b*travels :: north, to elbow lake lodge

We are home again, after a whirlwind four days of travel, and while I miss the lake and the woods and time by the campfire, I have to say, I am happy to be sitting in the studio after a good night’s sleep in my own bed. We left the city on Friday night at 10:30 p.m. Yes, we are insane. At 2:30 a.m., we pulled up to my parents log home, and promptly crashed into bed. Seven hours later, I forced my eyes open, grabbed a quick breakfast, and headed out to go garage saling with my mom. I scored a pair of x-country skis for five bucks, which pretty much made my day. Not that I want to think about winter, but when it inevitably rolls around again, I’ll be ready. The rest of the day was spent reading and napping and hanging out with family.

On Sunday, hubby and I got back in the car and headed one hour northwest to Elbow Lake Lodge, in Cook, Minnesota. I have a history with the Lodge, having spent a few of my childhood summers there during the years my parents owned and operated the resort. Not having been back in years, I found myself reminiscing at every turn. On this particular weekend, the purpose for our stay was not exactly sentimental, however. I was there for a wedding inspiration shoot with my dear friend Emily Steffen. We arrived late in the afternoon on Sunday, and promptly jumped in a boat. We crossed the lake under a hot summer sun to the log cabin that we would be calling home for two nights. As we pulled up to the dock, I swear I became a kid again. Later that night, Emily and I snuggled up under a pile of blankets with books and oreos and lots of laughs. Hubby fished off the end of the dock, and we may or may not have spent the better part of an hour trying to get our Facebook statuses updated (see photo of Em at the end of the dock trying to get better reception). We ended the night with a bonfire and s’mores under a full moon. It was, in a word, spectacular.

The next morning we awoke early, and headed back across the lake to the Lodge. The purpose of our time there was to create a beautiful collection of images that the Lodge could use for the promotion of their destination weddings. The setting is out of this world, and the Lodge regularly hosts a number of large events. They have a wonderful, caring staff, facilities to accommodate many guests, and a beautiful spot for a ceremony and reception. All the details make for one spectacular location for a wedding. Emily and I were thrilled to be given the opportunity to capture the beauty of this place. She was shooting and I was styling, as is our modus operandi. We worked with a few awesome vendors, including Danielle from Studio Fluerette, Laurie from Arise Designs (also the owner of Elbow Lake Lodge!), and Nathalie from 120 Water Street. These ladies made our job so easy. Monday was full to the brim with prepping and shooting. We had a beautiful couple modeling for us, and the highlight of the whole day was when our “groom” proposed to his darling (soon to be) “bride”. Laurie, Em and I were all holding back tears when he got down on one knee. We shot well into the evening, ending our day with s’mores and sparklers on the dock. And that, my friends, is what I call a great conclusion to a summer weekend. Yesterday we traveled home, and today I’m in the thick of playing catch-up. Tomorrow I’ll be back with a tour of new blog, so stay tuned! OH, and go to Emily’s blog for a little sneak peak of our Elbow Lake Lodge shoot. You don’t want to miss this one. All for now, dears…

  1. Danielle | Studio Fleurette says:

    Looks like so much fun! Emily’s blog and photos look fantastic. You guys did a great job and I can’t wait to see more!

  2. Emily Steffen says:

    YAY! This weekend was so amazing for me! I hope we have many more giggly nights together on the dock! :) You are a fabulous friend my dear….loved this weekend! :)

  3. Laurie Ashbach says:

    Such a fun day shooting that I slept in till 10:15 the next morning! You guys were great and I’m glad you had fun at the log cabin. Thank you for all the great energy, and I can’t wait to see the photos. Our booth will be a knockout at the wedding & home shows this winter thanks to your talented group of creatives.

  4. Jake says:

    I love the light painting photo. Looks like some good times.

  5. Jocelyn Pagano says:

    Aww, he proposed in the middle of the shoot? That’s awesome! Going to check out Emily’s pics now. Sounds like a fun weekend!

  6. Laura @ LauraLikesDesign says:

    Oh my goodness, I haven’t had Oreos in forever–that sounds so good right now.

    Sounds like a fun trip–I love the shot of the sandals with little “toe prints.” Too cute.

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