I met Pat on the day he was born. In fact, my mom and I were the first to see him after he was born (in true Duluth fashion, our parents were friends and we ran into Mike outside the hospital who excitedly invited us up to see Cathy + Pat, us not knowing no one else had visited yet) We beat everyone to it – and had to return the ‘newborn’ outfit we bought at the hospital gift store because a certain 10lb baby boy was not going to fit into that! Thus began a lifelong friendship between the Miller kids + Cane kid and a lot of years of laughter and adventures with our parents.
Two years ago I had the honor of photographing Pat + Abby’s Wedding Day in Duluth (See some of that gorgeous day here) and was excited to capture this next big adventure in their life together! Miss Madalyn Jo Miller arrived in the morning on June 10th – coming into the world at 7lbs 13oz + 19.5 inches. Seeing these two become parents is incredible, and the way they look at that baby girl melts my heart. Maddie, you are absolute perfection and so loved. I can’t wait to see what Big things the future has in store for you! xo
Andrew and I met Niki and Roger many years ago through mutual friends – we bonded over late night band jams, dance parties + the most intense games of Pictionary I’ve ever seen. We had a hardcore Duluth crew that watched every Vikings game together and our pups were BFFs. (well, basically Jade just put up with Cooper, but we convinced ourselves they were in love.) They are the type of people that you meet and know instantly you want to be friends with – at their core, they are just really good people. As Roger’s music career morphed and grew, these two decided to leave Minnesota and move out to Portland – where we were able to visit them last Spring. I used our visit as a chance to take their engagement photos amidst the crazy beautiful Oregon waterfall landscape and Jade + Cooper were reunited. It was a really special visit for us, and would end up being the last time we saw Jade. I think a piece of our Duluth crew passed away with her and I know how much it would have meant for them to have her at the wedding.
When we met Niki + Roger, we also met their loud, amazing, super fun + crazy group of friends from high school. Being with them all together is like being at a constant party, your belly sore from laughter. This group has been together through so much together and I know it was really important for Roger + Niki that their wedding day reflect those relationships. Unfortunately, a very special person was unable to be in their wedding as planned, because he passed away last year. Cancer stole his life but his memory is still so alive (and fierce just like his red hair) Zach would have been a groomsman, and a very important part of their day, so Roger made a choice not to replace him in the wedding party and instead have his would-be bridesmaid partner walk alone down the aisle. Roger was also gifted one of Zach’s hankies, which he lovingly wore alongside his own all day. They found beautiful ways to remember those in their life that could not physically be with them and I think we all felt their spirits celebrating alongside us.
On top of being two of the gosh darn best humans I know, I am so inspired by Niki + Roger’s commitment to supporting local and making eco-friendly choices. From her conflict-free diamond ring to the local food trucks and beverages, every effort was made to keep their vendors and wedding day decisions as ethical as possible. Please take time to peek at their vendor list (at the very bottom of this post) and check out the amazing people + services that helped make their wedding day so incredible!
I could write on and on and on about this couple, about their kindness and generosity and how they are truly salt-of-the-earth beings who think of everyone else before themselves. Or how beautiful it was that they incorporated family into their day (choosing to be married under the Apple Tree that Roger’s parents were married under 30 years ago and Niki wearing her Grandmother’s beautiful headpiece) But instead I will say this: I love you. I am so happy for you. And I can’t wait to see what your marriage together brings. Wishing you an eternity of happiness, laughter + never ending adventure, xo
Photographer: JaneCane Photography
Ceremony + Dinner Venue: Groom’s Family Home
Floral Decor: Gardening by Groom’s Mother Becky
Bridal + Bridesmaid Bouquets: Made by Bride + Bridesmaids from flowers purchased at Minneapolis Market Flowers
Cake: Positively 3rd Street Bakery / Duluth, MN
Beer: Gifted to the couple by friends that are Brewers in Duluth
Bride’s Hair: Amberlee Rehbien
Bride’s Dress: Purchased from The White Dress Bridal Boutique / Portland, OR
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Bridesmaid Dresses: AtomAttire Etsy Shop
DJ: Groom’s Brother / Best Man
A few weeks ago, I took maternity photos for Dan + Whitney on the shore of Lake Superior – we were all anxiously awaiting this little human’s arrival and couldn’t wait to see what he looked like! (See that gorgeous session here) Fast forward to May, when Clyde William Ritter decided to make his grand entrance! Born on 5.22.16, 10lbs + 22 inches – he was perfect. I had the honor of visiting sweet baby Clyde at home with his Mom and Dad and ‘pugalicious’ sisters! The entire session he was wide eyed and curious, listening to us chat away and giggle in awe of his cuteness. It seems like yesterday I was meeting Dan + Whitney to talk about booking their wedding day and now I am watching them step into new roles as Mom + Dad. My heart bursts with joy for them and this new (and exciting) journey together!
I met Joe + Jamie when their little guy Jameson was born, they had hired me to do a lifestyle newborn session in their home. A little while later they got engaged and I had the honor of being asked to capture their wedding day, where I would learn they were pregnant again! A little brother for Jameson will be jointing them soon (so many important + exciting adventures for this family!) When Jamie told me their wedding would be Gatsby themed, I was a little nervous – theme weddings can be hard to pull off and aren’t exactly in my photography style. But she had a vision, and I could see that she was going to make sure it came to life in the best way. She was determined, that Bride!
Jamie + Joe are two of the kindest people you will meet, and would be the very first to tell you that their wedding took a village – they took time during their special day to thank family and friends for coming, near and far, and for helping them bring their dream wedding day to reality. With the help of Northland Special Events and Jamie’s glitter-inspired vision – their Gatsby Wedding was nothing short of Fabulous! From fur accessories in her bridal look to gold accents and shiny, gold everything – this was a celebration you didn’t want to miss! Amidst
Congratulations Mr + Mrs Durovec! Thank You for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful wedding day! May your marriage be full of laughter, adventure + life-long learning together with those beautiful boys!
Photographer: JaneCane Photography / Wedding Planning: Northland Special Events / Wedding Signage, Decor + Day of Coordinators: Northland Special Events / Florals: Fleuration by Northland Special Events / Venue: Black Bear Casino Otter Creek Event Center / Hair + Makeup: The Colour Lounge / Cake + Cupcakes: How Sweet It Is Cakes / DJ: KMA DJ