Michelle & Brad wedding photographer | Rochester, Minnesota

October 25th, 2008 – For my last scheduled wedding of 2008, I was back in Rochester, MN for the wedding of Michelle & Brad at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. It was a cool, but beautiful autumn day and just perfect for a wedding. There had been reports of possible snowfall, but there wasn’t any sign of that on their wedding day!

Michelle & Brad decided not to see each other prior to their ceremony so I was able to get some preparation & getting ready photos of both of them prior to the ceremony. It’s always kind of fun & exciting trying to “hide” the bride & groom from each other. There are times when you think you start to hear the “Mission Impossible” theme song playing as you peek around corners & walking down hallways.

Here’s an image of Brad & some of the guys getting ready…

Rochester Minnesota wedding photographer | ©2008 Shannon Porter Photography

After photographing Brad and the groomsmen, I then headed back to get the final preparations of Michelle with her bridesmaids. Her bridesmaids couldn’t keep their eyes off Michelle & her gorgeous wedding dress as she became a beautiful bride…

Rochester Minnesota wedding photographer | ©2008 Shannon Porter Photography

The ceremony was filled with music sang by Brad’s Best Man as well as his sister, who was also a bridesmaid. After they exchanged their vows and sealed it with a kiss, they made their way out through the large group of wedding guests blowing bubbles as they walked by…

Rochester Minnesota wedding photographer | ©2008 Shannon Porter Photography

We headed back in for some family photos as well as pictures with the whole bridal party. After finishing up with all the wedding photos, Michelle & Brad had a 1931 Rolls Royce waiting for them to take them to the reception…

Rochester Minnesota wedding photographer | ©2008 Shannon Porter Photography

I followed them as we made a stop at Silver Lake for some more photos with just the two of them. The funny part is managed to get myself into a position right in the middle of sand burrs or some kind of plant that has seeds that stick to clothes. Ahh, yes, the sacrifices a photographer goes through to get the shot. But I must say, the end result was awesome!!!

Rochester Minnesota wedding photographer | ©2008 Shannon Porter Photography

The reception was held at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center where they served an excellent meal for their guests. After the dinner, speeches and toasts were given and then it was time to dance the night away. I must say that a good time was had by all who ventured out to the dance floor!

Rochester Minnesota wedding photographer | ©2008 Shannon Porter Photography

But as most are, the first dance between Michelle & Brad was an excellent one. It’s one of my favorite moments of the day. It’s a perfect time to capture the love & emotion between two people, like this…

Rochester Minnesota wedding photographer | ©2008 Shannon Porter Photography

I wish you both the best, Michelle & Brad! A beautiful wedding it was, on a wonderful autumn day. Thank you for having me capture your love for each other.

I invite everyone to click on the photo above to see more beautiful images from Michelle & Brad’s wedding day!!

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