I had the amazing pleasure of photographing Joe and Claire’s beautiful July wedding last weekend. And, guess what?!? There was no rain! I packed umbrellas just in case because I have definitely not lucked out in the rain department this year, but it was a perfect day! Not only that, but it was overcast for most of the day, so the shooting locations were endless and we fully took advantage of them. The church, which I photographed Callie and Jonathan’s wedding at in June, and although we were able to shoot the first look out there last June, that was about it because the rain came pouring down shortly after that. We still were able to get some beautiful portraits at other locations, but I was ecstatic to get to photograph around the church this time around because the landscaping, stone, and architecture are amazing!
Claire had warned me during our prior meetings that she was nervous she was going to be a crying mess throughout the entire wedding, but from the moment I stepped into the room, she was calm, gracious, and just living in the moment! A perfect bride! I love seeing a couple just take the day in stride, not worrying about what’s next, but only what they are doing in the moment so they can soak it all in. And, what a beautiful day it was to soak in!
I’m pretty sure I’ve never see a grate look so beautiful before! These are some of my favorite detail shots I’ve ever taken – all outside the church!
Claire, did you pay the church landscaper to plant flowers to match your wedding day? They coordinated with the details perfectly!
Ahhhh….this is why I love first looks! You don’t get this moment when you walk down the aisle. I love both ways of seeing each other first the first time, but the intimacy and those few moments in awe of each other is never something I tire of seeing!
Claire’s veil was breathtaking!
This was such a fun, happy group!
Photo on the right below is one of my faves! That would look awesome in a canvas!
Because we did all of the bridal party portraits before the ceremony (the perk of having a first look), we were able to sneak some photos in at a few very sentimental places for Claire and Joe. They are high school sweethearts who started dating their junior year of high school. They had their first date overlooking the Mississippi River in St. Paul, so we stopped there! They’ve come a long way!
We also stopped at the University of St. Thomas, my alma mater as well. I have to love my UST couples!!! This was my fourth time shooting there on a wedding day!
The reception started on such a high note when Claire’s dad (who is hilarious) retold Claire’s life according to him, her father, complete with slideshow. It was very sweet and funny!
Claire and her dad added some cute and fun moves to their father-daughter dance!
Three ladies happily dancing and then check out the little guy really getting into it on the right!
This little boy was tearing up the dance floor with his crazy footwork! I love the strobe lights in this photo!