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Thursday
Oct282010

Andrew + Kate

Andrew and Kate are amazing people, who make a perfect couple, and they had the most beautiful Irish Catholic wedding! I started with the ladies at the Brian Graham Salon downtown and then swung over to St Louis Park to catch Andrew starting his day at their home. We then all made our way to the Church of the Incarnation, stopped for pictures at the stone arch bridge and then ended the day at Minikahda.

What I loved most about their wedding day were the special touches Andrew and Kate added to really make this day their own. Right after the first kiss bagpipes emerged from the sacristy, filling the church with music and leading the newly married couple out. Another example is at every seat for dinner was a lottery scratch off and a penny (luck of the Irish). So cool. In addition to these touches and more, their friends and family played a huge role in celebrating them and making this day a blast. This really comes out in the video, and especially during the reception! It was really the perfect day for the perfect couple. My favorite moment was right after the ceremony as everyone was getting lined up for pictures I noticed that Kate and Andrew had snuck away by themselves in the wings of the church. They were laughing, crying, and making out. What an awesome way to start their lives together! Congrats Kate and Andrew!

Tuesday
Oct262010

Yoon + John

I wasn't able to meet face to face with Yoon and John until the week of their wedding as they live in the tropical paradise of Saipan. However, even before we were able to meet I knew their wedding was going to be a very special day as their family brought me up to speed on what they had planned. They were going to have a ceremony at the Minneapolis Courthouse and then a traditional Korean ceremony called a Paebaek later that evening at their reception. One of my favorite parts of this is when John has to demonstrate his strength and ability to support Yoon by actually carrying her around the room. I loved the idea of embracing both cultures and families in one day. From JUUT, to Brits, to the Courthouse, to the Stone Arch Bridge and finally the Holiday Inn (which Yoon's parents own so if you're looking for a place to stay!) everything detail was beautiful and every moment was filled with love and laughter. I don't think I ever saw Yoon without a smile on her face. It was a perfect day. Congrats!

I am also very thankful to Jason and Tammy for introducing me to Yoon and John. I filmed their wedding video last summer. They are expecting their first child very soon. Congrats as well!

Saturday
Oct232010

Brad + Lauren

For me Lauren and Brad's wedding day started at 3:50AM as I hit the road to Delafield WI, a beautiful city just outside of Milwaukee. I caught up the girls at the Delafield hotel as they were getting ready. I knew it was going be an awesome day after just a few minutes with Lauren, her mom, sisters, and friends. I was then able to spend some time with Brad and his crew and knew without a doubt we were going to have a blowout reception later that evening. We did!
 
Family and friends were a huge part of Lauren and Brad's wedding day. From Lauren's sisters and mom who sang beautifully during the ceremony to her Dad who could barely get through his toast when describing what it was like to see his daughter for the first time on her wedding day. And it seemed as if all the wedding party was as excited and ready to celebrate as the bride and groom were. 
After a beautiful catholic ceremony and picture time around town we made our way to the Legends. (One of my favorite shots might be their bus pulling into the club.) In addition to being just an awesome party, this reception had it all. Seriously! I think I had a smile on my face the whole time, and when I watch the video, because it was such a fun and love-filled wedding. Congratulations Lauren and Brad!

 

Wednesday
Oct202010

Natalie + Dave

Natalie and Dave had the wedding that dreams are made of. They had two ridiculously beautiful venues and a (windy) but perfect summer day. From the Arboretum to the Varsity to an amazing couple this was truly an epic wedding. 

Natalie is herself a wedding photographer and she managed to stay mostly in front of the lens but she couldn't help taking a few pics throughout the day. One of my favorite things outside of the natural beauty of the day was the combination of love and laughter. Natalie and Dave are clearly deeply in love but also just have a blast being with each other. I can't think of a better combination. Congrats you guys!
Friday
Oct152010

Jeff + Melissa

Jeff and Melissa had a beautiful small town wedding in Wells Minnesota. The wedding day was a perfect combination of elegant and fun. Melissa and her gals was stunning, Jeff and his guys were a riot, and we couldn't have had nicer weather. Perfect. One of my favorite parts, which came from out of nowhere, was how the ring bearer stole the show when it came to dancing at the reception. He may have some unorthodox moves but it works. Congrats to Jeff and Melissa! It was a blast to be a part of your amazing day.

 

Wednesday
Oct132010

Matt + Jenna

Jenna and Matt couldn't have had a more beautiful wedding and reception - which was fitting as they are such a beautiful couple with personalities to match. When I first met Matt and Jenna they had just brought a boxer puppy, Sam, into their family (so naturally I knew they were good people from the beginning.) 

We started the day with their epic first meeting at the church. This was such a special moment and Matt and Jenna's great taste in music really adds to it. Something that really stood out the entire wedding day was how much fun everyone was having. There was a smile everywhere I looked, and especially after the ceremony it was party time. We made a stop at the Westin and the stone arch bridge before heading to the reception which was at the Walker Art Center overlooking the Minneapolis skyline. It was gorgeous and went off without a hitch thanks to Mi Mi Design

Best of luck to Matt, Jenna and Sam as they start their new life together. Go Lightning!