Kern-Photo http://www.kern-photo.com Minneapolis Wedding Photographer Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:32:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 Aneta and Sean’s Album Design http://www.kern-photo.com/2017/04/aneta-and-seans-album-design/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2017/04/aneta-and-seans-album-design/#comments Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:15:50 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=19636 I couldn’t wait until their album is completed, so I just HAD to leak out a few of my favorite creative spreads from Sean and Aneta’s wedding. I asked them a few sentimental questions to add to the loveliness and am excited to share them with you today! Aneta’s favorite part of the day: “I […]

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I couldn’t wait until their album is completed, so I just HAD to leak out a few of my favorite creative spreads from Sean and Aneta’s wedding. I asked them a few sentimental questions to add to the loveliness and am excited to share them with you today!

Aneta’s favorite part of the day: “I love holding Sean’s hand, so the Hand Holding Ceremony component of our wedding was especially meaningful. especially hearing the words spoken during the ceremony, imagining all the future has in store for us.”

Sean’s favorite part of the day: “I will never forget the first time I saw Aneta in her beautiful wedding dress. The way she glowed in that dress with her warm smile and beautiful green eyes was amazing. She did a great job hiding the dress from me, too, as I wasn’t able to go into the guest closet for a month!”

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How did she knew he was the one?
She writes, “He was very obviously personable, handsome and successful but I knew he was the one when he pulled up his pant leg to show me the goofy socks he was wearing!”

How did he know she was the one?
He writes, “My feelings were confirmed she after I saw how loving and gentle she felt when meeting family and how it seemed like she had been part of the family for many years.”

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If there is one small story you’d like to share about the wedding day that you’ll still tell when you are 80, it would go like this:

Aneta’s perspective: “There were huge waves! Literally! The day of our at sea wedding blessed us with some rough seas which made standing a challenge, let alone walking toward my husband to be in high heels and a wedding dress! While unexpected, it made for some extra fun memories and created that much more on an adventure. I was mindful that day to gracefully accept everything that came our way and that outlook allowed me to be truly present and enjoy each moment.”

Sean’s would share this bit of advice: “Even when the world is rocking and you can’t stand up straight, when you look in the eyes of your person when professing your vows the world stands still.”

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My bro gets married! {Aneta & Sean} http://www.kern-photo.com/2017/04/my-bro-gets-married-aneta-sean/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2017/04/my-bro-gets-married-aneta-sean/#comments Sun, 02 Apr 2017 18:29:53 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=19615   My brother and best friend, Sean, tied the knot to his perfect match this week. When I found out they were getting married, I was giddy! Aneta has a kindness and sweetness that makes her easy to be around, she’s thoughtful, a great listener and speaks in such a soothing, comforting voice. She’s the […]

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My brother and best friend, Sean, tied the knot to his perfect match this week. When I found out they were getting married, I was giddy! Aneta has a kindness and sweetness that makes her easy to be around, she’s thoughtful, a great listener and speaks in such a soothing, comforting voice. She’s the perfect compliment to him in every way. The road was long to arrive at this point, and I am so happy they found each other!

Their Spring wedding on board the Celebrity Silhouette cruise ship featured a perfect trio: a great blend of family time, low-stress logistics, and relaxation while sailing the Carribean. Our little ones have bonded with cuteness with Sean and Aneta, cuter than 2-year-old humming away with his seersucker bowtie and matching ivy cap or a one-year old with three teeth on the bottom row and a nose that belongs in a museum.

As a gift, I offered my creative time to document their day… and it was an amazing experience. I gave myself a few blocks of time to create portraits and document moments. The rest of the time I enjoyed being a guest at a wedding.

Sean and Aneta, I couldn’t be happier for you. During their wedding ceremony, I put my camera down, savoring the moments as Sean read his vows, ending with surprise spontaneous silly poem. Aneta glowed with pride, our parents beaming with joy from ear to ear. Thank you for being the best brother and sister-in-law I could ask for. I wish you the very best as you make the world a better place through unconditional love and altruistic actions.

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I’d never thought a double stroller would serve as wedding seating for two!
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According to Sean, a hug should last no less than six seconds. This type of wisdom serves one well all over the world, especially at Burning Man.
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These two will make great parents one day, demonstrated by their teamwork and patience in helping with our little ones and making them feel special on their cruise wedding!
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Millennium Hotel Minneapolis Wedding {Jaclyn & Colin} http://www.kern-photo.com/2017/03/millennium-hotel-minneapolis-wedding-jaclyn-colin/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2017/03/millennium-hotel-minneapolis-wedding-jaclyn-colin/#comments Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:32:28 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=19583 Fireball, “Whip / Nae Nae,” and Colin’s snazzy green blazer were among colorful highlights to this St Patrick’s Day 2017 wedding at the Millennium Hotel in Minneapolis, MN. Jaclyn & Colin made the most of their St Patty’s Day wedding in the Twin Cities. Aside from green beer, the occasional shamrock, and the gregarious Irish traditions […]

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Fireball, “Whip / Nae Nae,” and Colin’s snazzy green blazer were among colorful highlights to this St Patrick’s Day 2017 wedding at the Millennium Hotel in Minneapolis, MN.

Jaclyn & Colin made the most of their St Patty’s Day wedding in the Twin Cities. Aside from green beer, the occasional shamrock, and the gregarious Irish traditions we all seem to enjoy (I’m half Irish!), their wedding served as a thoughtful gesture to her late Grandfather, “Love you Grandpa, Let’s Party.”

I commented to Jaclyn after the First Look as we drove to the new US Bank stadium for wedding couple photos, the rain reminded me of the Hawaiian saying, “It’s good luck for it to rain on your wedding day.” Needing no additional luck on St Patty’s Day, she smiled. “It rained on our engagement In Seattle, it rained on our engagement session in Minneapolis, so the rain completes today.” What a great spirit and attitude! Skol, Vikings!

I’ll never forget tearing up after the first dances when her 94-year-old grandmother made good on her promise to dance with them at their wedding. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. This is why I love my job as a wedding photographer!

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Colin’s favorite part of the day: The First Look.

“I wasn’t really nervous until I was brought upstairs for that moment, I then became a mixture of nervous and very excited, and when I turned around and saw Jaclyn she was amazing and even better than I imagined,” he says.

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Jaclyn’s favorite part of the wedding day was enjoying the sight of guests together during the ceremony and reception.

“Words cannot describe the feeling of seeing all of your favorite people in one room together. Knowing they were all there for us was truly special,” she says.
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Jaclyn feels blessed with two amazing dads, her dad and stepdad and dreamt of something outside of the traditional father-daughter dance.

One small story Jaclyn will still share when she is 80 goes like this:

“After a few minutes of slow dancing with each dad, the DJ record scratched, and my two dads and I grooved to ‘Whip / Nae Nae.’ After another record scratch, we did a choreographed dance to ‘Fireball.’ Preparing and performing these dances, then performing it, were some of the highlights of wedding planning and the day.”

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Special thanks to my friend, Matt Steaffens, for his friendship and wonderful second shooting at this wedding at the Millennium Hotel in the Twin Cities!

Wedding Ceremony, Reception & Catering: Millennium Hotel Minneapolis
Coordination: Tina Campbell at Millennium Hotel Minneapolis
Hair & make-up: Taylor Rose, Marissa Mack, and Cage Nason at Sanctuary Salonspa
Florals: Emily LaPointe
Officiant: Mark Hegstrom
Videography: Justin Wakem
Entertainment: Justin Roff from Instant Request

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On what matters most http://www.kern-photo.com/2017/03/on-what-matters-most/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2017/03/on-what-matters-most/#comments Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:57:00 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=19557 Love always wins. It’s easy to say. But showing it matters most. A creative writing teacher in high school once told me a great tip for writing creatively: “Show, don’t tell.” Engaging the reader with luscious details and active verbs is how you tell a creative story. With photography and life, same holds true. We […]

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Love always wins.

It’s easy to say. But showing it matters most.

A creative writing teacher in high school once told me a great tip for writing creatively: “Show, don’t tell.” Engaging the reader with luscious details and active verbs is how you tell a creative story.

With photography and life, same holds true.

We spent a week in Colorado with friends and family, a wonderful time to enjoy time, re-charge our solar batteries, and take a break from the routine, to re-create. You know: hot tubs, long walks, yummy food.

I found myself picking up the camera to document not necessarily images to say, “Look what we did,” but to document small photojournalistic details that will matter in 50 years to our family history: the passing of shared experiences from one family to the next, the celebration of traditions, the creation of new traditions, the practice of pausing and watching life unfold. In the moment, connecting with old friends, celebrating a one-year birthday, and not getting the flu may seem the norm. In hindsight, these events become superhero events, those that energize the soul with love, joy, and wonderment. Spending quality time with friends and family, young and old wise, remains one of my favorite things in the world.

Rach, it’s all your fault! Thank you!
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Crushing snow just like our favorite Pennzoil Joyride Tundra ad (turn the volume up).
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Cousins, matching PJs, and stinky toes!
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Opening a first birthday gift from a dear friend who joined me on a creative sabbatical.
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The book that inspired a five-year personal project.
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Olaf just might miss making a good first impression on a future prom date of the Jordan and Cameron fame:
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I dedicate today’s post to my wife of 5 years! Happy 5 year anniversary, Tuppa Joy! I couldn’t have dreamt for a better spouse!

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Angela & Christian {Hockey Engagement Session} http://www.kern-photo.com/2017/03/angela-christian-hockey-engagement-session/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2017/03/angela-christian-hockey-engagement-session/#comments Mon, 06 Mar 2017 01:50:20 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=19530 Here are Angela and Christian with their almost one-year old puppy, Stella. It was super fun to join up with them on the ice hockey rink for their engagement photos. Looking forward to their wedding in Minnesota next month!

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Here are Angela and Christian with their almost one-year old puppy, Stella. It was super fun to join up with them on the ice hockey rink for their engagement photos. Looking forward to their wedding in Minnesota next month!
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