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The talented Amy Meyerott Photography styled and photographed this e-session with Danielle and Justin in Forest Park early this spring. Amy spotted the perfect secluded spot in the park complete with a bottle of wine, Kate Spade stemware and the most romantic sunset for this gorgeous couple.

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From the Photographer:

We are absolutely smitten with Danielle and Justin. They are the kind of couple you want with you on a bad day. They just make me so happy. They each have wonderful personalities and you can just see their love for one another every time their eyes meet. Justin is in absolute awe of her.

He is the kind of guy who isn’t afraid to let the world know how much he loves her. Danielle has the same feelings towards him. She is his encourager, supporter, and kind heart by his side. When stylizing their shoot, we kept the thought of their September wedding at Chandler Hill Vineyards in mind. The pastel color palette was just perfect for the early spring light… I couldn’t resist letting it pour into my lens.


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Emily Steffen via Wedding Chicks

Statement jewelry pieces, especially necklaces in particular, are popular right now, both down the aisle and in day-to-day life. Think Bauble Bar, J. Crew, Kate Spade…Jewelry for your wedding day doesn’t necessarily need to be elegant and dainty, but it  can match your style, or that of your wedding party. Don’t be afraid to accentuate your gown or your bridesmaids dresses with something fun, bold and bright. Why not wear a big, fun piece as the bride (during the reception perhaps if you want to keep it simple and more traditional during the ceremony?) or let the bridesmaids each pick a fun piece that matches their personality? Or even let your maid or matron of honor have a fun, special piece just for her to stand out. There is a lot of fun that can be had with jewelry to add a bit of color or personality to your wedding day. Have fun playing around with different options. Here are a few favorites!

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K Stone Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic

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Courtney Bowlden Photography via Wedding Chicks

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Lani Elias Fine Art Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Bryce Covey Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Matt Johnson Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Anna Routh Photo via Southern Weddings

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Heather Cook Elliott Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Hello Studios via Ruffled Blog

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Michelle Sullivan Photography via Style Me Pretty

My favorite part about reading Erica and Kiel’s wedding story is how they made ever effort to take moments throughout the day to be thankful, celebrate and remember. As if to remind themselves of how blessed and lucky they are. A message every couple should keep in mind – take time. Take the time to remember and to enjoy.












Kelli Hunt Photography


From the Bride:
While we dreaded the threat of one of South Dakota’s infamous snowstorms, our wedding on December 30th, 2011 in Sioux Falls, SD turned out to be a day of sunshine, family, and love.

Our candlelit wedding ceremony took place in the evening at a small church across the street from the liberal arts college where we met. The ceremony itself was intimate and wonderful, with the highlight being a fellow friend co-officiating and giving a beautiful and honest sermon about our history and watching us fall in love. Once the ceremony wrapped, we sipped champagne with our parents en route to the next event.

The reception took place in Sioux Falls’ downtown Washington Pavilion, an events center that features a majestic theatre. The stage was set with tables and a five piece jazz band played softly as the guests arrive. We opted for a sweetheart table so we could take in the moment and watch our loved ones enjoy the day we had worked so hard to plan. After amazing toasts, we cut the cake and hit the dance floor with our amazing nine piece band, Main Avenue Warehouse.

We were warned that the day flies by and that many new couples have few memories of their wedding day. So Kiel and I and our families took pause many times throughout the day to be thankful and celebrate. Therefore, we think our wedding was actually the most unforgettable day of our lives thus far.

Our advice to others planning a wedding is to lean on one another and enjoy it. We planned our wedding in eight months, but our partnership and the full support of family made it more fun than work. And then, when the big day comes, take deep breaths and schedule in time with your new spouse to celebrate your new beginning.


Ceremony Venue: Our Savior’s Lutheran | Reception Venue: Washington Pavilion | Floral: Flower Mill | Cake: Tonna’s Cakes | Cupcakes: Oh My Cupcakes! | Wedding Gown: Hannelore’s | Hair / Make-up: Southeastern Hair Design  |  Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade | Groom / Groomsmen Attire: Tip Top Tux | Catering: Washington Pavilion | Stationery: Kiel Mutschelknaus  | Band: Main Avenue Warehouse