True-Love Laughter {Minneapolis Engagement Photographer}

I know for sure it was when they were on the steps. And I think the exact moment was when he was whispering into her ear and they were sharing more true-love laughter. Yes, that was the moment. I had to stop for a second and recompose myself. I had to hold back from stopping the shoot and gushing at them.

I have known Brian for a while. Actually, he was my professor when I went to the U of MN to finish my degree. {Before you find yourself doing calculations, I was an older student and he was a young professor which made us about the same age.} We developed a friendship filled with mutual respect.

And then there I was, photographing his engagement session to Jessica. And their love was so true and joyful that I had to stop for a moment because inside I was incredibly happy for my friend.

Happy that they share true-love laughter often. Happy that Jessica looks at him with the most beautiful googly-eyes I have ever seen. Happy that I got to spy on their private moments and that they are wonderful. Brian and Jess are companions and friends and really two of the nicest people I have ever met. They are considerate and intuitive and kind and smart. And madly in love. And it shows.

It was a joy to photograph them alone, and with Brian’s son, Gavin {who, by the way, is three days younger than my Bella!}. They are an exceptional family and I am so excited to photograph their wedding in January!

A special thanks to Brain and Jess for braving the cold. We made a perfect plan in the summer to do a fall shoot with the beautiful leaves. We had no idea that it would snow so early this year and be in the 30s during their shoot. I do not know how they managed to look so happy and comfortable while shivering. I guess that’s what love does to you…












How could we resist cupcakes at Cupcake? We had so much fun and I am pretty sure that Gavin will only want to go there with me in the future as I was encouraging him to eat more and put frosting on his nose! If only my kids were so lucky.:)





I just want to say one more thing…Gavin is one of the nicest little boys I have ever met. To use Jess’s words, he is very disarming. He made me feel so welcome, and even though I was behind the camera, he insisted on me being a part of the cupcake-sharing rituals too. He is definitely a special and much-loved little boy and I cannot wait to see him again in January!



  • October 23, 2009 - 9:16 am

    Arielle Langhorne - Jessie,
    Oh my God! You are an amazing photographer. This session is beautiful, you can feel the true-love, in the first set of images, and then the happy family with the most adorable, smiling, little boy. Your friends are going to be soooo happy, what a treasure you just gave them. I can’t wait for their wedding pictures.

  • October 24, 2009 - 12:05 pm

    Marcia (Jessica's Mom) - WOW! Words can’t even describe how I felt when first viewing these photos.I got all emotional and cried tears of joy for the happiness you have captured. I love Jessica and Brian and Gavin.Thanks so much for capturing the love they share.Looking forward to meeting you at the wedding.

  • January 8, 2010 - 10:24 pm

    Jolene - These photos are sooooo romantic! I love love love the one of them sitting by the lake and the sepia toned one. You are a talent Jessie!!

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