Family and Intimate Wedding on Saint-Paul Minnesota

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Jared and Tiffany met at the gym. I covered their romantic and surprise proposal at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and, three months later I was more than delighted to share their very special day with them!
They chose to organize an intimate wedding on Saint Paul MN, and thus to invite only the close family and their very best friends. Spoiler alert: it’s one of the most emotional weddings of the year!

bride and groom shared their pre wedding letter
bride and groom shared their pre wedding letter

Getting Ready at the Saint Paul Hotel

For this unique day, they opted for the Saint Paul Hotel to get ready! With a view on the Landmark Center, the State’s Capitol and the city Skyline, the hotel room was more than stunning! What’s more, it offers soft natural light for pictures, in addition with high standard dark wood furniture as decor. Therefore, it constitutes a magnificent backdrop for pictures and a perfect light for a wedding photographer.

The bride and the groom were surrounded by four bridesmaids in their attire and Jared’s kids, also in the number of four. That was all the bridal party and they probably represented half of the people on the guest list! As I said, it was an intimate wedding.
Also, while her sister was taking care of the bride’s hair and make-up, I decided to shoot the details.

Diamand engagement ring is a milestone in en relationship
Diamond engagement ring is a milestone in en relationship
Silhouette of bride and makeup artiste having fun
Silhouette of bride and makeup artiste having fun
candid shot of bride laughting during getting ready
candid shot of bride laughting during getting ready
Maid o honor pay attention to the bride
Maid o honor pay attention to the bride
Engagement ring on yellow zip shoes
Engagement ring on yellow zip shoes
detail photo of engagement ring and earings
detail photo of engagement ring and earings
high heel shoes silhouette on blue sky
high heel shoes silhouette on blue sky
yellow high heels shoes
yellow high heels shoes
bridesmaid and dress during getting ready at Saint Paul Hotel MN
bridesmaid and dress during getting ready at Saint Paul Hotel MN
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happy and proud spouse to be in Minnesota
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A Wedding Color Theme

While I was shooting pictures of rings, shoes, and all the bridal attire, I realized that their wedding color was yellow.
I was not that surprised, discovering from their engagement session that it’s their mutual favorite color! Bright color like that could be tricky, but they managed to include it with subtlety. Therefore, they shopped shoes, dresses (for the bridesmaids and flower girls), belt, tie, bow-tie, flowers and boutonniere in all the same yellow color.

wedding gift with yellow ruban
wedding gift with yellow ruban
groom and groomsmen wedding attire
groom and groomsmen wedding attire
yellow tie and bootie
yellow tie and bootie
yellow and white wedding flower calla lily
yellow and white wedding flower calla lily
groom and groomsmen yellow beld
groom and groomsmen yellow beld
father and son getting ready moment
father and son getting ready moment
boy helping their loved father
boy helping their loved father
groom getting ready in the rich background of the Saint Paul Hotel
groom getting ready in the rich background of the Saint Paul Hotel
silhouette of the groom in front the window
silhouette of the groom in front the window
familly portrait yellow converse
familly portrait yellow converse

Catching Strong Family Moment

The getting-ready is the precise kind of thing, of which you want to keep memories. Thus, it really makes sense to hire a professional wedding photographer. Indeed, except the officiant and the caterer, I was the only vendor hired by the couple! They wanted the photographs to catch unforgettable moments of their big day. Everyone was relaxed and enjoyed the moment, so I did the job with great pleasure.

We had a lot of fun with the kids helping their father put on his suit. We staged a memorable and funny picture. The groom suit was probably not a bespoke one from a famous Taylor, but fit him perfectly. He decided to make it simple, not to follow the etiquette and skip the vest.
During this time the bride was ready, with a $100 wedding dress, she was stunning and with a lot of elegance.

first time makeup for the upcoming ceremony
first time makeup for the upcoming ceremony
gethering all your closest family member
gethering all your closest family member
friendship
friendship
bridale party
bridal party
Proud bride and bridesmaid
Proud bride and bridesmaid of minnesota
wedding gift
wedding gift
More than two people two closest friends
More than two people two closest friends
when you donate wedding gift to you kid
when you donate wedding gift to you kid
wedding gift
wedding gift
familly portrait yellow
familly portrait yellow
funny stage photo
funny stage photo
father and son getting ready moment
father and son getting ready moment
boy helping their loved father
boy helping their loved father
Involve your child is an exciting situation
Involve your child is an exciting situation
friendship
friendship
Maid o honor pay attention to the bride
Maid o honor pay attention to the bride
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magical claire obscure light from the window on the groom
handwritting letter
handwritting letter
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intimate wedding saint paul
intimate wedding saint paul
intimate wedding saint paul
magical silhouette picture
magical silhouette picture

Intimate Ceremony in Saint Paul

While the wedding trends are more about the big wedding in luxurious event center, with hundreds of guests (that don’t really make sense because you can’t enjoy everyone), they decided to plan an intimate wedding in a enchanting Park.

Therefore, they decided on Irving Park in Saint Paul For their small wedding, they wanted a simple outdoor ceremony. Indeed, the best wedding ceremonies are usually taking place at an outdoor wedding venue, but it means out of town. Also, to keep if simple, they piked the Irving Park to get married and sign their wedding certificate (who would be the first paper of their life together!). I was A Perfect day to say « I do ,» not too warm, and in such days, parks with fountains bring some fresh air!

Also it’s around 20 guests whom almost all helped them to set up the few decoration elements in the park. What’s great when you chose a nice place is that you don’t need to add a lot of styled decoration.
But what stroked me is how kids were invested in helping: unfold chairs, attach decoration and even carry the yellow sofa.
That was a pretty simple set, but with the groom, nothing was left to the chance, the preparation was impeccable. Event if he didn’t perform any rehearsal, couples of day before we discuss of the best place to strand regarding the light.

irving park ceremony with fountain
Irving park ceremony with fountain and majestic oaks
funny situation father taken picture of the bride
funny situation father taken picture of the bride
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intimate wedding saint paul
intimate wedding saint paul
intimate wedding saint paul
small pine
small pine

The Wedding Ceremony

Once all the family was seated, the groom walked down the aisle with his mom, followed by the flower girl. Then the bride walked down the aisle with her father and joined her fiancé who was waiting close to the officiant (Keith Miraldi from Eagle Brook Church). He was standing in front of the stunning fountain which, in addition to being photogenic, offered fresh air during this warm summer day.

After exchanging vows, telling the expected « I do », they exchanged their wedding rings (Jared the Jeweler and Stoneybrook). Then to tie the knot even tighter, they performed a symbolic ceremony by putting a plant into ground. What really made this ceremony apart was, again, how the four kids were happy and implicated during all this process!

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intimate wedding saint paul
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intimate wedding saint paul with immediat family
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intimate wedding saint paul
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intimate wedding saint paul
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symbolic ceremony
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when the wedding band is stocked
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intimate wedding saint paul
intimate wedding saint paul
intimate wedding saint paul
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intimate wedding ceremony at irving park
intimate wedding ceremony at irving park
intimate wedding ceremony at irving park
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conversation with your officiant
they exchanged loved words with the sounds of the fountain
they exchanged loved words with the sounds of the fountain
candid photo during ceremony
candid photo during ceremony
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intimate wedding saint paul irving park
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intimate wedding saint paul
bride walking down the aisle with emotions
bride walking down the aisle with emotions
bride walking down the aisle with emotions
bride walking down the aisle with emotions
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intimate wedding saint paul

Photo Session in the Irving Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota

After the formal and informal group pics, we continued with the bride and groom photo session in the elegant Irving Park.

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intimate wedding saint paul
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intimate wedding saint paul
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intimate wedding saint paul
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intimate wedding saint paul

Despite the sun, and thanks to the majestic oaks, we enjoyed the shade parts of this tranquil park, the memorable fountain, the cute gazebo and the lush lawns. I was delighted to discover this serene park, located close to Saint Paul Downtown. It shows lots of sophistication, with his terrace. It’s a New England style, and it’s surrounded by historic homes. It’s one of the most beautiful parks in Saint Paul. Also we used the Ohage House as a background for one wedding photo.

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intimate wedding saint paul
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intimate wedding saint paul
intimate wedding saint paul
intimate wedding saint paul
intimate wedding saint paul
intimate wedding saint paul
intimate wedding saint paul
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intimate wedding saint paul
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intimate wedding saint paul
intimate wedding saint paul

I believe the bride and groom were really relaxed during this photo session, I enjoyed it. It was a special moment of intimacy for both of them. They had crazy fun, making jokes and enjoying being a husband and wife.
Then we moved out of Saint Paul downtown, to the other side of the Mississippi River, in direction of the Harriet Island and his waterfront. The scenic view on Saint Paul, MN and city skyline constitutes a breathtaking background! And finally, we joined the guests for their wedding reception at the Happy Gnomes.