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Outdoor Minnesota Wedding at Sibley Park

Meghan and Dom’s Wedding at Sibley Park

So happy to be sharing the photos of Meghan and Dom’s Wedding at Sibley Park, in the oh-so-colorful town of Mankato!

Since ever I met this pair, they have been my #relationshipgoals. Besides a couple, they are also true friends to each other, have fun all the time and are great parents to top it all. Their wedding at Sibley Park was a beautiful celebration in the town of Mankato, Minnesota. Shortly arriving at the AmericInn I met with Meghan, and her beautiful dress ! Just in time before she put it on!

We then headed to the adorable Sibley Park, where their first look took place. This was also where their ceremony was held a little later.  I love how these photos reflect their personality, most of all, and their brilliant attitude in life. With a beautiful couple in set, some beautiful willow trees, and just the right amount of sunshine I knew we were good as far as photos. I can’t forget to mention the spunky bridal party, so happy they were so much into epic photos!

The ceremony was filled of laughs, smiles, inside jokes and perfect words by both Dom (who is an excellent writer) and Meghan. Their happy little son is the perfect example of how effortless (or at least they make it seem pretty effortless) is to be happy 🙂

For the rest of the night, that’s what we were, happy, dancing humans that cheered the night away.

Enjoy the photos!

Don’t miss their engagement photos !

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Ceremony: Sibley Park

Reception:  AmericInn 240, Mankato MN

DJ: Silver Sound & Lights LLC

Florist: Etsy – BragginBags

Photography: Laura Alpizar Photography

Catererer: Weggy’s on Campus

Transportation: MVP coaches Mankato

Ring Shop & designer: D.J. Bitzan Jewelers

Dress Shop & designer: Luxe Bridal Couture – by Stella York

Modern Wedding at the Van Dusen Mansion

 

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This Wedding at the Van Dusen Mansion was short of a fantasy. The Van Dusen Mansion is a dream place. This is one of the weddings you wish it never ends, everywhere you looked there was beauty and joy. In the laughter and hugs, in the amazing mansion air. Minneapolis mansions are little palaces full of character that are just meant to get married in 🙂

Lindsay and Ross are such a wonderful pair ! Their love shines through and through. There wasn’t a moment one of them wasn’t giggling or just bursting with joy, it was absolutely contagious.

It was our honor to be there to capture these moments for them. Enjoy!

Photography for : Ladeda Photo.

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It’s so beautiful when a couple writes and shares their vows, such a profound way to celebrate and let their family and friends join in the greatness of their love.

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Photographers: Ladeda Photography – Laura Alpizar Photography

Ceremony and Reception: Van Dusen Mansion

Flowers: Flora Etc

Dress Shop & designer: Lovely NYC | LeAnne Marshall

Caterer: Mintahoe

Vintage Style Wedding at Nicollet Island Pavillion

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Courtney and Mike are a Wow couple. This was their WOW wedding!  The breathtaking view from Nicollet Island in Minneapolis was the perfect backdrop for their ceremony. The Stone arch bridge was astonishing in the back, and even with the rain menace, the day was pure sunshine.

They danced and walked down the aisle to the sounds of Ho Hey, by The Lumineers and happily expressed their vows in front of their teary eyed friends and family!

The ceremony and reception was such brilliantly styled by the Bash Collective , with the spotlight being he wonderful chandelier that Courtney’s dad made for her , filled with poppies and gorgeous summer flowers.

From start to end , the day was full of fun details that highlighted their fun and quirky personalities.

Photography for Ladeda.

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It was an absolute blast and an honor to capture this special day!

Vendor information:

Second Shoot Photography for : Ladeda Photography (more)

Ceremony & Reception: Nicollet Island Pavilion – Mintahoe

Getting Ready – Haus Salon

Transportation – Gray Line MPSL

Officiant: Holly North

Flowers: Flora Bella

Music: Jam Factory Band

Yummies: Cocoa and Fig

Cake: Taste of Scandinavia Bakery

Photobooth: Traveling Photo Booth

Lead Planner/ Stylist: Alyson Newquist – Bash Collective

Decoration and Rentals:

Chairs, linens, tables: Apres Rentals

Ceiling and Lighting : Avant Decor

Dessert display, lounges: Vintage type Rentals

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Lifestyle Newborn Photographer – Mattea

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This was such a blessing to hear from A and J, inviting me to their home to meet their lovely daughter. We had a lovely  photo session in the city two years ago, when they traveled to Minneapolis, and well, they finally moved to town! What a beautiful family and how lucky is his big brother!

My love for family sessions welcoming a baby grows each time I get the chance to photograph a family in their own home, in their natural setting and in a relaxed way. My favorite portraits are always the parents admiring and loving their baby! Baby Mattea was an easy breezy baby during her session. Loved her sweetness. Can’t wait to see her grow!

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Such is life in the Midwest

Flower Minneapolis Spring“Where are my gloves?” You will hear me ask at least twice a day. I am still not used to having to put so many things on, but here I am perfecting the practice of living in a snowglobe.

There aren’t “layers” where I come from. In fact, there is only one kind of  sweater or “sueta”. No heavyweight, lightweight, rain jacket, puffer jacket, all you need to be protected from the cold in Costa Rica is something with sleeves.  I didn’t even know what wool was except that it came from sheep, but now I know all my fabrics. I can tell you really quick what’s a base layer, how awesome thinsulate can be and yet, I am still learning.

But not everything up here is snow. When the snow melts and the spring has sprung I start to notice what this seemingly eternal winter actually does !  It creates a crave for the outdoors you won’t see anywhere else. Not only the trees start to bloom, the furry animals show up in the yard, but everyone gets very, very active. The lakes are full, the playgrounds too, the streets and coffee shops are filled with happy people. We go for nature walks, hikes, strolls, sit outside to talk, make early fires and throw things in the grill. This part I love! I have learned to enjoy being outside so much more after my first Spring. My feet itch to go step on some leaves and let the sun come into our houses.

Nature has created this easy way to make us retreat, and I must admit, sometimes it’s not the best for our moods but in our retired houses we become dormant. But we can also bloom and take this time to get stronger.

What do you do to withstand winter ? What is your ritual that helps you become stronger in Spring?

The Lynch Family – Hidden Falls Family Session

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I had an amazing time with this wonderful family!  We visited Hidden Falls in St. Paul to capture some photos and had a blast on the stony beach and exploring the woods.  If you haven’t been there, I definitely recommend visiting and exploring!  The park has almost seven miles of trails, so there is plenty to see!  The kids were so excited for their pictures, and gave me some great smiles.  They are so incredibly sweet with each other!  This family is just filled with love for one another.  And how gorgeous are mom and dad?  We had a fantastic time walking along the river, skipping stones, and playing around on fallen trees.  Thank you for a great day, Lynch Family!

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Andy & Katie – South Dakota Winter Wedding

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Andy and Katie’s wedding was on a snowy, but warm, day in rural South Dakota, and I was lucky enough to play two parts in this wedding – photographer and guest!  Andy is my husband’s best friend from childhood, so we were able to bring our whole family to celebrate this beautiful occasion.  Andy moved to South Dakota 6 years ago, and it was there that he met his gorgeous bride, Katie.

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We held Andy and Katie’s first look on top of a hill overlooking Katie’s family farm.  The snow on the ground didn’t bother them even a little.  We were all kept warm by the love shared between them!

We were able to visit the farm below them for some portraits of the whole wedding party, and I loved taking advantage of the gorgeous worn wood on the side of the smaller barn.  When it was time to warm up, we made our way to the church.  St. Agnes Church in Utica, SD is a tiny, quaint church just east of Lesterville that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.  It’s so small that it doesn’t even have an indoor bathroom!  But it was a beautiful ceremony none the less, and Katie and Andy positively glowed as they exchanged their vows and became husband and wife.

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Their reception was held at the Lesterville Community Center, and it was an absolute blast!  They decorated the space with strings of lights and stunning red and gold arrangements.  There were personalized fortune tellers or “cootie catchers” on every table so the guests could all play question games about the bride and groom.  Everything on the sweets table was to die for – so delicious!  There wasn’t a dry eye in the room during the speeches, but mostly because we were all laughing so hard!  Andy and Katie’s family and friends had an amazing time celebrating this beautiful couple’s wedding!

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Andy and Katie are now expecting their first baby together, and I could not be more excited for them!  Congratulations, you two!

 

Getting Ready: Private Family Farm

Ceremony: St. Agnes Church (Sigel Church) – Utica, South Dakota

Reception: Lesterville Community Center – Lesterville, South Dakota

Lacy and Greg – Summer Wedding at Minnetonka Orchards

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A beautiful day for a beautiful couple! Lacy and Greg planned an amazingly fun day for all of their friends and family, and I’m so happy that I was there to capture these memories for them. Since ever I met with Lacy and Greg and they told me about what they wanted to include in their wedding, I was daydreaming about it! BTW! I hope you didn’t miss their engagement photos , which involved snow, beer , blankets and many laughs.

Lacy and Greg made sure that their loved friends and family felt involved and celebrated as well. You can see they chose to have a wedding that matched their spunky and awesome personality, they truly did and awesome job! They chose the orchards in the late summer, which were beautiful and so spacious ! The breeze of fresh air was needed for those hot days we had in Minnesota this time of year. The venue has so many options, fun little quirks and colors! There are trails, apple trees (well, yes, of course), pine trees. They also included entertaining little details for their guests in mind, like hayrides, bonfires, popcorn, yard games, (my fav) playful dinosaur tattoos, and awesome music for their recessionary!

How can a wedding involving dinosaur tattoos, gold glitter, and tuba music be anything other than fantastic??  And just wait until you see all the delicious goodies served at the reception! Go to the bottom to check out their super sweet vendors!

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After everyone was dressed and ready to go, we traveled to Minnetonka Orchards, where the wedding and reception took place.  I stole Lacy away for some quick portraits before we met Greg at the ceremony sight so he could get his first look at his beautiful bride.  The look of absolute joy on his face when he saw her could bring a tear to any eye!  We spent some time taking photos in the orchard before meeting up with the rest of the wedding party for some “too cool” group shots.
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After Lacy and Greg said their vows and made a very stylish exit, it was time to really start this party!  They set up an AMAZING reception for their friends and family, complete with a giant outdoor jenga game, temporary dinosaur tattoos for everyone, activity sets for the kids, donut and popcorn bars, and food trucks.  Their party lasted long enough that they even supplied late night snacks!

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It was an absolute blast and an honor to capture this special day for Lacy and Greg , and your amazing warmhearted family. Congratulations to the two of you, and I wish you many happy years dancing together!

Ceremony & Reception: Minnetonka Orchards (Contact: Kelly Delisle)

Florist: Kim, Artemisia

Music: The Teddy Holidays

Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini for David’s Bridal

Alterations: Samantha Fromm Haddow

Ring: Antique estate ring from Filigree Jewelers

Food Trucks: O’Cheeze and Vellee Deli

Donut Bar: Glam Doll Donuts

Late Night Snack: Carbone’s

Decorating: Ultimate Event

Bartending: With a Twist

Rock your wedding timeline : Planning for brides and grooms

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It is pretty easy to feel overwhelmed about your wedding day timeline!  But if you plan your timeline with two things in mind : photography and food, you can make sure most of it will run smoothly. Ok, I would throw one more thing in there: light! Light changes depending on the time of the day, so it is quite important that you and your photographer keep this in mind for portraits.

Here are my tips for a super general timeline to start making your own timeline!  These guidelines are meant for brides and grooms, moms, best friends and all the ones chipping in to plan your beautiful wedding. If you have a wedding planner, they probably will do this for you!

a) Start with a rough draft around the ceremony.

3 PM Ceremony

3:30 End Ceremony 

 

b) Write down  30 minutes before the Ceremony to freshen up and hide from guests! This is also very common for some venues, specially for a church ceremony, please make sure to talk with your  venue about these guidelines.

2:30 Freshen up

3:00 Ceremony

3:30  End Ceremony 

c) Add 20 minutes after the ceremony to greet the guests (Around 20 min for each 100 ) if you are planning on having a Receiving line or dismissing your guests.

2:30 Freshen up

3:00 Ceremony

3:30  End Ceremony 

4:00 End Receiving line (150 guests)

d) Now go back up and Add Formal Portraits time before the Freshen up time. Note: If you are NOT having a First Look then jump to point j) . Add at least 30 minutes for the family formals. Ideally we would add a whole hour, consider this in case you have long families, kids, grandparents, different situations like divorced parents, etc. This whole hour is a blessing too if anything runs late so we don’t run into the “freshen up” time cushion in there.

1:30 Family Portraits

2:30 Freshen up

3:00 Ceremony

3:30  End Ceremony / Receiving line

4:00 End Receiving line (150 guests)

 

e) Now add time for Bridal Party Portraits. Again, at least 30 minutes. This means everyone in your party needs to be ready for pictures at this time! If are you adding kids, ushers, personal attendants to the pictures, make them know as well. If you notice, we are reaching noon, and if you are taking outdoor portraits in the summer, this could mean harsh light. Depending on the time of the year , of course. Consider moving your ceremony later if possible. Consider splitting the time before and after ceremony for couple and bridal party pictures.

1:00 Bridal Party

1:30 Family Portraits

2:30 Freshen up

3:00 Ceremony

3:30  End Ceremony / Receiving line

4:00 End Receiving line (150 guests)

4:30 Cocktail hour / More Bridal Party Photos

At this point you can see that  that you will have a bunch of people with you during the freshen up, all your family and bridal party. Consider offering a snack of food right after portraits (makes everyone happy too!) . Another option would be to show some videos, or even a family movie while everyone waits around in a room 🙂

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f)  Add 30 Minutes – 1 hour with couple. Here is we think about the first look (where?) You can put the first look right before the Bridal Party (even merge them together) and then use the remaining time after family portraits for more couple portraits. I recommend this to people that worry about their families arrival . If you are worried I prefer we take your pictures after all other pictures! Use a combination of before and after Ceremony since sunset pictures are more FUN!

12:30 First Look

1:00 Bridal Party

1:30 Family Portraits

2:30 (Maybe) More couple Photos

2:30 Freshen up

3:00 Ceremony

3:30  End Ceremony / Receiving line

4:00 End Receiving line (150 guests)

4:30 Cocktail hour / More Bridal Party Photos

5:30 (Maybe) More Couple photos

Couples photos are the favorite part of the day for  us photographers, because we see you alone and relaxed, and because we love-love-love being able to capture the most unique portraits for you two! This is why we recommend an hour, so we can get a lot of good pictures and we can make sure you are the most relaxed . The first 15 minutes of photos of the first look are more about you two just looking at each other and catching up about your day!

g) Add 1-1:30 hour for getting ready shots , basically for when you want your photographer to arrive . I recommend that your mom , personal attendants and all bridesmaids get as ready as you can because they will be with you in the pictures putting on your dress.  In fact, if I could suggest how to go about YOU getting ready, I’d say do: hair of everybody at 4 AM! HAHA. Ok, seriously, hair takes so much time. Make up should be getting done about when photographer is arriving so they can take some pictures of that as well. This time allows time for candids and lots of details- jewelry, wedding dress, shoes, flowers, stationery and rings. Have everything ready for your photographer or leave a designated “stuff” person that can point us to the “stuff” so we don’t have to bug you!

11 AM Getting Ready

12:30 First Look

1:00 Bridal Party

1:30 Family Portraits

2:30 (Maybe) More couple Photos

2:30 Freshen up

3:00 Ceremony

3:30  End Ceremony / Receiving line

4:00 End Receiving line (150 guests)

4:30 Cocktail hour / More Bridal Party Photos

5:30 (Maybe) More Couple photos

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h) Finish with Reception time, which should be easier because all portraits are done (and all transporting back and forth to places should be done hopefully – no more heels! ). For us, the  Photographers just need to be aware of what’s going on and when? The main thing now that you have so many people there: food again!

12:30 First Look

1:00 Bridal Party

1:30 Family Portraits

2:30 (Maybe) More couple Photos

2:30 Freshen up

3:00 Ceremony

3:30  End Ceremony / Receiving line

4:00 End Receiving line (150 guests)

4:30 Cocktail hour / More Bridal Party Photos

5:30 (Maybe) More Couple photos

6:00 Reception / Grand Entrance

6:30-7 Dinner

i) Other considerations for the timeline would be to leave time for transportation, considering the getting ready locations for bride and groom to be in the same building if possible. Make sure to let your photographer know when the following are happening in the reception:

Toasts

First Dance

Cake cutting

Any other special events

j) No First Look Timeline option:

12:00 Getting Ready

1:30 Bridal Portraits / Bridesmaids / Bride Family

2:00 Groom / Groomsmen / Grooms Family

2:30 Freshen up

3:00 Ceremony

3:30  End Ceremony / Guests Dismissal

3:45 Family Formal Photos

4:30 Bridal Party Photos

5:00 Couple Photos

5:30 (Maybe) More Couple photos

6:00 Reception / Grand Entrance

6:30-7 Dinner

I hope this helps a bit . We want you to have fun in your day, to have the pictures to remember it and for everyone else to enjoy you as well! Be in touch with your photographer and don’t hesitate to ask away.

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