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Finding the Perfect Wedding Officiant in Minnesota

Choosing a wedding officiant is a vital decision when planning your big day. The person you select to officiate your ceremony will set the tone for your wedding day and play a significant role in making sure the day goes smoothly. With so much riding on this choice, it’s crucial to take the time to […]

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Silverwood Park Wedding

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Silverwood Park Wedding, feat. Fairies and Hobbits!

If you’re considering an affordable, outdoor wedding with a natural background on beautiful grounds, look no further than Three Rivers Park District’s Silverwood Park and Great Hall!  Among other things, you’ll be able to use their getting ready room, event space, outdoor ceremony space (don’t worry, it’s in the shade by the time you’d have […]

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Saint Paul Courthouse Wedding Photo

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How to plan a Saint Paul Courthouse Wedding

Courthouse weddings are great if you would like an intimate ceremony, are on a budget or a tight timeline, or even if you would like to avoid the stress of planning a larger wedding. You may even consider a small courthouse wedding if you are local to Minnesota and have a destination wedding planned to […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Wedding Guest List

Let me start off by saying when it comes to your wedding guest list – all guest list sizes are acceptable! It’s your wedding, and you get to choose who you would like to be there with you.  Guest lists can bring about an array of emotions, some folks experience all of them, while others […]

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Preserving Memories: What to do with your wedding photos

You spent months planning, hours going over the color palette and your seating chart, and getting all the details just right for your perfect wedding celebration. Before you knew it the big day happened; you laughed, cried, and smiled for hours. Now you’re likely wanting some recovery time for everything, cause let’s be real, that […]

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Creating Your Dream Wedding: A 4-Step Guide to Get You Started

So you’re engaged, or you’ve at least discussed getting married with your partner — hell yeah!  Now that you’ve decided to get married, you just need to decide how you want to get married! Easy, right? 😉 I’m here to share with you my best tips on how to start planning a wedding that will […]

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A Match Made in the Machine Shop: A Gothic Wedding Celebration

When I first met with Moth and Logan to chat about their wedding at Machine Shop in Minneapolis, they told me they were creating a goth-inspired wedding — and boy did they deliver! Read on to see what your wedding day at Machine Shop can look like, including if the weather is cold or rainy, […]

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Capture the Moment: 5 Reasons Why a First Look is a Must

You’re engaged, you’ve found a venue and set a date, and now you’re starting to imagine your day! EEK!!! One of the first questions to answer is: Do you want a first look?  Wait, backup a sec. What is a first look? A first look is an intentional, intimate moment where you and your partner […]

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Capturing Memories: Getting ready photos for your wedding!

Photos while getting ready is an essential part of any story told with wedding photography. These images capture the intimate moments of a couple’s preparation for their big day. From final touches of hair and makeup to putting on the dress or tux, these images are a beautiful reminder of the anticipation and excitement that […]

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Family First: The Importance of Family Photos at Weddings

Families! In all their complexity, beauty, and uniqueness, they are a huge part of many weddings. And so follows how to go about family photos at your wedding! If you choose to have your family, in whole or in part, at your wedding, creating space to share special moments with them and get those lifetime […]

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Tying the Knot at Elm Creek Chalet

The Elm Creek Chalet is the perfect place to get married if you’re looking to incorporate nature and an outdoorsy feeling in your wedding day, while still having access to excellent services (and air conditioning)! Take a look at Gwen and Derek’s summer wedding at Elm Creek Park, surrounded by their friends and family with […]

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What to Know Before Booking Your Wedding Photographer

Let’s jump in with some tough love and reality: you only get one chance to get your wedding photographer right. No do-overs. No second chances.  But don’t worry! I’m going to share everything you need to know before booking a wedding photographer. There is no “one size fits all” photographer or single photographer out there […]

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