Ben & Kayla | A Northwoods Minnesota Lutsen Resort Wedding

When it comes to the wedding day, I love freshly bloomed flowers that you can smell walking down the aisle, romantic dresses that move with the wind, and the pulse of the dance floor beneath my feet. I love when there are carefully thought out bridal details, a color scheme that carries throughout the day, and savory sweets that guests can sink their teeth into. But do you know what I love (and I mean really, truly, deeply love) even more than that? My favorite thing is when the focus of the wedding day is SO intentionally placed on the only detail that truly matters – getting married to your best friend.

When Ben & Kayla first approached me about their wedding, one thing was abundantly clear – the focal point of their wedding day was going to be on their union, their family, and their friends. Right then and there, I said SIGN ME UP. As a wedding photographer, I find great joy in all of the little details that come from planning a wedding but after months of coordinating every tiny detail, it can be so easy to lose focus on the whole purpose of a wedding – the marriage. From the very first email to the very last click of my camera shutter, Ben & Kayla’s northwoods wedding had the coziest laid-back vibe which left me reeling for more.

Ben & Kayla’s wedding took place exactly 52 miles south of Canada (when I said northwoods, I really meant it) at the Lusten Resort in Minnesota. Their mornings were spent in separate rustic lodges, donning their wedding attire surrounded by friends and family.  Shortly after the outdoor ceremony, we adventured around the bluffs of Lake Superior and as we wrapped up our portrait time together, Kayla spoke the words that every photographer dreams of hearing… “Should we get in the water?”. Ha! You better believe my answer didn’t take long and a few moments later, Ben & Kayla were snuggled up in the cool waters of the lake.

Ben & Kayla, your wedding was such a perfect representation of the things that are important to you: laughter, love, family, and friends. I couldn’t think of a more fitting way to end the night than with a relaxed beach bonfire and enough s’mores to last through the night.  <3

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LOVED this moment right as Kayla walked down the aisle!

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How epic are these bride & groom portraits?!

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So beautiful, Kayla!!!

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Here come our photos from the bluffs, SO PERFECT!!!

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