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Nature’s glam – a styled shoot

This is one of those times where I have pinch myself – this is my job?  I mean really, not a bad day in the office!

I was invited to photograph a styled shoot at the Walker Art Center.  For those of you unfamiliar, a styled shoot is when wedding vendors volunteer and work together to design a wedding theme of their dreams… and I show up to photograph it (and then leave with some leftover desserts…)   Pretty sweet gig, right?  The theme of this shoot is “nature’s glam” and the genius of my friend Julia with Julia LaCroix Wedding Planning & Event Design.  She assembled the dream team of vendors, and this wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration of some really talented people:


Floral:  Martha’s Gardens

Food:  D’Amico Catering

Table settings and decor: Aprés Party & Tent Rental

Invitation and printed goods:  Spark Letterpress 

Wildflower Linen

Nüage Designs Inc.

Enjoy the glam!  :)




Amy and John’s valentines day wedding

Amy and John celebrated their wedding on Valentines Day in the classic setting of downtown St. Paul at 413 on Wacouta.  A big thank you to Shellee with Lula-ru for planning such a beautiful event.  The flower girl was full of personality and definitely not shy of the camera – we got such a kick out of her!

Let me take a moment to tell you all that Amy, John, and the bridal party are champions.  This day – was cold.  Not just normal Minnesota winter cold, but so-bitter-cold-it-hurts, with a high of 5, and windy.  We did most of the photos indoors, but we couldn’t resist going outside for a small while to use this fun, urban alley setting.  High fives to everyone for being so great.

The flower girl brought the rings down tied to this family heirloom Bible.  So sweet.

This is a “Betsy-nods-and-drops-the-mic” moment.  Amy danced with her grandfather, and I just love this image.  What a great moment and important photo.

Time for a sidebar discussion – CANDYLAND  Chicago Mix popcorn for the guests on the way out.  SO SO GOOD.  Like seriously, soooo good.

Up to the balcony for a beautiful city light portrait.  Remember, it was probably 0 degrees right now, but they powered through it!  Thank you Amy and John for inviting me to be a part of your wedding day!

Cheers to the vendors who helped to create this magical event!

Florist & Wedding Planner: Shellee Parenteau with Lula-ru weddings.

Cake: Buttercream Cakes

Food: D’amico

DJ: Midwest sound

Wedding Dress & Bridesmaids dresses: The wedding Shoppe Inc

Emily & Ben, Hazeltine National Golf Club

I couldn’t have asked for a better couple to bring in the end of my 2014 wedding season with.  Emily and Ben celebrated their marriage with ceremony at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior and party to follow at Hazeltine National Golf Club.  They have a cutie-pie son, George, and my saying that day was that it’s impossible to have too many pics of George!  :)  Enjoy the pics! I typically never blog the formal photos (even though I think they are very important), but I couldn’t resist this time.  George was a champion during family photos – giving us his “magnum” look the whole time! :) … back at Hazeltine….

High fives all around for the team of vendors who made this day magical:

Florist: Megan Seppi

Cake: Buttercream

DJ: Instant Request

Makeup/Hair:  Thomas Charles Salon and TC2 Salon

Wedding Dress/Shoes: Posh Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid

Suits: Ralph Lauren


Luke & Emily

I am so excited to share images from Emily and Luke’s wedding!  Everything on this day was perfection- the sweetest couple, beautiful setting, and great family and friends.  See their wedding video here!     Ceremony at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church with reception at Wayzata Country Club.

An emotional father/daughter moment…

Emily and Luke did a “first look” moment where they exchanged letters and gifts.

We had a beautiful setting and directional window light, I was excited we had the time to swing a few portraits here.  My favorites because they are so classic.

St. Mark’s is one of my favorite places for a ceremony – it photographs beautifully.

All of the guests gathered on the steps immediately following the ceremony – hurray!


And as always, a big thank you to a great team of vendors:
Florist: Sadie’s Couture Floral and Event Styling
Cake: Country Cupboard
Band: Synergy
Videographer: Ali Rogers (Prana Lens)
Wedding Dress/Shoes: Posh Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Tuxes/Suits: Jo. A Bank

Emily & Doug – Orchestra Hall Wedding

Emily and Doug were married at Orchestra Hall – the day was filled with so much fun, love, and celebration with family and friends.  Enjoy the photos!

All of the bridesmaids are Emily’s sisters!

The ceremony was in the atrium, where sunlight filled the room through the floor to ceiling windows.  This is one of the most gorgeous Chuppahs I’ve ever seen – modern and elegant.

Married – yay!!!!

Ceremony followed by a cocktail hour…

A sweet moment between the newlyweds right after the ceremony.


I loved this – Emily and Doug were announced into the reception by trumpet fanfare!

A fancy s’mores bar for guests to enjoy during the party (YUM!)

Thank you to a team of wonderful vendors!
Invitations:  Paperista
Linens/Decor:  Linen Effects
Flowers:  Richfield Flowers


1 comment
  • Ellie Lucas - So fun to see these photos of one of the most lovely, joyous, and memorable nights of our lives. Thank you to our terrific photographer Betsy!!ReplyCancel