Today I am showing you this dog-friendly wedding hosted at the 514 Studio Event Center. This wedding venue is situated in the North-West of Minneapolis, in the old renovated area preserving all those architectural constructions from the industrial period. Indeed, in a previous life this charming building, now defined as a warehouse, was probably part of a bigger factory. Today, with its big old fashion picturesque iron windows, and its nice-looking red brick walls (great for pictures), this building is converted into a venue that hosts events like weddings or other events. As Minneapolis Wedding Photographer I am proud to show you the best pictures I have captured during this unique day!
- The First contact that started this memorable wedding
- A famous area Downtown Minneapolis
- Photos of the Getting Ready of the Event Center first floor
- Pictures of the Groom in a Hotel in Minneapolis
- First look with the Dad, the groom and the dog
- Couple Pictures in the Old Brick Industrial Building
- Additional location in Minneapolis
- Wedding Ceremony and Reception at the 514 Studio Event Center
- The ceremony to get married
- Great ambiance Celebrating the wedding on the dance floor
- End of this perfect wedding, the grand exit
At the first floor of the 514 Studio Event is located the Corner Coffee, which is very convenient for guests to have any kind of beverage (especially coffee in the morning). By the way, it’s where I first met the bride and the groom and where they explained me their dream for their perfect big day. In the same building, it is located another photography studio. Luckily after seeing their portfolio and mine, the bride and the groom decided to hire me. Few month later I covered their spring engagement session in Minneapolis, at the Lyndale Park.
It’s not very surprising to find on the same area several similar locations in Minneapolis, that are now converted into a wedding event, convention center, such as the Muse Event Center and its spectacular large hall. For a photographer, it’s pretty convenient! Indeed, working often in the same location allows me to know all the good photography spot. I may use an iconic brick gallery, a remarkable shop storefront, or simply a nice terrace.
When I arrived in the morning of this special day, the bride was getting ready with her mom, the groom’s mom, her siblings and best friends. The room she was getting ready is a big room with solid wood flooring made from bright wood. There are some vast industrial windows, and white brick walls. For me it was a super great location to take pictures! Indeed, loft it’s usually the kind of place that is nowadays serving as photography studio! Thanks to its authentic and lavished style from the past, it offers a perfect place and an unforgettable background to take pictures.
Good to know : the room is very convenient for the wedding getting ready. Indeed, it’s equipped with several make-up tables (with lightening system), a dressing corner, and some velvet couch to lay on and relax!
The getting ready itself was pretty calm and serene. The Bride knew what she wanted, there was no surprise. The hair and make-up was done by Lady Vamp.
The most emotional moment was after her mother helped her to put the dress: she looked at her and finally realized that her little girl would be married soon!
During the rest of the time, the bride’s niece was playing, thus creating a fun and relaxing atmosphere at the event space! I love kids!
As you can see on those pictures taken at the 514 Studio Event Center, the bride’s dress was made from a new stylist from Calgary in Canada: Lis Simon. Look at the shape of the sleeves made of lacework. It’s a romantic piece of art charged with elegance.
The result of this gown is somewhere between a mermaid and a princess from a medieval time. The design gives sensation of preciosity and delicacy that turns the bride into a stunning Jewell herself. The only thing we see when we look at these pictures, it’s her thrilled and happy face.
Her bouquet, with mute tone colors, was created by the florist Joy Unspeakable.
Meanwhile, a couple of blocks away, the groom, was getting ready in a luxurious hotel in Minneapolis Downtown, the Crown Plaza. The groom’s diner took place the day before in the same hotel and was well celebrated. When I arrive in his suite, his friends were with him, “killing the time” before the ceremony.
I like the natural light offered by the large windows of this hotel room. I asked the groom to come closer, and I turned on the several lamps. That creates an interesting mix with natural blue and artificial yellow light that I like to play with.
Then we all go back to the wedding venue where the bride had her first look with her father. That was very emotional, and, as a wedding photographer, I am proud to catch this unforgettable moment in candid shots. Then came the groom who, like a lot of men, doesn’t want to be too emotional but in fact is a sensitive person inside. Anyway, I believe he was stunned and delighted when he discovered how beautifully elegant, full of charm and breathtaking was his wife-to-be.
Then we went out-side for a first photo in front of the 514 Event Center and we saw the dog keeper coming with their golden dog. This one was so happy to see his mother and father that he was jumping and hardly wanted to seat!
It’s near the 514 venue, North West Minneapolis that we started the wedding photos. It was a long time since I haven’t had the chance to take photograph of a dog during a couple session! Albert (the name of the dog) was really friendly. That said, animals require more time for a better result! The wedding pet attendant, Lara from Doggy Social MN helped a lot during the photo session. Indeed she not only took care of the dog, but was also helping with dress and other things.
During this session we were blessed to have wind and sun. Indeed the Sun made the exposed red brick look even redder and turned the sky in a saturated blue. The wind made the dress fly, and that’s something I always like. It gives the pictures more energy.
We also took the time for a picture at the Event Center.
After the industrial area, we went to the Pillsbury Park, on the Hennepin Island, just in front of the Stone Arch Bridge. The green of the lush nature contrasted well with the brick! I enjoyed this fall afternoon, while the bride and the groom started to be quite nervous with the ceremony coming.
Back to the Venue, the 514 Studio Event Center’s team had installed white chairs to seat the guests. A copper arch was standing in front of the room. This one was hand made by the father of the bride. Actually, they covered it with fresh eucalyptus silver dollar bunches and some LED lights.
The 514 Studio highlighted the room with light garland, and the result is that the Event room itself was quite dark. No chandelier and no projector. So I had to add some off-camera flashes in order to enhance the light and be able to properly catch the beauty of this special event.
The ceremony was a non-religious one. They choose one uncle as marriage officiant. It was pretty straight to the point but touching. They decided to make it simple, without the traditional bridal party, but instead, surrounded by their family.
After took place the cocktail in an adjacent space to celebrate their union.
The bride and groom welcomed everyone in the receiving line. Given there were a lot of guests, it was a good way to share a couple of words with each of the guests. Also, the cocktail reception is usually the time when I can catch a lot of candid shots of the guests, thus it is worth making it last longer.
Then the dinner was quite classical.
The newly married couple did the first entrance, and they were seating at their own table. Then, the blessing guests started to eat the delicious food from the caterer CRAVE Catering and Events who took care of the buffet. And being French, I guarantee I am very picky about the cuisine! Later during the diner, some guests made a toast. Then, the 514 Studio Event center team took off some tables to turn the space into a ballroom. And voilà, the first dance took place!
The bride and groom started together first, then father-daughter and son-mother dancing couples were formed. The rest of the night was basically partying on the dance floor animated by the friendly DJ from Adagio: DJ Entertainment.
During the night, I did found the opportunity to kidnap the bride and groom a couple of minutes to make some more artistic pictures. Especially I brought them on a close-by rooftop facing the Stadium to take pictures with Minneapolis skyline as background.
Finally, the bride and groom did their grand exit. It was special because they chose bubbles. With the famous Minnesotan wind, all the bubbles were going away. Luckily the great wedding coordinator Maven Styling, helped me by staying very close to me with an electric bubble blower. That’s the secret of how I managed to catch this majestic picture!
In conclusion, I would be happy to come again take photographs in this nice Venue.
I want to thank all the 514 event Center’s team that responded all the time to each of my questions and needs.
And finally I would like to thank the bride and the groom for booking me among many other wedding photographers!
- WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER: French-Touch-Photography
- BRIDE DRESS : Effies Bridal Trunk
- BRIDE JEWELS: Che Bella
- WEDDING RINGS: Helzberg Diamonds
- GROOM SUITE/TIE/BOOTIE: Mens Wearhouse
- HAIR STYLIST: Lady Vamp
- FLORIST: Joy Unspeakable
- CAKE: YoYo Donuts & Coffe Bar
- DJ: Adagio: DJ Entertainment
- LIGHTENING: Phos: Custom Lighting
- CATERER : Crave Catering