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Rustic Oaks Moorhead Wedding | Becka & Steve | Kris Kandel Photographer

Its been a few years since I’ve had a wedding out at Rustic Oaks, so I was really excited to get out there again. It’s even more beautiful than the last time! They’ve done such a great job with the barn conversion and gardens. Grab a drink, get out the tissues, this is going to be a LONG and beautiful post.

Becka & Steve // 9.9.17

First look time!

They hydrangeas were the perfect background for Becka’s color theme!

And around the corner where we found just a hint of fall colors.

I loved the braid in her hair, so relaxed and fabulously styled for a windy day, including grandma’s pin for something borrowed!

The wedding party joined us out on the lawns.

Aren’t these colors fabulous?!!

I love this photo of the groomsmen joking around, such a fun candid moment that really gives off the vibe of the day.

I love prairies!! The textures of the grass, the movement from the wind, and the big open skies!

After family photos I was able to spend some time in the barn with all the fabulous details. I loved her leather shoes, so soft and vintage inspired!

I was really excited to hear that Becka & Steve used Gathered Boutique Rentals for their head table, chairs, goblets and other details. My grandmother owned an antique store and collected colored glasses just like this, so when I saw the pretty green goblets I got warm fuzzy feelings. I knew I had to include them in the ring details somehow.

I loved how the couple included a memorial table with details from their grandparents. How sweet is that?!

Ceremony time!

A few more details were added to the barn when the ceremony arch was taken down and added above the table, and the wine brought out, so I grabbed a few more details:

This lovely cake actually ended up on the floor when the table legs accidentally folded when bumped (thankfully not by me!!) and the whole thing landed in a heap. The couple was very kind about it and didn’t seem phased, and thankfully there were enough other treats for the guests. But I’m so glad I got a photo of it before the fall!!

We stepped outside for a few sunset photos, taking a breath and savoring the moment. Finally married!!

I love how my 2nd photographer and I got such different looks at the same time using different techniques. Gah. Both so pretty!!

And back to the barn for the dance!! Starting out with a kiddie dance to get the fidgets out.


First dance time. I’m in love with all the sting lights!

Father daughter and mother son dances. It was really sweet, the groom half way through his dance with mom invited his new mother in law to dance. Then the bride’s new father in law spontaneously started dancing with the bride.  It was all unplanned and very special.  Afterwards I saw the two moms standing together and one said to the other “I’m just SO happy!!”


Thank you so much for inviting me to be part of your special day! I’ll be sending you the link to download all your images later this week. Until then feel free to share the blog post!!



Wedding Dress: Alan Evans – Moorhead

Venue: Rustic Oaks – Moorhead MN

Tux: Halberstadts – Fargo

Cake: Love in the Oven – Fargo

DJ: Harmon Danceworks – Fargo

Hair & Makeup: Hair Success – Fargo

Flowers: Prairie Petals – Fargo

Decor: Gathered Boutique Rental and Events – Fargo

Wedding photographer: Kris Kandel – Fargo wedding photography

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A Friends House + Fargo Air Museum Wedding | Libby & Josh | Kris Kandel Photographers

Josh & Libby’s wedding day started out in the barn at A Friends House where they got ready for their day. It was the most perfect October weather, one of the very few weekends this year where it wasn’t raining!!

We found some fall color so of course we did most of our portraits in this area of the grounds.

Isn’t her bouquet stunning?!! I love all the different textures.

One of their little flower girl came out to watch us take photos so of course we had to get some of her with the flowers and the couple!!

Wedding party time!!

Then we headed over to the main house, isn’t it pretty with that vibrant blue sky contrasting with the white?!!

And a few by the chapel where Josh and Libby actually got married. Isn’t it just the most beautiful prairie chapel?!

Ladies in red!

And detail photos, including a few extra rings from Libby’s grandparents as her something borrowed. And her veil which was her mother’s veil!

Ceremony time!

The chapel was so tiny and intimate, holding just their closest family.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs!!!

Then everyone got on a big bus to head over the NDSU for a few quick pics!

The reception was a the Fargo Air Museum, isn’t it just the coolest place for a party?!! I love the bright colors and festive atmosphere.

They even brought in a special bar! NDSU pride runs deep in this family so of course they had to include as much Bison love as possible!

The Air Museum even opened up one of the planes outside for the couple to take a little look inside!

Reception fun:

The kiddie dance to get the jitters out of the kids was hilarious, so much playfulness!

And these two bulldogs even got to make an appearance (remember them from the engagement session?)

Then the first dances:

And finally everyone out on the dance floor!

Thank you so much for having me as your wedding photographer! I hope you enjoyed these personal favorite photo teasers, I’ll have your link to download all the images ready soon. Until then feel free to share this link with friends and family!!


Wedding Dress: Your Day By Nicole – Fargo

Suits: Halberstadts – Fargo

Flowers: Hornbachers – Osgood

Wedding ceremony venue: A Friend’s House – Moorhead

Wedding Reception venue: Fargo Air Museum – Fargo

Bar: Chubs Pub – Fargo

Catering: Carnivore Catering – Fargo, Prairie Pasta – Fargo, Buffalo Wild Wings – Fargo

Wedding Hair & Makeup: Emily Keiffer at Nora Salon

Wedding Photography: Me! Kris Kandel  – Fargo wedding photographer

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Sanctuary Event Center Wedding | Emma & Eddie | Kris Kandel Photographer

I’ve been so excited about Emma & Eddie’s wedding for months! And it exceeded expectations.

We started the day at the Sanctuary Event Center with getting ready and the first look outside (soooo thankful it didn’t rain like the forecast was threatening!).


Since the Sanctuary Event Center is so close to downtown we walked over to the Ivers Building, the Fargo theater and up and down Broadway for fun photos of the couple and their wedding party.

Just a hint of fall colors starting to turn. So perfect for Emma’s wedding color themes!

We even stopped in at Atomic Coffee where Emma & Eddie had their first date – we also found the exact seats they sat in!! How sweet is that? Also Emma was brave to drink coffee with a white dress. 😉

Then we all headed to the park for a few more nature and fall colored backgrounds.

I LOVE the detailing!!

Eddie got some cool details too care of AENDEE hand made ties!

Back to the ivers building for family photos, I love this image of Emma that I snapped while we waited for everyone to be rounded up!!

Soon enough all those seats filled up and it was time for the ceremony to start!!

Emma & Eddie are so loved, they got so many wonderful toasts by special people in their lives. Gosh I love that!

While we were eating the staff converted the ceremony room into the dance floor! I love all the colorful uplighting as the background for their swing dance style first dance!

Emma & Her dad, and Eddie and his grandma were so special on the dance floor!

Then the band came out on stage and the real party got started!!


Thanks so much for asking me to be part of your special day! I loved working with you two! I will have your full wedding gallery ready in just a few days, until then I hope you loved these personal favorite teasers. 🙂 Feel free to share this link with friends and family so they can see the sneak peeks too!



Bowties & Ties: AENDEE

Wedding Dress: Your Day by Nicole – Fargo

Hair & Makeup: West 13th Salon

Florals: Love Always – Fargo

Cake bites: Love in the oven – Fargo

Band: Helena Handbasket

String Quartet: Dakota Rose Quartet – Fargo

Suits: Halberstadts – Fargo

Wedding Photography: Kris Kandel – Fargo wedding photographer


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Moorhead Marriott Wedding | Brittany & Zack | Kris Kandel Photographer

A few years ago, in August, I photographed Zack’s sister’s wedding. This year, in August again, I got to photograph Zack & Brittany! How fun to reconnect with the family and give anniversary wishes to Alyssa & Jake in person!

We started portrait time at the beautiful park:


I love the art deco detail of the beading in Brittany’s dress!

I just love the textures and colors of the grass this time of year!

Back at the church we did a bunch of family photos and then as the couple took a beak I worked on details. One of the special requests was a photo of the rings on the newspaper with the date. Cool huh!

One of the neat things about this church was Zack’s family had a hand in building it! How cool to get married at an alter your grandfather (or great grandfather?) helped to build!

During the ceremony a pesky fly kept buzzing around the couple. About half way through we heard a big “SLAP!” … the best man hit the fly as it landed on the groom’s shoulder. Everyone burst out laughing for a good minute!!

I love how the stained glass of Christ looks like he’s blessing the couple as they tie the strand of three cords. How symbolic is that?!

Then I headed to the Marriott Moorhead for the wedding reception details! Look at how epic all the uplighting looked!

Dance time!

We stepped out for some twilight images as the city lights came on behind the couple. I love taking a few quiet minutes out of the noisy dance time to savor the fact they are married!!

And back to the dance floor!!

Thank you so much for inviting me into your wedding day! It was so much fun to reconnect with your family and get to know you both a bit more. I hope you enjoyed these teasers, I’ll be getting your full gallery ready soon, until then feel free to share this link with friends and family!!

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Wedding Dress: Alan Evans Bridal – Moorhead

Bridesmaid Dresses: Alan Evans – Moorhead

Suit: Tip Top Tux – Fargo

Wedding hair and makeup: Hair Success – Fargo

Cupckaes and flowers: Hornbachers

DJ: Powerplay – Fargo

Wedding photographer: Kris Kandel

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Concordia Campus Wedding Moorhead | Taylor & Sebastian | Kris Kandel Photographer

Ok friends, you’re going to need to grab a cup of coffee, maybe make some popcorn and settle in for a LONG post.

The day started out at Concordia campus. If you remember Taylor & Sebastian’s engagement session that included their class rings, you’ll remember that these to Concordia Alumni are pretty proud of their school. 🙂 So what better wedding venue then their school.

I loved playing with the architecture in the main building!

Mother daughter moments are so special!

First look time!! Down the grand staircase…

The bouquet from Olive Branch Botany was so stunning! I loved the olive leaves draping and the big peonies mixed in with the roses.

Maids of honor x2!

I loved the classic look of the buildings and that the brick was a peachy tone perfect for Taylor’s color theme!

After the wedding party went back inside to cool down I took 20 more minutes with the couple outside.

After family photos it was time for details!

Ceremony time!

Concordia has a wrap-around balcony so I was able to get some really neat angles!

A quick 5 minutes under the iconic Fargo Theater sign and then I ran over to the Radisson to get detail photos of the tables before the guests sat down.

First dance!

Father Daughter dance:

Mother son dance:

Everybody dance!

Thanks so much for inviting me into your wedding day! I hope you enjoyed these teasers! I’ll have the full gallery ready for you within the next week, but until then feel free to share this post with your friend and family. 😀



Wedding Dress: Your Day by Nichole – Fargo (Wtoo Matters Design)

Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal

Tux: Halberstadts – Fargo

Cake & Cupcakes: Gigi’s Cupcakes – Fargo

DJ: Harmon Danceworks – Fargo

Rings: Knowles – Minot ND

Wedding Florals: Olive Branch Botany – Fargo

Hair & Makeup: Haven Studio – Moorhead

Videography: Complete Weddings and events – Fargo

Wedding Photography: Kris Kandel Fargo 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!


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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