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 

Lush Spring Engagement Session at Hidden Falls

Get ready to see some sweet, sweet love between Luke and Ashley! They are naturally just TOO cute and it overflowed into every image.  

These two are college sweethearts from my alma mater. I have several mutual connections with them from taking classes with Luke's sister in college and I was a former roommate to the awesome gal that Ashley is currently living with, but this wedding planning process is the first time that I have gotten to know each of them myself. It's been a treat to learn more about them, their relationship, and the cute traditions they've started together. For instance, they set out to try every milkshake flavor at the local Snuffy's Malt Shop on Cleveland Ave. After crossing over twenty off their list and only have the "boring" ones left to go like blueberry, vanilla, and chocolate. I love it and now I know who to call when I need to satisfy my sweet tooth near campus - these two! 

Taking their engagement session was extra dear to my heart because it was on my birthday. Couples share so many intimate moments with me at every milestone along the road to their marriage that it was really special for me to invite them in to celebrate one of my life milestones too. It is the best gift in the world to be around joyful couples who have one objective: spend time just loving on each other.

Plus mother nature gave us all a great gift too of sending the rain away for the weekend so that we could have a lush, spring day taking engagement photos at Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul, MN. We kept them hidden from you here in this post so that you have all the more incentive to go out exploring them too ;)

Thanks for making my day so memorable, Ashley & Luke. You two are an incredible duo and I can't wait to keep celebrating with you at every step of the way.