Amanda and Ben's Hygge-inspired Winter Engagement Session

For Amanda and Ben’s engagement session last winter, we planned a Minneapolis photoshoot with a little bit of everything: some cozy, hygge-inspired portraits in my natural light studio, some lifestyle engagement photography documenting them cooking at home, and a happy, spontaneous walk in the fresh snow.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wedding Party Photos

Most couples I work with have LOTS of questions about wedding parties. Everything from how many people to include, to what they should wear, to whether they need to create giant lists of all the photos that they want. Today’s post lays out all my wedding party knowledge for you, including five very important things that influence your photos in a surprising way.

In this (extra-long and info-packed) post, you’ll learn:

  1. My favorite (surprising!) wedding party photography tips

  2. My basic wedding party photo timeline

  3. Real couple Q&A: Answers to common wedding party photo questions

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Emily and Ian's Wayzata Engagement Photos

For their engagement portraits, Emily and Ian wanted to capture two different vibes and two different locations. For the first portraits, Emily and Ian brought me along on a mini-date to charming downtown Wayzata and, as the sun started to set, we drove to a park near Medicine Lake to capture the pretty fall colors.

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Grace and Ella's Rainbow-Bright LGBTQ Wedding Styled Shoot

One of the things I love most about my work as a wedding photographer is that I get to be creative every day, to help all different types of couples tell their love stories through photos.

So when Chelsea, the designer at Modehaus, and I started dreaming up a fun and creative wedding for one of our local same-sex or queer couples we knew that we had to make our dream faux-wedding a reality.

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Alli and Tavish's Elegant Fall Wedding at Bunker Hill Golf Course

Just after I met Alli and Tavish, they invited me over to their house and cooked me dinner. That simple gesture completely sums up Alli and Tavish as people and as a couple. They’re so calm and comfortable, beautifully in tune with one another and focused on creating a welcoming, easy atmosphere for everyone around them.

When they asked me to photograph their laid-back, elegant fall wedding at Bunker Hill Golf Course, I was so happy to oblige.

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Jen and Eric's Joyful Fall Wedding

From our first meeting, it was clear that Jen and Eric were infatuated. I was immediately taken with how kind they are to each other, how they both listen to and respect what the other has to say.

They both agreed that they wanted their wedding photos to be an extension of their lives: relaxed, happy and full of joy in their community and family.

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Melissa and Andrew’s Iconic Minneapolis Wedding at St. Mark’s Cathedral

My meeting Melissa and Andrew was pure serendipity. I was chatting with another engaged couple at Common Roots Cafe (I love their lavender lattes) and afterwards Melissa tapped my shoulder to ask if I happened to be a wedding photographer. She and Andrew were having trouble finding a photographer to capture their relaxed, candid vision for their wedding day and wondered if I could help.

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