When I started working with Karen + Harrison, they were so excited about doing an engagement session. They were new to the Twin Cities area, and loved hiking and spending time together in nature. I gave them a few ideas of places that might work great for their engagement photography, and they loved Hidden Falls Regional Park. I was so excited – I had never photographed a session there before, and I’ve always wanted to work with someone there. Hidden Falls Park certainly did not disappoint – it was absolutely spectacular for our photo session!
We were lucky that the water was pretty high during this point of the year (usually during the fall in Minnesota, rivers are rather low and waterfalls can be pretty dried up.) Our first stop at Hidden Falls itself was just perfect – the waterfall was bubbling and rushing and gorgeous! And Karen + Harrison were happy to climb around anywhere I asked of them. They are so cute together! We also spent time on the amazing stone staircase before heading out to the next leg of our session.
After the waterfall area we headed over closer to the river. We spent some time photographing them hiking through the woods and on the banks of the adorable creek, as well as pausing on the quaint bridge. Then we headed down to the riverside to photograph them with the beach and some of the gorgeous trees. Again we were so lucky the water was high – the trees looked amazing surrounded by the river! And the sun was setting just as we were finishing up with our session – spectacular!
Karen + Harrison, thank you so much for choosing to work with me for your engagement and wedding photography. I adored your photo session and spending time with you guys, and I hope you enjoy your beautiful engagement album for years to come. I am so excited for your wedding next year!
Today is part 4, the last of my blog series on Madina + Omkar’s spectacular, multi-day Indian wedding ceremony. Take a look at part 1, part 2 and part 3!
Madina + Omkar and I decided we did not have enough time during their Indian wedding ceremonies to capture portraits of the two of them alone as we were initially hoping. So we decided to hold one more portrait session at magnificent Como Park to capture the them together in their gorgeous Indian wedding attire, celebrating their love.
Both Madina + Omkar were adorned in magnificent, custom-designed garments that used handwork and materials from six different countries. They were so happy and relaxed during our session – so happy after the past week’s festivities and happy to be newly married. They still had so much to do with Madina moving in with Omkar as well as planning their Hawaiian/Californian honeymoon in just a few weeks. But they were so happy to be able to capture their portraits together in a more relaxed, unhurried photo session.
Como Park was perfect that day – a bit of cloud cover to create dramatic lighting, along with the beautiful waterfall and fountain, bridge, trees and fields for them to spend time and create beautiful images of them together.
Madina + Omkar, I want to thank you so much for including me in your magnificent Indian wedding celebration. I am so honored to have met you as well as your families, and for having witnessed the love shared by all of you. I am so grateful to be included in your beautiful wedding ceremonies and traditions. I am so happy for the two of you as you begin your new lives together, and I wish you both the best that life has to offer!
Today is part three of my blog series on Madina + Omkar’s spectacular, multi-day Indian wedding ceremony. Make sure to take a look at part one, their Muslim wedding ceremony, and part two, their Hindu wedding ceremony.
Madina + Omkar held their formal Indian wedding reception at the gorgeous St Paul Hotel in downtown St Paul MN. We started the day with Madina prepping in the L’Etoile Suite and Omkar in another room of the beautiful hotel. Omkar wore a sharp black and white tux, while Madina wore a magnificent custom gown created with gorgeous lace and crystals throughout.
Once the two of them were ready, we took them across the street to Rice Park for their first look and portraits, followed by group photos. Then we were able to head back to the St Paul Hotel for their gorgeous reception. And really, the word “gorgeous” is such an understatement. It was truly a jaw-dropping, opulent event!
Madina + Omkar’s reception was held in the St Paul Hotel ballroom. Walking into the room, I think my eyes popped right out of my head! The center of the room featured their stunning, gold-adorned, six-tiered wedding cake. The tables were set so elegantly with custom menu cards, gold chargers, and gorgeous floral centerpieces. The lighting featured ornate gobos on the ceiling as well as a custom gobo with their names and monogram, and included six different color changes throughout the evening. And the pinnacle of the room was the custom-built, magnificent pergola over Madina + Omkar’s sweetheart table, draped in gold fabric and live flowers and completed with a gorgeous crystal chandalier.
After dinner, Madina + Omkar received numerous toasts, love and blessings from their families and friends. And then the two of them spoke and gave thanks for everyones’ support and love through the years. So much happiness and tears of joy! The toasts were followed by Madina + Omkar’s first dance, then their parent dances as well as an anniversary dance. Then they were able to dance away into the night.
Such a fun day with Madina + Omkar! Stay tuned to my next blog post which features my final photo session with them.
Venue/Catering: The Saint Paul Hotel
Wedding Coordinator: Mani Mela
Bride’s Wedding Gowns: Custom Designed
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Hair/Makeup: Tanner at Nicole Fae Makeup Studio
Wedding Rings: Shane Company
Wedding Invitation: Custom Designed by Bride and Indian Invitation Designer
Florist: Richfield Floral
Rentals: Midway Party Rental; Cici Events
Cake: Queen of Cakes
Videography: B&M Video Productions
Lighting: Instant Request