“I’m so nervous….” These were almost the first words Josh said to us as we met up with him at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Our plan was to get him into the perfect location under the trellis near the back of the park for his “First Look” with Lisa prior to their wedding ceremony. We just needed to wait a few more minutes for Lisa to arrive! So we chatted a bit, exchanged a few jokes and stories, photographed a few portraits, and pretty soon he seemed much more at ease.
Before we knew it, Lisa appeared, practically floating down the sidewalk toward the trellis and Josh – she was such a stunner! As they turned and saw each other for the first time, they fought back tears while they melted into each others arms. They are just simply so sweet together! It was so amazing to be able to spend the hour with them as we created numerous gorgeous portraits throughout the Sculpture Garden – they were obviously joyous to be there and so excited for what was to come. The hour flew by and we soon found ourselves at Calvary Church in South Minneapolis, preparing for their wedding ceremony.
The tears of joy certainly didn’t stop after their portraits, they flowed freely during their wedding ceremony too! From the beautiful message of their Pastor who knows them so well, to the sweet readings and music from their friends, to their hand-written vows which also included their dedication and love to their children Riley, Carter and Nia, I found myself choking back tears several times too. They had such a spectacular day.
Lisa + Josh, thank you so much for including me on one of the biggest days of your lives. Your depth of heart and soul is so beautiful, and you are so lucky to have each other as well as your adorable family. I am honored to have been able to share your day with you, and I wish you nothing but the best in your new life together!
Many people would truly find themselves at home amongst a gorgeous, lush, green landscaped garden setting. So naturally, when I got the chance to photograph Molly + Andy’s wedding at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, I was ecstatic! I always feel like I could spend a whole day, or even a week, at the Arboretum and never see everything I wanted.
Molly + Andy held their outdoor wedding ceremony at the beautiful, quaint Wilson Rose Garden, right near the main Visitor Center building, on a perfectly sunny, warm July day. The Arboretum had special meaning for them because Molly grew up nearby and visited frequently when she was younger. (Lucky her!) They were able to enjoy their ceremony right in the center of the roses and adorable fountains. It was the perfect backdrop, and their families in attendance were absolutely overjoyed at their union.
After their ceremony, we were lucky enough to have some time to spend wandering among the woodland gardens and trails, as well as the Japanese garden, to take photos of the two of them together. Afterward, we headed to the back of the Visitor Center for their reception dinner on the patio that overlooked a pond and other beautiful gardens as the sun was setting on the horizon. They also enjoyed cutting their beautiful cake (even with the small mess that was made!) and Molly’s dad gave a sweet toast to the two of them to cap off the night.
Thank you so much for including us in your beautiful wedding day Molly + Andy! We wish you all the happiness in the world in your new lives together!
Ceremony+Reception Venue: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Officiant: Tom Armstrong
Wedding Dress: Allure, The Wedding Shoppe
Hair/Makeup: Blowdry Bar
Suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Catering: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Flowers: Richfield Flowers & Events
After spending their wedding day with Deb + Bryan and their infectious laughter, my cheeks were on fire! Abundant jokes and one-liners are the name of the game whenever they’re around. Their beautiful day was full of laughter, joking, love and yes, even a few tears.
Deb + Bryan’s day was held at the amazing Cedarhurst Mansion in Cottage Grove. The gorgeous building was designed by Cass Gilbert, the architect who also designed the MN State Capital building, and is over a century old. It has even hosted four US Presidents. It made for a perfect backdrop for Deb + Bryan to join their lives together. They opted not to do a First Look, but to first see each other when walking down the aisle. When Deb started to tear up upon seeing Bryan, he only needed to break out in his infectious laughter again and smiles and laughter filled the garden – and got Deb laughing too!
Looking through the photos, you will also see a small homage to the Star Wars movies – their cake is topped by a set of bride and groom AT-ATs, complete with veil and tophat! Their day was rounded out with a cocktail hour in the spectacular garden, and an amazing dinner and night of dancing in the beautiful Cedarhurst ballroom. Deb + Bryan’s wedding day was so gorgeous down to the last detail.
Thank you so much, Deb + Bryan, for including me on one of the biggest days of your lives! I am so happy for you both!
Venue: Cedarhurst Mansion
Wedding/Bridesmaids Dress: a & bé bridal shop
Hair/Makeup: Mezzanine Salon
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Colleen’s Flower Cellar
Catering: Cedarhurst Mansion
Cake: Denny’s Fifth Avenue Bakery
DJ: PM Enterprises