Engagement & Pet session | Libby & Josh | Kris Kandel Photography

Libby & Josh’s engagement session started out including their two bulldogs! How adorable are they all?!

I really love the photo of the two dogs with the leash tangled up, it reminds me of 101 Dalmations matchmaking their humans. 🙂

 

One of the things I really love about Libby & Josh is how easily they laugh together. The joy these two have is something magical.

A quick outfit change and we headed downtown for the classic “Fargo theater” background.

 

I love walking around downtown Fargo and using spaces that I’ve never noticed before. Architecture and lines, alleys and interesting reflections. There’s always something new to discover!

I seriously can’t wait for their wedding, there two are just too much fun to photograph!

Kris Kandel – Fargo Senior, Wedding, Engagement and Real Estate photographer

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Fargo NDSU wedding | Molly & Taylor | Kris Kandel Photographer

Molly & Taylor’s wedding dawned hot and breezy, but soooo pretty!!

We started the day with Molly’s champagne colored dress and stained glass windows.

First look and portrait time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn’t molly’s bouquet gorgeous?!?!

You may remember Molly & Taylor’s engagement session was at the NDSU campus, and by special request we went back for their wedding portraits!

Cups from the NDSU Turf pub.

After family photos at the church I did some detail work:

One of the neat details Molly included was the bow on the bouquet was off of her mom’s wedding gown!

Ceremony time!

Back at the Hilton Garden inn Molly’s aunt was busy setting up all the beautiful decorations!

 

Thank you so much for asking me to be part of you big wedding day! I hope you enjoyed these teasers. I’ll be finishing up your photos and uploading them to your gallery soon!

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Wedding Dress: Alan Evans – Moorhead

Bridesmaid dresses: David’s bridal – Fargo

Wedding Flowers: Hornbachers

Wedding Cake: Hornbachers

Kuchen: Grandma

DJ: Powerplay – Fargo

Hair: Cloud 9 – Fargo

Makeup: Miss Motives – Bismarck

Wedding Photography: Kris Kandel – Fargo photographer

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Fargo Spring Wedding at Bluestem & Double Tree | Liz & Andy | Kris Kandel Fargo Photographer

The first wedding of the 2017 busy season was a beautiful spring day at the Bluestem center!

Elizabeth wanted to do a first look with her dad as well, which was so sweet!

You probably recognize Elizabeth and Andy from their engagement session last fall, and also Elizabeth’s sister’s wedding last year! How fun to connect with the families again, see familiar faces in the wedding party and spend more time together!

We even found a few apple blossom trees! They usually only last a week so we were really lucky!

The bridesmaids were all so beautiful in sparkly blush colored gowns!

Inside the center the ceremony location was all set up with beautiful florals, it smelled amazing in there!

Then it was time to walk down the aisle!

As the rest of the wedding party went on the bus my second photographer and I headed over to the Double Tree in West Fargo to take photos of all the reception details… and they were beautiful!!

I just had to get at least one photo of Robert Benda – the videographer – taking a shot over their shoulders, lol! Gotta love all the cameras everywhere! Between me, my 2nd photographer, Robert and his 3 camera setup and then DJ pulling out a camera at the dance it felt like the paparazzi lol!

Emotional first dances with the parents:

And then everyone got on the dance floor!

Thank you so much for inviting me into your wedding day! I hope you enjoyed these personal favorite photos of mine, I’ll have your full gallery ready to download soon! Until then feel free to share this link with your friends and family!

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Wedding Dress: Alan Evans – Moorhead

Suits: Halberstadts – Fargo

Flowers: Margaret Rundlett-Doon – Fargo

Hair: Olivieri’s Salon – Fargo

Makeup: Megan Tandberg – Salt Lake City

Cake: Fantasies in Frosting – Fargo

DJ: Jeremy @ Mixvibes – Fargo

Videographer: Robert Benda – Fargo

Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell designs

Photobooth: Cherry Pic’d – Fargo

Wedding Photographer: Kris Kandel – Fargo / Moorhead

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Interview with Blue Barn Event Floral | Wedding Flowers in Fargo

This winter I had the pleasure of meeting Allison who is an incredible florist here in Fargo! We ended up talking over our coffee for almost 2 hours, everything from house projects to dogs to weddings. I asked her to do a blog interview because I feel like more brides NEED to hire this lady!!

** All images in this post were courtesy of Allison,  I will link the photographers (three of my good friends!) at the bottom of this post!! ** 

On to the interview:

 Hi Allison, I’m so excited to have you and your beautiful floral work featured on my blog!  Tell me just a little bit about yourself! 

I’m Allison Lunde, owner and leader designer at Blue Barn Event Floral. I love working in the floral industry, nothing is ever constant and I get to do something new every day! I love my zoo at home, my husband Jesse, and iced coffee.

 

What lead you to open your own business?

I wanted to start Blue Barn Event Floral because I love flowers, and I was seeing the same wedding flowers over and over again. I wanted to be able to move the trends, especially in the Fargo/Moorhead area. Flowers don’t have to be the same for every wedding, they need to be a reflection of the couple, and their day and not something they saw on Pinterest or it was the cheapest thing they could get. If you are investing in a gorgeous dress, and venue, why skimp on something that will be in all of the images from the day? I wanted to start my own business to show couples that their flowers are a huge part of the wedding day, not something to leave to the last minute.

What is your number one tip for Brides to consider with their florals?

The best tip I can give couples for their wedding florals, is to look on Pinterest as inspiration and trust your florist. There are so many gorgeous things on there, however each florist has their own style and way to put things together and there is no way for two different people to compose the same exact arrangement. I take the time to source each and every bloom, green and ribbon to make sure that each wedding is cohesive, I know what is in season and what is out of season and will cost more money.

What 2017 trend are you seeing that you absolutely adore?

I am love the Pantone color of the year. I love ALL green bouquets and other pieces, so much texture and it just so gorgeous. I love doing out of the box arrangements and I think that there are so many fun things that can be done with just a green palette.

If you could pick one flower to use in every bouquet what would it be?

Ranunculus are by far my favorite because they are always so sweet and adorable. I love all of their layers, and textures, they get better and better as they age!

What colors are the easiest or hardest to work with as a florist?

I know for a fact that un-natural colors are hard to work with, like tiffany blue, it’s a pretty color, but zero flowers grow that way. I think that if couples want to use an un-natural color like that, it needs to be done in the linens, vases, or candles, because dying flowers can cause problems on the wedding day. I think the easiest colors for me to work with are whites and greens, they work so effortlessly together and it is always elegant.

Each season brings a different vibe, what are some things to consider for each season when it comes to flowers?

Each and every season comes with a whole different set of flowers, and couples need to keep that in mind. Peonies are a hugely sought after wedding flower (which they should be because they are amazing!), but many people don’t realize that they are not in season all year. Sometimes the growers can stretch the growing times, or they grow in Alaska as well, but that usually means they are more expensive.

As far as colors go for flowers and seasons, I like to mix it up! I love seeing different color palettes during the different seasons, like why just do pastels in the spring? Bright and bold wedding in the winter against the snow would be so fun!

Why do you feel it is important to have gorgeous flowers on a wedding day?

I think it is so important to have flowers on your wedding day because they are in all of the pictures. They set the ambiance as well as the lighting, DJ, and venue. They maybe a perishable product, but they last well into the night if they are processed correctly. Brides and grooms spend money on the venues, DJ, dresses, and skimp on the flowers usually, but they are part of the all over package, they can make the space look grand and lush. I love going to weddings and feeling like the bride and groom really took the time to think about their flowers and the ambiance

 And finally what is one behind the scenes thing that you wish people knew about your job? 

There is a lot of cleaning! Cleaning of buckets, the floor, stems, vases! Every time I use a bucket, or vase they have to bleached and cleaned then put away.

Thank you so much for being open to an interview Allison! I can’t wait to get to work with your gorgeous flowers (2017-2018 brides please hire her!) and spend more time over coffee laughing about our dogs shenanigans! Take care and good luck with your wedding season. 😀

 Allison’s website: Blue Barn Events Floral

Head Shot image curtsy of: Abby Anderson Photographer.

Images of the Green and blush flowers: Penny Burns – Northern Stories

Images of Red flowers against the snow: Autumn Wilson Photography. 

More of my own work: Kris Kandel – Fargo Photographer

 

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Bluestem Mini Wedding | Keri & JJ | Kris Kandel Photographer

A few years ago I was scheduled to photograph Keri & JJ’s wedding (you may remember their engagement session). Unfortunately life happened so they had to cancel the big day. A few weeks ago Keri contacted me that they were going to have a mini wedding, basically just them and their kids and could I come do a few portraits. No ceremony. No reception. Of course I said yes!

So here you go, a mini wedding at Bluestem in Moorhead.

Congratulations you two! I hope you enjoyed these teasers, I’ll send you the link to download all your photos soon. 🙂

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Bluestem Winter Wedding in Fargo Moorhead | Kayla & Michael | Kris Kandel Photographer

I first met Kayla when she was a bridesmaid in Sasha & Nathan’s wedding, so when she and Michael chose me to be their wedding photographer I was extra excited! It’s always special to start off with a connection already established, plus the guest list has familiar faces so I get to reconnect with past clients as well!!

We started off the winter day at Salem Church where Kayla & Michael exchanged letters and did their first look in the sanctuary – recreating the walk down the aisle moment in private!

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Then we headed to the Bluestem Center in Moorhead for portraits! Since it was a very windy day mid winter we did most of the photos inside. What a gorgeous place the Bluestem center is!

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Kayla’s style was very classic Grace Kelly or Princess Diana elegance.

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Then the wedding party joined us for photos!

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We managed to find a corner down by the river that had a little bit of wind shelter, so we got a few outdoor photos to prove it really was a winter wedding! 🙂

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Congratulations Mr & Mrs Anderson!!

I love the emotions of the grandparents in the receiving line afterwards. So sweet!

Fargo wedding photographer Kris Kandel bluestem moorhead winter portraits (50) Off to the Ramada Plaza which is getting a remodel and will be soon named the Delta Suites! Isn’t the gray background and carpet SOOO much better than beige walls with orange and red swirly carpets?! Yes, yes it is. Plus the sleek gray chairs are much more elegant too!

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One of my favorite parts of the wedding day is toasts, all the laughter and joy!!

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First dance time. Such a sweet and emotional first dance.

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Daddy daughter dance:

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Mother son dance:

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Thank you so much for including me in your big day! I hope you enjoyed seeing these personal favorite images, I’ll be sending you the link to download them all by the end of the week. 🙂 Until then share this link with friends and family!!

 

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Wedding Dress: Wedding Elegance – Fargo

Bridesmaid dresses: Wedding Elegance – Fargo

Suits: Halberstadts – Fargo

Flowers: Detroit Lakes Floral & Gifts – Detroit Lakes MN

Wedding hair: Hair Success – Fargo

Cake: Hornbachers – Fargo

Videographer: Eclipse Multimedia – Fargo

DJ: Harmon Danceworks – Fargo

Wedding photographer: Kris Kandel – Fargo wedding and portrait photographer

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