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April + Zach // Grand Forks Wedding Photographer

grand-forks-wedding-photographer-15-of-62April and Zach are engaged!! And we get to take their photos!! These two traveling missionaries in training are perfect for each other! They met at school and they’re giving their lives to Christ, it’s going to be amazing to follow these two and see what He has planned for them as they start this journey together! Both April and Zach are an absolute joy to be around, super natural in front of the camera and terrific at pretending like it wasn’t actually really cold outside during their engagement session. So glad these two were able to make the drive over to our neck of the woods and we’re counting down the days to their big one!

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Dianna + Jeremiah // Grand Forks Photographer

grand-forks-wedding-photographer-49-of-49Just a few weeks ago we were lucky enough to spend the afternoon exploring and photographing with Jeremiah and Dianna Trnka. I was super excited to get an email from these two about scheduling a session because I couldn’t wait for Jamie to meet one of my very good friends from high school and college. I was lucky enough to play soccer and run track with Jeremiah all through high school and I totally looked up to him! He was a year older than I, super funny, an amazing 800 meterist, and always nice to everyone especially the kids who maybe had a tougher time fitting in. He also introduced me to The Roots and A Tribe Called Quest, for which I will be forever grateful. The guy just has great taste. And clearly that carried over later in life because he found one heck of a lady in Dianna! We had so much fun photographing these two and shared so many laughs as traveled from one photo location to the next. Maybe you just had to be there, but my favorite moment happened when Jeremiah was talking about his TBI and Jamie chimed in with a “I’ll high five TBI’s!!” Which sounds odd, bordering on rude, if you aren’t familiar with Jamie’s TBI story. Which they weren’t but we laughed for a 5 solid minutes after Jamie noticed the confused awkwardness of the moment and shared her story. She’s incredible, I’m more impressed by everything she does and how well she does it every day. She’s amazing and I fall more in love with her every day!

Cheers to Jeremiah and Diana! Can’t wait to meet up again with these two in the great city of Bismarck and maybe share some pizza and listen to a little Mumford:)grand-forks-wedding-photographer-24-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-28-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-23-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-27-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-36-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-35-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-34-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-29-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-21-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-20-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-19-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-17-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-12-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-15-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-14-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-11-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-9-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-10-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-8-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-1-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-3-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-5-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-6-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-41-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-40-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-39-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-38-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-48-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-47-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-46-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-44-of-49grand-forks-wedding-photographer-43-of-49

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Sue + Tony // Grand Forks Wedding Photographer

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“FEMALE BOB ROSS CHARMS CHARMING ADVENTURER!!”

You’ve probably heard this exact story like a hundred thousand times, so nothing new to see here. Just move along to more cat videos and political memes…..unless tales of perfect strangers, chance encounters, and life changing love is your thing!!!

We have had the distinct pleasure of calling these two friends for a bit of awhile now. Sue cheerfully danced into our lives the night of our wedding almost 6 years ago! We then had the pleasure of meeting Tony shortly after Sue did. She was super excited to show off Tony ASAP!! The two met during a live painting Sue was performing at The Ember, a wonderful locally run coffee shop. Let’s just stop there for a moment. How awesome is that!?! The sheer bravery involved!! Painting alone is hard enough but the pressure of preforming creatively in front of people like that! Totally terrifying. And then the daring audacity of Tony right!?! Who wanders upon a live painting and then walks up to the massively talented artist! Someone who’s found exactly what he’s looking for, that’s who!! This has rom-com script written all over it! For an even better break down of the day these two met, you should check out there wedding page here.

September 18th was a perfect Sunday for a wedding. The oppressive heat of summer was a thing of the past and yet the first signs of fall were still barely perceptible. We began the day just as Sue was finishing getting ready. You have to see the exact moment when Sue’s mom, Kitty, see’s her in her wedding dress for the first time. Sometimes I can hardly believe we’re lucky enough to meet couples that entrust us to capture these types of moments. It was somewhere amidst the intersection of tears and joy and laughter and seeing your little girl all grown up. Things we can’t even imagine yet and something I certainly can’t articulate, but there it was all the same and we absolutely loved being there to witness such a once in a lifetime moment.

Before we left Sue’s apartment we had to take just a few pictures of her in front of the painting she was finishing the very night Tony proposed. You have to love how much Sue loves to create beautiful things and just how much of her life involves that. Then we were off to the wedding. It all took place right in the middle of the Seratoma Park, a park we’d been to and even camped out in a number of times and yet had not discovered the perfect little spot they found. Two rows of neatly trimmed, towering trees served as one of nature’s more picturesque cathedrals. While the guests sat in a peaceful shade provided by the tree’s interlocking canopy Sue’s beaming father walked her down the aisle and Tony saw his bride for the first time that day. The way Tony looks at Sue is incredible. It could not be more clear that Tony completely adores Sue. He’s found exactly what he was looking for. His own little ray of sunshine and bubbly energy to share in all of life’s great adventures.

After the wonderfully heartfelt, individually written vows and much joyous kissing and laughing back down the aisle we set off with the newly weds in tow for some really great portraits that I think you’re going to love. The evening concluded with the dinner and dance at the Boardwalk on the rivers edge. As a nice little touch and keepsake, Sue painted every guests name tag on a little square 5×5 canvas. We loved them and we’ve never seen anything like it!!

We want to wish these two love birds all the best as they move forward together and thoroughly urge them to move back to Grand Forks as soon as possible because we miss them already 🙂grand-forks-weddding-photographer-5-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-6-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-4-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-2-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-3-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-1-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-11-of-132=grand-forks-weddding-photographer-17-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-12-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-14-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-34-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-35-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-41-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-39-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-38-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-44-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-43-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-48-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-49-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-46-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-22-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-26-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-24-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-31-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-28-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-27-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-30-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-32-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-29-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-37-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-36-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-52-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-55-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-54-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-53-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-50-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-59-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-60-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-58-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-56-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-72-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-71-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-73-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-76-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-74-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-77-of-132manstrom-photography-1-of-1grand-forks-weddding-photographer-79-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-80-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-84-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-81-of-132manstrom-photography-1-of-1-2grand-forks-weddding-photographer-86-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-85-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-87-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-88-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-89-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-90-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-92-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-94-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-98-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-93-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-104-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-103-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-101-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-102-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-100-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-105-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-63-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-66-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-68-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-64-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-69-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-62-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-67-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-108-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-106-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-109-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-110-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-112-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-115-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-116-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-117-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-118-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-111-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-114-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-113-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-120-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-119-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-122-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-123-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-121-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-124-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-126-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-125-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-128-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-127-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-130-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-129-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-132-of-132grand-forks-weddding-photographer-131-of-132

Dress: Fiancee Minot
Wedding Coordinator: Kitty Burke
Florist: Crabapple Floral
Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist: Sue Moe
Wedding Musician: Jonathan Moorman
Cake: Alyssa Nefstead
Dress alterations: Jeanette Wilson
East Grand Forks Wedding Venue: Boardwalk Bar & Grill
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer: Manstrom Photography

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Hayley + Andy // Carlos Creek Winery Wedding Photographer // Alexandria

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Fall Vineyard Engagement session is music to a photographer’s ears! Just a few weeks ago we were lucky enough to photograph Hayley and Andy’s engagement session, just outside of Alexandria MN, at  Carlos Creek Winery. The sky’s were clear, the weather pleasant, and the grapes were everywhere! We had such a great time exploring the rolling hills and vine rows that adorned the charming property. We had so much fun with Hayley and Andy that we ended up photographing right up to the minute they closed for the day! Sadly, as the vineyard was closing for the day we were unable to stop at the wine tasting bar to sample the fruits of their labor, but now we definitely have something to look forward to on our next trip back!

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Brock + Emily // Fargo Wedding Photographer // Oxbow Country Club

fargo-wedding-photographer-36-of-210Brock and Emily are married!! I strongly suspect its impossible to spend any amount of time around these two and not feel a hundred times better than you did before. We met Brock and Emily first over FaceTime and then over coffee and it’s such a treat to get to spend any amount of time with these two. You kinda just want to sit back and take in their own hilarious brand of repartee. I’ll say it. Brock and Emily deserve their own talk show, or at the very least a season of The Amazing Race!! CBS let’s get on that!! What really makes them stand out though is how warm and friendly and genuinely interested they are in you everyone around them. You just feel so welcomed and important when you’re around them. I guarantee anyone who knows them knows exactly what I’m talking about! We’re super happy they love life out in Idaho, surrounded by incredible mountains, but we’d be just fine if they ever opted to move back to ND 😉
Their big day began in downtown Fargo just as a storm system was passing through. Thankfully the rain ceased as the first look got underway. No need to worry, Brock’s glorious hair handled the humidity like a champ as we explored our different locations. Then we met up with the bridal party for some of the most exciting bridal party photos possible! These guys just loved being in front of a camera and could not have been less shy about attempting to have as much fun as humanly possible! You’re absolutely  going to feel the fun and energy this crown exudes when you check out their pictures.
Then we made our way south of Fargo to the Oxbow Country Club and golf course where the ceremony was set to take place. Oxbow has a really wonderful little clearing set amidst these massive trees and neatly manicured fairways where they set up for the ceremony. Just as the ceremony was set to begin Mother Nature interrupted. Rain began tumbling out of the sky and we found ourselves huddled under a tree and 3 expertly deployed umbrellas. The intermittent rain cleared after 20 minutes but we’ll never forget how much fun we had crammed beneath those umbrellas with Emily and Brock, all of our camera gear and Emily’s super wonderful sister.
As clouds began to clear, the guests made their way out from the cover of the clubhouse for a truly wonderful wedding. The sun broke through just as the ceremony was ended, it felt like we were watching a movie! I don’t think we’ll ever get tired of watching two amazing people who completely love one another, as they say their vows and start a huge new chapter in their lives together. I mean how could you!?! Who doesn’t love that!?! You would have to be a robot to not. We felt so lucky to get to be there and we think you’re going to love checking out their day, because it was amazing. We wish Brock and Emily nothing but the best and can’t wait to meet up again for coffee and doughnuts!

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