St Paul Wedding Photography

Camrose Hill Wedding Photography | Abby & Curitis | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

This Camrose Hill Wedding was a Jessica Smith Photography Wedding that I had the pleasure to second shoot for! On the back roads of Stillwater, Minnesota the fall day was meet with an unseasonably hot weather that you would expect in Mid July. To counter the heat everyone was downing water to stay hydrated which is important on any wedding day! Curtis and Abby were getting married at the same Minnesota Barn Wedding Venue that Abby's older sister had gotten married at years before. They made it their own with their fur baby Marshall who was in a schnazzy bow tie and just excited to be a part of his parents day! Abby was in a classic sweetheart lace with her hubby to be grey suited up with a bright pink tie. They said the "Heck Yes" & I do under a beautiful flower cascaded arch in a little grass grove. 

Minnesota History Center Wedding Photography | Holly & Steve | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

On a beautiful windy September day, Holly and Steve decided to get married at the Minnesota History Center in downtown St. Paul! They are one of the most fun and easygoing couples I have had the joy to serve. We started their day at Kellogg Mall Park for their first look. Steve was quick to show off his bright green shoelaces, excitingly telling us that he has a shoe lace guy in Canada. (Yeah he has connections, message me if you need any assortment of colored shoelaces and I will see what I can do!) Holly was dolled up in a simple sweetheart dress and white flowers in her hair. It was a perfect representation of her spirit, simply elegant and sweet. All morning Holly and Steve were bubbling with energy for their wedding day! It was finally here; it is a cool feeling seeing everything you have been planning actually happen!

They surrounded themselves with loved ones from all stages of life from all over the country. (Their guestbook was a map of the US with hearts over where they had lived! It was so fitting for their two adventure buddies.) As Holly walked down the aisle with her mother and father, she smiled around excited to see so many people come together for them.  As they said their vows Steve had Holly laughing and crying along with everyone else attending! 

Steve's father has a tradition of singing with a group at wedding reception. The halls of the History Center echoed with the beautiful, funny song and laughter because the lyrics were pretty great!

The maid of honors speech was filled with advice of kids some simple and some surprisingly mature for their age.
The whole day was beautiful, but nothing was more beautiful than the love shared between Holly and Steve. I hope their life together only grows in love and they never loose the laughter in between them.
They finished the night storming the dance floor, partying with their friends with the Minnesota State Capital glowing bright in the large picture window.

The best part of an amazing wedding day?? - Holly and Steve couldn't stop laughing and smiling with each other. It was simply the best. <3

What is a First Look & Why It is Important | Minneapolis & St Paul Wedding Photographer | MW Photography

Planning for your wedding day can seem overwhelming because of all the choices you have to make! I know you want everything to be perfect and that through this process you have consumed many cups of coffee trying to figure it out. (I am currently on cup number 2 of the day) I wanted to help give you some insight regarding choosing whether or not to do a first look on your wedding day. 

The First Look is simply a intimate time at the beginning of the wedding day when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony.

In my experience (with other MW couples and my own) the first look between the bride and groom can be the most intimate part of the day. It helps get all the jitters and emotion out at the beginning of the day. It gives time to your groom to truly admire the hard work you have put into the details you have planned for months working out : your dress, jewelry, hair, and makeup. Another benefit having a first look is getting all photos taken care of at the first half of the day. Once the first look is done you can jump into wedding party portraits and by the time the ceremony comes all the formal photos will be done; giving you the advantage to party the rest of the night and to enjoy your time  with your guests to the fullest.

One of my favorite memories from my wedding day was seeing Marcus before the day even began. First thing that morning we drove to get our marriage license and afterwards went to grab coffee. As we sat in the corner of Starbucks we talked about what we were most excited about for today. It was the best thing just the two of us relaxed and eager for our day to start.  The our two time first look on the wedding day isn't normal, but it is a memory i will always cherish. 


I will be having a Facebook Live on this topic at the end of the month, which you can watch here :