New Member of the Waits Household | Personal

Baby ALERT!!
I became a new Auntie yesterday when this little guy took his first breathe in the world. Marcus and I were rooting for 08/08 but apparently he just was not going to take any part of it and decided to come on 08/09 at 22.2 inches and 8.5lbs. This is Benjamin Winter Waits. He is loves being swaddled and his Mamma Summer. Mom is doing great and we will probably be bringing by coffee or sushi to her room later today. And Yes, he is as soft as he looks. 

McNara Alumni Center Wedding Photography | Rachel & Alex

This wedding was a Grace V. Wedding. The heavens opened and the rains came down hard, but that did not drown the excitement Alex and Rachel had for their wedding day! They meet durning college at the university of Minnesota while living in the same building and mutual friends. So having their wedding at the same college they meet at was the perfect fit for them! Both the ceremony and the reception took place at the McNara Alumini Center, which was acticuarlly GORGEOUS! 

This has been a very busy time for these two! Within the last two months Alex graduated with his doctorit from the u of m, married his best friend, and accepted a position at Mayo Clinic, and moving to rochester! His dad joked that they were doing more in two months than a normal person does in 2 years!  

One of my favorite parts of the day took place at the reception. When Rachel and Alex first meet and started talking, a friend of Rachel's declared they were going to get married right then  and there . Rachel not a believer at that time agreed that if by some miracle it did happen the friend would get a gift for being right. Years later Rachel and Alex has a gift for this friend for being right!  

There was a slight opening when the rain stopped and we quickly rushed these two outside for 20 minutes without rain, which turned into some of my favorite photos! Please enjoy! 

When To Wear The Veil At Your Wedding | Bridal tips | St. Paul & Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

Having a veil has been an age old tradition in the wedding world, which ,any brides still choose to follow today.  I love when brides have veils; they add a timeless/classic look to have in your wedding album, but veils are not something you will need all day! Can you imagine trying to attempt that with a catherdial veil?


I have a couple of tips for my MW Bride on when to wear the veil on the wedding day.  

 Firstly, wear it on your first look! Your hair and makeup will be fresh and beautiful, and the veil is the finishing touch. What better way for your groom to see your completed planning then to see you 100% dolled up to marry him!!  

Next, wear your veil for the ceremony. This is what your veil was orignially intended for, so there is no better time to wear it!  All your ivited guest will be swept away by the your vision as you walk down the aisle. And don't worry your maid of honor will make sure it is sitting perfectly as you marry the man of your DREAMS! 

Lastly, after vows are exchanged and you are husband and wife wear your veil for some photos with you groom!  As the party is really starting to kick off at your reception, I will try to steal you away for some sunset portraits. This is the time that your veil will make your photos pop. It does not have be in all of them, but it will help add a little more variety in your portraits!   

Bonus: These are times where it comes to your personal preferrence - wearing your veil for family formals or wedding party portraits! These times it really varies from brid to bride! 

I hope these help give you insight to the best times to wear your veil on your wedding day!!