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A culmination of a love story ... Claire and James

I’m always honored to be a part of someone’s wedding day, and Claire’s and James’ special day was no exception. The fact that I had the joy of capturing the culmination of the love story of Claire and James was truly humbling.

Their wedding was a celebration of a special connection that was sparked in 7th grade when Claire announced she met the man she was going to marry. Because of this spark that started so young, the families knew each other incredibly well and were obviously very comfortable around one another. The comfortability was made even more so because of my relationship with the bride. Several years ago, I had the privilege of taking Claire’s senior photos and it was a pure delight to celebrate another important milestone with her.

As anyone who has been part of a wedding day knows, the emotion doesn’t wait for the ceremony, it can be found in the preparations - in the form of human touch, smiles and even the location of the ceremony. Claire and James chose The Barn at Dunvilla, a unique country destination for their wedding. From the charm of “The Barn”, to the white stringed lights and the swoop of the tulle, to the engagement photos that decorated the inside space and the breathtaking views of the outer surroundings, this location had a genuine romantic feel and was the ideal location for celebrating the love between Claire and James.

I had been looking forward to this wedding since their engagement photos earlier this year! Working with Claire and James was amazing and we built a great relationship, dare I say friendship, in the process. Taking their engagement pictures allowed me an opportunity to interact with them as a couple, a chance to see what they were comfortable with, what put them at ease and what made them laugh. This was also an opportunity for them to get to know me so they wouldn’t feel awkward with some stranger on the other side of the camera. The engagement pictures, the consultations and all the pre-wedding conversations helps us plan, helped me learn what was important to them and most importantly helped minimize the wedding day stress.

On their wedding day, Claire and James were relaxed and laid back and had a lovely wedding that matched their lovely personalities. It was a beautiful day to capture those special moments of love and natural emotion including the first-look, the ceremony, the reception and the special dances of the event. It was important to capture every picture the couple wanted through both traditional and candid shots and in doing so capture memories that would be special for Claire and James for years to come.

Every detail helps tell the story. From things as tiny as the handmade wooden heart box for the rings to the groom’s “special” socks, details help tell the story of the day for generations to come. I loved the stunning bridal bouquet, the natural light of the bridal suite, the delicate lace wedding gown and the simple and elegant table decorations. The small things are what tells part of the story that may have otherwise gone unnoticed, may not have been seen by the family or maybe what a loved one will look at for inspiration for her future big day.

It was an honor to spend their special day with Claire and James - to capture their love story and create their first heirloom as husband and wife.

Click on the "Our Weddings" header to see more pictures from their special day!

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Creating a legacy of love


Creating a legacy of love


Every little girl dreams of her big day, the day she marries her prince charming. The love story probably started when she was in elementary school and continued to her wedding day. It’s truly a privilege to be invited as the wedding photographer to such an anticipated event and capture and document their unique story for decades to come. 

There is not a single detail that a bride does not put at least one second of time into and the Davis/Wolden wedding was no exception. From Rachel’s dress to her Jimmy Choo's to her bridesmaids, the cake, the flowers and Carlos Creek Winery as the venue - everything was absolutely stunning.

Every wedding is different and every couple makes their own choices, places emphasis on particular parts of the day and designs their wedding in the way they want to celebrate it. As the professional photographer chosen to capture the day, it’s our goal to capture every single detail of a year’s worth of planning in just a few hours and then edit those images meticulously to provide the bride and groom with an everlasting and treasured testament of THEIR dream story.

At Rex Studio, we believe that engagement pictures are also an important part of their dream story. We took Rachel and Justin’s engagement photos in Grand Forks, ND. Because of the distance, nearly three hours away, most of our conversations from discussing the specifics of the engagement photos to the details of the wedding, we relied on e-mail and phone for our planning. Rachel and Justin chose their “Save the Date” photo and approved the design via e-mail and were pleasantly surprised to see the package delivered to their doorstep so soon after approval. Rachel and Justin came into the studio just once and after seeing each other in North Dakota when I shot the engagement photos, we didn’t see each other again until the wedding day. 

I am a hopeless romantic at heart and a professional photographer by choice. As a wedding photographer, I am at my most creative when I can roam around the wedding capturing those moments you may never have even noticed happening during the wedding day itself. Wedding days go so fast, and I want the moments in time I capture to take you back to the day and bring your magical day back to life, over and over. There are so many shots that I love from this wedding and each one plays its own role in telling the story. Individually, they don’t really mean much, but together they tell a unique, timeless and beautiful love story.

The photo that makes me smile the most every time I look at it is the photo of genuine happiness of Rachel, Justin and all their friends and family at the conclusion of the ceremony. Something about Justin jumping in the air puts a smile on my face everytime!

It’s moments like these when you truly believe that dreams can come true.


As popular as digital images have become, nothing can take the place of holding an actual wedding photo album in your hands. That’s especially true when it comes to chronicling your wedding day. I’d love to make your wedding photo album the first family heirloom of your married life and a tangible reminder of one of the biggest days of your life. Our team at Rex Studio believes that a photo taken by a professional photographer who takes the time to understand your story makes the difference between having a party, versus creating a milestone event. Portraits on the wall, framed pictures on your shelves and albums on the coffee table help your love stay more real and help your friends and family relate and relive your story. Call us at 218-631-3129 to learn more.


What do you want your story to say?