Sara & Andrew | Cottage Grove, Minnesota wedding photographer

June 26th, 2009 – I traveled to the Twin Cities for an outdoor wedding at Mississippi Dunes Golf Course in Cottage Grove, MN. Mississippi Dunes is located right off of the Mississippi River and makes for a beautiful backdrop for a wedding.

Mississippi Dunes outdoor wedding | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

bubbles on chair | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

I first met with Sara and her bridesmaids as they were preparing for the ceremony. As someone who is basically an outsider and observer, there is a lot going on when a woman is becoming a bride to be married…

bride in mirror | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

flower girl getting hair done | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

bride putting on lipstick | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

As the ladies were getting ready, Andrew and his groomsmen were patiently waiting in the Men’s locker room. Andrew was delivered a gift from Sara while he waited. When there was something that involved Sara, full attention was given…

groom opening gift | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Meanwhile, back in the ladies’ room, Sara was well on her way to being a bride…

bride's necklace | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

She had plenty of helping hands!!

tying the wedding dress | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

sister applying lip liner | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

and once she was done getting ready, she was absolutely stunning…

the beautiful bride | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

They chose not to see each prior to the ceremony, which is quite common, so I took Sara & her bridesmaids formals first and then it was Andrew & his groomsmen’s turn. Being on a golf course, run-in’s with golf carts are likely…

passing golfers with groom & groomsmen | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

We headed back into the clubhouse to cool off and that’s when I headed back in to see Sara’s grandmother see her…

grandmother holding back tears | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Before going outside, the ladies & Sara’s mother said a prayer. Powerful.

a wedding prayer | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Sara & her father shared a moment together before going outside…

bride & father | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

As the ceremony began, each couple made their way down the aisle and Andrew was completely focused with sheer determination on finding and seeing his bride for the first time. It was another powerful moment of the day. I wasn’t the only one who noticed…

bridesmaids smiling at groom | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

It truly was a picture perfect wedding ceremony location…

Mississippi Dunes outdoor wedding ceremony | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Mississippi Dunes Golf Course wedding | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

After the ceremony, we had a chance to take some photos of the newly married couple before heading in for their reception.

Bride & Groom portrait | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

bride smiling under her veil | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

A good looking couple – don’t you think??

bride and her groom | ©2009 Shannon Por

After dinner and the toasts & speeches were done, it time for their first dance as husband & wife…

first dance | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

and not too long after, everyone was dancing the night away…

wedding dance | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Thank you Sara & Andrew for allowing me to document your wedding day. The love you both share was obvious. I hope you both enjoy that love for many years to come!

a couple in love | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

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