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Shayla & Steven : The St. Paul Hotel

Shayla and Steven were married at the always beautiful – St. Paul Hotel.  I adored all of the details – especially the rich color palette of jewel tones throughout this wedding.  The ceremony, reception decor, and flowers were provided by Festivities.

I had trouble cutting down the number of Shayla portraits to post on this blog… she is so stunning and very easy to photograph!  Makeup done by Smart & Chic bride.

The garden in front of the hotel was the perfect spot for a first look moment.  BEAUTIFUL!

It was a beautiful overcast all day long – which made Rice park a great location for some portraits.  I love the view of downtown St. Paul behind the bridal party…  The 2nd image – oh, just Shayla and Steven looking FIERCE!  :)

A candlelit ceremony with plenty of sweet moments.

My worst fear as a photographer is that I’ll be in my “zone” photographing and accidentally back into a candle or something…  thankfully it hasn’t happened to me!

I wish somehow we could actually taste food through the internet.  Or through photographs.  The St. Paul Hotel made some pretty fantastic meals for the reception….  Shayla and Steven are “foodies” so I expected as much!  :)    Also – the rich colors and gold accents integrated perfectly into the hotel atmosphere.

We were all surprised when the DJ announced that Shayla would be singing Etta Jame’s “At Last” to Steven.  I had no idea this was coming, and no idea this girl can sing.  Wowza!

A sweet moment.  Love!

And I’ll end this post with an epic grand finale portrait outside of the hotel.  What I love about Shayla and Steven – is that when they kiss, they kiss like they mean it!  :)  And that, is what it’s all about.  Congratulations you two!!  – Betsy

  • Salwa - Holy GORGEOUS. Beautiful photos, beautiful couple, beautiful wedding!

    I especially love the one of the two of them where Steven is facing Shayla and she’s looking at the camera – smokin!!ReplyCancel

  • Karin - Awesome post — great job, friend!ReplyCancel

Terra & John – married! :)

Terra and John were married on what started as a very rainy day and ended up with beautiful sunshine and great weather!  We started our day getting ready at Salon Avé in Roseville (owned by Terra’s mother & where Terra is a stylist).

A very handsome groom!

Together they make such a sweet and gorgeous looking couple!

The colors were bright pink and yellow – perfect for a May wedding!

The ceremony was emotional – not a dry eye in the house during the vows.

The rain let up for a gorgeous reception at Stone Ridge Golf Club.

Each table had a cake for a centerpiece (and they were delicious cakes by Buttercream!)

Rick & Shooter with Northern Lights knew how to throw a good party!  (Fog machines and everything!!)


Thank you so much Terra and John – I hope you are having the best honeymoon ever!

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  • Kelsey Wichelman - Gorgeous couple, beautiful wedding, and as always fabulous pictures!ReplyCancel

Terra & John – the Photo Booth!

Last weekend was Terra & John’s wedding!  They chose to have a Photo Booth which is such a great way to entertain guests, and to get some great personalized photos of your friends and family!




I love the PHOTO BOOTH! :)


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Beth & Scott – married!

Last Saturday was Beth and Scott’s wedding at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota.  I photographed Beth’s personal attendant’s (Kara & Mike) wedding last year.  (PS Kara – I totally will miss having you as a personal attendant in my weddings… she was so accommodating that I felt like she was offering to be my attendant at times!)

We started the day getting ready at their BEAUTIFUL house.  Ohhh those shoes.  Beth showed me a picture of those shoes before the wedding, and is it nerdy to say I had anticipated/thought about photographing those shoes all week before the wedding?

… and when I arrived I found that Beth also had a fabulous clutch and pretty much fabulous everything (which, wasn’t a big surprise because I’ve always seen she’s had great style).

It’s about time Scott made an appearance in this post!  The super sweet first look moment…

These beautiful flowers are from Richfield Flowers (which if I am remembering correctly, is Beth’s aunt!)

I realize I have two walking-down-the-aisle photos… but the moments are so sweet, really – could you decide which one to post?  Yeah – me neither.

It’s official – MARRIED!  :)

This photo cracks me up – I love the swarm of cameras in front of the bride and groom!

It was a pretty rainy day – but it let up enough for us to go outside for some quick portraits!

The bridesmaids flowers + dresses = perfection.  (That’s about the only type of math I’m good at these days).  :)

GORGEOUS couple.

Scott really worked it on this one.  I told them to go in for a kiss and he totally went for it (I love it when grooms do that!)

The reception was at the beautiful venue, Mulligans…. and that cake.  OMG I’m obsessed with that cake!  Karin (my 2nd shooter) and I had lots of fun playing with light to bring out the details in this cake… because really – it deserved some special attention. :)  The cake is from Cold Spring Bakery.

Some first dance sweetness…

I love this photo of Beth and her dad.

Beth & Scott- you two are the absolute sweetest couple, and I will so miss working with you two!   Have a fantastic honeymoon!!!!!!  (! x 10!)

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  • Marilyn Weis - I love your photos! I am Beth’s aunt, Marilyn Weis, And manager of Richfield Flowers & Events in Richfield MN. I did the personal flowers and all of the reception flowers and decor. I would LOVE some of our shots of the flowers! And of Beth & Scott too! Thanks for sharing! Let me know if we can do a link to our website?ReplyCancel