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Calhoun Labor Day / Ben’s Birthday Celebration

This Labor Day the Calhoun family decided to get together at Mom and Dad’s house for Ben’s 30th birthday party.  The day was simply gorgeous so I ran around chasing the kiddos with my camera 🙂

Chicago + Kelsey

Just some fun memories while in Chicago with Kelsey, Josh, and Jesse 🙂

Heidi and Cliff’s Wedding

I have finally finished my photos from Heidi and Cliff’s wedding!  Their beautiful day is now ready for the world to see… just 3.5 days of work later :).  Their beautiful wedding was held near my home town in Minnesota.  With barns, a beautiful bridal party, a perfectly warm sunny day, a cute catholic church and a bean field we made it happen.

The bride walking to the “first look.”

Waiting for the ceremony to begin…

DA da da da!

The getaway car!

The reception was a grand party.  With just a couple stops at bars along the way the bride and groom arrived at the party for a pig roast.  Here, I heard the best Best Man speech yet accompanied by one of the coolest gift ideas I’ve seen in a while.  To start the evening off, Cliff’s grandma did the prayer.  The pig was dished and ready at the buffet for people to grab as they desired.  The toasts to follow that were ridiculously clever and hilarious.  I won’t even attempt to recap the brilliant Best Man speech but the groomsmen do need a preface.  The night before the wedding they set out to collect and purchase some items that the traditional wife would need.  At the reception they proceeded to take turns giving Heidi each of these gifts with a little story – something about sweeping up after the boys, having blueberry muffins ready for them when they come, and also remembering to have the spanking new toilet plunger on the ready after such muffins ;).  Such a blast!

Cake cutting = cake in face.

Great speeches + toasts = lots of laughing

Heidi and Cliff’s Wedding

from the lens of my dear assistant, Joshua Calhoun

Heidi and Cliff got married on a perfectly gorgeous August day near my home town in Minnesota.  Josh and I made the trip up a week previous for a big festival gig that he and the band had.  We spent the week with my family up in Lutsen, Minnesota then hit the ground running for that perfect wedding weather day.  The sun was brilliantly bouncing off an array of gorgeous clouds all day and the temperature at a dry 80 degrees.  The wedding party was a blast to work with and Heidi was full of creative ideas to supplement those of my assistant and I.

These shots arose from the artful eye of my dear assistant and husband, Josh.  I’ve made it through the full edit of his treasure trove of images and on to mine tomorrow :).

The first look… and husband to be waiting to see his bride for the first time 🙂


The wedding party!

The groom waiting on the ceremony…

The gorgeous home town Catholic church!

The big moment!

Time to party at the reception!


The first dance 🙂

Father and daughter.

Cirque du Soleil

Josh and I had the privilege of going to Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo show a couple weeks ago.  We went into the city early to avoid traffic and scout out some fun.  What we found. . . a park perfect for playing Bananagrams, a cute and unique place for some dinner – Bom Bon Cafe, a trendy thrift store holding their semi annual “bag sale,” and, of course, the big event of “Ovo” itself!

Lutsen, Minnesota

A couple weeks ago Josh and I took a trip to Lutsen, MN with my family.  We spend a couple of nights at Eagle Ridge Resort.  We hiked the hills, went alpine sliding down them, ate Sven and Ole’s most delicious pizza, enjoyed an evening along the shores of the cute town of Grand Marais, rode the gondola down the mountain seconds before it was shut down for turbulence, and played an epic set of games of Uno with wine.

photos by Kaia and Josh 🙂

The beginning of a couple hour hike to the top of the hill for lunch at the Chalet.


Natural Discoveries

The Gondola!

Grand Marais

Gooseberry Falls