Loring Wedding Minneapolis – Laura and Patrick

Whoa, amazing things happened in 2019. Not least of which is Laura and Patrick’s wedding at the Loring Restaurant. It was modern and colorful and bright and joyous.

Case in point- a favorite photo from 2019 of Laura and Patrick in front of the neon Loring marquee just as dusk makes the world fall into blues and warm tones.

tilt shift image of couple outside loring restaurant at night in dinkytown minneapolis after their wedding
One of those moments when it all comes together – the lighting, the gels, the tilt shift lens, the right couple, the perfect dusk. ⁣⠀

When we photographed their engagement session at St Anthony Main, I knew we were going to be pretty serious about enjoying the process. We chatted about photography and comedy, food and posing. I now follow several of their friends on social media and enjoy reading Patrick’s articles about the local art scene for City Pages.

Obviously, Laura and Patrick have found a true partner in each other, and it is an absolute pleasure to document the comfort and joy they have together and the celebration of their community.


flash composite of wedding party with 2 groomsmen and 2 bridesmaids in maroon with dramatic lighting in minneapolis loring restaurant
Laura and Patrick and their very very very enjoyable friends had me laughing all evening. A little moment that also shows off how totally stunning they look. Flash composite of 3 images stitched together. ⁣

The Loring remains one of my very favorite wedding locations in Minneapolis. It is right in the middle of dinkytown, and the interior architecture is bold and immense enough to inspire immediate reactions, but still at a scale where weddings don’t feel drowned in the space. It is colorful and bold and a little wacky.

wedding party walks in dinkytown casually loring restaurant wedding minneapolis
Just casually walking with your swank friends in dinkytown

The Loring restaurant has a special relationship with the nearby Varsity Theater, but full weddings can happen all at the Loring! After documenting a dozen weddings there, I definitely have some favorite spaces, but I also always find new nooks and angles to bring the space into photos.

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The Loring Restaurant, all set up for a wedding reception


  • The Red Room (upstairs). Perfect as a “getting ready” space, and also for cocktail hour.
  • Balcony space (next to Red Room) also ideal for cocktail hour, and I love the angle on the space from up here -you can see the architectural beams and incorporate the whole space in one photo.
  • The Mezzanine space – opposite the balcony, it has a walkway that is often bathed in light and a fun old mural that says “LORING”
  • The Main space – perfect for the ceremony, and then reception and dancing. It makes a statement to guests without much extras, so a little bit of extra design really makes an impact.
  • The exterior – my fave at night, the neon sign and old brick work make for a perfect pairing.
officiant put glitter in his beard for loring restaurant wedding minneapolis
This beard is made of glitter. Like, there is no greater metaphor for commitment than for your officiant to coat his face in glitter to celebrate your new life together.
first dance at loring restaurant wedding minneapoils
Laura and Patrick danced to “Can I have this Dance” by Francis and the Lights. A total favorite of mine, and the perfect song to start their reception off at the Loring.

Tux: The Black Tux
​Location: Loring Restaurant
​Coordination: Pink Peony Events
DJ: Transmission Music
Dress: Flutter

sun streams behind couple on balcony of loring restaurant wedding minneapoils
These two and the right light