Saint Paul Conservatory Wedding Photographer

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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.

wedding gown hanging in front windows black and white
wedding gown hanging in front windows black and white

Getting Ready Near Como Park

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.

groom getting ready for his big day
groom getting ready for his big day
earings to adorn the bride
earings to adorn the bride
relaxed strass shoes new wedding trends
relaxed strass shoes new wedding trends
pink with white dots groom bootie
pink with white dots groom bootie
Getting ready with best man
Getting ready with best man
funny photo of the bride helping groom with his wedding hair
funny photo of the bride helping groom with his wedding hair
bride to be having fun with her lover
bride to be having fun with her lover
emotion during special day
emotion during special day
bridesmaid gift
bridesmaid gift
ring box for the bring bearer on the wedding checklist
ring box for the bring bearer on the wedding checklist
real weddings moments
real weddings moments
fiance about to get married
fiance about to get married
detail black and white lace back wedding dress
detail black and white lace back wedding dress
mother of the bride
mother of the bride
details on bridesmaids
details on bridesmaids
bride to be perfumed
bride to be perfumed
wedding style shoes
wedding style shoes
candid shot
candid shot
bridesmaid and made of honner pinkg wedding color dress
bridesmaid and made of honner pinkg wedding color dress
majestic picture of bride and bridesmaid silhouette by wedding photographer
majestic picture of bride and bridesmaid silhouette by wedding photographer

Photo Session at Como Park

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.

Romantic bride pre wedding pics
Romantic bride pre wedding pics
late groom
late groom
first look
first look
kissing couples
kissing couples
wedding photos como park
wedding photos como park
como park wedding
como park wedding
birde groom holds hands
birde groom holds hands
bride and groom photo session
bride and groom photo session
photo session before ceremony
photo session before ceremony
happy lovers
happy lovers
black and white photos of bride dress como park
black and white photos of bride dress como park
bride and groom kissing in font como conservatory for weddings
bride and groom kissing in font como conservatory for weddings
Couple on their big day in front marjoy conservatory
Couple on their big day in front marjoy conservatory
a dream wedding for this cute couple
a dream wedding for this cute couple
newlyweds couple hugging with view on the como conservatory
newlyweds couple hugging with view on the como conservatory

Salinas and Justin got married at the sunken garden in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

The conservatory is a Landmark building in the Como Park. It’s easy to recognize it with its elegant glass architecture designed in 1915.

marrying couple celebrate a ceremony of this perfect venue
marrying couple celebrate a ceremony of this perfect venue

They chose a heritage of Saint Paul and Minneapolis History to get married

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!

emotion before to the ceremony
emotion before to the ceremony
happy bride
happy bride
bridal party
bridal party
marjorie conservatory entertain your guest
marjorie conservatory entertain your guest
candid shoot of emotion
candid shoot of emotion
mother of the bride
mother of the bride
brother with his boutonniere
brother with his boutonniere
celebrate wedding at conservatory
celebrate wedding at conservatory
groom walk the aisle
groom walk the aisle
bride walks down the aisle
bride walks down the aisle
Say I do
Say I do
Como Conservatory the perfect venue to celebrate a marriage
Como Conservatory the perfect venue to celebrate a marriage
music for elaborate wedding
music for elaborate wedding
portait of bide doing ceremony
portait of bide doing ceremony
tears in brides eye
tears in bride’s eye
groom crying during vows exchange
groom crying during vows exchange
tie the knot with a family officiant
tie the knot with a family officiant

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.

happy bride groom
happy bride groom

The ceremony at the Como Conservatory

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.

wedding hedl a small ceremony at marjorie conservatory como park st paul
wedding hedl a small ceremony at marjorie conservatory como park st paul
exit with bubble instead of petal
exit with bubble instead of petal
group photos marjorie mcNelly Conservatory
group photos marjorie mcNelly Conservatory

Celebration at the Como Park Golf Saint Paul

couple on their wedding date
couple on their wedding date
milk on the weddig menu
milk on the weddig menu
fallowed by a reception and party
fallowed by a reception and party
candid shot during atered reception
candid shot during atered reception
funny best man
funny best man
guest attend your wedding
guest attend your wedding
after the wedding
after the wedding
Cuting marriage cake
Cuting marriage cake
cake cuting and toast
cake cuting and toast
happy bride with maid of honor
happy bride with maid of honor
fisrt dance opens dance floor
fisrt dance opens dance floor
groom and mother dance
groom and mother dance
mother and mother dance
mother and mother dance
funny photographs
funny photographs
energic bride and groom on the dance floor
enthusiastic bride and groom on the dance floor

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!

wedding reception venue by night
wedding reception venue by night

 

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 

Harpist Serena O’Meara