Fresh 48 photo session for newborn twin baby boys born at United Hospital Mother Baby Center - St. Paul, MN Birth Photographer
PROPOSAL LOCATION: SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium - Mall of America - Bloomington, MN
When Ryan first contacted me about photographing his proposal to Ericka, he immediately mentioned the Sea Life aquarium at the Mall of America. What he didn't mention at the time was that he was planning to drive from Indiana to Minnesota to surprise Ericka and propose! Since the Super Bowl also happened to be in town, it was a busy weekend in the Twin Cities. With some extra stealthy assistance from Ericka's sister, Taylor, and the fine staff of the aquarium (who helped me to find the right "fish tunnel"!), Ryan was able to pull off a beautiful proposal. He got down on one knee under the shimmering light of the water and asked Ericka to be his wife -- and she said YES!
To add to the magic of the day, there was a heavy snow front that decided to move in on the Twin Cities -- and we took full advantage of the big, beautiful, fluffy flakes. We headed to the Centennial Lakes Park in Edina and wandered around for a few minutes before deciding that the Minnesota cold was better enjoyed from inside. With some hot cocoa in hand, Ericka and Ryan thawed out in front of the fire, full of laughs and smiles as the reality set in that they had decided on forever!
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I love to watch my wedding clients become parents -- as their family begins to grow, I am so honored to document the next chapters of their love story. I joined Gina and Dan back at their charming St. Paul home to capture the next chapter of their fairy tale -- parenthood!
When they found out they were expecting, their news got even more exciting when they learned they were expecting TWINS! Because what's even more exciting than one baby?! TWO BABIES!
During their cozy, in-home maternity session, mama-to-be Gina was simply glowing with anticipation for her baby boys, due in March. The boys were busy kicking and dancing in mama's belly as I snapped away inside the beautiful, relaxed nursery. It was so fun to talk diapers and teething and onsies and all things baby with the mama-to-be! (My baby girl is 7 months old already!)
Though not due until March, we're all currently praying that the baby boys decide to stay put until at least Mid-February. There will be double the baby snuggles happening soon!
Congratulations, lovebirds! I am so excited to watch your family grow and document these incredible steps in your journey together.
When the winter temperatures get anywhere close to hovering around or above freezing, true Minnesotans declare that a heat wave and head outside! For Ashley and Justin, that meant a quick adventure into downtown St. Paul for some fun engagement images for their Save the Dates! They even snuck in a drink at the St. Paul Hotel, where they had their first date. Even though Rice Park was under construction for the ice castle, we still had a blast wandering around and finding beautiful pockets of light. I'm so happy their August wedding will be toasty warm and awesome!!