two have spent the last three years in a long distance relationship. Finally, after 1,131 days, 34 flights, and 1 EXTREMELY long visa application process, these two are married! To celebrate their marriage, they invited their closest friends and family to The Lynhall for a reception – Tim’s mother and best mate even flew in from New Zealand! The night was filled with so much love and laughter. I am so honored I was able to capture this part of Anna + Tim’s journey! Cheers!

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Are you currently planning your wedding? I would love to get to learn more about your day! Contact me today to set up a coffee (or wine!) date!

wedding on lake superior in two harbors, mn – toni & jake

If I had to describe my perfect couple in two words, it would be Toni + Jake. When they first inquired with me for their March 17th wedding (in Two Harbors), I wasn’t sure they would actually hire me, because I was running a 10K race the morning of their wedding (in St. Cloud). I told them about my race, and totally understood if they wanted to have a photographer that would be more accessible the morning of their wedding; their response was, “Get there when you get there.” What? Did I read that right?
So flash forward to March 17th, I had an early start to get to the race, ran for a little over an hour, then my sweet, sweet husband drove me from St. Cloud to Two Harbors to shoot Toni + Jake’s wedding, which was the best wedding ever, in case you were wondering. Everything took place at the beautiful Larsmont Cottages on Lake Superior. The ceremony was set up facing the lake, and the reception was in a quaint room, filled with Toni + Jake’s closest friends and family. I left that night so, unbelievably, humbled by this couple that trusted me completely with their day.

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minnesota winter engagement session | laurenn & tom

I love doing engagement sessions, because they allow me to really get to know my couples before their weddings! I could tell instantly Laurenn + Tom were going to be an amazing couple. They were so carefree, and they made my job so easy – I mean look at them?! <3 Their session was filled with a lot of snow and even more love and laughs! I can’t wait to capture their September wedding! -xo 
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Saint Paul Winter Wedding | Lydia + Kyle Preview

Two words. Champagne Tower. I thought this was just something that only happened in Hollywood, but nope. Lydia + Kyle had a champagne tower instead of a cake. I was in Heaven. Their Saint Paul, January wedding was a mix of classic elegance and winter wonderland. Lucky for us we had a good weather day – it was above single digit temperatures! Lydia + Kyle had a small ceremony at the Public Kitchen + Bar in Lowertown, filled with their immediate family. Oh! And a bagpiper, leading Lydia down the aisle. It was incredible. Thank you for letting me a part of your day! -xo

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