Emily and Mike's wedding unfolded on a beautiful Saturday in Minneapolis. Emily has an incredible eye for detail and filled the day with personal touches: everything from homemade wooden signs to a handkerchief made from both her grandmothers wedding dresses. Autumn vintage style emanated out of everything from flowers to reception venue and added immense charm to the experience. Emily and Mike's ceremony was at St. Peter's Catholic Church, where Emily attended school, and their reception was held at the fantastic Nicollet Island Pavilion. The pair was a blast to photograph because they have great senses of humor and chemistry. We captured a number of stellar portraits on the banks of the Mississippi between the ceremony and reception. We also need to give a shout out to the super cool wedding party (their lovely blurs featured below)! The dance floor was HOPPIN with energy and guests were given a show when Mike was iced by Emily as he went for her garter during the garter toss (it was epic)! At 10pm a gelato cart appeared next to the dance floor and guests were treated with Emily's favorite snack from her semester in Italy. We snuck out back with the couple for one last skyline portrait (below) at the end of the night.
Danielle & Travis's wedding plan was brilliant. Their intimate wedding included guests from all over the world (many guests were military friends stationed as far away as Europe) and the couple's underlying goal was to spend as much time as possible enjoying their loved ones. Danielle & Travis rented a huge, beautiful house on Panorama Lake in Panora, IA where many of their friends and family stayed for an entire week (leading up to their Saturday ceremony). The rental house served as home base the day of the wedding, providing a gorgeous location for the wedding party to get ready and for the reception. The couple's ceremony took place a few blocks away in a park right on the lake. The entire wedding party (including parents) were decked out in Converse sneakers (sparkly silver for the girls and black for the guys), enabling them to partake in some physical activity during portraits (see below) and stay comfortable enough to party all night without wanting to disown their feet. Danielle & Travis were adventurous during couple portraits and let us get creative at several scenic locations we found during our pre–wedding scout around Panora. They traversed run–down farmland and even climbed giant hay bails, resulting in some awesome images. Their reception was a blast and the closeness of everyone in attendance was apparent through the quality of the speeches and the amount of fun taking place. We were able to sneak Danielle and Travis outside for a few "goodnight" portraits before we had to drive back to Ames. We feel fortunate to have experienced such a fun day with such a great group of people and wish Danielle and Travis the very best in their married future.