Archive for June, 2009

30
Jun
09

Carly & Ryan – preview

I had the pleasure of photographing Carly & Ryan’s wedding last weekend. Here is a little preview of my favorite photo from the day – Carly and Ryan liked it, too!

29
Jun
09

Sara & Chris’s stunning wedding at St Olaf

Sara and Chris met at St Olaf college in Northfield, and when it came time to organize their wedding, they of course chose their lovely alma mater. They were blessed with a fabulous day (and a large group of loving family and friends), and we had great fun taking photos all around campus afterward.

Sara was a gorgeous bride, as you can see, and she chose perfect colors for her late spring wedding – bright pink and yellow gerbera daisies and blue bridesmaid dresses. Sara and Chris didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony, so we took photos of each side before hand.

And of course, all the other St Olaf alumni sang the fight song during the reception.

25
Jun
09

Even your photographer enjoys a good photobooth

I love photobooths. I really do.

Whenever I mention photobooths, I am asked if it is doing my job for me. I think not: a good photobooth is not redundant with a professional photographer. A photographer will be with you all day – finding those little moments of shared emotion and documenting formal groups.

A photobooth is part reception entertainment and part fun guest documentation. Think of the photo booth as an upgrade to “table shots” from a your wedding – you get photos of each guest, but instead of a table number and waterglasses, they are in smaller groups and often (gasp) having fun! Even though any photographer will try to photograph most of the guests, it can be impossible to document everyone – there is usually some group of family friends or coworkers that doesn’t like to dance (where I usually am) and leaves a little early (so I don’t get them on my next time around the room). For those people especially, a photo booth is a fun way to get their photos in your guestbook.

With digital photobooths, like Snapz or the Travling Photo Booth, the machine prints two strips – one for the couple, and one for the guests.

Which is especially good news when one of the groom’s college friends asks if he can join you in the photobooth – of course the answer is yes! And now I have a copy, too!

24
Jun
09

A few of my new favorite things

I don’t usually post about wedding planning or products, but I know my way around wedding styles and I have been watching the designs from Twigs & Honey for a while. Her blend of whimsical and vintage is really adorable to me, and I am looking for an excuse to wear one of her hair embellishments. She now has a few garter belts that are a real departure from the traditional lace and satin standards.

Photo from Twigs & Honey

Photo from Twigs & Honey

23
Jun
09

Kate & John – preview

I drove down to Madison for Kate and John’s wedding this weekend. Kate and I went to high school together in Madison, and John loves the Madison landmarks, so we went all over in search of some great spots. Here are a few of my favorites while I process the rest!

22
Jun
09

Laura & David – White Bear Lake wedding

Laura and David had a beautiful wedding in White Bear Lake a few weeks ago. The weather was gorgeous for photos before the ceremony, and we took advantage of it by going to nearby Matoska park for photos with the wedding party! After the ceremony, it was on to the Dellwood Hills Golf Club for a lovely reception, featuring my new favorite alternative to clinking glasses: a mini-putt golf challenge! Laura and David agreed to kiss whenever anyone made a hole in one, and, while their guests made a lot of valiant efforts, they only succeeded a few times!

Laura and David opted to see each other before the ceremony so we would have time to take photos at the park, and so we set up a little “first viewing” so that they could spend a few moments together before all the family arrived.

Also of note, the groom’s best man was his twin brother. Luckily Laura warned me before I got too confused!

18
Jun
09

Wolfgang Puck

I was lucky enough to photograph chef Wolfgang Puck for an interview appearing on the Heavy Table. Chef Puck was at his restaurant 20.21 at the Walker for a brief visit, and we were able to sit down with him for a few minutes. Not only was the food amazingly delicious, but he was also a very energetic and fun person to talk with!

Probably the most amazing food was the miso-glazed black cod. Fortunately, this is part of their regular menu (some of the other items were unique to the tasting menu), so I can go back and order it again!

We were also able to also talk with Asher Miller, the Executive Chef for Restaurant 20.21