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Tristyn + Craig | Minneapolis Golf Club Wedding - Minneapolis, MN Wedding Photographer

Tristyn + Craig’s beautiful spring wedding day had a touch of winter with a fresh coat of snow (thanks to a Minnesota blizzard in April!) — but that didn’t stop us from celebrating these two lovebirds and the start of their marriage.

They met at church camp in high school and became quick friends. Tristyn had a crush on Craig, but….Craig was oblivious to it. They lost touch for a while but reconnected after a few years and decided to date long distance. After many years and thousands of miles of long-distance and FaceTime dates, flights back and forth from Minnesota to the East Coast, and kisses goodbye… these two are so excited to (finally!) be married — and be in the same place forever.

RELATED: Check out their sunset engagement session here!

Their wedding day was filled with both joy and tears. The bride’s grandfather passed away the week before the wedding, and he was deeply missed at the celebration. Tristyn and her father shared an emotional reveal at the church before they headed off to meet Craig, who was waiting nearby at Centennial Lakes Park. As the sun peeked in and out from behind the clouds, happy tears and smiles were plentiful as the lovebirds finally saw each other.

Their ceremony was personal, intimate and spiritual. The groom’s brother is a pastor at the church and performed the most beautiful ceremony. A little Bambi film reference (Twitterpated!) was played about love - love me some Disney! Their families gathered round them in prayer before the newlyweds shared a kiss. They were greeted with a fun bubble exit and they departed in the groom’s pickup truck.

When they arrived to the Minneapolis Golf Club, the sun had come out to stay and we enjoyed the most beautiful golden light for their portraits. Their menu was entirely gluten-free/dairy-free, which was a treat - even the cake and cookies! Another of the groom’s talented brothers played an acoustic version of Ruelle’s “I Get to Love You” for their first dance to open up the reception. After emotional toasts and sweet dances with their parents, they opened up THE most epic dance party I’ve ever seen (complete with dress-shirt limbo, glow stick glasses, and beach balls!). We topped off the night with an amazing sparkler send-off and these two lovebirds headed to Hawaii for their honeymoon!

Congratulations, lovebirds!

RELATED: Laura Robinson honored with two Masterpiece Awards for excellence in wedding photojournalism from the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) for images from Tristyn + Craig’s big day!


Photography: Laura Robinson Photography
Ceremony Venue: Oak Hills Church, Bloomington
Reception Venue: Minneapolis Golf Club
Dress: Maggie Sottero, purchased at Bella Bridal
Shoes: Franco Sarto
Hair: Bri Morin (Cole's Salon Savage)
Makeup: Lindsey Lickteig
Florals: Colleen's Flower Cellar
Bridesmaids Dresses: Lulu’s + ASOS
Coordination: Kari Brue
Cake + Desserts: Cake from Sift Gluten free Bakery, Desserts from Sam’s Club
Rings: Wedding Day Diamonds (Tristyn's ring & band), Handmade from friend for Craig's ring
Catering: Minneapolis Golf Club
DJ: Instant Request
Invitations: Vistaprint

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


Cake / Cookies: Bride's Aunt Darby

Invitations: Marimayde