Stillwater Summer Engagement at the Lift Bridge

Jared & Ashley

OH how we ADORE these two small town sweethearts who met in their big city college days at St. Thomas. The moment they mentioned Stillwater for their engagement session, we knew it would be a perfect fit to capture these two in their element. The lift bridge event went up right at the end of the session making an epic grand finale in front of a cotton candy sunset!! Too perfect!

My introduction to these two actually began inside the UST arches as well  when Jared and I both served on student government together. When graduation rolled around our paths went separate ways, but reconnecting a few years out and meeting his FABULOUS bride-to-be has been remarkable. They are truly the life of the party and we've loved brainstorming ways of bringing that spark to their wedding day. You can see their generous heart shine through in every decision they make. We can't wait for March to roll around so that we can get these two back giggling in front of our lens and spreading their contagious joy. 

Carly & Jeff | Summer Engagement Session at Lebanon Hills

Carly & Jeff

These two are one of the most adventurous and down-to-earth couples I have ever met! Of all the places to pop the question, it was on a camping trip in the Colorado mountains to give you all a clue into their style. It made perfect sense to get this sweet duo back out into nature for their engagement session and chose a place that is special to their own love story: Lebanon Hills. This beautiful little park in Eagan is home to countless memories of evening strolls together as a couple with their great dane, Lexi, tagging alongside. I'm so honored that couples invite me into these intimate parts of their life to see a taste of their routine or behind the scenes and in the middle of it all, we create new memories together! Congratulations again, to getting engaged! Now let's get you two married!

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BIG news: Rebranding!

Get ready for a lot of updates in the next month as Katzie Truso Photography transitions over to its new name

.....*drumroll*...

 
 

Why the change, Katzie?

It's time. I knew for years that this day would come when I got married and was no longer a Truso, but what I didn't expect when I met (my now husband) Ben was that he would love the art of photography and the people we serve through it just as much as I do. 

I thought for months and months about if I should keep or change the name. As life played out, the answer became clear when Ben entered stage right. 

Introducing: Ben

From friend, to boyfriend, to fiancé, to husband, and from wedding date +1, to bag carrier, to second shooter... It's time that Ben gets the full promotion to business partner too. He puts in so much work behind the scenes, and it's more than just that muscle power ;) 💪 

It also made sense when we talked together about our mission in life:
to serve others and glorify God with the gifts he has given us. 

Photography is the way we've decided to answer that calling together as husband and wife.

It is so much more than just "for the insta" to us, because we get to meet, connect and form lasting relationships with every person who comes in front of the lens. 

This rebrand just makes it easy for that friendship to begin with us starting that introduction!

We're announcing today because it's the two year anniversary since our first date! It's a full circle for us of the first time we teamed up in life for something greater than ourselves. What better way to celebrate than doing it again?!

Let's get that champagne poppin' and officially welcome Ben to the team!

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Taylor & Andrew: Spring Engagement Session at Taylor's Falls

I am SO in love with this engagement session. Buckle up for some cuteness, because Taylor and Andrew are overflowing with it! 

Andrew and Taylor Minnesota Spring Engagement Ring Save the Date

This sweet bride-to-be has been in my life since we were little kids. We go back decades to memories of Fourth of July's at my great aunt and uncle's lake house, riding in the pontoon, blowing bubbles, playing dress up, and acting out "school" before we were old enough to even go to school! 

I'm thrilled that we've been able to reconnect and that Andrew has now entered into the picture as her future husband. He is certainly not some pretend prince charming like when we were kids, it is actually happening IRL. Their authentic love is truly better than any fairytale, if you ask me. When Andrew looks at Taylor, you can tell how much he adores her and as a result Taylor never stops smiling. I didn't even noticed I was doing this until they called me out on it, but each time they kissed I couldn't help but let out a soft "woo!" because their love is magic and their chemistry was through the roof. 

A roof couldn't contain these two anyways. They are true outdoors people at heart, Andrew especially. We traveled up to Taylor's Falls for their session to capture them in their element. While the scenic overlooks were packed full of people who were also taking advantage of this beautiful spring day, we were able to find our own little corner of the state park that was quiet and all our own. The intimate field gave them a chance to snuggle up and focus on the way that they feel about one another. 

We can't wait to continue celebrating your love in all the days leading up to and through your wedding day in just a few short months! 

Love,
Katzie and Ben

P.S. Shoutout to Chloe Marie Design for the cute calligraphy window with their date on it! I am so in love with it and can't wait to photograph it more at their wedding! 

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Calligraphy window by Chloe.
Find her on Facebook at Chloe Marie Design

Ashley & Danny | Navy & White Spring Wedding

Oh my heart. These two cuties are married!!! Between Danny's playfulness and Ashley's overflowing joy - this day couldn't have been more perfect or romantic. These lovebirds tied the knot at their alma mater adding another milestone to their time at St. Thomas.

Upon entering the getting room, each person was greeted with Ashley's adorable hello squeal followed by the sweet sound of their name. She has an incredible way of making each person feel loved when they are in her presence. The house was packed full of Ashley's glam squad - aka her sisters, her soon to be sister-in-laws, and her soul sister friends all gracefully gliding past one another to get ready for the day. 

The guys on the other hand were embracing the low key prep time by throwing footballs, teaching one another to tie their ties, and recreating photos from their parent's weddings. There is a long friendship between Danny's dad and Luke's (his best man). They whipped out a pair of jean shorts, plopped Luke's leg up on a chair like good ol captain morgan, and Ben snapped the memory that mirrored the generation before them. We see a lot of traditions in our time as photographers but jean shorts was a first! The guys rocked it though. 

Before Danny could see his bride, Ashley planned a special first look with her father. He patiently waited on the back porch, heard her steps approaching, and turned around with tear filled eyes at his little girl all grown up. He recalled in his toast at dinner how Ashley asked when she was a kid that her parents would pray with her for her future husband. It was this day as she was in her wedding dress that he knew their prayers were answered. 

As the ceremony approached, the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas began to fill with friends and family alike. Fr. Becker jokingly noted during his homily that, "As many of you know, Ashley and Danny are quite shy." I have never heard wedding guests ROAR with laughter the way that they did at that moment. We all understood that shy was the farthest descriptor from the truth; all one had to do was look around beside them to see over 300 cherished guests who filled the church pews from wall to wall in support of Ashley and Danny entering the sacrament of marriage.

Their outgoing personalities made every second together fun. During the wedding party photos, Danny creatively called the wedding party over to take pictures together by playing an epic game of red light green light. That energy continued onto the dance floor where everyone danced the night away to the musical stylings of Josh McClure of Harmony DJ. 

We are so honored that we were there by your side on your wedding day. Thanks for inviting us in to capture your love. You left a huge impression on us through your witness of faith and joy. We can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for your marriage and will be cheering you two on every step of the way!

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The Creative Team

Thanks to everyone who made this such a special, beautiful day for Ashley and Danny!

Venue: University of St. Thomas | Photographer: Katzie Truso Photography | Videographer: Two Hearts Film & Photo | DJ: Harmony DJ's Josh McClure | Wedding Dress Boutique: The Wedding Shoppe on Grand | Hair: Cole's Salon team members Brittanie and Kaylyn | Cake: Cousin of the bride