Garden Wedding

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

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

Tashina + Nate's Intimate Boho Wedding at The Lyons Farmette | Colorado Destination Wedding Photographer

Tashina + Nate's Intimate Boho Wedding at The Lyons Farmette | Colorado Destination Wedding Photographer

Tashina + Nate's intimate boho chic vintage wedding in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at The Lyons Farmette organic farm in Lyons, CO, near Boulder and Denver, Colorado.