Mehus Wedding | North Dakota Wedding Photographer

Mr. & Mrs. Mehus
October 28th, 2017
Bismarck, North Dakota

"Reed and I met in the Spring of 2013 at college bowling night at Midway Lanes in Mandan, ND. Since that time we have spent a lot of time traveling, sharing our hobbies with one another, and simply enjoying growing as young adults together. After 4 years of dating Reed proposed to me at Firehole Canyon in Yellowstone National Park. He had the ring with him in the water and told me he had “something to show me” which for me sounded like he was holding something alive and disgusting so I nearly smacked his hand away when he open his hand. Instead he was holding a gorgeous ring and asked me to be his forever." -Ashley

"Reed and I met in the Spring of 2013 at college bowling night at Midway Lanes in Mandan, ND. Since that time we have spent a lot of time traveling, sharing our hobbies with one another, and simply enjoying growing as young adults together. After 4 years of dating Reed proposed to me at Firehole Canyon in Yellowstone National Park. He had the ring with him in the water and told me he had “something to show me” which for me sounded like he was holding something alive and disgusting so I nearly smacked his hand away when he open his hand. Instead he was holding a gorgeous ring and asked me to be his forever." -Ashley

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I had always thought I would have an extremely elaborate wedding when I was younger and my Pinterest board was packed full of grand décor and over the top details. When it came time to plan for the wedding I was so focused on the important details for Reed and I such as recognizing our family members and emphasizing what marriage meant to us that our wedding in all aspects turned out to be perfectly “us.” I am unsure if weddings seem to run so seamlessly for most people but it will always be the most phenomenal and flawless day of our lives. In addition, I will also mention that planning wasn’t nearly as bad as people talked about until about 3 weeks before the wedding where RSVPs and small details began to drive me absolutely nuts! Cake: Cake Dreams; Mandan, ND Invitations: Flash Printing; Bismarck, ND Ceremony Venue: Bismarck Baptist Church; Pastor: Bryan Hochhalter Reception Venue: Radisson Hotel Bismarck Catering: Radisson Hotel Bismarck; Catering Manager: Brenda Mack Decorator:  Bridal Butler (rental for centerpieces); I Do Balloons (Head Table, Table Linens) Shoes: PayLess (clearance for $10) Rings: JcPenney Brides Dress: White Lace Bridal; Bismarck, ND Headpiece or Veil: Etsy Bridesmaids' Dresses: White Lace Bridal; Bismarck, ND Hair and Makeup: Broadway Spa and Salon Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Black Tie Optional Flower Girl's Dress: Esty Florist: Dutch Mill Florist "Right from the start of our engagement I knew the one thing I was not willing to skimp on or sacrifice was photography.  After researching all of the photographers within our immediate area I fell in love with Melanie’s work as a photographer and was beyond ecstatic when I found out she had our wedding date available. Reed and I would consider ourselves not very photogenic and Melanie not only made us feel so comfortable and take our photos in an insanely small window of time, she gave us so many gorgeous memories of our wedding day.  Since receiving our photos (which were done so incredibly fast) I cannot even count the number of compliments we have received on her quality of work.  She took one of the most stressful aspects (for me anyways) of the wedding day and made it so enjoyable, I would recommend Melanie to absolutely anyone under any circumstance." -Ashley  


I had always thought I would have an extremely elaborate wedding when I was younger and my Pinterest board was packed full of grand décor and over the top details. When it came time to plan for the wedding I was so focused on the important details for Reed and I such as recognizing our family members and emphasizing what marriage meant to us that our wedding in all aspects turned out to be perfectly “us.” I am unsure if weddings seem to run so seamlessly for most people but it will always be the most phenomenal and flawless day of our lives. In addition, I will also mention that planning wasn’t nearly as bad as people talked about until about 3 weeks before the wedding where RSVPs and small details began to drive me absolutely nuts!

Cake: Cake Dreams; Mandan, ND
Invitations: Flash Printing; Bismarck, ND
Ceremony Venue: Bismarck Baptist Church; Pastor: Bryan Hochhalter

Reception Venue: Radisson Hotel Bismarck
Catering: Radisson Hotel Bismarck; Catering Manager: Brenda Mack
Decorator:  Bridal Butler (rental for centerpieces); I Do Balloons (Head Table, Table Linens)
Shoes: PayLess (clearance for $10)
Rings: JcPenney
Brides Dress: White Lace Bridal; Bismarck, ND
Headpiece or Veil: Etsy
Bridesmaids' Dresses: White Lace Bridal; Bismarck, ND

Hair and Makeup: Broadway Spa and Salon
Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Black Tie Optional
Flower Girl's Dress: Esty

Florist: Dutch Mill Florist

"Right from the start of our engagement I knew the one thing I was not willing to skimp on or sacrifice was photography.  After researching all of the photographers within our immediate area I fell in love with Melanie’s work as a photographer and was beyond ecstatic when I found out she had our wedding date available. Reed and I would consider ourselves not very photogenic and Melanie not only made us feel so comfortable and take our photos in an insanely small window of time, she gave us so many gorgeous memories of our wedding day.  Since receiving our photos (which were done so incredibly fast) I cannot even count the number of compliments we have received on her quality of work.  She took one of the most stressful aspects (for me anyways) of the wedding day and made it so enjoyable, I would recommend Melanie to absolutely anyone under any circumstance." -Ashley

 

Fulwider Wedding | North Dakota Wedding Photographer

Mr. & Mrs. Fulwider
October 13th, 2017
Bismarck, North Dakota

"Life is a beautiful thing. Everyone has a journey and a path. Lucky for me, my path crossed with Shawn’s during our freshman year of college at the University of Mary in Bismarck. Here is a brief version of how our journey started…I remember having my first college class with Shawn. The class was made up of about 200 or so students. Of course me being the studious type, I sat off to the side in the front with my roommates, so it was easy to hear and take notes. To my left in the dead center of the lecture hall, there was a group of “jocks” that came in late every day with their MacBook computers in hand and Beats headphones hanging around their necks. All the girls would swoon over these guys. Oh, especially that “tall” one! As the semester went on, we each went about in different directions with different groups of friends not ever really crossing paths… And before too long, it was the next semester, and then it was Valentine’s Day. On February 14, 2013, Shawn and I’s paths crossed for “real.” I was hanging out with my friends when one of them decided she would dye part of her hair pink if another guy dyed a piece of his hair pink. So the bet was on, and we were off to Walmart to get hair dye. On the way there, my friends started asking me what I thought of this “Shawn” guy. I said I didn’t really know him. I knew he played football. I knew he was cute. That was about it. They decided that we would go over to Shawn’s dorm room to dye their hair. They were trying to set us up. When we got there, things were awkward to say the least. I am pretty sure Shawn tried to hide in his room for as long as he could. Eventually, we awkwardly sat around and visited. Later that night, we were both texting my friend about the “setup.” We were both telling her that we felt the other didn’t feel interested even though we both were. Eventually, she told us to talk to each other and give it a chance, so we did. We started hanging out and hit it off! Our first official date was pretty awesome. Shawn told me he wanted to take me out to Peacock Alley. I called my mom up in disbelief. “This guy wants to take me to Peacock Alley, mom. Can you believe it? Isn’t that a fancy restaurant? I better get a new dress, mom!” So, I got a new dress, and we went to Peacock Alley. We went bowling after supper. The rest is history! Every year on our “official” dating anniversary (March 14th), we go to Peacock Alley to commemorate our first date. Yes, it is quite corny, but we love the tradition we have created!" -Whitney  

"Life is a beautiful thing. Everyone has a journey and a path. Lucky for me, my path crossed with Shawn’s during our freshman year of college at the University of Mary in Bismarck. Here is a brief version of how our journey started…I remember having my first college class with Shawn. The class was made up of about 200 or so students. Of course me being the studious type, I sat off to the side in the front with my roommates, so it was easy to hear and take notes. To my left in the dead center of the lecture hall, there was a group of “jocks” that came in late every day with their MacBook computers in hand and Beats headphones hanging around their necks. All the girls would swoon over these guys. Oh, especially that “tall” one! As the semester went on, we each went about in different directions with different groups of friends not ever really crossing paths… And before too long, it was the next semester, and then it was Valentine’s Day. On February 14, 2013, Shawn and I’s paths crossed for “real.” I was hanging out with my friends when one of them decided she would dye part of her hair pink if another guy dyed a piece of his hair pink. So the bet was on, and we were off to Walmart to get hair dye. On the way there, my friends started asking me what I thought of this “Shawn” guy. I said I didn’t really know him. I knew he played football. I knew he was cute. That was about it. They decided that we would go over to Shawn’s dorm room to dye their hair. They were trying to set us up. When we got there, things were awkward to say the least. I am pretty sure Shawn tried to hide in his room for as long as he could. Eventually, we awkwardly sat around and visited. Later that night, we were both texting my friend about the “setup.” We were both telling her that we felt the other didn’t feel interested even though we both were. Eventually, she told us to talk to each other and give it a chance, so we did. We started hanging out and hit it off! Our first official date was pretty awesome. Shawn told me he wanted to take me out to Peacock Alley. I called my mom up in disbelief. “This guy wants to take me to Peacock Alley, mom. Can you believe it? Isn’t that a fancy restaurant? I better get a new dress, mom!” So, I got a new dress, and we went to Peacock Alley. We went bowling after supper. The rest is history! Every year on our “official” dating anniversary (March 14th), we go to Peacock Alley to commemorate our first date. Yes, it is quite corny, but we love the tradition we have created!" -Whitney

 

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"After work one cold December night, I tossed the mail onto the kitchen table when I happened to notice a receipt that was setting on the table. This was not just any receipt, it was THE ONE. Luckily, Shawn wasn’t home at the time because I was jumping up and down, crying, and saying “oh my goodness…I am going to be a wife!” I went to Shawn’s city league basketball game after I calmed down a bit. I debated the whole game as to whether or not I should tell him about the receipt I found. Later on when we got home, I broke the news. He was devastated to say the least, yet thankful I told him. He had everything planned out to ask me on Christmas Eve at my grandparent’s house. Fast forward to the week of Christmas…Shawn asked both my father and little brother permission to take my hand in marriage. Of course, both of them said yes, so Christmas Eve would be the night I would officially be asked. My grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brother, and parents were all present. My family plays a “white elephant” gift exchange game every year, so after the game concluded, Shawn got everyone’s attention. He stood up and said that he would like to have the greatest gift of all which would be for him to take my hand in marriage. I said yes! Everyone was so excited and happy for us. It was such a special moment. My aunt and uncle were engaged on Christmas Eve at my grandparent’s home as well which makes the memory even more special. Although, the proposal wasn’t exactly as Shawn had planned, it was perfect for me! I was so excited, grateful, and happy to get to marry my best friend!" -Whitney

"After work one cold December night, I tossed the mail onto the kitchen table when I happened to notice a receipt that was setting on the table. This was not just any receipt, it was THE ONE. Luckily, Shawn wasn’t home at the time because I was jumping up and down, crying, and saying “oh my goodness…I am going to be a wife!” I went to Shawn’s city league basketball game after I calmed down a bit. I debated the whole game as to whether or not I should tell him about the receipt I found. Later on when we got home, I broke the news. He was devastated to say the least, yet thankful I told him. He had everything planned out to ask me on Christmas Eve at my grandparent’s house. Fast forward to the week of Christmas…Shawn asked both my father and little brother permission to take my hand in marriage. Of course, both of them said yes, so Christmas Eve would be the night I would officially be asked. My grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brother, and parents were all present. My family plays a “white elephant” gift exchange game every year, so after the game concluded, Shawn got everyone’s attention. He stood up and said that he would like to have the greatest gift of all which would be for him to take my hand in marriage. I said yes! Everyone was so excited and happy for us. It was such a special moment. My aunt and uncle were engaged on Christmas Eve at my grandparent’s home as well which makes the memory even more special. Although, the proposal wasn’t exactly as Shawn had planned, it was perfect for me! I was so excited, grateful, and happy to get to marry my best friend!" -Whitney

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"I was my own wedding planner which had its pros and cons. First, I found timelines of when things needed to be done on Pinterest. Also, my cousins got me a wedding planner book created by the Knot. It was a wonderful planner to use (I also downloaded the Knot’s planning application on my phone which I highly suggest getting both the app and planner book)! I kept receipts for deposits, business cards, and other important information organized in this planner. As far as booking vendors went, I started by booking the main things which were the church and reception venue. It can take a little work to find an open day at both places that isn’t in 2030! From there, I booked the photographer and other vendors. Lucky for me, my decorator was a family friend who is quite the visionary! My mom and I met with her numerous times starting in January until the wedding in October. She took my dream and made it reality! The theme was “Shabby Chic.” My advice for planning would be to take it one step at a time. Don’t get overwhelmed. Keep a to-do list and focus on getting a couple of things done per week. For the day of the wedding, I made an itinerary that went hour by hour detailing the day. This helped keep everyone on the same page. Yes, things didn’t go exactly as the itinerary said they should, but the day was still perfect. Your guests truly don’t realize if you forget to do little things here and there.  One question I’ve been asked is, “Do you regret not having a wedding planner?” The answer is I don’t regret it. Planning the wedding myself gave me control and more importantly a sense of pride. I was proud to see all of my hard work come together on our BIG day. In all reality, the only thing that really mattered about the day was that I got to marry my best friend!" -Whitney

Cinematography:Rough Rider Productions
Event Planning: The Bride
Cake: Magic Candle Cakery
Invitations: Flash Printing
Ceremony Venue: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Reception Venue: Ramkota Hotel
Catering: Ramkota Hotel
Decorator: Bobbi Buxbaum
Shoes: Nina Shoes (bride’s shoes)
Rings: Zorell’s Jewelry
Brides Dress: White Lace Bridal
Headpiece or Veil: White Lace Bridal
Bridesmaids' Dresses: White Lace Bridal
Hair and Makeup: Glance Salon and Spa
Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Black Tie Optional

"Shawn and I want to thank Melanie for perfectly capturing our big day! We cherish all of the pictures she took. Melanie was easy to work and professional in every way. We would highly recommend her to others who are looking for someone to capture their big day!" -Whitney

 

Hoffert Wedding | North Dakota Wedding Photographer

Mr. & Mrs. Hoffert
October 7th, 2017
Riverdale, North Dakota

"Dusty and I met in 2008 when I was working at Knight’s Bar and Grill. Him and his friend would come in every weekend and would request that I was their waitress. At that time we were in two different points in our lives so we remained friends and would randomly run into each other. In 2012, I was visiting my family in Riverdale and Dusty happened to be there. At that point, we had not seen each other for 5 years. Two weeks later, we ran into each other again and we were able to catch up. From that point on, we would talk on a regular basis, we would make it a point to see each other during the week, and the rest is history.   On December 24, 2016 it was our typical Christmas Eve. Dusty and I got up, made breakfast, and relaxed as we did not have to be at his parent’s farm until 2. As 12:00 approached Dusty kept telling me I needed to go shower and get ready. I told him that all I needed to do was curl my hair. He proceeded to tell me that I needed to take a shower. In fact, he was relentless. So needless to say, I got in the shower because I was getting annoyed. At that point, he came into the bathroom and asked me why I was not washing my hair. I told him that I washed it last night and I did not have time to blow dry and curl it.   After my shower, I went to our room and I noticed that the bed was made and there was a little box in the middle of the bed. I looked around as I thought Dusty was hiding somewhere as he enjoyed pulling pranks on me on a regular basis. I could not find him so I called for him a couple times and I did not get a response. So I grabbed the box, opened it, and sure enough there was an engagement ring. I started to cry and I called for him again. At that point, I heard the TV shut off and him come up the stairs. As he walked into the room, he saw me crying and he gave me a hug and a kiss. He then asked, “Will you” and I said of course I will. At this point, I could not stop crying. Dusty asked me if I was ok, if I liked it, and why I was crying. I told him I love it and between sobs I said, “I thought I was getting hunting boots.”" -Jessica

"Dusty and I met in 2008 when I was working at Knight’s Bar and Grill. Him and his friend would come in every weekend and would request that I was their waitress. At that time we were in two different points in our lives so we remained friends and would randomly run into each other. In 2012, I was visiting my family in Riverdale and Dusty happened to be there. At that point, we had not seen each other for 5 years. Two weeks later, we ran into each other again and we were able to catch up. From that point on, we would talk on a regular basis, we would make it a point to see each other during the week, and the rest is history.

 

On December 24, 2016 it was our typical Christmas Eve. Dusty and I got up, made breakfast, and relaxed as we did not have to be at his parent’s farm until 2. As 12:00 approached Dusty kept telling me I needed to go shower and get ready. I told him that all I needed to do was curl my hair. He proceeded to tell me that I needed to take a shower. In fact, he was relentless. So needless to say, I got in the shower because I was getting annoyed. At that point, he came into the bathroom and asked me why I was not washing my hair. I told him that I washed it last night and I did not have time to blow dry and curl it.

 

After my shower, I went to our room and I noticed that the bed was made and there was a little box in the middle of the bed. I looked around as I thought Dusty was hiding somewhere as he enjoyed pulling pranks on me on a regular basis. I could not find him so I called for him a couple times and I did not get a response. So I grabbed the box, opened it, and sure enough there was an engagement ring. I started to cry and I called for him again. At that point, I heard the TV shut off and him come up the stairs. As he walked into the room, he saw me crying and he gave me a hug and a kiss. He then asked, “Will you” and I said of course I will. At this point, I could not stop crying. Dusty asked me if I was ok, if I liked it, and why I was crying. I told him I love it and between sobs I said, “I thought I was getting hunting boots.”" -Jessica

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Dusty and I are obsessed with fall, the colors, the smell, and of course hunting. Due to our love for fall, we wanted to have a fall wedding. We could not have asked for a better day as the weather was perfect. I had experience decorating weddings and helping with all the details that I took my wedding planning into my own hands. I wanted a classy but rustic wedding. In order to get this feel, I used rose gold, lace, and burlap. I threw in antique doors; mason jars clear and rose gold, old screens, crates, authentic whiskey barrels, willow branches, succulents in old feeders and tool boxes, wood slabs, Seeded Eucalyptus, and Baby’s Breath. Our wedding colors were rose gold, burgundy, and charcoal gray. To tie everything together, my bridesmaid’s flowers were Blush Roses, Black Cala Lillies, Seeded Eucalyptus, Succulents, and Wine Dahlias which were done by Connie at Bloom N House in Beulah, ND. These colors paired perfectly and looked absolutely stunning with the fall background.   Event Planning: The Bride Cake: Sweets were from all family members. Cheesecake was made by Dusty’s mom. Invitations: The Bride created them on Vista Print. Ceremony Venue: St Paul Lutheran Church, Riverdale ND Reception Venue: Riverdale High Lodge Catering:Riverdale High Lodge/Knight’s Bar and Grill Decorator: The Bride Shoes: DSW Rings: Bride’s Ring: Zales-Vera Wang Groom’s Ring-Bullet Designs Brides Dress: Bridal N More-Morilee Headpiece or Veil: Bridal N More Bridesmaids' Dresses: White Lace Bridal- Sorella Vita Hair and Makeup: Leslie Hendrickson Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Black Tie Optional-Michael Kors Flower Girl's Dress: Mackenzie Boutique & Abao Sisters   "Melanie, “A true photographer masters not only the camera, but also the heart.” As we have looked and continue to look at our wedding pictures over and over you captured the perfect little moments but also the heart. Every time I look at them I fall more and more in love with them and my husband.  They give me butterflies! Your eye for detail is unreal. What you captured on our wedding day will be cherished forever. Thank you for capturing the way we felt and the love we shared. Thank you for having patience of a Saint as my husband is not the most photogenic guy and dealing with our groomsmen that were being shits!" - Jessica    

Dusty and I are obsessed with fall, the colors, the smell, and of course hunting. Due to our love for fall, we wanted to have a fall wedding. We could not have asked for a better day as the weather was perfect.

I had experience decorating weddings and helping with all the details that I took my wedding planning into my own hands. I wanted a classy but rustic wedding. In order to get this feel, I used rose gold, lace, and burlap. I threw in antique doors; mason jars clear and rose gold, old screens, crates, authentic whiskey barrels, willow branches, succulents in old feeders and tool boxes, wood slabs, Seeded Eucalyptus, and Baby’s Breath.

Our wedding colors were rose gold, burgundy, and charcoal gray. To tie everything together, my bridesmaid’s flowers were Blush Roses, Black Cala Lillies, Seeded Eucalyptus, Succulents, and Wine Dahlias which were done by Connie at Bloom N House in Beulah, ND. These colors paired perfectly and looked absolutely stunning with the fall background.

 

Event Planning: The Bride
Cake: Sweets were from all family members. Cheesecake was made by Dusty’s mom.
Invitations: The Bride created them on Vista Print.
Ceremony Venue: St Paul Lutheran Church, Riverdale ND
Reception Venue: Riverdale High Lodge
Catering:Riverdale High Lodge/Knight’s Bar and Grill
Decorator: The Bride
Shoes: DSW
Rings: Bride’s Ring: Zales-Vera Wang Groom’s Ring-Bullet Designs
Brides Dress: Bridal N More-Morilee
Headpiece or Veil: Bridal N More
Bridesmaids' Dresses: White Lace Bridal- Sorella Vita
Hair and Makeup: Leslie Hendrickson
Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Black Tie Optional-Michael Kors
Flower Girl's Dress: Mackenzie Boutique & Abao Sisters

 

"Melanie, “A true photographer masters not only the camera, but also the heart.” As we have looked and continue to look at our wedding pictures over and over you captured the perfect little moments but also the heart.

Every time I look at them I fall more and more in love with them and my husband.  They give me butterflies!

Your eye for detail is unreal. What you captured on our wedding day will be cherished forever. Thank you for capturing the way we felt and the love we shared.

Thank you for having patience of a Saint as my husband is not the most photogenic guy and dealing with our groomsmen that were being shits!" - Jessica

 

 

Wet Plate with Shane Balkowitsch

“One does not simply take a wet plate, it must be given to you” 
Shane Balkowitsch, Ambrotypist
Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio

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A few weeks ago Shane Balkowitsch invited me to his beautiful studio for my first Wet Plate Portrait. Following my session I took a few minutes to photograph his studio with my own film camera, a Contax 645. Thank you Shane for sharing your talent and allowing me to take some of my own photographs. 

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“Melanie Sioux” Hunkpapa Sioux Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective

“Melanie Sioux”

Hunkpapa Sioux

Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective

Schneider Wedding | Wedding Photographer North Dakota

Mr. & Mrs. Schneider
September 16th, 2017
Bismarck, North Dakota

"I met Cody at the BSC Aquatic and Wellness Center in Bismarck, ND where we were both lifeguards. I came into apply for the position and Cody says that’s where he saw me for the first time. Cody and I worked shifts together and we began hanging out a lot. We were both in college at the time. After months had past he told me that it was love at first sight! He could tell me everything I was wearing the first day I saw him, and he says he instantly loved my laugh. I was instantly falling for him as well. Cody’s witty sense of humor and handsome smile knocked me off my feet!  We dated for 3 years, and in that time we grew so much! We experienced graduation, new jobs, long distance, bust most of all we grew stronger. Stronger in love, life, and faith.   On the day before Thanksgiving in 2016, Cody played it cool asking if I wanted to go get something to eat. Little did I know he would take me to a room full of flowers and candles. As he knelt down we both cried. In that moment my best friend, love of my life, and man of my dreams asked me to be his wife." -Megan

"I met Cody at the BSC Aquatic and Wellness Center in Bismarck, ND where we were both lifeguards. I came into apply for the position and Cody says that’s where he saw me for the first time. Cody and I worked shifts together and we began hanging out a lot. We were both in college at the time. After months had past he told me that it was love at first sight! He could tell me everything I was wearing the first day I saw him, and he says he instantly loved my laugh. I was instantly falling for him as well. Cody’s witty sense of humor and handsome smile knocked me off my feet!

 We dated for 3 years, and in that time we grew so much! We experienced graduation, new jobs, long distance, bust most of all we grew stronger. Stronger in love, life, and faith. 

 On the day before Thanksgiving in 2016, Cody played it cool asking if I wanted to go get something to eat. Little did I know he would take me to a room full of flowers and candles. As he knelt down we both cried. In that moment my best friend, love of my life, and man of my dreams asked me to be his wife." -Megan

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We started with the big things first! We first booked our venue, caterer, photographer, and church. This was a blast! Cody and I were lucky to experience this process with some great businesses ran by great people.  The flowers, hair, and attire were of coarse the fun stuff. The mass mailers for everything took a lot of time and Cody and I licked a lot of envelopes. If you can get through the process of mass mailing as a couple, you can get through a lot! J  Our wedding was in September and we decided on beautiful fall colors, and rustic décor. We made all our own mason jars. The mother of the bride was quite crafty and we took lots of miscellaneous decorations and put them together for an eclectic feel. Our cousins even made us our own photo booth backdrop made out of pallets.  Cake: My mom made my cake! J Invitations: N/A (did them online, can’t remember the website) Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church Reception Venue: South 40 Events Catering: Russian Olive Catering Shoes: Brides On A Dime Rings: Antique and Coin Exchange Brides Dress: David’s Bridal Headpiece or Veil: David’s Bridal Bridesmaids' Dresses: Poshmark App Hair and Makeup: Dragon Fly Salon Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: JC Penny Flower Girl's Dress: Facebook garage sale "Melanie, Thank you for capturing the most beautiful moments of such a special day for Cody and me. You truly captured the love between us and I will be forever grateful. You and your husband were flexible with the hustle of the day. Thank you for that! The style of your pictures really emphasized our vision for our big day. Thank you!" -Megan   

We started with the big things first! We first booked our venue, caterer, photographer, and church. This was a blast! Cody and I were lucky to experience this process with some great businesses ran by great people.

 The flowers, hair, and attire were of coarse the fun stuff. The mass mailers for everything took a lot of time and Cody and I licked a lot of envelopes. If you can get through the process of mass mailing as a couple, you can get through a lot! J

 Our wedding was in September and we decided on beautiful fall colors, and rustic décor. We made all our own mason jars. The mother of the bride was quite crafty and we took lots of miscellaneous decorations and put them together for an eclectic feel. Our cousins even made us our own photo booth backdrop made out of pallets. 

Cake: My mom made my cake! J
Invitations: N/A (did them online, can’t remember the website)
Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Reception Venue: South 40 Events
Catering: Russian Olive Catering
Shoes: Brides On A Dime
Rings: Antique and Coin Exchange
Brides Dress: David’s Bridal
Headpiece or Veil: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Poshmark App
Hair and Makeup: Dragon Fly Salon
Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: JC Penny
Flower Girl's Dress: Facebook garage sale

"Melanie,
Thank you for capturing the most beautiful moments of such a special day for Cody and me. You truly captured the love between us and I will be forever grateful. You and your husband were flexible with the hustle of the day. Thank you for that! The style of your pictures really emphasized our vision for our big day. Thank you!" -Megan 

 

Muller Wedding | North Dakota Wedding Photography

Mr. & Mrs. Muller
July 29th, 2017
Bismarck, North Dakota

"We first met in high school, Andren was a senior when I was a freshman. We both had long term high school relationships into our 20s. Neither one of our relationships worked out and we started dating in February of 2015. We went on a trip to Mexico that I had earned through work in June of 2016. He set up a romantic dinner on the beach the first night we were there. In the middle of dinner a photographer came to our table to take a couple pictures, as this is what the restaurant did for every couple that had dinner on the beach. Little did I know Andren had already talked to this photographer and he knew everything that was happening! He positioned me so when I turned around Andren was on one knee. I was so surprised that I forgot to even look at my ring until Andren told me to look! We were so excited and could not wait to get back home to start planning!" -Shawnee

"We first met in high school, Andren was a senior when I was a freshman. We both had long term high school relationships into our 20s. Neither one of our relationships worked out and we started dating in February of 2015. We went on a trip to Mexico that I had earned through work in June of 2016. He set up a romantic dinner on the beach the first night we were there. In the middle of dinner a photographer came to our table to take a couple pictures, as this is what the restaurant did for every couple that had dinner on the beach. Little did I know Andren had already talked to this photographer and he knew everything that was happening! He positioned me so when I turned around Andren was on one knee. I was so surprised that I forgot to even look at my ring until Andren told me to look! We were so excited and could not wait to get back home to start planning!" -Shawnee

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"We started planning the day after we got home from Mexico. I had a good idea of where I wanted it and the time frame but we just had to coordinate the dates with all of the vendors we wanted! Luckily everything worked out with everyone we wanted so we got all the bigger things booked right away! We went with neutral grey colors with hints of lavender and it turned out exactly what we had picture."  Cinematography: videography by l.j. Cake: cake dreams, Mandan Invitations: uniquely you photography and design Ceremony Venue: st. Joseph's church, Mandan Reception Venue: ramkota hotel Floral: Crabapple Floral Decorator: 701 design + events Rings: Schumacher diamond Brides Dress: white lace bridal Headpiece or Veil: white lace bridal Bridesmaids' Dresses: white lace bridal Hair and Makeup: image makers salon Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: white lace bridal "Melanie, we cannot thank you enough for the photos you captured during our engagement session and wedding day! They are more beautiful than we could have ever imagined! We will cherish them forever♥" -Shawnee 

"We started planning the day after we got home from Mexico. I had a good idea of where I wanted it and the time frame but we just had to coordinate the dates with all of the vendors we wanted! Luckily everything worked out with everyone we wanted so we got all the bigger things booked right away! We went with neutral grey colors with hints of lavender and it turned out exactly what we had picture." 

Cinematography: videography by l.j.
Cake: cake dreams, Mandan
Invitations: uniquely you photography and design
Ceremony Venue: st. Joseph's church, Mandan
Reception Venue: ramkota hotel
Floral: Crabapple Floral
Decorator: 701 design + events
Rings: Schumacher diamond
Brides Dress: white lace bridal
Headpiece or Veil: white lace bridal
Bridesmaids' Dresses: white lace bridal
Hair and Makeup: image makers salon
Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: white lace bridal

"Melanie, we cannot thank you enough for the photos you captured during our engagement session and wedding day! They are more beautiful than we could have ever imagined! We will cherish them forever♥" -Shawnee