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Brent + Andra | Married | A Cozy Anniversary Session in Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

December 9, 2015

Oh, I am SO excited about the post on the blog today!! Yes, because it’s an Anniversary Session + you know how much I LOVE anniversary sessions(!!!!), but mostly because I love even MORE the couple whose marriage + anniversary we had the privilege of celebrating this past weekend in Minneapolis!!! 

Brent + Andra are, simply put, amazing people. They are fun, HILARIOUS, humble, hard-working, kind, successful, dreamers, + lovers. Lovers of each other, + anyone + everyone who comes into their lives. They have been such a huge blessing to Caleb + I since we met them just over a year ago + we always say that the only thing that would make them better would be if they lived closer to us!! Ha!! I guess you can’t have everything … ; )

ENJOY getting to know these two — both their Q&A + our favorite images from their session!! P.S. You’re definitely going to want to stick around until the end!! ; ) Happy Wednesday!!! And YAY for MARRIAGE!!!

1. Where do you two live + what is one of your favorite things about your city?

We just moved to Minneapolis about one year ago, right before we got married! We love this city, because it’s the perfect balance of ‘big city’ + ‘small town feel.‘  There are so many things to do, restaurants to eat at, events going on, etc. But we also run into people we know, can talk to strangers (that’s more Andra’s thing…), + can relax in a quiet home.

2.  How did you two meet + how long have you been married?

Actually, the first thing we did together was walk down an aisle! We were paired as Bridesmaid + Groomsman at a mutual friends’ wedding without any intention of ‘setting us up!’ In fact, Brent lived in New Jersey at the time, + Andra in Wisconsin, so while we really got along at the wedding, we had no intention of talking any further. But … that changed. After one entire year of chatting online, over the phone, + via Skype, we finally got to see one another again. We knew right away that it was a forever kind of deal. Eventually, we both moved to Minnesota (no more flights to see each other!), + got married on Valentine’s Day, 2015.

3.  Brent, what is one of your favorite things about Andra? Andra, what is what of your favorite things about Brent?

B: Andra always knows how to make me laugh + smile, even in tough situations.  She constantly knows the right thing to say, + encourages me in all that I pursue.  I couldn’t be happier to have someone this lovely + encouraging by my side.

A: While it’s impossible to say just one favorite thing, Brent always seems to know exactly what I need. Whether it’s a conversation, time for snuggling, a listening ear, etc. Brent understands me before I can even have time to understand myself! He always makes me feel incredibly special. AND he does all the cooking … so …

4.  What has been a challenge of marriage that you weren’t necessarily expecting? How do you battle that challenge?

When you live with someone + see them all the time, it’s easy to set aside the quirky + romantic gestures that are so normal in a dating relationship. Schedules get busy + days become filled with other ‘to-dos.’ We realized that we both need that romantic pursuit, so we always make an effort to date one another, surprise each other, + create new memories constantly! We also know that when tough situations come up, it’s just an opportunity to live out our vows. Together, + with the Lord, we really believe we can get through anything together! For example, playing board games together 😉 Just kidding. Kind of.

5.  What is one of your favorite things about marriage? What do you love about it?!

One of our favorite things about marriage, is always having a best friend to come home to.  No matter what, we each have a constant companion + fellow dreamer to go on crazy travels with, or just snuggle at home. We constantly strive to put the other before ourselves, + it really makes marriage one sweet adventure! We love marriage!

They are such a BEAUTIFUL couple!! Gahh!!!!

Definitely a favorite : )

SO CUTE you guys!!!!!! : )

Oh, Andra!!!! Just breath-takingly stunning!!!

How cozy + festive is this location!?! I love it!!

Now, just for fun, some outtakes from Brent + Andra’s Anniversary Session!! Don’t worry, I got permission to share these!! Hehe : )

To see more anniversary sessions, click here!!


  1. Kelly Zugay

    December 9th, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    These are so beautiful! 🙂 What a happy occasion! Great job, Maison! Looking fabulous Andra & Brent! <3

  2. Maison Engel

    December 9th, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Thank you so much, Kelly!!!!

  3. Andra

    December 9th, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you SO SO MUCH! <3 We love everything about every single one of these photos! You are so talented, and we appreciated your friendship so much!

    Thanks for photographing these memories! Be ready to grow old with us…because you are our forever photographer! 😉

  4. Maison Engel

    December 9th, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    YES!! Photos together even when we’re in walkers ;)!! I can’t wait!! Love you guys!!

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