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Kevin & Joelle’s Wedding

Kevin & Joelle’s Wedding

My cousin Kevin and his sweetie married at Dellwood Hills Country Club on August 16, 2014.  It was a very HOT and HUMID day for an outdoor wedding but luckily the reception was indoors where it was much, much cooler 😉

I just got a new camera the week before the wedding and this was my first real chance to use it. After 5 months being camera-free I had gotten out of the swing of being the family papparazzi and didn’t get as many shots as I would have liked.  Here is the collection of what i DID get:
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Brian Michelle at K & J wedding 8-14
Jeff and Amanda were in town 😉
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My cousins Tyler and Daniel were also both in town from Arizona; here are the guy cousins in attendance
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Daniel brought his gf Cortney with 😉
Daniel Cortney at k&J wedding 8-14
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kristi tyler k&J wedding 8-14
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mackenzie cody k&j wedding 8-14
daniel PJ
cassie gram gramp 8-14
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The food was really good; stuffed chicken or beef tenderloin
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beef tenderloin
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The bride and groom enjoying their first dance…
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My uncle Bob and aunt Chris
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This was my 5th or 6th straight wedding being pregnant….. I called it a night early 😉

Kim & Brent’s Lovely Wedding {Long Awaited!}

Kim & Brent’s Lovely Wedding {Long Awaited!}

My sixth wedding this season was that of my dear friend Kim and her husband, Brent.   This wedding was a long-time coming and it was wonderful to see the two of them tie the knot after a long journey together.  Many of you may remember that their son Jake is visually impaired (we had a benefit for him back in 2009).  Well, if that wasn’t challenging enough, Brent was diagnosed with cancer just two weeks after they got engaged (August 2010).  He was very sick for a long time and all wedding plans were put on delay until he was on the mend.  After a long battle and many, many surgeries, chemo and radiation, Brent is finally doing better and they were able to move forward with their wedding plans.

I was one of Kim’s bridesmaids and therefore I was unable to take any photos during the nuptials.  I did, however, take a few photos of the details before the ceremony began.  They were married in the Event Tent at the Mermaid Entertainment Center and their reception was in the Atlantis Ballroom.  It was very pretty!
Kim & Brent Wedding Alter
Kim & Brent Wedding Bouquet
Kim & Brent Wedding Cake
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Flower Arrangement
Kim & Brent Wedding Reception Tables
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Kim & Brent Wedding Head Table
Our friend Leah did everyone’s hair. Here we are getting ready before the wedding….
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I had Mary take an Instagram of me


Kim and her Dad
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Kim and Jake pre-wedding smooch
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And now the reception….
One with Jake before he left for the evening
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Lanee and Kimmy
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Mary and her kids
Mary with Taylor and Chase
Tamie and her husband Michael
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Some of the Groomsmen
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Mary Leah and Me
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Brent Garter off

I had the most fun at the very end of the night when all the bridemaids and groomsmen were out on the dance floor, getting our groove on. We all love to dance!
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Kim and Brent fun dance
Brent and his friends are really good dancers! It was fun to watch them.
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Us girls (Lanee is in the background fixing her hair??!!)
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It was a great wedding and I am so very happy for Kim and Brent!!

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Photo Booth Fun at Jeffanda’s Reception

Photo Booth Fun at Jeffanda’s Reception

I love Photo Booths and it seems that nearly every wedding has them these days! I especially love it when the photos are available to download after the fact 😉

These were all taken at Jeff and Amanda’s Reception, by TC Photo Booths.

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Jeff & Amanda’s Epic Wedding Reception {Photo Heavy!}

Jeff & Amanda’s Epic Wedding Reception {Photo Heavy!}

For those of you following this blog, you know that back in June I traveled to sunny California to witness the beautiful nuptials of my little brother and his love, Amanda. While the wedding itself was small and intimate, and the wedding dinner was amazing, they wanted to be able to celebrate with the rest of their friends and family back home in Minnesota, so they threw one heck of a party at the Metropolitan Club at Target Field in September.
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One of the highlights of the reception was seeing a video of Jeff & Amanda’s wedding on the Jumbotron at Target Field.  Jeff had rented a high-tech professional video camera while we were in California and had a few other cameras set up as well.  He worked his videography magic and put together an amazing video of the event.  Read this post on his blog for more info! PS, if you don’t follow Jeff’s blog, you really should! He has been blogging for 11+ years.  He also has a new travel blog, Jeffsetter.com
Here is the short version of the video but you should also watch the longer version if you have the time!

Long version, It is almost like being there 😉

I could go on and on about the awesomeness of Jeffanda’s reception; the food and desserts were amazing, some of the best wedding food you could have.  And they had an OPEN BAR (anything goes!) the ENTIRE NIGHT (6pm-12am).  This mama-to-be didn’t touch a drop of alcohol, of course 😉

The best part of the reception was the fact that tons of my family members on both my mom and dad’s sides were able to make it!! I LOVE my family and feel so blessed that it is so big.  My dad is from a family of seven siblings and my mom a family of eight siblings.  Not everyone was able to make it but there was still a great turnout, especially the Sauer side.
I will start with photos from my dad’s side of the family since I hadn’t seen them since Heidi & Anthony’s wedding back in June.
The Magnificent Seven…. my Dad and all his siblings! (Not arranged by age)
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Newlyweds Heidi and Anthony
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Cindy and Steve (my Godfather)
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Gene and Susan
Gene and Susan
My cousin Katie and her bf Mike
Katie and Michael
Joe and Mary
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Nick, Jake, Natalie and Angela (Joe and Mary’s kids)
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My other cousin Katie and her husband EZ (yes, two Katies on one side of the family, both blood cousins 😉
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Joan and John
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Janice and Bill
Janice & Bill
Some of the Sauer cousins
Sauer Cousins at Jeffanda's reception
Some of the Sauer men and their infamous Martini Toast
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Kim, Dave and Brian
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My Mom and Dad
Fran and Jim

Okay, now on to my mom’s side of the family (many of my cousins live in other states and weren’t able to come, unfortunately)
Newlyweds Carol and Chris
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Bob, Cassie and Chris
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Newly engaged Casey and Nadia
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Zach, Kristin and Gracie
Zach Kristin and Grace
Paul and his gf Patti
Patty and Paul
Daniel Boone (who flew in from AZ!) and me
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Payton and Kristin
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Gram and Gramp
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Okay, I know this post is crazy long and photo-filled but the show must go on….
on to the dancing that is!!
Amanda and her Danicng Girls
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Me with my sisters Michelle, Amanda and LaShara, Amanda’s BFF
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A few more miscellaneous….
Tom and LaShara
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Toya and Hucky
Toya and Harlan
Mandy and Brandon
Mandy and Brandon
Me and Jeffrey
Jeff and Kristi
Christina and Matt (Amanda’s brother and SIL)
Christina and Matt Helbling
Alright, I better wrap this up!! Hope you enjoyed the wedding video and the recap 😉

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PJ & Allisa’s Beautiful Fall Wedding

PJ & Allisa’s Beautiful Fall Wedding

This year has been one full of weddings!

The fourth of which I was able to attend was on Sept 21st for my cousin PJ and his fiance, Allisa. (My other weddings were all family weddings as well! 1. Heidi & Anthony, 2. Jeff & Amanda 3. Dave & Lindsay.  My aunt Carol was also married in June on the same day as Heidi and Tony but I couldn’t be in two places as once).

PJ and Allisa had a Friday afternoon ceremony at The Refuge Golf Club in Oak Grove, MN.  The weather that day was one of on-off rain and sunshine.  Luckily the rain went away and the sun came out within a half hour of their outdoor ceremony. (Insert sound of angels singing here! lol)
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Allisa PJ Ceremony
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Allisa Pj Wedding Kiss
After the ceremony they had a very nice reception inside the Golf Club with cocktail hour, dinner and then dancing. A photobooth was also set up with the customary props….
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My cousin Daniel (who was in town from Tucson, AZ) and my Mom
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And more family photos….

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Cassie, Chris and Bobby
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Brain and Michelle sans the kiddos
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Gramp and Gram
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Zach, Kristin and Gracie
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Nadia and Casey (also newly engaged!)
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Me and my Aunt Cindy (PJ’s mom)
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Cousins Shannon and Alli with Segen
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Two of my mom’s brothers, Paul (PJ’s dad) and Bob
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Dinner was quite good for a banquet… yes, leave it too me to take photo photos at a wedding!
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
Steak Dinner
And Dancing….
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Fran Jim Dance
Gramo and Gram Dancing
Cousins Zach and Segen
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Gracie is a Dancing QUEEN!
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It was a fun time and although we stayed until nearly the end, we all had to get some rest that night to get ready for the next day’s party…. Jeff and Amanda’s reception!! Yes, back to back wedding celebrations!!! More on that to follow….

PS This wedding will be forever memorable for another reason…..  more on that to come as well 😉

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Fun in the Photo Booth {Dave & Lindsay’s Wedding}

Fun in the Photo Booth {Dave & Lindsay’s Wedding}

It’s always fun to have a Photo Booth available at weddings!
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Dave & Lindsay’s Wedding

Dave & Lindsay’s Wedding

Wedding #4 of the season has come and gone! (#1= Heidi & Tony 6-09-12  * My aunt Carol & her husband Chris also got married June 9th but I couldn’t attend both * #2= Jeff & Amanda 6-25-12 )

On August 18th, 2012, my younger cousin Dave married his long-time sweetheart, Lindsay.  The two of them went to school in Arizona where they lived for many years before moving to Seattle, which is where they currently live (I think, anyway!).  She is a teacher and he is a golf pro…. both are from Blaine, MN and their families still live here.
The wedding was at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Blaine. They had an outdoor wedding (the weather cooperated!) and indoor reception.  Everything was beautiful!
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The happy couple, Lindsay and Dave.
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First Kiss

This is Dave’s younger brother and Best Man, Kevin. Isn’t he handsome? It is his birthday today, 9/11.  Happy Birthday Kevin!
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The pretty bridesmaids (third from left is my cousin Cassie)…
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Now on to the reception! Always fun when you have a ton of cousins. I hadn’t seen this side of the family ( my mom’s) for awhile…
Here is me with my niece Bianca. You’ve probably seen this photo on FB… its currently my profile pic
Kristi and Bianca August 2012
Gram, Gramp, Aunt Terry, Aunt Carol and her husband, Chris (they were just married this past June, but it was the same day as Heidi & Tony’s wedding so I was unable to attend)
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My cousin Zach’s daughter Grace with her 2nd cousins, Bennett and Bianca
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Dad and Jefanda
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Me with my sisters (in-law), Michelle and Amanda
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My cousin Zach, his fiancee Kristin (Grace’s parents) and younger sister Payton
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Uncle Paul and his gf Patty
Paul and Patti
Cousins Zach and PJ (Pj is getting married next weekend!! Stay tuned for details of his wedding to follow!) PS, PJ is my new favorite cousin since he told me that I look younger than my brothers. lol, I’m the oldest!
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Grace and my cousin Segen
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Now onto the dance! The Bride & Groom….
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Dave with his mom, Chris
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My mom is a Dancing Queen
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This photo cracks me up…. could my parents who have been married 39 years dance any further apart??!! lol. This is like a Jr. High School dance! ha ha. My dad is concentrating on not letting his two left feet step all over my mom! lol
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Okay, I am tired of posting photos now so I guess that’s all ya get tonight!

Wedding Dinner in the Wine Cave at Kunde Family Estates

Wedding Dinner in the Wine Cave at Kunde Family Estates

After Jefanda had their beautiful mountain-top wedding ceremony, all of us guests enjoyed a mountain-top cocktail hour with vino con queso.  (There is a beautiful built-in bar area up there).

Awhile later the limo brought us all back down to the base of the mountain where we were able to enter the Wine Caves.
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(Photo above by Sherman Chu Photographer)
Entrance to Wine Caves at Kunde Family Estate ~ Kenwood, CA

The kids were as adorable as ever as they waited just outside the wine cave…
Bianca Annika kissing Bennett at Jefanda's wedding
Inside row after row looks like this…
Inside the Wine Cave at Kunde Family Estate ~ Sonoma, CA
We made our way back to a special little area
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(Photo above by Sherman Chu Photographer)

The room was lit (and heated) by candle-light
Do you see this gorgeous centerpiece? This lovely creation was an idea Amanda had seen somewhere. The morning of the wedding, several of us women (Amanda, Me, my mom, LaShara, Cristina, and Mandy) helped Amanda put it together with flowers she ordered online. It looked gorgeous!
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(Photo above by Sherman Chu Photographer)
Centerpiece at Jefanda's Wedding

The five-course dinner was lovely….

Summer Melon Gazpacho
Summer Melon Gazpacho ~ Sonoma, CA
Layered Heirloom Tomato Salad
Layered Heirloom Tomato Salad ~ Sonoma, CA
Roasted Red Pepper Ravioli (to die for!)
Fresh Red Pepper Ravioli ~ Sonoma, CA
Roasted Karobata Pork Chop with Smoked Apples
Roasted Karobata Pork Chop with Smoked Apples ~ Sonoma, CA
Ice cream sandwiches
Ice Cream Sandwiches at Jefanda's wedding
We heard a couple of great speeches and thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
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It was a wonderful day and I feel blessed to have been able to join them.
The celebration of Jefanda’s union continues….. I look forward to their big reception this September at Metropolitan Club at Target Field!

If you’d like to read about the rest of my trip to California, here ya go!

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Jeff and Amanda’s Breath-Taking, Mountain-Top Wedding

Jeff and Amanda’s Breath-Taking, Mountain-Top Wedding

Its been a couple of months now since my little brother Jeff married his soul mate Amanda (together they are known as Jefanda!).  Both of our immediate families were in attendance for the ceremony at Kunde Family Estates in Kenwood, CA.  It was a sunny, breezy day down at sea level which means it was very windy at an elevation of 1,053 ft (which is the elevation of the mountain top according to my Elevation app!)

As soon as the limo brought us to the top of the mountain, we were met with glasses of wine, which we were encouraged to enjoy during the ceremony.  How cool is that?! We took a few photos and then waited for the bride to make her entrance.
These photos are a mix of the ones I took and the ones that the professional photog, Sherman Chu, took.
First, check out the view. This is where they got married! I took this panorama which has 7-8 photos stitched to create this. It is a HUGE image, click on it to make bigger at Flickr.
Kunde Estate Mountain Top View Panorama~ Kenwood, CA
Before the ceremony….. (very cold and very windy at the top of the mountain!)
Kristi Mom and Dad Mountain top

Brian and Michelle
Brian and Miichelle Moutain top
Bennett and Michelle
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Brian and Annika
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Amanda’s bestie LaShara and her husband
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Amanda’s mom and SIL Cristina
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Here comes the bride!!!
Amanda being walked down (the aisle) by her dad, Richard.
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While Jeff waits patiently for his bride…
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Beautiful vows….
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Husband and wife!
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I didn’t get the best perspective from where I was sitting, so here are a few photos by Sherman Chu Photographer:

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And a few group shots by Sherman Chu.
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The whole group….
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Me with my sisters-in-law
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Jefanda and the kids
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And a few of Jefanda by Sherman Chu….
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It was a beautiful day and Jeff and Amanda looked so happy! It was an honor to be there to celebrate with them.

Next I will be blogging about the awesome wedding dinner….. in a wine cave!

In case you missed my other California posts:

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Heidi and Tony Tie the Knot!

Heidi and Tony Tie the Knot!

June 9th was a hot and beautiful day, but nothing was as beautiful as my cousin Heidi on her wedding day.  A funny little story how Heidi and Tony met…… Heidi was literally “the girl next door”, as her family and Tony’s family live right next door to each other in St Cloud.  They started dating over a decade ago when they were in HS, then did the long distance thing as they went away to separate colleges.  Despite the distance their love continued to grow and they had a picture-perfect wedding in St Cloud to officially start their life together.

Heidi and Tony were married at Church of Saint Paul, which is the Catholic church that all seven of the Sauers (my dad and his siblings) were baptized and raised.  Tony’s family is from Nigeria and they were able to find a Nigerian Catholic Priest  living in Chicago to come to St Cloud and do the mass and ceremony.  It was extremely long and I couldn’t understand a word the priest said in his thick accent, but it was great to see Heidi and Tony make their vows to each other.  I didn’t get many good photos during the ceremony because I forgot to bring my zoom lens with but I took a ton at the reception.  All 18 of the cousins were there and we had a blast!!!
Here is my uncle (and Godfather!) Steve walking Heidi down the aisle
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The ceremony
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In between the ceremony and the reception, about 10-12 of us went to Cowboy Jack’s to kill time and enjoy Happy Hour. Very cool place! They are putting one Downtown Minneapolis next 😉
You ready for a bunch of family photos now?
Me with cousins Jennifer, Heidi and Katie. I’m the shorter (5’7″) chubby one. I have some gorgeous cousins!
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Dad Brian Kristi jeff
Dave and Kim
Dave and Kim
Cindy and Steve (parents of the bride!)
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Tony with his sisters and best man
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Cousins Steve and Jennifer
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Angela, Me and Natalie
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My uncle Joe and his family
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The infamous Sauer Martini Toast.
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They had a photo booth set up with all sorts of props. Fun times!
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I have too many photos to post them all here but you can check them out in this album on Facebook.

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Ms. Melissa & Ben’s Wedding

Ms. Melissa & Ben’s Wedding

I may have mentioned awhile back that I flew home from Austin and on just a few hours sleep, I was up bright and early the following morning to tag along with my SIL Michelle as she did the photography for the wedding of my friend and colleague, Melissa.  Melissa and I taught at the same school for the past three years (and neither of us will be at that school next year).  Last spring when she asked if I would be willing to photograph her wedding or knew someone who would, I was happy to refer her to Michelle (who does weddings only on a very minimal basis).  I am nowhere near qualified to shoot a wedding.  That is hard work! I did however, enjoy being there on Melissa’s wedding day and being part of catching her memories.  I have found I am ill-equipped with not only skills but also the actual photography equipment (lenses, flash, etc), but it was a great learning experience.  I even managed to get some decent photos!  Be sure to check out the Michelle’s Sneak Peek of Melissa & Ben’s Wedding.  Gorgeous!

This handsome little guy is Melissa and Ben’s son.

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And a few of my friends from work…..

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The Wedding & Reception…….

The Wedding & Reception…….

It was so much fun to be able to take wedding photos of Noemy & Traves but it was even more fun at the actual wedding/reception!  You may have read that Noemy & Traves needed a last-minute change in venue due to a booking error and fortunately they found a place in time.  Although the new venue was far from ideal, the important thing is that these two special people were able to make their vows to each other in front of their loved ones.

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And WHAT A KISS!!!!!!!!!!
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The reception followed immediately after the ceremony  < Puerto Rican Style Fun!!> 

I took many photos at the reception but I am only going to post this one of me with Denise and Noemy.  These two have been BFFs since Jr. high and I was lucky enough to meet Noemy a few years ago through Denise (who is not only my next door neighbor but also one of my besties).  I love these girls!!

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Fun times celebrating with ya'll!

A Wonderful White Winter Wedding….

A Wonderful White Winter Wedding….

Last week my dear friend Noemy married Traves, the Love of her Life and I was appointed official wedding photographer.  My sweet SIL Michelle gave me a quick tutorial and let me borrow her "old" camera, a Canon DSLR to take photos and for a first-timer, they turned out pretty good!  I have been waiting all week to post some of the beautiful photos of the wedding party but wanted to make sure Noemy saw them first.   As of last night the bride has finally seen her photos, so I am now able to share them with you!

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Congrats Noemy and Traves! 

Summer Wedding Time

Summer Wedding Time

Wedding season has slowed down considerably for me over the past couple of years but I happened to attend a really nice wedding this past Saturday. 
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The bride and groom were blessed with a beautiful day, considering that most of last week had been overcast.  The reception was at a golf course on the Mississippi River.  Beautiful! Check out more pics on my daily photo blog
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It was nice chatting with the ladies
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Enjoying a gorgeous sunset…
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Loving summer time!

36 Years Ago…..

36 Years Ago…..

I wanted to quickly say Happy Anniversary to my parents who celebrated 36 years of marriage today.  I don't think they read this blog but I wanted to recognize this special date anyway 🙂
Here are my parents on their wedding day (5-19-73)
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Mom and Dad,

I love you! Thanks for always loving and being so good to each other 🙂

Sally & Sam’s Big Day!

Sally & Sam’s Big Day!

It was a cold but sunny day for Sally's wedding! I have known Sally since my freshman year of college.  We first met because her cousin Laura (blonde), lived next door to me in the dorms (with Farrah) and became a very good friend of mine.  Laura (brown) lived next door to me on the other side.  The Lauras and I got an apartment together our sophomore year.  We all hung out together all the time.   Junior year, Sally and some of her friends moved into the apt. across the hall from us.  We were all together every single day- the most fun days of our lives! I moved out a year earlier than the other girls (I moved to AZ) and when I did, Sally took my room.  Sally and many of the other girls were roommates even after college, until they all started getting married.
Sam, Sally's new husband, used to live downstairs from us in that same apartment building.  There were only 8 (4 bdrm) apartments in the building, so we all got to know each other pretty well.  Sally and Sam were friends back then and maybe even smooched a couple of times.  They didn't see each other again until about a year and a half ago when they reconnected online! They started dating, fell in love and the rest is history!!!
I only took a fraction of the photos I would usually take because my camera kept dying, but here are a few.
They were married at Assumption Catholic Church in St Paul, the same place where D & D were married.
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Me and Sally
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College friends Laura (brown), Kelly, Greg and Lindsay
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And then my camera died! I will add more pics later when I get the rest from Laura!

The reception was a lot of fun.  It was great to have all the college girls and Sally's fun friends together.  Many of Sam's old college roommates (the guys who lived downstairs from us) were also at the reception.  I hadn't seen or thought about some of these people in 10 years, what a blast from the past!

Wedding Recap…..

Wedding Recap…..

It was a beautiful, somewhat cool day on Saturday for Darrell & Denise's wedding.   They were married at the gorgeous Assumption Catholic Church in St Paul.
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We had a limo for the evening with our other awesome neighbors and good friends, Jere and Shannon…(Thanks again for setting that up, Shannon!) It was nice to have all that space for just four people!

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We made a stop at Il Vesco Vino for appetizers and drinks before the reception.  I will be doing a review very shortly! The restaurant is in an old converted mansion, with a gorgeous patio and gardens.

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The reception was at Christo's in the Union Depot. 

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The dinner was awesome!  The dessert was even more fabulous (Milopita~ Glazed apple slices baked in phyllo with ricotta and cream cheese ) …. too bad I never got to eat more than a bite of mine before it was cleared away 🙁

One of my FAVORITE parts of the evening was the Mariachi Band.  They serenaded everyone throughout dinner.  I love Mariachis!!!

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I spent the night "getting low, low, low" and "dropping it like its hot".  I love to dance! My dang feet hurt so dang bad by the end of the night!(And my whole body hurt the next day when I woke up! LOL)

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We all had fun dancing…..

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Pics of me with the Bride…….

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and Groom……

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We stayed at the party until the very end and then Darrell and Denise jumped in the limo with us and we all went back to our neighborhood.  The bride and groom left just a few short hours later for their honeymoon 😉

Felicidades, mis amigos!

The 60th was a hit!

The 60th was a hit!

Words almost can't explain the emotions of having everyone together to celebrate my Gram & Gramps 60th Anniversary.  My camera broke again but I was able to get some pictures from my dad and also from  my cousin Dan….

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My Gram and Gramp with 7 of their children….. (Don't you hate it when there are a million papparazzi around so no one knows where to look??!!

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My Gram and Gramp with 18 of their grandchildren (I am #1)…..

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Me with my Aunt/Godmother Patti

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Cousins Dave, Andrea and Cassie….

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Tyler, Segen, Brian and Bennett

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Part of the Tucson crew… (Michael, Matt, Patti & Rudy)

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My cousin Casey and his girlfriend…

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Aunt Connie and cousin Genevieve

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My mom and Annika….

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We socialized for a couple of hours before dinner and then after a yummy dinner we had our "entertainment" portion of the program, with my brother Jeff as the MC.  He gave a great speech (I will replace this shaky, crappy-quality video with the hi-def version after I get it from my dad)


The speech is kind of a tearjerker toward the end and if that wasn't enough sentimentality, next came my 49-minute-long video which included the interview/slideshow that I worked on all of last week (and months before that, scanning photos!). Definitely a tear-jerker! Everyone loved it and they definitely appreciated that I made them all copies of the DVD to keep.
Other than being a very hot, muggy day, the party was a hit and I can't imagine not being there to spend the special day with all of my mom's side of the family 🙂