Minneapolis City Hall Elopement with Mayor Betsy Hodges

If you have already been together for years, built a life, a home, and businesses together, then the actual marriage license can never convey the committment you have already made to each other. But, damn, it is still nice to be able to have one. Congratulations to Jim and Jon on their joined lives, and to being able to fit in a little time for a marriage license.

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Northern Spark Minneapolis

Most stayed up all night for Northern Spark, but I awoke early to join the crowds for the first ever Pancake Feed hosted by Bachelor Farmer and Als Breakfast at Aria. Featuring a performance by Miwa Matreyek, and coffee by Dogwood. Photos appear at heavytable.com
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New parts of old spaces

wedding party flash composite on lawn of Wisconsin capitol buildingSince moving to Minneapolis, one of the things I miss most about Madison is the capitol building. Not just because it is beautiful (and it certainly is), but because it is so open and accessible. I remember playing tag and running around there as a kid, because that was a fun way to spend a Saturday. Having a building that is so open to the people really brings government home in a new way.

Which is a long way to say that lots of people feel like that.

And that is why, on Saturday afternoons, it is covered with people – people lingering after the morning’s farmers market, other wedding parties, proms, birthdays, tourists, all enjoying the capitol.

This popularity makes it a unique opportunity to find new places to take photos around the capitol – showing the building but not the tourists, finding a new take on a 150 year old building.

This is on one of the lawns, and is a flash composite of 4 photos. The flash allows me to bring in more of the sky, and brings a more formal element to the groupings.

Can’t wait to share the rest of Molly + Andrew’s wedding photos tomorrow!

  • Ariel Irving - Gorgeous composition on the wedding details! Lovely photographs.

Best clouds on record for June

gold medal park wedding photo with thunderstorm clouds

Wettest June in Minnesota you say? As long as they keep coming with the best clouds on record, things will be just fine. This was a moment when we were finishing up with photos at Gold Medal Park with Caroline and Joe, and then, as I turned around, I realized that this was the photo we had been missing. Quick lighting set up with my assistant Wendy, and we were ready to make those clouds work for us.