Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wedding Party Photos
Michelle and Tim's Winter Engagement Photos in the North Loop
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:
My favorite (surprising!) wedding party photography tips
My basic wedding party photo timeline
Real couple Q&A: Answers to common wedding party photo questions
What To Do with Your Engagement Photos (and a Real-couple Example!)
For Michelle and Tim the North Loop is home: it’s full of their favorite places, great memories and so much of their love story. So when we planned their engagement session, it was a natural fit to choose the place where they live (and where Tim proposed) in their corner of the North Loop.
Emily and Ian's Wayzata Engagement Photos
Tracy and Paul’s home has an eclectic mixture of rustic, earthy textures complimented with more industrial glam elements, and our gallery wall captured both. We designed a set of three framed photos, two in metallic gold frames and a center portrait in one of my frames made of reclaimed barn wood.
Katherine and John's Personal, Non-Traditional Wedding in Idaho Falls
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.
Rachel and Jake's Backyard Wedding in the Minnesota Countryside
One of the reasons I love this work is that I love capturing love. The personal moments and history between two people joining as partners. So I was doubly glad, filled to the brim really, when Katherine, my best friend from college, invited me to capture her marriage to her partner John.
Grace and Ella's Rainbow-Bright LGBTQ Wedding Styled Shoot
Rachel and Jake had vision for a simple wedding. A laid-back, comfortable day to celebrate with all their favorite people. So they planned a, relaxed, intimate wedding day in Jake’s parent’s backyard in North Branch, Minnesota.
Tracy and Paul's Outdoor Engagement Plus 4 Tips for Having Your Dog in Photos
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.
Alli and Tavish's Elegant Fall Wedding at Bunker Hill Golf Course
When Tracy, Paul and I started planning their fall engagement session, they knew they wanted a relaxed session, in their element, so we planned a little walk in the park with their dog, Miss Devon.
Michelle and Tim's Supreme-Court-Inspired (Yes, Really!) Wedding in the North Loop
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.
Jen and Eric's Joyful Fall Wedding
Michelle and Tim’s engagement story begins with Tim furious at Florida. On the eve of the 2016 election, Tim had planned a grand surprise proposal for he and Michelle’s Florida vacation; there were friends involved, the ring was packed for a trip to the Sunshine State and Tim had his speech memorized.
Melissa and Andrew’s Iconic Minneapolis Wedding at St. Mark’s Cathedral
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.
3 Ideas for Natural Engagement Photos in Minneapolis
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.
Emily and Phil's Non-Traditional Wedding Day at Bauhaus Brewlabs
Are you planning to do engagement photos before your wedding? Here are a few reasons I think having an engagement session makes for even better wedding photos and three engagement session ideas for photos that are natural and authentic, instead of super formal or awkward.
Susan & Brett's Personality-filled Wedding at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
My favorite weddings are those that truly embody the couple getting married. And when Emily and Phil told me how they wanted to structure their wedding celebration to embrace their supportive community, I was instantly on board.
Charlotte and Marty's outdoor wedding on a farm
When I first met Susan and Brett, they joked that they have a tendency to “get into trouble.” They love being goofy, making each other laugh, and seeking out new adventures together. And while their personality-filled wedding certainly wasn’t trouble, it was a perfect expression of their dynamic and fun spirits.
Science Museum of Minnesota Wedding
These two. Charlotte and Marty got married last summer at beautiful farm in Kansas. They had family coming from many corners of the country, and from around the world - the coasts, the midwest, the south (they live in Arkansas!), some family from England... they had chosen Kansas because it was a somewhat central location, and because Marty had family history there. There wedding was at his grandfather's farm, and so full of community and family and love.
Liz and Greg have crafted themselves a life full of color and creativity and love and their Science Museum of Minnesota wedding was such a beautiful representation of their lives.