Category Archives: weddings
Alyson and Geoff had the most beautiful wedding day at the Minneapolis Event Center. I LOVED the ceremony location, and it was the perfect day for an outdoor event. Props to the talented Rachelle with Style Architects Weddings for putting together such a fabulous event!
Alyson’s was a stunning bride. The veil and sash were her grandmothers, worn by Alyson’s mother, and now Alyson.
Why I love my 2nd photographer – camera 1 (me on the left) and camera 2 (my ever so talented assistant).
Details, details, details! :)
This reception was SO FUN, and I’ve never photographed anything like it. Throughout the night dinner and toasts were equally mixed with dancing – the guests were always entertained!
Thank you to all of the vendors below!
Wedding Planner: Style-Architects (Rachelle)
Florist: Sadie’s Florals
Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Musicians: Loring String Quartet
Videographer: Ideatap Studios
Makeup/Hair: Julie Swenson
Wedding Dress/Shoes: Ramona Kaveza – L’Atelier Couture
Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale (Flutter)
Linens, place settings, etc: Après party & tent rental
Invitations and paper goods: Spark Letterpress
So, I’m pretty much obsessed with this wedding – everything was sooooo beautiful and easily photographed I can’t wait to share the images with you! Earlier that morning it as raining, which typically wouldn’t be a huge deal except that Kelly and Brendan had an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour planned. Thankfully just in time, the rain let up and we were able to enjoy the entire celebration outside! A big thank you to Rita with Premier Planning Services for the impeccable work and such a smooth running day!
I adored Kelly’s dress – Vera wang and incredibly unique!
Such a sweet first look (and in a beautiful setting – with the gardens behind done by Kelly’s mom!)
The above bridal party pic – I call it more of a “selfie” pose – I do this after all of the more posed group photos. Nice and casual and fun, and easy to see everyone’s faces!
Hands down the coolest way to grab a drink – boat drinks!
More pictures of the bar boat! :)
The below is just a detail photo, but one of my favorites – so it can be featured as a photo on its’ own. :)
Rosemary sprigs on each place setting (the place smelled amazing). :)
Kelly’s family has the coolest boat, and we were all excited to take some portraits with it. Nothing makes a photographer more nervous than a bride and groom stepping from a dock onto a boat! :) A big thank you to Kelly’s father for helping us out on this one. Thankfully all went smoothly and the photos were totally worth it!
It takes a rockstar team of vendors to pull of an event like this! Without further adieu:
Florist: Richfield Flowers and Events
Food & Cake: D’Amico
Wedding Planner: Rita with Premier Planning
DJ: Instant Request
Videographer: Sunset Blue
Makeup/Hair: hair: Danielle Goulet, makeup: Terry Fredkove
Wedding Dress/Shoes: Vera Wang from L’Atiler Couture
Bridesmaids Dresses: Flutter Boutique
Tuxes/Suits: Brendan’s suit is from Heimie’s Haberdashery in St. Paul
Other: Tent and rentals from Aprés
That’s how I tried to start this blog post. I sat in front of my computer screen for more than twenty minutes but couldn’t figure out how to finish that statement. And what I wanted to say above is true. It was a gorgeous wedding day with so much love and happiness with two really great people. It just wasn’t everything that I wanted to say. Moments ago I received an email from Jessica giving the green light to share, so, here I go…
It’s amazing – how sometimes in the most unexpected of places, the right person can be put into your life at the right time. Last August I was in my second trimester with twin boys and while our sweet Minneapolis home was charming, it was the kind of charming that wouldn’t fit our growing family. So we bought a house in Rochester, and a few days after we moved into our new home, I went in for my scheduled ultrasound at mayo. I remember the room falling silent and the doctors words sounding distant as I received the news no parent should ever have to hear. I delivered my boys the following morning. We had our little family photographed, and I remember telling my husband “No need to smile, unless you want to. These photographs can be authentic.”
It was August, and as a wedding photographer I was in the busiest part of my season. I genuinely care so much about every couple I work with, I couldn’t stand to leave them without a photographer in such short notice. So, the following Saturday I dressed myself for a wedding, put on the happiest face possible, and went to my studio to meet Jessica before heading out for my wedding that afternoon. We started our meeting per usual, I thought I could do it, until mid-meeting I had to stop. I choked backed tears as I explained to Jessica that I thought I would be strong enough for this, but I wasn’t. Tears welled up in Jessica’s eyes – I apologized as I knew this would have been the weirdest and most uncomfortable meeting she’s had. I was embarrassed. To this she responded with such warmth and kindness towards me… and then shared with me what was happening in her life. Her father, Earl, had been diagnosed with advanced alzheimer’s disease, and that that week they were moving him into a facility that could take care of him. We cried and hugged – at that time complete strangers. I remember walking her out of my studio joking that I promise, even though we shared this I totally wanted to make sure her and Christian hired the photographer that was best for them.
Jess loves her father so much, and it was not going to be possible for him to be present on the wedding day. She arranged to have him walk her down the aisle of their family church this last winter. I was honored to be there to capture these moments, some of the most important images I have taken. I told them “No need to smile, unless you want to. These photographs can be authentic.” And they are. Sweet. Genuine. Sad. Beautiful.
I realize this is a somber way to start a wedding blog post. But it is the real story… and in a way it emphasizes the “sweet” part of this bittersweet day. While we have experienced heartache, I think it makes us appreciate the meaning of this wedding day that much more. Jessica is so fortunate to have great parents, and they are so fortunate to have a daughter like her. Christian is a wonderful man with an infectious smile, who so clearly loves and cherishes Jess. How perfect it is that these two have each other, and have friends and family around them to support, love, and celebrate with them!
The photograph below is my favorite.
The blue heart is some of Jessica’s father’s work shirt sewn into her dress. :)
Florist: Reception-Westdale Florists
DJ: Midwest Sound
Wedding Dress: Posh Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe
Linens & Table Settings: Linen Effects
Kate & Jon had the most lovely wedding, with ceremony at Temple Israel and reception at Café Lurcat in Minneapolis. It was a day focused around celebrating the marriage of two exceptional people alongside their closest family and friends. A bit shout out to Nicolle with Mother of the Bride for helping to make this day so special!
Wedding Planning & Design: Nicolle with Mother of the Bride.
Makeup: Nan Fletcher
Gown: POSH Bridal Couture
Flowers: Ashley Fox Designs
Band: R Factor
Cake: Sweet Retreat
Reception Music: Instant Request
Ashley and Dan had the sweetest U of M Campus Club wedding, and the weather was absolute perfection for their balcony ceremony. Everything about the day was fun and relaxed and I am honored to have been a part of it! We started the day in the Commons Hotel…
We could not stop photographing Ashley, she is so beautiful! Also, I loved her hair. It was classy and unique at the same time.
This was the sweetest group of bridesmaids!
A balcony ceremony with the prettiest blue skies above!
Artsy cocktail hour photo that I’m quite proud of. :)
A first dance with the warm sunset light shining through the window – love. :)
This little guy knew how to boogie!
I always love these photo booth pics! :)
My ever so amazing 2nd photographer and I decided this image of the club looked like it was right out of a Wes Anderson film. :)
A big shout out to the team of vendors who made this all come together!
Florist: Red Fox Floral
Cake: Cocoa & Fig
DJ: Instant Request
Makeup: Face to Face with Violette
Hair – Progressions Salon & Spa
Wedding Dress: Posh Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe
Photo Booth – VIP Photo Booth