Outdoor Pavilion

Ashley + Justin | Rustic Garden Wedding at Legacy Hill Farm - Welch, MN Wedding Photographer

They had known of each other since 8th grade, but a birthday party bus in college was where Ashley and Justin would finally connect. A few days later, they went on their first date and ever since then, they have been a perfect match.

When Ashley and Justin began to plan their wedding day, the very first venue they toured was Legacy Hill Farm, a French country-inspired farm, set in the rolling foothills of southern Minnesota. They instantly felt connected to it, and just knew that this was the perfect place to celebrate their marriage with a joyful day filled with their family and friends… and an epic dance party!

Ashley’s love for the outdoors + summertime inspired her vision of a beautiful sunny day with lots of flowers surrounding then in this enchanting garden setting. Studio Fleurette knocked it out of the park with their whimsically organic floral design, which lined the aisle and the stunning floral arch, and transformed the reception pavilion. The bouquets were filled with lush blooms, including massive blush dahlias that were simply breathtaking!

Ashley and Justin shared a romantic first look together and enjoyed the day laughing and relaxing with friends and family exploring the grounds for photos. As the ceremony began, the talented string duo from The OK Factor serenaded the guests. The oversized chapel doors were re-opened just for the bride’s stunning entrance, as she was escorted by both of her parents down the aisle. The couple sealed the deal with a custom wine box (complete with lovebird design!) and a kiss! They kicked off their reception with their first dance and indulged in cake AND a mini donut bar for dessert. The epic dance party was as promised — epic and fun, with one of their talented groomsmen showing off some pretty insane twirling + flipping skills. They capped off their magical day with a gorgeous sparkler exit, sealed with a kiss, before heading to their getaway car.

Congratulations, lovebirds!

Photographer: Laura Robinson Photography
Venue: Legacy Hill Farm - Welch, MN
Bridal Gown: The Wedding Shoppe
Hair Stylist: Natassja Larkin
Makeup Artist: Lisa Reinhardt
Bridesmaid Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe
Suits: Ralph Lauren
Bridal Shoes: Michael Kors
Rings: R.F. Moeller
Floral Design: Studio Fluerette
Caterer: Apples 2 Apples Catering
DJ: Andrew Million Lux Entertainment
Cake / Mini Donut Bar: Angel Food Bakery
Invitations: Paper Rock Scissors
Furniture Rentals: Hello Wildflower

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!