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January 21, 2013
Filed in: Weddings

Laura + Michael

You can plan a wedding down to the very last detail, but I often think that the people, not the planning, make the wedding a big success. Don't get me wrong -- the planning is very important! But a fun-filled guest list can really create an entertaining party :)  
 
Laura and Michael's Grand Forks wedding was certainly a great celebration. It was a perfectly planned day -- a gorgeous dress, a stunning venue, creative flowers, and thoughtful details -- but the people involved were such a hoot and totally made the day! It was the funniest group of guys that I've ever worked with, hands-down. But they were also all so helpful and kind. And the bridesmaids were all sweet and genuine and funny. I can't say enough about the group of people Laura and Michael chose for their wedding party!  
 
The best part? All of those people were happy to be a part of Laura and Michael's big day. I could see it in their faces. That's because Laura and Michael and pretty great people, too :)  
 
I loved being a part of this wedding and am excited to share some of my favorite photos! 
I photographed this wedding with the wonderful Amanda Cardinal of Amanda Cardinal Photography.  
Thank you, Amanda, for helping me out! It was so much fun to work with you :) 
 
Sadie of Sadie's Couture Floral did an amazing job, as always, on the flowers and decor!
January 16, 2013
Filed in: Families

Megan

Megan is one of my first clients. She was born right around the time when I started thinking about my own photo business (my first business cards had a photo of a purple flower and said "Shawna Widdel Photography Services." Ha! Great name!). Lucky for me, her mom asked if I'd capture photos of Megan right after she was born. And now, 8 years later, I'm still lucky enough to capture photos of her. I love my job! 
 
Megan turned 8 years old last fall, so we celebrated with a little photo shoot of her. Megan is so, so grown up I can hardly stand it. She's smart, funny, and very creative. I loved this session because it was just me and Megan and we got to talk about school, clothes and BOYS :) 
 
Because I've snapped so many photos of Megan over the years, I thought we'd try something different this year. We started the session with a little studio setup in my office, then ventured outside into the snowy/rainy day! 
 
How adorable is she?
January 7, 2013
Filed in: Weddings

Justine + John

Justine and John's Fargo wedding was a gorgeous and fun celebration! I fell in love with their wedding party -- they laughed at my jokes and put up with my random ideas -- so we were all instant friends (at least that's my side of the story!). Justine's dress was really beautiful and unique, and I loved her color choices -- a bright pop of orange mixed with grays and creams! She's a girl after my own heart :) 
 
Here are my favorite photos from their wonderful wedding ::
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