I met Dustin + Nicole for the first time last summer at an Uptown Minneapolis coffee shop. They had just begun planning out their wedding day, and found me through some mutual friends. And just like our mutual friends, Dustin + Nicole were warm, cheerful and easy-to-get-to-know. I suppose the mutual friendships made it feel like we already knew each other? We talked about plans for their big day, photography ideas, and life in general. Later in the winter, we spent time at the gorgeous Como Park Conservatory for their engagement photography.
We began their wedding day at the Minneapolis Marriott hotel for prep time and photos with a few close friends and siblings. We then traveled over to Gold Medal Park, right next to the Guthrie Theater and the riverfront, for Dustin + Nicole’s first look photos. I particularly love this portion of the day – each couple’s emotions flow as the magnitude of the event truly sinks in. Dustin + Nicole were so cute together! From there we had plenty of time to wander around Gold Medal Park and photograph the two of them spending time together, talking, laughing and embracing in the quiet moments before the whirlwind of their day was about to begin.
The wedding ceremony took place under the gazebo of Bohemian Flats Park, right along the riverfront. After all final portraits were finished, we boarded the Paradise Lady yacht for a reception cruise up and down the Mississippi River, through the last open lock on the Mississippi right below the downtown area, and then around again downstream into the quieter areas of the river. It was a perfect night, and we were treated to a beautiful, partly clouded sunset while the band played and people partied away.
Dustin + Nicole, I am so happy for you both and wish you endless happiness as you join your lives together. Thank you so much for including me as your Minneapolis wedding photographer for your big day!
Wedding Venue: Bohemian Flats Park, Paradise Lady
Wedding and Bridesmaids Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe
Bridal Accessories: Bel Aire Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Dessy
Hair/Makeup: Blush Beauty Room
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Richfield Flowers and Events
Caterer: Deli Double Catering
Cake: Queen of Cakes
Band: The White Keys