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SARA+TREY | in love in the pee-less city

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SARA+TREY | in love in the pee-less city

Happy three year anniversary to Sara and Trey! They contacted me about an anniversary session to commemorate both their marriage and their new lives in Minneapolis. They packed up their bags and moved straight into downtown - away from family, friends, and the small-town lives they were familiar with!

As we walked and talked and snapped these pictures, I was just so so so enamored with this beautiful city. Here’s a few of my favorite little things about Minneapolis…

1. It doesn’t smell like pee. I have spent time in New York and I have spent time in LA. Those cities smell like pee. This city does not.

2. Cobblestone streets and sky bridges. Old mill ruins turned into museums and those rentable green scooters (which I am DYING to do!!!!). Minneapolis has the charm of an old city with the amenities of a new one.

3. A river runs through it. Should I see that movie? I haven’t. Well, a river runs straight through our city and that river is the MISSISSIPPI.

4. A bridge with dogs in strollers. The Stone Arch Bridge is the icon of it all! Businesspeople commute to work via bicycle. If you’re delusional, you can arrive early in the morning on the 4th of July to get a spot on the bridge to watch the fireworks over the river. You’ll see bridal parties, tourists, locals, and occasionally those strollers with a tiny shaking dog inside.

5. Happy little trees. Not those sad CAGED trees you see planted along the streets of a typical city. Because the Mississippi River goes straight through Minneapolis, the city has tons and tons of green foresty parks smack dab in the middle of it with places to rent kayaks or take steamboat tours. I plan to do both this summer.

6. Not afraid to drive!!! I have been to New York, but NEVER driven myself around it. I have been to LA, but NEVER been behind the wheel there either. Same with Seattle, Miami, Las Vegas, and so on. But Minneapolis? I’M NOT AFRAID OF YOU! I KNOW I can find parking! I KNOW your drivers are not all human scum! I will gladly take your roads anytime.

7. Pretty city. Skylines galore. Positioned for ideal portrait lighting every evening at golden hour. Thank you sun, thank you city planners. I love this pretty city.

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SUZANNE+NIC | cascading pouring spewing buckets of romantic rain

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SUZANNE+NIC | cascading pouring spewing buckets of romantic rain

I sat on the ledge of my bedroom window (sounds like the intro to a murder novel but bear with me) watching the rain just GUSH. DOWN. I am looking at a thesaurus right now to figure out what word other than gush could truly describe this rainstorm. Spurt (eh). Spew (ew). POUR (obviously). CASCADE (YES). Water was absolutely CASCADING from the sky and I had to decide, “Do I cancel?” followed by, “Well, the WHOLE POINT was that I wanted to do more shoots in the rain” because “I want to remind people that rain isn’t necessarily bad weather for romantic pictures!” but “I didn’t mean like.. THIS much rain..”

Needless to say, because you are here, reading this, you know that we did not cancel! I shot half of these ducking under the open trunk of my car!! The real heroes are Suzanne and Nic, who certainly did NOT get the luxury of being under the open car trunk to get the shot.

So happy anniversary again to these two! A funny little thing I love about their story is that created their own holiday when they were dating - combining the two numbers associated with their birthdays (five and twenty-four) which became.. May 24. So. Can you guess what day they chose for their wedding?

Read Suzanne’s post The Trials and Tribulations of Marriage and visit her on Insta!

“Thank you so much Emily for this beautiful experience. It was one that we truly needed at this time in our marriage. We are so grateful that we have these beautiful pictures to capture such a fragile, raw, and honest time in our relationship.”

- Suzanne (read her thoughtfully honest post HERE about working through trials of marriage and dancing in the rain)

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KAMI+MICHAEL | the perfect excuse to wear a floor length gown
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KAMI+MICHAEL | the perfect excuse to wear a floor length gown

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KAMI+MICHAEL | the perfect excuse to wear a floor length gown

Kami and Michael get not one, but TWO wedding anniversary days. Why? Mike is Christian and Kami is Hindu, so they had two separate wedding ceremonies across two separate days. If you’re like me, your first question is, “So did you get to have TWO wedding dresses?!”

And yes, she did.

To celebrate their FIFTEEN YEAR anniversary (er, anniversaries) Kami went all out with another gorgeous dress. "Go casual, go fancy, or anywhere in between!" is my standard advice for clients. But like.... IT IS SO FUN when they choose fancy. Because the truth is that the typical adult doesn’t have a whole lot of occasions for a floor length dress once the wedding is over and that is just the saddest thing.

“It hasn't been easy, health and family weren't too kind to us but here we are 3 kids, a mortgage, and 15 years later stronger than ever. I'd like to think that the worst is behind us.” - Kami

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