Kukla Wedding | Killdeer, North Dakota

October 15th, 2016

Pase and Kali said "I Do" in beautiful Killdeer, North Dakota on October 15th, 2016. The entire wedding party got ready in a gorgeous cabin along Lake Ilo that belonged to Pase's mother. There is nothing I love more then a country wedding! Thanks for making my sunset dreams come true :) 

Pase and Kali said "I Do" in beautiful Killdeer, North Dakota on October 15th, 2016. The entire wedding party got ready in a gorgeous cabin along Lake Ilo that belonged to Pase's mother. There is nothing I love more then a country wedding! Thanks for making my sunset dreams come true :) 

I was so thrilled when Pase and Kali let me steal them and their entire wedding party for some sunset pictures! 

I was so thrilled when Pase and Kali let me steal them and their entire wedding party for some sunset pictures! 

Bridal Shop: White Lace Bridal
Headpiece or Veil: White Lace Bridal
Groom's Suit: Out of Town - Dickinson, ND
Rings: Riddles 
Wedding Ceremony Venue: St Johns Lutheran church
Reception Venue: High Plains Cultural Center
Decorator: Bobbi Buxbaum
Hair: Neilie Harris - The Hair Dockter
Cake: The Cake Life
Catering: Cheryl Boyce
DJ or Band: Pistol Grip

Traveling Internationally with an Infant

This was our third trip but our first International Flight. We have a good routine established.

 

When we travel we check basically everything! The less I have to deal with getting on and off the plane the better. This includes her stroller and car seat. We purchased a car seat bag from here and have had zero issues with the airline checking it. My first trip I pushed her stroller, this didn’t go over well. It takes a lot of work to pack up the stroller bag between connections, so I no longer do this. Instead I use her baby bjorn. Free hands, less to carry and much easier to get on and off between connections. I typically travel alone, just baby and I, so less is more!!!!!

 

We always start with her being wild, crawling up the chairs, hitting the window, talking, etc. We also try request a window seat for each flight. More room to stash toys, blankets, and a good distraction. Once we taxi the runaway and begin take-off its bottle and hopefully nap time. Being this was a long flight we started our routine the same but I knew there was not going to be a nap.

 

For International flights they actually have a seatbelt adaptor. Instead of just holding her in your lap, she gets buckled in. Just like an adult flying, we had her buckled during take-off, landing, and during turbulence.

 

When Dinner came around, Bristol got her own applesauce, some extra water, and a few snacks. The flight crew was overly helpful, always checking to see if we needed anything. Bristol was pretty content standing between our seat and the front of the plane playing with her toys.

I would recommend packing lots of toys and snacks. The crew will give you as much water as you want so don’t worry about lugging those around. Bristol doesn’t watch TV, even when its on, she doesn’t seem drawn to it, so I knew that she would need something to entertain her. She did destroyed a few flight magazines after her normal toys became boring.

I was hoping for a few hours of hanging out before falling asleep but having the entire plane lighted up till 10:30pm did not work in her favor. She was fighting her normal 9pm bedtime and was very distracted by all the new faces. Finally around 11:00pm after the lights went out, she quickly fell asleep.

The crew had brought her a bassinet that assembled to the front of the plane. She was zipped in and comfortably sleeping for the next few hours.

 

I had called Delta prior to our trip and requested the bassinet, which is available to infants on longer flights. Bristol is 10 months old but is rather small. Delta.com has all the information on weight and height restrictions for the bassinet, luckily our little peanut fit perfectly!

From day one, Bristol has been a great traveling partner. She typically sleeps during flights, doesn’t fuss during take-off and landings and enjoys the new faces. My cousins have been flying from Hawaii to North Dakota multiple times a year since they were born. My uncle had always told me exposing them to this so young helped them become acclimated to traveling.

 

To see more about our France trip click HERE!

Madeline Costume in Paris

 

 

Mr. & Mrs. Nagel | Wedding Photography Bismarck, ND

October 21st, 2016

I remember the day Chris from Big Muddy Crossfit called me to see if I was available to photograph some athletes at the gym. Shortly after I showed up, he informed me that Taylor would be proposing to Sonni, I spent the rest of the hour anticipating the moment....It was perfect! 

I remember the day Chris from Big Muddy Crossfit called me to see if I was available to photograph some athletes at the gym. Shortly after I showed up, he informed me that Taylor would be proposing to Sonni, I spent the rest of the hour anticipating the moment....It was perfect! 

Naturally, Taylor and the boys spent their morning with a group workout at Big Muddy. 

Naturally, Taylor and the boys spent their morning with a group workout at Big Muddy. 

While the girls got pampered :)

While the girls got pampered :)

Sonni and I spent an afternoon walking the streets of downtown Bismarck, scouting out locations for her urban themed wedding day. The art wall was definetly a favorite! 

Sonni and I spent an afternoon walking the streets of downtown Bismarck, scouting out locations for her urban themed wedding day. The art wall was definetly a favorite! 

As we were driving to the church I couldn't resist stopping by the Governors Mansion, the leaves and lighting were beautiful!

As we were driving to the church I couldn't resist stopping by the Governors Mansion, the leaves and lighting were beautiful!

After the ceremony, we made a party bus detour for pictures....and beers. 

After the ceremony, we made a party bus detour for pictures....and beers. 

Bridal Shop: Brides N' Belles, Aberdeen, SD  Headpiece or Veil:  Brides N' Belles, Aberdeen, SD Groom's Suit: White Lace Bridal, Bismarck, ND Rings: Schumacher Diamond, Bismarck, ND Wedding Ceremony Venue: Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Bismarck, ND Reception Venue: Radisson Hotel, Bismarck ND Decorator: "I Do"... Balloons, Weddings and Events Hair:  Bombshell Salon Catering: Radisson DJ or Band: Powerplay DJ

Bridal Shop: Brides N' Belles, Aberdeen, SD 
Headpiece or Veil:  Brides N' Belles, Aberdeen, SD
Groom's Suit: White Lace Bridal, Bismarck, ND
Rings: Schumacher Diamond, Bismarck, ND
Wedding Ceremony Venue: Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Bismarck, ND
Reception Venue: Radisson Hotel, Bismarck ND
Decorator: "I Do"... Balloons, Weddings and Events
Hair:  Bombshell Salon
Catering: Radisson
DJ or Band: Powerplay DJ

Mr. & Mrs. Pritchard | Wedding Photography Bismarck, ND

October 14th, 2016

Jamie and Logan had a small intimate wedding on a beautiful Friday afternoon in October. The same day as our grandma's birthday. Jamie also happens to be my sister. I can still remember Logan coming to my parents home on the 4th of July with the news of their engagement as we celebrated under fireworks along the Marina Bay shores.  I was super excited for Logan & Jamie when they began the wedding process. Jamie came over and I started helping with the planning, since I have 50 some weddings under my belt, I have became quite the planner :) Jamie casually asked me to be a bridesmaid and I casually said no. We have one of those honest to God relationships. We tell each other the brutal truth, no feelings spared. Those who know me know, I am not a bridesmaid, I am a photographer. So with that we checked photographer off her list and moved on with the other tasks. 

Jamie and Logan had a small intimate wedding on a beautiful Friday afternoon in October. The same day as our grandma's birthday. Jamie also happens to be my sister. I can still remember Logan coming to my parents home on the 4th of July with the news of their engagement as we celebrated under fireworks along the Marina Bay shores. 

I was super excited for Logan & Jamie when they began the wedding process. Jamie came over and I started helping with the planning, since I have 50 some weddings under my belt, I have became quite the planner :) Jamie casually asked me to be a bridesmaid and I casually said no. We have one of those honest to God relationships. We tell each other the brutal truth, no feelings spared. Those who know me know, I am not a bridesmaid, I am a photographer. So with that we checked photographer off her list and moved on with the other tasks. 

Logan requested a stop at his work, I am glad he did! These are some of my favorite pictures!

Logan requested a stop at his work, I am glad he did! These are some of my favorite pictures!

If you follow me on social media, this little guy is probably a familiar face. My nephew Corbin is an adorable monster. He made their wedding so much more enjoyable with his cute smile, wild personality, and contagious laugh. 

If you follow me on social media, this little guy is probably a familiar face. My nephew Corbin is an adorable monster. He made their wedding so much more enjoyable with his cute smile, wild personality, and contagious laugh. 

I guess Bristol isn't the only one Corbin turns the cheek to :) 

I guess Bristol isn't the only one Corbin turns the cheek to :) 

Claire, almost 2 in this picture, and so well behaved. 

Claire, almost 2 in this picture, and so well behaved. 

Bristol is just under 1 month old. She slept 90% of the day. 

Bristol is just under 1 month old. She slept 90% of the day. 

This is the most influential person in my life. She is my grandma Bonnie. The most selfless person I have ever met with a heart of gold. She unfortunately suffers from Alzheimer. Before things got blurry for her, one of the last known memories was my sister telling her that she was pregnant with Corbin. Corbin has always loved sitting with her and she would frequently ask for him and cuddle him. I will forever cherish this picture. She was so happy that day.

This is the most influential person in my life. She is my grandma Bonnie. The most selfless person I have ever met with a heart of gold. She unfortunately suffers from Alzheimer. Before things got blurry for her, one of the last known memories was my sister telling her that she was pregnant with Corbin. Corbin has always loved sitting with her and she would frequently ask for him and cuddle him. I will forever cherish this picture. She was so happy that day.

Bridal Shop: Bridal N More Grooms suit: Herbergers Rings: Antique Coin Exchange Wedding ceremony venue: 1603 main event center Reception venue: Sixteen 03 Main Events Decorator: Bride Hair: Jamie Nelson Cake: JJ cakrey Catering: Sixteen 03 Main Events DJ or band: Joe Heimann/ Night Seen Entertainment

Bridal Shop: Bridal N More
Grooms suit: Herbergers
Rings: Antique Coin Exchange
Wedding ceremony venue: 1603 main event center
Reception venue: Sixteen 03 Main Events
Decorator: Bride
Hair: Jamie Nelson
Cake: JJ cakrey
Catering: Sixteen 03 Main Events
DJ or band: Joe Heimann/ Night Seen Entertainment