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BFFs | A Wedding at the St. Paul Hotel

Kayla holds wedding bouquet from MBZ Design and Event Studio

Kayla gets ready to marry her best friend, Pavlo…

There’s probably nothing worse than having to be far away from the person you love. Kayla and Pavlo had to spend a year apart when she first started pharmacy school, but Pavlo managed to use this to his advantage… When he visited her for spring break, he took the first chance he got to do something special. After Kayla picked him up from the airport, and they had a moment alone at home, she began to cry because she was so happy to see him. That’s when Pavlo asked her if she wanted to spend the rest of her life with him.

Kayla and Pavlo got married at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, and had their reception at the elegant St. Paul Hotel. I’ve photographed several weddings at these locations, and they are both impressive venues for wedding photography. The church’s colorful interior and tall, arching ceilings look so cool in wedding ceremony photos, and the St. Paul Hotel has fantastic lighting and plenty of room for dancing in their M St. Cafe banquet space.

When I asked Kayla what stood out to her about her wedding day, what she said struck me, because it was the exact same thing my wife said about our wedding three years ago!

“I did not anticipate that marriage would change anything about our relationship because Pavlo and I had been dating for over seven years. However, there is a sense of wholeness or completeness about being married to your best friend, and that really sunk in as the wedding day progressed.” -Kayla

I’m also humbled and grateful for the nice things she had to say about her experience with Brovado Weddings.

“Preston was so attentive, and for every picture he took, he wanted it to be perfect. He was so patient with us, the wedding party, family, and friends. I received many compliments from family and friends about how impressed they were with Preston and that Pavlo, and I chose an amazing photographer.”

Thank you Kayla and Pavlo, and congratulations! I wish you all the best!

Lisa Reinhardt Artistry does Kaylas wedding makeup
Bride poses for photo under wedding veil
Groomsmen hug groom during wedding prep
Detail photo of flowers from MBZ Design and wedding ring from Shane Co
The Wedding Shoppe bridal gown hanging by french doors
Bride walks through St Paul Hotel lobby

There’s anticipation in the air as Kayla exits the St. Paul Hotel lobby to see her groom for the first time

Concierge at St Paul Hotel hold door for bride
Saint Paul Hotel signs on post and front door
Bride walks down St Paul Hotel driveway for First Look photo session
Sun gleams off downtown St Paul skyscrapers in wedding picture with bride
Pavlo sees Kayla for the first time on their wedding day
Bride and groom see each other for the first time in St Paul

I love all the emotion on Kayla and Pavlo’s faces in this “first look” photo

Groom kisses brides cheek in St Paul park
Playful bride and groom photograph with pink blooming apple tree
Groom kisses brides forehead near apple blossoms

The pink apple blossoms add such a sweet touch to this picture outside the James J. Hill Center

Groom kisses bride under bright green trees in St Paul
Bride and Groom sit on steps at James J Hill center
Couple poses for wedding photos on balcony at James J Hill Center
Bride and groom snuggle for wedding pictures in front of James J Hill Center
Couple poses for sun flare wedding photos at James J Hill Center
Groom kisses bride wearing wedding shoppe gown
Couple poses for wedding portrait outside James J Hill Center
Bride spins around in downtown St Paul
Groom dips bride for photo under downtown St Paul skyway

The St. Paul skyway system adds a certain elegance to Kayla and Pavlo’s urban downtown wedding photographs

Bride and groom walk by Rice Park in St Paul
St. Thomas More Catholic Church exterior

Kayla and Pavlo’s wedding ceremony took place at the beautiful St. Thomas More Catholic Church in St. Paul

Groom waits on altar at St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Bride walks down aisle at St. Thomas More Catholic Church
St. Thomas More Catholic Church chapel interior

The interior of Saint Thomas More Catholic Church’s chapel is impressively beautiful. I love photographing weddings at this location.

Wedding ceremony at St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Wedding ceremony kiss at St. Thomas More Catholic Church

A kiss seals the deal at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in St. Paul. Congratulations, newlyweds!

Bride and groom exit wedding ceremony at St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Wedding party celebrates at Upper Landing Park St Paul
Bride and groom kiss win wedding party photo at Upper Landing Park St Paul
Fun wedding party picture at Upper Landing Park St Paul
Bride and groom pose under tree at Upper Landing Park St Paul

I love this shot of the bride and groom underneath these vibrant green trees in St. Paul’s Upper Landing Park

Bridal party giggles at Upper Landing Park St Paul
Groomsmen jump behind bridal party at Upper Landing Park St Paul
Bride and groom run through dandelion field at Upper Landing Park St Paul

This has to be one of my absolute favorite wedding photos! Kayla and Pavlo run through a field of dandelions in Upper Landing Park. It was so fun to shoot this!

Wedding photography at Irvine Park St Paul
Bride spins atop steps at Irvine Park St Paul
Bride and groom cut the wedding cake at St Paul Hotel
White wedding cake with pink roses designed by St Paul Hotel
Bride dances with father in M St Cafe at St Paul Hotel wedding reception
Touching first dance at St Paul Hotel wedding
Bride dances with father in M St Cafe at St Paul Hotel wedding

A touching father-daughter wedding dance. A beautiful end to a beautiful day. Congratulations, Kayla and Pavlo.

Ceremony venue – St. Thomas More Catholic Church – St. Paul
Reception venue – The Saint Paul Hotel – St. Paul
Hair & Makeup – Lisa Reinhardt Makeup and Hair Artistry – St. Paul
Florist – Doug Boisvert with MBZ Design and Event Studio – St. Paul
Wedding gown shop – The Wedding Shoppe – St. Paul
Bridesmaids dresses – Elegant Occasions 
Suits – Men’s Wearhouse  
DJ – Bellagala – St. Paul
Jeweler – Shane Co. – Woodbury

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  • June 19, 2015 - 10:01 am

    Pam Cerasoli Kuker - Absolutely fabulous!!!