Charlie and Maria were married last Saturday at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Stillwater. Everything throughout the day was absolutely perfect… I have such a soft spot for these two!!
Maria was absolutely stunning.
Enough Maria yet? Me neither… here are a couple more photos of the bride! :)
The groomsmen looking rather handsome.
After the ceremony the guests went to the White Bear Yacht Club for cocktail hour. This is why June is one of my favorite months for weddings… the weather couldn’t have been any more perfect for an outdoor cocktail hour. It was warm, just a slight breeze… ahhhh! :)
While the guests were enjoying some patio time at the Yacht club, I hopped onto a Trolley with the bridal party (It’s times like this I recognize how awesome it is to be a wedding photographer… I get to ride on trolleys and photograph!) :) I adore the photo on the right – I caught Maria and Charlie having a sweet moment. :)
Charlie is an avid golfer so we stopped by the golf course before going to the reception.
I pretty much adore this photo – and the color of the bridesmaids dresses and flowers. So classic and chic!
The decor worked perfectly with the atmosphere of the Yacht club.
A jazz trio!
We stepped outside for some portraits… the setting was so beautiful!
I wish I could take credit for the photo below – my assistant for the day was my very talented friend Katie!
The photo on the right? Yeah – the cuteness just oozes from the photo… hahaha for real, they are this sweet and in love in real life! :)
They danced to a Tom Petty song (their mutual interest in Tom Petty’s music is one of the things that brought them together when first dated).
The neat thing for me – pictured on the right is miss Sara who’s wedding I photographed a couple of years ago, and to the left is Ben – who will be married this August and I am lucky enough to be invited along to his wedding, too! :) This group really knew how to party on the dance floor. I had a blast photographing the dance!!!
I just love this photo of Maria on the right – that’s exactly what I like to see from a bride at her wedding dance!
We stepped away from the reception for about 15 minutes around sunset time for a mini-portrait session. I never require or pressure couples to have to step out from their own reception, but I do say if you can- it’s totally worth it!! My absolute favorite thing about photography and weddings is a beautiful, happy couple in sunset light. Playing with natural light is my favorite thing ever – and I was so excited to have this opportunity I was literally jumping up and down and giggling with excitement. Yep – I’m a total photography geek! :)
Sure the lighting is pretty in this image, but the authentic happy smiles are what makes this photo great!
… and finally a couple of very meaningful portraits. This is the very dock where Charlie proposed to Maria.
… and now here they are, husband & wife!
To my friends, Charlie & Maria – thank you thank you thank you for everything. I’m so excited for you both!
A couple of very important shout-outs –
A big thank you to Marnie with Make It Exceptional…. she was a wonderful wedding planner to work with – the go to gal behind the scenes that made everything go so smoothly!
Cake by the always tasty Buttercream!