It was a really hot day. So basically everyone was glowing with a shimmery sheen of sweat (haha), but Elizabeth and Kevin were different, they radiated genuine joy the entire day. They could’ve complained about the heat – but I literally don’t think I heard either of them mention the high temperatures once. They were too busy truly enjoying themselves to care. But it wasn’t just Elizabeth and Kevin that were overjoyed by their love and the excitement of them tying the knot – everyone present was, too. For example, all the family and bridal party members wanted to witness their first look, and they hid inside and watched from afar to steal a peek at the special moment the happy couple shared. When your loved ones are as excited about your love as you are, that’s when you know you’re doing something right. Elizabeth and Kevin, it has been an absolute joy to be your photographer and get to know you over the years. I also, am as excited about your love as you two are. It was well worth the wait to experience and shoot your absolutely stunning day. Congratulations again, I see nothing but a lifetime of happiness in your future!
Zach and Tom are just full of life. It’s obvious that they love to have fun, be present in the moment, live adventurously, and most importantly – do all of those things together. I was far from surprised when they told me that one of their favorite activities to do together is visit amusement parks! They seem similar in all the right ways. I mean, look how great their outfits coordinate? But in all seriousness, it’s clear that they are a perfect pair. They enjoy the same things, aim to live their life in the same fulfilling way, and most importantly love each other exactly as they are. Zach and Tom, it was so fun exploring with you to find fun shots, and getting to know you and your beautiful hearts at the same time. Next up, roller coaster photoshoot? I’m not even kidding… Congratulations again, I’m already excited for your wedding!
Julianne and Nick had a truly timeless wedding. The venue, what they wore, and their decor – it was all so beautifully classic. Nothing that they did was overly trendy, everything was gorgeous now, and will continue to be gorgeous for years to come. What I loved even more than just the sheer beauty of their wedding day was the way that they balanced tradition with personality in a seemingly effortless way. Sometimes you see couples get lost in trying to do a wedding the “correct way,” and their wedding ends up being exactly what you’d expect of a typical wedding, but it doesn’t feel like “them.” That was not the case with Julianne and Nick; everything about their day was so classy and yet so absolutely “them.”
The entire day was peppered with pieces of their personality, their family history, and their relationship – which made it all the more beautiful and fun to be a part of. Their ceremony at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church was stunning. The building was full of color and life, and their ceremony was, too. It was special to step into their familial values in such a powerful and intentional way. Shortly after we were able to step into a huge part of Julianne and Nick’s relationship at the University of Minnesota. As U of M alumni, that campus is home to many memories they have together and will always hold a huge place in their heart. Taking pictures of them there was sentimental in the best way. It’s so special to go back to a place that helped mold them, individually and together, into the people they are today. As if that wasn’t special enough, Goldy the Gopher also made a surprise appearance at their reception! Which is not only every Gopher’s dream, but also something I’ve never seen before! It was SO fun. The best surprise I’ve ever witnessed at a reception.
But out of all the beautiful, memorable, and unique aspects of their wedding day – Julianne and Nick both agree that their first look was their favorite part. They were both incredibly excited and anxious to see each other, and ultimately, get married. To have that moment of stillness, just the two of them, before they were standing up on the altar before all of their more cherished family and friends, was priceless. Being able to take it all in together, even for just a moment, was something they will never forget and forever cherish. This is what makes Julianne and Nick’s love so beautiful and genuine. Their love is the kind of love that is just as real in a moment of peace together in an empty church as it is draped in satin and pearls in front of everyone they know. Congratulations you two, it was an honor to capture memories on your special day. I have no doubt that your life will forever be filled with love, laughter, and happiness.
Ceremony – St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral – Minneapolis, MN
Reception – The Commons Hotel – Minneapolis, MN
Videographer – Make Your Memory –
Hair & Makeup – Creative Beauté Agency – Minnetonka, MN
Caterer – The Beacon – Minneapolis, MN
Cake – Queen of Cakes – Edina, MN
Flowers – Forever in Bloom – St. Paul, MN
Dress – Bella Bridal – Woodbury, MN
Men’s Wear – Macy’s – Minneapolis, MN
Transportation – MIK Limo – Eagan, MN
DJ – Instant Request – Bloomington, MN
Save the Dates – Brovado Weddings – Minneapolis, MN
Invitations – Wedding Paper Divas
Jeweler – Continental Diamond – St. Louis Park
There is something really special about being completely loved and understood by someone that has known you your whole life (aside from your family). These people have seen your absolutely best, your worst, and all of the awkward stages in between – and yet they still choose to be by your side. I see this sense of complete comfort and confidence between Laura and Michael in their relationship. They know each other deeply – the good, bad, and everything in between – they have fully embraced this reality, and chosen to love every part of each other and their long relationship together. It’s beautiful. And their love was so clearly the highlight of their beautiful wedding day.
They had a classically stunning Twin Cities wedding, starting at the Basilica of St. Mary and ending at the Nicollet Island Pavilion. Those two venues and the cityscapes that came with were enough on their own to create a gorgeous wedding, but Laura went above and beyond with amazing details and impeccable style (see pictures for proof!). It was truly a day to remember, and Laura and Michael are a couple to remember as well. Congrats you two, I’m excited for you to continue living your fullest live by each other’s side!
Ceremony Venue – Basilica of Saint Mary – Minneapolis, MN
Reception Venue – Nicollet Island Pavillon – Minneapolis, MN
Videographer – JW Anderson – Woodbury, MN
Officiant – Fr. Joseph Gillespie – Minneapolis, MN
Hair Stylist – SM Makeup, INC (Megan)
Makeup Artist – SM Makeup, INC (Steph)
Caterer – Mintahoe – Minneapolis, MN
Cake Designer – Mintahoe – Minneapolis, MN
Linens – Apres Party and Tent Rental – Minnetonka, MN
Florist – Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling – Minneapolis, MN
Dressshop/designer – L’Atelier Couture (Romona Keveza) – Minneap0lis, MN
Tuxedos – Men’s Warehouse – Minneapolis, MN
Limo/Party Bus Company – Exceptional Transportation – Bloomington, MN
Band – R Factor – Minneapolis, MN
Jeweler – Roman Jewelers – NJ
Photo Booth – The Photo Booth Group – Minneapolis, MN