Scandi meets MN

A MN elopement bringing Finnish style into MN parks. If you are planning an outdoor MN elopement, then please take some inspiration from Riikka and Chris’s intimate wedding in Minnesota parks. And if you are planning your MN elopement right before your move to Finland, as they did, then that is an uncanny coincidence, and you’ll probably be impressed by how well it turned out. Tips for planning you MN Elopement in a park Rent a park shelter. Things can be much easier if you can just show up at a park you rent, put down your stuff, and say…

Planning your Minneapolis Elopement

So, people come to plan their elopements for all sorts of reasons. Perhaps you are choosing something more flexible and small because COVID has affected your wedding plans. Or perhaps you are psyched that the pandemic has made it easier for you to explain to your family that you always wanted to elope in the first place!

Maybe you want to get married now, and plan for a party later.

That is awesome, and however you come to an elopement, know that you can have a beautiful and meaningful ceremony.

If you are planning on eloping in Minneapolis or St Paul, I have some tips to keep in mind and also some suggestions for your photography.

St Paul City Hall Elopement – Darby and Alex

When people mention a “city hall elopement” you might imagine a combination of airy modern skyways paired with old dark offices. But one of the most remarkable buildings in Minnesota is definitely St Paul’s city hall, where Darby and Alex chose to exchange their vows in the breathtaking lobby. For some reason, this art deco moody masterpiece is stunningly in tact. From the dark marble walls and gold mirrored ceiling to the intricate bronze and stone elevators, everything is in service to the three story Vision of Peace statue in the lobby. Three story tall statue. An intimate wedding brings…

Intimate breakfast wedding at Como Conservatory – Susan and Eric

Breakfast wedding in a garden? Yes, please! Susan and Eric’s breakfast wedding at Como Conservatory was a perfect blend of elegant and comfortable. Just immediate family, tasty brunch foods, and the floral splendor of Como Park’s Sunken Garden. And because Eric loves penguins, we enjoyed walking around the como zoo for a few photos with our favorite aquatic mammals, including a very special visit from the polar bear. It was a total joy to be at Susan and Eric’s wedding. I can’t even begin to describe how warm and loving the ceremony was, how silly and joy-filled the brunch, and…

City Portraits Minneapolis

On the stress of planning couples portraits, and pre-wedding City Portraits Minneapolis Often, weddings are the first time you have had your photo professionally taken since high school, maybe earlier. Perhaps you have not thought since then about how you want to present yourself in photos, and now you also need to consider your partner, and your life together, and how you want that to be captured and remembered. Questions abound – what do you wear? how do you stand? when should you take photos? will you look like yourselves? Given how much of ourselves we share online, it can…

Rush Creek Golf Club Winter Wedding MN – Amanda and Adan

I get it. Winter in Minnesota is cold. This past week saw the firm end of autumn as the daily temperature is now below 25. It feels downright arctic after a soothing fall, and it isn’t even December yet. So I understand that for many, the idea of planning a wedding in the middle of a Minnesota winter seems harrowing and a little bit like you might have guests who revolt. However, I would look at it a little differently: you actually know what the weather will be like. Clear skies, snow covered hills, enough cold air to keep everyone…

Carleton College Wedding – Heather and Carl

Heather and Carl, their decades-in-the-making romance and their tremendous joining of families in joy, was a pleasure to document. Thank you for sharing Carleton College with me, on a gorgeous summer day. View other intimate weddings and elopements

Minnesota Lake Wedding Nancy and Tiffany

I’ve had a difficult time blogging Nancy and Tiffany’s wedding. Not because it was hard to choose images, but because by blogging it I’m sort of putting an end marker on our time together. I don’t really want to magic to end, I suppose. Which is to say, it’s taken me like a year to finally write about their lovely slightly rainy Minnesota lake wedding. We started at Nancy’s parents house, where rain kept us inside for photos, leading to my discovery that a rain drop sprinkled window is makes for a moody backdrop, even if Nancy and Tiffany had…