Category: Weddings

Sunset photo at Abella Weddings

fall wedding at abella weddings and events | mariah & tanner

Mariah and Tanner’s fall wedding took place at Abella Weddings and Events. Their wedding day was unseasonably warm for November – 70 degrees and sunny! Weeks leading up to the wedding we were constantly watching the weather forecast. At first it said a high of 45 and continued going up from there! It was the perfect day!

Mariah and I met at Winona State University. We were college roommates! I had the honor of being her matron of honor and photographer! I hired Maire McMahon as an associate for the day and was able to shoot alongside Maire during most of the day. The wedding party was filled with friends from college, high school, and siblings. Although, I don’t know how good of groomsmen Tanner had selected. When asked to throw Tanner up for a photo, all of his friends proceeded to drop Tanner on the ground. Whoops! Tanner spent his morning playing table soccer, while the girls got their hair and makeup done on site.

Mariah and Tanner read their vows to one another before their first look. Mariah’s father built the arch that was behind them during the ceremony. I loved being able to work at Abella, because it’s a stunning venue! You can tell Teri really put in a lot of thought during the building process.

Mariah made sure to create a romantic, boho-themed wedding with touches of wicker, pampas grass, and lanterns. One of Tanner’s groomsmen tested positive for COVID-19, so we made sure Hayden was able to attend in cardboard cutout form. My favorite part of the day was incorporating Hayden, the cardboard cutout! The florist even pinned his boutonniere on him.

Knowing Mariah and Tanner from the start of their relationship, it was so amazing to watch it come full circle. Tanner is the perfect match for Mariah; they complement each other beautifully with their quirks and goofy sides. Check out some of the highlights from Mariah and Tanner’s fall, boho-style Abella Wedding below!

(Most of wedding shot by associate Maire McMahon, edited by Tonya Hjort Photography – some first look and couples portraits shot by Tonya Hjort Photography)

Bride and groom hold hands while walking on a golf course. Bride is wearing a strapless white wedding dress, groom is wearing a navy suit, while holding the bride's bouquet in his right hand. Bride and groom are smiling and looking at each other.

elkridge country club – baltimore, md – courtney & todd

Courtney and Todd started their wedding festivities at Todd’s Oma and Opa’s house in Baltimore, Maryland. The rehearsal dinner was set in the backyard underneath a tent. Right away you could feel the love both families have for Courtney and Todd. Todd’s grandma introduced herself to every guest saying, “Call me Oma.” Immediately, everyone felt like they were a part of the family.

On the wedding day, there were hints of Star Wars, since the wedding was on May 4th. Courtney even surprised Todd with his very own lightsaber entrance to the reception. Courtney’s uncles officiated the wedding at Shrine of the Sacred Heart church. After the ceremony, the wedding party took a limo to the Elkridge Country Club for the reception. Courtney and Todd rode in a vintage car. The Sandbergs know how to throw a party; which I think runs in the family. Oma definitely stole the show with her dance moves.

The reception ended at 8pm, but that didn’t mean the party was ending. Guests were asked to make their way outside for a sparkler exit, and then the party was going to continue on back at the hotel bar. Everyone got in their comfy clothes and continued the celebration.

I don’t think Courtney and Todd could have asked for a more perfect wedding or day. It was exactly as they envisioned, surrounded by their closest friends and family.

Church: Shrine of the Sacred Heart
Reception: Elkridge Country Club
Makeup: Kelly Unthank
Hair: Maricel Young
Dress: Brilliant Bridal – Denver

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

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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