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Renee and Evan's Wedding - Simple. Beautiful. Joy.

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Remember this couple?
They're amazing.
I shot their wedding back in October, and have been drooling over their photos for the past couple days. I thought I'd share their story with you! :)
Renee and Evan are the most laid back couple I've ever met. Ever. Everything about their relationship speaks of love, commitment, love, loyalty and trust.... oh, and love too. (Did I mention love?)
Getting to know them over this past year has been awesome - I genuinely love meeting new people and hearing their stories! Especially when it includes beautiful people in love. (Kinda my favorite!) :) Here's the story of their day... 
I usually start out shooting details shots; make up, jewelry, shoes... (Gorgeous pearl earrings..)
 I was in love with Renee's hair. Short and sassy! :)
Josh (my trusty assistant) was doing his job well and got some awesome ring shots.
Their wedding was downtown Minneapolis - at the Millennium Hotel. What a GORGEOUS hotel!
Renee's father had passed away, so in order to remember him on her special day, Renee decided to carry both her father's ring and a piece of ribbon from her mom's wedding dress. Little touches like that make the day especially emotional... even for me!
Renee wasn't nervous, but she couldn't finish her breakfast/lunch. And I had to document. :)
What a cutie! :)
This was the location of their ceremony... and wow. How cool is that?
They had their faces put on m&m's!! Josh and I had fun eating them... :)
The dashing dudes!
Renee and her sister were hilarious... literally. I laughed so hard...
Renee was all about beautiful simplicity! Her simple dress, her simple hair, her simple flowers.
Her simple beautiful self.
Did I mention we had fun?
The ceremony started off with a teary moment - Evan and his dad. Love that hug.
Renee and Evan decided not to see each other before the ceremony - the look on Evan's face as he saw his bride for the first time was priceless. Pretty sure he wasn't aware other people even existed...
The mom's were presented each with a rose. Love the simple touch!
Wow. Did I mention wow?
Post-ceremony aisle shots are the best. The best emotions, the best smiles... the best. Ever. :)
Evan and his sister after the wedding...
Josh grabbed some detail shots of the reception area before we headed out with the bridal party. 
Pretty sure I'm in love with f/1.4.
Simple. (Seeing a theme??)
The light was to DIE for! And I almost did die... by freaking out. A lot. Josh had to calm me down...
But look! LOOK! 
Aren't they adorable? :)
Adorable is an understatement, Renee.
The bridal party rocked. Formally and informally! :)
After we bridal party shots, we gave Renee and Evan plenty of alone time.
(And documented it all... of course.)
Because they didn't have time together before the wedding, we took plenty of time (and I gave them plenty of space) to just chill. Breathing in the moment is SO important when things fly by so fast.
So we breathed.
Pretty sure this shot took my breath away when I first saw it. See his look?
Pure. Simple. Joy.
Back at the hotel, the cocktail hour was just finishing up.
Siblings give the best speeches.
Then they danced.
Then they all danced.
And kept dancing.
Even after I left.
What a simply beautiful day. 
Congrats, Renee and Evan! :)

THE wedding | Mel and Jose Luis

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 It was all Jose's fault.

Melissa was on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic last summer; Jose Luis was the translator. Even though he was two years younger then her, they still connected on a deep level during those 4 weeks she spent there. Mel had to say goodbye to him, not knowing that she'd be back for another month that fall.

But God knew. 
By the time she left again that fall - they were in love. And when he came to visit back in March to meet our family, we all knew it was only a matter of time. 
Mel and Jose Luis were married September 11, 2010 on a gorgeous day in our backyard. They couldn't have been more blessed.

First of all, let me clear up any confusion. I was incredibly honored to be the photographer for their wedding, as well as stand up with Melissa as one of her bridesmaids. Multi-tasking is not something I do well, so I was a little anxious. Just a little.
But I think I managed. At least, Melissa thought so.... :)

Becky, of course, did all our hair and make up. She's amazing.
 Ok, so think she's amazing.
Mel wasn't too sure. 
Mel is always low key. Chill, go with the flow, and don't freak out. 
Her wedding day was no exception.
In fact, I think she was rather excited. 
Hmm... imagine that.
Simple dress. Simple earrings. Simple Melissa.
Awesome shoes.... awesome rings.... 
I had my wonderful assistants Josh and Nellie help me out with the shooting. I love the interactions Josh got with the guys...
Watching my sister get dressed for her wedding day in mom and dad's room was pretty emotional.
We did a first look. I LOVE first looks. In order to get all the pictures done with right away at the beginning of the day (with much less stress on the bride and groom), they saw each other before the ceremony. 
(Mel, you're such a creeper...)
Jose thought she looked pretty cute.
(LOVE the lighting on this one...)
Being the lead photographer while being in the pictures was pretty challenging. I arranged the people, set up the shot, handed the camera to Josh, and told him good luck.
I think it worked.
But then I got jealous and grabbed it again. Just to shoot JL and Mel. :)
(You really have no idea how many mosquitoes there were. Pretty sure we just about died.)
The funnest part about being in the bridal party was that we were all family - and all the couples were married couples. Well.... almost.
Why am I so lucky? I was so blessed to work with such a hot couple.
Mel LOVED her colors and how they all fit together. I did too.
Apparently, the boys liked the flowers just as much as we did.
Ahuh. Good family times.
After hanging out with the bridal party for a bit, I took Mel and Jose downtown Delano to recreate some of their engagement shoot
Remember this one?
And this one
What a beautiful bride.
Just seconds after this shot - a pizza delivery truck pulled up to deliver pizza to this door. I had no idea someone actually lived there!!
Back at our house, Mel and dad had some time to hang out before the wedding. 
Priceless shot. 
The GORGEOUS flowers were done by Erin Anderson - she's a friend of my sister Becky and did a beautiful job. If you ever need flowers, call her! :) (or call me, and I'll give you her number!)
My assistants did a phenomenal job shooting the ceremony. These next few make me cry. 
That look.
That kiss. 
That hug.
Those hands.
Praise the Lord that dad was well enough to speak at the wedding. It was the most powerful wedding sermon I'd ever heard. 
I think I'll remember it forever.
Instead of a unity candle, feet washing, or mixing sand together, Mel and Jose just knelt to pray. 
Then the the bridal party (our family) prayed over them.
Then they kissed.
And just like that they were married. 
We headed over to the reception lodge to get some shots of just the two of them.
The reception was beautiful! The food, decorations, people. Everything.
(Once again, Erin did a fabulous job on the flowers...) 
And instead of dinging glasses, we rang the dinner triangle to  make them kiss. 
Pretty sure I rang it every two minutes.
Just because...
Because they're married now.

Melissa and Jose Luis - sneak peak

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Every time I see this photo, it makes me happy inside.

God definitely knew what He was doing when He put these two together - and He definitely knew how to bless them with a beautiful wedding day. I was soooo thrilled to be apart of it, and I wouldn't change a thing. (Except for the chilly forgot-my-jacket-at-home reception part.)

I survived.

Congrats, Melissa and Jose Luis Rodriguez!! :) I love you SOO much!!

More outtakes to come! :)