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!
- Getting Ready at the Saint Paul Hotel
- A Wedding Color Theme
- Catching Strong Family Moment
- Intimate Ceremony in Saint Paul
- The Wedding Ceremony
- Photo Session in the Irving Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
After the formal and informal group pics, we continued with the bride and groom photo session in the elegant Irving Park.
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.
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.