JON + MEGAN // HISTORIC GREYSOLON BALLROOM WEDDING by ASHLEY GROTH

The North Shore, Minnesota - quite possibly the most beautiful place in the Midwest - was the perfect backdrop for Jon and Megan’s wedding. The ceremony and reception took place in the historic Moorish room at the Greysolon Ballroom just off Lake Superior.

The charm, historic details, and seeing the mighty Superior across the street was perfection. Thank you to the new Mr and Mrs S, Greysolon, and Chevy the pup for making the day incredible!

YOSEMITE + SAN FRAN ADVENTURES // A PERSONAL POST by ASHLEY GROTH

WHAT can I say? The trip to San Francisco + Yosemite will go in the books as the most fun, most beautiful, most memory filled trip of my life far; and not just because I left with a fancy new piece of jewelry.

I love the history of places-imagining what life was like, picturing people in the exact same spots as the places I’m visiting. There’s a magic in knowing that for every place I’ve stepped, so many have before me. And its especially special getting to run around the places and settings and backdrops from Jon’s childhood. Maybe he walked past this little patch of wildflower at the Sutro Bath Ruins, too?! How neat.

First stop: In + Out, obviously.

We drove out to Mariposa, CA - just outside of Yosemite at a little roadside motel. I love little mountain towns - I spotted a great little antique store filled with taxidermy BUT alas it wasn’t open when were headed to the park.

Yosemite - the most beautiful landscape I have ever laid my eyes on. Lush forest, incredible mountain views - it was perfection. Totally worth all of the hype. We did one hike - the Mist Trail. It was hard, and I’m out of shape, clearly. I watched Free Solo on the flight to CA - and seeing El Cap in person after that made my palms sweat.

After a day in the park, we headed to San Francisco -my favorite part has always been China Town. The markets, the dried fish, the ducks hanging in the window with glistening skin, the lights and lanterns and tacky souvenir shops. The hustle and bustle, and eating pot stickers on a balcony overlooking fresh laundry from neighboring apartments.

Jon took me on a tour; his childhood home, elementary school - Twin Peaks overlook, the Sutro Bath ruins, the Cliff house, the old penny arcade at the Wharf that used to be AT the cliff house, where he spent time with his dad. Golden Gate Park - which was soooo moody and foggy and just the most gorgeous park I have ever seen. Haight + Ashbury with lots of good people watching. Muir Woods in all its redwood glory. A sleepy little harbor town, Bolinas, that we stumbled upon almost running out of gas. The golden gate bridge. It was a lovely trip.

PHILLIP + ILYSSA // STONE ARCH BRIDGE ENGAGEMENT SESSION by ASHLEY GROTH

Words cant describe how excited I get when couples want to incorporate their dogs into their engagement sessions. ALLLLL the heart eyes for Beau! Ilyssa and Phillip live and work near the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, MN so naturally it served as the most perfect backdrop to their engagement story. We’d been trying to get together since late last year for this session but timing just didnt pan out - and I couldnt have been happier that their session landed on the first WARM day in Minneapolis since last October! Ilyssa and Phillip - thank you SO much for running all over St Anthony Main with me - and Beau for being such a good boy!

BRITT + AARON // MODERN RUSTIC BARN WEDDING by ASHLEY GROTH

Britt and Aaron’s wedding in Owatonna, MN was a complete family affair. From renovating the barn on the property with family and friends, to filling the inside with tables, chairs, and centerpieces - to the ceremony location between two Maple Trees. Food trucks, delicious desserts and style to the ultimate nines - this couple had it all, and were the sweetest to boot. And - that pizza. All the heart eyes for this couple on this very fabulous day!

Second shooting for Ali Leigh Photo

HAWAII // A PERSONAL POST by ASHLEY GROTH

2 weeks in paradise; playing on the beaches sunrise to sunset in Lahaina —-> spending a night in the jungle in Hana —-> cannonballs in the pool in Oahu. Bring me back to relaxing days + coffee with a view + shave ice :)