Minneapolis Engagement Photography | Lindsey + Bernie

Minneapolis Engagement Photography | Lindsey + Bernie

Lindsey + Bernie originally weren’t sure if they wanted to take any Minneapolis engagement photography. When we finally had a chance to talk about it, they spoke about how much they loved the architecture and area of the Stone Arch Bridge. They really wanted to take their prewedding photography in that area. I showed them some images from past sessions I had done of the Stone Arch Bridge area from Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, and they loved the idea! So we settled on Father Hennepin Bluffs Park so we could capitalize on the beautiful views both below and above the Stone Arch Bridge. They were so excited to walk over the bridge and see the river and grand view of downtown Minneapolis too.

The day of their Minneapolis engagement photography was beautiful, and even the mosquitoes were dwindling in numbers as the summer had been moving along. There were so many beautiful areas to choose from, it always makes it challenging to work there. Between the river views, Stone Arch Bridge views, quaint wooden bridges, rustic stone stairway, dirt paths through the trees and beautiful vintage buildings peeking out from above the treetops, I’m not sure which spot is my favorite. I don’t think I could pick just one!

Lindsey + Bernie also loved the look of my infrared photography. I included my infrared camera frequently in their session. I love the unique, dreamy quality that infrared photos have. (It causes all green, natural elements to turn white – so no, that’s not snow, it’s just the way infrared photography works!)

Lindsey + Bernie, thank you so much for choosing to work with me for your Minneapolis engagement photography as well as your wedding photography. I am so happy for you both as you join your lives together! I’m glad that you enjoyed your prewedding photography, and I am so excited for your big day!

Father Hennepin Bluffs Engagement Photo

Father Hennepin Bluffs Engagement Photo

Father Hennepin Bluffs Engagement Photo

Father Hennepin Bluffs Engagement Photo

Father Hennepin Bluffs Engagement Photo

Father Hennepin Bluffs Engagement Photo

Father Hennepin Bluffs Engagement Photo

Father Hennepin Bluffs Engagement Photo

Father Hennepin Bluffs Engagement Photo

Father Hennepin Bluffs Engagement Photo

Father Hennepin Bluffs Engagement Photo

Father Hennepin Bluffs Engagement Photo

Father Hennepin Bluffs Engagement Photo

Father Hennepin Bluffs Engagement Photo

Father Hennepin Bluffs Engagement Photo

Father Hennepin Bluffs Engagement Photo

Father Hennepin Bluffs Engagement Photo

Stone Arch Bridge Engagement Photo

Stone Arch Bridge Engagement Photo

Stone Arch Bridge Engagement Photo

Should You Have an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony?

Should You Have an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony?

I often ask my clients if they are considering having an unplugged wedding ceremony. Most people answer they are not sure what that means, or else they have no idea how to do it. I’d like to explain a little more about them, some of their benefits, and how you can easily ensure one for your big day.

What is an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony?

Everyone these days has a camera in their pocket, residing on their cell phone. Cameras on phones have come a long way, and people naturally love to take photos and videos during their friends and loved ones’ wedding days. While most of the time these are fun and awesome keepsakes to have, problems can occur when people use their camera phones during wedding ceremonies. Married couples pay thousands of dollars to professional wedding photographers to have their wedding days preserved through photos. Wedding ceremony rituals can happen in the blink of an eye (think ring exchanges or the big kiss) and hands quickly popping up with cell phones can easily block or mar the images of a carefully-placed wedding photographer positioned behind them.

Several of my wedding clients have opted for an unplugged wedding ceremony. This means that couples request their guests put away their cell phones during the ceremony. This significantly lessens the chance of a guest blocking the wedding photographer’s view, and also prevents distracting glowing screens from cluttering the final images. Not only that, but it actually ensures that the guests are giving their full attention to the ceremony itself, not playing with phone settings.

How to Have an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony

Many people like the idea of an unplugged wedding ceremony, but they have no idea how to coordinate it. There are many simple ways to ensure one for your ceremony. Some of these options include:

~ Have your officiant make an announcement that you would prefer all guests keep their phones and cameras off so as to enjoy the ceremony undistracted. Have the officiant offer that the images from your professional photographer will be shared with guests at a later date.

~ Post a sign in your ceremony venue with your request. You can either buy a chalkboard sign and handwrite, or purchase one on Etsy. Some options include: “There’s a girl here taking pictures. We asked her to come. So please rest your cameras. Our ceremony needs only one.” or “Welcome to our unplugged ceremony. Please turn off all cell phones, cameras and any other device and enjoy this special moment with us. Thank you!” or “Welcome to our unplugged wedding. We invite you to be fully present with us during this special moment. Please, no cameras, cell phones or other electronics until after the ceremony. Thank you!”

~ Alternatively, you can add your wording or request to the ceremony program that each guest receives when entering your venue. Try a Google search to find wording that is right for you!

So you see, having an unplugged wedding ceremony comes with several benefits, and is very easy to do. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Unplugged Ceremonies Photo

Aria Wedding + Nazareth Chapel Wedding Photos | Taylor + Jordan

Aria Wedding + Nazareth Chapel Wedding Photos | Taylor + Jordan

Taylor + Jordan hustled us outside the back door. “They should be here any minute!” We had all run through the kitchen and out onto the busy Minneapolis street. And there they were! Their two sweet lovable doggies had been driven to Aria for a couple of quick minutes while we could capture a few photos of the four of them together. Being with their dogs on their wedding day was so important – how could we not photograph such cuteness???

Taylor + Jordan’s wedding day was so spectacular! We began at Loew’s Minneapolis, in two suites high above the downtown Minneapolis streets. After they were ready, and had both opened their gifts to each other, we headed over for first look and Aria wedding photos. So many tears of joy! After we spent time with them for their first look, we spent some time for individual and couple portraits both in the Aria lobby as well as outside the building. Soon the rest of the wedding party arrived and we were able to capture their wedding party portraits both inside and outside Aria as well.

We then headed up to the Nazareth Chapel at Northwestern University in Arden Hills. What a gorgeous wedding venue! The vintage chapel with ornate columns, light fixtures and windows gave such dramatic lighting and photos.

After their ceremony, Taylor + Jordan headed over to Betty Danger’s Country Club in NE Minneapolis for a quick spin on the ferris wheel and a relaxing cocktail with their wedding party. Meanwhile, the guests ventured over to Aria to begin their cocktail party, and waited for Taylor + Jordan to arrive shortly afterward.

On to dinner, the Aria dining room was as spectacular as usual. The head table was gorgeously decorated with draping greenery, florals, and candles. The rest of the tables were draped in blush pink linens, candles, silver and flowers. Such a spectacular sight!

Following dinner, toasts and cake cutting, the after party of dancing, drinks and photo booths were enjoyed by all.

Taylor and Jordan, thank you so much for including me on one of the most important events of your lives. I wish you a lifetime of happiness and joy together!

ETA: Don’t forget to take a look at Taylor + Jordan’s engagement session at Mears Park in downtown St Paul, right across the street from where they used to live! Their sweet doggies are here too!

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

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Nazareth Chapel Wedding Photo

Nazareth Chapel Wedding Photo

Nazareth Chapel Wedding Photo

Nazareth Chapel Wedding Photo

Nazareth Chapel Wedding Photo

Nazareth Chapel Wedding Photo

Nazareth Chapel Wedding Photo

Nazareth Chapel Wedding Photo

Nazareth Chapel Wedding Photo

Nazareth Chapel Wedding Photo

Betty Dangers Country Club Wedding Photo

Betty Dangers Country Club Wedding Photo

Betty Dangers Country Club Wedding Photo

Betty Dangers Country Club Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

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Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

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Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

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Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

Aria Minneapolis Wedding Photo

VENDORS
Wedding Venue: Nazareth Chapel at Northwestern University
Reception Venue: Aria Minneapolis
Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige, Kleinfeld Bridal NYC
Bride’s Shoes: Nordstrom
Hair/Makeup: Nay Danger Style
Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy
Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse
Jewelry: Tiffany & Co
Wedding Coordinator: Studio Veil
Florist: Thistle & Blooms
Catering: Deco Catering
Rentals: Linen Effects
Cake: Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe
DJ: Studio Veil
Stationery: Minted
Videographer: First Dance Films
Photo Booth: Randy Kirihara

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