Before you share your love story with me, I’d love to share mine with you!

My very first love was the violin. Starting at age 11, you could hardly find me without it! I played in my school orchestra and fiddle group and was cast as the Fiddler on the Roof in 8th grade. In high school, I played in the school, chamber, all-conference, and spring musical pit orchestras, and even played the occasional wedding! As you can see in the picture to the left, I was definitely SUPER COOL.

I met my husband, Jake in 10th grade, but we didn’t start dating until the very end of high school, about a month before we graduated. I had been resisting dating him our whole senior year, despite liking him A LOT, because I had enlisted in the Navy and was slated to ship out to basic training just as most of my friends, including Jake, would be starting college the following year. But fate is fate, and I decided to give him a shot in May 2008. We have been together ever since! 

I was in boot camp for 9 weeks, during which time Jake wrote me a letter from his dorm every. single. day. I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but I was more in love with him when I saw him at my graduation than I was when I left. He had applied to colleges in the Charleston, SC area, where I would be attending school for about a year, and asked if I wanted him to come with me. I approved, excitedly, and by December he and his mom came out to check out the College of Charleston campus and find a place for him to live. 

Jake had brought his guitar on this short trip, which I hadn’t thought was weird for some reason. His mom left the hotel room “to get a Diet Coke,” and Jake asked if he could play me a song. This wasn’t unusual, so I just said, “Sure.” He started playing and singing, and I even stopped him mid-way and asked if he had written it. He said, “...what? no…” and then kept going. At the end, he asked if I would marry him, and pulled a beautiful solitaire diamond ring out of his guitar case! He had written the song, and I said, “Of course!” 

We planned our wedding for May 2009, when I would have a break in school and he would be done with his spring semester. We moved into our first apartment together, adopted a kitten, and played cribbage essentially every night after dinner. About 6 months later, we moved to upstate New York for just under a year, and then I got my first permanent duty station out in San Diego. 

Jake finished his degree at San Diego State University as I went on back-to-back deployments, several underways, and stood countless duty days. I won’t pretend it was glamorous, but we worked hard at our relationship and we made it! I decided to separate at the end of my contract in August 2014, and we decided to move back to Minnesota where our families both still are. 

The adventure continued when we moved home: we bought our first home together, celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with a vow renewal, became season ticket holders for the MN Lynx, and I completed a degree in Mathematics at the University of Minnesota! Best of all, we get to see and talk to each other every day. Marriage is simultaneously the most challenging and most rewarding part of my life. Jake is consistently my biggest supporter, my equal partner, my shoulder, and my friend. You can check out more of our story on my blog!

If you are here, I’m hoping you have found your life partner, and I cannot wait to hear all about you and your story!

With love,
Jess

I'm Jess - lover of basketball, winter, and adventures!

I'm so glad you're here!

My husband, Jake, and me as we were approaching 10 years of marriage. He has been my equal partner throughout our relationship, and I could not imagine being without him.

Me in probably 6th or 7th grade, ready for a middle school orchestra concert. I grew up listening to a lot of Bluegrass music, and wanted to be like Alison Krauss when I grew up!

Mine and Jake's wedding in 2009 - we were just 19! It was then that I started to appreciate the value of wedding photos that show who you are in that moment. We have both grown so much since then, but are very much still the same young and in love pair.

I spent 4 years assigned to the USS Carl Vinson, and was on deployment or underway for all 4 of my birthdays. This was my 24th and final birthday aboard, for which my shipmates organized a cake to celebrate me and three others who had birthdays the same week as mine!

This was one of my first photoshoots! I took my baby sister's senior photos at the Walker Art Center - we had so much fun then, and I now get to look forward to photographing her wedding!

This is my BFF, Michelle, and her husband, Cory, who decided to have a last minute intimate wedding after several months of being engaged and planning a larger wedding back in 2017. With only a few days notice, they asked me to bring my camera along to grab some photos, and I have not stopped thinking about being a wedding photographer since!

Jake and I recently celebrated our 10th anniversary by having a vow renewal ceremony with our closest friends and family. I've always wanted "those" wedding photos, and boy did we get them! As a couple without kids, it's been important to me to be conscious of keeping track of our relationship as we grow together.

My husband, Jake, and me as we were approaching 10 years of marriage. He has been my equal partner throughout our relationship, and I could not imagine being without him.

Me in probably 6th or 7th grade, ready for a middle school orchestra concert. I grew up listening to a lot of Bluegrass music, and wanted to be like Alison Krauss when I grew up!

Mine and Jake's wedding in 2009 - we were just 19! It was then that I started to appreciate the value of wedding photos that show who you are in that moment. We have both grown so much since then, but are very much still the same young and in love pair.

I spent 4 years assigned to the USS Carl Vinson, and was on deployment or underway for all 4 of my birthdays. This was my 24th and final birthday aboard, for which my shipmates organized a cake to celebrate me and three others who had birthdays the same week as mine!

This was one of my first photoshoots! I took my baby sister's senior photos at the Walker Art Center - we had so much fun then, and I now get to look forward to photographing her wedding!

This is my BFF, Michelle, and her husband, Cory, who decided to have a last minute intimate wedding after several months of being engaged and planning a larger wedding back in 2017. With only a few days notice, they asked me to bring my camera along to grab some photos, and I have not stopped thinking about being a wedding photographer since!

Jake and I recently celebrated our 10th anniversary by having a vow renewal ceremony with our closest friends and family. I've always wanted "those" wedding photos, and boy did we get them! As a couple without kids, it's been important to me to be conscious of keeping track of our relationship as we grow together.

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For starters, I am not Canadian...so why did I choose a maple leaf as a part of my logo? 

It’s a bit of a story - I grew up with a maple tree in both my front and back yards. The backyard tree had a tire swing on which I spent a decent portion of my childhood, and it also shaded our sandbox (which was actually a large tractor tire filled with sand). My sisters and I played with the helicopters in the spring and the leaves in the fall, and our golden retriever loved to run circles around it. 

There is also a lovely maple tree in my front yard now, in my and my husband’s first home together.

In 2018, my dad kept talking about wanting a tattoo after watching my sister and me collect them over the years. The three of us decided to pick a leaf from my mom and dad’s front yard maple, preserve it (you know, like your 4th grade leaf project), and bring that to a tattoo artist. My dad, youngest sister, and I have matching tattoos of the same leaf from our family home. 

When it came time to pick a logo, I felt that this maple leaf symbol was not only a representation of me and my family, but also of something I care deeply about - trees and nature. I am eternally grateful to the maples in my life - their shade, entertainment, and beauty. 

So, while I am not Canadian, I feel connected to maple trees and decided to honor that by incorporating them into my business!

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What's with the maple leaf?

Fun facts about me!

I am growing a prairie in my backyard! It's not that big, but it sure is beautiful and attracts all kinds of bees, butterflies, and birds! My favorite flower is the iconic Black-eyed Susan.

Lizzo is the only headliner artist I have seen more than once - 15/10 recommend! She is so full of energy, messages of self-love, and, of course, immense talent!

My kitty's name is Teddy! He is a giant ball of warm and fluff who likes sleeping in the sun in summer and by the heater vents and laps in the winter. Oh, and he always knows when it's time to eat!

I was in the Navy for 6 years after graduating high school. I was trained as a nuclear electrician, and was eventually in charge of the ship's electric plant. Pictured is me (middle) getting my Surface Warfare award.

Mean Girls is my #1 favorite movie of all time. I would guess that I've seen it at least 100 times, if not hundreds of times. If you haven't watched it for a while, give it a looksie! ;)

My husband and I got married when we were 19! We first bonded over music, burning CDs for each other and trading them in the halls when we were in high school!