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AMY+JAMES | lds st paul temple and cotton candy fluffy clouds

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AMY+JAMES | lds st paul temple and cotton candy fluffy clouds

Today is January 16th. It is exactly seventeen degrees out. I walked outside with damp sweaty gym hair for exactly 60 seconds… and the ends of my hair froze. So as a little therapy for the soul, I figured it would be good to reflect back on some warmer Minnesota days and a beautiful wedding from the LDS St. Paul Temple!

Take a look and breathe it all in. The fluffy clouds, 1092381 shades of green, (948012 mosquitos), cotton candy bushes, (99% humidity), and absolutely no snow whatsoever. Bliss!

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INSPIRED BY SAINT LUCIA | Scandinavian Christmas is my favorite Christmas

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INSPIRED BY SAINT LUCIA | Scandinavian Christmas is my favorite Christmas

I can’t claim any Scandinavian heritage of my own, but that doesn’t stop me from loving so much of the art, culture, design, and history from that part of the globe. Especially at Christmastime! Who doesn’t love a good Scandinavian Christmas? This shoot was inspired by Saint Lucia and the December 13th holiday that honors her. I MAY OR MAY NOT have first learned about this tradition from Kirsten, my Swedish immigrant American Girl Doll. Anyways.

Lucia was a young girl who helped persecuted Christians in Rome around 300 AD. As they hid below in the catacombs of the city, Lucia would secretly bring food for them. She wore candles on her head so that both of her hands would be free to carry as much as she could. Lucia was martyred for her efforts in 304 AD. St. Lucia's Day is now celebrated by a girl wearing in a white dress with a red sash round her waist and a crown of candles on her head on December 13. This Scandinavian holiday coincides with Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, so her feast day has become a festival of light. 

I put together this Saint Lucia inspired shoot and loved learning all about her story along the way. I loved spending the afternoon with my former bride, Leanna, as my Scandinavian model. When you see artistic depictions of Saint Lucia, you see why Leanna was obviously the model I picked! Another lovely former bride of mine, Jana, lent me her vintage stole for the shoot. The tulle skirt was a originally a wedding dress from a thrift store (my sister and I chopped the top!). I crafted the wreath of candles and I’m actually kinda bummed I didn’t keep it to be a part of my holiday decor.

Happy Saint Lucia's Day! 

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INSPIRED BY GRANDMA | Grandma Kaiser and the nudists
INSPIRED BY THE TETONS | a wind-swept periwinkle bridal wonderland thanks to our gal Faith Hill

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ALEJANDRA+JASON | LDS hartford CT temple wedding on an early spring morning

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ALEJANDRA+JASON | LDS hartford CT temple wedding on an early spring morning

The LDS Hartford Connecticut Temple was only finished about a year ago, which means the opportunity to photograph a wedding there is an extra special treat! Thousands (and thousands and thousands) of wedding ceremonies take place in other, older, LDS Temples out west (I'm looking at you, Salt Lake City) but here in Hartford (or Philadelphia or Nauvoo or Boston or Minneapolis), that's not the case. And it's fantastic!

After the ceremony and pictures around the temple grounds, everyone head over to the New Britain Art Museum for a reception later that evening. So glad we snagged some more bride and groom pictures there before the festivities started!

Ceremony - LDS Hartford CT Temple
Reception - New Britain Museum of Art
Dress - Maggie Sottero from The Perfect Dress (SLC, UT)
Florist - All Occasions Florist

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