Classy Backyard Wedding in Ramsey, MN

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This classy backyard wedding was SO beautiful! From the gorgeously decorated gazebo, to the tasty hand dipped caramel apples. Everything was definitely on point for this fun and casual picnic inspired wedding! Josh and Jessica met in high school while performing in theatre. According to Jessica she decided to join theatre after seeing him play a role on stage, shirtless… solidifying her decision!!! After a few shows together they eventually started dating until Josh popped the big question! He proposed to her surrounded by both of their families at Thanksgiving dinner!! Then the wedding day!!… I arrived to the familiar chaos of the ladies running around rushing to get ready. The excitement mounting as the bridesmaids helped Jessica into her dress. Then the tears started rolling when her and her mother shared a moment putting on her great grandmothers jewelry. From there we headed outside to a neighboring lake for…

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Fall Engagement Photo Session in Stillwater, MN

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Autumn is the best time for an engagement session, the warm light, the cozy jackets and of course the cuddling make this time of year perfect! These two met at bible study that took place in her parents home. They quickly became friends and maintained that friendship for about a year before love was in the air! After dating for approximately two years, Zakhary proposed to her. Surrounded by twinkly lights at night, he bent down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage… such a romantic backyard engagement, oh-my-goodness!!! They run a Wholesome Health Gym in North Branch which keeps them pretty busy but in their free time they love riding bicycles and motorcycles in the summer! We got a couple photos of them with their bikes along the riverside to really show what they love to do! After walking around downtown a bit we jumped in…

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Classy Bohemian Style Bridal Session!

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This boho inspired bridal session was beyond AMAZING!! I had the pleasure of photographing this gorgeous ladies bohemian inspired wedding this summer… obviously I couldn’t wait to get her in front of my lens a second time! I love getting intimate one on one time with my brides, no stress of the wedding day, no time restrictions… just us, the dress and the woods!! This idea sprung up from her wedding styling paired with the beautiful antique decor found along my other bridal shoot journey! Click here to view it! From auctions, to garage sales, to local antique shops, piece by piece, it all came together PERFECTLY!! Now let’s talk about the flowers… Well, I ran into this quick tutorial online on how to make your own wedding bouquet… sounded easy enough…right?!! So I ran to my local florist in Osceola, Wildwood Flowers, asked the wonderful lady for some “wild…

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Vintage Styled Bridal Session in Hudson, Wisconsin

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This vintage inspired fall styled bridal session is absolutely PERFECT!!… I seriously had way too much fun dreaming up this whole shoot from styling, to the table setting, to the flannel over the tutu dress (everyone who knows me, knows my absolute obsession with anything plaid!!!) Not only is the table setting authentically vintage with the various pewter, silver plated and bronze table decor. As well as, the 1950’s inspired groom fashion paired with the large tutu style dress really ties these eclectic styles together for an overall cohesive fall styling. The florist did an incredible job of really pulling together various greens and bold fall flowers together for the perfect bouquet and matching centerpiece for the head table… she is a serious artist!! The decor was all gathered over a few weeks of going antique shopping and stopping at various garage sales in search of the the best styled…

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Why an Engagement Session is so Important….

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I am very passionate about everything engagements, weddings and celebrating love! So naturally I believe an engagement session is an essential piece of your wedding day plan when working with a professional photographer. The engagement session lets us as creatives get to know who you are as a couple, learn how you photograph, what makes you laugh, what doesn’t and everything in-between…not to mention the beautiful images you get to immortalize this time in your lives! Along with simply getting to know you both better, this type of session allows you to express your love for one another, get comfortable in front of the camera and get you used to being in the spotlight! It’s really important to know your photographer and how they work before you plan on spending your entire wedding day from start to finish with that person. If your personalities don’t match it can make your…

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Bohemian Wedding in the Gorgeous Countryside of Stillwater, MN!

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There is nothing short of a true love story here! From a chance meeting at a local pub, where she approached him and simply said, “your cute, I think I like you!” to the moment he dragged her out on his fishing boat one chilly morning to a romantic spot on the lake, where a loon sang just moments into his proposal; to the day they finally walked down the flower covered isle filled with close friends and family to celebrate their love for each other and become man and wife! Their bohemian inspired outdoor wedding was something out of a fairy tale, flowers covered everything from the isle, the centerpieces, the archways, even the very crowns upon the brides and bridesmaids heads! Everything was absolutely stunning! As you can imagine, there was an abundance of love and pure emotions felt between the couple and their family as she walked…

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A Pirate Wedding

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Surrounded by close friends and family atop a large pirate shipped nestled in front of Treasure Island these two joined hands, exchanged vows and became man and wife! A couple months after returning home from their Vegas wedding trip they invited all their friends and family to celebrate their love for one another with an equally magnificent pirate themed wedding reception! No detail was left out, with her gorgeous gown and lace pirate coat, or his authentic pirate captains coat, hat and boots! I really enjoyed capturing so many great moments throughout the evening, a personal favorite was when they shared their first dance as man and wife and rocked the dance floor! Wedding Date: November 8th, 2014 Wedding Reception Location: The Orchard in Baldwin, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved©

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A Lifetime of Love \\ Wedding

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So excited to share these beautiful images from this couples incredible day! Our relationship have really bloomed into a great friendship from the very first consult, to the engagement session in downtown Stillwater, MN to their special day! It’s really great when I can be so comfortable with my clients, it allows me to truly capture their personalities and emotions! I am so excited to continue this friendship for life; what started as capturing their first kiss as man and wife can continue to capturing their one year anniversary, their maternity photos, their first child’s newborn photos, their  child’s first birthday and so on! Now back to sharing their perfect day…! We started the day in a quaint little room upstairs at the church; while the girls were getting ready I captured some truly beautiful images of her wedding dress, shoes and her other gorgeous bridal accessories. After everyone was…

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A Celebration of Love in Amery, WI

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Love these two! After getting ready in the brides home in New Richmond, the ladies and I headed out of town to the beautiful ceremony location in Amery. These two decided to keep things traditional and wait for her to walk down the aisle before seeing each other for the first time. I just love the intensity of emotions that waiting brings, not to mention capturing that perfect moment when the groom sees his beautiful bride is absolutely priceless! After the ceremony the guests headed for cocktail hour at the reception site while I took the bridal party and explored the outdoor ceremony location, which offered so many gorgeous sites and photo opportunities. Their reception ended as a great celebration of love with many cocktails, tons of dancing and fantastic food catered by the reception venue. Wedding Date: 9-6-14 Ceremony Location: D.D. Kennedy Mill in Amery, WI Reception Location: Gibby’s…

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Kissing in the Rain \\ Wedding

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The ladies started their day with mimosas and laughter in their hotel room not far from the ceremony location. It was so beautiful watching as moms eyes welled up while she assisted her daughter in getting into her wedding dress.  Close family, friends and the bridal party gathered outside to share in the bride and grooms first look. There wasn’t a single dry eye watching as the couple looked at each other for the first time all day and sharing their love, such a perfect moment. The ceremony took place outdoors under a quaint little white gazeebo bordered by a field and a cute little pond just outside the reception location. As the guests arrived and were seated together awaiting the start of the ceremony, behind the scenes emotions started to heightened in excitement for the big moment when they would walk down the aisle and say, “I, do!” The…

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Happily Ever After \\ Wedding

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It all started in Baldwin, WI at Mystical Rose Gardens, one of the most beautiful wedding venues I have ever had the pleasure of photographing a wedding at! The beautiful bride and her lovely ladies got ready in one of the cozy retreat buildings on site. I just love when a bride and groom decide to keep traditions alive by agreeing to not see one another until she is walking down the isle to meet him in matrimony! We still managed to do most of the formal photographs before the ceremony, being very careful to keep the blushing bride out of site of her husband to be. The ceremony was outside in a gorgeous courtyard surrounded by a white picket fence with flowers, shrubs and trees. The whole area was decorated so beautifully, from the homemade signs, the wood and flower filled mason jar center pieces, to the ladder photo…

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Sweet Georgia Love!

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When my really good friend asked me if I wanted to come down to Georgia and photograph his wedding to the woman of his dreams, I honestly couldn’t say y-e-s fast enough! Not only was I excited to capture such an amazing day in him and his fiances life, but I got to go to Georgia! Anyone who knows me can say the only thing I love more then photography is traveling! As I expected I had an incredible time hanging out with both of their amazing families, eating some of the best chicken wings I have ever had and experiencing southern hospitality at its best…which does exist by the way! So the big day…! The ladies started at the brides parents house doing hair, makeup and getting the bride ready for the biggest day of her life! While the bride was getting some final touches done to her hair, the grooms mother…

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Not Just Any Rainy Day…

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Fall in Wisconsin can be very unpredictable and extreme at times, which can mean rain, sleet, snow or beautiful sunshine with a warm breeze. This day was one of those less desirable fall days, with a distinct chill in the air accompanied by a pretty heavy rainfall. Although, we didn’t let the rain stand in our way, as a matter of fact we got some of my absolute favorite bridal photos of all time. I just love how the rain adds so much romance, spontaneity and true emotion to the photos! I am so grateful and impressed at how the bride and groom rolled with the chilly weather and made the absolute best of it for the photos outside. Their true love and overall happiness shines through in all of these photos despite the less then perfect weather. We warmed up inside one of the historic buildings on the venues grounds…

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Charming Wedding on the Beautiful St. Croix River

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        Dustin and Arianna’s big day started relaxed, at home surrounded by family and friends! The ladies had a great time primping themselves and lending a helping hand to Ari when time became elusive. After Ari was situated in her gorgeous wedding gown, we all headed to downtown Stillwater to check into the hotel and hit the streets for some one on one photo time. Stillwater is an amazing place to photograph; their incredible love for each other, the old buildings, breathtaking river views and the unique overall vibe of the city made for some wonderful photographs. Following the city photos, we headed to the marina to the boat where they were to be married. The ceremony was small but truly an joyous moment for everyone that attended. After the ceremony it was finally coming to that part of the evening where everyone gets to take a…

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A Whimsical Wedding

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A couple made for each other! I first met Meghan and Dan when I photographed their engagement session for my friend and local photographer, Michael Solberg. I immediately knew that this couple would be forever! Later I was asked to assist Mike at their wedding, I was overjoyed to capture every moment of their gorgeous day with them! I was very impressed, the day started relaxed and perfectly on time. Meghan had every moment down to the minute on a very organized and well thought out syllabus for the whole day! Meghan and her ladies shared in many laughs while they were getting ready. Meanwhile Dan and his guys where relaxing downstairs waiting ever so patiently to begin getting ready! After the men were suited up and the ladies were back from Mike taking their photos; I met the guys at the wedding location, a gorgeous privately owned outdoor venue, for…

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A Love Story of Two Musicians!

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          The day started a little busy with the bride and bridesmaids getting ready, the groomsmen waiting ever so patiently to begin getting ready and the family and friends assisting both the bride and the groom running around chaotically! During this time I was walking around this extravagant church; photographing wedding decorations, the hustle of people preparing for the ceremony and anything else that caught my attention about the whole day. As time became progressively closer to “show time,” the orchestra began playing and guests started filling the pews; emotions began to rise with excitement to share in this beautiful day with Anna and Ramiro! The ceremony was beyond beautiful, I was blown away by how you could feel the love these two people share with each other, especially during the exchange of their vows. From the ceremony location at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in St.…

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A Story of Absolute Love

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I’d like to say the day started like any other wedding day… but realistically what really is normal for a wedding?…  chaos, laughter, mimosas, excitement; well thats a start anyway! This amazing couple got married in my quant hometown of New Richmond, in our greatest city park by the name of Marys Park. There day was anything but “normal,” it was out of a fairy tail to say the least!  The girls got ready while sharing laughs inside a tent erected in the park, while beautiful horses and a buggy were being tended to and decorated right behind them. During the ceremony the crowd was showered with smiles and tears as the beautiful bride rode up to the aisle to begin her last walk as a single woman to the man of her dreams! After the ceremony we all jumped in our cars and headed to the reception site for a night filled…

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A Traditional Love Story

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I would like to begin by saying these two are the nicest people I think I have ever met! They are entirely in love with each other, always smiling and all around genuine people! I really enjoyed capturing their amazing day while sharing laughs, stories and their union of love to each other! Wedding Ceremony Location: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Richmond, WI Wedding Reception Location: R&D Catering and Banquet Facility in New Richmond, WI © CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com |www.facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved ©    

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