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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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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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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Winter Model Shoot Along the Cliffs of the Beautiful St. Croix River

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Oh my gosh… I just LOVE all of these photos sooo much, it was so hard not to post all 500 of them!! These ladies are just stunning! I love when Savannah gets in front of my lens, she never fails to impress me with how in tune she is with her angles, posing and overall beauty! This was the first time meeting and shooting with miss Abby and did she ever rock these shots with her natural beauty and high end fashion look! We had an amazing time in the woods along the river on the snow covered St. Croix River bluffs for these gorgeous winter inspired photos! Don’t forget to check out the blooper photos at the very end for some laughs, I just couldn’t leave them out!! 😀 Winter Model Shoot Location: Wisconsin Interstate Park in Dresser, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved©   Now time for the…

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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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