James J Hill Library Wedding Photography

Couples planning their wedding at the James J Hill Library in St Paul often ask me how their photos will look in such a dark space. Your photos can definitely look as awesome and majestic as the building, but it does require some planning and the right photographer. When you were looking at venues, the JJ Hill Library probably stood out as soon as you walked into it: even among all the other buildings of old St Paul, the library feels like stepping into the past. That same feeling makes this space a total pleasure to photograph, but it’s dark open spaces require a…

JJ Hill Library Wedding in St Paul – Marie and Adam

On Language, and my favorite poem, and this JJ Hill Library wedding When I was in high school, an English teaching assistant, knowing my love of language, handed me a photocopy of her favorite poem. And that poem, by ee cummings, has become my favorite poem, combining a pedantic love of linguistics with a knowledge that there are also more important things. I try to bring some of that balance when I write my blog posts, when I talk about my work, when I choose how to frame things. Because weddings are both a substance to themselves- a tangible expression of our commitments…

Comfortable Wedding Photography – Jackie and Michael

Looking comfortable in photos is all about feeling comfortable. And you can only feel comfortable if you are actually enjoying yourself. This is never more true than with wedding photography! When you are thinking about putting together the photography part of your day, I always make sure to talk through a photo list with couples before their wedding. Even the most intimate gathering will have family groupings or high school friends that deserve to be documented as part of your celebration. Those photos with grandma only becomes more important as years go on. But as you plan your wedding, don’t…

Elisabeth + Brian’s Second Line Wedding with Mama Digdown’s Brass Band

Madison wedding at the Majestic Theater and Madison Central Library Is there a better metaphor for a wedding day than a second line brass band? To walk, with all your guests, in shared celebration. On display for the world to see, but also asking that larger community to join in your joy, to celebrate with you as well as witness your wedding? All of which is to say, Elisabeth and Brian’s wedding was so much fun. We don’t always think of a Second Line march outside of New Orleans (and they have it down to a science there!) but when…

JJ Hill Library Wedding St Paul MN

Abby + Harrison’s wedding – joyous, sweet, and very celebratory.

St Thomas More Church wedding – Grace + Andy

I have been jokingly referring to Grace + Andy’s wedding as the most stylish St Paul wedding of 1930. As modern as they both are as people, they bring a timeless quality to their relationship – they share joy with their family and friends, and they clearly find comfort and love in each other. Grace wore the same wedding dress that her Grandmother and mother wore, Andy brings a touch of Cary Grant to his demeanor, and they will obviously pass all their love onto their future children for many more generations to come. WEDDING CEREMONY AT ST THOMAS MORE…