I had the privilege of capturing Adam + Anna’s gorgeous wedding day last Spring in Elbow Lake, MN – so when they asked me to visit again (this time to meet new baby Adeline) I was thrilled! It’s an amazing process to watch my wedding clients journey through wedding planning to the wedding day to post-wedding to babies and everything along the way together – and so very special for me to have the honor of preserving those special moments for them through photos.
Sweet Adeline slept through her entire session and made the entire experience a complete breeze for Mom & Dad! Big Brother Harley is obsessed with her, and follows anyone around who is holding her (melt my heart) I so loved getting to catch up with the Johnson Family and see them in their new roles – Thanks for all the snuggle time Addy girl!
April 16, 2016 / Michael + Kierstin Swenson / Duluth, MN
I met Kierstin in August of 2014 – she was the Maid of Honor in a Duluth wedding I was shooting and her kind, genuine nature made me want to be her best friend immediately. At the reception I remember her introducing me to this red-headed guy who was sporting a sideways grin and looking at her with a whole lotta love – it was pretty obvious then that something was brewing, but who was I to foresee the future …
Jump ahead to March of last year and an email landed in my inbox from Kierstin “I’m engaged!” Aha, I knew it. Apparently, I have magic powers. As we started chatting and talking everything wedding I looked at her Fiancé’s name on the contract and recognized it – but why? I didn’t recognize him when we met, but that name … hmmm.
Ok so let’s rewind to my college days at St. Scholastica, I was living in a house with 4 baseball players that was a favored “gathering place” for lack of a better word. (Party House) makes us seem irresponsible, and goodness we can’t have anyone thinking that. I got to know a lot of the Baseball team, their recruits and stories. I also have been to my fair share of Baseball Weddings – which usually are a combination of a little rowdy, a lot of fun + one heck of a tradition at the end of the night (think karaoke awesomeness and hoping the Bride & Groom don’t get dropped on the dance floor) So there it was – Michael Swenson, CSS Baseball player – it finally made sense. And in true Duluth fashion, our world of connections got a little smaller.
So now it’s their wedding day – the most amazing, sunny, warm April day I can ever remember – and Kierstin is the epitome of Bridal perfection. The sweet ooohs and ahhhs echoing through the bridal suite as she put on that gorgeous dress gave me all the feels. Michael’s reaction at their first look had me in tears and I had the most amazing time with their wedding party and families as we went through the day. A lot of laughter, a lot of happy tears and so much love. One of those wedding days where you forget you are just the photographer – not a long lost friend showing up to celebrate. That’s just they way these two are – so inviting, so genuine and loving and inclusive – making sure everyone around them is being taken care of before themselves. It’s pretty amazing. So it would only make sense that this incredible couple would have an incredible day, surrounded by those that adore them so much. Cheers to you, Mr + Mrs Swenson (who are still in Hawaii on their honeymoon – hi you guys!) may your marriage be full of joy and adventure!
Photographer: JaneCane Photography
Wedding ReceptionVenue + Catering: Greysolon Ballroom by Blackwoods
Wedding Ceremony: First Lutheran
Florals: Julie Geiger (Groom’s Aunt)
DJ: Dan Swanson (family friend)
Lighting: Duluth Event Lighting
Makeup + Hair: 2 Dye 4 Salon
Dress: The Wedding Shoppe, St. Paul MN
Cake: Johnson’s Bakery
Popcorn Bar: Fannie Rose Candy Shop
I think one of the greatest joys in my job as a photographer is getting to see my clients on the best days of their lives – getting to capture all of those amazing, joyful, emotional moments. Wedding days are pretty fantastic; pure bliss. But even better is getting to make awesome, real connections with clients – becoming friends with them being a kick butt byproduct of the time we spend together on those days – and the Ritters have become exactly that.
I captured Dan + Whitney’s sweet Summer wedding in August of 2014 on the shores of Lake Superior (a most perfect of Duluth days) and was fortunate to stay in touch with them since – following their move to the Twin Cities, new jobs and life changes. When they reached out to me last November about some exciting news (the “hey, we’re having a baby” kind of news) I was thrilled for them! It didn’t even register that they were asking me to capture their next adventure together – I just thought they were emailing me to catch up. So when I finally put all the pieces together that they were asking me to photograph baby Clyde I was so very honored.
So then fast forward to April of this year – Whitney was the Maid of Honor in another wedding I was photographing in Duluth and we planned to squeeze in a maternity session in Duluth while they were home for this wedding. Our goal was to have the lake + the woods as a backdrop for the photos, since they so dearly miss the beauty of Duluth. Shooting the session for me was really more of an excuse to catch up with old friends – way more fun than work. Hugs all around, getting to put my hand on baby Clyde hanging out in Mama’s belly and lots of laughs had me walking away full up with all the happy feels.
This is what makes my job so worthwhile – The connections, the relationships, the ability to watch my clients – my friends – journey through life together, getting to capture all of their amazing new adventures // Sweet Clyde, you are so very loved and you have the best parents around! I cannot wait to meet you and see Mom + Dad love you as fiercely as they love each other.