Personal Work | Turks and Caicos

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I can’t say enough how much I fell in love with this trip. After our road trip in Ireland, which was AMAZING, all we wanted to do was take a vacation where we could relax.  I have also been wanting to travel for my birthday for the last couple years because when your birthday is smack dab in the middle of the endless Midwestern winter, you want nothing more than to get out of town.

So with one standing reservation and two airplane tickets we booked a little villa in Turks and Caicos and jetted-off to sunshine and sand!

The main thing about this trip versus every other trip we have been on is the lack of planning. We wanted to allow ourselves to completely let go of all the hecticness we feel 24/7. You know the “I have to do this, and this, and answer this email.” We came in with zero plans and we kind-of loved it. Our mornings were spent plopping down in the sand and watching the sunrise. We’d drive into town grab a coffee, a beignet (from the sweetest french lady, ever), and walk along the beach. Afterwards, the day was ours for the taking. Inevitably we always ended up sprawled out under some umbrella soaking up every ounce of fresh air we possibly could and happily wiggling our toes in the sand. One day, we even rented a puppy to come join us…seriously, we did. :-) (and we went back an embarrassingly amount of times to visit them).

Now that we’re back, I am counting down the days until wedding season starts. I can’t believe how amazing these couples are and how much I already love each and every single one of them. 2014 will definitely be one for the books!! :-)

Lauren | Minnesota Film Session

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I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

xoxo

Amanda

Mara, Patrick & Jackson | Rice Park, MN

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I don’t think snow could fall any prettier than in this session! Patrick and Mara picked the most perfect wintry backdrop for their little session in Rice Park, where they sported their hilarious “Best Friends” hats (seriously the best thing I’ve ever seen!) and traipsed around in the frigid snow with little Jackson.  These three are ridiculously hilarious together and I cannot get enough of them!! :-)

Jessica + Jason | Ney Nature Center Engagement

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I have to admit that meeting clients over croissants and lattes to hear them gush about their wedding plans is kind of my own type of heaven. It’s also a huge job perk!

So when Jessica suggested that we meet at a local cafe called “Bread & Chocolate”, I instantly knew that this was my kind of bride! The more she talked about her very NEW fiancé and described her vision for their May wedding that included blush tones, the more I was on board! Jessica and Jason will be the first wedding to kick-off my 2014 wedding season and it cannot come soon enough! Especially after our harsh Minnesota winters! :-)

I am ABSOLUTELY looking forward to being a part of their day!!

Personal Work | Door County, WI

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Door County has a way of slowing you down; whether it’s the crispy autumn air or the warmth of a little B&B.  We found a slow rhythm in this  “Cape Cod of the Midwest” where we hiked, overslept, and indulged just a little too much in their confectionaries.  Though my husband and I had just returned from Ireland, this trip was equally wonderful in its own right and we absolutely loved being able to check a few things off our autumn bucket list in such a beautiful place.  It was, to say the least, the perfect way to put an end to the 2013 wedding season.