Hope Weihe & Darrin Zomer

Some of you might remember Hope and Darrin from their engagement session last year. Which I had the most fun at by the way! We met at the Harrisburg Apple Orchard for some romantic photo ops surrounded in warm full colors.

Hope Weihe and Darrin Zomer meet once more in the apple orchard (the same one from before!) at the Meadow Barn.

They exchanged letters and gifts before their first look. Hope didn't stand a chance of not crying during the emotional exchange. So touching <3 When the couple finally got to see each other for the first time, it was out in the apple orchard.

Photos with the wedding party was a blast. The party included Katie Soliday, the Maid of Honor; Whitney Schnose, Kacee Gaughenbaugh, Addie Kirschenman, Brianna Tilma, and Jackie Krebs, bridesmaids; attendants Trisin Bartels and Carlie Goranowski; Best man, Sawyer Hill; Groomsen, Dylan Weihe, Sean Krebs, Zach Beitzel, Stuart Tillma and Brennen Walley and Ushers Derek Dilts and Colin LaBrie.

We had a little bit of extra time once family photos were taken to take pictures with Hope and Darrin’s golden retriever. (I think his name is Jackson! I can’t be sure.)

Can we stop for a moment to admire Hope and Darrin’s floral arrangements by Jamie Dix of Thistle Dot Floral?! The venue was dripping in extravagant floral arrangements.

After toasts and cutting the cake, DJ Malik kicked off the first dances. The floor was full the whole night with music for all ages. Grandma and Grandpa were even seen shakin’ up the dance floor.

Photo: Your’s Truely with Complete Weddings and Events (assistant: Hannah Wollman)

DJ: Malik and assistant Amberly with Complete Weddings and Events

One of my favorite parts of this whole experience has been connecting with Hope and Darrin well before their wedding. Because I photographed their engagement session, we were already familiar with each other on the wedding day. I love seeing pictures of the two together on Facebook or the ‘Gram. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them!

XOXO,

Brittany

PS: I wanted to include highlights from their engagement session. I love to see the change in my style of photography and editing!

Ten Years In The Making- Jenna and Edwin

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Edwin Mendoza and Jenna Cariddi started dating in high school at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Jenna noticed Edwin during her Sophomore year gym class. (Edwin was a junior at that time!) They begun dating August 1, 2009 and exactly ten years later said “I Do.”

Edwin and Jenna’s friends and family gathered around at the Canton Barn to help the couple celebrate. The barn was the prefect wedding venue since everything was all in the same place. After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed tasty Mexican food and cocktails. The rice drink was super yummy!

Shortly after the wedding party was announced and dinner was served. The couple’s parents and best friends each proposed a touching toast to the couple. Jenna’s mom had a touching story of Edwin asking her if he could date her daughter. Edwin had gotten her favorite meal at iHOP, and then wrote on the to go box lid “may I date your daughter (or something along those lines!)” She still has it!

When Edwin and Jenna took to the dance floor for their first dance, the whole room collectively health their breath. Their first dance was straight out of a fairy tail. Edwin spun Jenna to the corner of the dance floor where her father was waiting. They danced to music from the Disney classic: The Lion King. Edwin and his mother danced an impressive partner dance full of turns, quick feet, and graceful moves. Who knew Edwin was so smooth on the dance floor?!

DJ Ian of Complete Weddings and Events kept the dance floor full the whole night!!

Vintage vibes at Buckstop Junction

Beth and David said “I do” in Bethel Lutheran Church at Buckstop Junction in Bismarck, ND on July 29th. The church was built in 1916 near Coleharber until it was moved to its present location. The tiny church provided just enough space for Beth and David’s friends. The cozy space was perfect for their wedding day.

Across the street from the church was the Lewis Hotel which was built in 1914 in Tappen, ND. The building held a beautiful bar/pub and ballroom. People filled the pub and dance floor all night long.

I just want to pause here a moment and enjoy these gorgeous detail images. I could'n’t be happier with the Detail folder for Beth and David’s gallery. Take a look at a few of them:

Keith of Complete Weddings and Events Fargo kept the music bumpin’ all night long.

Olive Garden provided catering services (thankfully they were available last minute!) Beth explained to me that about a week or so before their wedding, Beth was talking with her (previously booked caterer) and they asked her “When will you be stopping by to pick up the food?" Beth was shocked. The caterer did not plan on delivering or serving the meal, which is a big part of the catering service the couple needed for their big day. Olive Garden came in clutch and everyone was full and happy by the end of the night.

Decorations, cake and flowers were all done by the family.









Stormy Weather in North Dakota

I’m pretty sure that every time I have met Dusty and Ashley, it’s been on a day with untamed weather. Our engagement session was no different.

We knew we wanted some photos with red barn while it was still nice outside.

We had this idea for the couple to be hanging out on the tailgate of Ashley’s truck in the middle of a pasture. Our hope was the heifers in the pasture would be curious enough to come see what we were doing. Well, dreams really do come true.

I mean, look at this photo.

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After calling the cows in, we left. The horses were ready to go at our next stop. Three beautiful (male i think) horses were in a small pen outside a barn. Aren’t these creatures stunning?!

Wedding Celebration With Ice Sculpture in Sioux Falls

On June 7th 2019, Kaitlin Heitmann and Colby Bunkers dressed in their finest to pledge themselves to each other.

Family and Friends came to show their support and celebrate the couple’s vows.

Video coverage was provided by Spencer Larson of Complete Weddings and Events. Click to check out their full list of services.

Kaitlin and Colby said I do at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids SD. Father John gave the message and off to the Holiday Inn Express in Downtown Sioux Falls.

Wow Entertainment DJ Jo rocked the night away.

"You Haven't Had Good Coffee Yet"

That’s what Hannah Wollman told me as I was leaving her families roaster.

You see, I just got done telling Hannah, “Don’t tell your parents, but I don’t even like coffee unless it is full of cream and sugar. I don’t drink it often for that reason, opting for teas instead of heavy, creamy coffees.

She smiled at me and was like “Oh I don’t blame you, most coffee is awful, you just haven’t had good coffee yet!”

Take a look at her families coffee roasting operation.

The reason the Wollmans invited me to their Roaster is to debut their new coffee bag packaging. The packaging looks sleek, local and professional. I asked Mr. Wollman to tell me about his roasting process, how he got into it, and how it became a business endeavor. He smiled and told me his tale:

Brandon had been looking for a hobby. Something that could perhaps benefit him financially. He began roasting a few beans for himself, then the farmers market, and eventually all the grocery stores he serves today.

When speaking about his craft, Wollman explained he was trained in the art of roasting coffee beans.

It’s clear to me that Mr. Wollman knows what he is doing when it comes to coffee. On my way out he made me a caramel latte. It was easily the best caramel latte I have ever enjoyed.

Check out Brandon’s coffee at Parable Coffee Co.