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We do not have the ocean to play with in Minnesota, but we have 10,000 lakes. In true Minnesotan style, what better place to have a cool Trash-the-Dress session than in the lake! Nicole and I had so much fun last Saturday. So we did it, we trashed the dress!!

Phalen Regional Park has become my favorite spot for photo sessions. : )

The weather was amazingly beautiful; the lake was surprisingly blue; and Nicole, of course, was simply sweet and awesome. I am one lucky photographer!

The water was cold. Seriously, COLD.

At the end of the shoot, Nicole said, “It’s hard to destroy something so beautiful, but once you start, you can’t stop.” With that said, dress trashed, mission accomplished.

Thank you SO much, Nicole. You rock!

Ai Ling

Calista - I love those shots where she was in the water.. She must be having fun taking photos with you! She’s amazingly beautiful! Trash the dress is real cool!

Amélie - The shots are all beautiful, but the one where she is in the grass with her hair spread is amazing. I love it so much !!

Julia - The freshwater spilling through her fingers actually forms a heart-shape with her upper body! Genius~

heather + darin {love shoot}

I got together with Heather and Darin earlier this week for a fun engagement session. They are such an adorable couple! Heather suggested to have some fall colors in their engagement photos, and Phalen Regional Park was perfect for the setting.

We were surrounded by all the amazing fall colors. Hooray for fall!

I am so glad we were able to get such gorgeous colors in their engagement portraits.

Heather and Darin are so fun to work with, and I can’t wait until their wedding next August. Congratulations, you guys!

Ai Ling

Amélie - The colors really are beautiful ! And I love their smile, you can really see that they are happy and in love :)
Well done !

Calista - Can’t wait to see their wedding pictures too!

Ling Photography . Photo blog » heather and darin’s wedding - […] have been looking forward to Heather and Darin’s wedding since their awesome engagement session. It was such a beautiful wedding and it was so worth the wait. Heather’s dress is also […]

emily and chad {wedding day}

the Soap Factory, Minneapolis, Minnesota October 5, 2007

Emily and Chad’s wedding was fabulous. Yes, fabulous. I can’t think of any other words to describe it. It was held at the Soap Factory which they converted into a stylish venue to host a wedding.

The current exhibition is called “host” and we were surrounded by all these interactive modern art pieces. Here are just a few of them.

Emily looked gorgeous in her dress. When we went to the Stone Arch Bridge for some photos a little girl saw her and asked if she was a bride or a princess. : )

Chad surprised Emily with a wedding gift.

The ceremony was intimate and unique.

Emily and Chad set up a polaroid station for the guestbook. One guest wrote this and I thought it would make a great ring shot. : )

The weather forecast predicted 100% chance of precipitation but look at the clear sky!! We got really lucky.

Cake cutting was intense. : )

Everyone had an amazing time. Great music, great food, great celebration.

Thank you, Emily and Chad, for letting me be a part of your special day. Congratulations to both of you on the start of a beautiful life together!

Ai Ling

Connie - Some great creative stuff Ai Ling! I love the unique feel of the whole shoot – both in your style and their venue and dress.

ahpor - I love Chad’s big sunglasses !!!

Amélie - Wow, what a unique venue !
I love your photo of the computer chip or something (I mean, the art piece).
Looks like the like was shy during the ceremony but you did a great job ! I also really love the ring photo. Is it your hand writing ?
As usual, you did a great job, and I love the variety of shots you have. Man, that fish eye … :)
I could write so much about your photos :)
I really like the light in the cake-cutting photos too, looks very natural. One day I want a workshop with you !

Ai Ling - No, not my handwriting. A guest wrote that and I thought it would be great for a ring shot.
A workshop!! LOL

Calista - Gosh! Good one.. You are getting better. They are so happy in all the shots you took! WOW

Seza - Love the pics. You really did a nice job and you’re right the wedding was amazing.