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two years ago today

Monday June 28, 2010

Two years ago I married the love of my life. It was without a doubt the most beautiful day I have ever lived.

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I absolutely loved the flowers at my wedding and to be married at Camrose Hill was like a dream.

To my husband:

You are the one I want to talk to the most, the one who makes me laugh the hardest, the one I want to tell my secrets to, and the one I will love forever and ever.

Happy 2nd Anniversary Jake! I love you I love you I love you.

For fun, read last years post about our wedding day!

my beautiful cousins

Thursday September 24, 2009

A few weeks ago we traveled to North Carolina for my cousin Abby’s wedding.

It was an absolutely beautiful weekend full of family, reminiscing, and laughter.

I was able to take photos all day along with the photographer they had hired — it was great practice for me.  Here is just one ‘sister shot’ of my beautiful cousins Rachel, Abby, and Stacy.  More to come later!

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Wednesday September 23, 2009

I had my second real wedding shoot last Friday and it went really really well.  I wasn’t as nervous as the first and I felt more confident with my camera.

But it was very very hot.  Everyone was sweating. For five hours straight.  You know how much I enjoy the heat. See last post. I did alright though, drank tons of water. And just owned my red perspiring face.

I am learning A LOT about what it means to be a photographer — First, of course, is the actual shoot, which is like eight hours of taking photos WITHOUT sitting down.  Then you go home EXHAUSTED and sleep.  Then you decide what to do with the 1,500-2,000 photos you just took because by that point your computer has run out of room. (Jake is installing two terabyte hard drive in the basement. I can’t explain what terabyte is, I am sorry). Once you get all 1,500-2,000 photos in Aperture (a photo management tool on my computer) you rate and organize them into folders and begin the process of cropping, color changing, and balance. Oh my!

It can only get better, right?!

I am also realizing that there is great responsibility and honor in being part of the celebration and capturing the moments of these weddings. I take this very seriously and want to do a good job.  I am constantly looking at photos online for inspiration — the weddings on this website are UNBELIEVABLE. Check out the photos in Real Weddings.

I will share some of my photos soon. Just have to install those terabyte things, upload 2,000 photos, rate and organize them all, and then begin the editing process…you know, I should be done sometime NEXT YEAR.

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Tuesday August 18, 2009

In the chaos of our wedding day the lap top with this slideshow of photos never got set up. Which was a bummer because my Dad had spent hours scanning photos and Jake and I had spent hours gathering photos from the bottom of plastic bins in our basement.

If you think about it, your wedding is really one of the only opportunities to force all your friends and family to look at mostly adorable photos of you as a baby, toddler, and at times really awkward teenager.

Luckily, I have this blog where I mostly talk about myself and me and myself a little more.

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Here is the full set of photos on Flickr.

this week last year, saturday

Saturday June 27, 2009

By this time on Saturday my up-do was in place and I am having the best hair day of my life.

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We had woken up to blue skies but there was definitely a HUGE chance of rain and sure enough when we were done at the salon it was overcast and starting to sprinkle. But for some strange reason the rain was not sending me into a panic — maybe it was because it was my WEDDING DAY!!!

I drove out to Camrose Hill in my car with Katie and Cassie following behind.

As I was driving the weather was patchy, with beautiful storm clouds and clear blue skies in the horizon. I will never forget what it looked like.

I was oddly calm considering my personality. However, my thoughts turned to a slight panic with the possibility of it really raining. I started to think of how sad it would be to not be able to share Camrose Hill Flower Farm with all my friends and family — it is just so beautiful there.

THEN this song came on the radio with these lyrics (looking at them now, I must have only heard a few key* words – either way, it made me cry with joy, I just knew it was a sign that EVERYTHING was going to be perfect)!

Don’t stress, don’t stress, don’t stress
Just tell him to the left left left
Don’t stress, don’t stress, don’t stress
Cause we gone & we gone & we gone
*No stress, no stress, no stress
*Girl you deserve nothing but the best

*No stress, no stress, no stress

Girl you need to tell him…
That I’m leavin’ never to come back again
You found somebody who does it better than he can
*no more making you cry, no more them gray skies
Girl we’re flyin on the G5 G5

I credit this silly silly song to saving me from a whirlwind of panic, a spiral of doubt, and for changing the course of weather that day.

That morning it was ABSOLUTELY pouring buckets at Camrose Hill while friends and family were setting everything up — my Mom was totally without a doubt panicking. PANICKING.

I was freakishly calm as a cucumber.

As always so were Katie and Ben.

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Later that night guests told me that they drove to Stillwater (from all directions) with storms and pouring rain but as soon as they got near Camrose Hill it was clear and beautiful.

At the same time Jake, the procrastinator, did not disappoint! As soon as I left that morning for my hair appointment he began frantically calling jewelery stores in St. Paul looking for one that was open. He had decided to buy me a necklace as a wedding gift – pearls! WOW. He is a keeper.

Peter arrived at our house and they headed to Super Target and bought $250 dollars worth of umbrellas! Just in case.

We were all at the Farm and the day had officially begun. All of a sudden it was 1 pm and I hadn’t even gotten dressed!

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After all the getting ready and taking photos we had to make a split second decision about the rain — we had the iPhones in over gear checking the radar and at approximately 3:50 (ten minutes before people began to arrive!) the decision to be outside was made! Everyone started to assemble the chairs OUTSIDE for the ceremony (apparently, except for Katie and Grandpa Bill :)

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Seriously, look at that sky!

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The ceremony was so beautiful. My Dad was hilarious. Jake looked amazing. My veil was super long. My family was so wonderful. Our friends were all there. Everything about Camrose Hill is magical. The barns, the fields, the flowers. And the weather, wow — it was seriously freakin’ amazing. Perfect Minnesota 75 degrees with a slight breeze. Perrrfect!

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The night was full of hugs, laughter, food, cake, flowers, wine, beer, dancing, s’mores and love. Oh my goodness I want to do it all again and just hit pause. It goes so fast with such a fury. And with a blink of an eye it comes to a close…the linens are off the tables, the flowers are in buckets, and the candles are blown out.

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But what a day, what a day to remember.