Dakota Lodge Wedding – Emily + Jason

I photographed Emily and Jason’s lovely wedding at Dakota Lodge a few years back.

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A stroll before the ceremony begins

As much as I love photographing weddings in urban spaces, hotel ballrooms, and modern spaces , there is just something about a celebration on a warm summer evening in Minnesota. Its what we wait for all winter, and that makes it all the more precious.


Dakota Lodge is a lovely park space for celebrations – a patio and woods for enjoying the outdoors, and a clean interior for a reception. These images of Emily and Jason’s weddings show some of the features of Dakota Lodge. You might also enjoy seeing weddings at these similar twin cities park wedding venues:

  • Silverwood Park is probably the closest in features – it has a larger main reception room covered in windows and stone patio overlooking a small lake.
  • Bryant Lake Pavilion, like Silverwood park, is also part of the Three Rivers Parks system – it is a smaller building, but has access to a gorgeous lake and dock.
  • Theodore Wirth Chalet is part of Minneapolis Parks. The building has a lovely wooden beam construction.
  • Mendakota Country Club also features established trees and window lined reception space.


Emily’s parents are both pastors, so Jason had a lot to live up to when he joined the family! Luckily, both Emily & Jason share a love of laughter and a real respect for those around them, making their wedding a truly joyous occasion.

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Exterior of Dakota Lodge
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A first look on the grounds of Dakota Lodge

Reception: Dakota Lodge

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