When Salina and Justin were planning their destination wedding in Minneapolis, they were looking to hire one of the top wedding photographers servicing the Twin Cities. Talented, Justin, has an artistic eye and thus he’s working in animation for a company named Disney, yes… He noticed my portfolio among the best Saint Paul photographers and liked my candid shots and the unobtrusive way I capture memories. He contacted me, and we discussed the pre-wedding production during a video call session. Then a couple of months later, I was about to immortalize their big day at the Sunken Garden in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, Saint Paul.
- Getting Ready Near Como Park
- Photo Session at Como Park
- Salinas and Justin got married at the sunken garden in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
- They chose a heritage of Saint Paul and Minneapolis History to get married
- The ceremony at the Como Conservatory
- Celebration at the Como Park Golf Saint Paul
They arrived in Minneapolis two days prior to their dig day, and gathered all their family and friends at the Best Western near Como Park. It was pretty convenient given that their wedding venue and event space were 5 min driving.
We enjoyed the natural light to capture pictures of the bride and her bridesmaids getting ready. The groom’s room was just across the corridor. So, their friends who were pretty exited were constantly moving from one room to the other. When I look back, it was a happy and chaotic getting ready, packed with emotions and joy! And so was the rest of the day. I was capturing unforgettable and journalistic shots.
The bride was elegant in her dress from “Tebbles Bridal”. There were a lot of tears!
I especially liked the glitter of her dancing shoes! (I have the feeling it starts to become a wedding trend.)
The groom put his suit on in a rush (Indochino Beverly Hills), which made me capture a bunch of spontaneous and timeless scenes.
Given that the botanical gardens were still open to visitors, we chose a secluded place among the Como Park lawns to realize their photo session. The bride and the groom had their revealing moment. She was stunning in her attire and ready to say I do! He was literally wordless! That created some beautiful wedding portrait and unforgettable memories. As usual I tried to avoid cheesy posed portraits and focus more on capturing candid shots.
The conservatory is a Landmark building in the Como Park. It’s easy to recognize it with its elegant glass architecture designed in 1915.
You may be familiar with the Zoo and its Botanical Garden. It is a place where you can cherish the horticulture offered by tropical plants such as orchids, cactuses, and other noteworthy flowers.
What may surprise you is that you can rent The Sunken Garden Gallery of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory as an event space. For planning a wedding, that place is a blast! It offers a breathtaking backdrop, romantic, magnificent, with lush pants, that will please your guests and any professional wedding photographer!
I am always delighted to create a documentary for couples tying the knot at the Conservatory! I am like a child in a playground. The venue inspires a lot of photo ideas (it’s like shooting a fairytale editorial story). What’s more the glass house offers a lot of natural light whatever the weather is!
That said, two points need to be mentioned: first, the temperature and the moisture degree are pretty high (as you can expect); second, this event center will fit only intimate to small weddings.
We took pictures of the wedding party and then started for the celebration.
It was on live music (from the Harpist Serena O’Meara) that they walked down the aisle toward the altar. Justin’s aunt was the officiant. And even if the speeches were formal, they created a lot of emotional moments! I gladly captured them. After the wedding ceremony, the guests lined up outside on the Entrance of Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, on the stair case, and blew bubbles on the happy newly married husband and wife.
The bride and the groom turned a pub (the Cozy’s Pub) into a venue with the support of the manager.
The evening was traditional, with a banquet. I enjoyed the emotional toasts, and a cake cutting. The cake itself was special with its surprising manga figurines! Once done, they took off some tables for their first dance. Then the party really started and the dance floor was full of guests.
All in all, even if it was a “simple destination wedding,” they managed to create a romantic wedding. For that, they decided on personalized wedding attire and invited all the best friends, close family in a fairytale place. The rest was just tears and genuine emotions.
In other words, this was one of the typical weddings that I like to photograph!
I hope they will cherish all these memories, with their children and grandchildren!
BRIDE DRESS Pebbles Bridal
BRIDE SHOES: Re-Mix
WEDDING RINGS Burbank Jewelry Outlet
GROOM SUITE/TIE/BOOTIE Indochino Beverly Hills
BRIDAL PARTY DRESS & WEARHOUSE” BHLDN
FLORIST Fleur De Lis fleur
CATERER Cozy’s Pub