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dramatic portrait of bride and groom at night outside van dusen mansion

Yibai and Lee's Van Dusen Mansion wedding

A summer wedding in Minneapolis with a mix of classic styling and modern love.

Yibai and Lee’s Van Dusen Mansion Wedding was a total joy. After their good humor when it rained for their engagement photos (rainy day engagement photos are awesome!), I knew they were both practical and so darn happy together!

Which brings me to one of my proudest moments as a wedding photographer: I managed to get 25 military men to all look at me at the same time for a photo. It was the end of the night, and some of them might have enjoyed the reception quite a bit. There was definitely some heckling. Several of them thanked me.

couple  embrace by stairs inside Van Dusen Mansion Wedding Minneapolis
Yibai and Lee particularly wanted to showcase the interior of the Van Dusen Mansion in their photos. I couldn’t agree more!

Other proudest moments: all 7 of the hours before that moment, documenting Yibai and Lee’s lovely wedding at the Van Dusen Mansion in Minneapolis.

Old mansions can feel stuffy and stiff – unchanging and unchanged by those in them. But Yibai and Lee had so much to celebrate, and they all made the mansion feel positively alive.

I think they used every single part of the mansion (from the wine cellar to the reception hall to the patio and the back house). Summer complied with perfect weather, and their energetic guests cheered the happy couple.

couple laugh outside in garden of Van Dusen Mansion Wedding Minneapolis
Gorgeous summer light outside the Van Dusen with these two.

Thank you, Yibai and Lee, for letting me document you. For your community. For so much joy, and never a moment of stuffiness.

Flowers: Summer Harsh
Catering: Mintahoe
Venue: Van Dusen
Cake: Buttercream

Van Dusen Mansion Wedding Minneapolis
This is what mansions are made for – Something old, and something new
couple pose under arches inside Van Dusen Mansion minneapolis
Complicated lighting for this timeless portrait at the Van Dusen Mansion Wedding
Wedding party flash composite Van Dusen Mansion Wedding Minneapolis
Putting together a flash composite amidst the hubbub of a wedding day is not for the faint of heart, but it is so worth it. – Van Dusen Mansion Wedding
couple walks down aisle after Van Dusen Mansion Wedding ceremony
Just married in the garden – Van Dusen Mansion Wedding
wedding ceremony in outside garden of Van Dusen
A tilt shift lens to bring the magic of this ceremony into the photograph
bride in red dress and groom in military jacket kiss outside van dusen mansion at night after wedding
Yibai changed into a red dress and Lee put on a jacket for a late night transformation
bride and groom inside Van Dusen Mansion Wedding Minneapolis
ceremony in garden of Van Dusen Mansion Wedding Minneapolis
bride and groom laugh during toasts at Van Dusen Mansion Wedding Minneapolis
first dance on outdoor patio of van dusen mansion minneapolis
First dance on the patio of Van Dusen Mansion
dramatic portrait of bride and groom at night outside van dusen mansion
End of the night at the Van Dusen – a red dress, a dress jacket, and the start of something amazing. – Van Dusen Mansion Wedding
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