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

Gina + Dan | Snowy, Intimate Wedding in the Fall - St. Paul Elopement Photographer

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Gina and Dan's intimate St. Paul elopement mixed a bit of old Hollywood glamour and a hint of Minnesota winter.  They had planned an outdoor celebration in their backyard amidst the fall colors -- but Mother Nature had other plans and showered their wedding day with a good ol' dose of Minnesota Winter -- in October!  Their backyard wedding turned into a cozy indoor celebration in their dining room, lined with chairs for their nearest and dearest.  Big, beautiful snowflakes fell through the air and created a bit of a wonderland for their photos (very unexpected, but lovely!), as they adventured through downtown St. Paul.  They were all smiles, despite the chilly air.  As they said their vows, they were surrounded by family and did a happy dance back up the "aisle".  The bride's sister shared an incredibly emotional toast, retelling stories of their childhood and how she had bought (and saved) a meaningful little book about being sisters, which she presented to Gina on her wedding day.  Not a dry eye in the house! After the ceremony and some celebratory toasts, the couple shared their first meal as husband and wife with their guests at the iconic Mancini's Charhouse in St. Paul.  Not even the snow could keep these two from a perfect day!

Congratulations, lovebirds!

THE WEDDING DAY TEAM

Photography:  Laura Robinson Photography
Ceremony:  The Couple's Home
Reception:  Mancini's Charhouse
Dress:  Rent the Runway BADGLEY MISCHKA WHITE AWARD WINNER GOWN
Hair:  Rocco's in Roseville - Payton
Makeup Artist: Erica Kenall
Suit/Tux Rental: Jos A Banks
Bridal Shoes:  Vince Camuto
Rings: RF Mohler
Floral Design:  Fleur De Lis
Cake / Dessert: Lunds and Byerlys
Invitations: Shutterfly

Kristin + Marlon | Intimate Wedding at Central Park - Woodbury, MN Elopement Photographer

The Wedding Day Team:

  • Photography:  Laura Robinson Photography
  • Ceremony Venue:  Central Park, Woodbury, MN
  • Reception Venue:  French Meadow Bakery + Cafe, St. Paul, MN 
  • Dress:  Casablanca from Angelique's Bridal, Blaine, MN
  • Groom's Suit:  Calvin Klein
  • Hair + Makeup Artist:  Priscilla Bruce
  • Bridal Shoes:  Steve Madden
  • Rings:  Wedding Day Diamonds, Woodbury, MN
  • Bride's Jewelry:  Family Heirlooms
  • Floral Design:  Ashley Fox Designs, Woodbury, MN
  • Donuts:  Glam Doll Donuts, Minneapolis, MN 

Kristin and Marlon's wedding day was anything but ordinary.  These two lovebirds had been waiting for this day for over 19 years.  And in true Kristin and Marlon fashion, they opted for a low-key, beautiful, intimate wedding celebration.

They decided to elope near their home in Woodbury, at the Central Park conservatory.  They shared their relaxed, love-filled day with only a few family members.

The bride and groom got ready at their home and then headed to Central Park.  As Kristin descended the stairs, you could see the glee on Marlon's face!  After some quick portraits, it was time for them to FINALLY tie the knot!

After a short, beautiful ceremony, they shared their first kiss as husband and wife.  Cheers erupted from their family members, and Etta James' "At Last" began to play from the speakers.  Kristin and Marlon shared their first dance as husband and wife on the spot that they said I Do, and not a dry eye in the house!

A quick limo ride to St. Paul found them at the French Meadow Bakery + Cafe on Grand Avenue, where they shared a special meal with their loved ones.  In lieu of cake, the bride chose vegan donuts from Glam Doll Donuts and they shared a donut filled kiss!

As a photographer, we're oftentimes pushed to get wrapped up in the "details" of the day.  But when you strip away all the frills, what's left is a truly incredible, emotional event.  (I was full-on crying as they danced to At Last!)

To witness the love that these two have for one another is truly a privilege. What an honor to document their day!

Congratulations, lovebirds!

Caroline + Zach | Fall Wedding at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum + Bird House Inn Reception - Chaska, MN Wedding Photographer

There are few things I love more than an intimate fall wedding at one of the most BEAUTIFUL locations in the state.  The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska is 1,137-acre wonderland of trees, flowers, and rolling rolls.  

For Zach and Caroline, this natural landscape was the perfect backdrop for their fall wedding.  As they joined their two families together, they brought together only their very closest family and friends for a very emotional ceremony under the Weeping Trees.  Their ceremony included participation from several family members who helped read meaningful poems and prose, and the bride's sister read their vows to one another as the bride and groom clutched hands together.  Not a dry eye in sight!

The couples' children had assisted in creating many DIY touches for the day, including the lanterns, dried leaves, and more.  After the ceremony, the celebration continued at the Bird House Inn in downtown Excelsior, MN.  Surrounded by their family and friends, they dined on Famous Dave's catering and scrumptious apple cider donuts from Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard.  

Congratulations, lovebirds!
 

The Wedding Day Team

Photography:  Laura Robinson Photography
Ceremony Venue:  Minnesota Landscape Arboretum - Chaska, MN (Japanese Garden and Weeping Trees)
Reception Venue:  Bird House Inn - Excelsior, MN
Caterer:  Famous Dave's
Apple Cide Donuts:  Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard - Jordan, MN
Woodwork (Arbor + Donut Stand+Beverage Stand):  Handcrafted by the Groom
Decor:  Handcrafted by Bride, Groom + their children