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ABBIE+JORDAN | abandoned mansion in the forest, in a good way

ABBIE+JORDAN | abandoned mansion in the forest, in a good way

I took these anniversary pictures of Abbie and Jordan just a few hours before Minnesota's first big snow of the season rolled in (oh, I was out photographing DURING it too! WORTH IT)  but you'd never know the struggle just by looking at the pictures. Omg - why am I talking about the WEATHER when obviously there's something much cooler at hand here. AN ABANDONED MANSION IN THE FOREST.

If you are wondering where the hEcK this amazing place is, it's a private mansion owned by the company Jordan works at! It is currently vacant (it was most recently being used as office space!) and it took all the power within me not to not start our shoot joking, "Hehe - it must be haunted!" because I know my own fear tolerance level and I would convince myself it was actually a scary place. In reality, it's just really really beautiful! 

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PEYTON+JEFF | that empty misty Yellowstone morning that fed my soul
MYUNGHEE+BRIAN | for realsies a red hanbok in a golden dream forest my eyes are exploding it is so beautiful

JORDYNN+SCOTT | actually letting the train touch the ground

JORDYNN+SCOTT | actually letting the train touch the ground

"Arguments occur most often when people are hungry, thirsty/dehydrated, and tired." - Jordynn

Can we get an A M E N on that?! I asked Jordynn what marriage advice she would give a newlywed and that answer was a home run. Let me brag for a sec because I have that special ability to become instantly hungry AND thirsty AND tired all at once at rapid speed. This most commonly happens within one hour of walking around a mall.

Anywho. A year after Jordynn and Scott were married, they donned their outfits again for anniversary pictures in the vibrant fall colors they never had for their wedding day. Because it was in Arizona. 😂 Jordynn discussed her experience doing these anniversary pictures and said, "We got to recreate our wedding day in a more private and intimate setting, in the woods, too! That would originally be off the table because my dress would get dirty. But there's no regrets or worries because the wedding was over!"

PREACH IT. AMEN AGAIN. The greatest thing about anniversary pictures in your wedding dress is actually being okay with the train of your dress touching the ground. You know, that piece of fabric intentionally designed to drag on the ground? We can ACTUALLY do that. 

"This was the most fun we've had taking pictures. The time spent with Emily felt more like going on an adventure together, falling more in love, and having someone document the experience."

"On our wedding day we didn't have much time to enjoy each other during the pictures. We felt rushed to get them done so we could get ready for the reception. An anniversary session allowed for us to reflect on our special day without the rush or stress of the long list of to-do's."

"I seldom shared my innermost thoughts with anyone else. Marriage has given me a safe place to open up and share pieces of myself that I'm too insecure to show the rest of the world. I find a lot of comfort in my marriage, in the vigilant commitment that Scott and I keep for each other on a daily basis. It's easier for me to say sorry and to say I love you--two things I didn't grow up saying often."

"I admire [Scott's] ability to endure and persevere through unpleasant life experiences with little or no complaints. His optimism through difficult times astounds me; it also inspires me to remain positive as well."

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PEYTON+JEFF | that empty misty Yellowstone morning that fed my soul
MARYJANE+MICHAEL | 41 years and a floral wedding dress

MYUNGHEE+BRIAN | for realsies a red hanbok in a golden dream forest my eyes are exploding it is so beautiful

MYUNGHEE+BRIAN | for realsies a red hanbok in a golden dream forest my eyes are exploding it is so beautiful

"Getting anniversary photos taken every year is a great way to document you and your husband's lives over the years! I can't wait to look back at all of our anniversary photos! And anniversary photos make wonderful Christmas card pictures." - Myunghee

After their wedding in California earlier this year, these two took a trip back to Myunghee's homeland of Korea where she got this gorgeous new hanbok (a traditional Korean dress usually reserved for special occasions). And oh em GEE do they make for some good pictures. These golds and reds are killin' me! 

The thing you might not know is that I've got a hanbok, too! My husband is Korean-American and we were gifted our our set of matching hanboks. Buying them in the United States is usually very expensive, but my mother-in-law figured out another way. My husband's brother's wife's dad's friend went on a trip to Korea and kindly visited a hanbok shop on our behalf. Seriously - my husband's brother's wife's dad's FRIEND did that for us! Equipped with some screenshots from the internet I sent, the shop staff selected four hanboks that had similar styles. That brother-in-law's wife's dad's friend texted pictures down the totem pole and very late one night we got to choose our favorite! This was by FAR the most "Say Yes to the Dress" moment of my life. In true television fashion, the first three were "eh" but the last one was "YES"!

 So, six months after these radiant, golden fall hanbok pictures with Myunghee, I got my own lovely, pink, spring hanbok pictures. You can see one over HERE but don't you dare get distracted. Time to turn your attention to the pictures below...

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PEYTON+JEFF | that empty misty Yellowstone morning that fed my soul
MARY JANE+MICHAEL | 41 years and a floral wedding dress