Megan and Jerry are dear friends of mine. My partner, Libby grew up with Megan and has been a close friend of hers for most of her life. They live in New York where Megan works for the Guggenheim Museum and Jerry is an architect. They both have a deep appreciation for art and architecture so choosing The Walker Art Center for their wedding was a great choice. They were married at Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church which Megan’s family has attended for years. They wanted to keep things pretty simple on the wedding day without a gazillion photos or a lot of fuss. We went to the Walker before the ceremony to take all of the photos so they didn’t miss out on the cocktail hour with all of their friends and family. When I gave them their photos, I was so curious to hear what they thought of them since they were a bit nervous about being in front of the camera. In Megan’s words : “EMMA!! You are AMAZING!!! Thank you so much for sending these, they are making us get teary as we are sitting at our campsite here at the Badlands (on their honeymoon). Both you and your assistant were so fantastic and made us photo-phobic people so comfortable….which would’ve been enough, but now I see you’ve also made us attractive!!! We can’t thank you enough. ” Maybe one of the best testimonials I’ve received from a couple.
Enjoy some of my favorites from their awesome wedding. Most images are shot on film.
I am so excited that Emily & Jack’s lovely wedding in Milwaukee is featured on Style Me Pretty today! This was one of my favorite weddings I’ve ever photographed with such a wonderful couple, an amazingly supportive group of family and friends and gorgeous weather.
Claire and Dan had a wonderful, laid back wedding in June. Their ceremony was at the Lyndale Peace Garden in Minneapolis which was beautiful. We were all crossing our fingers that it wouldn’t rain and luckily it held out until RIGHT after the ceremony when it started to rain for, I think, two minutes. They had dinner in Uptown with their families and wedding party and then went to Centennial Lakes in Edina for the reception. The whole day was relaxed and full of love. These two are so kind and caring with each other and their people which made photographing the day so fun for me. Enjoy some of my favorites!
Many images shot on film with Hasselblad and Contax.
I always try to create a space where couples can be themselves in front of me and my camera. I think that’s how portraits from a wedding day should be-comfortable, sincere and genuine. Never forced or contrived or overly posed. I love this photo of Megan and Jerry at their wedding at The Walker Art Center in May. These two were super nervous about being photographed and had told me many times leading up to the wedding that they wanted to keep things moving quickly and not do very many photos of the two of them since they never really like photos of themselves. After I sent them a preview of their photos, Megan’s response was : “EMMA!! You are AMAZING!!! Thank you so much for sending these, they are making us get teary as we are sitting at our campsite here at the Badlands on our honeymoon. Both you and your assistant were so fantastic and made us photo-phobic people so comfortable….which wouldve been enough, but now I see you’ve also made us attractive!!! We can’t thank you enough.” That really is my goal with every couple I work with-to make them feel really comfortable and make images for them that will celebrate who they are.
I love collaborating creatively with other artists. It’s one of my absolute favorite things to do. Lisa Roy of Flora Bella and I decided to do a creative photo shoot together with her gorgeous homegrown organic peonies and her sweet bird plates. Flutter Boutique offered some of their beautiful dresses to help complete the vision and wow, were they perfect. I can’t wait to share so many more images from this inspiring shoot. For now, a couple of my favorites shot on film with my adored Contax camera.
I love using high speed black and white film so much at weddings. This image shows exactly why…it’s such a beautiful and romantic way to photograph a reception. For me, images that I make with this film always look nostalgic…they feel like a memory. I love that. More to come from Caroline and Charlie’s beautiful Minikahda Club wedding soon!
Kathy and Greg’s backyard wedding was two years ago. It remains one of my favorite outdoor weddings I’ve photographed because they made it such a personal, laid back day at their home. I wanted their album to reflect their wedding day and really showcase the images without being over designed. They chose a beautiful green for both the album and presentation box and a white ribbon. Kathy is a graphic designer and made their wedding invitations which were printed on their letterpress, my favorite printing technique. She also runs the design firm Windmill Design and made all of my branding including my logo and website.
You can see some of my favorite images from their wedding below and also on Minnesota Bride’s website and I Love Farm Weddings. It’s really fun for me to revisit weddings from previous years and reconnect with the images and the whole day.
Laura and Ben’s wedding album was so much fun for me to design. The colors they chose were perfect for their artistic, creative, colorful wedding. I think it’s my favorite color combination I’ve done for a client so far. They stopped by to pick it up at my studio on their anniversary last week – what perfect timing! Ben asked if the album was waterproof…to which Laura and I both said immediately…”WHY?! Are you going to take it in the shower with you?” We went on to come up with all kinds of ridiculous situations one might take their wedding album into. I love my clients.
Anne and Matt had a creative, personal wedding at Spill the Wine in Minneapolis. These two have been together for over 10 years and because of that, have a very closely knit group of friends and family. Anne is deeply kind, warm and appreciative and Matt is grounded, hilarious and very passionate about music. Together they make a really great couple who seem to balance each other out. The wedding day was full of love, one hell of a dance party, great food and hilarious and heartfelt speeches. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Ceremony and Reception : Spill the Wine in Minneapolis
Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta from L’Atelier Couture
Bridesmaids Dresses: Flutter Boutique
Flowers: Sadie’s Floral
I am honored to be featured in the most recent issue of Hearten Magazine, an online inspiration guide for couples planning weddings in Minnesota. I had a chance to dig into my Scandinavian roots for this shoot at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. I wanted to do a modern take on traditional Scandinavian traditions and styles, with a variety of styles of bridesmaids dresses from Flutter Boutique, gorgeous flowers by Flora Bella, Munster Rose and Distinctly Debbie and possibly the cutest wedding dress I’ve ever seen also from Flutter. I mean, just look at that lace detail! And I love the short length. I love collaborating with other artists on a creative shoot like this. Each person added so much to the style and outcome of the images. I will be sharing more photos from this fun shoot later this week.
Mandy and Peter had an intimate wedding at Saint Anthony Main overlooking the river and the Minneapolis skyline followed by a reception at Heartland Restaurant in Saint Paul. We started at their beautiful 100+ year old house taking portraits of the two of them. I love photographing couples in their homes, it is so intimate and personal. No big reveal, no attendants running around with them while they get ready, just the two of them, at home, together. I loved that. We headed down to Saint Anthony Main for more portraits and you’ll notice a couple of photos of them with the Nice Ride bikes (community shared bikes in Minneapolis)-that’s because Peter is the Policy Director for Mayor R.T. Rybak and works on transportation for the city and loves the Nice Ride program. I kinda wanted them to ride them down the aisle together. These two laugh easily, love each other deeply and have a great community of friends and family who support them. Combine all of those things with a gorgeous summer day in the Twin Cities and delicious local food…what more could you want in a wedding? I’m lucky to call these two friends.
One of my favorite moments at a wedding is immediately after the ceremony. There is so much excitement and joy as the couple heads to the reception. This is one of my favorite photos of that moment, as Katie and John left the church and walked quickly to jump on the trolley. Shot on Contax 645 with Portra 400 film.