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    Welcome to the blog! My name is Nikki Tran and I am a Wedding & Portrait 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 --->

Much Needed Vacation

Hello friends!! While you’re reading this, Paul and I will be on our way home from a much needed vacation to Mexico. I’m writing this before we leave so I don’t have to work on our trip (which is how all the posts have been done this past week), so this might sound weird. :) This season has been both extremely wonderful and exhausting and we are so excited to relax on the beautiful beaches of Mexico. We planned this trip just thinking we were going away for our anniversary (did you see our wedding day post??) but once things started getting booked in the fall, we realized this was going to be a very blessed time to just relax. :) I’m planning on taking a billion photos to show you and, if skies permitting, I’m planning on putting together another set of sky overlays for The Enchanted Collections – wouldn’t that just be wonderful?? Mexico sunset skies??! I know!! I’m already missing Rusty but he will be in the wonderful hands of our amazing neighbors – thank you Bruce and Traci!! :) So, be on the watch for some lovely photos coming on the blog next week – there will be another engagement session, photos from Mexico, and, if I’m lucky and find a wonderful couple, perhaps a session on the beach??! Whoop whoop!! Happy Friday, friends!! Cross your fingers I get tan and not burnt!! :)

October 15th, 2011

I have been going back and forth about what to write for this post. Maybe my brain is fried, but I literally cannot put together a sentence to save my life (I’m exaggerating, but you get my drift). I was debating on either telling you all about our day in details, or to tell you some things I’ve learned in the three years we’ve been married. And I can’t really decide which, so I don’t think I’ll write either. Perhaps I’ll save the things I’ve learned about marriage for a later post…perhaps I shall just tell you that this day was absolutely incredible. It was everything I hoped for and dreamed of. I’d been planning my wedding for as long as I can remember and having Paul be at the end of the aisle waiting for me was the highlight of my life. Of course we had obstacles to get through and friends and family drama to deal with, as do most couples when they’re in the midst of wedding planning, but all of it was completely worth it when I saw his face. And yes, he may have been crying. :) I don’t know exactly how to put into words how blissful I felt throughout the entire day – it truly was a whirlwind and it’s hard to catch your breath and just relax and enjoy.  People would tell us to just sit down, and watch. Watch your family and friends talking and laughing among themselves, watch the people dancing to the music…just watch and enjoy. And I actually did. Maybe not for very long, but I made sure to sit for a moment and breathe. And I made sure during our vows I was in the moment. I wasn’t thinking about whether or not my hair looked okay, if there would be enough food at dinner, if the reception looked good enough – I was just facing Paul saying what I had imagined myself saying for, what seemed like, a lifetime. I was finally marrying Paul Tran – I felt like I was walking on air. How lucky am I to have someone so amazing to spend the rest of my life with?? Even now, I’ll just be looking at him and think to myself, I am so lucky – this man chose me. And I chose him. And I would do it all over again, every day of the week, every week of the year, and every year for the rest of my life. Love you more than anything, Paulie. :) xoxoxo

Our wedding day, documented by the lovely Meg Cooper Photography. :)

Oh how I just loved my flowers. They even had little pearls. :)

My lovely momma getting me ready with my sister in the background. :)

I did the makeup for some of my ladies. :) Just doing my bridal duties.

Love this. My brother, brother-in-law, Paulie, and two good friends. :)

I just love my ring – he did such a good job. :)

The ladies – a friend, a cousin, a sister, and another cousin. :) 

My grandpa came out during our photo time and of course wanted a photo of us. :)

He’s just so handsome. :)

:) Love my daddy.

This face just makes me melt.

Just married!!

Our reception was at Afton Alps – such an amazing venue. Brides, I highly recommend it!!

Love this.

I hope this doesn’t sound conceited, but I just love this one too. :)

We seem to be fun during photos…:)

How perfect is that wind?!

So glad we got a photo of my shoes! I lost them in a bag at our reception along with my veil and haven’t seen it since. :( Friends!! If you’re reading this and know where it is, I’ll still take it back!! Ha!

We tried to keep our spending down as much as we could so we used fake flowers, acorns (thank you to Mom and Dad for picking them up out of Nana’s yard!!), and lanterns for decor. :)

We decided against a cake because a. I hate cake and b. Cinnabon is Paul’s favorite food. :)

Life Needs Frosting. Touche.

Tony saying the prayer (and he would also lead us in the Italian Tarantella dance – best. dance. ever.).

Nana and Gramps. :)

Our niece and nephew. :)

Love him. We danced to Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight”. :)

Love this one of me and Daddy. :) We danced to Heartland’s “I Loved Her First.” :)

I hope you enjoyed our day, friends!! It truly was amazing and I can’t wait to share a lifetime of anniversaries with that wonderful man. :) xoxoxo

Mom - October 16, 2014 - 8:38 am

Happy Anniversary! !

It was a beautiful wedding, with a beautiful couple.

[...] Mexico. We planned this trip just thinking we were going away for our anniversary (did you see our wedding day post??) but once things started getting booked in the fall, we realized this was going to be a very [...]

Nikki - October 18, 2014 - 2:54 pm

Thanks, mother. :)

Kevin & Sarah ~ Minnetonka Engagement

I literally could not stop smiling when I was going through these photos. Sarah’s smile is so unbelievably contagious and omigoodness, she smiles so much!! I love it! I don’t think there was a time throughout this entire session when we weren’t laughing (even when we were trying to get them to be serious – we would crack up every time :)).  They even brought along their pup, Kirby. :) I think it’s a theme lately – the past four sessions we’ve had we’ve gotten to see all these lovely puppies – can’t complain. :)

We met these two this past summer when Kevin and Paul played on a summer softball league together (I miss those nights – you cannot beat night games in the summer). One day, Sarah and I finally got to talking while sitting in the stands and she was telling me all about her wedding planning process – so naturally I offered some tips when looking for photographers….and the rest is history!! :) I am so excited to be working with these two!

Kevin & Sarah, thank you for being so much fun to work with! We loved exploring with you and laughing with you (seriously – so much laughing). We cannot WAIT for your beautiful wedding next summer!! Enjoy your sneak peek!! :)

I’m already smiling again – her smile is so contagious!

Oh Kirby. :)


Gorgeous, girlfriend!

Yes. She nailed the one on the right. 

Well done, Kevin. :)

Loooove this. Model face right there.

Oh I love this one!!

I love when I find dreamy places like this…:)


Love these!! So many good ones!