Our Lady of Victory Chapel at St Catherine University Wedding | John + Annie

I’m particularly happy about this wedding from earlier in July, because it features my brother-in-law John and his long-time girlfriend, Annie! I was SO happy when I found out they were engaged, and then when they asked me to be their wedding photographer it was like icing on the cake. John and Annie moved to Seattle several years ago, so we miss seeing them often, but it was great that they still decided to come back to Minneapolis to get married. Annie is an alumnus of St Catherine University, so they were allowed to use the gorgeous Our Lady of Victory Chapel for the ceremony – a stunning 90-year-old chapel modeled after a similar location in Provence, France. We were able to spend a lot of time together before the ceremony in a beautiful garden, as well as by the lake right outside the front of the church, before getting in a few photos at the chapel itself right before the ceremony.

Congratulations John+Annie! We are so happy for you!

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Minneapolis Wedding and Portrait Photography by Carina Photographics
Joanna Carina and Carina Photographics are located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Carina Photographics specializes in wedding photography, engagement and couples portrait photography, as well as senior and graduate portrait photography. Coverage area includes the entire Twin Cities of Minnesota including Minneapolis, St Paul, Stillwater, and Minnetonka. If you would like to speak with Joanna about working together for your wedding or portraits, please give Joanna a call at 612 220 8227 or email her at joanna@carinaphotographics.com. She also has a Wedding or Portrait Photography Information Guide that she would be happy to send, just drop her a line and let her know!

Lyndale Park Peace Garden Engagement Photos | Stacy + Alex

Stacy and Alex had decided that the perfect location for their engagement photos was near Lake Harriet where they both grew up. We had several ideas and dates to try, but each time, something was working against us! First there was a huge storm which postponed the fun day we had planned on the Lake Harriet Trolley. Then President Obama made a last-minute arrival, which not only closed the Trolley altogether again, but blocked off the entire area around Lake Harriet too. We were luckily able to meet at the gorgeous nearby Lyndale Park Peace Garden, which is about as beautiful as it gets for a park in Minneapolis! It’s a well-manicured, spectacular garden, with a bridge, waterfall and numerous plants, trees, pathways, etc. Even while we were taking their engagement photos, we were praying that the clouds floating overhead would not rain on us – our early summer MN weather has been crazy this year, but we were determined to make it work!

Stacy and Alex were so much fun, and did I mention they are SO cute together and we were laughing up a storm – I’m so excited for their wedding in October!

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Minneapolis Wedding and Portrait Photography by Carina Photographics
Joanna Carina and Carina Photographics are located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Carina Photographics specializes in wedding photography, engagement and couples portrait photography, as well as senior and graduate portrait photography. Coverage area includes the entire Twin Cities of Minnesota including Minneapolis, St Paul, Stillwater, and Minnetonka. If you would like to speak with Joanna about working together for your wedding or portraits, please give Joanna a call at 612 220 8227 or email her at joanna@carinaphotographics.com. She also has a Wedding or Portrait Photography Information Guide that she would be happy to send, just drop her a line and let her know!

Six Tips to Help Plan Your Wedding Day Timeline

It seems like something so complicated: plan the timeline of your entire wedding day, even though you’ve never planned a wedding before in your life! Thankfully, there are some tips that you can keep in mind to help you plan out and organize the time needed for the events on your big day. Here are a few:

- Allocate more time than you think you need for all events: The makeup artist took longer than expected. The dress had wrinkles and needed to be steamed prior to wearing. The limo was delayed by road construction. The florist didn’t arrive on time with the bouquets. The dinner took an hour longer than the catering company anticipated. If something were ever to be delayed, chances are it would happen on your wedding day. So make sure to plan in more time than you think you need to accomplish everything, and you can probably accomplish all of your events without adding additional stress.

- Delegate, delegate, delegate: Prior to your big day, make sure to delegate any tasks that must happen on the day itself (paying any vendors, organizing posed photo subjects, announcements, etc) to members of your wedding party or family. This will help things run much more smoothly and quickly.

- Leave plenty of time for your first look or couple portraits: Many times people don’t give much thought to these photos, as they are more concerned with figuring out the configuration of each family portrait. However, the portraits of the bride and groom alone often end up being the most cherished photos of the entire day. These are the ones you gift to parents, relatives and friends, as well as hang on your own wall. Make sure to plan at least half an hour for your portraits (and more if you are able.)

- Be at the ceremony location a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the ceremony: You’ll want to be finished with all hair, makeup, photos and travel well before the ceremony starts. It is safest to plan on being ready at the location 30 minutes, and sometimes one hour, prior to the ceremony. This way you are prepared in case something runs too long, or at the very least you have time to breathe and relax before the big moment.

- Plan 3-4 minutes per photo grouping: When planning out how much time you will need to get formal photos with your family, bridal party, etc, a good rule of thumb is to add 3-4 minutes per photo (assuming all participants in the photos are ready when needed.) And don’t forget to make sure everyone needed for the photos is aware of where they need to be prior to your day! (I’m personally guilty of that one – sorry Laura!)

- Arrange for most reception activities to happen early: Once the dinner is over, make sure to plan the cake cutting, first dance, father/daughter and mother/son dances, bouquet toss, and any other events, early in the evening. Often times, many relatives and friends won’t want to stay too long after dinner, so you want to make sure as many people are still available to watch the fun!

If you can keep these tips in mind while planning out your wedding timeline, you will be much more likely to keep your day running smoothly – helping to alleviate any unneeded stress on one of the biggest days of your life. Best of luck and happy planning!

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Minneapolis Wedding and Portrait Photography by Carina Photographics
Joanna Carina and Carina Photographics are located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Carina Photographics specializes in wedding photography, engagement and couples portrait photography, as well as senior and graduate portrait photography. Coverage area includes the entire Twin Cities of Minnesota including Minneapolis, St Paul, Stillwater, and Minnetonka. If you would like to speak with Joanna about working together for your wedding or portraits, please give Joanna a call at 612 220 8227 or email her at joanna@carinaphotographics.com. She also has a Wedding or Portrait Photography Information Guide that she would be happy to send, just drop her a line and let her know!

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