Jenna + Luke: The Wedding

I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but it needs to be said again and again: the most amazing people always have the most amazing weddings. Sure, beautiful weddings have a lot to do with the planning process – flowers, “the dress”, the decorations, the venue. But when it comes down to it, a couple who is excited about getting married will always, ALWAYS, have the most amazing wedding.

Jenna and Luke are those amazing people. You can’t help but smile when you’re with them – they are light, giddy, ever-so-goofy and full of life. To top it off, they are crazy in love (and not afraid to show it). They’ve not only become one of my favorite couples, but some of my favorite people – and I feel so honored they choose me to document their day.

Now, a bit about their big day: They were hitched and celebrated at Bluestem – Trollwood Performing Art School in Moorhead. Jenna and Luke put a lot of DIY effort into their beautiful weddings day, and it was perfectly rustic and chic. Jenna wore two (yes two!) dresses – her mom’s wedding dress for the ceremony and a sophisticated beaded number for the celebration. Weather was great. Everyone was happy. All in all, the day was simply amazing.

So, I’m having a baby. What this means to you.

It’s an exciting time for my little family. By the end of this month, we’ll be welcoming our second child into this world. Naturally, I’ve been nesting like crazy – including working like a champ to finish up all that needs to be done, both at home and in studio. So what can you expect from Britta the Photographer over the next few months? Well, here’s a few questions with a few answers…

1. Can I book a session before the holidays?
No. I’ve cleared my calendar from this month to the end of December and will not be booking any portrait sessions. I’ll return to booking sessions for established clients starting in January, and will be taking on just a few new clients at that time. I’ll return full time sometime in the spring of 2015. As always, I advise you to book early.

2. I’m getting married in 2015. Can I still book you?
Absolutely! I still have a few dates available for 2015 and plan on meeting with prospective brides and grooms through my maternity leave. I will continue to be reachable by email and my online form – though there will be delays in my correspondence after the baby is born.

3. We had a session in September and I haven’t received my photos yet. Will you get them done before the baby arrives?
I’m working extra hard to get all my September sessions and weddings edited and done within the next couple weeks. Of course, I cannot predict when my baby will arrive – which means for the last few sessions in September, there is a risk the photos won’t be completed until November. If this is the case, I’ll notify you immediately and we’ll go from there.

4. Will the studio be open?
This month the studio will be open by appointment only. After the baby arrives through the end of the year the studio will be closed. I’ll reopen in January by appointment only and will return full time sometime in late spring.

5. Does this mean your are dropping off the face of the earth until 2015?
Well, kinda… sorta. However, I’ll still be answering emails through my maternity leave. While correspondence might be slower than usual, please be assured that I will get back you. As always, please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

6. What about orders? Can I still make a print order?
Yes, but… from now through January, all orders must be made online and will be drop shipped directly to you from my vendor. If you plan on placing an order online and your gallery was uploaded before July 2014, please notify me ASAP. I’ll need to prepare your gallery for my vendor.

In addition (and this is important) you’ll only be able to place traditional print or canvas orders online. All other products (including holiday cards, speciality prints, framed prints and albums) cannot be ordered until I return in 2015. I apologize for the inconvenience.

7. Okay, this is all well and good. But, what about your holiday sale? 
Yes, it’s true. I usually run a sale in the early winter. Obviously, I’ll be a bit busy at that time… so you get the sale a bit early! Prints and Canvas Wraps are 25% off through the month of October. This is the perfect time to use up your credit and to purchase some stellar gifts for your family. Like mentioned above, all orders will be drop shipped directly to you. Prices online have already changed to reflect the 25%, so no code is necessary.

Uff da. I think that’s it. Right? If not, please don’t be shy to send over an email.

Now, because every post deserves a picture, one of my favorite images taken during my maternity shoot this summer with the talented Sarah Foss of Apple Rose Photography. This captures our little family, perfectly!



Krista & Shane: The Wedding

Krista & Shane’s wedding day may have started off a tid-bit rainy, but even the most looming clouds couldn’t halt the joy and excitement these two felt on their big day. Krista, a ball of sunshine and happiness, and Shane, a stoic farmer with a heart of gold, couldn’t be a more perfect and more Midwest couple. And it’s safe to say, their day reflected them perfectly.

The wedding was held at Atlanta Lutheran Church near Ulen, Minnesota. It’s a quaint country church which has been saved, partially due to the effort’s of Shane’s father. Fittingly, the celebration was held just 20 minutes down the road at Krista’s childhood home near Rollag, Minnesota. It was a country wedding through and through – and one I’m so happy I was able to document. Such a great day!