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

Kyla + Ryan | Clyde Iron Works Winter Wedding - Duluth, MN Wedding Photographer

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Kyla and Ryan’s destination winter wedding in Duluth was picture-perfect and full of the romantic, cozy love that they wished for their day — minus the snow! Kyla, a former Princess Kay of the Milky Way and Minnesota State FFA officer, now a recent graduate in Agricultural Communications from SDSU, and Ryan, a recent Air Force Academy graduate entering pilot training, beat the odds after all these years and finally became husband and wife!

Their Duluth wedding day at Clyde Iron Works was a whopping 45 degrees and there was barely any snow left in sight (amazing since the snowfall began back in October in Minnesota).

Their love story began all the way back in the 6th grade. However, as middle school relationships go, that didn’t exactly last for the long run back then. But they stayed best of friends all through high school and beyond and did everything together. Little did Kyla know that Ryan believed she was far more than a friend, but he had left for basic training in the Air Force. After a return trip to MN for Christmas break, and a subsequent goodbye once more… Kyla knew, beyond a doubt, that she loved him wholeheartedly and couldn’t believe he was in front of her eyes all this time. She wrote him a letter professing her love and the rest, as they say, is history! Through years of long-distance dating and “airport kisses” goodbye, these two lovebirds were finally ready to profess their love in front of family and friends and the Lord to finally become one.

The day began with sunny skies and an incredible almost-summer-like forecast (the antithesis of what Duluth in the winter is known for!). After an emotional first look at Clyde Iron Works, we departed for the stunning Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI. Father Andrew offered a beautiful marriage lesson and even involved the young ring bearers in the blessing of the rings (with subsequent fist bumps!). Guests were offered a humorous chance for “15 seconds to take as many photos as you want!” at the end of the mass and Kyla and Ryan sealed their love with a kiss!

Lake Superior, notorious for ice stacking on the shoreline in winter, was almost completely thawed and we had a chance to grab some stunning sunset photos along the North Shore coast. A detour to a Duluth beach for more photos ended in some gorgeous cotton-candy skies and still no coats! We did get caught by the Lift Bridge though… during the long delay for a ship to pass through, we jumped off the shuttle and ran to the Canal, just in time to grab some epic shots with the Federal Rhine Bridgetown ship (the last “saltie” of 2018 to depart from Duluth!). Check out the video and you can even see my flash going off. Our Canal stop was completely unplanned and totally awesome!!

We joined up with guests at Clyde Iron Works and the couple greeted guests and enjoyed a fabulous cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes and a special Christmas “cookie table”, a Pittsburgh-area tradition from Ryan’s side of the family. The dance floor opened up and Kyla showed off her swing dancing skills while the dance party raged on. It was a night to remember and so full of joy!

Congratulations, lovebirds!


THE WEDDING DAY TEAM

Photography: Laura Robinson Photography
Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI
Reception Venue: Clyde Iron Works - Duluth, MN
Bridal Gown: Madison James from The Wedding Shoppe - St. Paul, MN Hair Stylist: Megan Stueven
Makeup Artist: Serenity Salon
Bridesmaid Dresses: Revelry
Suit/Tux: United States Air Force Uniforms + Deb Gatz - Sew Unique
Bridal Shoes: David's Bridal
Rings: Tri-Gem International - Colorado Springs
Florist: Seena Glessing
Caterer: Clyde Iron Works
DJ: Sounds Unlimited
Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Cookie Table: Made by family; it's a Pittsburgh tradition (where Ryan's family is from)
Invitations: Etsy
Lighting: Duluth Event Lighting
Videographer: Sydney Meyer

 
True story — this was a WINTER wedding in DULUTH! No jackets, cotton candy skies and no snow in sight. Picture perfect, indeed.

True story — this was a WINTER wedding in DULUTH! No jackets, cotton candy skies and no snow in sight. Picture perfect, indeed.

 
 
 

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

Custom Ties: Mill City Fineries

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

Kristen + Eric | Skyline Romance at Dayblock Event Center - Minneapolis, MN Wedding Photographer

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My absolute favorite wedding days are spent with couples like Kristen and Eric. Head over heels in love since they met at Welcome Week at the U of M 10 years ago (almost to the day!)…. insanely fun to be around, and wildly excited to CELEBRATE and party the night away! Even better is when a couple decides to make their wedding day their OWN, adding little touches of personality along the way.

Their perfect day took place at the beautiful Dayblock Event Center in downtown Minneapolis and had the most amazing details — from the insanely delicious food truck catering by Gastrotruck, to the surprise ice cream cake and ice cream bar from Izzy’s Ice Cream… not to mention the EPIC surprise first dance choreographed to a Backstreet Boys song. Top that off with stunning florals, mismatched bridesmaids gowns, and the most AMAAAAAZING rooftop views of the Minneapolis skyline at sunset, and you have a recipe for a modern fairytale romance, set in the big city.

The girls started the day in hair and makeup at Kristen and Eric’s apartment in downtown, then headed over to the Depot Hotel (a whole 2 blocks away) to formally begin the festivities! The excited, nervous tears began when Kristen got into her gown, nerves were calmed as the bride and friends broke out in their favorite ballad — Celine Dion’s “All Coming Back to Me Now”. After a special reveal with her dad, Kristen made her way over to Eric for their emotional first look moment (Eric’e favorite part of the day!). We hit up the party bus for some additional photos and found our way over to the Stone Arch Bridge… only to find out that there was a race taking place (and of course, Eric and Kristen had a THE best finish time of the race!).

Their ceremony was very special (Kristen’s favorite part of the day!) and was officiated by Kristen’s uncle (and her father’s twin brother!!). Anytime that you have 5 flower girls and an adorable ring bearer coming down the aisle, it is guaranteed to be an amazing moment! After they sealed the deal with a kiss, Kristen and Eric made their way up the aisle through a shower of rose petals and then headed to their cocktail hour, featuring the most photographic signature drink ever (Aperol Spritz with a cute garnish).

They kicked off the reception with their epic first dance and then indulged in the most amazing wedding food ever (because mac n cheese made in front of you AND topped with potato chips needs to be an every day thing….). They cut their cake and guests indulged in a tasty ice cream bar from their favorite place — Izzy’s! The dance floor was crazy all night and we ended our coverage with an encore performance of “All Coming Back to Me Now”, complete with a handsome groom stealing his favorite girl away from the crowd for a quite night portrait in the street. Best party ever!!!

Kristen and Eric, it was an honor and a privilege to be a part of your special day. Congratulations, lovebirds!

The Wedding Day Team

Photographer: Laura Robinson Photography
Videography: Jasper Duberry
Wedding Prep Location: The Depot Renaissance Hotel - Minneapolis, MN
Venue: Day Block Event Center - Minneapolis, MN
Wedding Coordinator: Meredith at Bride Support
Bridal Gown: Essense of Australia from Raffine Bridal
Hair + Makeup: Abby Sundquist / New Reflections Salon
Bridesmaid Dresses: Raffine Bridal
Suits: Macy's
Bridal Shoes: Sam Edelman
Rings: Wedding Day Diamonds (engagement ring & Eric's band) and Jared (Kristen's bands)
Florist: Simply Stated Elegance
Caterer: Gastrotruck
DJ: Instant Request
Cake: Sweet Retreat
Ice Cream Cake and Ice Cream Bar: Izzy’s Ice Cream
Invitations + Stationery: Ollie Designs + Papeterie
Photo Booth: Studio Veil