Everyone welcome Krystal and Shane to the blog! We traveled to Bismarck for their engagement session just as the last traces of fall were disappearing from the trees. We had terrific weather, for the end of October in North Dakota, and some really fun spots picked out for their session. The sandy beach down by the river is perfect, and we managed to find some really vibrant reds and yellows. We had such a great time with these two! They have a really sweet, natural chemistry that’s just a blast to be around. Before we knew it the sun was setting and we were snapping the last pics of the day. We can’t wait for their 2018 wedding day!
It’s the Peter and Zoe engagement blog! We can’t wait for you guys to check out their engagement session. Not just because we captured a ton of super fun moments and created some epic portraits but mostly because Peter’s my brother and he’s the best! We knew Zoe was perfect the very first time we met her and it was obvious to everyone what a wonderful pair the two made. We’re super excited for their 2018 August wedding but we’re even more excited to add Zoe to the ever so colorful Manstrom family!! One would be hard pressed to find a more driven, multi-talented pair. These two maximize every minute of the day and being around that kind of energy is contagious! Plus, when the time is right, our little Jonah’s going to need teammates if my dream of fielding a soccer club comprised entirely of highly competitive, world beating, ultra euro-stylish Manstrom’s is to ever materialize!! Wait. Will that make me soccer’s Lavar Ball!?! Because that would be ideal.
Alexa and Ryan are married! Just a few short weeks ago these two walked down the aisle and forever joined as husband and wife and we were there to capture all of it! We began their big day just before Alexa put on her wedding dress as she was finishing hair and make up with all her bridesmaids. A wildly impressive display of rain poured forth from the sky for the duration of the day so we moved the first look into the beautiful lobby of the Olivet Lutheran church. Three story ceilings and windows that stretched all the way to the top provided terrific light and a wonderful reprieve from the unrelenting rain. Alexa and Ryan took the time to exchange letters before turning to see each other for the first time. By the time they were finished reading their letters the love in the room was practically palpable!! The little quiet moments we photographed during their first look were some of the sweetest, most genuine we’ve had the pleasure of photographing. Then it was time for portraits of Alexa and Ryan, fortunately the church campus was enormous and afforded tons of really great photo locations, we really think you’re going to love the images we made!
We finished their photos with just enough time to take a little breather before the ceremony, which went splendidly! After their vow’s Alexa and Ryan walked back down the aisle as husband and wife. Then we jumped on the party bus with the newlyweds and their bridal party. Being around people who are having that much fun is just a small part of why we love our job so much! Eventually the bus made its way to Alexa and Ryan’s reception venue at the Crystal Ballroom. The speeches and toasts that followed were some of the funniest, most original we’ve witnessed! I guess that’s just what happens when two great families come together to celebrate the joining of two tremendous people. We had a great time with Alexa and Ryan and we want to wish them nothing but the best as they step forward into this new chapter in life together.
Fargo Wedding Photographer: Manstrom Photography
Congratulations to Rusty and Rachel! These two were just married on a truly spectacular day only a few weeks ago and we were so happy we got to tag along for all the fun! We started the day at the CanadInn, with a few candid getting ready photos and some really nice little details shots. We then made our way over to this really quiet little tree alley in Sertoma Park for their first look and a some really great portraits. After finishing there we were off to the Ralph Engelstad Arena, home of the UND Fighting Hawks National Champions Hockey Team, and also Rachel and Rusty’s reception venue! We met up with their bridal party at The Ralph and we immediately made our way to the roof and took some super fun pics with the whole group and the massive UND logo, good thing no one was afraid of heights! We also made sure to take full advantage of how amazing the arena looks, such a unique backdrop, you guys are going to love it!
Next up was the ceremony at Sacred Heart, what a gorgeous church and always really great to see a full house for a weddingAfter Rachel and Rusty said their I Do’s and walked back down the aisle as husband and wife we jumped on the party bus and headed to some of their favorite spots. At the first stop one of the bartenders even offered to let the bridal party use her Harley as a photo prop, needless to say the photos that followed are priceless! I get the feeling super fun stuff like this happens all the time when you hang out with Rachel and Rusty, these two are so friendly, couldn’t be easier to talk to, and are always down to have a great time! Eventually it was time to head off for the reception. The dinner and the dance took place at center ice, it was amazing! We were right down in the middle of the arena, right under the scoreboard where they drop the puck every season, it was such a surreal experience. The taco bar was terrific, the speeches were funny and sweet and the Dj’s really brought it for an exception night of dancing! We felt so lucky to be a part of their big day, Rachel and Rusty are great and we couldn’t be happier for these two. We want to wish them all the best as they start this new chapter in their lives together!
Ralph Engelstad Wedding Photographer: Manstrom Photography
We cannot wait for everyone to meet Sophia and Nick! We met this amazing couple last year at a wedding we photographed in Bloomington Indiana that you should probably check out here!! We bonded immediately over a fierce love of road bikes and Pokemon. Needless to say, we were so excited when they asked us to photograph their wedding at the West Baden resort in French Lick, IN. One would struggle to overstate just how incredible this resort is. Initially constructed around the turn of the century, the recently rehabbed West Baden resort is enormous on a scale that is difficult to describe. You’re immediately overwhelmed by sheer size and volume of the atrium and free standing doomed ceiling. The attention to detail throughout the rest of the resort really makes it feel like you’re stepping back in time to the height of the roaring 20’s. What a perfect place for a wedding!
Sophia and Nick’s big day could not have gone any better! We began photographing for the day as the ladies were finishing hair and make up and the gentlemen were playing pool. We then found a super pretty walkway with tons of soft light steaming in through the sides where we captured one of the sweetest first looks we’ve had the pleasure to witness. It’s so wonderful when couples are able to fit in 5 minutes of peace and quite to share with each other before the craziness of a wedding day takes over. Next, we were able to explore the resort with our amazing bride and groom. Incredible backdrops and picturesque photo locations were everywhere! We were in heaven!! We had maybe an hour with the couple but it felt like 3 minutes.
The ceremony took place outside on an elaborately manicured lawn, if you’re picturing Downton Abbey level stuff then you’re on the right track. After their personally written vows and I Do’s Sophia and Nick walked back down the aisle and we followed the newlyweds and their bridal party to the Pete Dye mansion and golf course that sat atop the hills adjacent to the resort. The views from the top were incredible, your going to love what we captured up there!
We then made our way to the reception where a delicious 7 course meal was served. The food was amazing, the speeches and toasts were all glowingly heartfelt and we just felt so lucky to have met Sophia and Nick last year. You could not ask for more generous, thoughtful and engaging people to call friends. We want to wish these too all the best and hope that our paths cross once as soon as possible!