Stephanie + Travis had been hoping to have their engagement session for quite awhile now. However, with wedding planning, several international trips and even a new home purchase, our session had to be pushed back until we were finally able to hold it barely a month from their wedding day.
The two of them will be married at the Minneapolis Club in downtown Minneapolis, and the city vibe is important to them and their day, so naturally the area around the Stone Arch Bridge seemed to be a perfect fit for their engagement photos. We planned to work in the cute little Father Hennepin Bluffs Park right below the bridge so we could have some spectacular scenery around us. And as expected, the park did not disappoint. The quaint trails, wooden bridges, river’s edge, and views of the Stone Arch Bridge all gave the feel that we were miles out of the city, even though we were really in the midst of it all.
As a bonus, I recently decided to dust off my film camera and work to create some beautiful, timeless black and white film images during our session, and I’m so happy to say that it felt like I just picked up where I left off all those years ago. I LOVE these film images! I’ve worked exclusively digital for about 12 years now, and while there is a place in my heart for the pure, rich color achieved with my digital images, there are some significant structural differences with film that I was missing all these years. I’m happy to be back!
Stephanie + Travis, I am so thankful to you for choosing to work with me on one of the biggest days of your lives. And I am so happy you enjoyed your images. I am so excited for your wedding day!
“Yikes, there’s one!” ~Whack~
“OK, you guys, let’s walk over this way.”
“Hold on, there’s another one!” ~Whack~
So went our engagement session on a gorgeous summer evening at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Allison + Joseph have been planning their wedding date for a mid-winter day at the MN Landscape Arboretum, so naturally we decided upon an engagement session that contrasted with gorgeous scenery of the Landscape Arboretum in the summertime. We forgot, however, that Minnesota in late summer is pretty much a full-on mosquito party. Nothing a little swatting couldn’t handle, of course!
We started their session by heading out to the new Dog Walking area at the Arboretum – it’s an awesome trail through the woods and around some of the gorgeous landscape that gives a great nature hike for humans and canines to enjoy together (as opposed to plain chain-link fenced plots of grass or dirt that comprise most dog parks around the area.) Allison, Joseph and their two fur-babies had such fun together! Once their doggies left to visit grandma’s house, the rest of us continued on to photograph in some of the other gorgeous parts of the park, including the Japanese Garden, waterfall area, and even near an amazing tree out in the Prairie area.
At their Image Viewing and Ordering Session a week or two later, Allison + Joseph chose to order a 10×10 Engagement Album (more about those in an upcoming blog post!), Save the Date cards, and a few gift prints. I can’t wait to show them their final items in a few weeks, they will be so beautiful!
Allison + Joseph, thank you so much for choosing to work with me for your engagement and wedding photography. I’ve had such a great time getting to know you, and I am so excited for your big day in January!
Rain. Rain, rain, and more rain. Jamie + Tim’s wedding day was full of rain. Fortunately, rain on a wedding day symbolizes good luck. Also, fortunately, they had three gorgeous venues for their day, so we were able to capture beautiful images of their wedding despite the rain!
We started the day at The Saint Paul Hotel. Following their wedding prep, we held Jamie + Tim’s first look in the grand hotel lobby, filled with chandeliers, flowers, a sweeping staircase and gorgeous golden mirror and other accents. We were also able to photograph the wedding party in front of the stunning marble fireplace.
Next was Jaime + Tim’s beautiful wedding ceremony held at the Church of the Assumption in St Paul. Such a spectacular, traditional church built in the 1800s. The ceremony was complete with elegant singing, an enormous, regal pipe organ and even a trumpeter.
From there we headed over to the Minnesota History Center for Jaime + Tim’s wedding reception. The gorgeous venue was the perfect backdrop for their celebratory bash – floor-to-ceiling windows, marble and granite decorated in white linen, blush pink and gold accents, as well as the fun history aesthetics including an enormous vintage airplane, postcard decor, etc. Cocktail hour was followed by dinner, complete with toasting full of laughter and tears. Afterward, everyone danced the night away.
Jamie + Tim, you are such a picture of happiness and I wish you the best as you begin your new lives together. I am so happy for you both, and also thankful to you for including me on your amazing wedding day!
Venues: The Saint Paul Hotel, The Minnesota History Center
Wedding Venue: Church of the Assumption
Wedding Dress: The Wedding Shoppe
Bridesmaids Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe
Hair: Callan Jensen Hair Styling
Makeup: Julie Swenson, Primped
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Savvi Formalwear
Wedding Rings: Kirchner
Florals: Rison Design
Wedding Cake: Buttercream
DJ: Adagio Djay Entertainment