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Kayla & Tony’s Green Acres Barn Wedding was one I couldn’t wait to share! The smiles on these two’s faces ALL day was just something that gave me tingles and made my heart smile while looking through their whole gallery! These two are truly as kind as they appear and are so genuine, we loved working with them and capturing these memories for them!

Kayla & Tony met while working at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, he thought she was cute, they went out & now, well clearly they got married!


Bonding over a love of travel and the outdoors Tony & Kayla decided they would do the Superior Hiking trail. 310+ miles of swamp, north woods & rugged coastline along Lake Superior’s western shore, the trail starts on the Wisconsin Minnesota border & ends overlooking Canada. They knew they wouldn’t have the time to thru-hike so they took it a few miles at a time, hiking on the weekends. The day of the proposal Tony & Kayla started hiking early in the morning at the Martin Rd trailhead. With fresh dew on the grass, they began what was a very long day. They planned to get to Sucker River campsite that evening, 22 miles away where Ben & Kristen (friends) would join them. They hiked through sun, rain, muddy swamps and cool forests, but one constant was the mosquitoes. By mile 19 they were quite tired and the bugs were driving them crazy! Now usually when a hike got to this point Tony would tell Kayla a story to distract her from her troubles. He did this time too, and wove a long and exciting story about two forest critters, Kony & Tayla. They were a rabbit and chipmunk couple who were exploring the world and got into some crazy adventures. Fighting off giant bears, evil hawks and miles of desert our explorers traveled in search of the magical land of Sucker River. In the end, (after Kayla became very invested) the two critters realized they didn’t need to find the magical land as long as they were together. It was at this point that Tony tapped Kayla on the shoulder and asked her to marry him. She screamed, loudly, and realizing it was not another fake proposal (Tony had done a few of those to keep her on her toes) she said yes. The last couple of miles were much easier! That, my friends, is how this adventure began.

What was it about Green Acres that made you say YES!

Tony : “Green Acres doesn’t need much decor, which was a big selling point. For color scheme we didn’t want to be too on the nose with red and orange for a fall wedding so we opted for richer tones like emerald and navy. We did make all the signs and wine bottle candles. Our aunt also did all the flowers. So a fair amount of DIY and plenty of help from friends!

Let’s chat wedding day look! What made you say Yes to the dress?!

What I love is that Tony was the one filling in the answers and this made me laugh when I read it!!!

Tony: “Hey grooms can fill out this questionaire too 😉 As for Kayla’s dress, it was actually the first one she tried on and it just felt right. She is very indecisive though and had to try on a ton more just to make sure the first one was the one. As for me, I like how I look in blue and knew I didn’t want to be so formal in a suit jacket. Suspenders and personal touches like my axolotl pin (our pet) kept it classy and fun. Which I think describes my wife’s dress as well!

We love the outdoors and wanted that to be part of our day, so outdoor ceremony was a must. Other than that we really just wanted a big enough space for our loved one to eat drink and be merry. Be comfortable and have fun, that was our goal.

What was your most anticipated or special moment of the wedding day you were most looking forward to?

The ceremony. It was the most nervous part as well as the most us. It was fun to share those personal touches of us as a couple with so many loved ones. Plus it was the official part of it all.

In regards to that were your emotions during that moment what you were expecting?!

“I think we were both nervous, but excited. Afterwards? Still my favorite part and I will always remember it fondly. The ceremony went great except it was a little windy for our guests. And the mistakes like a runaway flower girl or me exploding the champagne during the unity cocktail ended up being really funny and making for GREAT pictures!”

WE loved being at Green Acres, as we absolutely love this venue. Cheers to Kayla & Tony, thank you for choosing us to capture your wedding day!! We wish you a lifetime of happiness & love, and of course careful with shaking champagne! 😉



We loved being at The Cottage Farmhouse for Jamie & Nate’s wedding this past September! But, let’s start from the beginning and where it all began shall we.

Jamie & Nate have one of the most romantic proposal stories I have heard in a while! I mean I went home and told my husband all about it and he was like, so your saying mine was no good in comparison…I mean mine was awesome, but Nate, you killed it!

Nate took me to dinner on a Monday night, which wasn’t unusual for us. After dinner he wanted to take me to an outdoor park where they had live music. When we got there, we walked down a trail to what I thought led to the music. The closer we got, I saw a beautiful gazebo on the lake and it was DECKED OUT in lights and candles (That’s when I finally realized what was happening) In the center there were candles in the shape of a heart and that is where he proposed to me!

Not only was that a surprise, there were two more! He told me we were leaving the next morning for a week long vacation. Obviously my first thought was that it’s a Monday and I have to work. He then told me “it’s taken care of” as he had been in contact with my boss for the past several months about it. The second surprise was on the day we got back from vacation, he had an engagement party planned with all of my close friends and family! It was truly a fairy tale proposal!!!

Their wedding at The Cottage Farmhouse was nothing short of romantic, her dress, hair & greenery throughout, it all had a softness and effortless feel.

We love hearing about what our brides are envision for their day and what theme or style they are going for, so when we asked Jamie here is what she had to say!

Jamie :I had several ideas of what I wanted my wedding to look like. We were getting married on a farm which naturally created a rustic theme. With that, I wanted it to be “boho style” with an added touch of elegance. I wanted it to be the perfect combination of laid back yet classic all at the same time.

Make up by : Adorning Beauty | Hair by: @katierasinskihair

Jamie :What I fell in love with about The Cottage Farmhouse is the fact that it is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING apart from any significant decorations. With decor, I tend to be a minimalist so this venue spoke to my heart <3 I will say that if any space felt too bare for my liking, I wanted it draped in eucalyptus as I was HUGE on the greenery!

Now of course let’s talk about the dress!!! What made you say YES to the dress?!

Jamie : “When choosing my wedding dress, I wanted to keep in mind two things: the venue and theme. I wanted a dress that “fit” the farmhouse theme, in other words, boho style and laid back. I wanted something that I felt both beautiful and comfortable in!”

Jamie’s gorgeous Dress was from Our Shop Bridal in Woodbury.

Nate was looking dapper ( thats a new “in” word again right!?!) in his Navy suit. Jamie had 2 moments that she always dreamed about wedding day, the first being….you guessed it THE FIRST LOOK!! We love this moment with couples and I mean come on you can just feel the love radiating out of these two love birds!

We loved the Bridesmaid Dresses these ladies were rocking as well!
All were from Azazie

We love being at The Cottage Farm House , the rustic elegance and beauty to all the backdrops this is easily one of our favorites!

The second moment Jamie had dreamed about was her walking down the aisle, so we needed to know, were her emotions what she though they would be in these two moments?!

Jamie : “Dreaming about how I would feel in these moments were far different than reality! Even though you try so hard to make a conscious effort to stop and appreciate each moment, everything about your wedding day still passes by in a blink of an eye. Emotions are so high on that day that everything tends to run together. This is why choosing the right photographer is SO IMPORTANT! Looking back at the photos from these two moments bring back the emotions I remember feeling which may not have been the case if my photographers weren’t so amazing at what they do.”

How cute is the Hitch and Sip Bar on Wheels!!!

We truly loved working with Jamie & Nate, the love they have for one another is so apparent and they truly are such amazing sweet people! We wish you both a lifetime of happiness and Nate, I can’t wait to hear what you have in store for your first anniversary, you set the bar high 🙂

Are you or someone you know planning a wedding at The Cottage Farm House? We would LOVE to chat!!!

Studio 220 Photography :: Tamika + Nicole | Venue: The Cottage Farm House | Wedding Dress : Our Shop Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses : Azazie | Caterer : This Little Piggy | Florist : Crow River Floral | Bar : Hitch and Sip