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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Romantic Sunset Engagement on the Bluffs of the St. Croix River

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They cuddled, kissed, romanced and adventured through the woods and bluffs of the picturesque St. Croix River Valley and one of my all time favorite places in Wisconsin!! Having grow up in the same town in Minnesota but never having met until she was visiting her best friend in college. Her friend simply said, “Gillian you know Josh, Josh you know Gillian… You are from the same hometown!” Somehow they had literally spend their whole lives growing up in the same town, but never managed to cross paths until that very moment… “the moment!” The moment they would find each other and start their love story!! Fast forward to his surprise proposal that started with him setting everything up to look like her nephews photo session. He had her helping with it so he could secretly capture her reaction on camera… so cute, right!! Well when she turned around after…

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Romantic Woodsy Engagement in St. Croix Falls, WI

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The stars definitely aligned on this shoot…! The location, fashion, lighting and of course this gorgeous couple all came together in a perfect utopia of awesome to create these stunning images!! The session took place in Wisconsin’s oldest state park, nested along the beautiful bluffs of the St. Croix Scenic River Way, which also happens to be my absolute favorite place to shoot! The trail is just a short loop through the woods bringing you to an opening in the trees where you can take in breathtaking views of the river! I loved watching these two really open up in front of my camera and truly show me their genuine love and affection for each other!! These two really rocked this session, I cannot wait for their wedding next year!! Engagement Session Location: Interstate Park in Dresser, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved©

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Maternity Session on the beautiful Lake Superior Shoreline!

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A genuine love story…! Through their embrace, laughter and passion on and off camera it’s so obvious just how much these two love each other! With a little one on the way, to a new home they built together, to a surprise proposal on the shoreline of Stillwater; these two are living and loving every magical moment together! I was beyond excited to photograph their maternity photos on the North Shore with the breathtaking views of Lake Superior… I mean who wouldn’t be right?! During the planning process, I was sent a link to the couples fairytale love story blog (view it here.) I learned of how they met, fell in love and how he completely surprised her with his proposal one chilly Minnesota day! So back to the session!! We played, explored, adventured and loved… a lot! …There was a tiny hiccup in the day of events with a…

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Romantic Couple Adventure Portrait Session in Two Harbors, MN

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Oh-My-Gosh… These two though!! Not only did these two rock this session beyond my wildest dreams, but they had fun, laughed, played, cuddled, loved and explored!! Adventure portraits are easily my favorite type of photography to capture, its fun, exciting, fresh and well… obviously… an a-d-v-e-n-t-u-r-e! It takes the stress, insecurities and formalities out of traditional portraiture, shakes things up and creates real moments and memories to be immortalized by my camera! We started this incredible session along the rocky beaches of Lake Superior. Moving to the chiseled Cliffside just above and finally to the large slabs of smoothed rocks nested along the shore. I instantly knew this session was going to be absolutely amazing when these two gorgeous people expressed their love and passion for each other in front of my lens… I mean, wow!! Romantic Couple Adventure Session Location: Split Rock State Park in Two Harbors, MN ©CiogiArt…

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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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Fun Couple Portraits at Sunset in Osceola, WI

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We always know when we have met “the one…” our one… our true love… our other half; the person that completes us, makes us feel safe, needed, wanted and most of all LOVED!!! These two have only been dating a couple of months and already they know in their hearts that they are forever! We started in a gorgeously lit field an hour before sunset before working our way into the woods along a very narrow dirt path atop the valley to a small fresh spring fed waterfall. There they walked along the creek, gave some love, cuddled and explored! As sunset approached we headed back out of the woods to another gorgeously lit field where we captured some of my absolute favorite shots of the evening! Adventure Couple Portraits Location: Cedar Bend Drawbridge in Osceola, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved©

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Adventure Couple Portrait in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

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Love is a truly amazing emotion… and when you share it with someone it becomes more than anything imaginable… because it becomes everything! I took these two on an adventure into the woods and bluffs of a place that holds my heart. We hiked the trails leading into the lush greens towards an unknown destination, knowing only where our feet landed. There is something truly spectacular about getting out into the fresh air… strapping on your hiking boots and wandering the woods with your love by your side! The spontaneity of this adventure really allowed these two to open up and show their true love and emotions in front of the camera; like I wasn’t even there… just two lovers exploring and loving on each other, being completely encompassed in the moment! Adventure Couple Session Location: Interstate Park in St. Croix Falls, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography…

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Editorial Couple Session in the Woods of Amery, Wisc.

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They laughed, played and loved on each other along the wooded paths of a local park in the outskirts of Amery. I cannot say enough amazing things about this adorable couple, not only have they been dating since they were in high school but I have been lucky enough to photograph their incredible journey in life and love together along the way. Life is a truly spectacular gift thats especially great when you are sharing it with your true love, cherishing every incredible moment! Couple Session Location: D.D. Kennedy Mill Park in Amery, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved©

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A Bohemian Inspired Fall Engagement in Osceola, WI

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So these two are definitely one of the top most romantic and adorable couples EVER! Not only is the story of the engagement super romantic, but everything they do together is just so in sync! When she surprised me with the news that he had proposed over their extended fishing trip, I was instantly filled with tons of ideas for their engagement session! After a few weeks of planning it was finally time to execute all the ideas we had dreamed up! The session was even better then we could have ever imagined, the sun was bright, the styling was perfect, there was a slight crispness to the air and the fall colors were in full peak… doesn’t get much better than that! I cannot wait to capture and share their beautiful bohemian inspired wedding next summer!! Engagement Session Location: Cedar Bend Drawbridge in Osceola, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography |…

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Highschool Sweethearts \\ Winter Engagement

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What a fun adventure this was, we started by climbing down the snow and ice encased staircase leading down to the beautifully frozen Devils Punch bowl. After some great shots and a few outfit changes, we went topside and followed the light to a colorfully lit patch of trees where this amazing couple managed to not only brave the freezing temperatures but they managed to romantically cover each other in snow! Their love for each other is absolute; they compliment each other perfectly and effortlessly; I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for such incredible people! Engagement Session Location: Devils Punch bowl Park in Menomonie, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved©

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Love in the Big City \\ Engagement

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 We started at the Booomsite which is one of my favorite locations along the St. Croix River in Stillwater, MN and ended at the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, MN which provided us with some stunning lit up cityscapes for a background! These two are so in love and in sync; you can see all the energy, love and spontaneity these two brought to each and every photograph! I cannot wait to watch these two say I do this fall! © CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography – www.ciogiart.com –www.facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography – All Rights Reserved ©

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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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