Kota and Tina’s Surprise Proposal

City: Duluth, MN Venue:

It may not have been a complete surprise, but Kota still had to ask, and Tina still had to say YES. Kota spent the last nine months overseas and would have asked much sooner, but kept getting extended. Finally home, he brought her to the place where their relationship first started and got down on one knee to ask her to be his forever.


It may not have been a complete surprise, but he still had to ask.

Kota and Tina

There’s no place like summertime in Canal Park.

Tina’s father was in on the surprise and crafted a wooden ring box.

Walking on water.

“Show me that bling!”

Brad and Miala Winter Engagement Photos

City: Duluth, MN Venue: ,

Brad & Miala met on Match and had many wonderful conversations until complete radio silence for nearly a month. Miala went offline but couldn’t stop thinking about “this amazing guy.” When she tried to find him again her account had been deactivated. She was determined to find him with a new account. After plenty of searching, they found each other once more. Brad immediately asked her on a date; sushi and martinis at Blackwater. At the end of the night, Brad asked to see her again, and she responded: “I will believe it when I hear from you again.” To Miala’s surprise, he texted her that night and the next day. The two have been together since.

Brad and Miala's engagement pictures.

I said “put a little snow down his back,” and Miala was more than happy to oblige.

Photos of Brad and Miala at Enger Tower.


Brad and Miala on Lake Superior.

Lake Superior was frozen, and we were able to walk out to Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum.

Brad and Miala on Lake Superior

Ice as far as the eye can see.

Photos of Brad and Miala on frozen Lake Superior.

“If she’s amazing, she won’t be easy. If she’s easy, she won’t be amazing. If she’s worth it, you won’t give up. If you give up, you’re not worthy. … Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for. -Bob Marley

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’s Canal Park Winter Engagement

City: Duluth, MN Venue: ,

Winter engagement session with snow and lift bridge in background.

Chris and Lindsay met nearly ten years ago, after they both graduated from the University of Minnesota. This intrepid couple has spent the last five years in Europe, where they have lived in both Ireland and London. They decided to return to Minnesota for their engagement session, as well as their wedding, and experience the beauty that Duluth has to offer in the winter.

Indoor engagement photos taken at Clyde Iron Works.

Chris and Lindsay sheltered from the cold at Clyde Iron Works.

Indoor engagement photos, couple holding hands and smiling.

All smiles!

Engagement photo taken outside with brick wall in the background.

Braving the cold, hand in hand.

Outdoor winter engagement photos with Lake, snow and lift bridge in the background.

Made the trek to the lift bridge!

Engagement photos taken outside with snow and Lake Superior in the background.

Enjoying the beauty of a Duluth winter.

Outdoor engagement session with snow and lift bridge in background.

Aerial lift bridge shenanigans.

Photos of the ring, scarves, and a silhouette shot of the happy couple with blue sky in background.

Details of the day.

Venue – Clyde Iron Works

Joel and Lauryn’s Canal Park Wedding

City: Duluth, MN Venue: ,

Bride and groom photo with lift bridge in background.

Joel and Lauryn met while both studying at the College of St. Scholastica. One fateful night, Lauryn’s roommate’s boyfriend was showing them around the bar scene and introducing them to some friends, one of which happened to be Joel. The two hit it off immediately and exchanged numbers that night. After a couple more friendly gatherings, Joel asked Lauryn out on an “official date,” and a few years after that, he popped the question at the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, a gorgeous festival held in a place which is very dear to Lauryn. Perfection.

These lovebirds tied the knot on a blustery fall day at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Superior, WI. From there, they headed over to the DECC for a night of dancing, laughter, and celebration. Congratulations Joel and Lauryn, thanks for letting me be a part of your special day!

Photos of the lift bridge and wedding dress.

Duluth looking good for wedding day.

Photos of details of the wedding day, including shots of the rings, shoes, dress and more.

Wedding day details, including Lauryn’s grandpa’s pin in the bouquet, and a penny for luck, which Lauryn’s mom and sister also kept in their shoes for their own weddings.

Bride and her bridesmaids getting ready on wedding day.

Lauryn and her girls getting ready at a bed and breakfast on the point.

Bride gets dress fastened by bridesmaids.

Finishing makeup touches for Lauryn done by her old babysitter.

Groom getting ready for wedding day.

Joel preparing for the big day.

Bride and groom photos on the beach.

First look out on the shores of Superior.

Bride and groom photos next to the lift bridge and Lake Superior.

The bride and groom!

Bride and groom photos with the lift bridge and Lake Superior in background.

Braving the wind and waves with a smile.

Wedding party outside in the fall colors.

Wedding party photos taken behind St. Scholastica, the college both Lauryn and Joel attended.

Bride and groom outside in the fall colors.

Out exploring in the fall colors.

Photos of the wedding ceremony in the church; lighting of the candles.

The ceremony held at Pilgrim Lutheran Church.

Bride and groom outside in the tall grass.

Joel and Lauryn!

Photos of the reception, including name tags, desserts and table decorations.

Reception necesseties, complete with pies from the Rustic Inn.

Bride and groom cut the cake at the wedding reception; speeches and kissing included.

Let the festivities begin!

Bride and groom dance with their parents at the wedding reception.

First dances.

Bride and groom dancing with lift bridge in background.

Magical ending to the night.

Reception – DECC Harborside Ballroom
Ceremony – Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Entertainment – Pro Sound & Light Show
Dress – Allure Bridals
Dessert – Rustic Inn Cafe