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A journal is designed to preserve the most meaningful stories.
This digital journal holds stories of the precious humans who have chosen to work with me. There is room for your story here, too.

Lake Tahoe California took my breath away. The 2021 wedding season was busy. As a wedding photographer in the Midwest, couples were excitedly planning weddings that were focused on having a party. Early in the summer, it felt like there was a glimmer of hope. I watched people dance and hug and celebrate wholeheartedly–something they’ve […]

Lake Tahoe California: A weekend getaway


As a wedding photographer, I spend my weekends at some of the most beautiful Midwest Wedding Venues for small weddings. From the Twin Cities to Duluth, Des Moines, Kansas City and beyond, the Midwest has perfect wedding venues for whatever vibe you’re looking for. As you begin planning your wedding, picking the perfect venue can […]

Best Midwest Wedding Venues for Small Weddings

resources, weddings

Most people don’t know that I offer sessions for maternity photos. I mostly photograph weddings these days, but being invited into your lives for a maternity photo session is nothing short of miraculous. I felt tears welling in my eyes when I read Hannah’s text– “I’m pregnant!” My high school bestie gets to be a […]

Maternity Photos at Montara Beach California

families, maternity

California is full of majestic and romantic scenery, and yet, my most favorite location for engagement photos was in my couple’s very own backyard. So how did I get there? In the middle of my busiest wedding season ever, I took a vacation. Yep. I photographed a wedding in Arizona and decided after that to […]

Backyard Engagement Photos, Berkeley California

couples, engagement sessions

A Tuesday in August set the scene for MaKayla and Tim’s intimate wedding at the Holden Arboretum in beautiful Cleveland, Ohio. MaKayla + Tim met me at the airport on Monday evening, dressed in tie dye, and drove me back to Tim’s family home. There I met all of their closest friends and family and […]

Intimate Tuesday Wedding at Holden Arboretum


Intimate Tuesday Wedding at Holden Arboretum Cleveland Ohio by The Coe Collective

You know you want your wedding day to be unique, but all the traditional planning advice online seems cliche or overdone. So, how exactly are you supposed to find new and interesting ideas to plan a wedding that’s meaningful to you?  With TikTok, Instagram, and Pinterest always within arms reach, you’ve got access to the […]

5 Unique Ideas to Personalize Your Wedding Day


Newlywed couple in an open field dancing at dusk.

If you’re planning a killer dance party at your reception, you’re probably thinking about your first dance as a married couple. “Will we choreograph something epic? Learn to ballroom dance? Simply sway to the rhythm wrapped in each other’s arms?” There are so many ways to make your first dance memorable. And I believe it […]

First Dance Songs for Your Wedding Day


Want to have a deeper impact on your wedding day? You’ve probably heard people talking about “first looks” among things that happen on wedding days. Let’s take a deep dive into what a first look is and how it will fit into your wedding day. First, what the heck is a first look?  Traditionally, a […]

Planning a First Look on Your Wedding Day


This couples session in Canal Park was never going to be just another session for me. I met Molly when she was a sophomore in high school. I was coaching the local speech team, and we had just cast Molly as a mean bunny. Through her high school career, I watched Molly bloom with determination […]

Canal Park Couples Session, Duluth MN


I spend a lot of time in the Twin Cities these days. Though we haven’t moved up there quite yet, I’ve been in love with Minneapolis and St. Paul for years. I have connected with other wedding photographers and wedding vendors to collaborate and work together serving the incredible couples of Minnesota. When I made […]

Cottage Core Inspired Couples Session | Minneapolis, MN


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