Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Minnesota Faces: September bridal couple September 18, 2015

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Portrait #40: Carlyn & Jared


Portrait 40, Jared and Carlyn


Aside June, September is the most popular month for weddings in Minnesota. That’s according to my unofficial, brief online research. I believe it.

My parents were married in September. So was my eldest daughter. And last September, my niece Carlyn married Jared.

They were wed in Walnut Grove, childhood home of Laura Ingalls Wilder. It was a stunning autumn day, a reason September proves popular for weddings. The church was packed, the flower girls and ring bearers restless and cute.

And I was there with my camera, in an unofficial capacity. I’ve photographed weddings for family in the past, but won’t any more. I can do without the drama, emotions and challenges. I much prefer to shoot journalistic style images without the pressures of portrait photography.

Which brings us to this photo, taken as Carlyn and Jared’s wedding guests tossed birdseed at them. I love everything about this frame—the light, the motion of the seed showering the couple, the blur of the crowd, Jared’s loving glance at his bride, Carlyn’s smile. It captures a moment of celebration and love. On a beautiful September afternoon in southwestern Minnesota.


Minnesota Faces is featured every Friday on Minnesota Prairie Roots.

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18 Responses to “Minnesota Faces: September bridal couple”

  1. Littlesundog Says:

    Beautiful candid photo!

  2. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    Great photo

  3. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson Says:

    I agree with you! Lovely. My parents were also married in September. If they were still around, they would have celebrated their 80th anniversary on September 9. 🙂

  4. Jackie Says:

    You captured the perfect photo! I love all the same things you said about it 🙂

  5. Beautiful Capture 🙂 I am a June Bride and looked into October as well when picking a Wedding date. June and September are nice months in MN to get married because hopefully it is not too hot and humid – nothing like getting dressed up and passing out from the heat – makes everyone happier too.

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