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A charming, heartfelt outdoor wedding in the September woods of Creekside Farms.  The down to earth couple Valerie & Nick Heaton are so so so in love that it makes my job a piece of cake and so much fun to photograph.  The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree as their family & friends were all very genuine and know how to have a good time.

I must say that Creekside Farms is one of my favorite places to photograph.  So incredibly beautiful, the owner Tammy was beyond helpful and has cultivated so many sanctuaries within the property.  Rustic charm is what comes to mind when I think of this place.

The ceremony was a memorable one with breathtaking views and vows, a reading from Dr. Suess, tree planting, ring bearer driving in motorized car and music from friends to name a few.  Recpetion had a poloriod guest book, area which honored past loved ones, photos of thier travels, live music, succulents and driftwood… so much goodness in one day.  Honored to photograph this Minnesota outdoor wedding.  Blessings to Valerie & Nick in this next chapter of life!

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Wil & Carly are the visionaries and executers of the Organic Crompound in Fairbault Minnesota.  At one point the land was filled with GMO corn, now transformed into an ever expanding organic farm, permacultured fruit forest, educational haven… you can get a better glimpse into their world from their engagement session blog. Back to this beautiful September wedding…

An original, heart filled day that has imprinted our beings.  Inviting their closest relatives to witness and uphold this very special prayer for their lives. I think everyone teared up at this ceremony as Wil and Carly expressed themselves in front of the sacred fire.  No script, just straight from the heart.  Wed & blessed up by dear friends in a way that honors our connection to life, to this earth and eachother.  The brides bouquet is no ordinary bouquet, but a wand of flowers to bless each other up with from head to toe.  Ceremony ended with everyone making a cedar offering/prayer for this beautiful couples life.  A powerful ending as they “offically” begin their journey in life together.

All the food & drinks were either from the land or local.  An incredible group of people, musicians, gardeners, lovers of life.  Everyone who attended, including myself just got an upgrade in consciousness.  Thank you Wil & Carly for cultivating and sharing your love for one another and all your relations.  May you and your family continue to be abundantly provided for!
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This mama is one remarkable woman.  Soon to give birth to her third child, Jessie Beldenwanted to honor this beautiful time in her life with just her and baby to be.  The spark of life expanding in the darkness of the womb.  Truly magical. yet, extremely uncomfortable at times.  Surrendering to the great mystery.  A sacred privilege.

Women are warriors, especially this one.  Jessie is one of my first herbalist teachers, teaching a yearly apprenticeship as well as smaller classes.  She also recently purchased the Medicine Tree in Minneapolis which offers herbal consultations, classes, herbs and herbal products.   Following her heart and love of plants while being an amazing mama with a growing family, this lady is rockin it!

The natural choice for this maternity session is to venture into the woods.  We just so happen to cross the path of motherwort, a very special herb which relates to all things “mother” related.   Blessed up by our plant friends, the water, golden light and that sweet baby spirit.  Thanks for being a bad ass inspirational mama Jessie and choosing to document this time in your life with Terra Sura.
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Over the last 9 years of photographing weddings I have witnessed an evolution of the way couples are expressing themselves.  Honoring each-other by acknowledging our parents, ancestors, this planet and all the life it provides to us, the water, friends, family… all that makes life beautiful while keeping in mind future generations as this couple did with a tree planting as part of their ceremony.

Sharing their vows in front of an altar with fire at the center, adorned with a mandala of beautiful flowers.  Intentionally using symbolism as a form of prayer.  It was a true honor to photograph Nick & Jen Jorgenson’s wedding in the gorgeous prairie land of Princeton, Minnesota.  Nick is quite the builder as be built this home for his parents as well as the tiny home they live in.  Jen, a lover of life & wellness is a holistic nurse, qoya leader, womb healer… and the list goes on and on.  This conscientious couple is quite the pair, devoted to love and love they shall receive.

A true community wedding with gracious friends & family helping out from preparing flowers, stylizing land, tending fire, cooking food, creating desserts, donating china, etc.  The joy and abundance of love is quite clear in this wedding.  Dusted with a light sprinkle during ceremony and we ended the evening with an epic dance party.  T’was a blessed day indeed and cheers to many more to come… love you Jen & Nick… thank you for sharing your love in a most beautiful & sincere way.
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Molly and Dan’s Engagement session was absolutely stunning and I thought it would be hard to top.  However, their wedding was a match as it loaded with laughter, sass & class.  The ceremony portion of the wedding was one of the first large weddings to be photographed at the Minnesota State Capitol.  Incredible marble, paintings, architecture… was a true privilege.

Swinging though Grand 7 Bar in St. Paul for a quick drink, then off to Paikka to continue on with the good times.  Loved photographing at Paikka as there are so many photo ops and and venue is loaded style.

Teamed with up my dear friend and old business partner from Satori Photography, Vanessa Cararra for this wedding.  Felt good to be back in the game with her as it has been about 3 years since we photographed a wedding together.  Molly & Dan, thank you for inviting us to reflect this special time in your lives.  You two are awesome individuals and together… what a team!  Wishing you both a lifetime of love & laughter.
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Hair/Makeup ~ Amanda Mae Otis

Ceremony ~ Minnesota State Capitol

Reception ~ Paikka

Dress ~ Annika Bridal

Catering ~ Gastrotruck

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