Ben and Alison’s Surprise Proposal and Engagement Photos

City: Duluth, MN Venue:

Guys are the best and worst planners ever. Ben knew years ago that Alison was the one and it was only a matter of time until it was official with an engagement ring. On the other hand, he inquired less than 24 hours before proposing if it was possible to capture the moment on camera. After a flurry of covert texts and emails, it was settled and everyone was in position. Alison knew something was up and had her suspicions but still couldn’t hold back the tears when Ben got down on one knee. After the excitement and flood of emotions, we walked around Canal Park in Duluth, Minnesota for a few photos to celebrate the occasion. Ben summed it up best with the quote below:

“I knew since the day I met you that you were the one, my love for you is growing stronger every day and there was never a doubt in my mind that this day would come. Slightly surprised she said YES and signed up to deal with me forever and ever but I’ll take it 😁❤️

Je t’aime Alison!”

Ben proposing marriage to Alison.

She said YES!


Alison shows of her new engagement ring.

Alison still has tears in her eyes.


Ben and Alison + Maya.

Maya, the Golden Retriever, apparently had more exciting things on her mind than Mom and Daddy getting hitched.


Engagement photo with Maya.

Maya thought it was going to be an ordinary walk in Canal Park.


Photos of Alison and Ben by Lake Superior.

It was MUCH icier in that location than expected. We all survived. 🙂


Engagement photos of Ben and Alison.

A boy from the French Alps meets a girl from Minnesota . . . . . .


Engagement photos with Maya the Golden Retriever.

Maya asks “Will you marry my daddy?”


Maya and Alison's engagement ring.

Maya is trying her best to understand what the heck is going on. She was a champ.


Engagement pics of Ben and Alison.

Alison has the cutest nose wrinkle!


Ben and Alison having a beer.

Pints at Hoops Brewing in Canal Park.


Ben and Alison at sunset.

Je t’aime.


Chris and Lindsay Clyde Iron Wedding

City: Duluth, MN Venue:

Chris and Lindsay shared their wedding day with guests from all over the world. It was a stunning day filled with sparkly silver chairs, blue uplighting, and snowflake gobo lights on the floor. It felt like a winter wonderland inside Clyde Iron Works while it was dreary and windy day outside in Duluth, MN. I am so delighted for Chris and Lindsay to continue their lives together as husband and wife. Congratulations!






Chris and Lindsay's wedding decor.

Clyde Iron Works in all its splendor.


Chris and Lindsay before the wedding ceremony.

Getting ready.


Chris looking though his photo album.

Lindsay gave Chris a photo album of all their travels.


Chris and Lindsays' first look before the ceremony.

The first look at Clyde Iron.


Chris and Lindsay's bridal party.

Bottoms up.


Portraits of Chris and Lindsay.

#lindsayvogtschris


Photos of Lindsay's bridal details; hair, flowers, shawl.

Check out that fantastic bridal bouquet by Superior Blooms.


Wedding portraits of Lindsay and Chris.

Clyde had just put up a giant Christmas tree the day before Chris and Lindsay’s wedding.


Chris and Lindsay's wedding ceremony.

Here comes the bride.


Chris and Lindsay's wedding details.

Drunk in Love.


Chris and Lindsay's wedding reception.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce to you for the very first time, as husband and wife, Chris and Lindsay!


First dance photos.

Chris and Lindsay’s first dance.


Photos of Chris and Lindsay's first dance.

The first dances with dad and mom are the sweetest.


Venue – Clyde Iron Works
Event Lighting – Duluth Event Lighting
Flowers – Superior Blooms
Coordiantor – Northland Special Events
Decor – Northland Special Events
Entertainment – Sounds Unlimited
Desserts – Twisted Pastries

Alex and Abi Greysolon Ballroom Wedding

City: Duluth, MN Venue:

This love story starts in high school, that’s right, high school sweethearts. Alex and Abi needed dates to prom and connected through a mutual friend. They both ended up having a great time together and have been inseparable since that night. The two exchanged vows at Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth just a few short blocks away from where Alex proposed at the Portland Malt Shoppe. I’m so happy for you two and thrilled to have been a part of your big day. Congrats.






Abi's bridal accessories.

Alex and Abi exchanged cologne and perfume as wedding gifts.


Abi and the bridesmaids before the wedding.

Abi and the ladies getting ready in The Bridal Suite at Greysolon Ballroom.


Alex and the groomsmen before the wedding.

Alex and the gentlemen getting ready next door to the ladies at Greysolon. They had a strict no peaking directive.


Alex and Abi's first look.

Abi needed an entourage to hold up her wedding dress before the first look.


Alex and Abi

Alex and Abi


Abi's wedding bouquet and Alex's boutonniere.

The colors in Abi’s bouquet perfectly compliment Alex’s blue suit.


Wedding portraits of Abi and Alex.

Abi and Alex with Greysolon Plaza in the background.


Portraits of Abi.

One, two, or three? Or maybe all three!


The bridal party.

The bridal party.


The wedding ceremony at Greysolon.

Alex and Abi’s wedding ceremony at Greysolon Ballroom.


Photos of wedding reception decor.

Snazzy Cakes and smoking martinis.


Abi and Alex's first dances.

Alex and Abi ‘s and first dances.


Venue – Greysolon Ballroom
Menswear – Mainstream Fashions for Men
Dessert – Snazzy Cakes
Entertainment – Ben Mork
Officiant – John Hartwick

Casey and Diana’s Moorish Room Wedding

City: Duluth, MN Venue:

Casey and Diana’s officiant, wrote a special poem to celebrate their love and recite during the ceremony It goes something like this.

“Love Me Tinder” by Tyler

A boy who operates trains
And a girl who loves Norah Jones
Were seeking companionship
Using only their phones

Vigorous swiping occurred
So fast as to let a breeze in
For her, Just in “Case”
For him, He was looking for a good Kirzan

The two connected
As a result of impeccable game
What had started as a dry, flammable material used for lighting fire
Had ignited into a glorious orange flame

The attraction was pungent
Much like a sweet vermouth
A young love would blossom
And lead them to Duluth

Love me tinder
As far as the eye can see
And thus ends the story
Of how Casey for the D






Casey's wedding dress and flowers at Greysolon.

Daina’s wedding accessories.


Photos of Diana getting ready.

Diana


The first look.

Casey and Diana’s first look.


Portraits of Casey and Diana

Who wore it better, Casey or Diana?


Casey and Diana in the park.

“Love Me Tinder”


Casey and Diana's wedding ceremony.

Casey and Diana performed a love lock ceremony during the wedding, and the keys “magically” disappeared.


First dance and reception photos.

Casey and Diana’s first dances with each other and their parents.


Venue – Moorish Room
Entertainment – Sounds Unlimited
Photo Booth – Duluth Photo Booth
Dress – Bella Rose Bridal
Flowers – Saffron and Grey

Jesse and Natalie’s Cathedral Wedding

City: All Photography, City: Duluth, MN Venue: ,

This is Jesse and Natalie story as told on The Knot, why rewrite history when you can hear it directly from them. I do however want to add that Jesse and Natalie boycotted the traditional “glass clinking” at the reception and instead asked for donations that would be split between the MN ALS Association and Parkinson’s Foundation. With that simple twist of the tradition, they raised hundreds of dollars for their favorite charities!

Thanks to Toby Keith and String Cheese, Here We Are

It all started on October 18th, 2014. Earlier that year, Natalie made the big move from Duluth to begin her career at the Best Buy Corporate Campus while I was in my third year working at SPS Commerce in Minneapolis. Natalie was out with a few of her girlfriends and I was hanging out with my brother Jake and a few childhood friends. Thankfully, both groups decided to go to Toby Keith’s Bar & Grill (no longer in business, RIP) to have a few adult beverages and enjoy some live music. A few of ‘Natalie’s Crew’ and a couple of my freinds found each other and started chatting just as the live band started to wind down their set. My friends invited the crew back to my house to continue the party. Natalie has always known the importance of greeting and thanking the host and, although I was unaware of having a post-bar party that time, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. Natalie reached out, shook me hand, and the rest was history.

We quickly bonded over our love for string cheese (see full story below), how great “Timber” by Ke$ha was, and the prospects of the Minnesota Wild that year. As the ‘Natalie Crew’ was starting to leave, I mustered the courage to ask for Natalie’s phone number which, I’m sure Natalie will attest to, was done in a very manly, suave way. The next morning, I tried to play it cool, waiting to reach out to Natalie, trying to hide my eagerness to get to know the beautiful gal I’d met the night before. I ended up asking Natalie if she’d like to meet again in the next couple of days, but it failed. Not once, not twice, but three times Natalie declined and was playing hard to get. Either my Irish charm started to chip away at Natalie, or she just started to feel bad for the desperate sucker who couldn’t stop texting her, but she finally accepted. Since then, if it wasn’t for work-related trips, Natalie and I haven’t been separated for more than two days at a time. Most nights you can find us binge-watching crime TV shows on Netflix, having our Wednesday-pizza-and-Survivor nights, finding a new sushi place (or Crave for the 8 millionth time) to appease Natalie’s cravings, attending a $5 movie night at the local theatre, playing softball, or attending a Wild game. We also absolutely love to travel, and eat our way around the country and world – we’ve been to both New Orleans and Dallas in 2015, Cabo San Lucas and Orlando in 2016 and London & Scotland in 2017. On the docket for 2018 is a trip to Ohio, then a multi-country cruise in early 2019!

Who knows if fate is real or if there is only one person made for each of us – I suppose we’ll never know – but how else would people from opposite ends of the state meet and fall in love despite no mutual connections? Although Natalie might be a little disappointed she didn’t end up marrying a Johnnie, I’d like to think that she is grateful for finding her Maverick!


It’s Really a Cheesy Story…

When a friend of mine wanted to continue her Saturday night at a friend’s house, I had no idea how badly I would need food. Shortly after clambering out of the taxi, I was greeted at the door of a white rambler in the heart of St. Louis Park.

“Hi,” he said, “I’m Jesse.”

“I’m Natalie,” I replied, “Nice to meet you. Do you have any food?” (I’m convinced it was right there he fell in love with me, but the verdict is still out on that.)

We walked into the kitchen and as Jesse was looking around for food (literally anything that didn’t require an egg or a pound of ground beef) I snuck into the refrigerator and found a lone string cheese. It was over that chunk of mozzarella, as I was sitting on his counter-top, that our love story began.
From our very first date (which consisted of donating turkeys to a food shelter), we bonded over giving back to the community. Both together and separately, we’ve delved into fostering dogs, raising money for ALS research, donating toys and stuffed animals during the holiday season, building homes through Habitat for Humanity, and supporting our local community through Rotary.

Jesse is the most generous person I’ve ever met. Not only with the time he donates and dedicates to others, but also the effort he puts into keeping our relationship fresh and fun. I’m so blessed to have found my partner in crime and can’t wait to marry him.

To the man who always lets me have the last brownie and is the first to pour me a “Natalie” drink, I’ll meet you at the altar.






The Cathedral where Jesse and Natalie married.

Fall colors in full effect at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary.


Jesse and Natalie's wedding details.

“Love you more.”


Natalie getting ready at the cathedral.

Natalie’s something borrowed also happened to be old and blue. It was a gift from her father to her mother when she was born.


Natalie's first look with dad.

Natalie’s first look with her father and grandma.


Natalie's bridal photos.

A stunning bride.


The bridal party.

Jesse and Natalie’s wedding party looking fine.


Jesse and Natalie's wedding pics.

Jesse and Natalie spent 1,425 days together, all leading up to this point.


Bride and Groom photos.

The sun broke through the clouds with impeccable timing.


Jesse and Natalie at Enger Tower.

#WehrTheHallorans


Cake cutting photos.

High fives for Strawberry cheesecake.


Jesse and Natalie's first dance photos.

The first dances at Greysolon Ballroom.


Ceremony – Greysolon Ballroom
Reception – Greysolon Ballroom
Entertainment – Sounds Unlimited
Photo Booth – Duluth Photo Booth
Flowers – Engwalls
Reception Benefactor – MN ALS Association
Reception Benefactor – MN Parkinson’s Foundation