“If we want to go, we’ve got to hurry!”
I was watching the weather and radar on my phone, and saw there was a huge rain cloud coming toward us as we were photographing everyone getting ready for Robin + Paul’s wedding at the MN Landscape Arboretum. We had to get outside as fast as possible for their first look so we could ensure it was captured before the deluge! We headed outside as soon as we could to occasional drops as the storm edge was coming.
Their first look went off without a hitch, and then the sprinkles started to let up a bit, so we decided to head over to some of the nearby gardens for as much portrait time as we could. Lucky us, we had enough time to spend in the Japanese Garden, Hosta Glade AND the Woodland Azalea Garden before the sprinkles came back. We had so much fun – Robin + Paul are a laugh a minute and our cheeks hurt from giggling!
Our luck apparently ran out, however, as their wedding party and family formals were cut short when then sprinkles quickly turned into a torrential downpour. We flipped into Plan B mode and were able to use our emergency umbrellas to ferry everyone over to the space underneath the skyway between the buildings for portraits, and then also moved their entire ceremony indoors to the Oswald Visitor Center lobby. Hooray for flexibility and fast thinking!
Even with the big changes to our plans, Robin + Paul’s MN Landscape Arboretum wedding was still an amazing day. The two of them are so fun to be around – full of giggles, jokes and laughs, and they are a perfect complement to one another!
Robin + Paul – thank you so much for including me on your amazing wedding day. Even with the rain, it was so fun and beautiful. Congratulations to you both – I am so happy for you!
Venue/Catering: University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Dresses: Bridal Aisle
Grooms/Groomsmen Attire: Milbern Clothing Company
Jeweler: Shane Company
Hair/Makeup: Beauty by Belle
Officiant: Shawnna Orwell / Away We Go Weddings
Florist: Away We Go Weddings
DJ: Instant Request
Chris + Antonio wanted to pull out all the stops for their wedding day. It had to be gorgeous. It had to be epic. And in every way, it was all that and more!
They held their big day at the Landmark Center in St Paul, MN. The Landmark Center is really one of the pinnacles of gorgeous wedding venues in Minnesota. The grand columns, five-story glass-covered courtyard, marble details, carved mahogany, and romantic lighting make for such a stunning wedding venue. And Chris + Antonio dressed it up further with beautiful draping, candles, flowers, gold tablecloths, chair covers – you name it!
We began their day with preparations in separate rooms of the building. Once Chris + Antonio were ready, we headed over to the wild, rustic Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary for their first look. This hidden gem of a location is a perfect combination of natural beauty and rustic stone and railroad bridges. Chris + Antonio loved that it mirrored the same ambiance as Mill Ruins Park in Minneapolis where we held their engagement session last year.
Chris + Antonio’s first look was pretty much as epic as their entire wedding day. There were tears, hugs, kisses – their joy was so radiant! Every person present could feel their love and happiness. Afterward, we headed back to Rice Park as well and the James J Hill Center to photograph them with their families and friends.
Then it was on to the big ceremony. The cheers from the audience once they were married were thunderous! Next up were cocktails, an amazing dinner and finally toasts. Again, the love between them, as well as from their family and friends, was simply glowing. The fun was followed by an amazing dance party – the floor never stopped being filled to capacity!
Chris + Antonio, I am so happy for the two of you as you join your lives together. I wish you every happiness in life, and congratulations on your big day!
Venue: Landmark Center
Wedding Coordinator: Jaime Events
Grooms/Groomsmen Attire: Tip Top Tux
Grooms Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Bridesmaids Attire: The Wedding Shoppe
Invitations: Mint for Hue
Hair: Creative Beaute Agency
Officiant: Positively Charmed Ceremonies
Wedding Rings: Rogers & Hollands
Florist: Simply Stated Elegance
Catering: Lisa’s Catering
Draping: Dynamic Drape
Cake: Queen of Cakes
DJ: Adagio DJay Entertainment
Today I would like to highlight the latest addition to my album lineup – gorgeous luxury engagement 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 just outside of Venice, Italy. Many of the top wedding photographers in the world use Graphi to create their albums. Luckily the US headquarters is right here in Minneapolis!
I’m going to highlight two albums for you – one shows an example of a traditional engagement album, and the other shows an example of one of my newer, also very popular options, an engagement guestbook.
The first few images show my two album examples together in various sizes. The albums come with their own protective box, with numerous color options, along with a crystal clear magnetic cover. The front cover imagery is completely customizable – we can use any photo or illustration/design choice possible.
The next few images highlight my traditional engagement albums. In this example, I chose a photo cover on the front with material colors that reflect the image. Inside I used numerous images from the engagement session as an overall highlight of the entire session. The album uses professional photographic paper printed on the entire spread, then bound together with Graphi’s patented lay-flat technology. I also use a satin coating on the paper to protect against fingerprints and marks.
And last, these images show an example of an engagement guestbook. An engagement guestbook uses the images from the engagement session as a traditional album would do, however I also incorporate additional space around the images and across the spreads to accommodate well-wishes and writing from the guests at the wedding. Due to the carnival theme of this session, I chose to use an illustration and album colors to reflect that theme. Then I used numerous images from the session with the additional space needed for writing.
Feel free to visit my St Paul studio in the near future to take a look at these and other album samples I have. I’d love to meet you soon!