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

Brittany + Mac | A "Home Run" Proposal at Target Field - Minneapolis Proposal Photographer

 Laura Robinson Photography | www.laurarobinsonphoto.com

For Brittany and Mac, a trip to Minneapolis see their beloved Twins play was already going to be special. But Mac had an even bigger surprise — one that sparkled!

Many months of planning, collaborating, secret plans and schedule changes led up to this day. Mac had booked a private tour of Target Field and knew he wanted to ask Brittany to marry him at the place she had joked that she would “totally marry [him] on home plate”.

They had traveled from Fargo down to Minneapolis to celebrate Mac’s birthday a few days early… or so Brittany thought. The day before the proposal, Mac told Brittany he had booked a last-minute tour at Target Field the next day. He even got her to wear her Twins shirt during the tour — even though the game wasn’t until 7pm.

When they arrived at the stadium, the plan was on. Brittany and Mac entered through the gates and were met for their private tour by their awesome guide, Rick (aka Yoda!). What Brittany didn’t know was that there was a whole crew of people working behind the scenes to make this happen. It also happened to be a game day — which meant that the grounds crew was busy preparing the field for the game. The timing had to be JUST RIGHT for this to work!

As they neared the end of their tour and headed out to the field, the plan was to have Yoda “take a photo” of them on home plate — just long enough for me to sneak out of my hiding spot in the dugout. A public tour group got a big surprise when they were seated behind home plate and Mac turned to Brittany and got down on one knee and asked her to marry him! SHE SAID YES!! Now that’s what I call a “home run”! After the excitement of the proposal, Brittany and Mac had to laugh and ask if Mac even got down on one knee. (He did!)

As a surprise, Yoda brought out a baseball that has been signed by other couples who got engaged at Target Field. Brittany and Mac signed the baseball, which is kept in the Twins archives — what a neat piece of history they are now a part of!

We had a blast grabbing some photos of them in the seats and outside the stadium, before ducking into the quiet skyway to FaceTime their families with the big news!

Congratulations, lovebirds!

Special thanks to the amazing crew at Target Field and extra special thanks to Forrest, Dylan, Rick, Bill, and Andrew. This would not have been possible without your exceptional help, patience, and collaboration!

Ring: Wimmer’s Diamonds - Fargo, ND

Kacie + Matt | Sunrise Lake Minnetonka + MN Landscape Arboretum Engagement Session - Excelsior MN Engagement Photographer

 Laura Robinson Photography | www.laurarobinsonphoto.com

What better way to showcase Matt and Kacie’s love story than a visit to the place where Matt asked his beautiful bride to marry him — the stunning Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. Even though they lived hours apart for most of their relationship, Matt knew Kacie was the one for him. He popped the question on her golden birthday, turning it into a diamond one!

They met in college - both of them musicians, and both playing in the pit orchestra for a show. After nervously making small talk (Kacie, a freshman, Matt, a sophomore), Kacie wanted to get to know Matt better. Entranced by his guitar skills, Kacie asked Matt if he could show her how to play his solo — and then she blew him away with her rendition of “Here Comes the Sun” on his guitar.

After years of long-distance after college, their stolen moments together were rare. Matt had the ring in hand for over a year, trying to find the perfect moment to ask Kacie to marry him. They even went to see the same musical at the same auditorium that they had met in… but the moment didn’t feel right. On the morning of Kacie’s golden birthday, Matt woke up and knew that this was it — he would finally ask this beautiful woman to be his wife. After a birthday stroll through the gardens at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Matt got down on one knee in the gazebo of the Rose Garden. Kacie said YES!

Yet even after they were engaged, they were still living several hours apart, as Matt had been teaching music in western Minnesota. But one thing was certain: they wanted to share their fairy tale with family and friends, designing their wedding around the theme “Tale as Old as Time” from Beauty and the Beast and they knew that the Lafayette Club on Lake Minnetonka was the perfect setting for their dream wedding. When they wanted to find the perfect ceremony location, they couldn’t imagine a more perfect place than the place where Kacie said yes — the Arboretum!

Cannot wait for their summer wedding at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the timelessly elegant Lafayette Club on Lake Minnetonka. A tale as old as time, indeed!

Congratulations, lovebirds!

Baby Holden | Lifestyle Newborn Session - Minneapolis Baby Photographer

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Once you learn what life is like with a newborn, it’s like riding a bicycle when baby #2 arrives… right? Loved getting to spend more time with the N family!

Watching a family grow is one of the greatest privileges of being a photographer. I was there the day their first son was born, through his first year, and now we begin again with baby number 2 — a sweet little baby boy named Holden!

What a joy to document this beautiful family in their home once again as they rediscovered the joys of a newborn and big brother Gavin showed off his new role as big brother (complete with a brotherly poke to Holden’s nose… ha!)

Congratulations, N Family!