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Imagine this…

You and the love of your life, Lake Superior view, delicious pizza locally hand made, the prettiest boho gown you’ve ever laid eyes on; surrounded by nature’s lush greenery.

This and more is all possible at the Seagull Bay Lodge in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Your guests can all comfortably stay in their own private living space connected to the main Residence, and you can share the large deck space, campfire pit and open backyard.

Sound fun? Or do you still want to stress for the next year and half planning a large wedding for 300 other people to enjoy while you’re whispering to each other “we should’ve eloped?”

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Kaylee and Zach met at the sweet age of 16 in the small town of Buckman. They clicked way back then, decided to date, but with both attending different neighborhood high schools, it wasn’t real serious. “Many years later we ran into each other and sat and talked for a while and after that conversation we became each other’s shoulder to lean on for everything. Within a few months we were talking all the time and spending every single day together and we both knew right away that we were going to be together in the end. 1 year later we bought our first home together in the town that we both grew up in and 6 months after that we got engaged. We planned our wedding 3 years exactly from the weekend that we ran into each other again. One of our favorite things about each other and our new life is how well our families blend together. Our families grew up together as well so there’s always great stories to be told. Also, with both of us coming from farms we all have a lot in common so it makes things fun!”

Kaylee chose a stunning gown from my favorite boutique bridal shop in New London, Finley Florence. Its romantic, boho vibe was the perfect compliment to the wooded, earth tones of Rice Creek.

“Right away when we got engaged we knew we wanted to get married out there. It fits our lifestyle and personalities so perfectly. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect place for us to get married at!”

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It takes a special man to make a horse girl fall in love. A horse is the kind of animal that speaks to your soul and gives you inner peace, therefore a horse girl is seldom out searching for someone to fill that void. Once in a while though, someone will come along and make her world an even better place.

For Megan, that special someone is a Nebraska cowboy named Chris, who has a mutual love for animals, a tough side that can handle a ranch and a romantic side who just might show up to an engagement session with a surprise bouquet.

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This is the view I am lucky enough to see daily, but for some (those a couple hours south) the view is much different. Instead of horses, trees, frogs, (ugh and a couple snakes…I’d rather not talk about) cats, tractors, chickens and fields; there’s cars, houses, buildings, people and more cars.

I used to make Kelli model for me at this farm back when we were just Seniors in High School so I could practice photography, so it was fun to have her visit again with her adorable “all boy” family!!

It was raining when they left the cities, drove out out it, and then right back in it when they arrived in Fort Ripley. We waited it out and captured that moody post-storm lighting I love.

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Join us as we celebrate the stunning Ellie in the charming, historical town of Stillwater.

  • Favorite activities | Volleyball, Socializing and Working at the nursing home.
  • Future Plans | She’s hoping to play volleyball in college and pursue a degree in the medical field.
  • Favorite Quote | kill them with kindness, “My dad has said this quote to me a few times and it has always stuck with me. I believe being kind will take you much farther in life and give you a life filled with more happiness.”}

It was such a fun and meaningful adventure as Ellie, along with her Mom, Aunt and both Grandma’s celebrated her life and accomplishments in the historical downtown Stillwater.

“Stillwater is the place Monte and I visit every year for our Anniversary. It’s the perfect balance of fun, old charm and beauty. Cheesy as this may sound, those are the words I would also use to describe Ellie so I figured it would be the perfect place for her Senior session.” ~Angie, her mama

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I remember chatting with Kayla last summer about her and Jarrod’s relationship and she said, “it’s seriously so easy…I’ve dated in the past and it seemed like so much work to make it work. This has just felt natural and easy…and fun. He’s the best.”

So it’s no surprise that not long after the two were happily engaged!!

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They say some couples start to look like each other after years of marriage, but these two are already at that level. Soooo adorable!! Serious was not their thing, but laughs and kisses definitely are;)

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Hillary and Kyle have been friends since the Elementary days. They lived their lives separately; both headed off to college, and ran into each other here and there. The connection grew stronger and after a fun camping trip with a group of friends, they decided together was so much more fun than separate. They started dating, and a year later, were engaged!

“Once we started dating things moved rather fast. We were friends for such a long time so we didn’t necessarily have to get to know each other; we just had to adapt as our relationship evolved from friendship into something more.” 

When it came time for wedding planning, Kyle and Hillary mutually agreed an elopement would be the funnest and most sincere way to start their married lives together. Lucky for me and Emily from Lace and Brass Events, our Banff Pop-Up Elopement caught their eye;)

“Kyle and I choose to elope because we wanted an intimate and simple ceremony between just the two of us. We wanted to focus more on each other and the important reasons we were getting married. Also, we both love the outdoors and are very adventurous so we both knew we wanted an outdoor wedding and decided we would rather spend our money on an experience between the two of us rather than just one big event.”

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Cole got a homerun when he met Tiffany!! Or should I say Tiffany is one lucky fan? Or maybe I’ll skip the corny puns and just show you how stinking cute these two are:)

Since baseball is a big part of their life with Cole playing for the Royalton Riverdogs, we decided it would be the perfect scene for their engagement session. We couldn’t stop there though…I mean they are basically model material…so we put on some formal attire and had some more fun in the sun!!

Hair & Makeup: Nikki Popp | Location: Royalton High School Baseball Field | Dress: Lulus

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Imagine a day dedicated to just the two of you and the love that lifts you up inside. For some this day is a big celebration…aka wedding. For others, it means a day with less distractions, people to entertain and impress, and less stress. It means a day of simplicity, relaxation, intimate memories and meaningful connections with the one you love most.

This Elopement on Stoney Hills is an inspirational shoot to show you how romantic and simple your day can be if it’s what your souls desire. The countryside in Cushing, Minnesota is the perfect backdrop, topped off with a gorgeous wild bouquet and the large wooden arch that sits on a hilltop at The Barn at Stoney Hills. To make your day more special, have a decorator set up a dining area where the two of you and maybe a few of your closest friends gather to laugh, drink and eat in the midst of nature’s peaceful beauty.

Planning+Photograhy: Xsperience Photography

Venue: The Barn at Stoney Hills, Cushing, Minnesota

Decorator: Dees Decorating

Bouquet: Pierz Floral

Dress: AW Bridal

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