Rebecca + Derik | Love in Bloom at Lyndale Rose Gardens - Minneapolis Engagement Photographer

 Laura Robinson Photography | www.laurarobinsonphoto.com

Rebecca + Derik’s sunset engagement session was at one of my absolutely FAVORITE places in the Twin Cities - the Lyndale Rose Gardens! They chose the location because it is super close to their home, which was both fun and a bit nostalgic - they recently purchased a new home in western MN, so we had fun documenting their love story in one of their favorite local spots. The spring blossoms were all in bloom, including the stunning lilacs (which smelled heavenly!). As sunset drew closer, we headed over to Lake Harriet to take in the colorful skies, as the haze from northern wildfires turned the sky vibrant hues of pink and orange as the sun dipped below the horizon. So excited to celebrate their upcoming summer wedding at Crooked Willow in Osakis!

Congrats, lovebirds!

The T Family | Sunset Baby Session at Lyndale Rose Gardens - Minneapolis Family Photographer

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Have you ever seen such beautiful little blue eyes in your life?! Little Henry is such a charmer! We visited the always lovely Lyndale Rose Gardens to take in one of the most beautiful settings in Minneapolis. I can’t help but feel mesmerized by those little eyes and the joy that this family has for this sweet boy and each other! Enjoy!

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

Tristyn + Craig | Minneapolis Golf Club Wedding - Minneapolis, MN Wedding Photographer

Tristyn + Craig’s beautiful spring wedding day had a touch of winter with a fresh coat of snow (thanks to a Minnesota blizzard in April!) — but that didn’t stop us from celebrating these two lovebirds and the start of their marriage.

They met at church camp in high school and became quick friends. Tristyn had a crush on Craig, but….Craig was oblivious to it. They lost touch for a while but reconnected after a few years and decided to date long distance. After many years and thousands of miles of long-distance and FaceTime dates, flights back and forth from Minnesota to the East Coast, and kisses goodbye… these two are so excited to (finally!) be married — and be in the same place forever.

RELATED: Check out their sunset engagement session here!

Their wedding day was filled with both joy and tears. The bride’s grandfather passed away the week before the wedding, and he was deeply missed at the celebration. Tristyn and her father shared an emotional reveal at the church before they headed off to meet Craig, who was waiting nearby at Centennial Lakes Park. As the sun peeked in and out from behind the clouds, happy tears and smiles were plentiful as the lovebirds finally saw each other.

Their ceremony was personal, intimate and spiritual. The groom’s brother is a pastor at the church and performed the most beautiful ceremony. A little Bambi film reference (Twitterpated!) was played about love - love me some Disney! Their families gathered round them in prayer before the newlyweds shared a kiss. They were greeted with a fun bubble exit and they departed in the groom’s pickup truck.

When they arrived to the Minneapolis Golf Club, the sun had come out to stay and we enjoyed the most beautiful golden light for their portraits. Their menu was entirely gluten-free/dairy-free, which was a treat - even the cake and cookies! Another of the groom’s talented brothers played an acoustic version of Ruelle’s “I Get to Love You” for their first dance to open up the reception. After emotional toasts and sweet dances with their parents, they opened up THE most epic dance party I’ve ever seen (complete with dress-shirt limbo, glow stick glasses, and beach balls!). We topped off the night with an amazing sparkler send-off and these two lovebirds headed to Hawaii for their honeymoon!

Congratulations, lovebirds!


RELATED: Laura Robinson honored with two Masterpiece Awards for excellence in wedding photojournalism from the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) for images from Tristyn + Craig’s big day!


THE WEDDING DAY TEAM

Photography: Laura Robinson Photography
Ceremony Venue: Oak Hills Church, Bloomington
Reception Venue: Minneapolis Golf Club
Dress: Maggie Sottero, purchased at Bella Bridal
Shoes: Franco Sarto
Hair: Bri Morin (Cole's Salon Savage)
Makeup: Lindsey Lickteig
Florals: Colleen's Flower Cellar
Bridesmaids Dresses: Lulu’s + ASOS
Coordination: Kari Brue
Cake + Desserts: Cake from Sift Gluten free Bakery, Desserts from Sam’s Club
Rings: Wedding Day Diamonds (Tristyn's ring & band), Handmade from friend for Craig's ring
Catering: Minneapolis Golf Club
DJ: Instant Request
Invitations: Vistaprint