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…

Intimate WA Frost Wedding St Paul MN – Mary and Ozell

Mary and Ozell and their intimate WA Frost wedding in St Paul I understand that photos are how you’ll share your wedding with your friends, family, and future generations. I take that responsibility extremely seriously. But for those photos to truly represent who you are, the process needs to be fun. Mary and Ozell planned for their wedding to be intimate and comfortable. For smaller weddings, my main goal is making guests feel comfortable. With so few people in a room, I don’t want their memories to be of me, even as I strive to document those memories at the…

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…

St Paul Hotel Winter Wedding – Sarah and Steven

In lieu of telling you about Sarah and Steven’s wedding, I’ll let them tell you about their experience working with me for their St Paul Hotel Winter Wedding. I think its safe to say her photos speak for themselves. They are stunning, and anyone would be thrilled to have them hanging on their wall. But what makes Becca so great is that she is just a joy to be around. I didn’t meet with any other photographers after meeting Becca because I knew I needed her at my wedding. My husband and I are not the most photogenic people, and taking…

Wedding at WA Frost and Minnehaha Gardens – Shauna and Chris

A Wedding Photographer’s bag of tricks and this wedding at WA Frost When I was a camp counselor, we would always talk about having a “bag of tricks” that you add to every week. The bag was a metaphor, but it tended to be filled with camp songs, get-to-know-you games, distraction ideas, time fillers, and a total lack of pride when performing in public; anything that would be useful for passing the time, dissolving conflict, or making obligations into adventures.  My bag of tricks also relied heavily on chocolate syrup because instant chocolate milk is always a morale booster. I don’t generally…

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…

Intercontinental Hotel St Paul Wedding

From Stillwater to the Intercontinental Hotel, Loree and Andrew’s St Paul wedding is a celebration of summer in MN Good grief. I feel so lucky. So lucky to be able to sit down and pour through summery happy photos for this blog post. So happy to have been there to document their St Paul wedding in the first place. So honored that, after photographing her sister’s wedding several years ago, Loree and her family chose me to photograph her wedding to Andrew. Just so lucky to spend a day with happy people who found each other and celebrated with people who…

Intimate WA Frost Wedding – Ann and Jim

If music be the food of love Sing on, sing on, sing on, sing on ‘Til I am filled, am filled with joy For then my listening soul you move For then my listening soul you move To pleasures that can never cloy Your eyes, your mien, your tongue declare That you are music everywhere – Lyrics by Henry Purcell (based on Shakespeare) Ann and Jim met in a community orchestra, they met over the course of years, or at different times. The specifics don’t matter – the tune is the same – they fell in love, they are perfectly…