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Maplewood Community Center Wedding Photography | Nikki & Devon | Maplewood Wedding Photographer

Nikki & Devon

Nikki and Devon got married at their church of First Evangelical Free Church and held the wedding reception at the Maplewood Community Center!

The day started out with them relaxing in their getting-ready rooms. After getting dressed, right before the first look they opened letters they had written to each other. Devon opened his first and smiled through the whole thing ending with him saying " She is a good writer." Nikki got her dress on with the help of her mom and sister. She also smiled the whole time while reading Devon's letter to her.

The first look was tucked away on the path so they could just enjoy each other privately. Once they laid eyes on each other it was ALL smiles! Devon later revealed this as one of if his favorite parts of the day!

We made our way to a small park right behind the church for our portraits! It has a little pond and as we were hunting down a spot to get to the water God led us right to a little field of wildflowers! Nikki had expressed earlier her love of wildflowers and had the florist design her bouquet with wildflower feels! I was SO excited about this little addition to the day! The bridesmaids were in a beautiful burgundy lace dress while the guys kept it summer simple with a white shirt and brown tie to go with their burlap boutonnieres.

The Ceremony was held at First Evangelical Church. Right before the ceremony , their family prayed over them and sang praises to Jesus. Under an arbor lined with greenery and daisies, Nikki and Devon said their vows and the families again joined them for one final prayer on stage. After the vows were said, the ceremony was complete, and the marriage license was signed, we all made our way to Maplewood Community Center to party the rest of the night away!

It didn't come without some happy tears from Nikki's sister giving her speech and then again when Nikki's parents got the mic. They told everyone that Nikki was known for drawing on all the walls, which after they said their bit they both started singing "Writing On the Wall." The bride and groom loved it and got a red crayon as a small souviner! The couple served Nothing Bunt Cake for dessert to all their guests. For the first dances Nikki and Devon started off the normal way dancing with each other while everyone watched, but about half way they invited the wedding party with their significant others to finish out the song with them on the dance floor! I loved how inclusive this was. It is SUCH a great Idea. They did the same for the Daddy Daughter Dance and Mother Son Dance inviting all the parents with their kids to the dance floor!

I wrapped up the photography part of the night by sneaking the couple out for just a last few intimate portraits. What a great day with an Awesome couple!

Please enjoy their wedding day photos below!

 

CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF NIKKI & DEVON?!?! I DON’T BLAME YOU! : You can check out their Minnehaha Falls Engagement Session HERE!

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These are the people who made it happen!

Photography: MW Photography

Venues Ceremony : First Evangelical Free Church

Venue Reception: Maplewood Community Center

Flowers: Lexington Floral

Cakes: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Dress: BHLDN

Hair: kristilong.hair

Catering: TST Creative Catering

Suits: Macys

My Top Favorite Wedding Venues of 2018

A wedding venue is one of the first things you pick to host your wedding. They book so far out in advance you have to make sure the one that is wrapped around your heart is the one that you can enjoy with your fiance and all your guests! You want to get the low down on some of my favorites from 2018. I give you what I loved about each one, website, and guest count the venue can hold. One of my favorite posts of the year - my favorite Minnesota Wedding Venues that I loved in 2018. Let’s dive right in shall we.

Machine Shop

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Website- http://www.machineshopmpls.com/
Address - 300 2nd St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Guest Count- unknown

What I loved - I loved how modern and open this space felt. It had a great space to have the guests spread out on two different floor with a balcony overlook in downtown Minneapolis. Location parking was rough, but I loved how it was still in the twin cites. At this time this venue is unique in the cities and it was fun to shoot it.

If you want to see a whole wedding there check out this Machine Shop Wedding Photography blog post:  http://www.mwphotographymn.com/blog/machine-shop-wedding-photography-minneapolis-wedding-photographer

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Redeemed Farm

Redeemed Farm Wedding Photography

Website- http://redeemedfarm.org/

Address - 21325 Meadowbrook Ave N, Scandia, MN 55073

Guest count: 175

What I loved: Not only was the couple who owned this venue super excited about sharing it with others, the whole property was just beautifully well kept and maintained. The have cute victorian style couches throughout the property and plenty of places that are picture ready! There are plenty of places to shoot around this secluded property.

If you want to see a whole wedding there check out this Redeemed Farm Wedding Photography blog post: http://www.mwphotographymn.com/blog/redeemed-farms-wedding-photography-courtney-jordan-minneapolis-wedding-photographer

Redeemed Farms Wedding Photography

Pretty Place Chapel

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Website - https://campgreenville.org/pretty-place/

Address - 4399 YMCA Camp Road, Cleveland, South Carolina 29635

Guest Count - 350

What I loved: Ok! I am aware that this is not a Minneapolis Wedding Venue, but it is not one I could leave off the list. This one is a ceremony site in the rolling hills of South Carolina. The view will cause your heart to stop because it is so breathtaking. The mountain views are what makes this venue high on my light of one of the most beautiful places I have ever been and ever shot.

If you want to see a whole wedding there check out this Pretty Place Wedding Photography blog post:http://www.mwphotographymn.com/blog/southcarolineweddingphotographychristianemily

Pretty Place Chapel Wedding Photography

Van Dusen Wedding photography Night

Website: https://www.thevandusenmansion.com/

Address: 1900 Lasalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Guest Count: 50 - 200
What I loved: If you know me I am a sucker for mansion homes. I think they are so regal and classy and I just fall in love the the victorian sytle feel of the whole place. The Van Dusen Mansion is not exception. I loved the vibes of this whole minneapolis mansion wedding venue. I greatly enjoyed them also having a courtyard and seperate space for the dancing to take place and also give the guests some room to explore. One of it’s best features are the getting ready rooms on the second floor. It is a beautiful space for the wedding party to get ready and really enjoy the whole day in one spot if they choose too.

If you want to see a whole wedding there check out this Van Dusen Mansion Wedding Photography blog post: http://www.mwphotographymn.com/blog/van-dusen-mansion-wedding-photography-carlee-amp-brian-minneapolis-wedding-photographer


Van Dusen Mansion Wedding Photography

 

Rush Creek Golf Course | Kelley & Tony | Maple Grove Wedding Photographer

Kelley and Tony got ready for their wedding day at Rush Creek Golf Course in Maple Grove Minnesota. I got to capture these two along side Gina Zeidler and her awesome couple! Kelley and Tony were getting ready surrounded by their loved ones and that 100% included their fur babies Piper and Hops! Both of their dogs were just LOVING the attention all day. Once Kelley and Tony were all dolled up they had their first look on the staircase, which personally was my favorite party Tony’s heart was so open to seeing his bride on their wedding day. He wasn’t the only one tearing up in the room!
Although it was a colder Minnesota January Wedding, everyone was a trouper being willing to head outside on a cold but sunny day! And the photos reflect the same!

The whole day was beautiful and I loved being a small part of this couple’s wedding day!
Please enjoy their wedding..