Shelley Paulson Photography Blog – Minnesota Equine, Wedding and Portrait Photographer

September7th

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No, that’s not a typo, and you’re not seeing double! The Loux sisters, Teyolla and Keyolla, married the Crow brothers, Shawn and Eric!

You may remember the Loux family from past blog posts. I have photographed them several times, including at the girls’ father Derek’s funeral. My heart has become so connected to this family, that when I was asked to photograph this wedding, I knew I needed to be there. It is the first big family event since Derek’s passing and I felt like I could tell this story with the sensitivity that comes with being close to a family who has walked through such a difficult experience.

For those who don’t know the Loux family, they are a beautiful mix of biological and adopted children. Reneé and Derek’s calling was to encourage adoption, and one way they did that was to live it, including adopting Teyolla and Keyolla from the Marshall Islands where they were missionaries. Reneé is carrying on this work solo now, with the help of her older children, including Keyolla and Teyolla, and a great staff who share her passion. She is the definition of bravery. If you don’t already read her blog, I would highly recommend it.

Even though the twins wanted to get married on the same day, they wanted separate ceremonies, so one got married right after the other. When I asked the girls what they wanted to see in their wedding album 10 years from now, their answer was “joy.” They didn’t want this day to be about losing their dad, they wanted it to be a celebration of their new lives together with the men they had fallen in love with.

Of course, photographing a wedding like this posed some unique challenges, so I was extremely grateful for my team – Joanna May and Krissy McCabe. They did a fantastic job and were able to be in places I couldn’t be because there’s only one of me, and two couples! Many of their images are mixed in here, and I hope I can credit them correctly.

Wedding Venue: Ritz Charles
Wedding Coordinator: Above and Beyond Weddings and Events (I LOVED working with Lynn Henderson!)
Make-up: Heather: Heather Myers, Makeup Artistry by Heather (Heather is also the girls’ aunt, Derek’s sister)
Hair: EJ Bain
Dresses: Gown Gallery  
DJ: DJ Kirby

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Krissy’s image. Takes my breath away a bit!

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It takes a village to keep the Loux household running! Here are some of the Loux adopted kids (except the girl on the far left), and the helpers that make up that village. They were amazing that day! :)

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Sharon Miller from the Gown Gallery personally came to the wedding venue to get the girls in their dresses. She was so great and really helped our already very tight schedule to run smoothly!

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Waiting to see his bride for the first time. I love the nervous hands.

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Krissy’s photo. Bridesmaids watching the first sights…

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Joanna’s photo

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Krissy’s Photo

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Joanna’s Photo

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Joanna’s Photo

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Joanna’s Photo. Yay Joanna! I love the angle she work from. :)

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I photographed Teyolla and Shawn while Krissy photographed Keyolla and Eric. This is the Krissy’s Photo.

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Joanna’s Photo

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Krissy’s Photo

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Joanna’s Photo

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Krissy’s Photo

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The girls wrote letters to their dad and photos that I had taken of them with their dad were on display with the letters.

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Derek’s dad and Reneé sharing a few quiet moments remembering. Krissy’s Photo.

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Krissy’s photo. Sasha is such a ham! :)

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I love that smile!!

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Keyolla went first. Joanna’s Photo.

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The girls’ biological mom has remained a part of their lives through the years since the girls were adopted by Derek and Reneé. I thought it was beautiful that they had both moms walk them down the aisle.

A little wink to the groom. :)

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Joanna’s Photo. One of my favorite from the day.

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Joanna’s photo on the left.

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A quiet moment after the ceremony…

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I love this trend of candy tables. The kids especially love them!

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I know I’m sharing much more about the girls than the guys, but unfortunately, I don’t know their family as well. I did enjoy their obviously sweet relationship with their mom. She was teary often throughout the day.

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Derek and Reneé were missionaries in the Marshall Islands when they were younger, which is also where the girls are from. A group from there came to the wedding and performed some fun music to entertain guests during dinner.

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This had to be one of the most fun dances I’ve photographed! The DJ was awesome!

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“I raise my hands up in the air sometimes…”

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Little brothers bustin’ a move!

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Krissy’s Photo

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9 Comments

  • Comment by Angela — September 7, 2011 @ 11:23 am

    This is an amazing wedding, and you seem to have captured it so beautifully! Thank you for sharing such a special story!

  • Comment by Johanna — September 7, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    Omg! I’m speechless! Absolutely fantastic pics and their story just brought tears in my eyes. I don’t know why but it just did. LOVE your work!

  • Comment by Tara — September 7, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    wiping away tears…..Shelley, just so beautiful and so touching. Amazing photos and story.

  • Comment by tasha — September 7, 2011 @ 11:54 am

    Wow!! So much beauty and emotion!! What incredible work, Shelley (& girls)! You gave each couple their own wedding photos, their own story & yet showed how it all flowed together in one day! Beautifully done!!

  • Comment by tammy bohne — September 7, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    how perfect!! this will NOT happen every day, that is for sure! ah-mazing!

  • Comment by Renee Loux — September 7, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    Dear Shelley,

    As always, our family is so blown away by your incredible gifting! We are so thankful for all the love you poured into this day, capturing another important event in our family’s lives. You are AMAZING and we couldn’t have imagined using any other photographer to capture this special day! It was an emotional and yet incredibly joyful day for us all and having you work your “magic” just topped it all off for us! We love you so much Shelley! Thank you again to you and your team for these priceless photographs!

    Hugs and love from our whole tribe!

    Renee’ and family

  • Comment by Beth Ann Cook — September 8, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    Such beautiful couples–and a beautiful wedding. I especially appreciate your photos since I wasn’t able to make it out for the big day.

  • Comment by Sheryl Bradshaw — September 9, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    I wasn’t able to fly in for the wedding,I was just heart broken. I’ve been waiting for these pictures because I knew you would capture the day so beautifully. You didn’t let me down. Thank you so much for such a beautiful job.

  • Comment by brooke — September 9, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    I knew these girls when we used to live in KC…amazing job. SO so beautiful…I must admit I got my eyes are a bit misty after going through your images. Well done ladies!

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