Michael & Amanda | Downtown Fargo Wedding Photographer

Are you ready for this post?! You might want to sit down. Pour yourself some strong coffee and get ready for this ride. Michael and Amanda were married exactly 41 1/2 hours prior to the writing of this post, and what a day it was! From my very first meeting with Amanda I knew her fabulous sense of […]

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Michael & Amanda | Downtown Fargo Wedding Photographer

Are you ready for this post?! You might want to sit down.
Pour yourself some strong coffee and get ready for this ride.
Michael and Amanda were married exactly 41 1/2 hours prior to the writing of this post, and what a day it was!
From my very first meeting with Amanda I knew her fabulous sense of style would exude throughout this wedding day.
Glam, modern, romantic and fresh.

So of course we began at the ever marvelous Hotel Donaldson in Downtown Fargo.

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The stunning art and architecture made a glorious backdrop for Amanda’s wedding gown.

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HELLO, amazing bridesmaids dresses!
I loved the mismatched sparkle.

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I feel the need to dwell on the blending of textures for a moment longer. Indulge me.

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And we can’t forget the happy couple’s wedding rings.
Michael’s ring is a custom wood ring with a guitar string embedded…lovely, no?!

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Amanda was just a teeeensy bit excited to be getting married. 🙂

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And then it was time for Michael, lovingly referred to as “Schenny” by all his friends, to see his bride.
When I met him at the HoDo rooftop, he was all nerves and excitement.

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And when he saw his bride, he was wrecked.
In the best possible way.

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Through flying coat tails and windblown veils, these two took time to breathe in the moment.

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Then we moved into portraits. I love the boutonniere Amanda designed for her groom:

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This bouquet?! WOWZA.

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Downtown Fargo, you’re looking great today…

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Shooting through the storefront of the HoDo was a dream…

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And we need to pause here.
BRIDAL PERFECTION AHEAD….
I’m just warning you.
Amanda, you are STUNNING!!!!!!!

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So classy.

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One thing I love about Michael and Amanda are their expressive faces. 🙂
And in this photo, they almost match!
I hear that’s what happens to old married couples….

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Peek-a-boo kisses.

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As I sorted through these images, I kept coming back to this one.
“Oh, hello, I’m just walking down the street looking drop dead gorgeous…”

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Time to bust out the glitter! It took a few tries, but we nailed a few fun shots.
Thanks to a couple bridesmaids for stepping in and blowing some glitter for us.

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Gentlemen:

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And ladies…

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When Amanda told me “head to toe sequins” and “First Lutheran Church”, this image started brewing in my mind.
Even though they were getting married in the more modern chapel, I’m glad Amanda trusted me to take this one!
This is apparently what happens when I watch too much BBC television while I’m at the gym.

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Below right? CRACKS. ME. UP.

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Ella the Enchanted stopped by for a few portraits!

Downtown Fargo Wedding PhotographerDowntown Fargo Wedding PhotographerAnd yes, I know…that was portrait overload. But how could I help myself?
Ceremony time!

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Ian, the 25 year old ring bearer. Stole the show. Right from under the bride’s nose.
Sorry, Amanda.

Downtown Fargo Wedding PhotographerHere comes the bride!

Downtown Fargo Wedding PhotographerAs Amanda was entering the doorway, I saw this happening out of the corner of my eye.
Although everyone else was turned to watch the aisle, Julie chose to enjoy the moment through the eyes of her son.

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I feel he deserves a major shout out in this post. Not only did he sing at the ceremony,
he designed the custom font on all of the stationary, planned and organized the decorating of the entire reception hall
and MADE THE BOUQUETS. And probably a million other things that I didn’t hear about.
Some people get all the talent. For real.
This song was beautiful!

Downtown Fargo Wedding PhotographerHand fasting ceremony:

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And we have newlyweds!

Downtown Fargo Wedding PhotographerDowntown Fargo Wedding PhotographerDowntown Fargo Wedding PhotographerAmanda instructed her guests to dress for the red carpet… I loved seeing all the style!

Downtown Fargo Wedding PhotographerOn our way to the reception at The Avalon,
we stopped for a couple photos by the iconic Fargo Theater.

Downtown Fargo Wedding PhotographerRe-created engagement photo. (view that session here)

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Downtown Fargo Wedding PhotographerBack at the Avalon, everything was looking resplendent.

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Thank you for having me along, Michael and Amanda.
I loved every minute.

Downtown Fargo Wedding PhotographerBest wishes as you begin your Happily Ever After!

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in the Fargo, ND  + Moorhead, MN area.
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Comments

  1. Martha Anderson

    June 9th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Oh Abby Dear! You have more great ideas than China has rice! BEAUTIFUL photos!

  2. Angie Berg

    June 9th, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Zach also made the fabulous masks…truly talented guy!

  3. Tonya Pearson

    June 9th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    What beautiful pictures! You captured the essence of such a beautiful wedding. And of course, my little Ella Enchanted! thanks!!

  4. Tim Schenfisch

    June 9th, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Great pictures! I don’t think Michael and Amanda could have chosen a better photographer. You captured all of the bling that Amanda was hoping for and more.

  5. Laurie Johnson

    June 9th, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Loved looking at these! Little Ella stole my heart of course!! Beautiful photos!

  6. Peggy Krebsbach Wollmuth

    June 10th, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Enjoyed a glimpse into their beautiful day!! Congrats, Michael & Amanda Schenfisch!! Blessings of joy and loving years

  7. Janice Beckstrom

    June 17th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Amanda- Vanessa shared your photos with me. The wedding was so beautiful and it looked like all had such fun. Congratulations to you and Michael.

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