Megan + Alec | Jewel-Tone Winter Wedding at Lumber Exchange - Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

Megan and Alec tied the knot with a chic jewel-tone winter wedding at Lumber Exchange Event Center in Minneapolis. With a fabulous balance of tradition, unique style and non-traditional elements, their vision for their day was for their family and friends to have an incredible time celebrating with them (with a lot of epic dance moves and wine bottles involved). Mission accomplished!

Their love story began on Bumble and after their first date, they were inseparable. They began to celebrate relationship milestones with bottles of wine that they wanted to save for a future wine cellar. Alec even proposed to Megan on their 2nd dating anniversary with some wine bottles to add to that future cellar and together. When Megan questioned the collection of bottles, Alec replied … "It's Port. And it's a 2015 vintage, so it won't be ready to drink for at least 10 years. So we've got 10, 15, 20, 25..." and then he asked her to marry him!

Their engagement adventure was one of my all-time favorites, because it involved craft cocktails and beautiful golden sunset light in the North Loop of Minneapolis.

As they planned their wedding celebration, they wanted festive and fun and added personality to every element of their day. It started with setting the date for the 3rd anniversary of their first date: December 8. The bride opted for a gorgeous Hayley Paige gown that looked like Elsa (from Disney’s Frozen), according to the little ring bearer. The Lumber Exchange was their venue choice, with its newly renovated Dylan and Sawyer Rooms overlooking an epic mural of Minnesota native, Bob Dylan. With such beautiful features of the historic venue, they simply enhanced its beauty with some jewel-tone holiday decor, including some delicious Christmas cookies for dessert, baked by the bride’s talented aunt. The groom’s sister officiated the celebration and these two officially became husband + wife!

I’m definitely giving Megan and Alec the award for “best dip on the dance floor, ever”. Just look at those moves!! But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t tear up when Alec and his 93-year old grandmother took the dance floor. Epic dance parties of all forms are just THE BEST and when topped off with a sparkler exit? Pretty much the best day ever.

Congratulations, lovebirds!!


The Wedding Day Team

Photography: Laura Robinson Photography

Venue: Lumber Exchange Event Center - Minneapolis, MN

Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige, Londyn gown, A&Be Bridal Shop

Hair Stylist: Denny Kemp, Chelsea Beart

Makeup: Priscilla Bruce

Suits: Indochino

Bridal Shoes: Sam Edelman + Kate Spade KEDS

Rings: Engagement - Adiamor, Bride's band - Noemie, Groom's band - Blue Nile

Florist: Lake Harriet Florist

Caterer: Lumber Exchange

DJ: COMPLETE Weddings

Cake / Cookies: Bride's Aunt Darby

Invitations: Marimayde

Heather + Taylor | Horse and Hunt Club Wedding - Prior Lake, MN Wedding Photographer

Heather and Taylor’s wedding day was a bit more “winter” than fall with a surprise snowfall, but these two MN WILD fans took it all in stride! After a chance meeting online, these two were soon on their first date (and second, and third) and it wasn’t long before family and friends were asking when the big day would be. They just “fit” together.

Their wedding day began at the beautiful All Saints Catholic Church in Lakeville, where they shared a private first look in one of the chapels and shared their vows in front of family and friends in the stunning sanctuary. A surprise November snowfall dusted the grounds and they smiled through the shivers! After a pit stop at Rudy’s Red Eye Grill, they headed to the Horse and Hunt Club to party the night away. Emotional toasts and first dances kicked off the festivities, including a touching tribute to the dads and grandpa’s with the classic “Grandpa, Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Ol’ Days”. (I won’t even try to pretend I wasn’t crying…) Once the dance floor opened up, the place was hopping and these two were finally hitched!

Congrats, lovebirds!


Lauren + Karl | Van Dusen Mansion Wedding - Minneapolis, MN Wedding Photographer

Lauren and Karl’s classic Minneapolis wedding was a late autumn celebration of love. Lauren grew up in Plymouth, Karl in Orono, and they both graduated high school in the same year. They both went through the same church confirmation program, had tons of mutual friends through church, soccer, etc. There were so many coincidental stories where they probably crossed paths but it wasn't until their dear friend insisted that they should meet, did they actually get together!

Karl’s proposal to Lauren wasn’t just any proposal — it was a well-planned, weekend-long celebration! Minneapolis is such an important part of their love story, and Karl incorporated it into his proposal. Karl planned a 'date day' for that started with lunch and mini golf over in St. Paul. They made their way back to Minneapolis, had a drink on the river, and then he insisted on going up to the top of the Foshay Tower observation deck where he proposed! Karl then surprised Lauren with dinner at the Bachelor Farmer (where their first date was), then met their parents for celebratory cocktails, a surprise night at the chic Hewing Hotel, and to top it all off, a surprise brunch with all of their closest friends the next morning.

When they began to plan their wedding day, they knew that they really just wanted a classic, romantic wedding that was a true celebration of their love and all of the amazing people in their lives that would carry through to their marriage. They chose the Van Dusen Mansion, a historical, architectural gem of a venue that includes a beautiful historic mansion, a modern ballroom and a two-level carriage house for epic hours of dancing! It was the perfect place to kick off their marriage.

They began their wedding day with a beautiful Catholic mass at St. Olaf Catholic Church in downtown Minneapolis. They had opted to save their first look for when Lauren came down the aisle and it was full of emotional moments. After some portraits along the Mississippi riverfront, we made our way back to the elegant Van Dusen Mansion for an evening of laughter, dinner and dancing and finished our evening together with some stunning portraits… even though it began to rain! What a perfect day for a couple that was always meant to be together.

Congratulations, lovebirds!


THE WEDDING DAY TEAM

Photography: Laura Robinson Photography

Bride Prep: Hotel Ivy, Minneapolis, MN

Groom Prep: Van Dusen Mansion, Minneapolis, MN

Ceremony Venue: St. Olaf Catholic Church, Minneapolis, MN

Reception Venue: Van Dusen Mansion, Minneapolis, MN

Bridal Gown: Bridal Accents Couture

Hair + Makeup: Kelly DeVinny

Bridesmaid Dresses: Wedding Shoppe

Tux Rental: The Black Tux

Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade KEDS

Invitations: Minted

Rings: Continental Diamond

Flowers: Jamie from Bellagala

Caterer: Mintahoe Catering

DJ: Justin from Bellagala

Desserts: Mintahoe Catering

McKenna + Kelly | Winter in the Park - Delano, MN Engagement Photographer

 Laura Robinson Photography | www.laurarobinsonphoto.com

After all of these years… McKenna and Kelly are finally turning their long-time, long-distance relationship into a long-time, close-together, FINALLY FOREVER marriage!

They met at church when they were both in middle school. McKenna had just moved to Minnesota. They had mutual crushes on one another for years… but they didn't start dating until a few years later in high school. Over the years, across multiple moves and colleges, they’ve found themselves in different states, and then even in the same state, though still an hour apart. But their love and dedication is truly a testament that love knows no distance or time.

On the day Kelly proposed, they went on a hike, and the trail they were hiking had a lot of broken glass on it. McKenna decided to create a project with the beautiful pieces of glass along the path. At one point, she knelt down to pick up a piece and Kelly said "Come look at what I found." When she walked around him, she saw a beautiful ring in his hand (not the glass pieces she was expecting!). He told her he loved her and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. When Kelly finally asked McKenna to marry him, SHE SAID YES!

These two cannot WAIT to finally be married and end that long distance relationship, for once and for all!

Congratulations, lovebirds! We are excited to celebrate with you at the beautiful Almquist Farm this summer!