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

May 5, 2023

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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, as it was on their February 5th date. 

Getting Ready

While hair and makeup were done off site, Moth, Logan, and their wedding parties got dressed in the getting ready rooms provided on the second floor of Machine Shop in Minneapolis . 

While one room is slightly smaller, both have large mirrors and great natural light. If you plan to use the getting ready rooms at Machine Shop, be prepared to have some of the furniture moved around as well as pushing all of the things brought in for nice, clean, undistracting photos. 

Logan’s room was a bit crowded, so my second shooter and I took him outside the room on the main floor, which worked out great!

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First Look and Couple’s Photos

Since Logan had long sleeves and Moth wore a wonderful cape that complimented their dress, they were comfortable going outside for their first look and couple’s photos. I would highly recommend natural light whenever possible!

We circled the building in this historic part of Minneapolis, close to Saint Anthony. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also make it out to the classic river/city overlook a few blocks down. Since it was winter and windy, we decided to stay close to the building, and leave the flowers inside so they didn’t wilt. 

Wedding Party and Family Photos

Next in line are group photos! Moth and Logan had mixed-gender wedding parties containing friends and family. Remember: there is no need to adhere to strict gender or tradition at your wedding — do what feels the authentic to you!

As stated above, it was pretty nippy outside, so the group photos were done inside on the second floor to keep everyone toasty warm. There are windows to bring in great natural light, and we loved how the lighting fit their gothic theme! If you are planning a winter wedding, this is a unique feature of the Machine Shop!

Check out my best tips for wedding party and family photos at weddings!


Because they were having a Jewish ceremony, Moth and Logan were led through signing their Ketubah surrounded by close friends and family prior to guests arriving. This is something we made sure to work into their timeline so they still had a break before their full ceremony. 

Something I loved about Moth and Logan’s ceremony was the circle of support formed around them! Guests were arranged in a semi-circle on one side of their Chuppah, while their wedding party formed the other half of the circle behind the Chuppah. It was like everyone was giving them a huge hug of support throughout! 

Party Time!

With vows and rings exchanged, blessings bestowed, and the glass broken, it was time to move into cocktail hour on the upper floor as the main floor was transformed for dinner by the amazing Machine Shop crew and their coordinator, Stacey!

After their grand entrance, we were served dinner by Deco Catering (YUM), listened to amazing speeches that produced laughs, tears, and awwwwww’s, and then got to dancing!

Something that is unique about Machine Shop is their two-level space. Since I had a second photographer, I remained on the main floor for the traditional dancing shots, while my second headed above to get some creative dancing shots for our lovely couple and their parents. 

Instant Request always produces a great party, and this day was no different! Peep Moth dancing to “Baby Shark” (oops, sorry about that…) and Logan crushing the dance floor to some techno music with his buddies! What a beautiful and creative wedding at the Machine Shop in Minneapolis!

Check out their Machine Shop wedding photos below!

Images of a bride and groom doing a first look with each other outside and enjoying the beginning of their wedding.
Beautiful images of bride and groom getting ready for their Machine shop wedding.
Images of family and friends enjoying a Machine shop wedding celebrating Moth and Logan.
Image of a a Machine shop wedding. Images include bride and groom dancing and reception images.

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