Tuesday Misc.

Happy Tuesday!

Zach:

  • We had a wedding Saturday and an engagement session (in a conservatory!) four hours away Sunday Morning so it was a busy weekend but man were both couples a blast to work with!
  • Jodi is off in Canada for a couple days so it's just the pup helping me to edit and watch hockey this week.
  • Getting sick in the middle of everything really sucks. Luckily I was able to sleep for most of Monday when Glencoe wasn't jumping on me.
  • I'm in the process of building a new standing desk. It's gonna be a decent amount of work but I think it's gonna be pretty awesome when it's done.
  • Somehow I had missed that a new Dan Brown book was coming out but I'm pumped to jump back into non-stop cliff hangers and random historical facts and probably a good helping of murder.

Jodi:

  • I’m currently somewhere in Canada with my friend Sarah. We’re heading east, exploring Canada’s National Forests and hopefully meeting some delightful Canadians along the way. 
  • This weekend Aubrey and Eric got married and perhaps one of my favorite things about them is how up for anything they are. If you ever meet them, you’ll know because you’ll immediately want to be their best friends. And they have chickens! They’re great. 
  • The crisp fall air has been perfect for clearing my head during afternoon walks. My only regret is not planting a whole yard full of squash! 
  • I’m trying to run consistently. Oddly enough having a border collie is a great motivator because the pup has seemingly endless energy. One day he’ll even be able to accompany on longer runs and hikes and for that I cannot wait. Adventure pup in the making! 

Happy Trails!

Tuesday Misc.

Happy Tuesday friends!

Zach:

  • It's Tuesday and I'm still a little sore. Jodi ran her second half marathon on Saturday and I did my second full. Neither of us were in as good of shape as we had planned to be in, isn't that always the case?, but weather was good and it served to make us more excited for future races.
  • It's been a pretty busy couple of months for us so this weekend we're planning on heading up to Duluth for a quick vacation and some last camping before it might start getting pretty chilly.
  • It'll be Glencoe's first time tent camping. I'm cautiously excited to see how he does.
  • I'll be playing in a hockey league this winter! I haven't really played any games in quite some time but it should be fine. Main goal is just to not hurt myself!

Jodi:

  • It's fall! Leaves are changing and apple picking parties are happening! Cozy sweaters, blanket wrapped nights filled with soups and tea are upon us! 
  • This weekend Zach and I spent Saturday in Grand Forks running, drinking beer, verbally bopping around town, and then apple picking (and apple cider doughnut eating) at our friend Molly's. She makes a mean doughnut and is especially good at bringing people together. 
  • Last week I didn't get much done outside of work but I'm plodding along in a book by Bob Goff titled "Love Does." It's been comforting and challenging to ask myself some hard questions about how much I'm willing to sacrifice to love others well. 

Happy Trails!

Monday Misc.

The temps are dropping and wind is blowing and it is Monday again. Here's what we're up to:

Zach:

  • Season's never seem to change gradually here. Rather you wake up one morning and realize that it's now fall. Good by me, I'm ready.
  • Definitely my favorite time of the year to take photos.
  • We had a bunch of friends over for a fire and food last weekend. While Jodi and I are always game to host, we're pretty terrible at cleaning. A week later, we finally have a clean kitchen again.
  • We added a drone to our inventory and I'm super excited to see how it might fit into couple sessions and allow us to get some really awesome photos.
  • There must be something to the changing of seasons that musicians time their new albums too but there's been a boatload of good new music lately. New Neil Young and Angus and Julia Stone are what's currently on repeat.

Jodi:

  • Yesterday I went hiking with a friend and a pup in Maplewood State Park, which is absolutely beautiful in the fall with the leaves changing and wild sumac blowing in the wind. Couples who want to do fall shoots at Maplewood - get at us!
  • Food tastes better outside. Especially corn on the cob! I'm ready to start cooking over a campfire or two.
  • We're signed up to run a long time this weekend but it's been a busy summer without much running so we'll see how long we actually run and how long it takes us to end up on a patio with a beer in hand.
  • I'm planning a roadtrip with my friend Sarah for the fall. We'll be chasing the leaves as they change colors and sleeping outside!
  • Tonight I'm making something with apples (fritters! pie! crisp!) because our neighbors gifted us with about 10 pounds of apples from their tree and I'm ready for fall desserts!

Happy Trails Friends!

Cheryl + Matt - Favorite Photos

We want to create images that people will cherish long past the day they were taken. We hope that every time a couple goes back through their photos, they can actually feel the love and joy from the day, like a time capsule that transports them back to their wedding if only for a few moments.

In this series, we're giving couples the opportunity to share their favorite photos from their wedding.

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The snowfall. That background. Matt’s face. These are the reasons I love this picture. This moment was captured right after I read my vows. It is a rare occurrence to see such a strong man look like that. In that fleeting second, he looked so overwhelmingly happy and I looked and him with strength and faith in our future. It’s simple, raw, and the looks in our eyes I hope to have again and again in our long love together.
— Cheryl
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This is her, the one, and it’s hard for me to look at this picture and imagine anything else but the happiness in her face. Honestly I don’t remember taking this picture, but it is very special to me. It reminds me of how simple love can be. Sometimes love is just pure joy. It’s really that simple when it’s that pure. The look on my wife’s face reminds me of that joy and it is the same way we look at our young daughter. This picture warms my heart and reminds me just exactly how excited we were to become husband and wife.
— Matt

Monday Misc.

Monday is here again! Here's the lowdown:

Zach:

  • Whoever invented the potluck is a brilliant human being. Tons of random food and friends. These are good things.
  • The last couple summers of carrying camera bags all day seem to be catching up to me recently which necessitated a few visits to the chiropractor. A couple neck and back cracks later and I'm feeling pretty good again.
  • Getting your neck cracked is kind of a terrifying thing.
  • Having this past weekend off allowed me to catch up on a ton of little things that have been on my to-do list for months including a new blog feature starting this week that I'm pretty excited about.
  • If you missed it, up on the blog recently was a beautiful Colorado wedding, a winter engagement session and a peak at our most recent wedding.

Jodi:

  • As with all good weekends, this one had a Grand Opening and a potluck. There are few things better than celebrating friendship over food.
  • I don't really know if I did anything this week other than make sure our Grand Opening at the co-op happened and it did indeed happen!
  • We held yoga at the co-op for our Grand Opening and I realized there were several muscles I had clearly forgotten I had. But they know who they are.. and now I do, too.
  • I'm finally watching Twin Peaks! It's weird and wonderful.
  • I've been really thankful to have friends in ND who have been asking and thinking about my mom who is sticking it out through a hurricane there right now. Also thankful for technology which lets us keep in touch in the midst of it all.

Happy Trails!