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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 --->

Junior & Lindsey ~ Hastings Wedding Photographer

I’m writing this is the wee hours of the morning so if I don’t sound the smartest, that would be why. :)

I’ve been a tad nervous to write this blog post…how do I say all that I want to say about this wedding?? There were so many emotions throughout this day and there’s a story behind it all. Just a little over a month ago Junior and Lindsey were married during an intimate ceremony in Lindsey’s dad’s home, surrounded by family and close friends. Lindsey’s dad became ill earlier this year and thinking that he would be able to make it to this past weekend’s festivities, they decided to continue with the wedding planning. However, on August 14th I received a phone call from Lindsey telling me that they were going to have the ceremony that night; her dad was not doing so well. So, with the help of their amazing families and friends they were able to put together a beautiful ceremony within just a few short hours and only two days later he passed away. I’m so thankful Paul and I were able to be there and document it for them – it was truly a wonderful and touching experience; something Paul and I will remember forever.

Although I’ve only been around Lindsey and Junior and their families a short amount of time, it has been amazing to see how unbelievably supportive Junior’s family has been throughout all of this. During the getting ready process, the ceremony, the speeches, everything, Junior’s family has treated her as their own – what an amazing family to marry into and I’m so incredibly happy that the two of them have each other.

This past weekend’s wedding was a celebration and a tribute – photos of Lindsey and Junior’s first wedding ceremony of both of her parents were on display for all to see, a song was played in memory of her dad, moments of silence were made during the ceremony, and words of encouragement were said during the speeches. It was truly an amazing day. They were blessed with wonderful people, sunshine, warm weather, and of course, each other.

Lindsey and Junior, I cannot thank you enough for inviting Paul and I to be a part of this amazing experience. We love you both and are so incredibly happy for the two of you. Cheers to countless years of happiness, laughter, hugs, and joy. :) xoxoxo

 

I thought I’d share some of my favorites from their first ceremony. :) 

Junior and his mom – she is the sweetest.

Just resting with friends, waiting for the ceremony to begin.

:)

Lindsey’s step-mom walked her down the aisle for both ceremonies. :)

Officially married!! :)

This was Doug’s first ceremony and he did amazing. So happy to have worked with him!

:)

Love!

Absolute favorite.

And now onto this past weekend’s celebration! The details were amazing!! Sorry in advance for so many photos – I could literally have taken a billion more.

Everything was absolutely beautiful. 

“Enchanting” would be the word I’d use to describe the colors…right, friends??

Mom and Dad on her bouquet.

:) Love that Paul has been giving some lovely detail shots with the guys. :)

Gorgeous, Lindsey!!

Absolutely loved this venue!! Brides, I vote this place. Just a heads up. :) Amazing job by Simply Loves Wedding & Design – those ladies are just wonderful! :)

I could not get over how beautiful everything was – love, love, LOVE.

First look…:)

Love his smile!!

Oh those colors, friends. I love me some Minnesota fall.

FAVORITE.

Welcome to their new house. 

Kidding! This place is amazing though – so many old buildings that they’ve acquired – perfect backdrops!

Why yes, I’d love to swing on a wooden swing under a weeping willow on my wedding day.

What a wonderful group – loved meeting all of these people!!

They take the “serious face” to a whole other level. Well done.

Gorgeous ceremony location (minus all the mean buggies out there).

Married times two!! :)

And here it is again, packed.

Perhaps my favorite cake table.

Dreammmmmy.

It wasn’t until I was going through my photos that I realized they had chocolate mint cupcakes. And I didn’t even have one – so unfortunate.

Julia’s dad’s company (True Tastes Event Catering) catered their wedding (Julia and Junior are cousins) and I was so happy. 

I’m starving and these beautiful photos do not help (it’s 5:30 in the morning and I’ve been up all night – cut me some slack if I sound weird).

Looking through the album of Lindsey and Junior’s first ceremony…:(

Mariachi’s!!! Made. My. Day.

And then there was a tribute to Lindsey’s dad – “Forever Young.”

They were serenaded. :)

First dance. :)

Junior and his adorable mama (she offered to get me water in the middle of photos under the hot sun – love her).

Can you tell they’re doing the Macarena???

And then we chased the sun…:)

Love these.

The Mariachi’s again!!

The venue even has Cottage View Drive-In!!! That just made the day even better!! 

Congratulations Junior and Lindsey!! We’re going to miss seeing you all the time at all those random functions and celebrations! We are so happy for you and wish you only the best!! :) xoxoxo

(CREDITS COMING SOON!!)

Blake & Jenelle ~ Inver Grove Heights Wedding Photographer

It’s a wonderful feeling when I walk away from a wedding feeling like I have learned so much about my brides and grooms. Working with Blake & Jenelle these past months has been a treat –  every time I leave them I feel like I’m getting to know them more and more. Our last meeting – sadly Blake couldn’t come – I think we talked with Jenelle for over two hours! And to be honest, only a 1/2 hour was about the wedding. I love that (plus we love our pets a ridiculous amount so we have a lot to talk about :)). So when I showed up to their wedding, I could tell it was an entire reflection on who they are as a couple and individually. It was a big, Italian wedding (oh how I wish I had chosen that theme!) with grapes, wine, strings of lights, pasta, bread, and dripping wax candles. Just lovely. They chose not to see each other before the ceremony and I’m so glad they did. Blake’s reaction as he saw Jenelle for the first time was wonderful (and of course that meant I cried) and well worth the wait. :) The ceremony was beautiful, the bridal party was great to work with, the reception was full, and Blake & Jenelle were so incredibly excited to be finally be married. That’s the whole reason why we have these wonderful parties, isn’t it? :)

Blake & Jenelle, we wish you the best of everything together!! We’re so happy for you and I am so excited to share with you some of my favorites! :) Enjoy, lovelies!! xoxo

I just love these colors. 

Those shoes are gorgeous – I could’ve taken photos of them for a looong time.

Oh Jenelle, you’re so pretty.

So handsome, Blake. :)

LOVE.

It’s always a treat when the brick wall of a building matches the bridal colors. :)

Stunning.

See?? So sweet.

Just married!!

Then we took a bus ride to a nearby bridge hoping to beat the rain…

…and the rain held off just until we finished with all of our photos. I swear, Paul and I bring good weather. ;)

Love all of these so much.

One of the things Blake said he loved about Jenelle was her big, blue eyes. Seriously – gorgeous, Jenelle!

So sweet. :)

Jenelle’s a kindergarten teacher – so naturally she is surrounded by adorable kids. :)

Congrats again, lovelies and happy weekend, friends!! xoxo

Knowing Your Photographer: Turnaround Time

I don’t know why, but lately I’ve been hearing stories from so many people about “turnaround time nightmares.” First, what is turnaround time? It’s how long it takes to receive photos from a photographer. And you all know what a nightmare is.

A few months ago I did a post on what to look for in a photographer (you can check it out here), and one of my main points was the turnaround time. When you meet with a photographer you should always ask how long it will take you to receive your photos. Some will say 1 month, some will say 2 months, some will even say 6 months. If a bride and groom are just starting out the wedding planning, perhaps this isn’t a big deal yet. However, as soon as all the fun has been had, the cake has been eaten, the dress is put away, the photos are what you have left and you can be sure that you will be looking forward to seeing them almost immediately. I was one of those people who was checking Facebook on the honeymoon just to see if a sneak peek had been posted and I’m sure I’m not the only one out there! Maybe you are not one of those people and that’s just fine! But, if you are, please make sure you are checking with your photographer before you book with them to see how long it will take them to give you your photos back.

My brides and grooms are lucky enough to get their photos back within a week after their wedding. I’ve been asked many times how I do it and to me, it’s just simple: I work. This is my full-time job and I treat it as such. Yes, I have the luxury of going out to eat with a friend during the weekday but that just means that I’m making up for lost work time during the night, or doubling up on work time on a different day. Paul will be the first to confirm that my workdays are long, and I’m sure to him it can be annoying (and I really can’t blame him). Some days I’m pushing 12-hour workdays. But the reward of giving clients their photos back in record time is worth it to me. When I come home from a wedding I don’t put the SD cards away to not look at them for a couple weeks or even days; I’m already starting the backup process so that on Monday I’m ready to start culling and editing. It’s almost like I’m racing against myself – I keep trying to beat my record. I know that if I shoot a wedding on Saturday their blog post will be up that following Friday, meaning all 400 or so of their photos will be edited by then. It’s a deadline and I stick to it like glue.

I completely understand that some photographers have another full-time job (stay-at-home-mom or some other job) and that they can’t get all of that work done as fast. Totally understandable! But if being a photographer is your full-time job then it should be treated as such. Turnaround times should be less than 1 month. Or if it’s not, working to perfect your workflow should be a priority. When I first started photography it definitely took me longer to finish a wedding. But I researched and did some trial and error to make my workflow run smooth and fast – I’m still finding new ways to make it even better! I pride myself in my work habits and I love leaving a bride and groom so happy to have their photos as soon as they’re back from their honeymoon. It just makes my day. :)

So, lovely brides and grooms, please do your research and make sure you’re happy with your photographer’s turnaround time. It will save you so much stress in the end (like waiting a year for your photos! Aye carumba!) and you will be oh so happy to have your photos back as quick as possible. :) Happy Wednesday, friends (and up top is a sneak peek of Friday’s wedding – gorgeous colors!!)!! xoxo