Brad and Shannon were married today!
Brad’s dad said it best in his speech, “if you aren’t having fun, its your own fault!” It was SO true of this day, because Brad and Shannon are FUN. And they wanted their day to be FUN. Not even the rain could stop this group from celebrating! Friends and family gathered at St Olaf Catholic Church in downtown Minneapolis for the ceremony. Brad’s first glance of Shannon was as she walked down the aisle, and she looked simply stunning…he couldn’t keep his eyes off her.
The couple’s son, Kieran, wore the cutest little tux onsie, and pretty much stole the show.
After the ceremony, the rain started to let up and we jetted all over town. The couple loves Minneapolis, and we got to show the city off as we drove around.
A colorful group of ladies deserves a colorful backdrop, and I just love the floral designs by Renee’s Bouquets!
Pizza at Psycho Suzis was a must on the couple’s list, and even with a few sprinkles it felt like a tropical getaway.
Stop number two was to Sociable Cider Werks where the couple was greeted with cheers and whistles, and even got a game of foosball in!
Brad and Shannon live in a highrise with a gorgeous view of the downtown skyline. The roof top common space was perfect for their reception. With all the clouds gone, and a lovely balmy breeze, it was the PERFECT summer night. Common Roots Catering provided a delicious spread of food perfect for grazing and the bacon cupcakes from Angel Food Bakery had guests lining up with excitement. We had to fight them off just to get a picture before they disappeared!
The couple had an emotional first dance performed by Kim Marie Fragodt, and then it was time to start the party!
Brad and Shannon, it has been such a fabulous journey celebrating with you! Thank you for having us be a part of your lives! Enjoy your sneak peek!
Brian and Kristen were married today!
The priest quoted Benjamin Franklin during the ceremony, “Marriage isn’t a noun, it is a verb. It isn”t something you get, but something you do…Don’t marry someone you can live with, but someone you can’t live without.” This quote absolutely fits Brian and Kristy, who are quick to laugh, embrace their nerdiness proudly, and who are so loved people traveled from all over the world to be a part of today’s festivities.
St. Paul was just recognized as America’s Most Romantic City, so it was the perfect place for this couple to host their destination wedding. They were able to show off this lovely city to their family who got to enjoy a holiday weekend with a Twins Game and viewing fireworks right from their hotel rooms! Love was definitely in the air when we took Brian and Kristy for a stroll this afternoon to take their portraits.
They had nothing but eyes for each other!
The ceremony took place at Church of the Assumption. Kristy was walked down the aisle by both her parents, it was so sweet!
Brian and his groomsmen looked so sharp in their tuxes. And they wore boutonnieres made of lavender from a farm near where the couple lives in Pennsylvania. The bridesmaids carried bouquets of the same lavender, so I can honestly say they were the best smelling wedding party I’ve ever worked with!
Brian gave each of the groomsmen a custom set of cufflinks, we had a whole team of superheros.
We also had the cutest ring bearer and flower girl ever =)
The ‘maids wore mint dresses, and the bride carried a bouquet of baby’s breath. The wedding had a modern rustic theme, simple, breezy and summery. Just lovely.
Man, they have fun together!
We took a few romantic shots as well, these two are my favorites.
The reception took place at The Landmark Center. We’ve Got It Covered hung cafe lights over the tables which looked amazing! And the guests were like moths to a flame when they saw the gorgeous Muddy Paws Cheesecake centerpieces! The custom wood piece the cheesecakes were sitting on were made by Girl Friday Styling, they added the perfect finishing touch to the tables. Green Mill Catering provided the delicious dinner, and guests spent a good portion of the evening wining and dining, followed by a crazy fun dance!
Brian and Kristy, thank you so much for having us tell the story of your day! We had an amazing time!
Little Anna was born in the wee hours of the morning today! Lisa was so amazing, especially for her first baby…and it was awesome to see her make eye contact with Tony during the intense contractions. Afterwards she said that he is her calm, her rock. It was very sweet.
The baby came a lot quicker than expected! They had waited to be surprised by the gender and discovered they had a baby girl! While Anna was being warmed up by the nurses, Lisa took a minute to process that she had just had a baby and shared a kiss with Tony.
Anna was the calmest newborn, she gave off barely a cry, and was wide eyed and alert.
Daddy gets solid eye contact =)
Lisa and Tony, it was an honor to be in the delivery room with you! Thank you, and enjoy your sneak peek!
This evening was simply gorgeous, and we got to enjoy some beautiful nature during our session. Ellie and Miles are getting so big and now that we are in our third year of working together, I love how comfortable they are in front of the camera. Miles even helped as an art director with locations and posing ;) At the end of the session he said, “see you next year! when I’ll be taller than my mom!” I love developing relationships with my clients, it just warms my heart.
I love jumping pictures…
Such sweet siblings!
We took full advantage of the gorgeous light.
The secret word to get all the giggles was “underwear”
This is my favorite =)
Shannon and Brad took advantage of one of the longest days of the year to have their evening engagement session (even if it meant missing part of the world cup!). Though we have had record rain, thunderstorms and flooding, over the last couple weeks, this evening was lovely and gave us some gorgeous light to work with. We ventured into their neighborhood for an engagement session with their darling baby boy.
This family of three is so fun to hang out with. Kieran’s smiles are infectious and I can’t wait to see him all dressed up for the wedding next month!
With Kieran looking on, mom and dad smooched a bit ;)
We headed into the park to take advantage of the gorgeous sunset light.
Brad and Shannon, enjoy your sneak peek! See you three soon!!!!
Frank and Alison are one of those adventurous couples that just dive into life with gusto. They were married, bought a house, and are going to soon have a baby…all in a little less than a year! The moment I met these two I was drawn in by their intense adoration for each other and their constant grins. I didn’t think they could get any happier until I photographed them yesterday. These two are SO excited to meet their little one!
Alison looks great and is one of those pregnant ladies that just glows. I love that she and Frank have embraced the Bradley Method and will do a full on natural birth.
This is our real estate magazine cover shot ;)
Could Frank look any prouder about being a papa! I just love it!
Frank and Alison, enjoy your sneak peek!
Our youngest is five. I don’t know how that happened. She got her awesome Frozen Birthday Party, and I think I was so busy planning that I really didn’t think about how old she was becoming. Then all of a sudden we’re doing kindergarten evaluations, and she is insisting she isn’t cute…she is beautiful, and she is making up jokes and having friends and has quite a feisty personality and…wow, it has gone fast.
We found a shirt with a Shakespeare quote on it “though she be but little, she is fierce” and had to buy it for Lyra. And it was the perfect shirt for her to wear for her five year old portraits.
I just adore this smile.
Alan and Alice had their engagement session yesterday. Though the mosquitoes seemed determined to eat Alice alive, she had a bright cheerful smile on her face the entire time.
These two simply enjoy each others company, and were all smiles for each other. The entire session was full of laughter.
This couple loves the outdoors, so frolicking in the woods seemed like a good plan. Thankfully we had gorgeous weather and a warm lingering sunset for our session. It was a lovely evening!
Alan and Alice, I hope you enjoy your sneak peek!
Tim and Laura were married today!
I’m so glad that Tim and Laura found each other. They are simply the perfect fit and were meant to be together. Both are quick to smile, thoughtful, positive and love adventure. And today exercised all their good attributes as we dodged the rain all over Minneapolis taking pictures. The blessing in disguise with the rain was that we had a blissfully cool day and beautiful light to work with.
Tim and Laura chose bright summery colors for their wedding, and the bouquets by Sadie’s Couture Floral matched the bridesmaids dresses perfectly.
Tim and Laura love to dance, so the day started off with a romantic dance in the rain with a gorgeous view.
This group of friends love to laugh. We had a great time with the portraits. At various times a rubber chicken and frisbee even made an appearance!
Since the city of Minneapolis plays such a supporting role in the couple’s lives, we made sure to use locations that captured the various aspects of the city. From a warehouse to a lush park, the river to the skyline, we made sure to include as much as we could in the images.
Oh, wait, a serious moment…
We whisked Tim and Laura away for a few moments alone with a gorgeous view of the skyline. I just love how these images turned out!
Back at the church, Laura prepared to walk down the isle. Calvary Baptist is such a lovely house of worship and the couple spent quite a bit of time putting together a meaningful ceremony.
Laura practically skipped down the aisle she was so excited!
With car horns honking, bubbles in the air, and friends and family cheering, the couple makes their grand exit.
The reception took place at the Metropolitan Ballroom, a simply gorgeous venue. The retro charm of the space worked perfectly with the little bits of vintage details Tim and Laura incorporated into the decor.
Tim has been salsa dancing for years and swept Laura into this world as well. Their choreographed first dance was a joy to watch. And after the dance, they gave their guests a salsa lesson! DJ Nico Suave played the perfect balance of music, including some great salsa. The guests had such a blast!
Tim and Laura, thank you so much for having us be a part of your day! We hope you enjoy your sneak peek!
Matt and Allison were married today!
This is a couple who are truly best friends. They have surrounded themselves with people who love generously and with much enthusiasm. It was an honor to be a part of their day.
The wedding invitation suite, designed by A Milestone Paper Company, was the perfect balance of simple modern with some classic details. Hudson Flower Shop created lovely bouquets with bright spring colors and lush texture. Their formal yet relaxed wedding was full of soft spring colors, some unpredictable midwest weather, and lots of laughter.
We started the day with a nice leisurely stroll around downtown Hudson, the perfect way to start the day. We literally stopped traffic, probably because Allison was a knockout in her wedding gown from Raffine Bridal.
The ceremony took place at Bethel Lutheran Church. Friends and family gave the couple tumultuous applause as they walked back down the aisle!
The wedding party hopped into Dolly the Trolley for picture time. We had a fun time with pictures, this group really loves to have a good time!
Matt, Allison, and their crew are also adventurous, which we were grateful for since they were willing to take pictures in the rain. It was worth it for this skyline shot!
After our photo adventures, we headed to the St Paul Hotel for the reception. From the gorgeous decor, white glove service, delicious food, and over the top fantastic customer service, this venue really knows how to make magic happen. And by magic, I mean the amazing ice cream dessert buffet, which was a hands down crowd favorite! We love photographing in the St Paul Hotel, the lobby area is simply stunning. Put a couple in love under those gorgeous chandeliers and you have photography magic.
Anthony from Instant Request did a stellar job mixing tunes, from oldies and goodies to the most recent hits (anyone who plays Whitney Houston followed by Run DMC at a wedding gets an extra gold star in my book!). We loved that he actually mixed a few songs, and he could really read the crowd and got them going. There were so many awesome dancers to watch, I was laughing so hard at their antics!
The big lesson we learned from the evening…when your wedding is full of college basketball athletes, expect the bouquet toss to get a little rough. I think I see a fowl here…Mo, you were DEFINITELY pushed!
What a fantastic day with a wonderful group of people. It is weddings like this that make our job feel like we are simply hanging out with old friends.
Matt and Allison, I hope you enjoy your sneak peek! Thank you for being such amazing clients and trusting us with documenting your wedding day!