Lisa got together with Emily J. and Joynoelle for a series of appointment sessions where brides can meet them in a relaxed setting. I had always wanted to visit Joynoelle’s shop and was a kid in a candy store looking at all the beautiful colors, textures and details of the space. The ladies had delicious treats ready for their guests and examples of their work. I love this idea of a small intimate gathering which focuses on custom design and sharing ideas. Here are a few images from the event, enjoy!
Lucien and Lisa were married today!
Wow, this wedding was just…wow. Fantastic. Creative. Lovely. Fun. I could go on and on. Lucien and Lisa had the perfect day. They put a lot of time and effort in to planning and cared about every detail. And then they did what most can’t. They trusted their vendors and let go. They were so laid back today and took the time to savor every moment and enjoy each other and their friends. This is how you throw a wedding!
The entire day took place at The Depot in Minneapolis. Lucien and Lisa thought of every little detail, and after all that planning the crisp February day arrived.
Lisa and Lucien first donned traditional Eastern garments for the tea ceremony. After some formal portraits, family and friends gathered to watch the bride and groom present both grandparents and parents with a cup of tea and ask permission to marry. I didn’t expect such a formal ceremony to be so emotional, but I was tearing up! After the ceremony was finished, Lisa and Lucien changed into their formal wedding clothes and had their second first sight of the day. Lisa’s La Sposa gown from Brides of France was the perfect mix of modern, sweet, and vintage and she polished off the look with killer shoes and a show stopping necklace.
The wedding took place in the Winter Garden which has a great mix of old architecture and brick, steel and glass. Lucien and Lisa chose bright colors and a fun, mod vibe which went very well with the space. Judge Abrams officiated the ceremony and did an excellent job, and the string trio’s music was gorgeous. Lucien’s smile went from ear to ear when he put the ring on Lisa and the guests enjoyed Lisa’s enthusiastic “I DO!”
After the ceremony, guests were led into the Great Hall for the reception. Until now I haven’t mentioned the flowers, because I feel they deserve their own paragraph. Karolee of Zinnia Design Florals truly knocked all our socks off. She created such a beautiful variety of floral pieces for both ceremonies and reception. She worked with Lisa’s love of moss, Lucien’s love of modern and simple design, and the variety of colors used throughout the day. The results were stunning. Layers of interesting textures, shapes and little details that kept you searching the arrangements for more. She took the asian floral aesthetic and combined it with a more lush look and still kept everything cohesive. I think I might have to dedicate another blog post just for the flowers =)
Since wowing everyone with their lovely reception hall wasn’t enough, Lisa and Lucien had another trick up their sleeves. They were introduced in their grand march by a tradtional Lion Dance, performed by Ha Family Entertainment. Loud drums and cymbals played as two lions danced, played, jumped and even ate! Guests were on their feet cheering and truly enjoyed the experience.
Then there was the food. Sheesh, I need a whole new blog post for that, too! There were two food stations, one eastern, one western. The mashed potato bar rocked and the sushi was out of this world. And then the desserts! Pies and cream puffs and cheesecake and more. All baked fresh at The Depot.
To top the night off came the dance. Lance, my favorite DJ at Instant Request , did a great job mixing songs and keeping guests entertained. What a night of dancing, laughing, and being with family. There was a lot of love in that room, and we were honored to be a part of it.
Lucien and Lisa, here are our favorites from the wedding day! Enjoy!
There is an old tradition coming back that I just love. The sweetheart table.
This is a table where the bride and groom sit alone during the reception dinner. I like this idea because it gives the bride and groom a chance to talk and take a little break from all of the joyful craziness of the wedding day. A sweetheart table gives the reception a more formal vibe which nicely gets the message across that you’d like to actually eat your dinner and not have people coming up and talking to you for the whole meal or interrupting with glass clinking and speeches. Some traditions even have the sweetheart table in another room for guaranteed privacy with the bride and groom making a grand entrance at the end of dinner and going right into the first dance. After the first dance can come the speeches and slideshow, followed by the parent dances and then open dance. This timeline has more of a formal structure to it, but also keeps speeches short and guests entertained.
One of the big benefits of a sweetheart table is that it allows your wedding party to sit with their signifigant others. As a bridesmaid myself, I would have rather enjoyed sitting at a round table with people I knew than sit at a head table with everyone staring at me and having to crane my neck to talk with someone a couple seats down. It also gives more flexibility on table layouts which can help in a cramped reception space. With how big wedding parties have been getting, it can be difficult to fit enough tables into one straight line.
So if you have a wedding party of 22 and can’t figure out how to arrange them, you want to let family sit with family and friends with friends, or you just want an excuse to eat dinner alone with your new hubby, think about the Sweetheart Table and see if it fits in with your reception.
It has been so much fun watching Adalynn grow up! She was one of the first births I photographed, and is now one year old!
Adalynn had her portraits taken in the studio so we could do the infamous cake dive that seems to be a right of passage for one year olds now a days. She was so cautious diving into the cake and kept daintily tasting the frosting until mom showed her she could grab a handful at a time. Then big brother Ben helped out, and things got fun.
Here are a few of my favorites. And, don’t worry, the cake wasn’t wasted. Dad was on the sidelines ready to take care of any extra after the shoot =)
Honey and Pabst Blue Ribbon present – The Record Raffle Sunday Feb 27, 8 PM –Midnight 205 East Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55414 (612) 746-0306
It’s time to get analog and y’all. Electric Fetus and Hymie’s have combined forces with PBR and Honey to celebrate the best in new and used vinyl. So leave your mp3, cd, download code at home and listen to the hits on wax.
Buy a PBR, you get a ticket. Bring canned goods, you get a ticket per can. Give the ticket person $1, you get a ticket. With these aforementioned tickets you have a chance to win loads of quality records, PBR swag and more. for your listening pleasure, we’ve got DJ’s Shannon Blowtorch, King Otto and Truckstache spinning nothing but media measured in inches not MegaBytes..
There will also be a few crates of records on hand from Hymie’s that cost nothing but a kind hearted donation. All canned goods and donations will go to the local food shelf so you can get a warm, fuzzy feeling that won’t come from your PBR tallboy.
Whether you hear it from your photographer, wedding planner or bridal magazine, the word shot list will probably come up in conversation sometime during your planning. What is a shot list? A checklist of images for your photographer. Some photographers love them, some hate them…here are a few plusses and minusses to think about…
Plus – A shotlist can let a photographer breeze through formal portraits, all the names are listed and you just check them off as you go. The list can even be handed off to an assistant or personal attendant to call names of the next group to be photographed.
Minus – Shotlists tend to include a lot of repetitive pictures (do you really need an individual picture with every cousin, aunt and uncle? or just a nice group shot of everyone?)
Plus – for some photographers, it takes the stress off of organizing and arranging formals
Minus – more experienced photographers can view this as you trying to tell them how to do their job
Plus – you can communicate with your photographer exactly what shots you really want
Minus – clients sometimes see shot lists as a guarantee that the photographer will get every shot on the list, which doesn’t always happen due to the nature of weddings
Plus – it can help plan a timeline for the day and keep things organized
Minus – if something unexpected happens (it always does) then the photographer will need to improvise and it is tough to do that when someone is pointing at a shot list and saying “but what about the cousin picture in front of the fountain? we didn’t do that yet!”
Basically, I’m in the “not a fan of shotlists” camp. But I do work with them. I’m very type A so I understand when people prefer lists. It is very important, though, to communicate with your photographer to make sure you’re on the same page. Is the list given to help the photographer with specific formals you want? A guaranteed list of images the photographer will take? Suggestions of images and not must haves? Always make sure you and your photographer have discussed the shots you want BEFORE the wedding day so everything can go smoothly the day of.
In interior design school, we learned that to figure out your client’s favorite colors, you just looked at their closet. People wear and combine the colors they love. So normally when a bride asks me about possible wedding color combinations, I tell them to do the same thing. However, I’m now changing my tune.
Tonight I met with a potential bride. She told me that she was lucky her friends had the guts to tell her that this hard core Packers fan needed to second guess her color palette of eggplant and gold 😉 So now she and her fiance are on a quest to decide on the perfect palette to go with her vintage wedding with a downtown Minneapolis twist (I love this contrast!).
What she did was go to a big box home improvement store and take home a ton of paint samples. She put a mark on the back of the ones she liked and then had her fiance pick his favorites. This helped them narrow down a main color, and the paint samples have guides with coordinating colors on the back, so they could look at the different combinations in an organized fashion. Not only could they talk about colors in a relaxed way that didn’t involve a million wedding blogs and overstimulation, but they had the physical cards in front of them and could move them around to create different looks.
I love the ingenuity of this couple and how they are 1) working together and 2) open and flexible to options. This will help them find a color palette they will both love and keep the bride out of the doghouse for almost looking like a Vikings fan 😉
Do you have any out of the box methods you have used to come up with wedding ideas? I’m now on the lookout for more helpful tips!
Yesterday, I visited Walter just before his two week birthday. It was so great seeing former wedding clients in this new stage of their lives. Walter was sweet, alert and oh so serious, I loved his little face.
And, just like with Luke and Jessie’s engagement session, their dog stole the show =)
Here are my favorite images, enjoy!
…and he plays the ukulele.
I am so smitten with NYC comedian Ben Lerman. I first heard him perform last year on the Keith and the Girl Show and have been a fan ever sense. When he announced he would be playing a few songs at ACME Comedy Club I was so excited and became even more so when we decided to take some headshots.
I am very happy with how these images turned out, what do you think? Here are my favorites.
The MIA celebrated their newest exhibition, “Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting: Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Scotland” with (what else?!) a Venetian Masquerade Ball. The name of the event “Bella Naughty” gives you an idea of both the party and the art that the guests were able to see (most of these pieces have never been in the United States before).
I was wowed in so many ways. The costumes and masks (many authentic Venitian) worn by the patrons, the dancers and mimes throughout the museum, the lighting and music, the VIP lounge and, of course, the artwork. This was an event to see and be seen. I love working for Minnesota Monthly, I get to experience such amazing events in the Twin Cities!
Here are a few images from the night, enjoy! The last image is one of Titian’s most famous works and is courtesy of www.themasterpiececards.com.