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calvin & ana got married | minnesota wedding photographer

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As I mentioned in my last post, I came out of wedding photography retirement earlier this month. The groom’s momma (Sharon) is a longtime friend.

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Her sweet little boy…

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Now all grown up!

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In fact, Calvin is the very same age my husband Tony was when we married 20+ years ago.8O

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It just doesn’t seem right.

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After spending a good portion of time with the groom, I made my way up to the bride’s room to capture a few early shots.

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Then it was time for the bride and groom to have a moment alone.

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I love this part.

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And this…

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And this, too!!!

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You can tell a lot about a couple by the company they keep.

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And this was a wonderful group of family and friends.

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Here’s a peek at how the rest of the day unfolded:

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And a few fun shots from the reception:

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Thanks again, Calvin and Ana, for allowing me to capture your wedding day – spending that time with you and getting to know your people was truly special.  Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jane L Phillips - July 27, 2017 - 10:39 pm

Great photos, best to this couple!

Tina - August 1, 2017 - 2:55 pm

Thanks, Jane!

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a story behind last weekend’s wedding

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I don’t photograph weddings anymore. Unless you beg and plead and remind me I was your son’s “girlfriend” when he was like four. That is what Sharon did. And when Calvin called, I could not say no.

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So I photographed his wedding last weekend.  And it was a beautiful celebration of his and Ana’s love. You will see their story after I have worked through most of the wedding photos.

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But today, I will be sharing one of mine.  Decades ago, Calvin’s dad Chris worked with Lisa (below) and an old boyfriend of mine.  Chris was married to Sharon and the three of us (Lisa, Sharon & me) became good friends.  We were in our early twenties. Loads of history, weaving in and out of each others’ lives.  In fact, my very first blog post ever back in 2007 was written after attending Calvin’s high school graduation party!

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As you may recall, Sharon’s husband lost his life to cancer just shy of two years ago. Needless to say, Chris was very much on my mind the entire day – as I know he was for most everyone in attendance.  His presence on Saturday was palpable.

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As a photographer, I have trained myself over the years to merely observe, saving all feelings and emotions for later. They usually come spewing out during the editing process.  And it happened again today as I stumbled upon this particular image from the mother/son dance:

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It struck me with the same intensity as THIS poignant session from 2012.  The same rays, the same meaning: healing light, a reminder that God is tending to broken hearts, and goodness in the land of the living.

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And this day, this celebration of Calvin and Ana’s love, was so very good.

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summer & fall weekend dates | session availability

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If you looking at scheduling a summer or fall session, weekend availability is extremely limited. I am down to the following weekend openings:

Sunday, September 3 (early evening)
Saturday, October 28 (late afternoon)

If you are interested in one of these dates, just shoot me an email at tina at tinavegaphotography dot com or message me through FB to reserve it.

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nothing says summer like ice cream | minnesota family photographer

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After stepping into this Lake Harriet neighborhood earlier this summer, I could not shake the thought of having a session here. When Sarah contacted me about photographing her family, I tossed the idea her way as a possible location and she loved it!

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While it was my third time photographing the family it was my first meeting the furry member.:D

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In addition checking out the lake, we explored a small park before making our way down the street.

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An adventure of sorts.

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With our final destination being one of my faaaaavorite ice cream spots in the Twin Cities!

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Thanks again, Sarah, for the delightful summer session!

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