Van Dusen Mansion Wedding Photography | Carlee & Brian | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

One of my favorite locations from last summer was at the Van dusen Mansion in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I had the pleasure of shooting with Gina Zeidler for Carlee and Brian wedding day!

The day was sunny and shining reflecting the attitudes and joy of this bride and groom! The girls got ready in the upper rooms of this stunning victorian style mansion, while the boys relaxed downstairs with the tv running and the pool table entertaining. The bride sent us down to deliver her gift to her groom and oh my goodness it was more of 18 gifts. I loved what Carlee did, all the gifts that she gave him were a nod to one moment or the other in their relationship, giving brian a walk down memory lane right before his walk down the aisle. So ROMANTIC! With all the finishing touches and slipped into her Kate Spade Shoes she had her first first look with the man she grew up loving, her dad. He just entranced with her bridal beauty and it was so precious to witness them seeing each other for the first time that day.

From there we ventured down stairs and out to the front to have a second first look with her groom. When he turned they were adorably giddy and just captivated by each other. From there we jumped on the party bus to do some more photos downtown Minneapolis. The views with the minneapolis bridge in the background are some of my favorites from the day.

When we got back Carlee had one more surprise up her sleeve, She added an attached ballgown to her dress.

The ceremony took place in the courtyard outside while surrounded by friends and family.

After the I do's was followed by party all night and a cigar bar for all!

Please enjoy Carlee and brian's beautiful Van Dusen Mansion wedding.

Interstate State Park Engagement Photography | Becca & Scott | Taylor Falls Engagement Photographer

Do you know Becca & Scott? We had done a session a couple of years ago which is still to-date the coldest shoot I have ever done. We laughed about it this past weekend at their ENGAGEMENT SESSION. I could not have been more excited to re-shoot these high school sweethearts years later. The meet in high school and stuck it through, something that not many do.
Scott told me he was going to pop the question when he visited Becca for Thanksgiving. For her last semester in college Becca could not be more done! Scott had a plan, after work take Becca to a beautiful waterfall and make his girl his fiance in one simple question! Easy Peasy right? Well, since Becca was not in on the plan she made other plans. Not seeing any need to rush, she made some time to have Scott meet her work family.

Since the plan was to prose at sunset in front of a waterfall ( can you get more romantic than that?) it was a little darker than Scott anticipated so they drove past his desired location and it took a couple of trys before finding it again. As Scott was desperately looking for the right turn to the said waterfall, Becca connected the dots and started to make suggestions of pretty spots along the way.

They finally made it and Scott started to lay his heart out to Becca; he was in the middle of his proposal when Becca asked if he was gonna get down on his knee! He assured her that he was going to but he was going to finish first. Well he got through it and down on one knee and asked his best friend to marry him. She of course said YES and couldn't look at anything else but her new shiny friend sitting on her hand all the way back.

They will be continuing to choose each other next year for their late summer wedding! SO EXCITED! Please enjoy a small preview of their engagement session last weekend. Didn't they rock it?!

What I am Obsessed With Right NOW! | Personal

I have not done a personal blog post in a LONG time. 

It has been so busy with wedding and engagements I am just so pumped to share my amazing couples with you that I some times get put on the back burner. 

I just wanted to take this time to share with you some thing that I have found the last couple of years that just WORK. I am always really excited to find something that fills a need or a want  and it actually lives up to the hype . It frustrates me when I spend money on something that falls short. So here are a list of everyday things I have found that changed my life! 


The Wet Brush - This is a simple hair brush. Now I know what you are thinking “Molly, did this really change your life??” And the answer is YES. I have always had thick hair on my head and majority of my life I have kept my hair style long. When I was a kid I have vivid memories of my Grandma Gertie brushing my hair while I sat there crying from the pain. That is not something that just leaves you. You know those circular hairbrushes? (Aka torture devices) Yeah, I had one day in my childhood where one had to be CUT out of one of my siblings hair. So a couple of years ago, my boss of all people told me that he found this brush for his daughters hair that works wonders. I went to my local target and bought one to give it a try. It is simple the most painless hairbrush I have ever used in my life. I will never buy a different brush again. You can use it with wet or dry hair and it will guild right through. It is a miracle worker.

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Lipsense Lipstick - I have NEVER found a lipstick that lasted all day; I always had hopes of wearing the perfect color, looking glamorous but coming up short when I had to reapply what felt like every hour. I never wore lipstick because I felt like it was a waist of time and effort always wondering if it needs to be reapplied. Then along comes Lipsense. It was a friends recommendation and after seeing videos I gave it a try and fell in love….HARD. I bought several colors and all of them last ALL day long. I often look to see if I can find the colors I want for cheap since this is one of those things that consultants sell. But if you go on Facebook or Ebay you can find some for a good price. Colors I love - Mulled Wine, Redblue, and roseberry. No, I do not sell this product. I just am really excited I actually found something that works.

Eyesense Eyeshadow- This product is ALSO by the same company as lipsense. It stays on my eyes without any kind of primer and that is after running around sweating up a storm on an 8 hour wedding day. So in my book it is literally liquid gold.

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Bzees Shoes - I found a pair of shoes on sale at DSW and my life has never been the same. They are called Bzees. Extremely light weight shoes that give me support and gives me the opportunity to focus on everything else BUT my feet. After 8 to 9 hour wedding days my feet are feeling great which in the wedding industry is like finding a magical unicorn and calling it Whinny. My very first wedding after college for my internship I wore a pair of dress flats that were well used and loved. After documenting a beautiful wedding, my feet were literally bleeding. I walked barefoot in the stress of Minneapolis to go catch my ride. I never again will abuse my poor feet that way. After finding this unicorn of a shoe wear, it didn’t take long until I ordered 3 other pair from this brand all different kinds and I am still in love. I found one pair of wedges and now I can have some height on wedding days which is a first in my life.
 

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I borrowed images off of google. I in no way own them and I am not being paid for this post. I just wanted to spread the good news that there are things out there that work! Enjoy