Alma & José Wedding at The Town and Country Club Saint Paul MN

Take a lovely couple, the best month to get married in the Twin Cities,  the religious celebration of a ceremony done by a close relative, a stunning venue, shake it, and voilà!  See the result.

I will tell you the story of this exceptional couple, from our first meetings, to their picturesque big day.
For these lovebirds, all start at the church where they met. For us, the best wedding photography story started in a coffee shop in the suburb in Edina,MN.
The bride and the groom explained to me the wedding of their dream. The religious part would take place at the Faith Lutheran Church (Shakopee) and the wedding reception would be hosted at the Town & Country Club in Saint Paul.

 

picturesque bride portrait
picturesque bride portrait, MN

Unforgettable wedding at a community Church

 

Before jumping on their unique story, I invite you to have a look at their engagement session. We first started at Edina, then went to the Como Conservatory.

A beautiful wedding to come at the Faith Lutheran Church, Shakopee

When your father is the priest celebrating your ceremony, your Twin Cities photographer would make sure you keep good memories. Indeed, you do not have other choice but to accommodate your father in your planning process and ask him to tie the knot. Well, the bride’s father is a priest, so it was in his church that they were all gathered in this special day. So, before going to their venue, Alma was getting ready surrounded by her bridesmaids and her close family. She had her hair and make-up done by the talented Cleopatra’s Envy. During this time I shot some details of her luxurious mermaid Dress (Bridal Accents Couture) in the lush garden, her shoes (from Asos) and the jewels (Kay Jewelers). Her nails were polished and ready to receive the wedding ring (Rogers & Holland’s Jewelers).
Once ready, she was more than magnificent and gorgeous; she was the stunning bride of the year!

white brides shoes
white bride’s shoes
diamond earings with green leaf background
diamond earrings with green leaf background
white brides shoes
white bride’s shoes
white shoes with decoration
white shoes with decoration
funny candid shot hair getting ready
funny candid shot hair getting ready
beautifull bride getting ready
beautiful bride getting ready
makeup pistol pouder during bride getting ready
makeup pistol powder during bride getting ready
cinematic shot of maid of honor makeup
cinematic shot of maid of honor makeup
brides make up
bride’s make-up
cinematic shot
cinematic shot
bridesmaid dress attire
bridesmaid dress attire
wedding gift letter
wedding gift letter
sneaking a pictures with kids
sneaking picture with kids
intimate picture of bride tears during getting ready
intimate picture of bride tears during getting ready
artistic black and white picture of bride silhouette in her wedding dress town country club
artistic black and white picture of bride silhouette in her wedding dress
portrait of the bride to be in black and white
portrait of the bride-to-be in black and white

The groom was pretty handsome looking too

His preparation was more intimate. His groomsmen helped him with his attire from Bridal Accents Couture.

cufflings
cufflinks
groom reading surprise letter
groom reading surprise letter

An Emotional Wedding

Gathering all your family and relative for a wedding requires a large place, and luckily the Church was spacious enough to hold all the invited community. The bride walked down the aisle which was covered with rose petals, at her father’s arm (the pastor), while the groom tried not to cry. It was an emotional moment, very elegant vows exchange under the bride’s father benediction. To get married, to say I do with your father celebrating your union is really a non-traditional and a genuine chance. After this unparalleled and charming wedding office full of love and tears, they hosted a light reception.

beautiful wedding with lot of guests
beautiful wedding with lots of guests
shakopee faith lutheran church
Shakopee faith Lutheran church
groomsmen
groomsmen
black and white singer faith lutheran church shakopee mn
black and white singer faith Lutheran church Shakopee
flower grils
flower girls
emotional bride walking down church aisle with her father
emotional bride walking down church aisle with her father
exquisite shot of groom with wet eye
exquisite shot of groom with wet eye
hug before the celebration
hug before the ritual
memorable songs to get married and exchange vows
memorable songs to get married and exchange vows
groomsmen seated first raw
groomsmen seated first raw
candid shot
candid shot
kids sleeping during ceremonies
kids sleeping during religious office
tiying the knot with bible
tying the knot with the bible
tears of joy at the wedding chapel
tears of joy at the wedding chapel
groom puting wedding ring on brides finger with red manicured nails
groom putting wedding ring on bride’s finger with red manicured nails
reveal the bride
reveal the bride
kids during wedding ceremony
kids having fun at the church
funny bestmen
best funny man also having fun
candid emotion shoot of father of the bride hugging
candid emotion shoots of the father of the bride hugging the newlywed couple
walking down the aisle surroundings by guests
walking down the aisle surroundings by their guests
newly husband and wife
happy newly husband and wife

A dreamy couple of great wedding photos

It was not one of those rainy wedding day in Minnesota, but a sunny one that offered great memories. Their bridal party (who enjoyed the rehearsal dinner the day before) and the newly married couple escaped to a park to take their group pictures. Meanwhile guests were enjoying a cocktail hour at the wedding venue.

she said I do
she said I do
posed wedding party group
posed wedding party group under old oaks’ shade
wedding party pics
the bridal party pics
birde pictures after she get married
bride pictures after she gets married
groom and groomsmen
groom and groomsmen
elegant bride and groom on their big day
elegant bride and groom on their big day on the park lawn

Wedding Reception at the Town and Country Club Saint Paul, Minnesota

With its wood floor ballroom, it’s decorated ceilings and a numerous amenities, this venue is clearly for large groups and not small and intimate wedding.

Nestled on the Mendota Heights, offering a breathtaking scenic view on Saint Paul Skyline. This club was one of the best wedding reception venues I had seen! As a wedding photographer, I was excited to know that I will have spectacular pictures. In particular, just before the hors d’oeuvre, when we escaped on a site perched on the top of the Golf Club in order to enjoy the panoramic overlooking with the sunset and catch romantic photographs!

The Town and Country Club room, dedicated to gather people for wedding events, is a nice-looking place, very picturesque and loved by photographs. Indeed you can find some floor to ceiling dark wood panels and some memorable chandeliers, an upscale compared to other venues. This old-world style made me remember several clubs, such as the Saint Paul Athletic Club, in Saint Paul. This was truly a charming and elegant place to host the best wedding ceremony and reception.

candid shot of the brides reaction
candid shot of the bride’s reaction to her father
Wedding reception with university of minnesota during hors d oeuvres
couple reaction to speeches during hors d’oeuvres
newlywed gazing each other with natural light and crystal chandelier
newlywed gazing each other with natural light and crystal chandelier
Mendota heights excelsior blvd and overlooking view on twin cities
Mendota Heights Excelsior Blvd and overlooking view
Saint Paul and Minneapolis panoramic view during sunset
Saint Paul panoramic view during sunset
couple with view on minneapolis during twilight
couple picture during twilight
Stunning bride and dress with Elegance
Stunning bride and dress with Elegance (shooting in the bathroom amenities!)

Party at the Town and Country Club

Between the view on Minneapolis and it’s ballroom, this club, (even if it’s not an Historic Venue), is a perfect place to host a wedding celebration.

The dinner was good, and the toasts were funny, especially the best man one. After they cut their wedding cake from Perfect Day & Bakery, the bride did the bouquet toss. After that the groom tossed his boutonniere. That was a blast! They prayed, performed a game, and sang. Even if there was no dancing on the dance floor, the evening was full of excitement.
Finally, I ended the wedding photos by setting up a stage with the couple under the chandelier in the backdrop.

I am honored that the bride and groom chose me as their wedding photographer among all other vendors, and trusted me to catch their emotions and create the memories of their perfect wedding, in such a unique venue.

bride tossing bouquet with Town and Country Club MN in backdrop
bride tossing bouquet
Town and Country Club MN flower toss in wedding venue
bouquet toss
groom get married and have fun tossing boutonniere at renovated county club
groom get married and have fun tossing boutonniere with floor to ceiling oaks
games during wedding reception with floor to ceiling oaks
games during wedding reception with floor to ceiling oaks
songs and toast during dinner
songs and toast during dinnerguest enjoying reception
Ceremony and reception Town at Country Club
reception
newlyweeds during nuptials reception on the dance floor
newlyweds on the dance floor
majestic shot of bride and groom with chandelier in ample halls
majestic shot of bride and groom with chandelier in ample halls

 

The pro and the cons of holding receptions at Midwest Club

After this hyperbolic presentation, let’s try to be more critics and to find other positive and negative aspects.

Lawn and Patio

You can enjoy an outside cocktail, the view with their large windows, is breathtaking!

Swimming Pool, Meetings, Anniversary and other events

Like all clubs (such as the University Club of St Paul), you have to share the place with members. Do be surprise to see people on the swimming pool, or celebrating other private events.

Golf Players during Tournaments

Avoid golf tournament day, otherwise the parking would be full and you would see a lot of golf members hanging everywhere.

Lots of Amenities but no Bridal suite

In Minnesota, a lot of venues, such as the Loring Social(Minneapolis,MN), forget the bridal suite. There is no rehearsal allowed for your big day. Everything must be perfect for the first shoot. You want great shot of the bride and her bridesmaid getting ready, then you may consider going into a luxury hotel, or renting a big house.

List of Vendors:

  • PHOTOGRAPHY: Alex at French Touch Photography
  • SECOND SHOOTER : Taryn Christine
  • DRESS: Bridal Accents Couture
  • SHOES: Asos
  • JEWELS: Kay Jewelers
  • WEDDING RINGS: Rogers & Holland’s Jewelers
  • HAIR STYLIST & MAKEUP ARTIST: Cleopatras Envy
  • CAKE: Perfect Day Cakes & Bakery
  • GETTING READY VENUE: Faith Lutheran Church
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