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You've said yes, you've started to plan, but don't forget, THE WEDDING DRESS!!!

Here are a few helpful tips to make wedding shopping go a little smoother

 

1. Have a budget:  There's no sense trying on several dresses that are out of your price range.  Know what your max is and stick to it.  Consider looking at Consignment Bridal Shops.  Often you will find something that is completely within your budget, but would have blown the bank if you would have paid full retail price.  Also remember that there's more to a dress budget then just the dress; there is alterations, shoes, veil, lingerie, etc.

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2. Undergarments:  Wear a good bra and panties when you go try on wedding dresses.  There will be a lot of people helping you on and off with the various dresses.  You want to feel good about how you look and get an idea how the dress will fit with appropriate undergarments.  If you want to wear a bustier on your wedding day, you'll see how it looks before you buy the dress.

3.  Know what you like:  There is a wide gamut of wedding dress styles.  Knowing what you like will help narrow down what you're looking for.  Also, have an idea of the styles that look best on your body type.  If you don't know, ask your best friend or Maid of Honor.  They'll help steer you clear of a style that isn't right for you. 

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4. Call ahead:  It's rare that you can find a bridal salon that will happily accept a "drop in".  Call and schedule a time to shop.  You will likely be assigned a staff to be 100% attentive to your needs.  Most shops will refuse a "Drop in" so scheduling an appointment will keep you from being disappointed and turned away.  Also, if you know the style that you're looking for, most bridal salons will pull a few in the style and size that you're looking for.

5. Avoid bringing children:  I love children, but believe me, wedding dress shopping isn't the place for them.  It can get dull for them, and your focus shouldn't be on worrying about the little ones.  Everything when you are shopping for your wedding dress should be about you, the Bride.

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6. Bring people you trust:  This goes with number 3, knowing what looks good on you and people who will be honest on how the dress looks.  Don't bring a lot of people with you.  Everyone will have differing opinions and too many can get confusing and overwhelming.

7. Buy what fits NOW:  I've worked with numerous brides who have purchased a dress a size or two smaller with the plan of working out and losing weight so that a smaller size will fit on their wedding day.  Although the intention is great (and I'm all for improving your fitness), often times the stress of the planning, the extra celebrations and parties cause the best intentions to fail.  It's a lot easier to take a dress in then to let the seams out.

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     Do you have any other tips or hints that you would like to share with other Brides? Have you worked with a Wedding Gown Shop that treated you like Royalty. Drop me a note.  Who knows?  Your tip might be featured in a future blog about shopping for a wedding dress.

 

 

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This is 56 | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2021/2/this-is-56-minneapolis-wedding-photographer This is 56

I turn 56 today.  It's an age that I had sometimes worried I wouldn't see, and if I did see it, I wouldn't be very healthy.  You see, I have type 1 Diabetes.  I had a mom who said I shouldn't have children (I have 2), and I've had doctors that could only speculate all the complications I would have (Including an eye doctor and is nurse who said I would be blind by the time I was 30 and that I was less than smart at becoming pregnant - while in my first trimester with my first born)

I remember my mom at 56, she seemed so old.  Life was passing her by.  She struggled with her weight and her health and seemed to be surviving but not thriving.  I knew that I wanted to be active throughout life.  I knew that I wanted to control my Diabetes instead of it controlling me.  I knew I wanted to thrive!

I have had a GREAT life.  I've loved and been loved by some incredible people.  I have seen more of the world then a young girl growing  up in a small town in Michigan could only dream of.  I have two incredible children who remind me that "somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good" (quick what movie musical is that from?) I have had cats and dogs that have made me smile. I have friends that have been part of my life since I was in school.  I have memories that bring me laughter, smiles, and yes, tears. I am thankful for every minute.

Last week I wanted to honor myself, my health, and yes, my age and had my own photoshoot.  Since I didn't get my butt in gear in time to find someone to do this shoot for me, I did the next best thing: I took professional selfies.  I set up lights and my tripod, and with the help of my camera's timer, I had my own photo shoot.  I think the model and the photographer did a pretty damn good job at catching what it means to be 56!

It is true that 50 is the new 30...  At least for me!

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And the movie quote?  It's from the "Sound of Music"  Yep, I've been to Salzburg.

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Aaron and Michelle | St. Paul Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2021/1/st-paul-wedding-photography Aaron and Michelle

  Social Media is making the world a smaller place.  I met Michelle through Instagram.  A truly delightful woman who lived in the UK.  I watched her life and I watched her fall in love with a man.  A man who just happened to live here in Minnesota.  Through the distance, and with an ocean apart, we became friends.  As fate would have it, she was becoming engaged to this Minnesotan and had plans on moving here.  Guess who they chose to capture their love in images?

 This is the story of how they met, fell in love and became engaged in Michelle's own words...

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Aaron & I met romantically through my pink leggings profile pic on Instagram. He says my cute peach was what first attracted me to him .. we started chatting and never stopped.

From the beginning there was a click , a spark and I would get butterflies knowing he had sent me a message... it felt lovely to share things with each other and to be loving .

Having a relationship through a pandemic, a long distance one as well with a 6 hour time distance would prove challenging to some , but we made it work ... my bedtime was Aaron’s breakfast , my dinner was his lunch ..  we made it work for us and shared our lives together as much we could until we knew we could meet physically .

We understood each other , in a way no one else could and both of us feel it was fate that we met and really from the first day, could not imagine a life without each other ..

We shared our breakfasts , I had introduced healthy eating to Aaron and I loved that he continued this , we shared our love of music and our song is REM, "The One I Love". We love 80-90’s-00’s indie music , we joke that if one of us had been into jazz it may not have worked .. ha ha !

We had date nights , watched films our first film was "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", went walking together, ate snacks , even meals , all thousands of miles apart. Aaron brightened up my day and I made him so happy he says ...

We shared jokes , British/American humor and we both loved how we pronounced words differently...

We were both finally able to meet in Bermuda and this was the place of our first physical first date ...

Aaron waited for 4 hours nervously at the airport, I had butterflies but as soon as we saw each other and kissed we knew that this was was meant to be ....

Aaron said I was even more beautiful in real life and I was very attracted to Aaron, just love how tall he is , at 6”4 .

In Aaron I have found a wonderful man who is not only handsome, but kind, thoughtful and generous. He is so loving and tactile too, in fact I feel home when I am in his arms .

Aaron proposed in Bermuda on our second trip to the island, he got down on knee under a moongate, this symbolizes love and good fortune to newly weds . It was a beautiful proposal and I said yes because I want to spend the rest of my life with him, he makes me feel so happy .

We celebrated with champagne and a dinner on the beach with a glorious sunset .

 

Aaron says he has never felt so loved in his life and that I have brought a lot of happiness to his life . He thinks I am pure sex to him. I absolutely love this!

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I consider Michelle and Aaron friends.  I can't wait to share in their lives together and their wedding ceremony later this year.  I am blessed that my clients become life long friends.

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Santa Baby | Minneapolis Boudoir Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2020/12/santa-baby-minneapolis-boudoir-photography Santa Baby...

Santa baby, just slip a sable under the tree for me
Been an awful good girl
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight....

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A Boudoir session makes a lovely gift for the woman in your life.  We help with posing, have hair and make-up artists available and make the recipient feel beautiful, sexy and empowered.  She just has to come with the idea of having a fun and relaxed time!

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There is still time to purchase a gift certificate to give as Christmas Present.  But Contact us SOON.  Before you know it, Christmas will be here! Call or text us at 952 288-8617 or e-mail us at Cara@memoriesintimemn.com

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"Cara and her team made me feel like a Goddess.  I was a little nervous at first, but the whole experience was a BLAST!" ~Amanda, Minneapolis
 

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   Before you know it, the Holidays will truly be upon us.  Can you believe that Thanksgiving is two weeks away?!!  Although Covid has changed how most of us will be celebrating the Holiday Season, one tradition can still remain: Christmas Portraits!

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  We will have 2 set ups in our studio.  Our first will be in dreamy colors of white, gold and silver.  The second will be more of a traditional brightly colored set up.  Twenty minute sessions with 5 images are only $150.  Sessions are booking fast!  If you want one, contact our studios ASAP!

Call or Text 952 288-8617

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The Apt | New Venue | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2020/7/the-apt-new-venue-minneapolis-wedding-photographer The APT

A New Venue Space

  I recently had the pleasure of touring a new wedding and event venue in North Minneapolis called The APT. A lovely warm space owned and hosted by Chris Villegas.  This space was made to host  a variety of events from small weddings, showers, birthday parties, corporate dinners, etc. Whatever you can dream, Chris can make it come true.

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   I imagine beautiful baby showers or reveals, and Chris thought of everything.  There are lights that change color surrounding the windows.  Imagine everyone's excitement when the room suddenly glows a beautiful pink (or blue!)  If you want to host a Christmas party at the APT, the lights can be red and green!  

  Chris designed this place and the subtle nuances add a touch of class and elegance.  In relaxing tones of gray, blues and green with soft wood tones, the color scheme goes well with the signature brick walls (likely Chaska Brick based on when it was built.)  

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Q & A with Chris

Q: How did you decide to own a venue space?

A: I have been throwing events and parties for friends and family for as long as I can remember. Back when I was a kid, my neighbor wanted to be a DJ when he grew up so he used to have “dances” at his parents’ house and would invite all the kids in the neighborhood. I would partner with him and would be in charge of marketing. This consisted of creating flyers, printing them out and putting them up all over the neighborhood so all the kids in the hood knew where and when the party was. I think I called it the “Party House” which looking, back, was not very creative at all, LOL. 

Since then, I’ve been hosting parties at my house and at other peoples’ houses for all sorts of occasions. I also used to be on the Target LGBTA Business Council when I was an employee and headed the Community Relations and Events pillar. I was on the committee for 6 years and also headed to the Pilar for 3 years planning the annual Pride kickoff event for the entire company. It was quite the job but twice the fun! As fun as all of this has been in life, I finally decided that it’s what I truly love to do and it’s taken me 37 years to figure that out. 

 

Q: What did you do prior to this and are you still doing it?

A: Prior to opening my event space, I was a Sr. Mobile Device Engineer for Target Corp. To break it down in its simplest form, I worked on multiple hardware platforms that team members used across the Distribution Center chain that included handheld computers, vehicle mounted computers, voice picking devices and wearables. I also used to assist with wireless site surveys when we opened new buildings or introduced new hardware. It was heavily IT driven. At the end of my career there, I started to dabble in coding software and helped build a print management solution that our client support center would use to help fix broken printers. It was rewarding. Do I still do IT and engineering? Not quite. I no longer work with hardware but I do use my experience and knowledge in software development to help with the business and my website.

 

Q: What’s your ideal event for your space to host? 

A: That’s a tough question. Given the fact that I haven’t hosted an event yet, I can’t pick one in particular. Thinking about the future, I do think the event that I’m most excited to try out is a wedding. My space is not the most ideal for a wedding since it’s so small but I know it’s one of the events that couples look forward to the most. I've attended many weddings in the past and it always makes me so happy to see them so happy! 

 

Q: What is your favorite ice cream flavor and why? 

A: Plain Vanilla. Why? Because it’s so versatile. You can add just about any flavor to make it the flavor you want and it goes well with sprinkles. There’s something about the simplicity that makes me gobble it all up! 

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  Thanks for your time and the tour, Chris!  If you're interested in meeting with Chris or taking a tour or the venue, check out his website The APT or give him a call at 833 278-6757

 

 

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Centennial Lakes Engagement Session | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2020/7/centennial-lakes-engagement-session-minneapolis-wedding-photographer   It was a beautiful sunny morning when I met with Bailee and Brian for their engagement session.  We had hoped to be at The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the space I use as my outdoor studio, but COVID-19 cancelled out those plans.  Our amazing alternative became, Centennial Lake Park, a 24-acre park that is surrounded by several restaurants and shopping areas.  With all the different areas, you can get several different looks in one location.

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Their Story

  Bailee and Brian met online through the bumble dating app. They talked for a few weeks, and then had their first date on November 9th, 2018 at Caribou Coffee.  Bailee believes coffee has a way of warming the heart and she wouldn't want to go a day without it, but at first, Brian had a different opinion on coffee. They enjoyed each other's company and that is where their journey began. That day the coffee wasn't the only thing to warm her heart... Brian Hynes did too! He has warmed up to coffee since then and now they enjoy a cup of coffee and the wonderful company of each other when they have a morning together.

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  Brian got down on one knee and proposed at Rice Creek Park on February 29th, 2020.  His sister, Alissa, captured their special moment.  In Bailee's words, "My eyes filled with happy tears and my heart filled with love and pure joy. A proposal and the answer being "YES" was followed by a trip to Invictus Brewery where our family and friends awaited our arrival to celebrate with us. A day we'll always remember ."

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 In Bailee's words... 

  "We love making life an adventure, trying new things and making new memories every chance we get. Family, faith, and our dogs are most important to us. We cherish the time we are able to spend with family and friends and we love to walk and play with the dogs. We enjoy going to church together or watching it online. We love to stay active, working out together, ice skating, rollerblading, and hiking and getting outside. We enjoy trying new breweries, walking around the mall, supporting our sports teams, and playing cards/games with family and friends. We also love staying in, snuggling up together, and watching a movie. "
 

 "We happy dance every time we see each other. I love when he comes and surprises me at work. Bri happy dances when I drive up into the driveway and he comes outside to see me and meet up with me. Our dogs make us happy dance. A cup of coffee, a nice breakfast, and the company of each other make us happy dance. A Surly Furious, a Leinenkugel, a Truly, and a sweet hard cider make us happy dance. Successfully cooking/grilling a meal together make us happy dance. Smoochin' him makes me happy dance. "

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  We, at Memories in Time Photography, wish you both a long and happy life together!

  If you need engagement and wedding photos, reach out to us.  We'd love to hear about your dream wedding and help you

"Capture your Memories... Beautifully"

 

 

 

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Coach Koch | Minneapolis Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2020/4/coach-koch-minneapolis-photographer   I got news this morning that a great man past away.  He was Jack, but to those of us who grew up in Parchment, Michigan, he was simply, Coach Koch.

  Whether he was aware of it of not, he likely was in my life a lot longer than I was aware.  I grew up with a dad who was a Parchment Fireman, which meant, I grew up with a dad that attended all the home football games.  If my dad attended the games, attended the games.  I fell in love with the sport.  There will never be anything better than an Autumn night under "the lights".  I can't remember if he was there when I was 5, the year my cousin broke his leg at the Gull Lake v. Parchment game, and I ran out on the field faster than any of the adults.  Maybe he was there, and maybe he knew that someday, I'd be running out there in high school whenever one of "my guys" were hurt.

  I remember him as my brother's wrestling coach, the big guy with the deep voice and the barrel-chest.  I remember him as the runner, who shuffled along, and when I run now, I think I must have picked up on the technique.  I also remember the summer day in 1980 when I went to ask if I could be a football manager, and the rules that were set for me that day.  I remember that day, I suddenly had a whole flock of brothers, because it was rule #1, don't date these guys.  And just like these guys, I was yelled at in that rich fatherly voice. I was told to follow and do what Tony V did, and I would do a good job.  I almost quit that first year...  There were nasty names and rumors, and when I went to quit, he was honest, that he had heard them too.  But he also gave me one of my life's biggest lessons, "Don't ever let your gender stop you from doing what you love".  With those words I stuck with it, and for the rest of that year, and six years later, I worked in the sport that I loved.

  When I was a young adult, my dad had a heart attack.  In the moments of confusion, I actually did think about who would give me away when my wedding day came around.  There were 3 on my short list: my Uncle Lee; my dad's cousin, Louie; and Coach Koch.  He meant that much to me.  I was blessed to be his Senior Assistant my Senior year for first quarter.  I spend that hour in "my office" in the locker room.  Yep, I got credit keeping that place running smoothly.  And I knew that he must of trusted me.  I rode in ambulances when Chmiel blew his knee, and when one of the Vernia's got hurt, and I massaged Kokmeyer's cramped up calves so he could get back on the field so we could win the game.  He had Stinson and Leatherman keep me safe the night we played St. Phil and their fans threw stuff at the team as we headed to the bus. He always watched out for us.

  I've only seen Jack a few times since high school, but I remember them well.  The Borgess Run went by my house in the 90's.  He came shuffling by while I was dressed in my cap and gown to graduate with my Masters at WMU.  He stopped his race to walk up the driveway to shake my hand and congratulate me.  And when my wedding day came around, yep, he and Marlene were there to celebrate with us.  It was that day that I got my one and only hug from the man I had admired for years.  Just before I wrote this, I sat down to watch him in my wedding video.  His advice to me, "be happy".  Simple words with a great deal of weight.  When he had heart problems a few years back, I knew that someday, he would be gone, but like all of us, I refused to believe there would be an end.

  Coach Koch, I'm sure you were never fully aware how deeply you touched my life, and the lives of all the kids you came in touch with.  I know that I'm a better person because you gave me the belief that I could...

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota

  Like so many couples, Emily and Victor met on-line.  They knew right away that their attraction to each other was strong.  They were both living in the hot sun of Florida, Victor, a Swedish pilot; Emily a Minnesota girl who was a stage manager at a local theater.  When they became engaged, they both knew that Florida was not where they wanted to have their wedding.  Emily dreamed of getting married in snowy Minnesota where she grew up.  They needed to juggle trying to plan a wedding while living out of state, getting Victor’s family and friends here from Sweden, and the bride learning to speak Swedish to welcome Victor’s guests who traveled to the US for the nuptials.

  Likely 25% of the guests flew in from Sweden to attend the wedding, including the groom’s 90-year old grandmother, Margit.  With various shades of blue and sparkling silver and white, the ceremony site and reception room, glittered with the feeling of a true Winter Wonderland.  Mother nature did her part, with a dusting of fresh snow a few days before the wedding.

   To celebrate the groom’s love of golf (and of course Bearpath’s golf history) and the fact that he is a pilot, guests participated in a “hole in one” tournament and a paper airplane competition

   With twilight falling over the golf course, we were able to sneak outside to capture dreamy images for the bride and groom.

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Photography: Memories in Time Photography

Venue: Bearpath Golf and Country Club

Caterer: Bearpath Golf and Country Club

Cake: Country Cupboard

DJ : DJ Charles DuBois - Instant Request

Linens: Linen Effects

Wedding Dress and Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: H&M Sweden

Hair: Hair by Alexandra

Make-up: Amber Hunter

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Minneapolis Boudoir Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2020/2/minneapolis-boudoir-photography Boudoir Photography

  Over the next few months, we'll be turning a little attention on to one of our very favorite topics: Boudoir Photography!  Everyone has their own reasons for wanting a Boudoir session.  Maybe a woman wants to celebrate a time in her life, maybe she wants to remember a transitional moment in her life. For some, they simply want to celebrate their power as a woman.  Others may want to have a session as a gift for the special person in their lives.  And yes, I do photograph romantic couples.

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   Whatever your reason, we at Memories in Time Photography, will make you feel comfortable in your session.  You will feel proud and beautiful in your skin!

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Memories in Time Photography  We capture Memories.. Beautifully

"Cara and her team made me feel like a Princess!  A Sexy Princess, but still a Princess!  The whole experience was simply amazing, from hair and make-up, help with wardrobe to the session and product ordering. Thank you so very much!"  Kelly, Minneapolis Minnesota

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How to hire a Wedding Photographer | Minnesota Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2020/2/how-to-hire-a-wedding-photographer-minnesota-wedding-photography  How to Hire a Wedding Photographer

  Now that you're in the first stages of wedding planning, let’s talk about a few helpful hints to help you hire your wedding photographer.  You want to find a photographer that will give you images that still evoke tears of joys on your 50th wedding anniversary.

Hiring based on price

You’ve seen it, I’ve seen it, ads for Wedding Photography for $600.

Your gut should tell you that Quality Wedding Photography isn’t Cheap, and that Cheap Wedding Photography isn’t Quality.  Still, there are numerous couples that go the ultra cheap route, only to find out after the wedding that the images are out of focus, or completely missed the mark in capturing the moments that you wanted to remember.

I see it all the time.  Someone gets a nice new camera and decides to go into the wedding photography business.  Generally, these are ‘hobbyist”. They usually have no wedding experience, no idea how to handle “snafus” that often occur on wedding days.

Usually wedding photography is about 20% of your total wedding budget.  With a  smaller budget, you might need to make some adjustment to afford a quality professional photographer.  Remember, your wedding photographs will be one of the few tangible things that remain from your wedding day.

A bride and groom shares a romantic kiss surrounded by show and glittery lightsLove in a Winter WonderlandA Newly married couple kisses in a winter dreamland

Hiring an Inexperienced Wedding Photographer

A truly professional Wedding Photographer has shot numerous weddings and has dealt with just about any wedding scenario under the sun.  I started as an apprentice, with a highly respected Wedding Photographer.  I learned to work under all conditions, rain, snow, bad lighting and what to do if the cake falls over before the couple even touches it! I learned how to work to capture memories missed by others.  A GREAT camera in the hands of a novice will still give you images of poor quality.

This can also be said about having a friend or relative with a nice camera photographing your wedding.  I’ve spent time with couples who were in tears because of poor quality or lack of wedding images (you would be surprised at how many couples don’t get their wedding images when they have a non-professional photograph their day).  There is only so much that can be done to re-create a wedding day so a couple has at least something to commemorate their wedding day. Yes, I have helped couples to re-create images from their day.

A Kiss at Sunset : TPC Twin CitiesA Kiss at Sunset : TPC Twin CitiesA Bride and Groom kiss at Sunset at the beautiful TPC Twin Cities

Not taking the time for a face to face meeting

   In this busy world, people more and more try to hire vendors based on texts or emails.  Your first contact with a photographer shouldn’t be “what are your prices?”  It should be, “when can we meet?”

  You might like every image on this photographer’s website, but if you meet face to face and don’t like this person, do you really want to spend your wedding day with them?  Your wedding photographer is likely to spend more time with you on your wedding day, then any other wedding vendor..  Make sure you like them!

   Have that meeting, see their products, see if you “click”.  Your photographer should be someone who cares about you and your visions for your wedding day.  How awful to spend the day with someone who isn’t as passionate about your day as you are!

A Newly married couple kisses as they are cheered on by their wedding partyA Happy Kiss | TPC Twin CitiesA Bridal Party Cheers on a Couple's kiss

Only Wanting Digital Files

  At one point, digital files were delivered on “floppy disks”  Do any of you have a way to read them?  Same can be said of disks.  Most laptops don’t even have disk drives!  I’ve even known of a few couples who have only digital downloads of their wedding images, and have lost them because they weren’t saved correctly or their computers have crashed.  These couples have rarely printed images, and their plan to create their own wedding album, never happened.

   Consider purchasing a wedding album from your photographer.  Our Black  Label and Platinum collections contain albums.  There is nothing harder than figuring out HOW to work the website and software to design your own, and a professional photographer understands how to create an album that will  beautifully tell the story of your day.

A Beautiful side portrait of the married coupleThe Bride and Groom | Minneapolis Wedding PhotographyA Beautiful side portrait of the married couple

 

   Finally, if this has been helpful, and you would like to know more about me and my team.  Please be in touch.  I’d love to sit down with you and help you plan and photograph your wedding day.  You can fill out the form on my “Contact” page or text/call me at (952) 288-8617.  We can schedule a time to meet and see if we click.

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Winter Engagement sessions | Minneapolis Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2020/1/winter-engagement-sessions-minneapolis-wedding-photography Winter Engagement Sessions

  Did you just get engaged?  If so, Congratulations!  Have you thought about your Engagement photos? WAIT!  WHAT?!!

   You might not have thought that far yet, or maybe you have, but you're thinking that it's cold and snowy out and the LAST thing you want is to spend time outdoors getting your pictures taken..

   But why not?  Do you live in the Heart of BOLD NORTH?  Are you a Midwestern, and as a Midwestern, haven't we all learned to deal with our weather, from -10 to 96?

   I'll admit, I LOVE Winter!  Of course, why wouldn't I?  Winter IS my last name.  I was born during a snowstorm, and yes, so were my two kids.  I love snowy activities; walking in the crisp air, building snowmen, making snow angels, and drinking hot cocoa by a fire.

An engaged couple kisses during their engagement sessionA Winter KissA Couple kisses in the Winter

   If you're thinking about a Winter session, here are a few tips.  First, dress warm.  There really isn't anything overly cute about red, runny noses, or shivering teeth!  Think layers, Hats for closer to the end of your session (we don't want to mess up you hair), ear muffs, scarves, cute mittens and gloves, and blankets!  Coats should compliment each other, whether they are both sport like (think ski coats), casual (something you would wear to go to Target in) or dressy (a long winter coat that you would wear on a night out on a town).

   Second, don't forget to keep your feet warm!  There are so many stylish boots for both guys and gals that it should be easy to find something super for your engagement session.

A Romantic Winter Engagement SessionRomance in the WinterA quite moment capture during a Winter Session

   Third, ask your photographer if there is a place to change.  If so, great, plan to change!  Do part of your session in fun casual clothes, both outwear and your coats, and the last part, in dressy outfits!  It's a GREAT way to get several looks in a short time.

  Fourth, have nice nails!  This goes for both the ladies and the guys!  If your photographer chooses to do ring shots that include your hands, you'll be glad you spent some time buffing your nails and getting a fresh coat of polish!

A couple cuddles during their Winter Engagement SessionSnowy Winter Engagement SessionWinter makes a beautiful time for Engagement Photos

  And finally, fifth, (because I think that's enough for now but if you want to read more, search my blogs for Engagement Sessions and you'll get more!) Think about props!  The box your engagement ring came in, a sign with your wedding date, maybe even a souvenir from your first date!

A beautiful couple in love during their engagement sessionLove in the WinterA Beautiful moment captured during an engagement session

   Our Wedding Packages include engagement sessions.  We offer this service because it truly is the BEST way to get to know your photographer and start the process of getting in front of the camera that's going to photograph your wedding.  We find this combo produces the most natural and relaxed wedding images for one of the most important events in your life.  If you want to learn more, just reach out and send us a text at 952 288-8617 or feel free to DM us through Instagram!

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What Am I Doing? | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2020/1/what-am-i-doing-minneapolis-wedding-photographer What Am I Doing?

  Sometimes, that seems like a VERY good question..  What does my passion as a photographer have to do with my passion for fitness?  Why is my Instagram feed a blend of both of my worlds?

   I have a love for fitness and the priority I give to staying in shape and even pushing myself to develop my physique to higher levels. Thanks to kicking butt in the gym,  I have incredible stamina when I photograph LONG wedding days.  I make a point to go to the gym prior to getting ready for a wedding.  I am on the go from 4:30AM until midnight, without skipping beat.  You'll see me on the dance floor with the bridal party and guests when I'm done shooting, because I like to take part in the experience that makes weddings unique events.  I've spent all day with the wedding party having fun, laughing and joking, so why not end the night with a few dances and a toast to the happy couple?

   I do this for my AMAZING children, Rachel and Sean.  They will always be my reason for life, and my reason to love.  I want them to look to me as an example on how to age with class, energy and beauty.  I live my life knowing that they are watching me, even when I'm not aware of it, and I must be a prime example to them.  Recently, I've had a very good reason to "up my game" in that area. After 42 years with Diabetes, I want my children to see that I ALWAYS controlled it, that it NEVER controlled me.

   In 2015, I went on a quest to be the best I could be, physically, mentally and spiritually.  I have stayed as humanly consistent as possible.  I'm making a strong commitment to changing my way of eating to be more along the lines of a Keto Diet (low carb, high fat)  This year, there are more gains to be had; deeper relationships with everyone in my life, a healthier, leaner body, and a richer spiritual view of my life and my chosen path.

   In the weeks ahead, I will be blogging about my journey to further push myself in all areas of my life.  I hope you'll come along for the adventure.  Please leave me a comment or ask a question.  Follow me on Instagram where I post both my photography and my personal side.   Cara's Instagram

   Be your BEST!!

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Happy 2020 | Minneapolis Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2020/1/happy-2020-minneapolis-wedding-photography Happy 2020!

  I've always been passionate about photography; capturing moments and memories that happen only once in a fleeting second and then they're gone.  What I'm not passionate about is business and marketing.  For those of you who are small business owners, you know that's not a good thing!

   So, I'm refocused on the passions of my life, family, photography, and yes, business and marketing.  I hope this blog will become something like reading a letter from a trusted sister or Aunt: a little bit about me and my fitness and Diabetes, a little advice, a little bit of fun.

   Although 2019 brought me joys, it brought me losses.  We lost my beloved Husky/Sheppard, Ella, in September, and my own dad passed in November.  But the highs were incredible!  I saw the Grand Canyon with one of my best friends, Linda, and we were joined by our other "Sister", Jessica for a wonderful few days in Phoenix, shooting amazing images and catching up.

   I traveled to Nashville, Phoenix, Lake Michigan, and many spots in between. I met friends from my social media world that have crossed over to real friends. I saw the Great Salt Lake, the Grand Canyon and strolled the streets of Cave Creek.  I saw my son play college lacrosse against my Alma Mater, Grand Valley State University, and better yet, I traveled to Salt Lake City and saw his team from the University of St. Thomas win the National MCLA DII Championship!   I still have Diabetes, something I have come to accept that they won't find a cure in my life time.  I actually marked 42 years this past June 14th.

   I still am crazy about the gym and plan on lifting weights until I no longer am physically able. I still get incredible joy when the the snow falls.  I love to be out in my garden.  My favorite place in this world is still sitting on the beaches on Lake Michigan.  I meet people that fill me with wonder and amazing me with their resilience. I worry, like most, about the state of our world. I still have moments that inspire me almost every day of my life to be a better person to everyone and everything around me.

 

A Bridal party cheers for the coupleCheering on the Happy CoupleThe Bridal party cheers for the kissing couple

A wedding couple kiss surrounded by the colors of a sunsetA Romantic Kiss : TPC Twin CitiesA Romantic Kiss at Sunset A boudoir image, a high school senior, and family portraitsFour Types of Session : Chaska PhotographerWe offer various types of sessions, from family, seniors, and boudoir
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Ella, My DogElla, My DogA Beautifully serene picture of the Photographer's Husky/Sheppard mix

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The Taste of Wayzata | Minnesota Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2019/6/the-taste-of-wayzata-minneapolis-wedding-photography The Taste of Wayzata

  I recently had the opportunity to photograph a food walk with Lisa and Bethe of  "Taste of Wayzata", an incredible food tour of the charming lakeside city of Wayzata, Minnesota.  It was Lisa's birthday and Bethe had planned a food tour to celebrate the special event with Lisa's family and friends.

Two women celebrate a birthday at 6Smith in Wayzata, MN6Smith Birthday PartyThe Birthday party of Lisa, the co-owner of Taste of Wayzata.

   Our incredible evening started at 6Smith, located one of the docks of Lake Minnetonka.  After a few stunning and delicious appetizers, our mixologist, Ben, taught our group some of the finer points of cocktail mixing and then proceeded to show the group how to make Blueberry Yum-Yums, a sinful concoction of Blueberries, Aperol and Gin.  There's definitely a fun side of mixing drinks with 20 of your closest friends!

Images from a cocktail mixology class at 6Smith in Wayzata, MinnesotaA Food Tour of WayzataImages from 6Smith with Taste of Wayzata Images from a cocktail mixology class at 6Smith in Wayzata, MinnesotaThe fun of Mixing cocktailsFun and laughter from 6Smith with Taste of Wayzata Images from a cocktail mixology class at 6Smith in Wayzata, MinnesotaA Food Tour of WayzataImages from 6Smith with Taste of Wayzata

 

   We then proceeded closer to downtown to our next location, Bellecour, a fun little French Bistro with some of the most tasty bread I've been lucky to have in the Twin Cities.  The group sampled French inspired morsels (can you say, Truffle Fries and Cordon Blue Croquettes?!!) and lovely French Wine.  

Images of Wine and Truffle fries from BellecourSnacking at BellecourImages from Taste of Wayzata's Food walk in Wayzata, Minnesota Images of Wine and Truffle fries from BellecourSnacking at BellecourImages from Taste of Wayzata's Food walk in Wayzata, Minnesota

   The next location the group wandered to was The Dough Room.  This quaint place owes major kudos to Chef Alex Dayton, and is creative view of great food.  After choosing cocktails (I had a totally "out of the park" Old Fashioned!) and noshing on chewy, yet crispy bread the group fed happily on Braised Shortribs and whole roasted Bronzini, a type of European Sea Bass.  I'm rather a snob about Shortribs, and I will happily announce that these did not disappoint.  The sauce of reduced red wine, and the tenderness of the meat means that I will be returning in the near future.

A Beautifully made Old Fashioned from the Dough Room in Wayzata, MNThe Dough RoomCheck out the drinks and staff at the Dough Room in Wayzata, Minnesota A Beautifully made Old Fashioned from the Dough Room in Wayzata, MNThe Dough RoomCheck out the drinks and staff at the Dough Room in Wayzata, Minnesota A Beautifully made Old Fashioned from the Dough Room in Wayzata, MNThe Dough RoomCheck out the drinks and staff at the Dough Room in Wayzata, Minnesota

   Happily tipsy, our group went to our final tasting of the night at the NineTwentyFive (925).  Here we were treated to a private wine tasting in the establishments wine cellar before heading to the second level for a chance to taste more wine paired with a splendid charcuterie board of fine cheese, meats and spreads.

A visit to the Wine Cellar and as amazing charcuterie board from NineTwentyFiveFine wine and food from NineTwentyFiveThe last stop on our food tour with Taste of Wayzata A visit to the Wine Cellar and as amazing charcuterie board from NineTwentyFiveFine wine and food from NineTwentyFiveThe last stop on our food tour with Taste of Wayzata A visit to the Wine Cellar and as amazing charcuterie board from NineTwentyFiveFine wine and food from NineTwentyFiveThe last stop on our food tour with Taste of Wayzata

   If you are looking for a fun activity for date night, GNO, birthday party, or different type of event for your pre-wedding party, look no further than The Taste Of Wayzata.

 

Participating Vendors:

Taste of Wayzata

Bellecour

The Dough Room

NineTwentyFive

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How to Hashtag Your Wedding | Minneapolis Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2018/4/how-to-hashtag-your-wedding-minneapolis-wedding-photography How to Hashtag Your Wedding

  So many people want to know some simple tips for having a Wedding Day Hashtag.  Check out my resent blog here: How to Write a GREAT Hashtag

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Photography and DJ Packages | Minnesota Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2018/1/photography-and-dj-packages-minnesota-wedding-photographer Save Money!

  I'm so excited and pleased that we are combining forces with a couple of the best DJ's in the Twin Cities to bring you not only quality Wedding Photography, but a DJ that will have your guests still talking about your Wedding Reception on Monday!

A new bride sings to her husband at their receptionThe singing BrideCaitlin sings to her new husband

   You've already heard me talk about the importance of quality Wedding Photography; the importance of both posed and candid images and those stylized shots that look like they came straight out of the pages of your favorite wedding magazine.

   But let's talk about the importance of having a skilled DJ on your Wedding day. A great DJ will not only play music for your reception and, if needed, your ceremony, but they will serve as your Master of Ceremony, and will have tips, ideas, and tricks to keep the party going and your dance floor packed.

A Master of Ceremony entertains the guests at a wedding receptionOur Master of CeremonyDJ Sam entertains the crowd at a Wedding Reception

   It's important that your Photographer and your DJ have a great working relationship.  While your Wedding Photographer is pretty much in control of your Wedding Day Timeline from start of your Photography Service through to the start of your reception, the Photographer and the DJ work on the timeline together to insure that your evening runs smoothly and that nothing important is missed.

A smiling grandfather laughs and dances with his granddaughter at a receptionDancing with GrandpaA little girl dances with her Grandfather

  Text or call me at 952.288-8617 or e-mail me at Cara@memoriesintimemn.com for more information on our Wedding Photography/DJ packages

 

Cara is absolutely wonderful! She does such an amazing job and is absolutely a blast to work with! Not to mention her edits turn out absolutely amazing! I would definitely recommend booking with Memories in Time!                              ~Miguel Montes de Oca, Hutchinson

 

   

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St. Paul Wedding Photographer | Fitness Quest https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2018/1/st-paul-wedding-photographer-fitness-quest Wedding Photographer

Gets Fit!

  My local gym has a "New Year, New You"  Challenge going on.  I wasn't going to enter it.  I don't really need a local challenge, I'm doing the BodyBuilding.com's $250,000 Transformation Challenge.  That will motivate me enough.

Three pictures of the photographer working out and wearing her weight beltFitness QuestMemories in Time Photographer aims to be healthy

  But then I stopped and talked to Missy who's in charge of Fitness stuff at my gym.  It's only $20, you get a biometric screening at the beginning and at the end (the generally are $25 a piece), a Session with a Personal Trainer (I'm going with the other Missy) and a Coaching session.  I decided, well, what the heck, it's only $20!

   So last week, I followed the direction of no workouts within 12 hours, no caffeine 6-12 hours, and no water 4 hours before the test.  I don't remember all the numbers, but it tested my visceral fat (the fat around your organs), and that was important to me!  Happily, that tested low! (YESSSSS!)

Three images of a fit over 50 woman flexingFlex FridaySmiling and Showing off "my guns"

   The results on this did NOT make me happy, and it's SO hard to believe it's anywhere near being right.  I was tested 3 different ways, all withn a few hours.

         The Gym's Omron: 36.6%

         A Different Omron: 28.8%

         Skin Caliper's: 25.8%

   Now people, I have obliques, and a 2-pack, there is NO WAY that I'm at 36%!!!  It's not a vanity thing, it's just not possible with my level of definition.

Flexing in Blue and a quote about self confidenceFlex in BlueFlexing my way to health

  Here's to kicking it big and strong in 2018.  If there's anyone who is reading this that needs a little support and encouragement, send me a text, and e-mail or even hit me up on Instagram!

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Minneapolis Wedding Photographer | A Year to Remember! https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/12/minneapolis-wedding-photographer-a-year-to-remember Thank You

Minnesota Wedding Photographer

   This year, has been nothing less than amazing.  I'm so blessed to have been present as so many people committed themselves to another person.  I photographed 24 weddings in 2017.  I photographed everywhere from backyards to one of Al Capone's hangouts.  I saw groomswomen and menmaids.  I had siblings sharing the traditional parent/child dance, and worked with wedding parties that did whole choreographed numbers.  I photographed a sloth, and a little boy who growled because, after all, he was the Ring BEAR!.

   I photographed in 96 degrees and down as low as 4.  There was rain and often the accompanied rainbow.  I was blessed with beautiful sunsets, and nights filled with a million stars.  To each and every one of you who let me and my team capture your Memories, thank you!

   Please let me close this year by sharing with you some of my favorite memories from this past year...

A fun picture of the wedding party laughingThe wedding PartyLet's PARTY! Rings and Orchids | St. Paul Wedding PhotographerRings and Orchids | St. Paul Wedding PhotographerThe elegant wedding of Andre and Alex at the Como Conservatory and zoo A Wedding Guest | Minnesota Wedding PhotographerA Wedding Guest | Minnesota Wedding PhotographerThe elegant wedding of Andre and Alex at the Como Conservatory and Zoo A formal church Bridal PortraitThe Bride | Minnesota Wedding PhotographerThe love of Brianna and Grant. A romantic twilight kiss in the rainRomance in the Rain | Minneapolis Wedding PhotographyThe love of Brianna and Grant. A Newly married couple kissing at the Radisson, Roseville, MNA Romantic Kiss | Minnesota Wedding PhotographyA private moment at Crysta and Kory's wedding. A Formal Wedding Portrait in a Spring GardenA Formal Wedding Portrait | Minnesota Wedding PhotographerA beautiful Spring Wedding A Bride and Groom kissing on a bridgeHorse and Hunt Club | Minneapolis Wedding Photography | A secretThe Horse and Hunt Club in Savage, MN makes a beautiful venue for a fabulous wedding A quiet image of a newly engaged coupleA Dallas EngagementA Dallas Engagement Session, photographed by Minneapolis Wedding Photographer, Cara Winter A newly married couple walking along St. Anthony Falls, Minneapolis, MNMinnesota Wedding Photographer | A Surly Brewing Company Wedding | LoveThe Amazing and fun wedding of Robert and Sarah at the Surly Brewery An Asian bridal party having fun in St. Paul, MNSt. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | An Amazing Bridal PartyThe Beautiful and elegant wedding of Sam and Samantha in St. Paul Minnesota at the Intercontinental Hotel Sharp Dressed Groomsmen  Minneapolis Wedding PhotographerSharp Dressed Men | Minneapolis Wedding PhotographerThe Beautiful Wedding of Keith and Amy. Images captures at the Muriel Sahlin Arboretum and the Radisson ~ Roseville Memories in Time Photographer being silly with the Ring-bearer and Flower GirlMinnesota Wedding Photography | Hennepin Avenue United Methodist ChurchThe Wedding Photographer has a little fun with the ring-bearer and flower girl A wedding ceremony at the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist ChurchMinnesota Wedding Photography | Hennepin Avenue United Methodist ChurchThe Elegant Wedding of James and Meghan A Formal Wedding Portrait at The Historic Concord ExchangeSt. Paul Wedding Photographer | The Historic Concord ExchangeThe elegant Historic Concord Exchange made a beautiful venue for Megan and David's Wedding The Groom carrying his bride over his shoulder and out of the churchMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Crystal Lake Golf ClubMitch and Chelsea's Autumn wedding. A Formal Bridal Portrait at the Crystal Lake Golf ClubMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Crystal Lake Golf ClubMitch and Chelsea's Autumn wedding. Three generations of wedding rings Crystal Lake Golf ClubMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Crystal Lake Golf ClubThree generations of wedding rings An Emotional Bride moments before her weddingMinneapolis Wedding Photographer | Michigan Wedding Photographer | EmotionsA Beautiful wedding near Lansing, Michigan St. Paul Wedding Photographer | An Elegant PortraitSt. Paul Wedding Photographer | An Elegant PortraitImages for Complete by Memories in Time Photographer, Cara Winter. A Twilight kiss between a newly married couple at Brackett's Crossing Country ClubMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Brackett's Crossing Country ClubA romantic kiss under the pergola The Bride and Groom with their three sons aboard Paradise Charter CruisesMinneapolis Wedding Photographer | Paradise Charter CruisesThe Beautiful Paradise Lady and the Mississippi River made for a beautiful backdrop for Mark and Elizabeth's Wedding A groom's reaction to seeing his new bride for the first timeMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center |A groom's reactionThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda A Candid Moment with the Bridal Party on Stone Arch BridgeMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | A Candid MomentThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda A Formal Bridal portrait of the Couple on a fall eveningMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | The CoupleThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda A Bridal couple at sunset in the desertMinneapolis Wedding Photographer | True Life ColorWe give your images the "WOW" factor The first wedding dance at a Disney-themed weddingMinneapolis Wedding Photographer | The Courtyards of AndoverThe beautiful Disney-themed wedding of Nate and Randi A couple kisses under a beautiful lightMinneapolis Wedding Photographer | The Courtyards of AndoverThe beautiful Disney-themed wedding of Nate and Randi

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My style | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/12/my-style-midwest-wedding-photographer My Style

Midwest Wedding Photographer

  I believe in clear, colorful images. I want something that looks exactly the way your eye sees it.  Skies that are blue, or grey, or colored by the sunset.  Reds that are truly reds, and skin tones that are true to life.

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   If you are looking for a lot of trendy filters, or a light and airy feel that isn't there, I and my team are not the photographers for you on your wedding day.  Our colors are crisp, the moments we capture are real.  We believe your wedding day is your story, and the candid moments we capture are just as important as the formal portraits of your wedding day.

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   I truly want to get to know you and know how you came about being a couple.  I want to spend time with you prior to your wedding so that on you wedding day, you feel at ease; relaxed and confident that your images are truly going to reflect you and your love for each other.

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   Let me capture your Memories.

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 "Cara captured our wedding so beautifully and her photos embody the magic of our special day! Her personality is so bright and fun, yet she slowed us all down to ensure we captured all the photos the bride and groom wanted. She got to know our wedding party and close family by name very quickly! We received many positive compliments on our photographer choice. Her blog post of a sneak peek at our wedding photos was priceless with a personal, touching narrative. We highly recommend her and we look forward to working with her again in the future."

                 ~Mitch and Chelsea, Burnsville

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Minneapolis Wedding Photographer | MUSCLES https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/12/minneapolis-wedding-photographer-muscles Minnesota Photographer

Minneapolis Wedding Photographer | Muscle GainsMinneapolis Wedding Photographer | Muscle GainsA Minnesota Wedding photographer works to be her best, both in photography and for her health

  I'm so happy with the changes my body is making.  It's hard and it takes a lot of work and a great deal of focus, but things are happening!  This month I've taken on a 100 Body weight calf raises a day, EVERY single day this month!  The first few days, I sucked at it.  I cramped around 40-52, and I felt it trying to walk.  Today is day 15, and I can pretty much make it through the whole set, only stopping to adjust my stance.

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   But the big thing, I'm finally seeing definition and growth in my shoulders and arms!  I just have BIG arms, but now I'm dropping body fat and you can actually see that there's muscle there!

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   Thanks for following my journey!  Leave me a little love!

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   I spent last week at a photography conference called, "Lunacy".  It's with people I love, admire and respect.  I attended last year.  It helps me grow as a photographer so I can continue to provide my clients with "WOW" moments.

   I know what you're thinking, what does a photography conference have to do with my Friday Fitness Post?  Well, last year, when I thought I was looking good, I had a friend, Erik, take a picture of me.  This year, I wore the EXACT same outfit, and had my friend, Linda, take another picture of me.  I didn't think I've changed much.  The scale is showing pretty much the same number, but there's such a dramatic difference in overall Body Fat percentage!

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   I'm not where I want to be, but with time and focus, I WILL get there.  It might take a while, but that's ok!

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Minneapolis Wedding Photographer | Black Friday Wedding Deals! https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/11/minneapolis-wedding-photographer-black-friday-wedding-deals Minnesota Wedding Photographer

Black Friday Deals

Engagement Deal!

   On Friday, get a FREE engagement session! 

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   There is a $100 non-refundable fee that will be put towards your purchase.  Sessions must occur before June 15th

Wedding Deal!

  Book your Wedding Photography on Friday and save 10% on your package.  Book on Wednesday or Thursday (at least send us an e-mail) and take an additional $100 off! 

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   A retainer fee will be collected to secure this pricing.

 

   We will be in the studio and available to talk with you and answer any questions you may have.  Call or text us at 952 288-8617 or email us at Cara@memoriesintimemn.com

 

   "Cara captured our wedding so beautifully and her photos embody the magic of our special day! Her personality is so bright and fun, yet she slowed us all down to ensure we captured all the photos the bride and groom wanted. She got to know our wedding party and close family by name very quickly! We received many positive compliments o n our photographer choice. Her blog post of a sneak peek to our wedding photos was priceless with a personal, touching narrative. We highly recommend her and we look forward to working with her again in the future." Chelsea - Burnsville, MN

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) minnesota wedding wedding wedding photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/11/minneapolis-wedding-photographer-black-friday-wedding-deals Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:52:15 GMT
Minneapolis Wedding Photographer | The Courtyards of Andover https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/11/minneapolis-wedding-photographer-the-courtyards-of-andover Nate and Randi

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The Family I Fell in Love With

  This is the best story...  A year ago I'm working at a wedding fair, and I met this charming young man named, Nate.  He said because his fiance' was working in a different booth, she couldn't come over to talk to me, so it was his job to search out vendors.  Fast forward two months, I've got a booth at a wedding fair in Minnetonka.  The booth right next to mine was Paradise Charter Cruise Lines, and it was hosted by, you guessed it, Nate's fiance', Randi.

  Oh my gosh, did we hit it off.  I knew I liked Nate, and I soon adored Randi.  Both of them are down to earth, laid back and just fun to be around.  This was the perfect combo, we liked each other, they valued photography and they were having a Cinderella themed wedding! (Cinderella was one of the first movies I saw in a theater)

   Between the 2 of them, they have 5 children.  Adorable, super cute, and simply delightful  I've been blessed to spend time with the family of seven at both the engagement session and a few weeks prior to the wedding when I met with all of them to go through final wedding details.

   After a slightly cold ceremony (we had a dusting of snow) outside of The Courtyards of Andover the bridal party scooted over to Andover Lanes. After  few frames and a few laughs, the bridal party headed back to the Courtyards to enjoy the night surrounded by family and friends.

   Thanks, you seven, for letting me spend the official first day of you as a family.  You have my heart!

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Venue: The Courtyard of Andover

Catering: Unique Dining Cater

Wedding and Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal

Tuxes: Men's Wearhouse

Hair and Makeup: The Blushing Room

DJ and Officiant: Class Act

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Fitmom

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   I love this journey I'm on.  I love that I can feel the muscle under my skin.  I love that you can see my growing definition and it seems like things change weekly.  My wedding season is over now.  I won't stop my focus while I'm working to be one of the best photographers in the Midwest!  I truly appreciate you being part of this experience.  There are so many of you who send me messages, follow me on Instagram, or just take the time to read this.

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   Up next my trip to Vegas to work on my photography skills.  I want to be transparent, so what happens in Vegas, will NOT stay in Vegas!

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) fit mom fitness keto keto diet https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/11/minneapolis-wedding-photographer-fitness-is-my-thang Fri, 10 Nov 2017 21:30:15 GMT
Tips for Selecting your Wedding Photographer | Minneapolis Wedding https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/11/tips-for-selecting-your-wedding-photographer-minneapolis-wedding Helpful Tips for Selecting Your Wedding Photographer

   Planning your wedding day can be a daunting task.  It will be an amazing day filled with wonderful memories marking the beginning of your life together.   In addition to finding your venue, rings, and clothing for the day, another important task is answering the question, "Who will be your wedding photographer?"

   Here is a list of some of things you should consider when looking for a photographer to capture your wedding Memories.

The Photographer's Personality

   This sounds like a silly thing to think about since you might ask, "Isn't your wedding photographer just another vendor?"  The answer to that question is a bit more complex.

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   The reality is, your wedding photographer will spend more time with you, your family and your wedding group than any other vendor on your wedding day.  The personality of your wedding photographer is a huge part of the selection process and should not be overlooked or discounted. The personality of your photographer can set the tone for your entire wedding day and your bridal party.  More than likely, you will be working with your wedding photographer for a year or more when you include your engagement session, wedding day photography and albums. 

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Price

   Price is always an important factor when selecting your photographer.  However, price should not be the only consideration.  Nearly everyone knows someone who heard a horror story when a wedding photographer was chosen based purely on price.  The problem of choosing a photographer based strictly on price is when the event is over, your wedding photography will be one of the few things you have to remember your wedding day. If your photographer isn't a photographer with professional grade gear, staff and workflow, you could end up with images that didn't capture what you want to remember.  Or worse, poorly lit, out of focus or missing images.

Wedding Albums

   With your wedding day behind you, what will you do with the images from your wedding photographer?  Most people decide to display them in a beautifully designed wedding album provided by their wedding photographer.  Don't underestimate the importance of a wedding album from your wedding day.  This is your first family heirloom and one keepsake you will have forever to look back on and revisit the memories from your wedding.

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When selecting a photographer, you should look for an album that best represents you and your new family.  Wedding albums are available in nearly every shape and size.  You should ask your Wedding Photographer:

  1. How many pages are in the wedding album?
  2. How many images will be in the wedding album?
  3. What cover options are available for my wedding album?

Coverage

   It's very easy to overlook the number of hours of coverage offered by your Wedding Photographer.  Covering all the moments of your day typically requires your wedding photographer to be with you for 8 - 10 hours.  This is an area where you need to be very careful.  Many wedding photographers offer cut-rate prices by offering less hours than required to cover your wedding day.  These often become hidden costs, or are added on after the fact, and once you realize it, it's often too late.  Our collections cover the moments of the couple getting ready through to the first dances.

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Number of Photographers

   How many photographers are needed for your dream wedding?  Nearly all weddings require at least two wedding photographers.  This ensures your wedding photographer is focused on working with you and your group, while allowing the second wedding photographer to cover other events taking place at the same time. 

  We find by having two Wedding Photographers at your event, your wedding photography needs can be met while ensuring nothing gets missed from your wedding day.  We include a second wedding photographer as part of our collections.

  If you found these tips useful and you feel that our wedding philosophy matches what you're looking for, please e-mail or text us at (952)288-8617 or email us at Cara@memoriesintimemn.com to schedule a consultation.  We look forward to meeting you!

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"I can not express enough what a great experience I had with Cara. She did an amazing job of capturing our special day capturing everything from our causal moments all the way until the last dance. Our day went by so fast and it's truly wonderful to have great photographs to look back and remember the day!  Cara is extremely professional, caring, creative and even went as far as learning our bridal party member names as well as our family....a truly outstanding photographer and person!"  ~Denise and Mark

 

 

 

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Michael and Ronshawnda

  Michael and Ronshawnda came to me as a referral from a couple who's wedding I photographed a year ago.  I LOVE my referrals, it's a sign that my wedding couples adored the work I did with them and want their friends to have the same experience.

  Michael and Ronshawnda are high school sweethearts who have been together for 10 years. Their friends and family are all known to each other, and very comfortable with each other.  Their were jokes that only insiders would know, loads of free flowing laughter, and hearts full of love for this couple.

  Enjoy these images from their recent wedding.  I wish the three of you, nothing but the BEST! Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center |A groom's reactionMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center |A groom's reactionThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | The first lookMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | The first lookThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | Mother and DaughterMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | Mother and DaughterThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | The little flower girlMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | The little flower girlThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | The bridal partyMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | The bridal partyThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | A Candid MomentMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | A Candid MomentThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | A romantic KissMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | A romantic KissThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | The Happy CoupleMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | The Happy CoupleThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | The BrideMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | The BrideThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | The First KissMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | The First KissThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | Jumping the BroomMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | Jumping the BroomThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | The HendersonsMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | The HendersonsThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | The Father of the BrideMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | The Father of the BrideThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | In Grandpa's ArmsMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | In Grandpa's ArmsThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | A portrait of the coupleMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | A portrait of the coupleThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | | A Bridal CoupleMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | | A Bridal CoupleThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | The CoupleMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | The CoupleThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | A quiet momentMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | A quiet momentThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | The First DanceMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | The First DanceThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | Last callMinnesota Wedding Photographer | Shoreview Community Center | Last callThe romantic wedding of Michael and Ronshawnda

Church :New Salem Baptist Church

Reception : Shoreview Community Center

Wedding Dress : The Wedding Shoppe

Tuxes : Savvi Formalwear

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Monday Motivation - The Halloween Edition | Minneapolis Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/10/monday-motivation---the-halloween-edition-minneapolis-photographer Happy Halloween

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Oh My Gosh!

  Wow, so I've been on this journey for a while, and small things make me happy.  This was a shocking week.  I would have told you that I was doing GREAT managing my diabetes, but sadly, numbers don't lie...

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   Last week, I had blood work done.  Neither came out as I had hoped or expected.  Thursday, I had my lipids done.  Now, overall, my cardiac risk assessment is still good and within acceptable ranges, but I went from a 1.1 to a 4.3 with a total Cholesterol or 353.  Up almost 100 points from 2 years ago.  

  That leaves me to know that my blood sugars and my A1c, are not where they should be, so I tested that.  In March, I was a 6.5.  My goal is always a sub 6.  But I've been good, or so I thought, and I know that wedding season is hard on me.  My results almost brought tears to my eyes, a 7.7! I can't even tell you the last time it's been that high!

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  So reality set in.  I've made excuses for the cake and goodies I've ate at weddings.  I convinced myself that the roller coaster I've been on with my BG hasn't been that bad, but numbers don't lie.  It's time for a wake up call!

  As for Halloween, check out my 2 year transformation!  Thanks to my friend Amanda for the "gun show" pic!!

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) diabetes fitness keto https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/10/monday-motivation---the-halloween-edition-minneapolis-photographer Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:19:38 GMT
An Alaskan Love Story | Minnesota Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/10/an-alaskan-love-story-minnesota-wedding-photographer Mark and Elizabeth

Paradise Charter Cruises

    I was referred to Mark and Elizabeth by the staff at Paradise Charter Cruises.  This couple and their three children were coming from Anchorage, Alaska to get married on the Paradise Lady and needed a wedding photographer that could accommodate their desire to have family pics, on and off land photography and an unusual request of a Baptism during the wedding ceremony.  I was more than up to the task!

   I met them, their very handsome little boys, and Mark's mom and her sisters at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum  a few days before the wedding.  Three little boys, 3 and younger, are SUPER active, move fast, and NEVER look at the same direction!  Despite talking to Elizabeth on the phone, it was nice to be able to spend some time with them prior to the wedding day.

  The wedding day, was a little grey, a little rainy, but had all the love and warmth that a wedding day should have.  People came from all over the country for this wedding.  Neither the bride nor the groom were from this area, but Minneapolis was chosen because they had a few friends and family members here and it was a great central location that their guests could easily get to.

   After a touching ceremony by Susan Lee-Wright, the couple, their families and friends, braved the rain to race onto the boat for a cruise along the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Paul. People happily danced away, ate great food and enjoyed the delicious cakes by Wuollet's Bakery, including my FAVORITE, Princess Torte.

   I wish Elizabeth and Mark, along with their three sons, a long and happy life. Thank you so much for choosing Memories in Time Photography to spend the day with you!

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Monday Motivation | Tuesday Transformation | Minnesota Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/10/monday-motivation-minnesota-wedding-photographer The Battle Continues

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"Shit, that hurt!!"

  I have about 2 weeks left to my 2017 Wedding Season.  It's been a GREAT year for me, both professionally and personally.  Marketing and Networking has gone well.  I've been meeting some of the nicest people.

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   Food at these events tend to be hard for me.  I've accepted the fact that I have a trouble turning down desserts.  I truly LOVE wedding cake, for the most part.  At this past week's wedding, I was very able to eat a couple of cake and then leave it.  The Wedding Fair, not so much.  There were these browned butter cookies by Deco Catering  that I seriously wasn't able to say no.  I make excuses to myself, telling myself it's ok, because it's just this once and that wedding fairs are ok because they are few and far apart...  I need to stop that.

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   I'll admit, I hurt myself this morning.  I dropped a 40# dumbbell on my upper right pec.  It's my own fault, yes, I know, it's always my own fault in the gym.  I had didn't have my mind focused.  When my mind is focused I lift better; my strength is incredible.  I had my mind on the e-mail that was going out today, how much fun yesterday's wedding fair was...  Just about every place but where it needed to be...  On the weights in my hand.

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) fitness Keto LCHF Minnesota Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/10/monday-motivation-minnesota-wedding-photographer Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:05:22 GMT
Next Goal Met! | Minnesota Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/10/next-goal-met-minnesota-wedding-photographer I DID IT!

  I have goals, they are mine, and mine alone.  The first was to weigh what I did they day I was married (153#)  I reached that and have hovered +/- 2 pounds since I've hit that.

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   My next goal was to be at a sub 150#.  I weighed 149.5# on Friday! When I looked down and saw that number on the scale, I was almost in tears.  It's was 4:15AM and I had no one to share it with, everyone here was asleep. I honestly can't remember weighing that low since I've been married.  I probably did somewhere, but I don't remember it.

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  So my next plan is to go have a BodPod scan done.  I don't know how truly accurate they are.  I've read mainly pros about it, and for $45 it seems worth it to get the closest reliable test that is in close proximity to me (the next town over from mine).  If they will let me take pics of the experience I will!  I also plan on getting my tattoo soon.  But that's another story for another time...

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Crystal Lake Golf Club | Minnesota Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/10/crystal-lake-golf-club-minnesota-wedding-photography Mitch and Chelsea

Crystal Lake Golf Club

  What a beautiful Autumn day in September.  In front of their friends and family, Mitch and Chelsea committed their lives to each other at a touching ceremony at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, Minnesota.  I got to experience a first, not only did the bride's father perform a trumpet solo, the groom, an Elementary Music teacher, serenaded his bride, and those in attendance to an emotionally touching song.

  There was so much history and symbolism to this wedding, from the frequent touches of Mickey Mouse, the groom's ring made from the wood of a Jack Daniel's barrel, to the knife that was used to cut the cake (it had been used by every bride in Chelsea's family starting with her grandmother's wedding)

   Thank you for letting me share in the joy of your wedding day!

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Minneapolis Wedding Photographer | Fitness Quest https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/10/minneapolis-wedding-photographer-fitness-quest Fitness Quest

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  So, the battle continues.  I appreciate your support and encouragement.  The e-mails and messages on here, Instagram and Facebook mean a lot to me.  Keto is going well.  Workouts are going great too!  I've got some of the best people pushing me forward.

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   Last week was my anniversary.  It turned into a long weekend of date nights, friends, and fun.  My hubby, who avoids being seen on social media, was even willing to appear with me on my Instagram accounts.  I told him how much I appreciated it.  He knew, but in marriage we take a lot for granted and so I thought it was important for me to actually tell him.

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   I continue to see strength gains at almost every workout.  A little heavier weight, one more rep.  It all adds up.  Have a GREAT week!

 

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Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Happy Anniversary! https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/10/minnesota-wedding-photographer-happy-anniversary Happy Anniversary!

  Today is my 27th Wedding Anniversary.  The day is the 89th Anniversary of my Grandparents, Carol and Jake.  Yes, I got married on my grandparents anniversary. Although I was little when Jake died, my Grandmother was my world, and I wanted to share something special with her. So, I got married on her wedding date.  I love the part in my wedding video when my cousin Dawn is mentioning that to Al, my photographer.  My grandmother was literally beaming!

   This has been a hard year.  Like all couples, we're having our ups and downs.  When our children were born, we became about them.  Now that our children are about to be adults on their own (we have one living in the UK, the other is enjoying his senior year in high school), we face being alone together again.  We have both changed from the young adults when we married.  Alone time seems strange.  Let's be honest, young alone time is pretty much about sex and dates, or talking about sex, kissing and hand holding whenever you can.  Older alone time doesn't seem to have the passion or the energy...

   Mike deserves someone better...  He tolerates me and my spontaneous energy surges.  My need for attention is hard on him.  I'm social, I want to dance, be at a great beach somewhere.  I like to go to bars that are loud, listen to a good band, and people watch.  He likes the mountains, I like the beach.  (But I have to be honest, Minnesota, despite the 10,000 lakes, is not a quality beach state.  I like BIG bodies of water; the ocean, Lake Michigan.  We just don't have it here!

    How did other couples survive this empty nest period?  Give me some tips in the comment box.

  And you can see my anniversary blog from 2 years ago here: 25 Years

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Brackett's Crossing Country Club | Minnesota Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/10/bracketts-crossing-country-club-minnesota-wedding-photographer Brackett's Crossing Country Club

Doug and Brittany

  Who would have ever expected it to be 90* at the end of September?  Well, that's exactly what it was the day Doug and Brittany got married at Brackett's Crossing Country Club in Lakeville, Minnesota.

   This is a wonderful venue if you're looking for something South of the cities.  The couple knew about this location because Doug had worked at the golf course and knew that he and his soon to be wife would be treated like royalty by the staff.

   Doug and Brittany, I wish you a VERY happy life together.  Enjoy the pictures from their day!

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Fall Mini Sessions | Minneapolis Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/9/fall-mini-sessions-minneapolis-photographer Fall Mini-Sessions

  Is it time to update your family portraits?  Are you looking for a few images of your High School Senior?  There are several scenarios that a Mini-session fits.  Maybe you need a new head shot?  Or an image for your wedding "save the dates"  Whatever you need, a mini-session might just fit the bill.

   I'll be offering 15 minutes mini-sessions this fall in a few selected area in the West Metro Area of the Twin Cities.  Are you dreaming about images at the beautiful Minnesota Landscape Arboretum?  Do you want to check out Clayhole Lake and the new Curling Center in Chaska?

   Session fee is $125 and includes 5 color and exposure corrected digital files.  Beauty edits are $20 more per image.

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   Because Mini Sessions are available on a limited basis, all Mini Session bookings are final and non-refundable. They cannot be rescheduled to a new date or time. If you are unable to attend your Mini Session, however, you are welcome to gift or re-sell it to a friend or family member.

   Because scheduling is tight, sessions will end on time.  If you are late, you will miss valuable artistic time.  Because the Arb is a busy place on the weekend, please allow plenty of time to get through the gate house and drive to the barn (ask at the gate if you don't know where it is, they'll be happy to direct you.

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   Sessions must be paid prior to booking.  Once paid please call or text me with your preferred time below and I will confirm your session with you.  Follow this link:Fall Mini Sessions  to book your session!

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   Tuesday October 10th at the Red Barn at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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St. Paul Wedding Photographer | The Schmidt Artist Lofts https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/9/st-paul-wedding-photographer-the-schmidt-artist-lofts St. Paul Wedding Photographer

The Schmidt Artist Lofts

  What a fun day for Jose and Diana's wedding.  First off, the weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cold.  The sky was a little overcast, perfect for outdoor pictures, and then it was German Fest at the Schmidt Lofts!

   After a emotional ceremony at the Salvation Army Chapel on west 7th, we fought the parking issue to head over to the Schmidt to feast on the most AMAZING Puerto Rican food prepared by the Bride's brother, Christian.  The theme was Vintage because Diana owns a wonderful vintage shop in South St. Paul, and every detail was perfect!

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Minnesota Photographer | Keto Living | Fitness https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/9/minnesota-photographer-keto-living-fitness Keto Living

  I'd probably be SUPER happy if I could spend my life eating nothing but steak and peanut butter with the occasional Diet Coke thrown in for fun (and Diet Coke is Low Carb = Winning!!)

   I've made the decision this week that in the very near future I need to order a few books on living Keto.  There are TONS of free info on the WWW, but I like to actually have  a book with me to read, to mark on, to have with me while I'm waiting.

  I had a little problem this week at the wedding I photographed at the old Schmidt Brewery.  For the most part, I avoided the rice and the chips, but I did have a piece of wedding cake.

  Workouts are still SPECTACULAR.  I see gains at almost every session.  I can feel the muscle under the fat layer!  At 26.6%, there isn't too much, but still more than I need! Chaska Photographer Getting Fit! |ExhaustionChaska Photographer Getting Fit! |ExhaustionMy continued journey to fitness Chaska Photographer Getting Fit! | Lifting BeltChaska Photographer Getting Fit! | Lifting BeltMy continued journey to fitness Chaska Photographer Getting Fit! | Abs are coming in!Chaska Photographer Getting Fit! | Abs are coming in!My continued journey to fitness    I wanted to share my SUPER simple cheese lasagna recipe.  You can make it in 2 minutes as long as you have a microwave.  A slice of deli cheese, topped with 3oz of deli ham, topped with 1/4 of cottage cheese, 1/4 cup of pizza sauce and top all of that with another piece of deli cheese. Microwave for a minute.  I have found this to be VERY filling.  Macros are 12g. carb, 16g. fat and 32g. protein.  It's easy, and I need easy. 

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Minneapolis Wedding Photographer | A Dallas Wedding in Michigan https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/9/minneapolis-wedding-photographer-a-dallas-wedding-in-michigan Lakeview Event Center

Curtis and Nicole

  Social media has made our small world, even smaller. This is most certainly the case with the wedding of Curtis and Nicole, and their dreamy wedding near Lansing, Michigan.

  We were introduced by someone who followed me on Instagram.  Before I knew it, we were talking, we liked each other and a contract was signed and I had plans to shoot their wedding in Michigan. 

   Thing is, they lived in Dallas, Texas. Their wedding was to be held in Michigan, my home state (I do NOT charge travel fees to Michigan!!).  As a reminder, I live in Minneapolis.  This all was put together by connections on social media.

   I was able to go and spend a few days down in Dallas getting to know the couple and the area, as well as having one of the most AMAZING engagement sessions that I've ever had.  (I actually got to go onto a real cow pasture, complete with cows that we had to avoid, and a cow skeleton, the likely result of the cow having an unfortunate run in with a coyote or two!)

   Curtis and Nicole had their stunning wedding at the Lakeview Event Center in Lainsburg, Michigan, just 15 minutes outside of Lansing.  A former dance hall and a spot known for hosting the likes of Al Capone and his friends (likely including my GRANDPARENTS!!!).  I feel like my historical life had come full circle. As a side note, even though I grew up in Michigan, I had never been to the state capitol.  That problem was remedied the weekend I was there!

   Thank you, Curtis and Nicole for blessing me with the privilege of photographing your wedding.

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Minneapolis Photographer | The Keto Queen https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/9/minneapolis-photographer-the-keto-queen The Keto Queen

  I've never really been a big carb eater.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE carbs, and I dream of doughnuts, cake and hot fresh sweet bread with warm, melty butter.  With my diabetes, and my desire to live a long, happy and healthy life, I let carbs take a backseat in the way I eat.

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  Generally, protein is my number one food source.  Give me a RARE t-bone, and I'm a pretty happy girl!  Saucy baby backs, chicken wings, juicy burgers.  Seriously, in my life the only thing that's better than meat is Jif Peanut Butter..

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   My weight's holding stable.  I'm screwing around with the same 3-4 pounds. Up I go; down I go.  Always hovering right around 153#.  I know I look better this year at 153 than I did last year.  I've dropped my body fat and I've gained muscle.  It's time I get serious.

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   I've chosen to eat Keto, basically a low carb/high fat diet.  Lots of cheese, eggs, MEAT.  I eat a keto muffin in the morning along with bacon.  It's so filling that I'm often not hungry at lunch.  Lunch is often deli meat and cheese, and Dinner is generally what my family eats, except I skip the pasta or bread.  Today I weighed 152.  Let's see where I am next week... 

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Minneapolis Wedding Photographer | Love is Love https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/9/minneapolis-wedding-photographer-love-is-love   I can't believe that it's Mich and Lawkong's anniversary!  I wish them continued happiness!

The Wedding of Mick and Lawkong

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It was a cold, snowy day when I met with Mick and Lawkong to talk about their wedding images.  I knew right away that I had to photograph their wedding.  I loved their energy; their passion; and their deep love for each other.

   In shades of grey, orange and blue, Mick and Lawkong shared their vows with their family and friends, in a garden-like setting at the Klub Haus in St. Paul. Afterwards, a great dinner was catered by Famous Dave's.  The cake was made by Buttercream.

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Iowa Wedding Photographer | https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/8/iowa-wedding-photographer   Happy First Anniversary, to Matt and Rachel!  This beautiful young family recently bought a house, and their family is GROWING!  They are expecting another beautiful daughter, making Brinley a big sister!

Matt and Rachel's Wedding | Storm Lake, Iowa

  I originally met Rachel and Matt when I photographed their newborn daughter, Brinley.  When I knew they became engaged, I knew that I had to be the one to photograph their wedding.

   It was a beautiful weekend in August.  I drove through tall cornfields of brilliant green to bring me to the small town of Storm Lake, Iowa.  Matt's gracious dad, John, opened up his farm to me to photograph not only the dress and various details, but was the location for the  "First Look" and the pre-ceremony formals.  I was invited to attend the rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner, not as a photographer, but as a family guest.

   There was no doubt in my heart that this couple is well loved.  The members of the bridal party that weren't family, were lifelong friends, and I was so impressed that one groomsmen had such strong feelings for the couple, that he came from Germany with his girlfriend, to show love and support for Rachel and Matt.

   Despite the grey start to the day, the sun came out over Storm Lake to bask the couple and their guests in beautiful rays of sunshine.  Thank you so much, for choosing me to capture your day.  I am deeply honored. Minnesota Wedding PhotographyMinnesota Wedding PhotographyStorm Lake Wedding

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  Here is Matt and Rachel's wedding slide show if you would like to see more images from their wedding day:  Matt and Rachel's Wedding

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Minneapolis Wedding Photography | Lake Minnetonka Wedding https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/8/minneapolis-wedding-photography-lake-minnetonka-wedding Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

   It's hard to believe that Ian and Betsy are celebrating their THIRD anniversary!  Time definitely flies!  Even though the Bayview Event Center no longer exists, I have VERY fond memories of events that I have taken part of over the years.

  I'll be honest, I fell in love with this couple.  They are so cute, upbeat and a lot of fun to be around.

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  They chose the beautiful Bayview Event Center, on the shore of Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior, Minnesota for their Wedding and Reception.  Despite it being a hot and humid day, the breezes coming off the lake helped to keep people cool and comfortable.

   We started our day at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, and after a morning of hair, makeup, laughter and prep, Ian and Betsy shared their "first look" on the breathtaking and award winning golf course at Mystic Lake.

  When you have a beach-themed wedding, you find a beach to capture images of the bridal party.  Despite the difficulty of the bus driver finding the beach, we had a great time catching the moments that make for life long memories.

  Finally, it was on to Bayview, for the ceremony and a night of celebrating.  We at Memories in Time Photography, wish Ian and Betsy a long and happy life together.  We can't wait to see what the future has in store for you!

HUGS,

~Cara

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) bayview event center minneapolis wedding photography weddings https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/8/minneapolis-wedding-photography-lake-minnetonka-wedding Thu, 24 Aug 2017 10:00:00 GMT
Tuesday Transformation | Chaska Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/8/tuesday-transformation-chaska-photographer Tuesday Transformation

   So the journey to "Badassness" continues...  Last week I joined an Ab Challenge.  It's being put together by some IG friends.  On Monday they give us the exercises for us to do for the week.  Last week there were three different days worth of stuff.  This week you do the different moves a few days a week (I'm doing it on leg days) 

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   I for one, will honestly tell you, despite the damage diabetes has done on my abs, I have GREAT abs!  I just have to burn off the layer of fat so you can see them!

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   My weight is holding steady.  Up or down a pound or two all week, basically hovering around 153#  I had a carb re-feed on Sunday.  I could definitely tell by my performance in the gym on Monday.  I hit some PR's that I hadn't seen in a while.  Even today, I was able to up my number of reps for deadlifting.

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   Life is good. I'm happy, likely it's because I have a guy who loves me in spite of myself.  I'm adding a picture of my hubby.  I became blessed the day I said, "I do"!

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Minnesota Wedding Photography | The Fountains of Ramsey https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/8/minnesota-wedding-photography-the-fountains-of-ramsey   Susan and Perry recently celebrated their 2nd anniversary! Let's honor them...  

The Wedding of Susan and Perry

  July 25th dawned as a bright and sunny day. Perfect for the wedding of Susan and Perry, a couple who met 10 years ago at the wedding of Susan's sister, Mae, and Perry's best friend, Jay.  The ceremony was held at The Draw, a wonderful park in Ramsey, MN.  With it's man-made pond, amphitheater and waterfall, it was the perfect backdrop for a military inspired ceremony.  There were beautiful military details; a sabre detail, a harp playing the National Anthem, and the formal sabre arch (complete with a sabre spanking of the new Mrs. Miller!)

  The reception was held at the nicely decorated Fountains of Ramsey. With it's draped ceiling and blue lights on every table, it was a wonderful venue, hosting almost 250 guests.   The food, provided by Wells Catering, was delicious.  I don't believe a single person went away hungry.  After cutting the cake with a sabre, guests dined on the small cakes on their tables in numerous flavors.

   After dancing to the beautiful song, "All of Me" by John Legend, the crowd danced all night to music provided by DJ Lamont.  We were even entertained by one of the groomsmen and his Michael Jackson impersonation to "Billy Jean".

   We at Memories in Time Photography wish Susan and Perry a long and happy life together.  Thank you so much for choosing us to capture the Memories of your wedding day.

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  Check out the youtube slide show of Susan and Perry's wedding here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA9j2JHY54I

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) military wedding minnesota wedding photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/8/minnesota-wedding-photography-the-fountains-of-ramsey Thu, 10 Aug 2017 23:00:00 GMT
Tuesday Transformation | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/8/tuesday-transformation-minneapolis-wedding-photographer Tuesday Transformation

Getting Fit | St. Paul Wedding PhotographerGetting Fit | St. Paul Wedding Photographer

  I'll honestly tell you that I weighed in Monday morning at 152.5.  Workouts are going well, Eating is still and issue.  I'm doing Keto adaptive mixed in with several times of Intermittent Fasting a week.  Because of my diabetes, I'm unlikely to go into full keto.  I'm ok with that.  My body and my diabetes works better and seems happier with a few carbs.  I've been keeping it under 50, but then things like last night happen.  Low Blood sugar and before I know it, I'm taking in 18g of carbs in pretty pure sugar to get stable.

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  I'm seeing the start of some good strength gains.  Legs are definitely getting stronger, I can bench press more. I don't think I'll ever be back to benching 150#, but that's ok.

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   I found a great junk of time just to run on Sunday.  I was slow, but managed to knock out 3.5 miles fairly easily.

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   And finally enjoy a video of me showing 4 different variations on doing "Frogs".  It's a great exercise for developing glutes and hamstrings.

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) bodybuilding fitness workout https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/8/tuesday-transformation-minneapolis-wedding-photographer Tue, 08 Aug 2017 01:48:00 GMT
Monday Motivation | Minnesota Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/7/monday-motivation-minnesota-wedding-photographer Let's get Serious!

Fit Over 40 | Minneapolis Wedding PhotographerFit Over 40 | Minneapolis Wedding PhotographerMy continued journey to be a BEAST!

  Don't worry, I'm still hanging in there. I can see changes that weren't there a few weeks ago, and it keeps me motivated.  First off, I can clearly see my top Rectus Abdominis, known as that holy grail, "Six pack" and on somedays, I can see the middle two!

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   And my shoulders!  I can see my shoulder caps when I'm not flexing.  It's a huge motivator to keep going.

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  But my problem is eating...  Yep, that's an issue, it always will be.  I'm starting to take ownership and responsibility.  It seriously helps to track my food at My Fitness Pal.  I honestly don't know how people do this without tracking their food.  It's pretty clear that a low carb diet is what's best for me, mainly because of my diabetes, but because I think most people consume too many carbs and not enough protein.  So I'm flexing my eating between LCHF and LCHP.  The scale isn't moving much, BUT that isn't as important to me as how I feel and what I see in the mirror!

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   Leave me some love!  It keeps me motivated.  And if you're doing this battle, let's support each other! 

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St. Paul Wedding Photographer | The Historic Concord Exchange https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/7/st-paul-wedding-photographer-the-historic-concord-exchange David and Megan

The Historic Concord Exchange

   If you are looking for a venue that has that "Old Hollywood" meets the "Great Gatsby" look no further than St. Paul's own Historic Concord Exchange.  This stately building, built in 1897, is a stunning venue for any occasion, but truly shines when it hosts a wedding.  Karna, the owner, would LOVE to talk to you about having your day there!

   David and Megan are a truly delightful, happy couple, their friends and family were a blast to spend the evening with.  I was blessed to have spent time with them during their engagement session.  This was icing on the cake!  See Megan and Jame's engagement session here

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An Elegant Affair | Minnesota Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/7/an-elegant-affair-minnesota-wedding-photographer James and Meghan

   James and Meghan met me in on snowy winter morning in January, 2016.  They were high school sweethearts, meeting as students while being active in the youth program at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (the church here in Minneapolis that's most like a cathedral to us Methodists).  They were having their dream wedding there, and they had chosen one of the luckiest days of 2017, July 7th (because of the triple 7's in the date - 7/7/17!)

   The day was beautiful, the church splendid in it's mid-century elegance, and the reception venue, Stonebrooke Gold Club in Prior Lake was fabulous decked out to full splendor for the event.  Enjoy a few images from their day!

   And thank you, James and Meghan for letting us play a part in your wedding day Memories...

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) hennepin avenue united methodist church stonebrook golf club https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/7/an-elegant-affair-minnesota-wedding-photographer Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:19:29 GMT
A Barn Wedding | Minnesota Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/7/a-barn-wedding-minnesota-wedding-photographer Adam and Caitlin

Larson's Barn

   I met Adam and Cate at the wedding of Abby and Miguel, their very good friends (who were in the wedding party, so I got to hang out with them again!) You can see Abby and Miguel's wedding HERE

   It was a beautiful 2.5 hour drive from my home in the Southwest Metro. The Larson Barn is located in McGregor, Minnesota with a lake right across the street.  It was used as a summer camping location with dances held inside.

  Emotions were high at this wedding.  Lots of tears, lots of laughter.  I caught the best reaction from the brides brother.  The groom surprised his new wife by wearing his Marine Uniform.  She surprised him by singing to him during the reception.  I actually teared up putting this story together.  They have my heart and I feel blessed to have spent their wedding day with them.

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St. Paul Wedding Photographer | The Intercontinental Hotel https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/6/st-paul-wedding-photographer-the-intercontinental-hotel The Sams

St. Paul Wedding

The Intercontinental Hotel

  It was a beautiful day in June when Sam and Samantha got married at the amazing Intercontinental Hotel in St. Paul, Minnesota.  With the elegant colors of blush and champagne and touches of Samantha's favorite color of green, they were married in the fabulous glass rotunda that over looks the Mississippi River. 

   After a delicious dinner prepared by the Intercontinental staff and feasting on the amazing cake by Buttercream Bakery, the couple and their guests danced happily away to the sounds of DJ AJ!  Congratulations, you two!  I wish you a long and happy life! St. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | The Nervous BrideSt. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | The Nervous BrideThe Beautiful and elegant wedding of Sam and Samantha in St. Paul Minnesota at the Intercontinental Hotel St. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | Waiting for his BrideSt. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | Waiting for his BrideThe Beautiful and elegant wedding of Sam and Samantha in St. Paul Minnesota at the Intercontinental Hotel St. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | Moments Before the First LookSt. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | Moments Before the First LookThe Beautiful and elegant wedding of Sam and Samantha in St. Paul Minnesota at the Intercontinental Hotel St. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | LoveSt. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | LoveThe Beautiful and elegant wedding of Sam and Samantha in St. Paul Minnesota at the Intercontinental Hotel St. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | The Happy CoupleSt. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | The Happy CoupleThe Beautiful and elegant wedding of Sam and Samantha in St. Paul Minnesota at the Intercontinental Hotel St. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel |A Formal PortraitSt. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel |A Formal PortraitThe Beautiful and elegant wedding of Sam and Samantha in St. Paul Minnesota at the Intercontinental Hotel St. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | The Wedding PartySt. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | The Wedding PartyThe Beautiful and elegant wedding of Sam and Samantha in St. Paul Minnesota at the Intercontinental Hotel St. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | Good FunSt. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | Good FunThe Beautiful and elegant wedding of Sam and Samantha in St. Paul Minnesota at the Intercontinental Hotel St. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | An Amazing Bridal PartySt. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | An Amazing Bridal PartyThe Beautiful and elegant wedding of Sam and Samantha in St. Paul Minnesota at the Intercontinental Hotel St. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | FountainsSt. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | FountainsThe Beautiful and elegant wedding of Sam and Samantha in St. Paul Minnesota at the Intercontinental Hotel St. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | Happily Ever AfterSt. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | Happily Ever AfterThe Beautiful and elegant wedding of Sam and Samantha in St. Paul Minnesota at the Intercontinental Hotel St. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel  CheersSt. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel CheersThe Beautiful and elegant wedding of Sam and Samantha in St. Paul Minnesota at the Intercontinental Hotel St. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | The First DAnceSt. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | The First DAnceThe Beautiful and elegant wedding of Sam and Samantha in St. Paul Minnesota at the Intercontinental Hotel St. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | Bridal BouquetSt. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | Bridal BouquetThe Beautiful and elegant wedding of Sam and Samantha in St. Paul Minnesota at the Intercontinental Hotel St. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | A KissSt. Paul Wedding Photographer | InterContinental Hotel | A KissThe Beautiful and elegant wedding of Sam and Samantha in St. Paul Minnesota at the Intercontinental Hotel

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Bride The Knot Wedding Wire https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/6/st-paul-wedding-photographer-the-intercontinental-hotel Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:23:53 GMT
Motivation Monday | 90 Day Challenge https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/6/motivation-monday-90-day-challenge Motivation Monday

   OK, it's time for another program.  I really liked Kris Gethin's 8-week Hardcore Trainer, but it's over and time for something new.  Along comes "pop ups" on Facebook..  And specifically this: 90 Day Bikini Transformation

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  And to be honest, I thought, "Why not?"  For $19, it seemed like a good deal.  Heck, I've spent so much more than that on books and magazines, supplements and protein powder.  And as a small business owner, like Rudy, I know the importance of actually buying and having faith in the provider; the importance of supporting another small business owner.

  There is a designated day off.  The program, as written, has that day as being Thursday.  That doesn't work for me.  I'm a 5AM workout person, the only day I don't is Sunday's when the gym doesn't open until 8.  So to make the program work for me, I start my workout week on Thursday, with my rest day on Sunday (which is good, because I don't want to go hard the day after a wedding!) 

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   I'm 4 workouts into the program.  I'm liking it.  I'm feeling a little DOMS. The total concern is food and eating.  After a few messages with Rudy in the Facebook group, a decision was made for me to skip the high carb days to benefit my diabetes.  I will basically have 4 days of moderate carbs with 3 days of fairly low carb (but high in protein so I'm getting enough calories)

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   Although the scale weight last week was 153.5#, it's not the scale weight that I care about. I want to get leaner and build more muscle and definition.  Follow along on my journey!  And please leave me a comment of support.  It truly helps me to stay dedicated!

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Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Surly Brewing Company https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/6/minnesota-wedding-photographer-surly-brewing-company Robert and Sarah

Surly Brewing Company

Minneapolis, Minnesota

   Robert and Sarah's wedding was the hottest day so far in 2017.  It didn't seem to bother them any.  We happily went off to take pre-ceremony pictures on Nicollet  Island.  The colors of Sarah's bouquet were stunning under the blue sky of June.  Thank you Lake Harriet Florist for the stunning bouquet!

   After pictures, we headed off to the AMAZING Surly Brewing Company for the ceremony and the reception.  Surrounded by family and friends, the ceremony was filled with love, laughter, and lots of great memories.  The food was delicious, and the beer?  Well, that's just a given that it's amazing!

   Thank you Robert and Sarah for choosing us to spend your wedding day with you.  We wish you the very best!

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Brewery Minneapolis Wedding https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/6/minnesota-wedding-photographer-surly-brewing-company Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:19:58 GMT
Minnesota Wedding Photographer | A Vintage Church https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/6/minnesota-wedding-photographer-a-vintage-church A Wedding in Hamburg

Mark and Denise

  Sometimes, people appear at the right place and the right time to leave a perfect memory in your heart.  This is true of Mark and Denise.  In April, their booked photographer backed out of their wedding, leaving them stranded and frustrated as to what to do next.  Mark's sister, Laurie, rushed in and began her frantic search to find a photographer.  Their date, this past June 3rd, was my one day open in 9 weeks.  Lo and behold, it wasn't going to stay open!

   Meeting Mark and Denise, was fabulous.  We all got along well, thought alike, had a lot of similar experiences and it truly seemed like a perfect fit.  When they said they wanted me, I said I wanted them and it was a deal!

   We even managed an engagement session in the short time we had between meetings!  Thanks, Mark and Denise for choosing me!  I definitely think we have a new friendship!

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Minneapolis Wedding Photography | Como Conservatory | Alex and Andre https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/6/minneapolis-wedding-photography-como-conservatory-alex-and-andre Alex and Andre

A True Love Story

  I was lucky the day Alex and Andre came into my life.  I have a soft spot in my heart for same sex marriages.  Couples went too long without being able to legally wed, I'm so glad that I'm able to capture these moments of love.  The case is no different with Alex and Andre, a couple who lives in Iowa with Andre's two ADORABLE children.  They had their lovely wedding outside the breathtaking Como Conservatory in St. Paul Minnesota, followed by  a great reception catered by Lancer Catering.

  There was a guest appearance by a 2-toe Sloth (well, it is at a zoo!), great music was played by DJ Amanda from Complete Wedding and Events and the couple did an amazing dance routine recreating a dance number from the movie "Lala Land" that left their guests speechless.

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Como Conservatory LGBT Memories in Time Photography Memories in Time Wedding Same Sex Wedding https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/6/minneapolis-wedding-photography-como-conservatory-alex-and-andre Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:00:00 GMT
The Marriage of Josh and Alex | Minneapolis Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/6/the-marriage-of-josh-and-laex-minneapolis-wedding-photography    Happy Anniversary Alex and Josh! 

   And if you missed it the first time, here is the link to their wedding slideshow! Josh and Alex's Wedding!

 

   They met while still in high school.  Two young kids just finding their way in the world.  They found their way to each other.  They had a simple, elegant ceremony and reception at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, surrounded by a chosen group of family and friends.  And even though Alex didn't get the salad she wanted, everything else about the day was perfect!  Congratulations!

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Minneapolis Wedding Photography Minnesota Arboretum https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/6/the-marriage-of-josh-and-laex-minneapolis-wedding-photography Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:03:34 GMT
This Girl DID IT!!! | Minneapolis Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/6/this-girl-did-it-minneapolis-photographer And it's DONE!

8-week Hardcore Trainer

Last weight session of the Series | Minneapolis PhotographerLast weight session of the Series | Minneapolis PhotographerFinished my 8 weeks of Hardcore!

  I finished it, 8 weeks of the most badass fitness program I could find to tackle, and I DID IT!!!  Although I didn't follow it 100%, I'm happy with what I could do.  Some of the issues is that my gym simply doesn't have the equipment so variations had to be made.  Other issues had to deal with time.  My gym is open from 5AM to 10PM Monday-Saturday, and I'm already there at 5AM.  Those days when I taught and then hit the sidelines, there was no opportunity to get that second cardio session in.  Or those wedding days, up at 4:30 for the gym, out the door around 11AM for the wedding, getting home 12 hours later.  There wasn't time, simply put..

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  I didn't do the diet the best, either.  I'm diabetic, I eat fairly low carb, 24/7.. except on wedding days.  But we've talked about my weakness for wedding cake and other things a short while back.  I didn't discover my new VERY favorite protein bars!

My FAVORITE Protein Bar | Minneapolis PhotographerMy FAVORITE Protein Bar | Minneapolis PhotographerFinished my 8 weeks of Hardcore!

   I did notice a decrease in strength...  The rep and set cadence didn't seem to allow for strength gains.  I truly noticed that when it came to moves like Hammer curls, 1-arm Rows, and Leg Extension.  That's ok, though, I'm still functioning well, tasks of daily living are still easy, and I can lug around a 50# bag of dog food like it's nothing.  But yeah, I'll be working on getting the strength back this summer...

Last of the Two A Days | Minnesota Wedding PhotographerLast of the Two A Days | Minnesota Wedding PhotographerFinished my 8 weeks of Hardcore!

   I don't know where I'm headed... yet.  I have a new 4-week program; 4 days of lifting, 2 days of serious cardio with abs and a day of active rest.  More than likely, I'll be doing some type of modified low carb eating...  Stick around...  I guarantee this is going to keep being interesting!

 

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Horse and Hunt Club | Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Abby and Miguel https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/5/horse-and-hunt-club-minnesota-wedding-photographer-abby-and-miguel The Horse and Hunt Club

Abby and Miguel

   The Horse and Hunt Club is rapidly becoming one of my favorite venues.  It's a beautiful location.  It's unique with its hunting theme.  The food and staff are fabulous.  The grounds are beautifully landscaped.

   Although the day started out rainy and we frantically plotted ideas for where to have the ceremony, if it couldn't be outside, by the time we had a game plan, the rain stopped, and the sun came out!  After their first look on a stair case, the bridal party was able to practice outside and we were able to do all the pre-wedding portraits under the pergola.

  After an uplifting ceremony, the bridal party and the guests ate either the best stuffed chicken I've ever had, or a great steak.  Later after toasts by various family members and cupcakes brought in from South Dakota, the group happily danced to music provided by DJ Sam!

  And as one of the groomsmen said, "Wow you're a lot of fun, I know the pictures are going to be Epic!"

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Horse and Hunt Club Minneapolis Wedding Photography Minnesota Bride https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/5/horse-and-hunt-club-minnesota-wedding-photographer-abby-and-miguel Wed, 31 May 2017 13:09:34 GMT
Grant and Brianna | Minnesota Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/5/grant-and-brianna-minnesota-wedding-photographer Grant and Brianna

Grace Church

Horse and Hunt Club

   Grant and Brianna are high school sweethearts.  They started dating as Juniors (the prom was their first date ~ isn't that romantic?!!!) and here they are 8 years later getting married at the beautiful Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

   It was a gray and raining day, but that didn't stop us from capturing some incredible images.  Although we couldn't go outside and use the landscaped grounds, we still were able to get meaningful images around the church and in the chapel where they held the ceremony.

  Because these two had been together for years, it was almost like the families were already united.  After a touching, and at times, humorous, ceremony, the wedding party and guests ate well and partied into the night at the fabulous Horse and Hunt Club in Savage.

    "We're so glad that they chose you for their wedding day" ~ Ted, Father of the Bride

  Ted, I'm so glad they chose me, too!  What a great day, a great group of people, and a bunch of great memories!

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Horse and Hunt Club Minneapolis Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/5/grant-and-brianna-minnesota-wedding-photographer Wed, 24 May 2017 10:00:00 GMT
Wedding Regrets | Minnesota Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/5/wedding-regrets-minnesota-wedding-photographer Wedding Regrets

From the Married Women of Reddit

  As a Photographer, I'm going to start with the one that matters to me, PHOTOGRAPHY!!   Don't hire a friend of the family who has a "nice camera"  This isn't the time to pinch pennies.  You want a professional with professional gear (both cameras, lenses and lighting) that will use the best of both natural light and artificial light.  Be picky, hire a professional!  And don't let price be the defining factor for who you choose.  Find a photographer who's images and personality you LOVE.  You'll spend all day with the photographer, you'll spend your life with the images.

   Another big regret on Reddit is not focusing on getting the little details in place, having a DIY wedding and reception where family and friends set up and created everything, from setting up tables and chairs, to making the bouquets and decorating, and not asking for help in the planning process.  Hire a wedding planner.  They have services that range from complete planning, to "day of coordination".  They will help make your day run smoother, help you to relax, and you won't have to worry about who's setting up decor or when your bridal party should line up and and enter for the Grand March.

   Hire a professional DJ.  I know a lot of people want to save money, and put a nice play list on their smart phones, or turn on a play list on Spotify, but you really do want someone who knows how to get everyone from the little toddler, to the 95-year old grandparent on the dance floor and having fun.  Your DJ will act as the MC for the night, helping to insure that the night stays on schedule as much as possible.  Professional DJ's work side by side with the photographer, and the site coordinator to make sure that everything runs smoothly and on time.

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  There are more, but this is a GREAT start. It gives you some things to think about, things to budget for.  I have numerous Wedding Planners and DJ's that I work with that are more than willing to offer a package deal with my wedding photography.  I LOVE and respect the vendors I refer!

   How can I help you have a beautiful wedding?  Text us at 952 288-8617

    "I don't know where to start. My husband and I are beyond words at the beauty and soul of us that Cara captured in our wedding photos" ~Kim, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

 

 

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ANOTHER 30 Days with Craig |TBT | Minnesota Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/5/another-30-days-with-craig-tbt-minnesota-wedding-photographer   So this was a year ago..  I wish I would have taken more pics then.  I've come pretty far since this post was first on-line.  I'm definitely stronger, my body fat is lower and I have a lot more energy.  There's nothing stopping me.  This energy and my strength really helps me to be on the move during a long, and beautiful, wedding day!

A SMALL | Minneapolis WeddingA SMALL | Minneapolis WeddingMy journey to be the healthiest photographer I can be!

Another 30 Days With Craig

   For those of you who didn't follow me the first time around, a little refresher about me from an activity point of view.  I grew up like most kids , running around all day and as late as our mothers' would let us stay out.  That changed somewhat when I was diagnosed with Diabetes while I was still in elementary school.  Diabetic kids were considered "fragile" and although exercise and movements was considered good, you were told to be careful.  I didn't know any other diabetic kids, and the few I did know were fairly unhealthy; in and out of the hospital as often as every 6 weeks, or even really adults to compare myself to.  So after some issues with anorexia and fear of eating food, I started to sit on the sidelines and watch the world pass me by.

At some point in my life, I became an "Aerobic Annie".  AKA, a much in demand aerobic instructor.  Teaching at 2 different clubs, 12-15 classes a week that were often packed to the point of being crowded.  I LOVED being active.  Life was good, I was a student, physically active, and lived life for all it's worth.

  Now it's 2016.  My weight has yo-yo'd. To be honest, I don't know a lot of people my age who hasn't, but I know I can do better.  I'm lucky, while all the diabetic kids I have met are either dealing with numerous health issues or sadly, even dead, I'm good.  I don't have any complications.  My bloodwork is GREAT, I feel good, I just want to get back to having the toned bod I had almost 20 years ago, only, I want the 2016 version of what that body would be.

  Here is where Craig Capurso comes in.  I LOVE going to the gym, and I can honestly say that, at this point in my life, I have spent more days in the gym then days, I'm not in the gym.  But I like challenge, and so thanks to Bodybuilding.com, I'm took on Craig's 30 Day Transformation one more time.  You can check in out here: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/30-days-out-craig-capursos-extreme-cut-trainer.html

   To give you a heads up to my routine it looks something like this:

       Mondays: Chest

       Tuesdays: Back

       Wednesdays: Arms, Abs and Calves

       Thursdays: Legs (My FAVORITE BODY PART!!!)

       Fridays: Shoulders (My LEAST favorite body part, but the one that comes in first)

      Saturdays: Arms, Abs, and Calves

      Sundays:  For the most part this is technically a DOR (Day of Rest), but I have found a deep love in running, so I go out and run on those days.  Although Day 28 is a kick-ass cardio session... This time around I was prepared!!

 

   Are you ready to follow along?  This is my intro but the next few Fridays will let you know how it all went, including the crisis at Day 9.

 

 

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Monday Motivation | Hardcore Trainer Week 5 https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/5/monday-motivation-hardcore-trainer-week-5 Monday Motivation

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  So, by the time you read this, week 5 will be over, and week 6 will be starting.  Depending on when you read this, I might be in the gym.  This has been a difficult week.  Eating has sucked, Job requirements have me out the door at 8AM and walking back in at 9PM.  I haven't been able to get my second workout in, and the cardio, which was at 40 minutes twice a day, is being sucked away in the time crunch.

Face to Face Changes | Midwest BrideFace to Face Changes | Midwest Bridea Photographer's journey to be in the best physical shape possible..

   (The picture on the left was taken in November, the one on the right just a few days ago.  I doubt there was change, but pictures can help document changes and keep me on task when I'm struggling!)

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   And I'm crabby.  I don't feel like there's enough time in the day to get everything done..  And I'm tired.  Going to bed near 10PM, and waking up at 4:19AM, is draining me.  If you know me, I do best with 5AM workouts, so they have to continue, and yep, with my schedule there is no other time...

Changes | BridesChanges | Bridesa Photographer's journey to be in the best physical shape possible..

  Biggest issue to work on this week, the stuff that is going into my mouth.  I KNOW I do best both with my fitness and my diabetes with a low carb diet, but it's been hard, I want my high fat bacon, and I want my peanut butter toast..  I want to snack, and I feel compelled to shove peanuts in my mouth and justify it.

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   Let's just aim for week 6 being better...

 

Hugs and kisses for joining me on my journey!

    ~Cara

 

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) 8 Week Hardcore Trainer Bodybuilding Clean Eating Fitness Kaged Muscle Keto MN Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/5/monday-motivation-hardcore-trainer-week-5 Mon, 15 May 2017 00:42:18 GMT
The Muriel Sahlin Arboretum | The Radisson | Minnesota Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/5/the-sahlin-arboretum-the-radisson-minnesota-wedding-photographer Keith and Amy

May 6, 2017

Midwest Wedding

  I couldn't have asked for nicer weather this past weekend, as Keith and Amy were married this past weekend.  The temperature was perfect; not too hot, not too cold.  The sky had a few clouds, a perfect shade of blue was in the sky.  Everyone was happy, joyous and ready to have a fabulous day.

   The bridal party was decked in black with great pops of color in Royal Blue and Purple.  Keith and Amy's family and friends were warm and welcome, truly delightful, including the best man, "Angie"  After bridal portraits at the Muriel Sahlin Arboretum in Roseville and an amazing dinner at the Radisson ~ Roseville,  Nick, the DJ, had the party hopping for a GREAT night, no one will soon forget!

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Hardcore Trainer Week 4 | Midwest Wedding https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/5/hardcore-trainer-week-4-midwest-wedding Kris Gethin's

8 Week Hardcore

Week 4

  So, I'm into week 4.  I'll say it's tough, but it a different way then the programs I've followed before.  It's ALWAYS the diet, ALWAYS!  I can kill it in the gym, but somehow and for some reason, I can't make that transition to eating well.  This is a moderate carb/moderate protein/low fat program.  Carb intake drops as the weeks go on to be more like a bodybuilding comp prep diet.

Motivation | Fitspiration | Minnesota PhotographerMotivation | Fitspiration | Minnesota PhotographerMy quest for fitness, a lower BF% and great muscle definition

   My issue with this?  I'm diabetic (yes, I know, I've addressed this!),  Carbs mean more insulin, more insulin means more fat storage.  Although it's true that everything you eat, even that 16oz porterhouse, breaks down eventually into glucose in the body.  Carbs just break down faster resulting in a blood sugar spike that requires more insulin.

  And it's wedding season!  Last week's wedding (see this week's Wedding Wednesday blog here: Kory and Crysta's Wedding )  was my Heaven.  I have this thing about Caramel Corn, and they actually had a Caramel Corn bar.  I tried to avoid it, but couldn't! Then to make it worse, there was fresh hot cinnamon coffee cake and sushi for lunch!

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   Then there's the fact that I'm doing 35 minutes of cardio twice a day, Tuesday, I left the house at 8am and didn't get home until 9PM.  Sadly, I didn't manage that second cardio.  And finally, it's the template for this week, that EVERY muscle group gets worked unilaterally.  What usually takes about 45-50 minutes when sides are worked together, this week, I'm looking at about 75 minutes before I even get to the 35 minutes of cardio.

I've got this! | Chaska PhotographerI've got this! | Chaska PhotographerMy quest for fitness, a lower BF% and great muscle definition

  There is some good news here.  In a year, although I weigh the same, my body fat % went from 29.6% to 26.6%!  That's a change from 45.3# of fat to 40.7# and a LBM of 107.7# to currently 112.3#  It's a change in the right direction, but I can do better!

 

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) 8 Week Hardcore Trainer Bodybuilding Clean Eating Fitness Kaged Muscle Kris Gethin Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/5/hardcore-trainer-week-4-midwest-wedding Fri, 05 May 2017 15:25:33 GMT
A Radisson Wedding | Minnesota Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/5/a-radisson-wedding-minnesota-wedding-photographer Crysta and Kory's Wedding

April 29, 2017

The Radisson Hotel, Roseville, Minnesota

 

    It was a cool Spring day in the Twin Cities when Crysta and Kory pledged their love and lives in front of their family and friends.  With touches of peacock blue and vivid purple, their wedding and reception sparkled with a colorful mix of lights, linens and florals.  Crysta, by far, will be one of the brides that I remember always having a smile on her face.  Her laughter is contagious and she has the skill of making everyone around her feel loved.

  I wish them the very best.  Thank you to all of their family and friends who made me feel so welcomed, and made my job so VERY easy (and so super fun!)

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Hardcore Trainer | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/4/hardcore-trainer-minneapolis-wedding-photographer Hardcore Trainer

  Like last year, with Craig Capurso, this year I looked for the hardest workout program I could find to tackle.  Thanks to a friend, I found Kris Gethin and his 8-week Hardcore Trainer.   You can find Kris's program here: Hard Core Trainer

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  This program involves working out twice a day.  It's not easy, not by a long shot.  Usually after running on Sundays and working on  quads and glutes on Monday morning, by Monday afternoon, I'm sore and looking for someone to pull my fried body up after I've sat down.

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  But I'm liking it.  Today I finished the lifting part of Week 3.  I still have my second session of cardio this afternoon, but I'm getting there.  I took my body fat percentage on my Omron and it was actually down to a 26.6%.  I still have a ways to go, but hey, it's getting there!

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Bodybuilding Fitness Keto Diet https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/4/hardcore-trainer-minneapolis-wedding-photographer Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:50:05 GMT
Coach Koch https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/4/coach-koch   I got news this morning that a great man past away.  He was Jack, but to those of us who grew up in Parchment, Michigan, he was simply, Coach Koch.

  Whether he was aware of it of not, he likely was in my life a lot longer than I was aware.  I grew up with a dad who was a Parchment Fireman, which meant, I grew up with a dad that attended all the home football games.  If my dad attended the games, attended the games.  I fell in love with the sport.  There will never be anything better than an Autumn night under "the lights".  I can't remember if he was there when I was 5, the year my cousin broke his leg at the Gull Lake v. Parchment game, and I ran out on the field faster than any of the adults.  Maybe he was there, and maybe he knew that someday, I'd be running out there in high school whenever one of "my guys" were hurt.

  I remember him as my brother's wrestling coach, the big guy with the deep voice and the barrel-chest.  I remember him as the runner, who shuffled along, and when I run now, I think I must have picked up on the technique.  I also remember the summer day in 1980 when I went to ask if I could be a football manager, and the rules that were set for me that day.  I remember that day, I suddenly had a whole flock of brothers, because it was rule #1, don't date these guys.  And just like these guys, I was yelled at in that rich fatherly voice. I was told to follow and do what Tony V did, and I would do a good job.  I almost quit that first year...  There were nasty names and rumors, and when I went to quit, he was honest, that he had heard them too.  But he also gave me one of my life's biggest lessons, "Don't ever let your gender stop you from doing what you love".  With those words I stuck with it, and for the rest of that year, and six years later, I worked in the sport that I loved.

  When I was a young adult, my dad had a heart attack.  In the moments of confusion, I actually did think about who would give me away when my wedding day came around.  There were 3 on my short list: my Uncle Lee; my dad's cousin, Louie; and Coach Koch.  He meant that much to me.  I was blessed to be his Senior Assistant my Senior year for first quarter.  I spend that hour in "my office" in the locker room.  Yep, I got credit keeping that place running smoothly.  And I knew that he must of trusted me.  I rode in ambulances when Chmiel blew his knee, and when one of the Vernia's got hurt, and I massaged Kokmeyer's cramped up calves so he could get back on the field so we could win the game.  He had Stinson and Leatherman keep me safe the night we played St. Phil and their fans threw stuff at the team as we headed to the bus. He always watched out for us.

  I've only seen Jack a few times since high school, but I remember them well.  The Borgess Run went by my house in the 90's.  He came shuffling by while I was dressed in my cap and gown to graduate with my Masters at WMU.  He stopped his race to walk up the driveway to shake my hand and congratulate me.  And when my wedding day came around, yep, he and Marlene were there to celebrate with us.  It was that day that I got my one and only hug from the man I had admired for years.  Just before I wrote this, I sat down to watch him in my wedding video.  His advice to me, "be happy".  Simple words with a great deal of weight.  When he had heart problems a few years back, I knew that someday, he would be gone, but like all of us, I refused to believe there would be an end.

  Coach Koch, I'm sure you were never fully aware how deeply you touched my life, and the lives of all the kids you came in touch with.  I know that I'm a better person because you gave me the belief that I could...

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) A Young Woman's roll model - her football coach https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/4/coach-koch Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:58:42 GMT
The Great Hall | St. Paul Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/4/the-great-hall-st-paul-wedding-photographer Jennifer and Dan

The Great Hall, St. Paul, Minnesota

   Jennifer and Dan recently got married at the beautiful Great Hall in St. Paul. The Great Hall is an Art-Deco inspired event space in the Lowertown section of St. Paul. Designed by Charles Frost in 1914 and built by railroad entrepreneur, James J. Hill.  It offers the essence of turn-of-the-century style and grace.

  The venue hosted both the ceremony and the reception.  After the emotional ceremony, guest headed to the open second floor for a social hour to toast and celebrate the newly married couple.  Guests returned to the main floor to spend the night happily eating, dancing and enjoying this incredible venue.

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) MN Bride The Knot Wedding Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/4/the-great-hall-st-paul-wedding-photographer Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:00:00 GMT
Diabetes | Midwest Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/4/diabetes Diabetes

Midwest Wedding Photography

  So, straight up front, I'm diabetic.  I've had Diabetes so long that I don't really remember life before Diabetes.  I can't even tell you the number of shots and finger pokes I've had.  Even now I poke my finger 8-12 times a day to help regulate and normalize my blood sugars.  Working out in the AM, is usually 3-4.  (Why is that?  Well, somedays working out makes my blood sugar drop, others it makes it go through the roof.  Since I don't have a CGM - Continuous Glucose Monitor - it the only way for me to know what direction it's going on any given day!)

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  Because I wanted to be independent as a young child, that meant learning to give my own shots so I could go places, spend the night, go to camp, etc.  And for me, that meant most of my shots went into my abs.  They tell you to rotate your sites, to use your arms and legs, and butt, but if you know anything about nerve endings, there are less in your ab muscles and thus, it hurts the least there!  That's where most of my shots went.

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   I damaged myself.  I have Lipohypertrophy.  Lipohypertrophy is an abnormal accumulation of fat underneath the surface of the skin. It’s most commonly seen in people who receive multiple daily injections, such as people with type 1 diabetes. In fact, up to 50 percent of people with type 1 diabetes experience it at some point.  For more info, click here: Lipohypertrophy

   My damage is fairly severe.  At my last doctor appointment, my doc was pretty clear, that it CAN improve, but in all reality, it will take surgery to get my abs as flat as I would like, and even that might not be a possibility.

Fitness | Minneapolis Wedding PhotographyFitness | Minneapolis Wedding PhotographyA photographer's quest to be in her VERY best health

   And so I workout, and I workout hard.  I'm LOVING the rest of my body.  My butt is getting rounder, my thighs strong and my delts and arms are becoming defined.  And believe it or not, I'm getting a 2-pack!

 

    Thanks for following my journey!  Please leave me a little love in the comments!

   ~Hugs and Kisses

               Cara

 

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Bodybuilding Fitness Fitspo Flexible Eating https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/4/diabetes Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:06:16 GMT
Wedding Wednesday | Making your Wedding Day Perfect https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/4/wedding-wednesday-making-your-wedding-day-perfect Making your Wedding Day Perfect!

   More than likely, you've been planning your wedding day since you were young.  And if not that long, since you met the person that you thought was "the one".  You've been looking at venues, and trying sample menus, meeting with music, and trying to pick out colors, dresses and tuxes!

   WOW, is that a lot!

   Wouldn't you want something or someone that could pretty much take care of the details?  That's where Memories in Time Photography steps in!  Did you know that we are apart of the largest wedding networking groups in the state of Minnesota, and that we have wedding contracts all over the United States and in several countries?

   When you hire us to capture the memories of your day, you also get access to our vast array of vendors.  Why spend the time and energy (and the unneeded stress) to search for all the perfect contacts when we have them for you?

   With our award winning images, and our award winning team, your dream wedding is just a phone call away!  We'd love to sit down with you and talk about all your wedding needs.  Give us a call at 952 288-8617 or e-mail us at Cara@memoriesintimemn.com

  

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Midwest Bride Minnesota Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/4/wedding-wednesday-making-your-wedding-day-perfect Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:57:13 GMT
The Class of 2018 | Minneapolis Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/4/the-class-of-2018-minneapolis-photographer Hello Class of 2018!

  This year, this class, this group, the Class of 2018 is more than just the usual special to me.  This is the Class of 2018, the graduating class of my baby, Sean.  It's the year I watch him grow up and prepare to go out on his own.

   I'm looking for my Class of 2018 Spokesmodels.  It's easy.  You just have to show up, look confident and have FUN!  You'll get GREAT senior portraits that are uniquely you, you'll have a GREAT time and you'll have the chance to earn a few extra dollars.

   Are you interested?  Send me an e-mail at Cara@memoriesintimemn.com or give me a call at 952 288-8617.

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Chaska Photographer Senior Portraits https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/4/the-class-of-2018-minneapolis-photographer Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:00:00 GMT
BIG Goal | Minnesota Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/4/big-goal-minnesota-wedding-photographer Hit My BIG Goal!

  I've had this dream...  To weigh what I did on the day I got married..  I'll be honest, the engagement parties, the food tasting, the excitement and the additional family celebrations (not to mention that I worked full time and was a full time Graduate Student) had put a little weight on prior to the wedding.  Still, I haven't seen that weight since that day, and so it became my first BIG target.

A Health Conscious PhotographerA photographer's journal to health

   I don't do anything wild, no starvation diets, no endless hours in the gym (well, that's the norm for me...), no wraps, not pills, no expensive shakes.  I do have protein shakes, but not something over priced.  I don't get enough protein without them!  Two weeks ago, I hit my goal!

Look at those Legs!!A photographer's journal to health

   My ultimate goal?  I think it would be fun to compete in physique.  I had the personality to pull it off...  But I'm honest, I have something standing in my way.. My lower abs.  I'll explain that in my next fitness focused blog...

Time for smaller pants!Time for smaller pants!A photographer's journal to health

   I need to get some new pants.  I had saved these thinking that I would wear them again when I got smaller...  Well, I zoomed by this size...  I think it's time I go shop!

 

   Please leave me comments of support and encouragement..  It pushes me onward.  THANKS!!

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Bodybuilding Fitness Fitspo Flexible Eating https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/4/big-goal-minnesota-wedding-photographer Fri, 07 Apr 2017 10:00:00 GMT
The Perfect Wedding Guide | Minneapolis Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/4/the-perfect-wedding-guide-minneapolis-wedding-photography The Perfect Wedding Guide

Twin Cities Wedding Association

  I was so excited to get an e-mail from my friend Josey Stafford of Sixpence Events .  She was letting me know that Memories in Time Photography was being featured in the "Getting Married in Minnesota" Blog on The Perfect Wedding Guide.  I was out of the country with my family but what a NICE thing to come home to!!

  

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My Fitness Journey | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/3/my-fitness-journey-minneapolis-photographer Fitness 2017

A Journey with a Wedding Photographer

   If you've read my previous posts about my Fitness Journey, you will know that I have a desire to take my body to a point that defies my age.  At this moment, I'm not sure where this point is, but when I get there, I'll know..

   I've been a T1 Diabetic longer than I can remember, and I'm proud of the fact that I'm healthy than most NON-Diabetics.  My cardiac risk assessment is 1.1, anything below a 7 is good, I guess that means I'm GREAT! I usually work out 6 days a week, and yeah, I'll admit, often that's 7 days a week.  I lift at 5AM Monday-Saturday, if I work out on Sunday AM, you can pretty much be sure that there's a leg session involved there.  Why?  Well, I love my legs, I love to work them hard and see hoe strong they can get.

   And what about cardio?  Well, it's there..  I often do a minute of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) between sets, and when there's time 10-20 minutes of slow endurance cardio after the weight lifting.  OK, and then there's the evening sessions.  Likely 4-5 evenings a week, I'm back at the gym getting in cardio.  I'm giving some thought to going back to running.  I'd like to do a few races that I missed when I had the opportunity, mainly The Bloomsday in my former hometown of Spokane, Washington and The Borgess Run in my childhood hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

   I'm proud to say, since January 2016, I've gone from 178# and 40.2% BF, to 153# and 27.2%.  I hit one of my first BIG goals, to weigh what I did the day I got married.  I've lost 30# of ugly fat while gaining 5# of muscle

   Now it's about focusing on my eating, getting the diet dialed in.  Follow along, leave me a little love and support.  I truly appreciate ALL of the encouragement!  It makes me work harder!

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Diabetes Fitness Weight Loss https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/3/my-fitness-journey-minneapolis-photographer Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:07:02 GMT
The Twin Cities Wedding Fair | Minneapolis Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/3/the-twin-cities-wedding-fair-minneapolis-wedding-photography The Wedding Fair

Minneapolis Convention Center

Sunday March 19, 2017

  Are you planning a wedding?  There is no finer place to get ideas and to find vendors than the State's Best Wedding Fair, this Sunday at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  You'll find us at booth #725. Come and talk to us!  If you schedule a coffee date while at the show, you can take 15% off our prices, an unheard of deal!

    We have a couple of great "Fair Only" offers for you.  First, we are offering 10 hours, with two photographers and a wedding album for $2899!  Did I mention it includes a complimentary engagement session?!  Our second offer is 7% off any of our collections.  These 2 specials are good until April 15th, so if you are interested in one, schedule your consultation soon!  We are rapidly filling up our 2017 calendar and are booking 2018 weddings.

   For Tickets and more information, follow this link: The Wedding Fair

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Wedding Wednesday https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/3/the-twin-cities-wedding-fair-minneapolis-wedding-photography Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:01:07 GMT
TPC Twin Cities | Minnesota Wedding Photograper https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/3/tpc-twin-cities-minnesota-wedding-photograper The Wedding of Jon and Amy

TPC Twin Cities Golf Club

   It was a beautiful fall day when Jon and Amy got married at Amy's church in the North Suburbs.  Jon rented an amazing replica Porsche to take his new bride to her dream reception at TPC Twin Cities.  The night was a blast, the guests danced the night away, looked in awe at the ice sculpture and made use of the photobooth. TPC Twin Cities WeddingTPC Twin Cities WeddingA beautiful reception at the TPC Twin Cities Golf Club TPC Twin Cities WeddingTPC Twin Cities WeddingA beautiful reception at the TPC Twin Cities Golf Club TPC Twin Cities WeddingTPC Twin Cities WeddingA beautiful reception at the TPC Twin Cities Golf Club TPC Twin Cities WeddingTPC Twin Cities WeddingA beautiful reception at the TPC Twin Cities Golf Club TPC Twin Cities WeddingTPC Twin Cities WeddingA beautiful reception at the TPC Twin Cities Golf Club TPC Twin Cities WeddingTPC Twin Cities WeddingA beautiful reception at the TPC Twin Cities Golf Club TPC Twin Cities WeddingTPC Twin Cities WeddingA beautiful reception at the TPC Twin Cities Golf Club TPC Twin Cities WeddingTPC Twin Cities WeddingA beautiful reception at the TPC Twin Cities Golf Club TPC Twin Cities WeddingTPC Twin Cities WeddingA beautiful reception at the TPC Twin Cities Golf Club TPC Twin Cities WeddingTPC Twin Cities WeddingA beautiful reception at the TPC Twin Cities Golf Club

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Minneapolis Wedding Porsche https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/3/tpc-twin-cities-minnesota-wedding-photograper Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:30:00 GMT
A St. Paul Engagement Session | Minnesota Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/2/a-st-paul-engagement-session-minnesota-wedding-photography The Landmark Center

An Engagement Session

  I recently had the joy of photographing Megan and Dave's engagement session at the beautiful Landmark Center in St. Paul.  Although we hoped for beautiful snow on Rice Park, our Minnesota weather didn't really want to cooperate.  But don't worry!  We were able to use the beautiful architecture of the Landmark, along with the Herb Brooks statue outside the Ordway.  When you have a couple who are hockey fans, let's make sure we capture that detail!

  Thanks for spending time with me!  I can't wait until your wedding in July!

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Engagement Photography Hockey https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/2/a-st-paul-engagement-session-minnesota-wedding-photography Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:15:00 GMT
Valentine's Day SALE! | Minnesota Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/2/valentines-day-sale-minnesota-wedding-photographer ONE DAY ONLY!

TODAY!!

VALENTINE'S 2017

  This is THE sale, the one everyone hopes for and it's here.  Today, and today only, get my Black Label Collection for $500 off!  This package includes, 10 hours of photography on your wedding day with two Photographers, an engagement session, a slide show, 40% of prints AND a Premium Album.  ALL of this for $2999!!!  But act FAST!!!  The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum | Minneapolis Wedding PhotographyThe Minnesota Landscape Arboretum | Minneapolis Wedding PhotographyA Garden Wedding in the Rose Garden at the MN Landscape Arboretum

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  Consultations MUST be scheduled today by calling 952 288-8617.  Consultations need to occur by February 28, 2017.  Contracts and retainer fees need to be signed and paid by March 1, 2017.

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Engagement Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/2/valentines-day-sale-minnesota-wedding-photographer Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:17:10 GMT
A Rustic Wedding | Minnesota Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/2/a-rustic-wedding-minnesota-wedding-photographer A Rustic Wisconsin Wedding

  I got blessed the day I met  Molly and Connor.  Despite the fact that they were actually married the summer of 2015 in a small ceremony, there was no less meaning, in this ceremony and reception that was shared with their family and friends on a small farm in Wisconsin.  Please enjoy these images.  I wish Connor and Molly the VERY best!

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Who Am I? | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/2/who-am-i-minneapolis-wedding-photographer Who Am I?

  Sometimes, that seems like a VERY good question..  What does my passion as a photographer have to do with my passion for fitness?  Why is my Instagram feed a blend of both of my worlds?

   Because of my love for fitness and the priority I give to staying in shape and even pushing myself to develop my physique to higher levels, I have incredible stamina when I photograph LONG wedding days.  I make a point to go to the gym prior to getting ready for a wedding.  I am on the go from 4:30AM until midnight, without skipping beat.  You'll see me on the dance floor with the bridal party and guests when I'm done shooting because I like to take part in the experience that makes weddings unique events.  I've spent all day with the wedding party having fun, laughing and joking, so why not end the night with a few dances and a toast to the happy couple?

   I do this for my AMAZING children, Rachel and Sean.  They will always be my reason for life, and my reason to love.  I want them to look to me as an example on how to age with class, energy and beauty.  I live my life knowing that they are watching me, even when I'm not aware of it, and I must be a prime example to them.

   A little over a year ago, I went on a quest to be the best I could be, physically, mentally and spiritually.  I finished 2016 ahead of where I started the year.  This year, there are more gains to be had; deeper relationships with everyone in my life, a healthier, leaner body, and a richer spiritual view of my life and my chosen path.

   In the weeks ahead, I will be blogging about my journey to further push myself in all areas of my life.  I hope you'll come along for the adventure.  Please leave me a comment or ask a question.  Follow me on Instagram where I post daily affirmations.   Cara's Instagram

   Be your BEST!!

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A Texas Engagement Session | Minnesota Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/1/a-texas-engagement-session-minnesota-wedding-photography A Rockwall Engagement Session

   This Midwestern girl recently had the opportunity to photograph Nicole and Curtis's engagement session near the picture perfect town of Rockwall, Texas, east of Dallas.  I was expecting warm days in the 70's, afterall, I live near Minneapolis, anything over 65 is warm!  Sadly, warm was not what we got during their engagement session.  It was cold, in the upper 40's, it was a little drizzling, and it was cloudy.  I don't mind the clouds, cloud cover makes for the best light when shooting outdoors.

   Since I'm not familiar with the area, I had to trust my beautiful couple to pick out the best locations.  Did they ever!  First stop was a run down barn on the side of the road, the red, went so well with what the couple was wearing.  Second stop was an isolated road, near a horse pasture and a sheriff pose member's house, and finally, onto a cow pasture.  Now we have cow pastures here in Minnesota, but I haven't really visited one.  We actually chased the cows away from the fence opening, dodged cow pies, and I even saw a cow skull!

   Check out a few of these amazing images.  I'm still trying to figure out how to convince Curtis he needs to bring the cow skull to me when I photograph their wedding in August in my home state of Michigan....

   And yes, I DO travel for engagement sessions and weddings.  My travel fee is pretty reasonable, just ask!

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Engagement Session Minnesota Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/1/a-texas-engagement-session-minnesota-wedding-photography Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:30:00 GMT
The Minneapolis Club | Minnesota Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/1/the-minneapolis-club-minnesota-wedding-photography The Wedding of Aaron and Samantha

  The beautiful The Minneapolis Club was the site for Aaron and Samantha's fall wedding.  The club is beautifully elegant; aged wood, rich colors, and great staff.  This wedding was unique, just like the couple.  After the ceremony, and dinner, the couple and their guests feasted on amazing cupcakes by Munch Munch Cupcakes. But it got even better.  After the fist dance, the guests were treated with an even better surprise!  A Make your own Sundae Bar by Izzy's Ice Cream!  After a GREAT party the final surprise was presented.. a TATER TOT BAR!!!

   I wish Aaron and Samantha a long and happy marriage!  Thank you so much for letting us share in your day!

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Minneapolis Wedding Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/1/the-minneapolis-club-minnesota-wedding-photography Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:45:00 GMT
The Wedding Fair | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/1/the-wedding-fair-minneapolis-wedding-photographer The Wedding Fair

Minneapolis Convention Center

January 15, 2017

  I am so excited to have a booth at The Wedding Fair this Sunday.  It will be my first time presenting at one of the best wedding fairs in the country, and truly one of the top wedding fairs in the Midwest.  My team and I have worked hard to prepare our booth and to get ready to meet future brides and grooms in our area.  Stop in to our booth at #236 and register to win an engagement session.

    We have a couple of great "Fair Only" offers for you.  First, we are offering 10 hours, with two photographers and a wedding album for $2899!  Did I mention it includes a complimentary engagement session?!  Our second offer is 7% off any of our collections.  These 2 specials are good until February 1st, so if you are interested in one, schedule your consultation soon!  We are rapidly filling up our 2017 calendar and are booking 2018 weddings.

   Finally, the first engaged person, who is not another vendor, who stops by my booth and says that they saw us on social media, will be given a gift card to Caribou Coffee!!!

   For Ticket and more information please follow this link: The Wedding Fair

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/1/the-wedding-fair-minneapolis-wedding-photographer Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:30:00 GMT
St. Paul Wedding Photography | The St. Paul Hotel | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/1/st-paul-wedding-photography-minnesota-arboretum The Wedding of Chad and Elsa

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

  It was a beautiful, slightly cloudy day in July, when Chad and Elsa came up from the Southeast United States to get married at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  Surrounded by family and friends, they stated their vows of love and devotion.  Despite a few rain drops, the ceremony was simple and elegant, with Officiant Judge Tom Armstrong presiding over the ceremony.

  After pictures in the various gardens, the couple stopped at both the Prince Studio and the Prince mural at the movie theater in Chanhassen, for more pictures before rushing to their exquisite reception at the St. Paul Hotel.

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   For further images from Chad and Elsa's magical wedding, please check out their slide show: Chad and Elsa's Wedding Day

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Minnesota Wedding Photographer St. Paul Hotel St. Paul Wedding Photography The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2017/1/st-paul-wedding-photography-minnesota-arboretum Tue, 03 Jan 2017 10:45:00 GMT
Minneapolis Wedding Photography | Excelsior Minnesota https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/12/minneapolis-wedding-photography-excelsior-minnesota   The Wedding of Erin and Erica

   Wow, I can't believe it's been 3 years since Erin and Erica's wedding at The Birdhouse Inn

   It was a beautifully cold December day, when I was blessed to witness the special day of Erin and Erica.  They couldn't have chosen a more storybook location, the charming bed and breakfast, The Birdhouse Inn at Excelsior.  This is an enchanted location, lace, wooden floors, and Christmas decorations galore! Memories in Time wish Erin and Erica a life full of happiness and dreams that come true.

 

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) GLBT Same Sex Wedding Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/12/minneapolis-wedding-photography-excelsior-minnesota Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:30:00 GMT
Minneapolis Wedding | Green Acres Event Center https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/12/minneapolis-wedding-green-acres-event-center The Wedding of Keith and Gemma

   I met Keith and Gemma at a couple of different Wedding Fairs in the Winter before they were married, including one at their chosen venue, Green Acres Event Center in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  They were a delightful couple from the start and I was so excited to be hired to photograph their wedding day.  Labor Day Weekend proved to be a beautiful weekend for a wedding, a little grey was the sky, but it make for perfect wedding images.

  With a Catholic Mass at St. Therese, the couple surprised their wedding guests by the arrival of an ice cream truck after the ceremony.  After ice cream and more photos, the bridal party headed off for pictures and fun in Excelsior, Minnesota.  With bridal party pictures at the baseball field at the Excelsior Commons that tied in their love of playing softball, the party headed to the   Excelsior Brewing Co.          

   With a GREAT dinner provided by the amazingly tasty Sterling Catering, and music by Zach at Midwest Sound  The couple, and their guests had a great night of fun, laughter, great food, and awesome music.

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    Here is a link to their slide show: Keith and Gemma's Wedding Day

   We want to say a special "Thank You" to our co-vendor's for Keith and Gemma's wedding day.  It was GREAT spending the day with all of you and we can't wait to work with you again!

   Catering: Sterling Catering and Events

   Wedding Planner: Keyed Up Events

   Venue: Green Acres Event Center

   DJ: Midwest Sound 

   Cake: Buttercream

   Florist: KMB Floral

   Hair and Make-up: Creative Beaute Agency

 

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Barn Wedding Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/12/minneapolis-wedding-green-acres-event-center Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:15:00 GMT
Training for Athletes | The Importance of Visualization https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/11/training-for-athletes-the-importance-of-visualization
The Importance of Visualization

  As a trained Therapist, and a life-long athlete, I completely believe in the use of visualization to help people reach their goals, both athletically, personally and professionally.  I know that when I visualize my workout, both while writing it up and during the few minutes I drink my pre-workout, that it's a much better workout then when I don't invest the time and effort.  Because of this visualization, I've been able to add 50# to my deadlift, and that's not even mentioning the various other exercises I do on a weekly basis that have seen strength improvements.

 

   Take a few moments before you next hit the gym focusing on what you want to accomplish.  Actually picture it in your mind, what it feels like, what you have for your goal, the sounds, the smells (yes, there ARE smells in the gym).  Everything that is part of the workout experience for you.  This technique is more than just for weightlifting, it can be for running, swimming, lacrosse, etc.  In the realm of professional development, imagine the success of the business meeting, presenting a sales pitch, or even your goals for your business for the year.

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  Want more info on this topic?

Check out Martin Haggar's Ted talk about Sports Psychology: Tedx Talks - Sports Psychology

And one of my favorite videos on using visualization with your training: Sports Visualization

 

   Leave me a comment about your thoughts on this topic.  I LOVE to hear from my fitness fans!

 

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Minneapolis Photography | Does your Social Media do you Justice? https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/11/minneapolis-photography-does-your-social-media-do-you-justice Does your Social Media do you Justice?

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   As a professional photographer, I completely understand the importance of high quality images reflecting me, my business, and my brand.  It's often the first thing people see.  In this digital era, people aren't meeting me for the first time at a business meeting or a networking group.  Generally the first time some one has contact with me is through social media; my website, my business's facebook page, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

   Are you hiring a professional photographer to capture you and your business at its best?  Or do you have "will do" images taken by someone "with a nice camera" who lacked the skills to present you in your best light?  If you're in the Twin Cities, let me help; whether it's to up-date the images on your website; to give you a great looking profile picture, or because your business is having a Grand Opening (such as the images here).  I'm having a head shot special in February.  Contact me now to schedule your time at Cara@memoriesintimemn.com or 952 288-8617.

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   Regarding the images above, the left was taken by an untrained photographer, the images on the right, and the other images in this article were taken by a trained professional photographer.

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Minneapolis Photographer Social Media headshots https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/11/minneapolis-photography-does-your-social-media-do-you-justice Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:00:00 GMT
Iowa Wedding | Matt and Rachel's Wedding https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/11/iowa-wedding-matt-and-rachels-wedding Matt and Rachel's Wedding | Storm Lake, Iowa

  I originally met Rachel and Matt when I photographed their newborn daughter, Brinley.  When I knew they became engaged, I knew that I had to be the one to photograph their wedding.

   It was a beautiful weekend in August.  I drove through tall cornfields of brilliant green to bring me to the small town of Storm Lake, Iowa.  Matt's gracious dad, John, opened up his farm to me to photograph not only the dress and various details, but was the location for the  "First Look" and the pre-ceremony formals.  I was invited to attend the rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner, not as a photographer, but as a family guest.

   There was no doubt in my heart that this couple is well loved.  The members of the bridal party that weren't family, were lifelong friends, and I was so impressed that one groomsmen had such strong feelings for the couple, that he came from Germany with his girlfriend, to show love and support for Rachel and Matt.

   Despite the grey start to the day, the sun came out over Storm Lake to bask the couple and their guests in beautiful rays of sunshine.  Thank you so much, for choosing me to capture your day.  I am deeply honored. Minnesota Wedding PhotographyMinnesota Wedding PhotographyStorm Lake Wedding

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  Here is Matt and Rachel's wedding slide show if you would like to see more images from their wedding day:  Matt and Rachel's Wedding

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The Majestic Star | Stillwater, MN | Minnesota Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/10/the-majestic-star-stillwater-mn-minnesota-wedding-photography    Yesterday was the 1st Anniversary for Cory and Peggy, a couple who I can call friends.  They are in Florida right now, with their 4 kids and numerous members of their extended family.  To Peggy, I thank the stars the day we met in March.  I am truly blessed to have you, Cory, and the Minions in my life!

 

The Wedding of Cory and Peggy

  I met Peggy at a wedding fair at the Convention Center in March, and to be honest, when I met her, I decided right then and there, that I would be the only one to photograph her special day.  I adored her, she was bubbly, funny, a great person to talk to, and even though I hadn't met Cory at that point, I decided that if she chose him, I'd love hanging out with him, too!

   I got to know her more as we went through all the small details of planning a wedding.  We talked about dresses, wedding cakes, favors, planner.  I took the engagement portraits or her and Cory, and better yet, I took the family portraits, of not just Cory and Peggy, but of their 4 kids.  Peggy's two boys, Daniel and Christopher; Cory's two daughters, Autumn and Summer - otherwise known as the Minions (Daniel and Autumn) and the Littles (Christopher and Summer)

   I was also blessed to get to know them on a deeper level.  I spent several hours on a beautiful Friday night in September on their boat in Hastings, just relaxing, talking, drinking and eating.  I got to hear their love story, and saw the deep respect, and the feeling of care and cherish that showed in both their eyes.  And I was honored that they invited me to hang out with their family and friends at their rehearsal and Groom's dinner.

   Their wedding was nothing less than spectacular, despite how VERY cold it was, everything was truly perfect.  The fall colors were radiant, and the sun shining through the leaves made items gold and glowing.  The Majestic Star, a 100-foot, 4 level yacht, was a perfect venue for a couple who loves to be on the water.  With the colors of purple and pink, and the many nautical touches, everything was stunning.

  Thank you Cory and Peggy for letting me share in your day.  But even more importantly I want to thank you for the simple fact that I can call you "friends".  I wish you both a very long and happy life. You are not each others' first loves, but I believe deep in my heart that you are each others' last.

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Minnesota Bride Stillwater Wedding https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/10/the-majestic-star-stillwater-mn-minnesota-wedding-photography Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:38:02 GMT
Munch Munch Cupcakes | Minneapolis Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/9/munch-munch-cupcakes-minneapolis-wedding-photography   Today I'm lucky!!  I have a guest post to share with you by Leah Tollefson from Munch Munch Cupcakes.  I was recently blessed to have photographed a wedding where Leah's business provided the cupcakes for the reception. They were delicious, flavorful and so yummy that I decided that I had to ask her to write a guess blog for me.  If you're looking for tasty treats for your next event call Leah and (612) 817-1285 and tell her Cara send you!

Munch Munch Cupcakes

   I really love butter.  My uncle likes to tell me that growing up, I wouldn’t start a meal without the butter dish conveniently placed in front of my dinner plate.  And I believe it.  Glowing, creamy, fatty, deliciousness.  And now, a good butter is the backbone for my cupcakes.  I may have grown up a bit, but some things never change. 

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   With quality ingredients like butter and vanilla, the taste is on par to those fancy, tiered wedding cakes.   Bring it, because cupcakes are now a fierce competitor in the wedding cake arena.  In the past decade, cupcake popularity has risen dramatically, and it seems logical people look to cupcakes as an option for their wedding.  In fact, they have many winning traits to serve at your event.

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   Cupcakes are versatile.  They can be fancy for the most black tie affair, or they can be low key for your barn wedding.  With so many styles and flavors, you can really tailor it to what you want.  Because at the end of the day, cupcakes can be as individual as you are.  And the flavors don’t have to stop!  My last wedding clients had 5 different flavors.  Guest were able to choose their favorite kind and everyone was happy. Because anyone that makes you choose between a German chocolate and a carrot cake cupcake is evil in my book. 

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   Cupcakes are also so easy to serve.  Already portioned out, there is no need for forks and knives.  It is a huge reason my clients like to serve my treats at work functions, too.  Cupcakes are less hassle than your standard cake to dish out to your guest.  Less plates, less napkins, less cleanup – think of all the extra time and energy to devote to other things, like knitting or roller derby!  Or just eating a second cupcake.

   My favorite part about cupcakes is the pure simplicity of the treat.  No matter what you do to the cupcakes, all of them are just a wholesome bite, a little munch munch, of love. 

   And butter.  Tons of butter.

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The Wedding of Mick and Lawkong | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/9/the-wedding-of-mick-and-lawkong-minneapolis-wedding-photographer   I can't believe it's been slightly over 2 years since Mick and Lawkong's wedding.  I'm still happily in touch with them.  They are still very happily married, and doing well.

The Wedding of Mick and Lawkong

Minneapolis Wedding Photographer 

It was a cold, snowy day when I met with Mick and Lawkong to talk about their wedding images.  I knew right away that I had to photograph their wedding.  I loved their energy; their passion; and their deep love for each other.

   In shades of grey, orange and blue, Mick and Lawkong shared their vows with their family and friends, in a garden-like setting at the Klub Haus in St. Paul. Afterwards, a great dinner was catered by Famous Dave's.  The cake was made by Buttercream.

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Love is Love Minneapolis Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/9/the-wedding-of-mick-and-lawkong-minneapolis-wedding-photographer Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:45:00 GMT
An Open Letter to My Daughter | Minneapolis Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/9/an-open-letter-to-my-daughter An Open Letter to My Daughter

  I wanted to share with the world, the deep love I have for my daughter.  She is nothing less than remarkable.  I know in the years to come she will do great things that will change the world.  There is no stronger bond between a mother and her child, and this is especially true between me and my daughter.  My greatest joy in life has always been about being a mom.  I wake up each morning and my first thought is about my children, and at night before I close my eyes and fall asleep, they are my last thoughts and I say "Thank You" for being blessed with them.

To my Baby Girl,

"What would I do, if I didn't have you to wake up to each day?  Who'd take my troubles and put them in bubbles and make them burst away?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gdQHbp1Elg

   I knew from the moment I first held you that you were destined for great things.  I'm in awe of you, and look, I've had a front row seat to watch you grow into the person you are becoming.

  Despite how easy you make everything look you have stumbled.  You will continue to stumble and fall; succeed and fail; but you will always stand up again..  Life will kick you, but always try to fall forward.

   Never forget who you are and where you came from.  Be humble as you rise, treat the pauper like you would the prince.

   Believe there's a higher power, even if you believe that higher power is something inside you.

   Give back aand volunteer.  Not only will it help those around you, it will make you better, too.

   Remember the words please and thank you.  Smell the flowers in a garden.  Watch a perfect sunset and sunrise, and dance in the rain.

   Always remember that I have your back, even from a world away.

   It's ok to cry; it's ok to fall in love, it's ok to be sad, and yes, my brilliant child it's ok to be happy.  Fully embrace all of your emotions, because it helps you to grow and experience everything that life has to offer.

   And always, always, ALWAYS know that my first greatest gift in life was you and no matter where you are in the world, my heart goes with you ~ everywhere.  Now it is your time to fly; to soar to amazing heights.

   I'm so proud of you...  I love you, so much more than words can say.  And yes, I love you more....

   ~Mom

 

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The Wedding of Ian and Betsy | Minneapolis Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/7/the-wedding-of-ian-and-betsy-minneapolis-wedding-photography   It's hard to believe that it's been 2 years since this beautiful couple were married. They have recently bought a house, and their family has grown with the addition of Bailey, a beautiful little puppy!  We wish you continued happiness.

The Wedding of Ian and Betsy

   I'll be honest, I fell in love with this couple.  They are so cute, upbeat and a lot of fun to be around.

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  They chose the beautiful Bayview Event Center, on the shore of Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior, Minnesota for their Wedding and Reception.  Despite it being a hot and humid day, the breezes coming off the lake helped to keep people cool and comfortable.

   We started our day at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, and after a morning of hair, makeup, laughter and prep, Ian and Betsy shared their "first look" on the breathtaking and award winning golf course at Mystic Lake.

  When you have a beach-themed wedding, you find a beach to capture images of the bridal party.  Despite the difficulty of the bus driver finding the beach, we had a great time catching the moments that make for life long memories.

  Finally, it was on to Bayview, for the ceremony and a night of celebrating.  We at Memories in Time Photography, wish Ian and Betsy a long and happy life together.  We can't wait to see what the future has in store for you!

HUGS,

~Cara

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Bayview Event Center Lake Minnetonka Weddings https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/7/the-wedding-of-ian-and-betsy-minneapolis-wedding-photography Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:30:00 GMT
The Blue Horse Farm | Bethann and Russ https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/7/the-blue-horse-farm-bethann-and-russ    I can't believe that Monday will mark Bethann and Russ' first Anniversary!  I'm so happy that I was there to capture their memories.  It was truly a delight to meet their large family and their wonderful group of friends!

The Wedding of Bethann and Russ

The Blue Horse Farm

   I like farms, I like big red barns, and the look of horses (I'm actually afraid of them, but I DO think they are beautiful).  I like big open pasture land, and wildflowers.  Oh, and I LOVE photographing weddings.  Put all of these together and you have the perfect combination for the wedding of Bethann and Russ, a super couple who have been together since 1991!!!  (yes, that is correct, not a typo - they've been together for 24 years!)

   The Blue Horse Farm in New Richmond, Wisconsin was a stunning place for a wedding.  It's rustic casualness added a level of charm to the laid back day.  I LOVED having cats, dogs and various farm animals strolling around.  The ceremony was filled with both moments of joy and tears.  Guests feasted on scrumptious food by the Gorkha Palace, cakes provided by the Wedge Co-op.  The day was beautifully managed by "Ask for the Moon" events, and guests danced happily to Dj Sean from Complete.

  Thank you Bethann and Russ for choosing Memories in Time Photography to capture your Memories.  With the true heart-felt emotions of the day, your wedding will live in our hearts for years to come.

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Minnesota Wedding Photography Rustic Wedding https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/7/the-blue-horse-farm-bethann-and-russ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:12:15 GMT
The Fountains of Ramsey | Susan and Perry https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/7/the-fountains-of-ramsey-susan-and-perry    Today is Susan and Perry's First Anniversary!!  Despite it being one of the hottest weddings we photographed last year, it was by far, one of our favorites.  We wish them both continued love and happiness

The Wedding of Susan and Perry

  July 25th dawned as a bright and sunny day. Perfect for the wedding of Susan and Perry, a couple who met 10 years ago at the wedding of Susan's sister, Mae, and Perry's best friend, Jay.  The ceremony was held at The Draw, a wonderful park in Ramsey, MN.  With it's man-made pond, amphitheater and waterfall, it was the perfect backdrop for a military inspired ceremony.  There were beautiful military details; a sabre detail, a harp playing the National Anthem, and the formal sabre arch (complete with a sabre spanking of the new Mrs. Miller!)

  The reception was held at the nicely decorated Fountains of Ramsey. With it's draped ceiling and blue lights on every table, it was a wonderful venue, hosting almost 250 guests.   The food, provided by Wells Catering, was delicious.  I don't believe a single person went away hungry.  After cutting the cake with a sabre, guests dined on the small cakes on their tables in numerous flavors.

   After dancing to the beautiful song, "All of Me" by John Legend, the crowd danced all night to music provided by DJ Lamont.  We were even entertained by one of the groomsmen and his Michael Jackson impersonation to "Billy Jean".

   We at Memories in Time Photography wish Susan and Perry a long and happy life together.  Thank you so much for choosing us to capture the Memories of your wedding day.

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  Check out the youtube slide show of Susan and Perry's wedding here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA9j2JHY54I

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Military Wedding Minnesota Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/7/the-fountains-of-ramsey-susan-and-perry Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:45:00 GMT
The Wedding of Aubrynne and Tyler | Minnesota Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/7/the-wedding-of-aubrynne-and-tyler-minnesota-wedding-photography   It's hard to believe that it's been two years since Aubrynne and Tyler were married.  They have added a beautiful baby girl to their family and are doing well and are very happy.  We continue to wish them the VERY best!

The Wedding of Aubrynne and Tyler

      It was a beautiful day when Aubrynne and Tyler said, "I do".  There's was a simple ceremony held in the LDS Temple in Oakdale. Keeping with their customs and traditions, there were no photographs taken during the ceremony, but there were tons taken afterwards on the grounds of the Temple.  Family portraits, couple portraits, silly portraits.  We tried to grab them all before heading for lunch at Q-cumbers.

  After a quick lunch, we walked the beautiful paths of Centennial Lake Park to capture images of the two of them.  We even stopped an older gentleman who was playing harmonica to serenade them with a love song.

   We then headed to their reception.  What fun; so much laughter and a lot of good food, dear friends, and loving family members.  The cake was wonderful, the first dance memorable, and their dear siblings had a glorious time decorating Tyler's car for their departure.  Everyone had an enjoyable time, but like all good things, this night had to come to an end, and with sparklers sizzling this young couple left to start their life together.

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) LDS Morman Wedding https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/7/the-wedding-of-aubrynne-and-tyler-minnesota-wedding-photography Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:15:00 GMT
High School Senior Portraits | Minneapolis Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/7/high-school-senior-portraits-minneapolis-photographer      High School Senior Portraits

   Summer is half over!  If you haven't scheduled your senior portrait session, there's still plenty of time before the school bell rings on the first day of your Senior Year! 

   Memories in Time Photography is running a special.  Between now and August 15th, weekday Senior Portrait Sessions are 30% off!  Sessions are up to 90 minutes, ample time for numerous clothes changes and props.

   To schedule call us at 952 288-8617.  We can't wait to help you ROCK your session!

 

   And for some great tips to get the most out of your session check out our tip page at http://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/5/tips-for-your-senior-portrait-session-Minnesota-high-school-senior-portraits

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Chaska Photographer High School Senior Portraits https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/7/high-school-senior-portraits-minneapolis-photographer Mon, 18 Jul 2016 23:48:06 GMT
Tips for your Senior Portrait Session | Minnesota High School Senior Portraits https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/5/tips-for-your-senior-pics-Minnesota-senior-portraits   Tips for your Senior Portrait Session

    Just a few simple tips and pointers will help make the difference between average portraits and FABULOUS portraits.  These ideas will help get you on your way to looking your best.

   First off, let's make sure you get ample sleep the night before.  There's nothing like yawns and dark circles under your eyes to dull your images and the experience.  Next, have FUN!  This is going to be a great experience, something that you're going to want to tell your friends.  Personally, we think we're kind of fun to be around, and since we'll direct you on how to pose, you won't have to worry about how you're going to look. (and yes, the more awkward and uncomfortable you feel, the better the shot!)

  There's no one who has your same style, so play it up.  You can follow our basic suggestions while still being true to yourself.  Bring variety.  If we're going to photograph you in 3 outfits, don't have them be 3 pairs of jeans and 3 t-shirt. For guys, you might want to bring a pair of khaki's, and a nice button-down shirt, or even bring your sports uniform! For the ladies, think dresses, shorts, leggings - whatever makes you feel comfortable AND amazing!  One thing that's important:  make sure all of your items fit - not too tight, not too loose.  Nothing can wreck your look faster than clothes that don't fit right.  Another thing for the girls, think about straps that show and wear a neutral color bra so it doesn't show under your clothes!

  Come with clean nails!  Sorry, they're going to be in the picture whether you're male or female.  Ladies, keep your nails toned down, and don't forget your toes.  We often go barefoot!

  Make sure your clothes are clean and pressed.  It's not any fun to put on an outfit and find that there's a stain on it, or that it could really use some time with an iron.  It's a good idea to hang each outfit on a hanger and include a bag with any additional items you may need for it (belts, pins, socks, shoes, jewelry, etc.)

  Think about colors.  What do you look great in?  What makes you feel fabulous?  Think about what looks great with your complexion and hair color.  Avoid pure white shirts unless you're adding a touch of color.  White tends to drain all the color out of your face.

 If you're planning on getting a haircut or trying a new style, do it 2-3 weeks prior to your session.  Nothing's worse than having a style that you don't like.  If there's something we should know about your hair, tell us.  If you want to make hair changes during your session, it should be quick.  Bring HAIRSPRAY, clips, pins, a comb or brush for quick touch-ups.  Do NOT make drastic changes to your hairstyle right before your session. (Notice that hairspray is in all caps and bolded - this is definitely a requirement.  There is an additional charge for photoshopping a lot of stray and fly-away hair!)

  A Special note for the girls: We already talked about straps, but let's talk about if you're wearing a dress or skirt.  Consider wearing something underneath that will give us maximum flexibility in what we do with the minimum of possibility of embarrassment.  Some girls wear spandex underneath - this is a GREAT idea.  You know best what the possibilities might be.  Also, if you wear a skin toned tank  it makes it easier if we need to change in the car.  Think about makeup, when it's well applied, it really adds to your session.  It will even out your skin tone and help your complexion to look its best.  If possible apply your makeup a little heavier than usual.  If you would like ideas on Make-up artists, ask me.  My Class of 2016 Spokesmodels ALL had professional makeup and hair, and to be honest, they look STUNNING! This is a once in a lifetime experience - splurge a little!

   Don't forget about props!  An instrument, letter-jacket, sports equipment and uniforms, your pet... even your car!  If you have it, we'll find a way and a place to use it.  These items represent you and are great additions to your images.  Maybe you're a dancer, bring your tap, jazz or toe shoes! (and if bring a costume - we'll ROCK this!)

 

  Don't worry about the clouds.  They actually even out the light and make for ideal shooting conditions.  Falling rain, though, is an issue, and if it's raining we will have to reschedule without a charge.  We will try to contact you, but please call us at 952.288.8627 if you have any doubts or concerns.

 Finally, relax and have fun.  We're here to pamper you and to make your experience FABULOUS!  Our price for Class of 2017 Sessions are $150.  Book in June for any available dates Monday-Friday for $100, Book in July for any available dates for $125.

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Chaska Photographer Minnesota Senior Portrait Photography Senior Portraits https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/5/tips-for-your-senior-pics-Minnesota-senior-portraits Mon, 30 May 2016 23:21:37 GMT
Simmie and Rich | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/5/simmie-and-rich-minneapolis-wedding-photographer    Happy 1st Anniversary to Simmie and Rich!  This was such a fun day.  I loved being part of this bi-cultural wedding. 

Simmie and Rich

Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

  It was beautiful spring day when Simmie and Rich were married at the glorious St. Paul College Club on Summit Avenue.  Surrounded by a close group of family and friends, they held a meaningful bi-cultural wedding.  There was both a traditional American Wedding complete with a gorgeous white dress, bridesmaids and handsome dressed men in tuxes, and a formal tea ceremony where the bride wore a traditional Chinese red dress, and the couple served tea to their families.

  The two met on a blind date at Pizzaria Lola that lasted over 13 hours.  It was clear, this couple liked each other.  Rich proposed on a VERY cold and snowy day this past January.  Rich is a HUGE fan of the Minnesota Wild and it's safe to say, Simmie is becoming a fan, too.  They became dog parents to a spoiled little pooch named Gabby.  Gabby is a sweet little ball of energy, and when you meet her, you will see how she captured their hearts because to be perfectly honest, she captured mine.

  After a ceremony officiated by retired judge, Tom Armstrong, and a tea ceremony hosted by Simmie's childhood friend, Caroline, the guests feasted on a wonderful buffet complete with walleye fillets and bacon. There was even a signature drink, in honor of Gabby.  Besides a very tasty mango-flavored wedding cake, there was a delicious array of fresh baked pies aimed to please everyone's sweet tooth.

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Minnesota Wedding Photography St. Paul College Club https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/5/simmie-and-rich-minneapolis-wedding-photographer Sun, 29 May 2016 18:07:30 GMT
Week 2/Round 2/30 Days with Craig https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/5/week-2/round-2/30-days-with-craig Week 2/Round 2

30 Days with Craig

Day 8 Monday:  Chest - I can definitely see some strength increase

Day 9 Tuesday: Back - I added assisted Pull Ups this time around...

  But I warned you... something disastrous happened on Day 9.  I fell, and I fell hard.  I landed to the right of my sternum on my rib cage.  I laid there for about 5 minutes, the pain was intense and I didn't want to move.  A trip confirmed, 3 broken ribs..  In case you didn't know, there's nothing they can do for broken ribs.  You can wrap them, but there's still a lot of pain. Coughing, Moving, you name it.  This greatly slowed down my ability to REALLY push myself.  HIIT between sets

Day 10 Wednesday:  This just hurts!  Should have been Arms/Abs/Calves and I did some, but not at the intensity that I like..

Day 11 Thursday: Legs!!  I added Reverse Hypers.  LOVE them!

Day 12 Friday: Shoulders.  My weakest part, but I'm going to get them stronger

Day 13 Saturday: Arms/Abs/Calves

Day 14 Sunday:  This is suppose to be a day of rest, but I'm going to run, the best that I can holding my ribs...

 

   All in all, a disappointing 2nd week.  It's not that I didn't give it my all, because I did.  It's just my "all" because of my injury, wasn't my all.

  I just want to mention a few things that are getting me through this.  This week, we'll talk about my favorite protein powder, Chocolate Cake Batter by Dymatize Nutrition.    I mix my protein shakes with 4oz of water, 4oz of non-fat milk, and to make it extra special, I add a little Sugar Free Caramel Syrup.  I add a little ice and blend it with my Nutri-bullet, and then top with a little canned whipped cream.  It tastes indulgent, but it's VERY low carb and high in protein.

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Dymatize Nutrition Fitness Keto LCHF Weight lifting https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/5/week-2/round-2/30-days-with-craig Fri, 27 May 2016 10:15:00 GMT
Week 1 /Round 2/ 30 Days with Craig https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/5/week-1-/round-2/-30-days-with-craig Week 1/Round 2

30 Days with Craig

  So for the record my weeks will go like this:

Mondays: Chest  YES, love this!!

Tuesdays: Back  OK, I'm adding assisted Pull-ups!  These are tough, but I'm going to do this!

Wednesday: Arms, Abs and Calves

Thursday: Legs  Oh my legs, my strong beautiful legs

Friday: Shoulders  YUCK!!  The weakest body part!

Saturdays: Arms, Abs and Calves, again

 

   For this time around, I decided that I would "up" everything; more weights, more movements, just MORE...  Including, TABATA intervals between EVERY set.  20 seconds  of High Intensity movement with a 10 second break...  It's intense, it keeps my heart rate up, and I simply LOVE it!!!

   And to be up front, I started this 30 days at 158.5 ~ 31.2 % BF   which means 49.5# of fat, 109# of muscle.  First week went well.

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Fitness Keto LCHF Weight lifting https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/5/week-1-/round-2/-30-days-with-craig Fri, 20 May 2016 12:16:49 GMT
ANOTHER 30 Days with Craig | Minnesota Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/5/another-30-days-with-craig-minnesota-wedding-photographer Another 30 Days With Craig

   For those of you who didn't follow me the first time around, a little refresher about me from an activity point of view.  I grew up like most kids , running around all day and as late as our mothers' would let us stay out.  That changed somewhat when I was diagnosed with Diabetes while I was still in elementary school.  Diabetic kids were considered "fragile" and although exercise and movements was considered good, you were told to be careful.  I didn't know any other diabetic kids, and the few I did know were fairly unhealthy; in and out of the hospital as often as every 6 weeks, or even really adults to compare myself to.  So after some issues with anorexia and fear of eating food, I started to sit on the sidelines and watch the world pass me by.

At some point in my life, I became an "Aerobic Annie".  AKA, a much in demand aerobic instructor.  Teaching at 2 different clubs, 12-15 classes a week that were often packed to the point of being crowded.  I LOVED being active.  Life was good, I was a student, physically active, and lived life for all it's worth.

  Now it's 2016.  My weight has yo-yo'd. To be honest, I don't know a lot of people my age who hasn't, but I know I can do better.  I'm lucky, while all the diabetic kids I have met are either dealing with numerous health issues or sadly, even dead, I'm good.  I don't have any complications.  My bloodwork is GREAT, I feel good, I just want to get back to having the toned bod I had almost 20 years ago, only, I want the 2016 version of what that body would be.

  Here is where Craig Capurso comes in.  I LOVE going to the gym, and I can honestly say that, at this point in my life, I have spent more days in the gym then days, I'm not in the gym.  But I like challenge, and so thanks to Bodybuilding.com, I'm took on Craig's 30 Day Transformation one more time.  You can check in out here: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/30-days-out-craig-capursos-extreme-cut-trainer.html

   To give you a heads up to my routine it looks something like this:

       Mondays: Chest

       Tuesdays: Back

       Wednesdays: Arms, Abs and Calves

       Thursdays: Legs (My FAVORITE BODY PART!!!)

       Fridays: Shoulders (My LEAST favorite body part, but the one that comes in first)

      Saturdays: Arms, Abs, and Calves

      Sundays:  For the most part this is technically a DOR (Day of Rest), but I have found a deep love in running, so I go out and run on those days.  Although Day 28 is a kick-ass cardio session... This time around I was prepared!!

 

   Are you ready to follow along?  This is my intro but the next few Fridays will let you know how it all went, including the crisis at Day 9.

 

 

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Fitness Keto LCHF Weight Loss https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/5/another-30-days-with-craig-minnesota-wedding-photographer Fri, 13 May 2016 14:53:56 GMT
Coach Koch #TBT https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/4/coach-koch Coach Koch

  This post originally ran April 27th 2014.  Because this man was one of my best roll models, I plan to run this annually as long as you're willing to read it, and even if you don't want to read it, I'll probably post it anyways...

 

   I got news this morning that a great man past away.  He was Jack, but to those of us who grew up in Parchment, Michigan, he was simply, Coach Koch.

  Whether he was aware of it of not, he likely was in my life a lot longer than I was aware.  I grew up with a dad who was a Parchment Fireman, which meant, I grew up with a dad that attended all the home football games.  If my dad attended the games, attended the games.  I fell in love with the sport.  There will never be anything better than an Autumn night under "the lights".  I can't remember if he was there when I was 5, the year my cousin broke his leg at the Gull Lake v. Parchment game, and I ran out on the field faster than any of the adults.  Maybe he was there, and maybe he knew that someday, I'd be running out there in high school whenever one of "my guys" were hurt.

  I remember him as my brother's wrestling coach, the big guy with the deep voice and the barrel-chest.  I remember him as the runner, who shuffled along, and when I run now, I think I must have picked up on the technique.  I also remember the summer day in 1980 when I went to ask if I could be a football manager, and the rules that were set for me that day.  I remember that day, I suddenly had a whole flock of brothers, because it was rule #1, don't date these guys.  And just like these guys, I was yelled at in that rich fatherly voice. I was told to follow and do what Tony V did, and I would do a good job.  I almost quit that first year...  There were nasty names and rumors, and when I went to quit, he was honest, that he had heard them too.  But he also gave me one of my life's biggest lessons, "Don't ever let your gender stop you from doing what you love".  With those words I stuck with it, and for the rest of that year, and six years later, I worked in the sport that I loved.

  When I was a young adult, my dad had a heart attack.  In the moments of confusion, I actually did think about who would give me away when my wedding day came around.  There were 3 on my short list: my Uncle Lee; my dad's cousin, Louie; and Coach Koch.  He meant that much to me.  I was blessed to be his Senior Assistant my Senior year for first quarter.  I spend that hour in "my office" in the locker room.  Yep, I got credit keeping that place running smoothly.  And I knew that he must of trusted me.  I rode in ambulances when Chmiel blew his knee, and when one of the Vernia's got hurt, and I massaged Kokmeyer's cramped up calves so he could get back on the field so we could win the game.  He had Stinson and Leatherman keep me safe the night we played St. Phil and their fans threw stuff at the team as we headed to the bus. He always watched out for us.

  I've only seen Jack a few times since high school, but I remember them well.  The Borgess Run went by my house in the 90's.  He came shuffling by while I was dressed in my cap and gown to graduate with my Masters at WMU.  He stopped his race to walk up the driveway to shake my hand and congratulate me.  And when my wedding day came around, yep, he and Marlene were there to celebrate with us.  It was that day that I got my one and only hug from the man I had admired for years.  Just before I wrote this, I sat down to watch him in my wedding video.  His advice to me, "be happy".  Simple words with a great deal of weight.  When he had heart problems a few years back, I knew that someday, he would be gone, but like all of us, I refused to believe there would be an end.

  Coach Koch, I'm sure you were never fully aware how deeply you touched my life, and the lives of all the kids you came in touch with.  I know that I'm a better person because you gave me the belief that I could...

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) A Young Woman's roll model - her football coach https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/4/coach-koch Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:30:00 GMT
My top 10 FAVORITE outdoor wedding venues | Minneapolis Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/4/my-favorite-outdoor-wedding-venues-minneapolis-wedding My 10 favorite Outdoor Venues 

  It's time again for my top Outdoor Venues... And here, my list for 2016.

   We're so blessed to live in Minnesota.  We have beautiful tulips and trees full of apple blossoms in the Spring, warm breezes off of our many lakes in Summer, the brilliant colors of the rainbow in Autumn, and a true Winter Wonderful in the deep of Winter.  I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

   We also have amazing outdoor, or semi-outdoor, venues to have your dream wedding.  I'd like to share with your some of my VERY favorite outdoor wedding venues.

   1.  The Green Acres Event Center - Eden Prairie http://www.greenacreseventcenter.com/

   2.  The Woods Chapel - Orono, Minnesota http://thewoodschapel.com/

 

   3.  The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum - Chaska, MN  http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/

   5.  Woodland Hills Winery - Delano, Minnesota 

   6. The Muriel Sahlin Arboretum - Roseville, Minnesota http://cityofroseville.com/191/Muriel-Sahlin-Arboretum

St. Paul Wedding PhotographySt. Paul Wedding PhotographyThe Wedding of Chelsea and Josh

   7. Theo Wirth Chalet and Wedding Hill - Minneapolis, Minnesota http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=1206

 

   8.  The Blue Horse Farm - New Richmond, Wisconsin http://www.bluehorsefarm.com/

Bethann and RussBethann and RussThe Rustic Wedding of Bethann and Russ at the Blue Horse Farm

   9. Como Conservatory - St. Paul, Minnesota http://www.comozooconservatory.org/host/occasions/#/weddings

  10. The Draw of Ramsey - Ramsey, Minnesota

Susan and PerrySusan and PerryThe Wedding of Susan and Perry at the Fountains of Ramsey

  

   Did your favorite venue "make the cut"?  Please comment with YOUR favorite outdoor or semi-outdoor venue.

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(Memories in Time Photography | Minnesota Photographer) Chaska Photographer Minneapolis Wedding Photographer Minnesota Wedding Photography https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/4/my-favorite-outdoor-wedding-venues-minneapolis-wedding Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:15:00 GMT
30 Days with Craig | The Final Two Days | Minnesota Wedding Photographer https://www.memoriesintimemn.com/blog/2016/3/the-final-two-days The Final Two Days

   I'm active on My Fitness Pal, http://www.myfitnesspal.com  If you haven't checked it out, you should.  There's some amazingly great people there.  But a special thanks goes out to Bernie, Gary, Jim, Adam, Jonathan,Jeff, Chad and especially Brian.  It was this group who pulled me through the last 2 workouts.  I didn't want to tell them, I failed.

Day 29/30: I have one more day. My eyes are on the prize, firmly planted and attainable. My goal was to be down 10#, I hit that several days ago. Because I focused on my eating last night, I'm actually down a .5# from Sunday's weigh in. I'm beyond exhausted. Twenty-Five minutes into my 60-minute session I wanted to give up. But I'm focused. I've lost all sense of hunger, and I WILL have to make myself ea