Gina + Dan | Kentucky Derby-Inspired Wedding Reception at Como Pavilion - St. Paul Wedding Photographer

 Laura Robinson Photography | www.laurarobinsonphoto.com

After Gina + Dan's intimate wedding last year, they wanted to plan a large wedding that was inspired by the Kentucky Derby (fancy hats and all!).  Two little surprise guests arrived in time for their celebration -- they welcomed twin baby boys not long before the big party!  Even the twins were all dressed up in their brightly-colored derby finery.

Gina + Dan chose the stunning Como Lakeside Pavilion in St. Paul to host their "Kurtz Hill Downs" party on a beautiful Saturday in May.  On the afternoon of the 144th "Run for the Roses," their guests came dressed in their derby finest and many of the ladies wore the extravagant hats symbolic of Derby fashion (also known as fascinators).  The bride's dress was perfectly Derby-worthy as well, a tea-length lace gown that was paired with a white fascinator hat.

Guests were treated to the derby's traditional signature drink, the tasty mint julep, as well as savory treats from Chowgirls Killer Catering outside in the open-air pavilion.  They even had a "horse betting" game, where guests could "place their bets" on the winning horse from the derby.  As race time drew near, everyone headed to the upper level of the pavilion for a live stream of the Kentucky Derby, where anticipation and excitement loomed, as the happy couple and their guests watched the winning horse, Justify, who also eventually went on to win the prestigious Triple Crown title.

What an incredible celebration of love and such fun festivities!  Congratulations, lovebirds!

Baby Linden - Birth Story | Minneapolis Birth Photographer

 Laura Robinson Photography | www.laurarobinsonphoto.com

It was a perfect July morning at the U of M Birthplace, warm and sunny.... and a great day for a birthday!  Nearly 48 hours after arriving at the hospital, excited parents Amy and Mitch were anxious to meet their baby -- would be be a girl or a boy?!

Doula Alexia was there to guide mama through her contractions and provide soothing touch and natural birthing techniques to help baby along.  As it came time to push, mama Amy was a champ and after some strong pushing, a beautiful baby GIRL was born at 8:08am, weighing in at 6lb 13oz and 21 inches long.

As the new family was enjoying some snuggles, grandma Diane came for a visit -- and learned that her sweet grandbaby shared her name.  More happy tears and hugs as this sweet baby girl was showered in love!

Congratulations to the G family!  Enjoy all those newborn baby snuggles!

(Select moments have been omitted at client request)

Shaina + Jonathan | Loring Park Proposal - Minneapolis Proposal Photographer

 Laura Robinson Photography | www.laurarobinsonphoto.com

Planning a proposal from afar in a city you have only visited a few times can be a challenge -- especially when your future fiance is by your side 24/7 on a 5 month roadtrip!  Jonathan secretly planned to propose to Shaina when they arrived back in the Twin Cities to visit her family before taking off on a vacation.  We had one shot, one night, to pull this off! 

After numerous emails back and forth (because we couldn't chat on the phone!), the plan was to take Shaina out for some handcrafted cocktails and then go for a walk through the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.  Many screenshots of Google Maps later, we had a game plan.  The forecast looked touch and go, but the morning of the proposal, the radar was looking great for the evening's proposal.

The couple started their adventure off at Parlour, and enjoyed some of Minneapolis' top handcrafted cocktails and the famous Parlous burgers.  Then the winds shifted and the rain began and it seemed touch and go with whether or not this proposal would even happen as planned or if we'd have to come up with a new plan B on a whim.  A double rainbow graced the skies in the moments before the proposal.

Just as we were about to call for an impromptu Plan B.... the rain stopped and the skies cleared just in time for a perfect proposal!  After strolling through the Minneapolis Sculpture Gardens, the couple made their way through Loring Park and found themselves walking through a picturesque alleyway that reminded them of the beautiful architecture in Europe, where they had been living.

Jonathan dropped to one knee and asked Shaina to spend forever with him -- she said YES!  After lots of hugs and kisses, laughs and a few tears, they were greeted by family and close friends waiting at the nearby Cafe Lurcat.  It was the perfect ending to a perfect evening!

Congratulations, lovebirds!
 

Ashley + Justin | St. Anthony Main Engagement - Minneapolis, MN Wedding Photographer

 Laura Robinson Photography | www.laurarobinsonphoto.com

Ashley and Justin spent an evening with me in the beautiful St. Anthony Main area of Minneapolis.  With its beautiful cobblestone, greenery and colorful architecture, it made the perfect backdrop for our session.  Nothing beats a cloudy day like a beautiful couple in love!

After enjoying some drinks and catching up on all things wedding, we strolled the neighborhood for a while and captured some incredibly sweet moments between these two lovebirds.  We even managed to find some twinkle lights (and there is no such thing as too many twinkle lights!!). 

Excited to celebrate with these two later this summer at the stunning Legacy Hill Farm.