Kelly and Joe might hold a record among all of my wedding couples: most amount of years together prior to getting married. They have a nine year old daughter to prove it! They finally decided to “make it official”, and will be holding their big day later in the fall of this year. Instead of a simple engagement session, they wanted to incorporate their daughter Ayla and make it a hybrid engagement session AND family session all in one. Such a great idea!
Their location of choice was the downtown St Paul Public Library (George Latimer Central Library.) Kelly chose it for her love of books, and Joe chose it for his love of classic architecture. It was the perfect spot! And even though it had been a rainy day, the rain stopped long enough for us to get a few images of them outside the library as well.
We spent time photographing Kelly + Joe alone, Ayla alone, and the three of them together. It was so fun being immersed in the stacks and rows of thousands of books, as well as appreciating the beautiful structure of the historic building itself. There were so many rooms and areas to work in, we were unable to make it everywhere we were hoping before the library closed for the day.
Once they reviewed their images, they chose to order an heirloom canvas wall art tryptic of some favorites from their session: one image of Ayla, one image of Kelly + Joe, and one of all three of them together. I cannot wait to see the final artwork!
Kelly, Joe and Ayla – it was so much fun working with you! I’ve enjoyed getting to know you, and I am so excited for your big day this fall. Best of luck with your wedding planning!
Tara + Steve wanted a small, intimate wedding with their closest family and friends. They planned an amazing ceremony and reception at two Twin Cities gems – Como Park Conservatory and Nicollet Island Inn. Their mid-winter event was full of laughter, tears, beauty and joy!
We started their day with preparations at Nicollet Island Inn. The L’toile Suite was a gorgeous backdrop for the two of them to prepare for one of the biggest days of their lives. Once they were ready to go, we held a quick First Look in the gorgeous lobby of the hotel under their spectacular crystal chandalier.
From there, we headed over to the Como Park Conservatory. This is a personal favorite venue of mine as my husband and I were married here too! As usual, the Conservatory was simply gorgeous with its late winter floral display. Tara + Steve’s ceremony was full of love – and so many tears of joy! Afterward we organized a few posed groupings, then had a bit of time right before sunset to capture images of the two of them alone in the gorgeous florals and greenery of the Conservatory. I always love photographing here – it’s simply amazing!
After Tara + Steve’s ceremony, we headed back to Nicollet Island Inn for their reception. They held a quick cake-cutting, then headed over to their champaign toast and celebrations in the lounge. They ended the evening with dinner in the gorgeous private dining room with their closest family and friends. Such a spectacular, intimate wedding day!
Tara + Steve, thank you so much for including me on your beautiful wedding day. I am so happy for the two of you as you begin your new lives together!
Wedding Venue: Como Park Conservatory
Reception Venue: Nicollet Island Inn
Wedding Dress: The Wedding Connection
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding Rings: Jared Diamond
Officiant: Affordable I Do’s
Florist: Colleen’s Flower Cellar
Wedding Cake: Buttercream
Violinist: Shawn Vougest
Katie + Brett had a bit of a challenge planning their wedding. While they both called the Minneapolis area home, they also recently moved away for jobs and school – not even together but in separate states! Luckily they weren’t too far away, so we were still able to meet, as well as have an amazing time during their engagement session at Como Park Conservatory last year. After a lot of driving and remote planning, their wedding day in January was finally here!
We began their big day by getting ready at the Intercontinental Hotel on the St Paul riverfront. Such an amazing, modern, chic hotel! Once the two of them were ready to go, we headed over to the Landmark Center for Katie + Brett’s first look. We were up on the fourth floor in the spectacular Chief Justice Room. Such an amazing moment, I was even tearing up too. Afterward, we had fun taking portraits of the two of them together throughout the Landmark Center’s beautiful architecture.
After Katie + Brett’s portraits, we photographed their wedding party images and family portraits at the beautiful Landmark Center. We then headed up to St Stephen’s Catholic Church in Anoka for their wedding ceremony – they were so joyful! After a few large group portraits following their ceremony, we headed back down to the Landmark Center for their reception.
The Landmark Center was sparkling and glowing for Katie + Brett’s reception. They started with a cocktail hour, then followed with their grand entrance, dinner and toasts – so many laughs and tears! Finally, the dance floor was jumping with their DJ and dance party. Everyone was having so much fun!
Katie + Brett, thank you so much for including me in your big day. I am so honored to have worked with you, and I wish you the happiest life together!
Wedding Prep: Intercontinental Hotel St Paul
Wedding Venue: St Stephen’s Catholic Church
Reception Venue: The Landmark Center
Wedding Dress: Jacquelin Exclusive
Hair/Makeup: Madolyn Ayers
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding Rings: Necker’s Jewelers
Florist: Friend of Bride (Brooch/Bead Bouquets, Boutonnieres and Centerpieces)
Catering: Design Cuisine
Wedding Cake: Taste of Love
DJ: The Wedding Collective
Wedding Invitations: Noted Design