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Keegan and Allie met in the halls of East High School, 12 years ago. They stood the test of time, cultivating a relationship that would endure High School, College, long distances and growing up together – side by side. Their wedding day was a long awaited celebration, both by family and friends and everyone surrounding them with love and support all these years. It was nothing short of incredible – especially since the day had been forecasted as thunderstorms all week long – but Duluth delivered a perfect Summer day with not a rain cloud in sight! Their wedding party had me laughing all day and their sweet pup “Tubba” might just be my favorite ring bearer ever (But don’t let his unhappy mug fool you – he was thrilled about wearing a bow tie!)
I cannot say enough about this couple and their kindness, sincerity and goodness. It was an absolute joy to witness and capture their love story. Though it may seem like the finish line after years of waiting for this moment – it is just the start to their incredible marriage together. Congratulations Mr + Mrs Flaherty!

Photographer: JaneCane Photography
Venue: Pier B Resort
Florals: Bella Flora, Inc.
Wedding Planner: Kori Bennett
Hair: Language of Hair
Makeup: Derick Cich Makeup Artistry
Wedding Dress: Enzoani, from Posh Bridal Couture Minneapolis
Men’s Suits: Mainstream Fashions for Men
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Adrianna Papell 

Cake & Cupcakes: How Sweet It Is Cakes / Popcorn Bar: Fannie Rose Candy Shop

 

 

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Brittany & Riley are the kind of people that exude light + kindness, continuously inviting those around them to share in their life and love. Especially, their love of Jesus. They are selfless and kind, always putting others before themselves and absolutely (so completely, head over heels) in love.

Riley is a Football Coach and Britt has creative talents beyond a title – think amazing artist meets graphic designer meets crafting super woman. Together, they make quite the team and have been lovingly dubbed: Team Briley.

When Britt contacted me last year about their Destination Wedding plans in Riley’s Florida hometown, it seemed too good to be true. Incredible humans celebrating their love story, surrounded by incredible friends and family with an incredible (sunshine filled) backdrop? AMAZING. And it really was just as perfect as it sounds.

I was lucky enough to arrive a few days early and meet Team Briley’s crew – who were oh so welcoming and blanketed the couple in nothing but love and excitement. This was the moment they had prayed for, the moment that had been weaved into making through years of God’s grace creating paths for Riley + Britt to come together. There is really no mistaking that they truly were made for each other.

From start to finish, their wedding day was nothing but perfection. All the tiny details + plans Brittany had worked so hard on finally came together (and it was absolutely Stunning!) Laughter, love and happy tears ran abundant as we gathered to celebrate around Team Briley on their special day.

I cannot fully express how grateful I am to have been asked to capture the start of Britt + Riley’s marriage together. It was beautiful and sweet and So. Dang. Fun. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Hill! May your life together be filled with love, laughter, adventure and many more beautiful memories. xoxo, AJC

 

Venue – The Club Continental / Orange Park, FL
Photographer – JaneCane Photography
Wedding Planner – Uncorked Occasions
Catering – The Club Continental
Bakery – Cinotti’s Bakery
Florals – Whole Foods & Park Avenue Florist
Bride’s Dress – Alvina Valenta / Che Bella, Minneapolis
Bridesmaid Dresses – Bought individually from Windsor, Adrianna Papel & PinkBlush 
Men’s Suits – Men’s Wearhouse
Men’s Ties – Michael Kors / Macy’s
Entertainment – McGee Entertainment
Hair + Makeup – Bride’s Sister, Wedding Party
Decor + Signage – Bride & Family
Stationary – Designed by Bride
Bride’s Jewelry – Family heirlooms

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Photography – JaneCane Photography
Venue – Grand Superior Lodge on Lake Superior
Bouquets & Florals – Bella Flora
Decor – Bride, Groom & Family
Bakery – Sugar on Top Sweet Shop 
DJ – Pro Sound & Lights
Bride’s Dress – David Tutera, Our Shop Too
Bridesmaid Dresses – Our Shop Too
Tuxes – Vera Wang, Men’s Warehouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Logan + Katina have this incredible positive energy about them – the first time we met, they treated me like we were old friends and filled my belly with the tastiest of treats (So I immediately wanted to be their Best Friend) They work their booties off creating + serving incredible baked goods at their coffee shop Downtown – the Lake Superior Bakehouse. And If I could go there and eat the Ham & Cheese Brioche everyday, I would – seriously the BEST. If you have never been, you should probably make it a priority asap!

They fill their days spending time at the Bakehouse, but making sure to find time for themselves – cooking together, searching out the freshest ingredients, adventuring with Sachmo (their handsome pup!) and enjoying music and life side by side. Their engagement session encompassed my very favorite parts of Duluth – the Northwoods and the Lake – and was not lacking in humor or laughter!

These two are really quite incredible – hearts of pure gold – and I cannot wait to capture every incredible moment of their Wedding Day this Fall!

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Today, or somewhere in the black hole between 11:59pm and 12am, I turn 29. A Leap Year baby who never gets a real Golden Birthday – since February 29th is obsolete this year. Not that something so silly as a missing date on the calendar could ever stop me from wearing gold sequins and celebrating anyways. (I hear Champagne for breakfast is a thing) My most exciting plans for the day: renewing my Driver’s License.

Pretty festive right? But it’s actually kind of fitting – not only because, in true fashion, am I doing it on the last day possible (It’s probably on a to-do list somewhere in my house, written weeks ago and buried under a pile of old mail) but also because it will be the first time I confidently walk into the DMV and have no shame in writing down my real weight. In years past, I have always flubbed – guesstimating 5 or 10 or 15 pounds under the reality of this curvaceous bod. But Year 28 was a turning point for me. A lesson in self love and self awareness.

It was a year that looked Fear in the face and laughed, a year that sought contentment over yearning for more, a year that allowed me to look in the mirror and find happiness. Though I continue to fall victim to the comparison game and too often allow myself to feel less than – It’s a work in progress. But Year 28 also brought a new found confidence. It brought an understanding that my time here is too precious to worry about how I look or how I match up against others around me, instead bringing clarity to an idea of community. Focusing on how I am making people feel, raising up, cheering on, supporting – not tearing down, validating others, being a voice for the voiceless, staying transparent and honest and unapologetically being myself. My flawed, imperfect, unique self. And filling my days with actions that create change, not just should haves and would haves. It was a year of Jumping Right In. (Even when sometimes I should have waited and put on the floaties and just hung out in the shallow end) But was a year of No Regrets.

Year 28 also brought a handsome, bearded fellow in front of me on one knee, asking if I would be his forever adventure buddy. Luckily, I know the guy. (And Cooper approved)

It brought all sorts of new experiences and life lessons. I tried Fondu for the first time – and wondered why I hadn’t had it in my life sooner. I fell in love with Sour beers and bite sized anything and something called coffee. I realized that losing weight isn’t as important as being healthy. Tiny, small, seemingly insignificant changes always lead to big results. Salad dressing on the side is surprisingly awesome. Couponing is strangely addictive and extremely satisfying. Weekends are made for Northwoods adventures with my two dudes and staying up late means making it to the 10 o’clock news. Wrinkles are a blessing, a sign of years passed – something I promise to never take for granted. And the idea of spending the rest of my life with Andrew Spilde is an excitement I can’t describe, but can attempt to with limitless double chin smiles.

But overall it was 366 days of challenges and failures and utmost joy. (And you bet I am counting that Leap Day we had last year!) I learned to be completely and wildly in love with my life, every imperfect chaotic moment, deeply grateful for each new day I am given. Each breathe I get to take. If this year showed me anything, it was that life is not to be taken for granted and our time here is so sacred. So why not make the best of it? Do more, Be more, Connect more. The rest just falls into place.

But another year couldn’t be celebrated without some really important humans that said Yes and gave me life. // Happy Birth Day Momma, I sure am glad God chose you for me. I couldn’t have asked for more incredible, caring parents to teach me what honest love looks like, every day. I’m so gfateful for the years we’ve had so far, just us three, and all the years ahead we have yet to uncover together.

Year 29, I’m coming for ya.

Photo of my double chin grin by our incredibly talented friend + beer lover, Bailey Aro Photography // www.baileyaro.com

 

 

 

 

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  • February 28, 2017 - 9:38 am

    Sydnee - you did it again! waterworks city over here 🙂 So grateful for you and sharing your heart on this big day! Happy that we were brought together and I get to be a witness to your big dreams, challenges and lift you up in all the in-betweens. All the love in the world to you today, friend! XOXOXReplyCancel