The first time I walked into Trellis Weddings and Events, in Stillwater MN, to meet with Vicki + Xo for their final walkthrough meeting before their wedding day, I was absolutely in awe. A stone trail through the mossy woods opened into a gorgeous garden filled with trees, shrubs, plants, benches, fountains, statues and more. Everything was so picturesque, it definitely didn’t feel as though we were in Minnesota anymore. I was even more excited for Vicki + Xo’s big day!
The two of them prepared in separate rooms of the adorable cottage at Trellis Weddings, then followed with their first look under the shade of the trees. They were so excited, they just beamed when they saw each other. Then we spent time wandering around the beautiful grounds of Trellis photographing portraits of the two of them both together and alone. We then moved on to bridal party and family portraits until it was time to prepare for their ceremony.
Vicki + Xo’s ceremony was held under the beautiful white tent on the Trellis grounds. The highlights included vows they wrote to their three children, which caused many people to reach for their tissues. The kids were so happy – they were full of laughs, hugs and tears of joy as well.
Afterward, a trolly carried the entire wedding party over to the St Croix riverboats, where the reception was held on the Majestic Star. Following dinner and toasts, the group danced the night away as the boat sailed up and down the St Croix during a gorgeous June evening. A spectacular sunset was the perfect cap to the night.
Vicki + Xo, I am so happy for you as you begin your new lives joined as a beautiful family. I am so honored you chose to work with me, and I wish you a beautiful life full of laughter and love together.
Wedding Venue: Trellis Weddings and Events
Reception Venue: St Croix Boat & Packet Co / Majestic Star
Catering: The Grand
Wedding Dress: Bella Bridal Boutique
Seamstress: Heather Baldridge
Bride’s Shoes: DSW
Bridesmaids Dresses: The Wedding Connection
Makeup/Hair: Fusion Salon
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Jeweler: Michael Hill / Arthur’s Jewelers / Ben Bridge
Videographer: Tig WD
Officiant: Pastor Tom Belt
Florist: Friend of the couple
Invitations: Ann’s Bridal Bargains
Desserts: Dorothy Ann Bakery & Cafe
DJ: Instant Request
“I remember the day she was born…the first time I got to hold her in my arms in the hospital…and I saw this day clearly in my mind. I could see myself up here, giving this speech to all of you, on the day my daughter would get married.”
Toni wiped away tears during her dad’s reception toast. She and Chris had just gotten married at the Minneapolis Club, and the two of them couldn’t be happier. Toni’s dad’s amazing toast encapsulated their day so beautifully – full of stories both hilarious and heartwarming. And Toni wasn’t the only one tearing up in the room.
Toni + Chris started their day by prepping at their nearby hotel as well as the Minneapolis Club. Shortly afterward they were able to have their First Look in the front garden. Tears were flowing by this point – they were both so happy! Afterward, we were able to spend time both outside and inside the Minneapolis Club for portraits. What an amazing venue!
Following the beautiful ceremony that was also full of tears as well as laughter and love, Toni + Chris celebrated with an amazing dinner, toasts, and cake, as well as a packed dance floor as they partied the night away. (There is even photographic evidence of this photographer busting a move out there somewhere!)
Toni + Chris, I am so honored you chose to work with me on one of the biggest days of your life, and incredibly happy for you both as well. I wish you the best in your new life together!
Venue/Catering: Minneapolis Club
Wedding Dress: Posh Bridal Couture
Bride’s Shoes: Betsy Johnson
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Makeup: Lianna Colestock / Creative Beaute Agency
Hair: Amanda Molnau / Creative Beaute Agency
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Macy’s
Rings: Wixon Jewelers
Planner: Jill Wicht / Celebration Stories
Florist: KMB Floral
Invitations: Designed by Bride
Desserts: Grandma’s Bakery
DJ: Adagio Djay Entertainment
Following up on my post from last year highlighting some of my wedding photography albums, I have recently added some amazing new options to the mix so I figured I would blog about my Signature album line again.
I wanted to repeat my previous post to take some time to highlight the newest products that I am proud to be carrying – gorgeous luxury wedding albums from Graphistudio! Graphistudio is one of the longest-running and most prestigious wedding album manufacturers in the world, with their founding in 1982 in Italy. Even today, the albums are still made at their headquarters in Italy, and they have grown to open offices all over the world. Luckily the US headquarters is right here in Minneapolis! I’m going to highlight four albums for you to get a sense of the variety, customizability and craftsmanship of their albums. Today I am highlighting my high-end Signature wedding album line. You can read more about my Premium line of albums (a slightly more budget-friendly option, still crafted by GraphiStudio) here.
First up we have Amanda + Dan’s album. All of my Graphistudio albums come with an incorporated, protective Design Box that keeps the album safe from damage, dust and light. The exterior features the black Touch material (a luxurious soft finish) with names and custom-designed crest printed with raised, silver foil. The box interior features metallic silver linen, as well as a yellow satin ribbon (with yellow and gray being Amanda + Dan’s wedding colors, the choices were fitting.) The album itself features one of the highlights of Graphi’s custom options – a brushed silver metal cover with printed image, fitted perfectly with a beautiful infrared image from Amanda + Dan’s wedding day. The album is bound with a supple bright yellow leather, again echoing Amanda + Dan’s wedding colors. The interior pages are a beautiful photo paper with protective coating, ensuring decades of enjoyment by family and friends.
Next I would like to highlight Anna + Brandon’s album. Their wedding took place in downtown Minneapolis at the Dayblock Event Center, with portraits taken at and behind the Mill City Museum and Mill Ruins area of Minneapolis. It seemed fitting to customize their Design Box (as well as the album binding) with Graphi’s Maple material in a color that reflected the rustic, worn wood of the old structures of the area. Contrasting the Maple’s worn wood feel was Graphi’s Crystal cover – emulating the reflections of glass throughout the city. The Maple and Crystal were paired with a green linen Design Box interior as well as the blue ribbon to contrast as well as coordinate with their blue wedding color. The photos were printed on Graphi’s stunning metallic photo paper with satin finish, really making the images pop off the page.
Next is Katie + Robert’s album. Their wedding took place at the Cottage Vineyard and Winery in Menomonie, WI. The Design Box features a fitting cork cover material printed with their names in an elegant script font. The interior is a beautiful Pearl Linen. The two paired together highlight the rustic elegance of Katie + Robert’s day. The satin ribbon is a bright white. The album itself features another highlight of Graphistudio’s – the soft, velvety Sequoia distressed leather. Note that the engraved text on the cover is actually cut directly out of the leather material to give the dimensional quality of debossed text. And images are printed on beautiful satin photo paper with satin coating.
Last but not least, I would like to highlight Lauren + Wes’ album. Their wedding took place at Rum River Barn + Vineyard. Their Design Box features a Pearl Linen custom-printed with a fall-themed graphic to highlight the gorgeous colors during the season of their wedding. The interior is a rustic burlap-style linen to contrast with their rustic barn theme. The satin ribbon is purple which was their wedding color. The album itself features a white wood cover (echoing the white barn in which their reception was held) with laser engraved names. It also features the gorgeous, velvety Sequoia distressed leather on spine and back, as well as the gorgeous satin metallic paper interior throughout.
Oh, and how could I forget? I can also create Parent Album copies of your wedding album too!
I’ve got these and other album samples as well to view, so please don’t hesitate to call and coordinate a time to meet at my studio so I can show you these amazing albums!