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Caitlyn + Alec | Kate Spade Themed Wedding

From the second I met Caitlyn and Alec, I knew their wedding was going to be an amazing affair. First off, they are just great people, through and through. Second, Caitlyn had every second of the day perfectly planned out and thought of everything for details, even down to the reception bathrooms! Every time Caitlyn updated me with a new detail, I got more and more excited for the big day.

When the day rolled around, it was a spectacular fall day. Caitlyn had everything Kate Spade, glitter and glam from her personal details all the way through her amazing reception theme. Jane Rae Events did a beautiful job all day with every detail, and Energy Event Group kept the party going until late until the night. There was also a family tradition of a “boxer auction” in which the maid of honor auctions off the boxers that were worn by the groom the day of the wedding; such a unique and funny part of the reception!

You’ve got to see all the amazing details and how we ended it with some sparks!
I couldn’t have captured so many beautiful photos without my awesome 2nd shooter, Kylee!

Photography: Bethany Melvin Photography | Wedding Decor & Coordination: Jane Rae Events | Videographer: Energy Event Group | Bridal Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses: Brides N’ Belles | Tuxes: Tip Top Tux | Rings: Helzberg Diamonds | Florist: Aberdeen Floral by Cindy Carlson | Cake: Kristi’s Cakes | Hair: Fringe Salon | Invitation Suite: Confetti Creative Co. | DJ: Energy Event Group | Second Shooter: Kylee Reed


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


Rainy Wedding = Ruined Wedding? Not So Fast!

 One of the most frequently asked questions that we receive during wedding season is “Soooo, what do you do if it RAINS?!”.  I want to reassure you that even if it rains, you will still have beautiful portraits and BRIGHT colors in your images! Overcast skies mean vibrant colors!  I know that rain isn’t ideal, and no bride would wish for rain on their big day, but if it happens, it happens..... and it’s going to be JUST fine!!  Some of our best weddings have been on rainy wedding days! I have literally been stuck in the rain, under a tree, with an entire bridal party.

Sioux Falls Wedding Photographer | Bethany Melvin Photography
Sioux Falls Wedding Photographer | Bethany Melvin Photography

See the image above! We all had a good laugh about it and carried on with the party. Here are a few things to remember

1. 10 minutes or a porch! All I need to create natural light portraits on a rainy wedding day is a covered area, which we can find in nearly any town or area. I also only need 10 minutes of no rain to knock out some great photos for you. The photos below were taken on a very rainy day, but there was a break in the clouds so we took advantage of it!

Sioux Falls Wedding Photographer | Bethany Melvin Photography

2. Let me worry about the pictures. You have enough to think about. If there is a chance of rain, I’ll be sure to do some extra scouting to find a covered location or two, for us to use for you first look, romantic portraits and bridal party portraits. I found this great greenhouse at a rainy wedding, and the owners were amazing and let us take cover there for some photos!

Sioux Falls Wedding Photographer | Bethany Melvin Photography

3.  Take it one step at a time.  Don’t think about your entire day and what will happen if it rains. That will only overwhelm you! Definitely have a rain plan for your venue, but then let your vendors do the work of handling the rest of the day if rain is in the forecast. I will stand out in the rain while you are protected to get the shot if I have to, and I have!

Sioux Falls Photographer | Bethany Melvin Photography
Sioux Falls Photographer | Bethany Melvin Photography
Sioux Falls Photographer | Bethany Melvin Photography
Sioux Falls Photographer | Bethany Melvin Photography

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

An American Gothic Wedding | Styled Shoot | Sioux Falls, SD

All this heat has me thinking about how nice and cold it was just a short time ago. WAIT! Before you start throwing tomatoes at me for talking about the "W" word, just hear me out. It made me look back through some of my images from last winter and I just had to share a few! Back in February, I got the awesome opportunity to work with Walker Down the Aisle and Brittany Elizabeth Images on a project. 

Both Brittany and I wanted to do shoots that were a little darker. Our styles of editing and shooting are quite different so with the crazy brilliant mind of Alyssa from Walker Down the Aisle, we were able to make this amazing American Gothic Wedding come to life! We had one meeting to discuss what we all thought it should be and then BAM, Alyssa made it come to life. The twist on this shoot was BOTH Brittany and I would be shooting, side-by-side for most of it, and we would both be editing in our own styles.

If you head over to WDTA blog you'll be able to see her blog post of images.The results were pretty awesome to see how two different photographers can interpret what is in front of them. It helps illustrate how it is important that you find a photographer that matches not only the personality you like, but who also has the style you are looking for.

Here are some of my favorite images from this dark and moody styled shoot!

Styling, Coordination & Design: Walker Down the Aisle // Farm Table & Chairs: Ideal Weddings & Events // Dried Floral Arrangements: Elaborations // Hair & Makeup: Sabreena Frances // Bride's Attire: Nicole Miller // Groom's Attire: JH & Sons // Geode Pieces & Jewelry: Sticks & Steel // Stationary: b.Invited // Cake: Hannah Naasz // Models: Nadiah B. & Trey Martin
 


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

First Look: Why It's Worth It & Expectations

First Look: Why It's Worth It & Expectations

I’ve seen the benefits of a first look over and over again, and so I only share this because I want the BEST for my couples!! It’s totally ok if couples choose not to share a first look!  It’s just my preference to do one for many reasons.... Keep reading to find out more of the benefits of sharing your first look privately!

Wedding Stationery from Basic Invite!

Wedding Stationery from Basic Invite!


You can say a lot with your Save the Dates and wedding invitations! The best part about your invites is you can make them exactly what you want them to be. A simple card all the way up to a multi-facted invite fit for a classic and fairy-tale wedding. That's where Basic Invite comes in; they are a website that let's you be totally in charge with what your invites will look like. It's super simple and a ton of different combinations you can make!

Caitlyn + Joseph | Minnesota Fall Wedding

I couldn't stop myself from overshooting when it came to Caitlyn and Joseph's wedding. Every time I turned around I found new things to capture. I don't know what I loved more, the beautiful fall colors or the amazing people that surrounded Caitlyn and Joseph. 

They are the friendliest people you could ever meet and their families and friends were the same way. From start to finish, their 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!

Photography: Bethany Melvin Photography // Bride’s Dress: The Wedding Shoppe // Bridesmaids' Dresses: Infinity by Sisters Bridal // Tuxes: Mister Cool's Clothing  // DJ: Silver Sound Entertainment  // Rings: Shane Co.  // Florist: Marshall Floral // Cheesecake: Muddy Paws Cheesecake // Reception: Red Baron Arena  // Wedding Decor: Simply Stunning Designs // Hair: Urban Appeal Salon // Makeup: Artistry by Brooklin Leigh

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


 


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.

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

 

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!

Year In Review: 2015

How can it possibly be the end of 2015 already?  I know we say it every single year, but oh boy did this year fly by!! From start to finish, 2015 was completely and utterly amazing.

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Jen & Jeremy's engagement session kicked the year off to an amazing start, and we captured truly adorable moments in their brisk morning session in January!

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Next came adorable little Emma's cake smash! She was full of such energy and a touch of sassy. Her mama has her hands full with this adorable charmer.

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Emmett was the most adorable little guy ever, and the son of a past bride :) I was so excited when Andrea asked me to capture some images for her of their little bundle of joy.

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The next session I got the absolute privilege of shooting was Emily and Zach's engagement session in Yankton. We had all gone to college together, so it was so fun to be able to explore our old stompin' grounds to capture the picture perfect snowy engagement session :)

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Cade was next! I have been taking photos of Cade for the past 2 years and just love watching him grow into a handsome little guy! Cade's parents always have such fun ideas that they want to try and sometimes the best photos just come from the in-between moments, like a mama tickling her little boy.

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Then WEDDING SEASON!!! :) Andrea + Russell kicked off 2015 wedding season with a brisk March wedding in Iowa. We stopped by a family farm to take a few moments to have some fun and get some amazing images by an awesome red barn, and now they will soon be welcoming their first child into the world. Time flies, and I couldn't be happier for them!

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Next up was Ashley + Josh. They had a beautiful spring wedding at the most amazing golf course in the Twin Cities. I was so excited to shoot this wedding as this was the 3rd time I had the privilege of shooting among this group of friends. It is so much fun when you know the entire bridal party already! :)

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Blake + Sara allowed me to capture their memories in my hometown of Marshall! They are the sweetest couple and don't even get me started on their adorable little boy, Beckett. Their day was filled with a ton of laughter, and I'm so glad I got to be apart of it.

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Next, I got to see Jen + Jeremy again for their laid back, intimate wedding at Camp Lakodia. It was so awesome to see all the had work they had put into the day, with even the cupcake stands being carved by one of the groomsmen!

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Zach + Cassie got married next! They had people from all over the US at their wedding in the heart of Sioux Falls and there was such amazing energy! They were definitely one of the most energetic groups of the year :)

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Then I got the pleasure of being there to capture Miranda + Nolan's wedding in Brookings. These two were the sweetest couple ever, and it is so apparent how in love they are. I was so excited to be a part in their day!

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Garrett's senior session reminded me how old I am getting. I used to watch Garrett for a few summers and take him and his sister to activities, and now he is a senior? Oh boy. He's still the same high energy Garrett, just taller than me now... as he points out whenever he can ;)

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Liz + Troy's wedding brought me back to Marshall once again, and they had this wedding thing on point. So many amazing details, locations and personal touches; one of my favorites being the vintage car they used to make their grand exit from the church. Troy's amazing grandfather drove them off and it was just perfect. 

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Katie + Cody's wedding was an adventure up to Fargo! Amazing people, amazing memories, just all around amazing. I cannot tell you how much I love the both these families! I am so excited to be able to capture more memories in the future for them as Katie and her sisters bought her parents a family session for a Christmas gift! (They already opened their gift, I checked ;) No spoilers here!)

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Rebecca + Joel are the sweetest people ever. Period. End of statement. Their at-home wedding was simply perfect and such a great reflection on them and their values. There were a ton of amazing details and I never stopped smiling the whole day. 

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Next up was Emily + Zach! I was very excited for this wedding because it was in Yankton, at the amazing church that is on the Mount Marty campus (my alma mater!).  I was welcomed with open arms and we had such a great time making special memories and creating some pretty awesome photos for them to look back on!

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I might get a little choked up, but I don't typically cry during first looks. Ashley + Brett got me so caught up in the moment that I couldn't help it. They are SO in love! The way they look at each other and just glow when they are around each other is SO amazing. I'm lucky that I got to capture this wedding, so very lucky. 

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Elayne + Mike won the annual Love Is In The Air contest, so I got to revisit them for a 1 year anniversary session! Their pup Franklin joined us and in the tradition of sessions with them, it rained. It rained during their engagement session, their wedding (check the blog for more details on that!), and so of course it would rain for their 1 year session! We braved the mist and did an awesome cake smash session, then that afternoon met up again and got some glorious sunshine!

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Little man Croix was my first newborn to transition over to offering lifestyle newborn sessions! He is the son of a past couple from when I first started wedding photography. I think we can all agree that this is an adorable little family :)

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I got to meet up with Jayme + Brett for some early engagement photos on a cool fall morning! They were troopers as we took about a mile walk each way to get to this awesome location, and were even willing to lay down in the wet grass! Plus, they are super adorable. :) See more of their session here!

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The start of fall was arriving so family photos started to fill up! I started off the fall family season with the Johnson family! They were some of the most well-behaved kids for photos, even though there was so much going on and we got some great shots for this family, who hadn't had family photos done all together in a long, long time!

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My last wedding of 2015 was with Liz + Mike back in Yankton! We had awesome locations, great people, and a gorgeous sunset to end the day. It was the perfect way to end a great 2015 wedding season :)

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Next was an early morning engagement session with Jon + Katie! Katie is Emily's sister (bride from above!), and I am so excited to be able to work with their family again. We went all over for their photos, including the baseball field, for some fun themed photos!

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Next to rock out in front of the camera was Kristin, a 2016 senior from Mitchell! She killed it in front of the camera, and was seriously a huge sweetheart. I had a great time with her and her mom, and got to shoot some amazing images in the process!

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Fall family mini sessions got in full swing, starting up with the Gentrup family! Their girls had so much energy, but were so sweet and we got some great shots!

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My dear friend Maddie was expecting her little boy any day, so we took some maternity photos with her husband, Jeff, on a day where there was an AMAZING sunset.

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The next family session was one from my dear friends, the Millers! This is the 2nd year I have taken their fall family photos, and we've got 2016 already scheduled in the books. I can't wait to see them again!

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Next up for fall family mini sessions was the Johnson family! I was so glad that Shayla contacted me to capture this stylish family. They were so great so work with :)

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The Andel family was my next session for fall minis and I couldn't get over how adorable Dawn had dressed her kids! I mean, the