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I know little of the joy, the stamina, and reward of being married for 50 years…but the Nichols family does!  It was an honor to photograph their family a few weeks back and witness the humor and love that keeps this family strong!   These two were adorable!  They wanted to swing on the swings,…

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I love weddings, but anniversaries are better, because another year means more experiences, more growth, and more love.

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  • Alyssa FlatenMarch 25, 2014 - 8:24 pm

    anniversaries are better!

Kim and Matt will be celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary next month. And part of their celebration was a trip to Cabo and of course, a photo shoot there! This is how EVERY anniversary should be celebrated! I was honored to help celebrate these two and their love for each other! They are gems, honeys,…

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  • Alyssa FlatenNovember 6, 2013 - 10:01 pm

    love these guys! Kim and Matt! <3

  • Linda SchlafmanNovember 6, 2013 - 11:32 pm

    Love it!

  • Jodi Simpson CarpenterNovember 7, 2013 - 4:23 am

    I miss your beautiful face! Great pics by the way:)

  • KimNovember 7, 2013 - 4:27 pm

    I love these!!! You are so talented, Alyssa. Thank you for sharing (& capturing) such a special celebration with us!

  • suzanneNovember 7, 2013 - 11:51 pm

    These are awesome. I am very jealous we didn’t do something like this at 10 or 20 years.

  • Bridget ScholljegerdesNovember 8, 2013 - 2:42 am

    Wow beautiful couple!!!

  • Tanya Boesen MarcellaNovember 8, 2013 - 3:57 am

    Such a beautiful couple! Great pictues!! Congrats Kim and Matt!!

  • Naomi DamschenNovember 8, 2013 - 9:12 pm

    beautiful work, Alyssa! and Kim, you guys look AMAZING!

Now, this is how you celebrate 10 years of marriage! More to come…

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  • Alyssa FlatenOctober 29, 2013 - 9:00 pm

    I’ve been saving this for a cold gloomy day like today…more to come of Kim and Matt <3

  • mosaic photographyOctober 29, 2013 - 9:05 pm

    Every year of marriage should be celebrated like this! right Kim?!

Ty and Lindsay! These are two creative people who recently celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary! Yipee! And, nine years ago, I photographed their wedding. (it seems like ages ago, but I was shooting both film and digital back then!) So, this is Ty and Lindsay, 9 years later (and in the same wedding dress, I…

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  • Alyssa FlatenSeptember 11, 2013 - 7:58 pm

    Ty and Lindsay celebrated nine years by putting the dress back on and doing another photo shoot with me! Hooray for love!

  • Larissa Reimer CockrellSeptember 11, 2013 - 8:21 pm

    LOVE THE IDEA:)

There is something to be said for a “trash the dress” or “rock the frock” or “wedding anniversary” session–you know, where you get your wedding dress (or your new favorite wedding dress) back on and you celebrate again! There’s no pressure, no ceremony to come, or guests waiting. It is relaxed! Your dress can get…

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  • Alyssa FlatenSeptember 5, 2013 - 10:41 pm

    Awww! I’m absolutely adoring what transpired from this anniversary session with Christina and Terry.

  • Alyssa FlatenSeptember 6, 2013 - 3:20 pm

    Awww! I’m absolutely adoring what transpired from this anniversary session with Christina and Terry.

I photographed these two on their wedding day a little over 9 years ago… More to come!

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  • Alyssa FlatenSeptember 2, 2013 - 3:30 am

    nine years! hooray! more coming of sweet Lindsay and Ty.

  • mosaic photographySeptember 2, 2013 - 3:32 am

    loving these images…more coming soon.

  • Tara BultemaSeptember 2, 2013 - 4:07 am

    Fun fun!

Oh goodness! these two. What can I say? They are adventurous. They are genuine. They are creative. They are in love. My socks didn’t stay on through this session–these two melted my heart and knocked my socks off–I just can’t say anymore. I think the pictures are enough. Hooray for love! “All the people boomed…

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  • Alyssa FlatenAugust 25, 2013 - 8:45 pm

    more of the incredible Jason and breath-taking Lacey!

Another peek at our ten year anniversary session with Christina and Terry…

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  • Alyssa FlatenSeptember 2, 2013 - 3:30 am

    more of this gorgeous couple! TEN YEARS! hooray for Christina and Terry.

  • mosaic photographySeptember 2, 2013 - 3:32 am

    this dress, the sunlight, I LOVE ANNIVERSARY sessions!

  • Tara BultemaSeptember 2, 2013 - 4:08 am

    Ha…terry looks a little like 007.

These guys are smokin! More coming…

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  • Alyssa FlatenAugust 26, 2013 - 9:06 pm

    had fun with a little early-celebrating with Christina and Terry (ten years of marriage this December!)

Terry and Christina have almost reached 10 years of marriage! And this was a part of the celebration… I had the honor of photographing them on their 5 year anniversary too! I’ve know these guys for a very long time, and they just get better looking as the years pass. Props to Tammy from Ken’s…

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Hooray for love and marriage! Kinsey and Dan are getting close to three years of marriage. They are a likable, fun, and friendly pair. And we decided to celebrate love just a bit by not just going on a date night, but photographing a their date night adventure. And what better place to take a…

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  • Keli TetzlaffAugust 16, 2013 - 2:02 pm

    Love love love!!! Such great pics of an amazing couple!!

I can hardly imagine that feeling of closeness, commitment, and being so well known, that comes with twenty six years of pursuing the one you love.  Bruce and Ladonna, however, know.  They recently celebrated twenty six years of marriage and their love inspires me!   The way they make each other laugh, the way they…

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  • Marla HuhnAugust 7, 2013 - 6:24 pm

    Touching, beautiful photos!

  • Susan Walker WeiandAugust 7, 2013 - 6:49 pm

    Beautiful, just beautiful!

  • Susie SchneibelAugust 7, 2013 - 8:28 pm

    So Beautiful, Happy Anniversary <3.....I'd love to do this sometime.

  • Tawnya Lee CandiesAugust 7, 2013 - 9:20 pm

    I love the pictures! You two look so happy!

  • Kari Fleckenstein DonnerAugust 7, 2013 - 10:34 pm

    You two look great! Happy anniversary!

  • Stephanie Bicksler CarzolaAugust 8, 2013 - 12:21 am

    What an amazing photo shoot! Congrats to you and Bruce, LaDonna Loehrke!

Okay, if you haven’t heard about the DATE NIGHT shenanigans we are doing to help celebrate Scott and I’s 10 year wedding anniversary you can check out the details here at this post.  And just comment below with your super fun date night idea below to enter the Date Night contest.  You have until August…

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  • Samantha NiesJuly 25, 2013 - 10:01 pm

    A night in watching a movie on our projector (takes up a whole wall) with homemade shakes and homemade popcorn 🙂

  • mosaic photographyJuly 26, 2013 - 2:41 am

    win a free couples session…just tell us your most awesome date night! (scott and I will be taking notes 🙂 ).

  • Christy BitzJuly 26, 2013 - 9:51 pm

    We don’t venture too far from home often…so we have done a picnic in our pasture with a blanket and candles! The cows LOVE it! lol

  • Alyssa FlatenJuly 27, 2013 - 1:08 pm

    Any lovebirds out there? I am looking to photograph some date night adventures like hot air ballooning, sunset at the amusement park, a beach picnic-you name it! Leave your idea here on the blog!

  • Tara BultemaJuly 27, 2013 - 2:04 pm

    There are so many fun date night ideas but one that I think that would be really neat to photograph would be building climbing. Jon’s Sister Chrissy and her husband used to climb buildings on dates…hey it’s free. Luckily they didn’t get arrested :)…Other fun date night (good photo ops)…Firework watching, ice skating, playing ping pong, Tubing/Water skiing, sledding, ice fishing, wine tasting tour, hiking, going to the races, going to a costume party, shoe shopping, slip and sliding, going to a dinner/mystery theatre, picking out a new pet, car shopping…I think you could make almost any date romantic when no kids are around :).

  • Kim Mack VoorheesJuly 27, 2013 - 3:55 pm

    I’ve always wanted to do a hot air balloon ride! You could also have a picnic in a secluded area, tell each other all the things that attracted you to the other person then/now and dance to your “first dance” song (played on iPod, car stereo, etc). Another idea would be to rent/charter a boat and pack food for a picnic on the river. OR, you could split the cost with another couple and do a private sunset yacht cruise in Cabo (http://www.cabosailing.com/tours/sunset-sailing/) ;).

  • Nichole MoserJuly 28, 2013 - 11:48 am

    Finding an open area, starting a little campfire wrapping up in a blanket roasting marshmallows & hot dogs maybe a bottle of wine and just enjoying eachothers company 🙂

  • Alyssa FlatenJuly 28, 2013 - 4:32 pm

    Loving the date night ideas! Join in the fun and win a couples session on your next date night!

  • Katie HollemanJuly 29, 2013 - 10:44 am

    This past summer, my boyfriend has introduced me to a hobby we both love doing together…fishing! Our perfect date night would be having a picnic on the pontoon while fishing the day away. (:

  • Stacy WalchJuly 29, 2013 - 3:30 pm

    We would love to go on a hot air balloon ride to also celebrate our 10 yr anniversary!

  • Emily BrooksJuly 29, 2013 - 3:31 pm

    My husband and I celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary on May 17th with a vow renewal with the same time, church, pastor, dress and candles as our wedding 10 years earlier. We’ve been stretching out the celebration and doing special things all year. I’ve always wanted to ride on a segway, so this year we’re doing it on Friday the 13th of September! We’d love for you to join us in the Twin Cities :.) http://www.segwayofminnesota.com/.

  • Aarie AdamsJuly 29, 2013 - 3:33 pm

    A day at the lake. Rent some paddle boards, fish, jet ski, wake board, ski, or just last on a floatie!! Gotta love the lake!

  • Julie ConnorsJuly 29, 2013 - 5:26 pm

    If there were ANY rock climbing around that’s what Kev and I would be doing on a date night, no doubt about it. In the winter…SNOWBOARDING! But right now, we’d love to find some really good horseback riding. 🙂

  • Ashley TrangsrudJuly 29, 2013 - 7:44 pm

    A fun date idea would be canoeing down a river with my husband and enjoying a wonderfully put together picnic lunch either in the canoe or stopping somewhere along the river to enjoy our lunch.

  • Judy FlatenJuly 29, 2013 - 10:19 pm

    Go to the Sky View Drive In Movie with a bucket of homemade popcorn and a vehicle without bucket seats! WooHOO!

  • Alyssa FlatenJuly 30, 2013 - 1:01 am

    From segways to canoeing, I am loving these date ideas!! Join the fun and win a chance to get your date photographed!!

  • Sara J. SchumacherJuly 30, 2013 - 11:09 am

    The perfect date night.. doing something he loves then something that she loves and ending with something u both love. For my man and I it would be going to a a place on his bucket list, such as a Notre Dame Football Game VIP style. After the game going to a great restaurant for wine and supper. Then ending our night in the beautiful hotel room with a Jacuzzi tub snuggle and a great bottle of champagne. Total “day of love” celebration !

  • Carissa HaugenJuly 30, 2013 - 11:24 pm

    Here are 3 ideas:

    Take a camera with you on your date. Keep on asking people to take your photo and make it a point to lock lips every time the camera clicks. On your next date, after getting the pictures developed, make a collage of your smooching day.

    Volunteer at a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or nursing home. The experience of helping others will unite you and make you appreciate one another.

    Go to the Renaissance Faire in Shakopee, MN. Enjoy the jugglers, jousts, tankards of ale, and turkey legs the size of your thigh. Dress up in garb to feel brought back into the Medieval time. Challenge each other to talk in fake British accents the whole day.

  • Amy FranzJuly 31, 2013 - 4:56 am

    Something fun I want to do is take my husband out for burgers/root beers, laser tag and finish with a dessert date at a local restaurant. We recently celebrated our first wedding anniversary, as well as a pregnancy, sold our ‘too small’ home and moved into our new home, so we haven’t yet had time to relax and go out!

  • Amy FranzJuly 31, 2013 - 4:56 am

    Something fun I want to do is take my husband out for burgers/root beers, laser tag and finish with a dessert date at a local restaurant. We recently celebrated our first wedding anniversary, as well as a pregnancy, sold our ‘too small’ home and moved into our new home, so we haven’t yet had time to relax and go out!

  • Kinsey AlbrechtAugust 1, 2013 - 12:05 am

    I would go eat at the walrus, then go to the zoo, then a play at the sleepy hollow theater, then some frozen yogurt at cherry berry, then maybe find a dark field to look at the stars

  • Eve Lynae KosteleckyAugust 1, 2013 - 2:24 am

    Something that I think would be a blast and spontaneous is first drop the kids off at my parents-roadtrip it to South Dakota-go for a long hike-eat a steak in Hill City at the Alpine Inn-camp out at the KOA(they have real bathrooms) than eat sunflower seeds the whole way home as we solve the worlds problems:) hehe

  • Alyssa FlatenAugust 1, 2013 - 12:25 pm

    LAST day to share your date idea and enter to win your date night paparazzi and photo goodness!

  • Jeremy WalthAugust 2, 2013 - 12:00 am

    Sunset plane ride over Bis! Maybe dinner on riverboat prior to that?

  • LauraAugust 3, 2013 - 6:42 pm

    Hiking through Maplewood during the display of fall leaves! Ending with a bonfire and roasting marshmallows. Of course we’d have to wear plaid! 😉

  • Alyssa FlatenAugust 3, 2013 - 9:42 pm

    my blog got hacked so my site was down most of yesterday but is now up and running! which means I am going to extend the Date Night Photo Session Contest thru TOINGHT and the winners will be announced tomorrow. Last chance to join the fun: http://mosaicphotography.net/blog/?p=3113.

  • Bobbi SimmonsAugust 3, 2013 - 10:27 pm

    Laser tag, target shooting

  • Lexie ThorsonAugust 3, 2013 - 10:47 pm

    Pack a picnic, rent a tandem bike and bike to the nearest body of water. Enjoy each others company while marveling at the beauties of outdoors. Would be even more special if you could watch the sunset and then star gaze after!

  • Alisha Nicole BaileyAugust 4, 2013 - 3:12 am

    I think if its a date night like, “Quick, let’s get a sitter so we can squeeze some ‘us time’ in”, and if I’m in charge of the planning, then it must consist of 3 components. 1. Food & Drinks. We gotta please our taste buds and connect without scrambling to stop kids from publicly embarrassing us or being interrupted 100 times, and just enjoy each other. The best talks always flow over good Eats. So whether this be a separate stop or in combination with the next components, a fantastic picnic with some good tunes, or a hip & fun pub, grubbing is key to a great night. 2. Competition. Matching wits is spicy and FUN and is sure to induce flirting, bantering, and attraction. The shooting range, miniature golf, or even a classic game of H-O-R-S-E. This is usually the best part of the date and totally capitalizes the Friendship of the relationship. Just getting to be playful and chuck the titles and roles we normally play and just PLAY! 3. Romance. I love knowing he purposely pre-thought about how to include this in our night. But, I get giddy when I plan this phase for us too. A top ranker would be grabbing a blanket, popcorn, wine, and a portable dvd player and driving to the middle of no where, (within 20 minutes of coarse), and setting up under the stars.
    Thanks for asking. Such a great topic.

Here is a glimpse of Mandy and Nate’s TEN YEAR anniversary shoot! I just love when girls muster up the courage to get their wedding dress out and on again! And when the guys love their ladies so much that they willingly agree to such a thing–MORE photos! My husband and I did this on…

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  • KerryOctober 15, 2012 - 11:14 am

    Just gorgeous! I love the one of him dipping her with the sun behind them. And what an adorable couple, obviously in love. Nice work!

I couldn’t wait. I had to post this. Right now. Because I love these two; I love love love celebrating love.  And what better way to celebrate TEN years of love by getting that dress back on and reliving those wedding memories and creating new ones with anniversary portraits?  (you can do all those things…

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  • TanyaOctober 1, 2012 - 10:07 am

    Alyssa, these are absolutely stunning! The warm lighting from the sunset is gorgeous!

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