I love a winter wedding! When it gets cold here in Minnesota, even the bravest of us tend to tuck ourselves away in our homes. When the thaw finally comes in spring, we rediscover neighbors and the ability to walk without waddling like a penguin. A winter wedding is a wonderful way to bring family and friends together when we need it most!
This St. Paul wedding was especially stunning with all the seasonal details. The red bridesmaid dresses and accents of snowflake designs made everything warm and inviting. The St. Paul Athletic Club was the perfect venue for this intimate and classic wedding. having everything all together made it easy for guests to stay in the attached hotel and come down to the venue for the event. All the little architectural details just sing!
On the day we did their engagement pictures, it was during a record setting heat wave here in the cities. It was a good thing they had a few outfits planned because we were fighting the heat hard! We joked at the time that if nothing else, their wedding would definitely be much cooler. I was afraid I had jinxed it but we were very fortunate in that it was quite a mild winter day. We walked down to Rice Park for some portraits of the couple and their wedding party. They were so fun to work with and everyone was happy to try new and fun things. Rice Park is also where they got engaged so it had a special significance for them.
The ceremony was small and sweet in the main room of the St. Paul Athletic Club. After the “I do”s, everyone went upstairs to the ball room for the reception. The toasts were so sweet, everyone was in tears. The first dance was a show stopper with how perfectly picturesque it was. The bride made use of the balcony for her bouquet toss and then we were off to dance the night away!
Congratulations S and C! Thank you so much for having me be a part of your day!
Welcome to the new website!
Thank you for your patience over the past few weeks. It’s always a bit of an undertaking so it’s a bit of relief to have this done! Please feel free to have a look around and see what’s new. Let me know what you like and if you see anything that could be improved. Looking forward to an inspiring 2017 with all of you!
Absolutely thrilled with this year’s annual Halloween costume session! This gender bent Beetlejuice cosplay is simply stunning. I look forward to this every year and every year it gets just better and better! Please enjoy my collaboration with the genius of Alexandra Hanson! Keep an eye out for a special appearance by one of my foster kittens available soon for adoption from Safe Hands Animal Rescue. Some costumes from years past include HellGirl and many others!
Having a wedding on a boat can present a unique set of challenges, but the experience is absolutely magical! This St. Croix River boat cruise wedding traveled along the Minnesota and Wisconsin boarder for a wonderfully intimate experience and stunning, cinematic views. I loved all the touches of classic elegance the couple used and the mix of genuine, light-hearted fun!
You can view their engagement portraits here!
Thanks so much for having me be a part of your day!
For more information on having a St. Croix Boat Cruise wedding, and the Grand Duchess, see their website
I love doing engagement pictures at the Guthrie Theater! There are so many different ways to use the space. Some are iconic, like the amber room or the infinity bridge and others are less expected. With the Guthrie being nestled up against Gold Medal Park, the possibilities are endless!
It is always a pleasure to photograph a military wedding. This wedding was even more special because both the bride and groom were service members. The majority of their wedding party were also in the military. I love doing military wedding photography, and this was an amazing experience.
We went to so many amazing locations for K and N’s wedding. We began at the Crowne Plaza Northstar, went to the Stone Arch Bridge, Mill City Ruins, The Guthrie, and then back again for the ceremony at the Sky Garden.
The couple also made sure to include their infant daughter in the event. She was so sweet! I felt truly lucky to be a part of this special day. Thank you for having me be a part of your day!
I have been fortunate enough to know this couple for years, and was delighted to have the opportunity to photograph their Como zoo wedding.
The mother of the bride made not only the bride’s dress, but the bridesmaids dresses too. It’s always fun to see a bride in a dress with some color! The purple in the wedding dress was a beautiful touch.
This Como Zoo wedding was a a little different in that it took place in the Japanese Garden. Also, the couple elected to have a hand fasting ceremony. The whole thing was short but so very sweet.
The couple enjoys traditional Irish celi and courtly dancing so this was incorporated into their reception! It was an absolute delight to watch all the traditional dancing and seeing people learn the new steps.
This was definitely a unique wedding all around and I am thrilled to have been a part of it. Congratulations K and D!
It’s time for Logan’s one year old portraits! We did these in the Minneapolis studio and he was all smiles! So glad to be a part of this little guy’s life!
This Guthrie theater engagement session was so much fun! I absolutely adored working with A and J. Their love story spans years and continents. During a portion of this engagement, one of the grooms played a song on his phone so they had something to dance to! I left this engagement session so excited to photograph their wedding I could hardly stand myself!
When sitting down to write this post, it’s difficult to know where to begin. This couple was very special. K and K have been through a lot in their time together. They’ve overcome things that other people would never even imagine. Through it all, their love has grown stronger. It was evident in the way they looked at each other, the way the spoke about each other and in every movement.
The groom had hoped to be using his long legs by the time the wedding came around but recovery is hard work. The groom used his wheelchair for most of the wedding. A pair of white swans flew overhead during the ceremony! He did use his short legs for their first dance though. The whole event was so moving, I lost my composure more than once. This was not my first wedding with a groom in a wheelchair, and it does present unique challenges but I was so glad to hear from the couple and their families that they were happy with my coverage.
The couple were also very passionate about their rescue dogs. They included all three of their pups in the ceremony. The three of them had the cutest bow ties! We actually found out at the wedding that the mother of the bride volunteers with the same rescue group that I do! Sometimes we’re all six degrees of separation in animal rescue.
This wedding was unique in one of the most meaningful ways. The enduring spirit of love and devotion permeated everything. I felt absolutely blessed to have been a part of this wedding. It was very difficult to compost this post and in fact, I’ve had it shelved now for months because I had a hard time doing it justice. It’s come to a time where I feel as though I have to let it out into the world, as is. I hope a small fraction of the power of the event comes through.