Winters in Minnesota are especially hard. With little sunlight and long, grey days, sometimes you need to escape to somewhere warmer, somwhere greener. And Sarah and Cody did just that for these super sweet maternity photos! We trekked to the Como Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul to take in some oxygen and awesome sights, and even ventured outside for a few snowy shots.
I’ve been capturing Jennae and Tyler’s family for what feels like forever. Jennae is my sister, and I’ve had the honor of photographing her engagement, her wedding, and her family as they have grown! Her and her husband Tyler have also joined me for maternity and anniversary photos.
Just in time for the holidays, Jennae, Tyler, Millie, and Mabel welcomed baby Willa into the world. The five gathered in their home for some super sweet newborn and family photos, which has such gorgeous natural light! This whole family is glowing and so cheery, which is perfectly in tune with the holiday season and reflective of the new life they welcomed into their family.
Photographing Stephanie and Loren’s wedding felt more like celebrating a family reunion than photographing a client’s wedding. Their wedding at the Nicollet Island Pavilion marks the 4th Stillman family wedding that I’ve photographed! Knowing and photographing this family for over a decade made this day more memorable than any wedding from my recent past.
All of the Stillman weddings have been beautiful. Allie + Brian‘s wedding at the Loring Pasta bar, Lauren + Jason‘s wedding at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, and their Mom Penny‘s wedding in the tropical paradise of Hawaii! If you click on any of those names you’ll be taken to their respective blog posts!
Nicollet Island Pavilion is always one of my favorite wedding venues for its great views of Minneapolis, its close proximity to the beautiful Nicollet Island Inn, and its versatile ceremony and reception space. The long, winding path from the pavilion itself down to the water of the Mississippi River was perfect for Stephanie and Loren’s first look, the journey emphasizing the excitement that they both felt about seeing each other for the first time. Couples photos were a blast with the lingering exhilaration from their first look, and the beautiful fall leaves were worth braving the day’s chilly weather.
Following a Jewish ceremony in the tent adjacent to the pavilion, the rest of their evening was a whirlwind of speeches, dancing, and excitement. What made Stephanie’s wedding stand out the most was the pure, unobstructed joy she demonstrated the entire day, that seemed to encompass the whole event. You’d be hard pressed to find any photos where Stephanie, Loren, and their loved ones don’t have a smile on their face. Our Antibooth was a hit with this crowd, with everyone scurrying to gather their families for a long awaited group photo. I even got in on a photo with all of the Stillmans and their spouses, a great memento of the years I’ve spent with the group.
This celebration was bittersweet, knowing that it was the last time time I would be photographing one of the Stillman sisters on their wedding day. However, I know it won’t be long before I see them all again, whether it’s for maternity photos, a bat mitzvah, or a trip to Hawaii!
Emily and Dan’s engagement shoot fell on the most picturesque fall day, and we had the chance to capture some awesome sunset photos of them in their fall attire. There’s something about warm light on the changing leaves that is just so magical! I know, I know, we always talk about the weather, but we’re Minnesotans, what do you expect?
Emily and Dan are both nature lovers, so the choice to take their engagement photos at Lebanon Hills Regional Park is great reflection of these two and the time that they spend together. Dan enjoys fishing, and Emily is more than happy to tag along and fish for a bit, and then read, relax, and take in the scenery while they’re on the water. Everything is better when you’re with the trees and the one that you love!
Karen and Matthew’s wedding featured some of our favorite St. Paul spots. After a ceremony at the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel, their guests headed to the Promenade Ballroom at the St. Paul Hotel for dinner and dancing! In between, we were able to explore downtown St. Paul, wandering past the James J. Hill Center and Rice Park to some awesome, urban areas that perfectly contrasted their classic wedding attire.
Right on the cusp of fall, their wedding day was the perfect temperature for Karen’s gorgeous lace off-the-shoulder gown. We honestly could not have asked for a more beautiful day, or a more kind, easy-going couple. These two were so happy to be in the company of each other and their families that it made their wedding day a breeze.
Family played a major role in their reception. Aside from the regular speeches and dances, the two brought out a unicorn cake to celebrate their flower girl’s birthday! It made for such a sweet moment, literally and figuratively. Their family dog even made an appearance at their reception in the form of a fondant-covered cake! Their cake designer, Something Sweet by Maddie Lu, really knocked it out of the park with the resemblance.
Karen and Matthew, thank you for having us capture your wedding day. Not only that, but thank you for being the compassionate duo that you are. It means so much to have clients that are out making a difference in the world. Wishing you two a lifetime of love!
Kelly and Robert’s wedding day was full of charm, bursting with laughter, and so reflective of them as people. They threw a great party at a cute location, with all of their closest friends by their sides. The Cottage Farmhouse is an incredible spot, and it was decorated in a way that screamed “Robert and Kelly,” down to the photos decorating the wine bottles on their reception tables.
Their day had its fair amount of hustle and bustle, especially when everyone hit the dance floor, but when Robert first saw Kelly it felt like time stopped. His parents led him, blindfolded, to his bride-to-be, in front of all of their friends and family. Robert was so overcome with joy even shed a few tears when he saw Kelly, a special moment that they got to share with their loved ones.
Their ceremony was short, sweet, and just downright hilarious. The two exchanged vows, but not in the traditional sense. They handed each other surprise vows, ones they hadn’t read until they were doing so in front of their entire ceremony! Since they were unexpected, and some goofy, they brought a lot of laughs. On top of that, Kelly’s sister dropped her ring when it came time to pass it to her. She had done the same thing during the rehearsal and received flak for it, but luckily she belongs to a family that sees the comedy in everything. It seemed like the entire ceremony was one eruption of laughter, right up until Robert dipped Kelly for their first kiss as a married couple.
Kelly and Robert’s wedding day was an absolute blast. These two, and all of those attending their wedding, are so full of life. Thank you for including us in your day!
A relatively new venue, the building that houses Kellerman’s Event Center has a history as a YMCA, White Bear Lake’s first movie theater, and even a dance studio. Jacquelyn and Brian’s wedding gave us the chance to explore the center and its adjoining bar, The Alchemist, and we were not disappointed! This venue has tons of funky charm and great lighting, with a beautifully landscaped alleyway just behind it.
Speaking of light, Jacquelyn’s smile was enough to light up their entire day. In both her first look with her father and her soon-to-be spouse, they couldn’t help but grin when seeing her. The joy that her and Brian share was contagious, and their whole day shone. Their wedding day took place on what seems to have been one of the last sunny, summery days that Minnesota has to offer this year, and we took full advantage of the warmth and greenery.
We could write about their wedding all day, but what Jacquelyn had to say about her relationship, from friendship to wedding day, takes the cake. Or should we say, the mini bundtlet.
“Brian and I have known each other for many years, since I was a sophomore and he was junior in High School. We have been the best of friends, which fell into a love I never knew existed. I’m sure everybody says this, but even the feeling I am experiencing right now as I type this is an overwhelming sense of being IN LOVE. Brian and I are fairly private about our love as I think it is something sacred and private, but spending our wedding day with all of our loved ones was such a fun experience to show them a moment of our love. SO many people made a point to tell both Brian and I that our wedding was the best wedding they’ve ever been to and of course, I agreed! But it also made us take a step back to really determine WHY so many people were telling us this and I am positive it is because we stayed true to what we truly wanted in that day and stuck to what was most important to us… A hidden gem of a venue that needed no decoration, a good meal with drinks a plenty, the ceremony and evening to be personal, and to show a glimpse into our lives and to include the most important and influential people in our life/relationship. It was the PEOPLE and atmosphere that made the night so wonderful! …and I like to think Brian and I are pretty fun!”
Jacquelyn and Brian, you two have such a beautiful circle of friends and family and we are so grateful to have spent an entire day with you all. We think you’re pretty fun too! Thanks for introducing us to one of our favorite new venues!
Sruti and Ethan’s Hindu ceremony took place at the Hyatt Regency Bloomington on a beautiful day, with big blue skies and perfect weather. Observing auspicious time, the two had a three-hour morning ceremony that was full of laughter and love. It was important for these two to incorporate Jewish traditions into their Hindu ceremony, including the breaking of the glass at the end of their ceremony.
Despite it being a long day, Sruti and Ethan had nothing but smiles on their faces the entire time. These two are goofy and heartfelt, and their entire wedding reflected that. Their wedding party mirrored that energy as well, goofing off during their photos together. It’s no surprise that Sruti’s favorite part of the day was during their ceremony when her and Ethan competed in a game to see who could fish a ring out of a vase of water first, best of three. She won, of course!
There was an incredible amount of detail and care put into each and every part of their day. They had a gorgeously styled reception, with such a glamorous feel in all of its purples and golds. Their day ended with all of their family and wedding party joining them on the dance floor during their first dance, which was the perfect way for this fun-loving couple to open up the dance floor.
Sruti and Ethan, thank you so much for sharing your day with us! We had a blast.
It’s only fitting that Bethany and Andy returned to St. Anthony Main, the place where they got engaged, for their engagement photos! The two were engaged on the Stone Arch Bridge and while that story is cute, it’s all of the activity that happened before the proposal that really stands out.
Andy has a great memory, especially when it comes to Bethany. He can recall what she ate, drank, and wore on their first date. He knows her favorite flowers offhand. It only makes sense that his penchant for remembering details about Bethany played a role in their engagement. After talking about marriage for a while the two visited two jewelry stores, one at the Mall of America and one in South Dakota, approximately 7 months apart. After having committed the first ring to memory, he recognized that she picked out the exact same ring at the second store, and thought to get her ring size during the process. After picking up the ring on Valentine’s Day in 2017, ordering a custom ring box from Athens, Greece, and making reservations at Smith and Porter, Andy was ready to propose. Despite the less-than-ideal weather, at 35 degrees in March, the two took a stroll across the Stone Arch Bridge prior to their dinner reservation. After listing the reasons he loves her he popped the question, to a “yes” from Bethany! Is that not the cutest backstory?
These two have such charisma, we are elated to be photographing their wedding next year. Looking forward to it, Bethany and Andy!