“You are my beloved, and you are my friend.” Tears welled up across the room as Safiyyah + Rory exchanged vows on a beautiful spring day during their wedding at Aria in Minneapolis. And I was so honored to be present to photograph their amazing day down to the very last gorgeous detail.
I first got to meet Safiyyah + Rory over hot chocolate on a cold February night in Minneapolis. They are two of the sweetest, most down-to-earth people you will ever meet. I could spend hours talking with them and wonder where the time went! We had a blast during their engagement session last summer at Eden Prairie’s Round Lake Park – a beautiful hidden gem filled with fields, woods, flowers, a lake and plenty of picturesque spots.
And of course, working together on one of the biggest days of their lives was the icing on the cake. Aria is truly amazing. And Safiyyah + Rory were very excited to spend plenty of time there making sure to capture gorgeous portraits throughout the magnificent art and architecture of the building. From the old spiral staircase, to the rich, elegant upstairs lounges, to the hidden alcoves, to the front lobby filled with spectacular crystal chandeliers, to all the unique modern art pieces scattered throughout the vintage structure, every facet is a photographer’s dream. And the two of them were happy to spend as much time as possible creating amazing imagery to commemorate their big day!
Safiyyah + Rory, I am so incredibly happy for you both as you join your lives together, and also so lucky to have gotten to know you and spend time with you on your gorgeous wedding day. So excited to keep in touch and see you guys again in the future!
Venue: Aria Minneapolis
Event Planning: Blush & Whim Wedding Planning + Event Design
Wedding Dress: Brides of France
Hair/Makeup: Julie Swenson Beauty
Florals: Ashley Fox Designs
Rentals: On Solid Ground Vintage Rentals
Catering: Chowgirls Killer Catering
S’Mores Bar: Campfire Desserts
DJ: PM Enterprises
Lighting: Phos Events
Mary + Lisa were originally wed in Canada in 2006. It was a time when the law would not allow them to be married in the United States, so their best option was to cross the nearest border. They visited a Justice of the Peace and then had a few snapshots taken together before a small celebration, and that was that.
Fast-forward eight years to 2014 when a group of wedding professionals in Minneapolis decided to put together a styled wedding photoshoot. Mary + Lisa were a perfect fit! We had access to a most gorgeous English formal garden located in Stockholm WI. The garden had been lovingly built from the ground up over the past 25 years by owners Tim and Bruce, who created their perfect European getaway in small-town Wisconsin, just a short drive from their usual home in Minneapolis. Their gorgeous garden and original 1700’s farmhouse had garnered some attention in the past from national magazines as well as the town’s locals, to the point that they occasionally rent it out for wedding celebrations. So naturally we were enamored with the property and thought it would be perfect for our photoshoot!
Following are some of our favorite photos from the gorgeous styled wedding photoshoot. Mary + Lisa have already exclaimed that they were so lucky at having this amazing chance at the wedding they never had, and feel they were married all over again. And we are lucky to have been able to work with them! Congratulations again, Mary + Lisa! We are so happy for you and your adorable family!
Models: Mary + Lisa
Event Planner, Rentals: Belle Noelle Events & Design
Photographer: Carina Photographics
Makeup: Ana Martignetti, Creative Beaute Agency
Hair: Sarah Drews
Florals: Foxglove Market & Studio
Desserts: Ganache Desserts and Confections
Dresses: J Crew
Headpieces: Ruby 3
Invitations: Olive Juice Stationery
Wedding Rings: Commers Custom Jewelers
I can honestly say I’d never done an outdoor early spring engagement session prior to working with Lauren + Wes. Either the snow and cold were too much for my couples, or the land was too brown and muddy, or they chose a different time of year, or they preferred to have photographs taken indoors, etc. So when Lauren + Wes said they settled on Bryant Lake Regional Park (of the Three Rivers Parks District) for their engagement session in early April, I had no idea what to expect. I live very close to another Three Rivers Park, Silverwood, and I have photographed there a ton and I love it soooooo much, and I was hoping it would be similar. I was not disappointed!
From the beautiful sunset we witnessed, to the loons calling on the lake (yes, IN the city!), to all the other birds and critters we saw and heard, we had such a great time! The light snow over the winter meant the grasses were still rich, gold, and abundant. Even the lack of leaves on the trees did not disappoint – they made for amazing structure and texture in many of our images. And the sky cooperated as well – a misty sun and touches of blue would peek through textured clouds. Very moody and dramatic light! The park had a very renowned disc golf course, and since Lauren + Wes were avid disc golfers too, we even spent some time taking photos of them with one of their favorite pastimes.
Thank you so much for choosing to work with me Lauren + Wes! I am so happy for you both, and so excited for your big day!