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Fourth Time’s The Charm | Stephanie & Loren

stephanie and loren embracing in front of fall leaves

Photographing Stephanie and Loren’s wedding felt more like celebrating a family reunion than photographing a client’s wedding. Their wedding at the Nicollet Island Pavilion marks the 4th Stillman family wedding that I’ve photographed! Knowing and photographing this family for over a decade made this day more memorable than any wedding from my recent past.

All of the Stillman weddings have been beautiful. Allie + Brian‘s wedding at the Loring Pasta bar, Lauren + Jason‘s wedding at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, and their Mom Penny‘s wedding in the tropical paradise of Hawaii! If you click on any of those names you’ll be taken to their respective blog posts!

Nicollet Island Pavilion is always one of my favorite wedding venues for its great views of Minneapolis, its close proximity to the beautiful Nicollet Island Inn, and its versatile ceremony and reception space. The long, winding path from the pavilion itself down to the water of the Mississippi River was perfect for Stephanie and Loren’s first look, the journey emphasizing the excitement that they both felt about seeing each other for the first time. Couples photos were a blast with the lingering exhilaration from their first look, and the beautiful fall leaves were worth braving the day’s chilly weather.

Following a Jewish ceremony in the tent adjacent to the pavilion, the rest of their evening was a whirlwind of speeches, dancing, and excitement. What made Stephanie’s wedding stand out the most was the pure, unobstructed joy she demonstrated the entire day, that seemed to encompass the whole event. You’d be hard pressed to find any photos where Stephanie, Loren, and their loved ones don’t have a smile on their face. Our Antibooth was a hit with this crowd, with everyone scurrying to gather their families for a long awaited group photo. I even got in on a photo with all of the Stillmans and their spouses, a great memento of the years I’ve spent with the group.

This celebration was bittersweet, knowing that it was the last time time I would be photographing one of the Stillman sisters on their wedding day. However, I know it won’t be long before I see them all again, whether it’s for maternity photos, a bat mitzvah, or a trip to Hawaii!

bridal jewelry on red and green leaves
wedding dress hanging off a leaf covered wall
close up aerial photograph of makeup brushes
bride Stephanie getting her makeup done
snacks for getting ready before the wedding
goofy photo of bridesmaid getting her hair done
bride Stephanie smiling while her sisters steam her dress
Stephanie holding her dress in place while her mom and sisters lace up the back
Close up black and white photo of bride's bracelet in the sun
Stephanie posing by a window at the Nicollet Island Inn
dramatic bridal portrait
portraits of the groom Loren
Stephanie walking up to her first look
Stephanie smiling over her shoulder with her groom in the background
Loren smiling at Stephanie during their first look
cheesy first look photographs
Stephanie and Loren posing in front of Mississippi River
Stephanie laughing while Loren whispers in her ear
Bride and groom embracing in fall leaves
black and white laughing wedding photo
close up of groom's arms wrapped around bride
Stephanie leaning on her groom
Bride and groom laughing on the path outside of Nicollet Island Pavilion
Bride and groom with their dog Reba
classic dipping wedding photo on fall leaves
groom kissing Stephanie's hand
stephanie and loren posing by the river
dramatic fall wedding photos
Stephanie and Loren kissing through the leaves
diptych of wedding photos
Stephanie spinning underneath an overpass in downtown Minneapolis
Wedding party posing in front of Nicollet Island Pavilion
Wedding party walking down a leaf covered hill
black and white photo of laughing bridesmaids
Groomsmen standing against a brick wall
individual photos with the bride and her bridesmaids
Groom posing individually with groomsmen
family photo in front of mississippi river
bride and groom posing with their family
bride and groom signing wedding documents
Stephanie signing the ketubah
flowers and wedding program at ceremony site
wedding party walking down the aisle
ringbearers and flower girls walking down the aisle
Stephanie's mother walking her down the aisle
Stephanie taking laps around Loren at Jewish wedding ceremony
black and white jewish wedding ceremony photo
Groom Loren reading his vows
bride and groom under chuppah
groom smashing the glass
Stephanie and Loren share their first kiss as bride and groom
nicollet island pavilion reception setup
wedding reception details
candle votives and table number on reception table
assorted desserts by mintahoe catering
mother of the bride laughing during speech
mother of the bride laughing with the bride and groom
bride and groom laughing during wedding speeches
bride and groom talking to the best man
sister of the bride speaking at wedding reception
Sister of the bride and ringbearer giving speech at reception
bride and groom giving a speech at wedding reception
first dance at nicollet island pavilion
Bride and groom during hora
Stephanie and Loren on chairs during Hora
bride and groom dancing with their family
goofy black and white laughing photo
groomsmen picking up the groom while dancing
dancing at the reception
antibooth photo with wedding party throwing petals in the air
fun photobooth poses
bride and bridesmaid posing in photobooth
Preston Palmer posing with brides and grooms
rainy nighttime photo by hennepin avenue bridge
Wedding planner  Allie Markman
Ceremony venue  Nicollet Island Pavilion – Minneapolis, MN
Reception venue  Nicollet Island Pavilion – Minneapolis, MN
Videographer  Snowshoe Productions – Minneapolis, MN
Officiant  Andrea Lear, family friend
Makeup artist  Sarah Drews
Caterer  Mintahoe – Minneapolis, MN
Desserts  Buttercream
Florist  Richfield Floral – Eagan, MN
Dress shop  Bridal Aisle  Osseo, MN
Band  Bluewater Kings Band
Dog Walker   Jenna Norton with PawPack Pet Services Robbinsdale, MN

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