Kristi + Jayden | Downtown Rochester, MN Wedding

I got to make a fun-filled weekend trip across my home state to Rochester, MN for a wedding with Kristi and Jayden! We had explored some areas of Rochester for their engagement session so I was looking forward to going back and finding even more. I did some scouting the night before and found some amazing places, plus I got another serving of Newt's cheese curds which are definitely the best cheese curds, ever. They are amazing, and you can quote me on that. 

Kristi's family has been great clients of mine for the past 3 years and I was so excited to be apart of the next step in her life. Kristi and Jayden are hilarious people who surround themselves with funny, kind friends so how could the day be anything but filled with laughter and love. From the vintage trolley, to the flower's that were picked up at the Rochester farmers market that morning, to the amazing downtown backdrops, this wedding is one for the books and will always hold a special place in my heart. 

I hope you enjoy a peek into Kristi and Jayden's day! 

Photographer: Bethany Melvin Photography // Florist: Rochester Farmers Market // Bride's Dress: Rush's Bridal // Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal // Tuxes: Mestads // Reception: Doubletree Rochester // Cakes & Desserts: Hyvee  // Bride's Ring: James Allen // Groom's Ring: Lasker Jewelers // HMUA: Blu H20 Salon


It’s your love story. Brag a little.™

Bethany Melvin Photography is a Sioux Falls, SD wedding photographer who specializes in capturing love stories. Bethany Melvin Photography is based in the Midwest, but is available nationwide and for destination weddings. Have a question or want more information on booking? Contact Bethany today at hello@bethanymelvin.com or visit bethanymelvin.com

Carley + Mike | Elegant Shades of Purple Wedding | Marshall, MN

Where do I even begin with Carley and Mike's wedding? Every detail was planned out and perfected by Carley ahead of time; right down to the printed timeline for all the bridal party. I am a huge fan of a gal with a spreadsheet and a plan! I had the hardest time ever just choosing a sneak peek for them, because everything was so beautiful for their day. 

To top it off, Mike and Carley are two of the most in love people I have ever met, and their love is centered in God. Carley told me that the entire day was her favorite, but the ceremony was their main focus. It was a chance for their 3 strands of a cord to be braided into one; a truly inspirational couple. 

I hope you enjoy the beautiful day below, because I know I couldn't stop smiling the whole day. 
A big shoutout to my amazing second shooter, Emily, who withstood the heat with me to get some amazing shots!

Photographer: Bethany Melvin Photography // Florist: Marshall Floral // Bride's & Bridesmaids' Dresses: Elegant Xpressions  // Tuxes: Mr. Cool's Clothing // Venues: Living Word Church, SMSU // Cakes & Desserts: Taylor'd Cakes  // Wedding Decor: Just Beautiful Creations // HMUA: Savvy Salon & Spa


It’s your love story. Brag a little.™

Bethany Melvin Photography is a Sioux Falls, SD wedding photographer who specializes in capturing love stories. Bethany Melvin Photography is based in the Midwest, but is available nationwide and for destination weddings. Have a question or want more information on booking? Contact Bethany today at hello@bethanymelvin.com or visit bethanymelvin.com

Nathan & Nicole | Heritage Village, Iowa Wedding

I got to kick off a beautiful, hot Memorial Day weekend on a Friday with Nathan and Nicole. This was such a laid-back, low-stress wedding that between getting ready and the first look the bridesmaids hung around and played Monopoly Deal! We headed from Nicole's family farm to the awesome Heritage Village in Sioux Center to do photos with not 1, but 2 vintage cars and were able to use the rest of the village as a fun backdrop as well.  They had a few other personal touches including the wooden box that Nathan handcrafted for Nicole for their proposal and their college alma mater flags. A little rivalry never hurt anyone right?

Their reception was in the beautiful and bright Terrace View Event Center right on the edge of the golf course and we had a MAGNIFICENT sunset to do photos with. And then to top it off we went inside to a WALL of dessert. Not one table, not two tables, but an entire wall. Nathan and Nicole know how to speak to my heart directly ;) 

Take a peek at their day below! 

Shout out to my 2nd shooter Kaley for her amazing help all day!

Photographer: Bethany Melvin Photography //  Florist: Petals & Perks // Bride's Dress, Tuxes & Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bridal Gallery // Rings: Pat's Jewelry // Cakes & Desserts: A Little Something Sweet // DJ: Concorde Music // HMUA: Renae's Salon // Reception Venue: Terrace View Event Center

It’s your love story. Brag a little.™

Bethany Melvin Photography is a Sioux Falls, SD wedding photographer who specializes in capturing love stories. Bethany Melvin Photography is based in the Midwest, but is available nationwide and for destination weddings. Have a question or want more information on booking? Contact Bethany today at hello@bethanymelvin.com or visit bethanymelvin.com

Tanner + Amy | Minnesota Greenhouse Nursery Wedding

Who said rainy wedding days mean you won't get amazing photos or have a beautiful day? Tanner and Amy had lots of good luck raining down on them! We did their first look in the father of the bride's vintage car with umbrellas in tow - Amy and Tanner were such troopers and were up for anything! Afterwords we need to duck inside and dry off, and Greenwood Nursery right between Milroy and Marshall was so hospitable and let us shoot in their greenhouse! It was beautiful and was the perfect backdrop on a rainy day. 

After their wonderful ceremony, we got lucky with exactly 10 minutes of no rain to do some more portraits in the SECOND vintage car that Amy's father owns. How great, right? Take a peek below at their day! We headed to the reception to party and fill out on an ENTIRE TABLE of cake. Amy and Tanner really know how to party their way into my heart.

Shout out to my 2nd shooter Rachel for her amazing help all day!

Photographer: Bethany Melvin Photography // Videographer: Refractor Films // Florist: Schmiesing Flower Farm // Bride's Dress: Sister's Bridal & Tux // Tuxes & Bridesmaids' Dresses: Infinity by Sister's Bridal // Rings: Helzberg Diamonds // Venues: Greenwood Nursery, The Caboose // Cakes & Desserts: Jean Schmidt // Wedding Decor: Grapevine Gifts & Rentals // HMUA: The Escape Spa

It’s your love story. Brag a little.™

Bethany Melvin Photography is a Sioux Falls, SD wedding photographer who specializes in capturing love stories. Bethany Melvin Photography is based in the Midwest, but is available nationwide and for destination weddings. Have a question or want more information on booking? Contact Bethany today at hello@bethanymelvin.com or visit bethanymelvin.com

Stephanie + Chauncy | Blue Haven Barn | Sioux Falls, SD

Stephanie + Chauncy | Blue Haven Barn | Sioux Falls, SD

When you wake up on a wedding day and it is a blue sky with not a single cloud in the sky you know it's going to be a beautiful day. Chauncy and Stephanie were married at the amazing new venue of Blue Haven Barn right near Sioux Falls, SD.

Alli + Andrew | Downtown Sioux Falls, SD Wedding

Alli + Andrew | Downtown Sioux Falls, SD Wedding

Alli and Andrew's wedding was the perfect spring day - it isn't often in South Dakota you get over 50 degrees with less than 5 mile per hour winds in April! Both ceremony and reception took place at the Museum of Visual Arts in Downtown Sioux Falls, SD.

Finding My Name | The Process of Change

Introducing Bethany Melvin Photography


If you've been with me for awhile, you may have noticed quite a few changes going on with my business! Changing your business name when you are about 7 years in is quite a process and never one to be taken lightly. So why the change? 

It wasn't an easy decision to change my name, but B. Photography was a name I chose when I first opened my business at 18 years old. No one would ever pronounce my last name correctly and I had 2 B's in my name so I just made it simple for people to remember! I started working and sweating it out to make a name for myself as B. Photography. Thanks to all the faith and trust my friends, family and clients had in me I rose to a position that I was happy with. But there is always that passion in me to go further and make things more meaningful. 

I wanted a name that meant something to me. That when I heard it day in and day out that it would hold some special place in my heart. This is when I decided it was time to make a change. 

Thanks to being a member of the The Rising Tide Society, I connected with the wonderful businesses of Honey Side Up Creative and Home Sweet Hyatt. These ladies are the magicians behind the beautiful logo and website that you see before you. Kelsey and Britt helped with every single thing we could think of to create a brand that was truly my personality and style. 

"But Bethany, your last name isn't Melvin??"
So you may be wondering where the Melvin comes in. It was really right in front of me for so long, I'm surprised I didn't think of it sooner. I was listing all these potential names and nothing stuck, nothing felt special. Until I wrote down Bethany Melvin.  Melvin is my paternal grandfather, but he's so much more than that. He taught me by example the importance of giving, being gracious and being kind-hearted. All things I strive for in my business. When I saw it written down in front of me, it just made me stop and go...yes. That's it. That's the path I've been searching for!

I wanted every part of my name and logo to be meaningful as well.  The gemstones also meaningful for my business. When my grandfather went to more formal affairs when I was young, I always remember him wearing a bolo tie with a turquoise stone in the middle. With this being such a close tie to my grandfather, choose a tealish mint gemstone to represent my business was an easy choice. The gold represents my old brand and my personality and love of gold and the two intertwined in the accent icon you'll see around my page and on business cards and such are the representation how close our relationship truly is. 

So while B. Photography was the name that built my business, Bethany Melvin is the new foundation in which stand on today. It's stronger, prettier (thanks Kels & Britt), and I'm more ready than ever to take my dreams to the next level.

Won't you come along on the adventure? 

It’s your love story. Brag a little.™

Bethany Melvin Photography is a Sioux Falls, SD wedding photographer who specializes in capturing love stories. Bethany Melvin Photography is based in the Midwest, but is available nationwide and for destination weddings. Have a question or want more information on booking? Contact Bethany today at hello@bethanymelvin.com or visit bethanymelvin.com

Briana + Derek | South Dakota Farm Engagement

I got to spend one of the first beautiful spring evenings with a very light-hearted couple. Briana and Derek love to laugh and their session was full of it!  There was also one of the first sunsets I got to shoot this year and I am obsessed with it!! I hope you enjoy this peek into Briana and Derek's South Dakota farm session! 
 

It’s your love story. Brag a little.™

Bethany Melvin Photography is a Sioux Falls, SD wedding photographer who specializes in capturing love stories. Bethany Melvin Photography is based in the Midwest, but is available nationwide and for destination weddings. Have a question or want more information on booking? Contact Bethany today at hello@bethanymelvin.com or visit bethanymelvin.com

On the Banks | Stonewall Farms Winter Wedding

On the Banks | Stonewall Farms Winter Wedding

Our overall inspiration for this shoot was frosty silvers and dusty blues, with a vintage, rustic chic vibe.

Woodlands Wedding | Stonewall Farms Styled Shoot

Woodlands Wedding | Stonewall Farms Styled Shoot

If you are looking for a gorgeous barn venue in Southern Minnesota that will transport you to another magical world, you've found it. Stonewall Farms in Willmar, MN is an amazing farm that is owned and operated by the nicest people you could ever meet. Myself and a few other awesome vendors got the opportunity to do not one, but two shoots at this beautiful wedding barn venue.

Carley + Mike | Half Baked Cupcakes Winter Engagement Session

Carley + Mike | Half Baked Cupcakes Winter Engagement Session

Sioux Falls, South Dakota winter engagement session with cupcakes, bananagrams and coffee!

Austin + Brianna | South Dakota Engagement

Austin + Brianna | South Dakota Engagement

I got to meet Austin and Brianna on a beautiful fall morning outside Vermillion, SD. Brianna had a lot of great ideas for her session, but the one that she wanted most was one with their horses!

Nicole + Jared | Sioux Falls, South Dakota Wedding

Nicole + Jared | Sioux Falls, South Dakota Wedding

When I first met Nicole and Jared, I could instantly tell how great their wedding was going to be. They are the friendliest people you could ever meet and their families and friends were the same way. From start to finish, Nicole and Jared's wedding day was so much fun and I was completely in awe of how great the day came together. I can't wait to show you more of their day below!

Angela + Michael | Sioux Falls, South Dakota Wedding

Angela and Michael's wedding was on the nicest summer day you can imagine; we couldn't have ordered better weather. It was great to spend such an amazing day with a sweet couple. When they are together you can't help but smile and you can just feel how much they love each other. Here's a glimpse into their day, their beautiful details, a wonderful tribute to Angela's mother and non-stop laughter and love.

Photography: Bethany Melvin Photography // Bride's Dress, Bridesmaids' Dresses & Tuxes: Bridal Gallery // DJ: DJ SieffStyle Entertainment // Rings: Gunderson's // Florist: Meredith & Bridget's // Cake/Cupcakes: QT Cakes // Reception: Washington Pavilion // Hair: Chameleon Hair Design

Shoutout to my amazing 2nd shooter, Chelsea for helping me capture the day!

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It’s your love story. Brag a little.™

Bethany Melvin Photography is a Sioux Falls, SD wedding photographer who specializes in capturing love stories. Bethany Melvin Photography is based in the Midwest, but is available nationwide and for destination weddings. Have a question or want more information on booking? Contact Bethany today at hello@bethanymelvin.com or visit bethanymelvin.com

 

Taylor + Hayden | Marshall, Minnesota Wedding

Taylor + Hayden | Marshall, Minnesota Wedding

If you need proof that a rainy wedding morning can turn into a beautiful day, look no further! Taylor and Hayden's wedding day was perfect. They had an amazing wedding party and parents surrounding them, and the details of their wedding were simple, sweet with an antique touch.

Nicole + Jared | Sioux Falls, South Dakota Engagement Session

Nicole + Jared | Sioux Falls, South Dakota Engagement Session

This heat has me reminiscing about colder days, and that maybe I complained one too many times about the snow and lower temps. Which brought me to think back to this gorgeous spring morning I spent with Nicole and Jared.

Emma + Jon | Sioux Falls, South Dakota Engagement Session

Emma + Jon | Sioux Falls, South Dakota Engagement Session

I had the best time with Emma and Jon! Emma had so many ideas for the session, including bringing an old bike, and since their session they have gotten a tandem bike that they ride around. How cute is that? I cannot wait for their October wedding, but here is a peak into our evening we spent together in Sioux Falls!

April + Bo | St. Paul, Minnesota Styled Session

When I was in college, we were taught 4 core values as part of the mission statement. One of those core values was life-long learning. I took it upon myself to seek out a mentor to help me further my photography passion, and I found an amazing resource in Gina. She taught me so many things in a short amount of time, reaffirmed other things and gave me great ideas for the future.

During our time together, I met April and Bo and got to capture some precious moments for them. Check them out! :)

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It’s your love story. Brag a little.™

Bethany Melvin Photography is a Sioux Falls, SD wedding photographer who specializes in capturing love stories. Bethany Melvin Photography is based in the Midwest, but is available nationwide and for destination weddings. Have a question or want more information on booking? Contact Bethany today at hello@bethanymelvin.com or visit bethanymelvin.com