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    Welcome to the blog! My name is Nikki Tran and I am a Wedding Photographer based in the wonderful Twin Cities of Minnesota. Snuggle in your cozy chair, grab a cup of tea, relax, and enjoy reading about my adventures as a photographer, a wife, and a mommy to a furry little child named Rusty. I am so glad you are here! Check out my latest posts on the right --->

My Friend’s Getting Married!!

Hello dear friends!! Remember how I last wrote about handwriting my blogs? Well, I realized that not every post can be handwritten because I have some photos to incorporate into the post! So, on days where I don’t have many photos I’ll figure something out. To be honest, as soon as I posted that blog post I was nervous – who writes a handwritten blog?? With crooked lines?? So, when I do hand-write another one, have no fear, there will be straight lines!! And now…onto today’s post!!

When I was little I had a lot of really good friends, as (hopefully) most of us had. But as we all got older, we usually drifted apart and then just became a memory to each other, except for a few people. I am so fortunate that I’m still friends with my neighborhood friend (Jen) since the age of 2, and my school friend (Erin) since the age of 3. When Jen got married almost two summers ago, it was like the end of an era; my childhood was officially gone and all of our hilarious stories were just that, stories. I cried for her, I laughed for her, and I couldn’t have been happier for her and her husband. How lucky was I to be watching my friend, who was in a whole lot of home movies when I was 2 (I made her sing Christmas songs in the middle of summer – go figure) get married later in life?? I know! Amazing! And now I get to do it all over again this weekend for Erin. :) And she’s having us be her wedding photographers!! I’m on cloud nine!! :)

Erin is truly one of the most genuinely nice, caring, nurturing, generous, and loyal people I’ve ever met. I really couldn’t have asked for a better best friend growing up. We had sleepovers all the time, were on a bowling league together  for many years, played sports together through our school and other rec leagues, had numerous birthday parties, went to school together from pre-school – 8th grade, and shared so many wonderful memories together. Even as we got older and our lives drifted apart somewhat, we were still able to pick up where we left off every time we saw each other - that is a friendship worth holding onto forever.

Every time I bring her up to somebody or if people don’t know her, I always tell them this story, because to be honest, this describes her character perfectly. When I was little (K – 2nd grade?) I got the 90′s bowl haircut. Unfortunately other people didn’t think it was as cool as I did because I got made fun of. A lot. My wonderful friend Erin, just wouldn’t stand for that. So what did she do? Got a bowl haircut just like mine. :) Amazing, isn’t she? I also used to think I got all of my freckles from her (I thought they were contagious and surprisingly never knew I had them…we also have the exact same birthmark! Don’t ask where it is – you can only see it when we would wear our swimsuits.) and when I was required to go to PM Kindergarten class (some district rule) and Erin was required to be in AM class, Nancy (Erin’s mom) made it happen that we could both be in the same PM class; I couldn’t be without my pre-school friend! And now, 22 years after meeting in pre-school, she’s getting married and I’m photographing her on her big day. What an incredible honor!!

And so, without further ado, I introduce to you Erin and I on the infamous “Throwback Thursday,” just a couple of days before her wedding day. :) Love you, Erin and so incredibly happy for you and Matt!! Cannot WAIT for Saturday!! :) :)



Nana - February 26, 2015 - 4:49 pm

Oh sweetie pie what a beautiful stary…Tell Erin congratulations from nana…I can’t wait to see the wedding pictures I know they will be beautiful …Have fun at the wedding…

Nikki - February 26, 2015 - 6:27 pm

So glad you enjoyed the post, Nana!! I can’t wait to share the photos next week! Love you more! :)

How Sweet It Is…

Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone, dear friends. And I have to say, this one was pretty sweet.

I know there are a lot of people out there who hate this holiday more than anything in the world, but to me it’s just another day to celebrate! :) And what better way to than by having a party full of sweets, Valentine’s, laughter, little loves, tea, and a whole lot of red?! To me, Valentine’s Day is not just about the red roses and boxes of chocolates (although I do appreciate a good excuse for chocolates) and $5 Hallmark cards; it’s about just spending time with the people I love, celebrating love, and having a lovely time together.

I didn’t just spend the day with my darling Paul; I spent it with two of my little nephews, sister, mom, dad, and of course, Rusty. :) And it was absolutely wonderful! We all had such a great time celebrating something, which to be honest, is absolutely wonderful when stuck in the dreary, monotonous weather of Minnesota winter. We busted out the fine crystal dishes, the pretty tablecloth, all the reds and pinks from our closets. We baked and created pretty dishes. We crafted handmade-filled-with-love Valentine’s Day cards for each other. My daddy taught me how to make bread dough for mine and Paul’s heart-shaped pizza dinner. We hugged, we laughed, and the little loves got lots of lipstick marks from their Auntie NeeNee. :)

Enjoy snippets from our time together this past weekend, friends! And beware – lots of red. :) xoxoxo

My lovely momma sells this banner and so many other cute ones! Check out her Etsy shop, friends! :)


Love little Chaser’s face. :) On the right – the Valentine I made for Adam and Chase (front side). :)

I taught Adam that “Olive Juice” looks like “I Love You” when you mouth it, so now we always say “Olive Juice” to each other. My favorite part was when Adam came running in the kitchen with his Valentine for me; we both made cards for each other that said “Olive Juice”!! Too stinkin’ funny!! :) Thanks to my sister for stitching the words for him. :)

Us and our twin Valentines. :)