"You can decide everything else about the wedding, but I want him as our photographer."
It's wild to me to think that a whole year has passed since I got that exciting phone call from my long time friend, Joel, to inform me that he had finally proposed to his long term girlfriend, Jess. The news of this wasn't the most surprising, as I knew they were dating for over three years and I knew they were happily in love living their lives together in Fargo. What did surprise me, however, was that Joel was calling to tell me that he only had one photographer in mind for their special day. Having a minimal amount of wedding work to show at that time, Joel said he had complete faith that I would deliver the perfect documentation of their wedding.
On May 23rd, 2015, Jessica and Joel tied the knot in front of all of their closest family members and friends at Stone Ridge Golf Club in Stillwater, just down the road from Joel's home town of Hudson. The day was filled with warm weather, an amazing energy of fun and excitement, and lots of love. As both a photographer and a friend, I couldn't have asked for a better day with these two.
In several short months after their wedding day, the newlyweds welcomed their gorgeous daughter Aria into the world. They continue to explore new adventures of parenthood and marriage in their new home located in Fargo, ND. Still looking back, it was a truly amazing experience to share this magical day with them, and I couldn't be more excited for their beautiful family.
Below is a glimpse into this special day as seen through my lens.