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Kelly and Jason at the Loring Restaurant and Varsity Theater.

One thing I find difficult as I write about weddings all the time is this – we often look through photos from events and focus on the details that look charming, the elements that stand out. But to me weddings aren’t about the trappings. I don’t want to distill a celebration down to the most common denominator. And yet that is by far the easiest way to write about weddings – the quirky details, the unique customs, the offbeat or unexpected elements.

So, I am really excited to share these photos from Kelly and Jason’s wedding at the Loring and Varsity theater. Yeah, I way love the Death Star purse Kelly had. I love their video game elements and Kelly’s blue dress (TARDIS blue, even?)

But I don’t want to offer these details up as a fun oddity. I want to show them as they are – an authentic extension of the quirky, awesome, powerful affection and shared lives of Kelly and Jason. As parts of a day full of laughter and joy and celebration.

So I’m trying something new – captioning each of the photos, really showcasing only the elements that complete the wedding story, and giving a little insight my thought process as I document and conceptualize the images in the first place.

I present Kelly and Jason’s Sci-Fi loving wedding at the Loring and Varsity: loads of celebrating, an epic dance party, and a wedding.

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Kelly and Jason, and their Zelda inspired marquee at the Varsity theater “Its dangerous to go alone”
minneapolis sci fi lovers wedding loring and varsity
This is a panorama of many images stitched together – how else to show off the multitude that is the interior of Loring Restaurant
minneapolis sci fi lovers wedding loring and varsity
The most elegant Star Wars themes bridal accessories I’ve ever seen – Death Star purse and R2D2 ballet flats
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Exterior of Loring Restaurant – former dinkytown pharmacy, loaded with style.
Smiling throughout – Kelly before the wedding getting ready at the Loring
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Kelly’s dress, reflecting the infinite, evoking a night sky with blue and silver.
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Jason, his dapper suit, and his mom to pin on the boutonniere, a word that is impossible to spell before spell check.
minneapolis sci fi lovers wedding loring and varsity
The dark suit, dark shirt, and blue vest/tie combo was both dramatic and elegant. A perfect compliment to Kelly’s blue dress.
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That moment before the first look, when emotional chaos rules, but the end is in site.
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First looks are just fun looks. You both look so great!
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And then you need a moment to take it in – its really happening.
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The Loring has so many quirky spaces to find and use – this seemed like a perfect casual place for a photo of the wedding party
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Never stop laughing – at the combination of joyous, silly, and celebratory that any wedding must contain
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Quiet little corners are my favorite – a semi-stolen moment
With so much color and texture and emotion happening, I enjoy the occasional black and white image to highlight different elements of a wedding day.
minneapolis sci fi lovers wedding loring and varsity
Breaking the glass
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And a first kiss
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Kelly and Jason looked way elegant most of the time, but I also love this totally happy excited face from Kelly as she walks down the aisle.
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Thats a great entrance to a wedding
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Dessert buffet of doughnuts, mini mouses, and tarts.
During cocktail hour, I set a few goals for myself. Obviously, I take photos of groups of people talking, and others hugging. But I also strive to get unexpected portraits of parents and grandparents. There is something timeless about this dad and his drink.
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The Varsity theater takes a dark space and weaves light into it, creating a magical experience for weddings.
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Toasts, truths, and a lot of baby’s breath
minneapolis sci fi lovers wedding loring and varsity
First dance magic
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Kelly and Jason had quirky, geeky, funny, fun music playing throughout – and a DJ playing videos to correspond. It was an amazing dance party.
minneapolis sci fi lovers wedding loring and varsity
Again, a touch of black and white to pull out this one moment
minneapolis sci fi lovers wedding loring and varsity
I’m not totally sure what move this is, but I’m pretty sure some of the monsters in Doom do it.
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There was also slow dancing
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But then back to an all out frolic again!
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This is a gorgeous space for couples.
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DJ Mad Mardigan – spinning excellent dance music, but also pairing it with this video of a robot destroying a city.
minneapolis sci fi lovers wedding loring and varsity
DJ Mad Mardigan at the Varsity Theater
minneapolis sci fi lovers wedding loring and varsity
At the end of the night is a perfect time to get a few minutes off the dance floor for a few last portraits – this wall of posters is pretty exceptional
minneapolis sci fi lovers wedding loring and varsity
If you’ve got a marquee, you better believe there will be lots of photos by it
minneapolis sci fi lovers wedding loring and varsity
Oh, goodness, I made my second shooter do a lot of running around with a giant pixelstick while I took a long exposure of this image – the TARDIS is captured in camera (not a photoshop effect). Its a little bizarre, but I strive to push myself and try things that ultimately might be bizarre.

Ceremony: Loring Restaurant
Reception: Varsity Theater
DJ: Mad Mardigan

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