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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 --->

Mike & Julia ~ St. Paul Wedding Photographer

Fall is finally among us, friends!! Oh, I am just so excited. But living in Minnesota means your weather is unpredictable all the time. The day before Mike & Julia’s wedding (Avery & Lyz’s beautiful day!) was chilly, breezy, and the definition of fall. On their wedding day, the heat rose, the sun was out, and it felt like summer all over again. Sometimes that’s the beauty of Minnesota. :)

Mike & Julia’s day was highly anticipated; I loved seeing all of her photos with updates on how the wedding decor were coming along, her showers, parties, new steps in her and Mike’s life (like a brand new puppy!!), the countdown until the big day, and everyone’s well wishes for her and Mike as the big day finally arrived. We started the day at Vadnais Heights Commons – where they got ready and did their first look – and I was blown away at how gorgeous the venue looked. Tiffany Blue was everywhere. Gems, linens, ribbons, vases – they even had Tiffany boxes for guests to put candy in at the candy table! Everything looked so bright, colorful, and elegant (which is why you will see so many detail photos on this blog post :)). Their ceremony was at St. Kate’s Campus (where Julia attended), Our Lady of Victory Chapel and the congregation was full. Their wedding was a big wedding – it reminded me of My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding (one of my all-time favorite movies). So many family members and friends were involved in putting together their big day and it was absolutely wonderful. One of my favorite things about their wedding was that Julia’s dad catered the entire wedding. In between giving speeches and chatting with guests, you could find him serving his daughter and son-in-law their dinner. :)

Mike & Julia, we are so thankful we were able to be a part of your amazing wedding. You two are so perfect for each other and I just love how excited you have been up until the big day and during your wedding day to be marrying each other. :) It just makes my job such a happy job. :) We wish you many, many years of happiness together and you definitely started it right by going to Jamaica!! (We went to the same resort on our honeymoon and we love when others go there too. ;)) I hope you enjoy your sneak peek!! :) xoxoxo

How amazing is that lighting?!

Paul took a detail photo for me with Mike’s things!! Love this!!



Girlfriend, you are gorgeous.


Annnnd a favorite. Well done, Paul.

Isn’t it oh so pretty?! I wanted to get these done before people came in, so while the others were waiting for the limo to take us to the ceremony, I snuck all of this in.

Paul is so happy to have a new can koozie at home. :)

Tiffany boxes!!

The candy was so pretty I didn’t even want to touch it.

The door at the chapel just happened to match everything perfectly. :)

Lots of tears. :)

Just married!!

Their wedding (on the left) is in less than 2 weeks already!! Whoop whoop!

Mike’s passion is golfing and so the dinner prayer was said with 90% of it being golf puns. :)

They’re not yelling, just singing a song. :)


There they are again! I just love my brides and grooms. :)

Brides, if you need a caterer you need to meet Chef Jeff. The food is amazing and I would be totally happy eating it at every wedding. :)

I’m hungry when I’m writing this and I’m even hungrier now…

Daddy serving his daughter – love this one.

We didn’t see this until we were leaving and I just about squealed. An ice sculpture with shrimp?! Awesome.

This place is just so cozy. Love it here.

Yes, Mike is shoving cake in her face…:)

I just love this one.

Mike and his mom…:)


Their close family friend  was also their florist – she deserved a dance with the groom too. :)

Love these ones of the family dancing with their dad. :)

And at sunset, we sneaked away from the crowd…


Congratulations you two!! So happy for you!! xoxo

Happy Monday, friends!

Ceremony: Our Lady of Victory Chapel

Reception: Vadnais Heights Commons

Caterer: True Tastes Event Catering (Chef Jeff)

Tea, Books, and More Tea

As some of you already know, I love tea. I wake up every morning looking forward to my quiet time with a pot of tea and my diary. I daydream about life on the English countryside and no joke, I’ve even flirted with the idea of living there for one year, just to try it out (with Paul and Rusty of course :)). Oh how I would love to see those lovely, green, hilly hills; drink tea in those lovely tea rooms; pick flowers on those enchanted footpaths. How dreamy life must be on that English countryside.

Today, since it’s a beautiful fall day, and since I’m sure some of you are wanting to be all cozy with your big comfy sweaters and perhaps your own cup of tea (or coffee :)), I thought I’d share two of the most recent books I’ve read that have just left me with a, for lack of better words, book hangover. Not the bad kind where you’re sitting there wondering, “My, what an awful book. I can’t believe I wasted the last two days reading it.” No, this is the most wonderful kind of hangover, where you’re left with a completely different perspective on the whole entire world. And where you get this dreamy feeling deep in your gut that only you feel and know about because you’re the one that encountered this magical book.

1. A Fine Romance: Falling in Love With the English Countryside by Susan Branch. My mother, knowing how much I’ve always loved the English way of life, showed me a new book she bought from one of her favorites: A Fine Romance by Susan Branch. Before I even begin to explain the wonders this book holds, let me just tell you what I saw while very quickly flipping through: watercolor paintings, ticket stubs, handwritten loveliness, photographs. Need I say more?? I fell in love with it before I even read the first page. And that my friends, is just a wonderful feeling. :) Her entire handwritten book is her diary from when her and her adoring husband took a cruise to England and their trip throughout the English Countryside. They visit all sorts of enchanting places (Jane Austen’s house – enough said!) and you truly feel like you’re in England with her. I’ve already read it 3 times and each time I finish, I turn to Paul and say, “Let’s just move to England, Paul.” Preferably in a little cottage. Surrounded by fields of wildflowers and down a windy, narrow path.

2. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I have always loved Children’s classics. When I was a very little girl and we made our weekly trip to the school’s library, I remember being so intrigued by the hidden bookcase that we weren’t allowed to visit until we were older. I knew some sort of magic lived there. When I was finally old enough, I found out that the bookcase hosted all sorts of literary classics, and the one I always saw but never checked out was The Secret Garden. It wasn’t until after I read Susan Branch’s book that I finally decided I had to find this book (she lists it as one of her all-time favorites, so naturally I knew it would be a wonderful read). One day while Paul and I were up in St. Cloud (we used to live there during college), I visited one of my favorite bookstores, Books Revisited (used books are my absolute favorite) and began searching for my new friend. I found it in the Children’s Classics section (I tried searching for a better version since the cover was a little mangled, plus I love hardcover books) and bought it (only $3!). Since this was a special book I decided to treat it with the utmost care and respect. So, when dusk hit (I love dusk), I made a pot of tea and snuggled on the couch to begin my new journey. The thing about books like these is that you know your whole life can change – it’s a pretty big deal. :) And omigoodness, I couldn’t put it down. I loved the old-school dialogue, Yorkshire accents, and wonderful descriptions of the secret garden. It’s life-changing. And I cried, so you know it’s a good one. :)

So my lovely bookish friends, if you are in need of two curled-up-in-a-chair-snuggled-with-a-cup-of-tea-life-changing-magical books, try one of these. And beware, your life may never be the same. :) Happy Friday, friends!!

Cara Harrison - September 12, 2014 - 3:21 pm

I vaguely remember reading the Secret Garden as a preteen… And seriously how awesome that your childhood library had a secret bookshelf for the classics, and how special it must have felt to finally be able to go visit that shelf when you were old enough.

Carrie Terrones - September 12, 2014 - 5:04 pm

Sounds like you have a lovely quiet time in the mornings. I remember the Secret Garden…holds some beautiful memories for me. Thanks for sharing!

Avery & Lyz – Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

We were there when he proposed and we were lucky enough to see them officially declare to be best friends for the rest of their lives. There’s always some weddings that leave us with wonderful memories and Avery & Lyz’s was one of them. We’ve known Avery for forever (not technically, but it feels that way…in a good way! :)) – I went to high school with him, Paul went to grade school with him, and we had the same group of friends when Paul and I met (such a magical time :)). So, to see Avery get married and to have us there to document it (and their proposal, which was also featured in The Knot!! Woot woot!!) was such an honor. Truly. :)

Avery & Lyz, where do I begin?! Thank you SO much for asking us to be a part of your day. It means so much to us to have you in our lives and we are just so happy for you!! It’s always wonderful seeing an old friend get married, but to document it is even better. :) Congratulations to you both – enjoy your sneak peek (hopefully while enjoying your mini-moon!!). :) xoxo

PS. Friends, make sure to scroll to the end – Avery & a few of his groomsmen (who are also childhood/high school friends too!! We actually met through John, the best man :)) choreographed a dance to “Can’t Touch This” – omigoodness it was the BEST. Kelly if you’re reading this, you should totally put it on Youtube – it needs to be shared! :)

I was a little iffy about using non-natural light for some of the details, but I am just in love with how they turned out. :)

So glamorous. :)

Their ring bearer/nephew is seriously the cutest. And has the cheesiest smile. :)

Love this shot from Paul!

Annnnnd this one. Love, love, love.

Gorgeous colors, gorgeous girls. 

Ahh! Look at the little love strutting with the guys! 

Love this one. Also, cars don’t always stop for bridal parties. Beware.

Gorgeous, Lyz!!

Oh I just love this one. 

My goodness.

Just lovely, Lyz.

I have such a great co-shooter.

They chose not to have a First Look – love Avery’s reaction. :)

John’s wife, Kelly, is an amazing singer. My goodness. They both sounded amazing!!

Just married!!


The sun was just dreamy at the exact time we had scheduled for portraits. Who says downtown Minneapolis can’t be dreamy??

Absolutely love this!!

Annnd this one. Dreamy, dreamy, dreamy.

It was so hard to pick which ones to share – I love them all!

Another fave. Too many to choose from.

John & Kelly – love these two. :)

The lighting was just gorgeous during their dance. Seriously!



I’m guilty of photo-bombing Paul way too much. 

Annnd it begins. Lyz thought she was just going through the typical garter toss. Until Avery stepped out, the music started, and this magical dance happened to “Can’t Touch This”. 


Friends, I hope you enjoyed it – I seriously love this wedding. Congrats again, lovelies!! :) xoxoxoxo

[...] means your weather is unpredictable all the time. The day before Mike & Julia’s wedding (Avery & Lyz’s beautiful day!) was chilly, breezy, and the definition of fall. On their wedding day, the heat [...]