Courtney + Blake live (and spend a lot of time) in downtown Minneapolis. They wanted a quintessential Minneapolis engagement photoshoot, so the Stone Arch Bridge fit the bill perfectly. I proposed Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, as there are so many gorgeous locations which feature the Stone Arch Bridge in the background, and the addition of the river and trees would for such beautiful engagement photos. They agreed in a heartbeat!
We visited Father Hennepin Bluffs in the early fall, when the leaves were changing and the sun was getting lower in the sky. The park was ablaze with the golden sun and bridge, cool river, and green and fall-toned leaves – it was absolutely gorgeous for our session! The crowds of people filling the park and bridge were evidence that many Minneapolis folks felt the same way. We had such a great time meandering through the beautiful park and creating amazing engagement portraits together. Courtney + Blake also wanted to include their sweet dog Jágr into the photos. She was so patient and cooperative for the session – a real trooper!
Courtney + Blake, thank you so much for choosing to work with me for your engagement photography. I am so happy for the two of you, and so excited for your wedding next year!
Stephanie + Travis were married at the Minneapolis Club in downtown Minneapolis. It’s always a treat to spend time in the Minneapolis Club, with its gorgeous classic brick and vine exterior, dark wood paneling and vintage decor, and historic mansion vibe. Steph + Travis are really drawn to the city ambiance – they not only live in the downtown area, but we previously photographed them around the Stone Arch Bridge area for their engagement photos, and they also wanted to visit the Stone Arch Bridge for its definitive downtown Minneapolis skyline during their wedding day.
Steph + Travis’ day was so spectacular! From their gorgeous venue, to Stephanie’s stunning dress, to the portraits of the two of them in front of the Minneapolis Club, to their bridal party at the Stone Arch Bridge, and all the fabulous photos of them throughout the day – everything was simply amazing!
Once they finished their prep time at the Minneapolis Club, we headed out to the front of the building for their First Look photos. Their joy and happiness simply radiated from them as they saw each other for the first time. This is probably my favorite moment of a wedding day – when the emotions are running high and we capture every laugh and tear. Once we finished with their portraits, we were able to head down to the Stone Arch Bridge for their wedding party images. Everyone looked absolutely amazing. We followed it all up with family photos back at the Minneapolis Club before their ceremony.
The ceremony was just beautiful and so unique to Steph + Travis – they even featured a bagpipe player during their procession/recession as well as a lyrical song by one of their bridesmaids. And after the cocktail hour and their cake cutting we headed up to dinner in the magnificent dining room. Their reception featured a full dance floor and tons of fun!
Stephanie + Travis, thank you so much for working with me on one of the most important days of your lives. I am truly honored to have worked with you – you are both so fun and sweet together, and your love for each other is simply enchanting. I cannot wait to see your gorgeous album, wall art and prints when they are finished!
Venue/Catering: Minneapolis Club
Bride’s Attire: Posh Bridal Couture / Cole Haan
Groom’s Attire: Nordstrom
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Happy Bridesmaids
Groomsmens’ Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding Rings: Wonder Jewelers
Hair/Makeup: Shawna Haughton
Officiant: Rev Dr James Brasel
Florist: Forever in Bloom
Cake: Rosa’s Cake Gallery
DJ: The Xperience / Jon Berry
Taylor + Jordon came to me with tons of ideas for their engagement photos. They live directly across the street from Mears Park in St Paul, so knew immediately that it would be where they wanted their engagement photos taken. They loved living in their cute apartment, with amazing rooftop deck and great views of downtown St Paul, so Mears Park seemed to fit them perfectly. And of course, the sweet little Mears Park creek, boulders, waterfalls, gardens, and landscaping with gorgeous plants and birch trees throughout made for an awesome backdrop, all surrounded by glowing city lights and sidewalks. Mears Park always delights with amazing images that can be captured there, with such perfect lighting and beautiful scenery. And as an extra bonus, the infrared images I like to capture are truly spectacular with the birch tree scenery. (As evidenced below!)
As much as we wanted to linger, we had to move quickly so the mosquitoes wouldn’t have us for dinner. We not only spent time around the birch tree-lined creek, but also on the beautiful tree-covered sidewalks and in a few nearby alleys that have great rustic brick backgrounds and beautiful soft lighting. We were even able to capture our final images as the sun set and the clouds looked wild from their spectacular rooftop terrace. As we were talking, we even discovered that we had some friends in common and have probably run into each other in the past – such a small world!
Taylor + Jordon, thank you so much for choosing to work with me for your engagement and wedding photography. I am so excited for your wedding next year, which will be held at one of my favorite locations – Aria! And of course, I am so happy for the two of you as you start your new lives together!