No, for real… it’s not just an SEO term. It’s really just a Wedding Photograph… and a photograph of Minneapolis. What… google? Naw….
Karin and Kris got married this past weekend at the St. Anthony Main Event Center. I’ll post more later, but I I wanted to get something on the blog sooner and I really wanted to share this image.
Non-photographers might not realize this but the 10 minute period right before the sky goes black is a magical time for getting some really striking images; particularly with the style I like to create in. Unfortunately, during summer, this small window of time almost invariably falls during speeches or the first dances or is when the bride and groom are inextricably buried in a pile of well wishes. (as they should be!) So I was really happy when speeches ended at just the right time and there was a brief lull before the first dance. I suggested to Karin, “Hey, if we go outside right now for 30 seconds we can create something really cool”. She was trusting and willing (which is a feat in-and-of-itself given it was a billion degrees outside) and said, “If you think it’s worth it – let’s do it!”. Having previously scouted the place I wanted to make this photo and already having a lightstand set up, I responded with, “Give me 2 minutes…. it’ll be worth it. 😉 ”
And it was.
After the wiener-mobile sighting during their engagement session last fall, I thought nothing could top the strange ‘new experience’ excitement of that . I was wrong. This was my first time shooting at the Varsity Theater; all I had previously heard about it was that it was darker than photographing a black cat in a coal mine. Well, it was dark, but the Varsity is sick — concert lighting, informal yet classy and quirky ambiance, chance for moody and finessed images, etc… it was just perfect for Pat and Jeff’s musicly-mighty wedding (they picked Heavenly Day, my own first dance song, to walk down the aisle to… stood and listened to Home after the ceremony… and had a rockin’ band roll the party strong, including some cameos from guests. 😉 ) and also provided me with a lot of room to let me creative juices flow…
Pat and Jeff were great — and their family and friends extremely loving, authentic, and kind. It was a pleasure to work with them and get to be a part of their day … and seeing quite a few people from previous weddings (if you remember, Pat was the maid of honor at Anna and Mark’s wedding) is always a blast.
I also want to thank Preston Palmer, from Brovado weddings, for helping me on this day — it was the last wedding before Colleen returned to full duty. Minneapolis has such a great photographic community, it’s wonderful to be able to lean on such great professionals when you need a little assistance…
I always find it interesting that I basically only know people’s “wedding personalities” — one of the most emotional-pressure-cooker, potentially stressful, family-dynamics-laced days in an entire persons life. How someone acts on their wedding day is, very likely, significantly different than how they act in real life. For some reason, I don’t feel that’s the case with Michelle and Cam.
I ‘officially’ met Michelle, sans Cam, to talk about their wedding over a drink and some deliciously cheesy-artichoke dip stuff in uptown. She was so laid back, friendly, and agreeable — at the end of the meeting we didn’t have hours settled, number of photos, contracts, etc… nothing — but she was like “I trust you, we’ll figure it out” and gave me a retainer. Being one that fully believes it’s better to trust and be proven wrong than to distrust and be proven right, I was both proud and happy to be working with her (plus I have a little hero-worship towards Cam – seriously, go here and look up his name). About 3 days later I found out Colleen was pregnant and the next day the doctor told us our due date: The exact same date as Michelle and Cam’s wedding! O.M.G. Long story short, Michelle was the first person (literally the first person) we told about Colleen being pregnant… I gave her my backup plan ideas and also said I’d refund the retainer and help her find another photographer if she wanted to go that route (I didn’t expect she’d want something as important as the photography for her wedding slightly ‘up in the air’). To my humbled surprise she returned with nothing but joyous words of support for our family as well as a reiteration that she trusted me to do right by her and Cam — “and would also be happy if our wedding motivates your little pumpkin to join the world”. I think it speaks volumes to her character that she would put my families happiness and stability over her ‘big day’.
On the wedding day, Michelle did nothing but back up (and improve upon) my very high impression of her – gracious, social, big-hearted and effervescently happy.
On the wedding day, this was Cam. 😉
hehe. All kidding aside, he truly was all the words and related words on this page (but not the antonyms, of course).
Fire Lake in downtown Minneapolis was the setting for the most intimate wedding we did in 2011, and perhaps the most intimate I’ve ever been at. Kim is the sister of Mark (from Mark and Alyssa’s wedding last year) and brother of Scott (from Scott and Kat’s engagement session…whose wedding is in Chicago next year) so it was a night made even more special (for me and Colleen) by the fact I knew most of the people there. Both families were so warm and welcoming — they really made us feel like we were just part of the family and happened to be taking photos. It was only a few hours, but it was still a very memorable night.
We started off at the W, with Kim and Adam and her son, and snaked through downtown in order to get a few of those ‘romantical’ images, and after about 45 minutes made our way to Fire Lake. Following the short ceremony was one of the most touching scenes we photographed in 2011: Adam got Kim’s son a surprise gift and told him how special he was and all that emotional stuff. Even I had to suck back a tear…
The night finished with heartfelt toasts all around the table, lots of great food, and maybe a drink or two… 😉
♪ In the Navy… ♫ In the Navy… ♪ Okay, I wanted to do that ever since I saw Curt in his whites. Feels good to get that off my chest.
For table assignment cards, Carrie and Curt hand-wrote personalized letters to each and every guest at their wedding. And not ‘personalized’ in mass produced way where all you change is one sentence… but truly personal comments, thank you’s, and insight for and about every single guest. This amazingly thoughtful gesture says so much about type of people they are. It was apparent that both Carrie and Curt have touched many people’s lives in positive ways as a large number of their guests went up to the microphone to tell both touching and silly storys about them during dinner (I would like to take this time to appologize to the people at our dinner table – we were horrible dinner guest having to get up every 30 seconds!) As it was, this wedding was filled with crack-up-style laughter and also lots of happy, sentimental tears. Gotta love that combo!
Congratulations to you two love-birds and best wishes as you begin your married life together in Japan! Hopefully we’ll see you back here sooner rather than later…
On a technical note — blog upgrade!! Back in the day, I started with 500 pixel wide images… Then I thought I was all fancy when I moved to 750. Boy, the 2007 version of me would be so embarrassed compared to the 920 pixels we’re going to be throwing out from here on forward. Onward and upward! (oh, and being wider means being taller too — so, uhm, this blog post is like 20,000 pixels long… hahah!!)
p.s. I also do not know why that kid isn’t wearing a shirt. 😉
One month ago today Molly and Nic tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony in Panola Gardens, just north of White Bear Lake. It was a billion degrees during the middle of the heatwave that swept Minnesota back earlier this summer, but Molly kept her cool the entire time — and Nic’s jacket didn’t spend much time on his shoulders.
If I write much more, it will no longer be one-month ago and will instead be one-month-and-one-day … so I’ll be cutting the text short… (lets be honest, no one really cares what I write, do they??) 🙂