St Paul College Club Wedding MN – Nicole and Tim

This St Paul College Club Wedding is exactly what the mansions on Summit Avenue were built for – Celebrating in the ballroom, dinning in the salons.

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…

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…

St Paul Athletic Club Wedding – Meg and Peter

Meg and Peter’s St Paul Athletic Club Wedding was exactly the kind of classic old St Paul affair that this space was designed for. Timeless and elegant, but still approachable and practical, the architecture perfectly framed their ceremony. The tall windows of the ballroom embraced their reception. And the gorgeous stone work just enhanced the photos of the two of them, having a quiet moment together in the midst of a wonderful day. All of which is to say, it was a very good time. I had also worked with Meg and Peter for their engagement portraits on the high…

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…

WA Frost Intimate Winter Wedding – Alex and Jill

I’ve been excited to show the images from Alex and Jill’s WA Frost Intimate Winter Wedding. I’ve also been slowed down by the winter blues. “Neither need you tell me,” said Candide, “that we must take care of our garden.” Winter is a time of contemplation for me. I’m too distracted in the heat of summer, the crush of weddings, the joy of warm days, to spend much time in quiet reflection. But in winter, and especially this post-election winter, I find myself reflecting on my place in the greater world. I know, as a wedding photographer, that in many ways…

Minnesota State Fair engagement photos – Elly and Zeke

On Minnesota State Fair engagement photos and man’s quest for meaning Here’s what I will say about the Minnesota State Fair: at this ridiculous, crowded, farm-animal filled, hot-dish-on-a-stick gathering, I see mankind’s quest for meaning. I love pouring over the seed art – tiny dots of alfalfa and canola seeds, placed one at a time into a portrait of Prince; thousands of ears of corn, hand selected based on criteria I don’t understand. One year there was a ballgown knit of grey yarn and covered in sock monkeys, as though they wanted to escape the dress and join the party. Row…