Aaron and Jenny were married today!
We started off the day with a darling first look at their venue, the American Swedish Institute. We took advantage of how the colors and architecture perfectly coordinated with the wedding, and had so much to work with at this fabulous space. Jenny and Aaron’s clean aesthetic was evident in all of their choices to the day, from the clean simple decor to the playful invitation suite designed by A Milestone Paper Co, to the lovely blooms from Molly’s Flower Studio, everything tied in so beautifully.
We hopped in a limo for a drive around Minneapolis, with the music cranked, it was quite the party bus! Pictures were truly a blast, the wedding party was up for anything, so we had a great time getting images.
The ceremony took place at Mt Calvary Lutheran Church. Jenny’s former youth minister performed the ceremony, it was quite lovely. Jenny and Aaron both love music, and chose some gorgeous pieces, including an amazing performance by friends and family. But first, we all got a good chuckle at this exuberant ring bearer….
After the ceremony, we visited the site where Aaron proposed and took a few more portraits before heading back to the American Swedish Institute for the reception.
I just LOVED that the couple chose to have a Ketuba at their wedding. With their vows printed and the signatures of all their guests, this will be a beautiful piece to have in their home. Ketubas are a fabulous way to show your community’s involvement in your marriage.
After a fantastic meal from Slate and Stone, Adagio got the dance started. After the first dance they went into a “good luck dance” where every couple on the dance floor equaled five years of a happy marriage for the couple. With every guest on the dance floor, you could just feel the love.
And then it was time to party!
Aaron and Jenny, thank you so much for having us be a part of your day. We had a marvelous time! Enjoy your sneak peek!
Sean and Sara were married today!
So, word is on the street that Minnesotan and Wisconsin weddings are different from each other…and we sure saw that today. ‘Sconies can party! With a steady stream of “All About that Bass” playing, there was constant dancing, smiles, and jokes.
These two lovebirds met while working together at a camp, so it was completely fitting that they chose a relaxed summer camp theme for their wedding. I just adored the playful designs used throughout the day created by Design by Mary B, they perfectly set the mood. Sara’s sister-in-law Erin designed the bouquets with the same vibrant summery feel.
Sara and Sean had their first sight on the La Crosse campus, and a nice stroll before the ceremony at Roncalli Newman Parish.
Throughout the entire ceremony, Sean just couldn’t keep his eyes off his beautiful bride.
YESSSSS! We’re married!
La Crosse is such a lovely town! We spent the steamy hot afternoon taking pictures all over, with a stop at a favorite watering hole and also a hop in a fountain to cool off.
Sara is so lovely =)
The reception took place at Pettibone Resort, a camp ground and banquet center right on the river. The camp theme was evident here, from the s’mores table to the Moonrise Kingdom inspired photo booth we set up outside.
After dinner and speeches and a rousing traditional Irish song, it was time to dance…and this group was ready to get down! This dance floor was packed, and I was laughing the entire time as we were taking pictures. Everyone was such a riot and having SUCH a good time. MJ Entertainment did a great job playing oldies but goodies and also sneaking in some classic rock for the bride’s dad.
Sean and Sara, thank you so much for having us tell the story of your day! We had a fabulous time! Enjoy the sneak peek!
We had a beautiful sunset last night which was perfect for a pregnancy session. Summer flowers and a warm summer night, a loving hubby and a cuddly toddler…what more can a mama ask for?
I hope you enjoy your sneak peek and that this little bun comes out of the oven soon!!!
Megan and Julie were married today! Minnetonka Orchards was the perfect location for this nature loving couple. The day started off with the first sight in the orchard with Julie sneaking up on Megan and both of them exclaiming how adorable the other was when they saw each other. Though they never discussed what look they were going for, they both chose flowing ivory outfits from The Wedding Shoppe that matched beautifully.
Julie loves tractors, and we made sure to include Minnetonka Orchard’s extensive collection in our portraits.
Later in the afternoon, it was time for the ceremony. Leslie, of Positively Charmed, created a beautiful ceremony full of tender stories and heartfelt words. Megan and Julie included meaningful music and sweet readings as well as a hand fasting ceremony. Lots of happy tears were shed for this fabulous couple.
During cocktail hour we ran around a bit more using the many beautiful vignettes at the orchard for portraits.
And yes, more tractor time!
Lasting Impressions Weddings designed the wedding, which had a travel theme interwoven with the orchard’s ambiance. A popcorn station and atlas guest book along with lawn games were some of the items that added personalization to the day. Corey Allen Designs created flowers in ivory, green and blue which were so summery and bright.
As the sun set, we took another stroll through the orchard, what a gorgeous night, and what a lovely couple!
Julie and Megan, we were honored to be a part of your day! Enjoy your sneak peek!
Angi and Erin were married today! This beautiful summer day greeted friends and family from near and far to Maplewood Heritage Farm. This wedding was such a joy to be a part of…the fabulous group of friends surrounding these two kind hearted ladies was wonderful to witness.
Erin had fabulous henna work done on her arms, I just loved the look!
The ceremony was heart felt and personal, and it was fun catching Angi’s many expressions throughout the whole thing. An element I really loved was the stone they used to seal their vows, which was especially meaningful when Erin said her vows to her step sons.
After the wedding we took a hay ride through the prairie! Some kissing happened, too ;)
The barn was all gussied up using DIY flower decorations and burlap runners. Aesop’s Table cooked outside and laid out the most amazing spread of comfort food.
Check out these cupcakes from Sweet Retreat! YUM!
After speeches full of happy tears, and the best cake cutting ever, Glitter Bomb Party started the dance off right, with Whitney Houston….and the dancing never stopped.
Erin and Angi, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for having us be a part of your day! Enjoy your sneak peek!
By the time you are 39 weeks pregnant you are SO ready to have that baby come out. 40 weeks and you start getting antsy. Poor Alison was finally induced after waiting almost 42 weeks. But she handled her labor and delivery like a spartan. I arrived literally minutes before the baby was born and Alison was surrounded by midwives and a fantastic support team. Everything was so peaceful and quiet, and she did all of this with no pain meds! The only noise I heard was an exuberant, “OH! Baby Rose!” as the baby was born. Daddy even got to finish delivering the baby and placed her on mama’s chest. What a beautiful birth it was!
When asked how she felt afterwards, Alison said she was “ecstatic”.
Congratulations Frank and Alison, thank you so much for letting me document this amazing day! Enjoy your sneak peek!
The Lafayette Club has a new outdoor space for weddings. It is a lovely spot with a view of lush greens and Lake Minnetonka. Zinnia Design Floral and Girl Friday designed the space for a promo shoot and I was so thrilled when they asked me to be a part of it! This lovely gown from Posh just came in…so it deserved its own portrait…
Mani Mela did a spectacular job on our models hair and makeup, and I love how she placed the veil.
We had a great time exploring the grounds all dolled up!
A little while ago I did a fashion shoot for Glow Bar. The shoot was designed by Girl Friday and the ladies wore clothing and accessories from Covered. Hair and makeup was done by Melanie Rivers Beauty and Sarah Elizabeth Artistry. I wanted the shoot to have a relaxed feel while still showing off the ladies’ beautiful tans and glamorous fashion.
Rudy’s Event Rentals (formally Rudy’s Rustic Rentals) is one of my favorite wedding companies to work with. And Michelle has done it again with her new Luxe Collection. Gold and Silver leafed hand made farm tables with place settings and linens to match. The tables are hand made in St Paul and the napkins custom made in St Louis Park. Staying local and owner operated is one of the charms of this business, Michelle is with you from start to finish and helps orchestrate a wedding design from top to bottom.
Krista and Claire were married today!
These two are quirky, fun, and low key. They wanted a day that was very personal, and their wedding at Carleton College was just that. With a design theme around their love of cats, to the presence of meaningful music throughout the day, Krista and Claire invited their friends and family into their world, and they did it beautifully. We started the day off with a first look at the chapel and then a short visit to downtown Northfield.
We happened to run into a some friends while there…
Krista wore a romantic lace gown from The Wedding Shoppe, and Claire’s fabulous suit was made by 9 Tailors. We took most of our portraits on the stunning Carleton campus, which luckily had quite a bit of shade to hang out in as the day got warmer.
Even the flower girl needed some time to cool off before the ceremony!
The ceremony was very meaningful and intentional, the words and thoughts expressed were so lovely.
Various shades of lavender were used throughout the day (the delicious cake was from Angel Food Bakery), as was the theme of cats, which was referenced in every speech tonight.
One speech got a tad embarrassing ;)
Midwest Sound started the evening off with a first dance and then continued to keep the guests happy with a wide range of music from indie rock to show tunes to 90s dance classics to Jock Jams. This crowd had a really great time on the dance floor!
Krista and Claire, thank you so much for having us tell the story of your day! We were honored to be a part of it. Enjoy your sneak peek!