Olivia + Anthony | Destination Winter Wedding at Nicollet Island Pavilion - Minneapolis, MN Wedding Photographer

Not many people can say they met their soulmate in Kindergarten… but Olivia + Anthony were lucky enough to do so.

To everyone who knows and loves them, “Ant and O” have been destined for this day since they met. They began dating in high school and have been inseparable since then. Their first date was at a Mexican restaurant, and Anthony even took Olivia’s parents back to that restaurant to ask their permission to marry their daughter. He even proposed with his great-grandmother’s ring. After over seven years and travelling the world together, these two finally get to spend forever together.

Olivia and Anthony’s stunning destination “winter” wedding in Minneapolis wasn’t exactly a winter wonderland — their wedding day was nearly 45 degrees and sunny! That type of lovely day is extremely rare in January in Minnesota, but we savored every moment. They brought together family and friends from Colorado, Washington, Wisconsin and beyond… I’m sure their guests were thankful it wasn’t -20 and a blizzard!

We began our day at the industrial chic Hewing Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. After some mimosas and an emotional reveal with Dad, Olivia went outside to see Anthony for the first time. It was as if these two had literally been waiting their whole lives for this moment! There were definitely some tears (happy!) and then we had the wedding party and family join us for portraits.

When we arrived at the Nicollet Island Pavilion, we were greeted with the start of a beautiful sunset right on the Mississippi River. They had family and friends come from all over the US and they began to fill the Pavilion. Soon it was time to finally walk down the aisle! An emotional Olivia tearfully hugged her dad and joined her soon-to-be husband and together, they professed their love to each other. There was not a dry eye in the place when they were given a message that Olivia’s grandfather used to share about hands — a good partner should have strong hands and know how to use them… hands to hold, hands to lift each other up, and the hands of the family and friends who will continue to support them and lift up their marriage as well.

An amazing band (Gary LaRue + the Rat Pack) entertained everyone during dinner. As the couple was toasted by their loved ones, it was soon time for Anthony + Olivia’s first dance. They wowed the crowd with some epic dance moves and then they each shared an emotional dance with dad and mom, respectively.

The dance floor opened up with a fun Polka dance as a tribute to Olivia’s grandparents — it was their favorite dance! The whole dance floor was busting at the seams! When the party finally got started, there was the longest “ride the train” Minneapolis has ever seen! As they partied the night away, the dance floor stayed PACKED — I was warned — these folks LOVE to dance!! It was surely a perfect night to remember!

Congratulations, lovebirds!

See their adorable North Loop engagement session here!


THE WEDDING DAY TEAM

Photographer: Laura Robinson Photography
Wedding Prep Venue: Hewing Hotel - Minneapolis, MN
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Nicollet Island Pavilion - Minneapolis, MN
Bridal Gown: Essence of Australia from Dolce Bleu - Seattle, WA
Hair + Makeup: Priscilla Bruce
Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way
Tuxes: Men's Wearhouse
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Rings: Bride's engagement ring: family heirloom. Bride's band: Hearts on Fire. Groom's band: Furrer Jacot. Both bands from Walter and Hogsett, Boulder, CO
Florist: Jamie at Bellagala
Caterer: Mintahoe
Band: Gary La Rue and the Rat Pack
DJ: Gary LaRue
Cake / Dessert: Mintahoe
Invitations + Stationery: Magnet Street
Videographer: Relive Films

 

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Tristyn + Craig | Sunset Love at Minnehaha Falls - Minneapolis, MN Engagement Photographer

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Tristyn + Craig. When you meet these two, you instantly fall in love with them. Our engagement adventure was filled with giggles, hugs, a victorious ROCKY dance, stolen kisses, and so much JOY. Not to mention the most incredible golden sunset light!! Hard to believe that their relationship survived years and thousands of miles of long-distance and FaceTime dates, flights back and forth, and kisses goodbye. But their love and friendship was steadfast. These two are SO excited to finally be married — and be in the same place forever!

They met back in high school while attending a church retreat and hit it off as friends. They kept in touch throughout the rest of high school and college, but then lost touch for a few years. Tristyn had a crush on Craig, but….Craig was oblivious to it.

They reconnected after Craig reached out to Tristyn during a personal health battle and Craig wanted to check in on his friend. They conversed on and off for about a year until one day when Craig took Tristyn up on a half serious offer to come fly out to visit her out East. By the end of the trip, they discovered a connection and decided to date long distance.

The weekend that Craig proposed, they took a weekend trip up to Duluth, as Tristyn had never been there. While at Gooseberry Falls, Craig led Tristyn out to a little ledge that looked out over Lake Superior. Tristyn thought something might be happening, especially as Craig started reaching into his pocket, but he only came out with his phone (Craig had managed to slip out a ring as well). Tristyn turned away to take a picture of the sunset and when she turned back around, there was Craig on one knee with the ring. She said YES! and the rest was history!

Can’t wait to celebrate with these lovebirds at the Minneapolis Golf Club this spring!

Anya + Marvin | Intimate Night Elopement at Como Conservatory - St. Paul, MN Wedding Photographer

Secret elopements are my favorite!! Marvin and Anya chose the Como Conservatory in St. Paul for their intimate, secret wedding. There is something magical about the Sunken Gardens, and at night, it glows warmly, lit by the beautiful starburst chandeliers. Its beauty is exquisite (and BONUS: It’s also climate-controlled year-round!).

I never got to meet Anya + Marvin until their wedding day, but after our phone calls and emails, I felt like I’d known them forever. They began the day getting ready at the W Hotel - Foshay in downtown Minneapolis. They were both in the beautiful suite as they prepared for the ceremony, but they stayed hidden in separate rooms as they got dressed! We ventured over near the Guthrie Theater for an emotional First Look under the city lights near the river. I’ll never forget Anya’s excitement — so giddy, she literally squealed and started jumping up and down! These two were SO ready to be married!

When we arrived at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at the Como Zoo, the conservatory was glowing in golden light and the smell of the tropics greeted us. Beautiful red and yellow tulips were the highlight of the spring flower installation in the Sunken Gardens. As the ceremony began, Anya was escorted down the aisle by her mother, Bridget. The two women were beaming as they made their way up to Marvin, who was waiting with open arms to greet his bride. As some beautiful words were shared over their marriage, they placed a bottle of rum and love letters inside a unity box. They sealed the deal with a kiss and finally were MARRIED!

We met up at my studio for some fun portraits and shared lots of laughs as we played their favorite music and they swayed, twirled, kissed and laughed some more.

Congratulations, lovebirds!


The Wedding Day Team

Photography: Laura Robinson Photography
Wedding Prep: W Hotel - Foshay
Ceremony Venue: Como Conservatory Sunken Gardens
Portrait Location: Laura Robinson Photography Studios
Hair + Makeup: Priscilla Bruce
Bouquet: Laura Robinson
Dress: Ali Express
Groom’s Suit: Express
Rings: Custom designs from Riddle’s Jewelry
Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden
Groom’s Shoes: ALDO
Officiant: Jay Binnebose
Custom Nendoroid Figures: Good Smile Company

Haley + Chris | Cozy Winter Wedding at the Van Dusen Mansion - Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

When Haley + Chris began planning their wedding day, they wanted a fun, unique, fairy tale day. The Van Dusen Mansion’s elegant, historic vibe was the perfect match for their vision.

Haley’s stunning Pronovias gown was something right out of a storybook — the epic train nearly crossed an entire room and fit like a glove. The wedding party was decked out in a classy ensemble of burgundy and navy, with touches of blush pink.

The day began with hair and makeup in the mansion and then Haley and Chris shared an emotional first look in the bridal suite. The wedding party braved the cold outside for a few portraits and then it was time for the ceremony in the ballroom. After sealing their vows with a kiss, their smiles were a mile wide and they were showered with rose petals as they exited.

After the ceremony, the ballroom was flipped into a beautiful reception space as the guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the mansion. Haley changed out of her gown and into a fabulous reception dress before dinner. As the festivities kicked off, the catering by Mintahoe was perfection and the toasts were filled with both laughter and tears (the happy kind!).

But the part of the day that Haley and Chris were most excited about was the epic dance party! Some Shitty Cover Band rocked the carriage house and the dance floor was packed as guests danced the night away… exactly how Haley and Chris had imagined!

Congratulations, lovebirds!


THE WEDDING DAY TEAM

Photographer: Laura Robinson Photography
Videographer: Scott Knoll
Venue: Van Dusen Mansion
Wedding Coordinator: Christy Turman - Van Dusen Mansion
Bridal Gown: Pronovias Gown from Posh Bridal in Wayzata, MN
Reception Gown: Lulu’s
Hair Stylist: Paige Palma / JUUT Salon, Edina, MN
Makeup Artist: Grace Lunski / The Grace Noelle
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy
Suits: Custom Joe by Joseph Abboud at Men's Wearhouse
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Rings: Chris' Ring - Knowles Jewelry of Minot, ND — Haley's Ring - ShaneCo
Florist: Lesley Q from Bellagala
Caterer: Mintahoe
DJ: Bellagala DJ
Band: Some Shitty Cover Band (SSCB)
Cakes: Mintahoe Catering & Taste of Scandinavia Bakery
Invitations + Stationery: Minted
Photo Booth: Bellagala
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Rock Bottom Brewery