Madison Library and Majestic Theater wedding – Elisabeth + Brian

Oh, goodness, this was a lot of fun. I don’t usually show so many “wedding details”. Don’t get me wrong, I love flowers, I love cake, and I certainly take photos of dresses and shoes and table arrangements. But, generally, they don’t tell the human story that is the heart of a wedding – the community of people who have come to celebrate. Plus, I sometimes view showing wedding details as a kind of cheating in wedding photography- flowers don’t move, shoes can be placed into better lighting, and I can control the conditions. In short – they don’t tell the hectic and demanding lighting conditions, the people management, or the anticipation that go into photographing a wedding.

But, sometimes details aren’t just the pretty adornments that make a wedding “pinterest worthy” – sometimes they are wonderful expressions of two people’s lives together, and that is certainly the case with Elisabeth and Brian, and their Pop Science Fiction meets Library Science meets New Orleans Second Line March wedding – where things have been thought out, planned, and crafted to be just right.

And between all the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy references, and the library ceremony, and the 20 sided dice that decided if they would kiss, there was just a lot of Elizabeth and Brian there. A lot of celebrating, and a lot to celebrate.

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Ceremony: Madison Central Library
Reception: Majestic Theater
Second Line Marching Band: Mama Digdowns Brass Band
Catering: Underground Food

  • Fotografia Ślubna Gdańsk - Great work! “Nonfiction” photo makes me laugh, it’s just perfect idea. A lot of emotions and joy, happy couple. Nicely done :)

Candlelight ceremony at the Guthrie

candlelight ceremony minneapolis at nightNothing makes a ceremony feel intimate like being lit with candle light. It immediately narrows the focus of the day, and adds a warmth and stillness. What it doesn’t bring, from a photographic perspective, is light.

Candles are small, so they don’t create very much light and that light also falls off very quickly, so things by the candles can be bright, and things just a few inches away will be in total darkness. Their light is flickering, and often from below, and orange.

In short – if candlelight ceremonies are all about the feeling of being there, then photographing them requires a plan and additional light to bring that feeling into the images.

Which was a pleasure to do when the feeling of Jill and Brant’s wedding was so intimate and loving – a touch of crying, a little laughter, and two beautiful people very much in love.

Simple, architectural, first look – Megan + Reed

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The amber box of the Guthrie theater (known to most who visit it as “that bright yellow room”) is a stunning piece of downtown Minneapolis – looking over the Mississippi river and the ruins of the old mills that used to populate it, as well as the high end lofts that have taken up the spaces in between.

But for Megan and Reed’s first look, I loved this black and white photo in that yellow room. Megan’s dress was so architectural, and the moment was so quiet, that it just called for a more simple view.

Hidden Falls engagement photos – Mandy + Dan

We found the last bit of autumn down at Hidden Falls (so hidden, I still have not seen them) – a perfect place to let the dog run in the leaves, and then to walk along the beach with your sweetie.

Mandy + Dan are planners – they organized a camping tent in their backyard for the end of the session, complete with a heart-shaped fire pit. They had tested it out the day before, walked along the trails to find the most leaf-filled spaces, and brought along their parents to manage the puppy. But they are also open to spontaneity – lots of laughs, hanging out in the sand under my new favorite tree, and generally going with the flow.

Master fire builders, excellent dog parents, generally fun people – I really can’t wait for their wedding! I anticipate some gaming jokes, lots of great food, and even more laughs!

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Lake Calhoun portraits – Paty + Paul

Paty emailed me to say that this year, for her annual portrait session with her husband Paul, they were expecting. I am so excited to share their images – Paty is more beautiful than ever (which is saying quite a bit) and her attention to detail and style remain the same. Such a pleasure to watch their family grow.

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Semple Mansion wedding – Amy + Chuck

“This is the most realistic dinosaur we could find”

I think those were the first words Chuck said to me when I arrived for his wedding, while handing me a toy dinosaur (which was fairly lifelike, if only 3 inches tall). And thus began a day FULL of laughter. The dinos, the jokes, the singing, the dancing, and the best man’s speech that gave insightful analysis of Amy + Chuck’s relationship as displayed by the percentage of facebook posts about cats.

Two people who are clearly so full of a love for life, that they can now share that with each other is a true gift.
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Ceremony + Reception: Semple Mansion
Catering: Green Mill Catering
Cake: Cocoa + Fig

Finding our roots

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Why I love this photo: quirky, unexpected, a little colorful, a little quiet. Mandy + Dan’s engagement session was full of the offbeat, so finding this crazy tree just seemed to fit in.

Loring Park engagement photos – Allison and Jason

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
-Confucius

Allison and Jason have great stories about traveling together (and I bombarded them with questions about their upcoming trip to India) including traveling all over the world several times. But they also have a lot of stories of less adventurous amazement – their favorite places for coffee (and who prefers which mug),  and enjoying their many years of togetherness. And so, I loved this quote for them, because they already go with all their hearts, together.

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