Jill & Justin | Twin Cities wedding photography

For my last wedding of 2009, it was a full day of wedding coverage. From the salon in Woodbury, to a straight blade shave in downtown St. Paul, to the wedding in Buffalo and the reception in Maple Grove. Not to mention that it was a beautiful November day with temps in the mid-sixties. Wonderful friends & family to share the day with. Everything seemed to work out perfectly for Jill & Justin’s wedding.

I started at Salon Ultimo in Woodbury to get photos of Jill & her bridesmaids getting their hair & makeup. It is truly a process to see a woman become a bride on her wedding day. Such intricate little details. These details can take time. In all, it is all worthwhile for one of the biggest moments of one’s life.

Some images from the salon…

bride getting hair done at Salon Ultimo in Woodbury, MN

bride & bridesmaid getting hair done at salon

bride getting makeup

makeup artist applying makeup on bride

After leaving the salon, I headed to Heimie’s Haberdashery in downtown St. Paul as Justin and the groomsmen were getting straight blade shaves by the master barbers in the shave parlor. It’s sort of interesting to see the visual similarities between the two completely different settings. See for yourself by going through the following photos of the guys. Once you do, return back to the previous pictures at the salon. You will see what I’m talking about. Both sides of the bride & groom go through a similar process of fine details and steady hands. Granted, the ladies didn’t have to worry about getting cut…

groom awaits his straight blade shave

father of groom getting straight blade shave at Heimie's Haberdashery in St. Paul, MN

the steady hands of a master barber at Heimie's Haberdashery

I wasn’t sure if this was what the guys had for breakfast…

cigars and frappucino

There’s something about this photo…subliminal?

After weaving through downtown St. Paul & around Minneapolis, I made my way to Buffalo, MN where the ceremony was held. Everyone had a quick bite to eat and it was time for everyone to get dressed. Each room was filled with activity in every corner and you could almost sense that the reality of a wedding was settling in. Yet, you could tell that Jill & Justin were ready…

groom buttons shirt | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photogra

groom preparing for wedding

bride getting dress laced up

smiling bride

Jill’s mother helped her with one final touch – getting her wedding day necklace on…

bride's matching pearl bracelet & necklace

Once they were both ready, it was time for them to see each other for the first time as bride & groom. Because of the wonderful weather, we thought we’d take advantage of it. They both love the outdoors and really wanted to have some outdoor wedding photos. {geeky photographer terminology alert} This next photo is SOOC (straight out of camera). There was no enhancements done or textures applied to it. Textures and different post-processing techniques and add so much to a photo, but sometimes it’s the original photo itself that is a piece of art. {alert over}

This photo actually amazes me. What do you see?

bride & groom surrounded by hearts

Do you see the two hearts?? It’s like love just surrounds them. It is meant to be. With smiles like these, I think so…

the happy couple

We then proceeded to get the family photos done inside the church and then it was time for Jill to hide as the guests were starting to arrive. She awaited out of sight behind closed doors with her bridesmaids…

bride awaits her wedding

One of the most moving moments of the day was during the ceremony. Twice.

I’m a music lover. Nothing better than to have some music playing no matter what you’re doing. Granted, I like most of my music loud & fun. However, at the same time, there’s certain music that hits you. Makes you think. Stops you in your tracks. Have you ever heard music or a voice that gives you that lump in the throat & your eyes start to well up?

Well, during the ceremony, Justin’s sister sang two songs with another vocalist and all I can say is – WOW. I don’t think there was one person who wasn’t touched by the songs they sang…

duet during ceremony

While everyone was focused during the duets, they shared a simple look. Focused on each other…

bride & groom share a glimpse

Before long, rings were exchanged, bride & groom are now husband & wife and then a kiss – those same smiles showed up again as they walked out of the sanctuary…

just married

After greeting all of their guests, they left for the reception in style…

stretched Escalade limo

As we arrived at Rush Creek Golf Club for the wedding reception, we headed out back for some more relaxed group portraits. As the sun started to go down, so did the temps. Sometimes the best expressions are before and after the actual photo… at the expense of someone’s eye.

bride & bridemaids sharing a laugh

Manly guy portrait.

groom & guys

If you’ve visited my site before, you’ve probably noticed the little rotating images at the top of the page. You’ve probably also noticed a photo of a couple holding hands and well, their backsides. Well, now you know who’s rear-ends those are…

bride & groom holding hands

They look different on a wedding day, huh? ; )

Loving the love in this next photo…

in love

Back inside, there’s was everything you could ask for in a wedding reception – live music by string quartet, drinks, ice sculpture, beautiful autumn decor and a cookie. (it was good too!)

stringed quartet

ice sculpture

table decor

Once the sun had set, Jill & Justin agreed to let me try something creative & new for a unique wedding portrait. Not to get into too many details, but the technique is called “light painting”. All of the light trails you see, were done in camera. The end result is a one of a kind wedding image…

light painted outdoor wedding portrait

After a delicious meal and plenty of singing from guests, it was time for the dance to begin. It’s always fun to see what the bridal party comes up with…

getting ready for grand march

Then Jill & Justin danced a perfectly choreographed first danced as everyone in attendance cheered them on…

first dance as husband & wife

After their dance, their guests joined them in celebration of their beautiful wedding day. Plenty of fun was had by all. There’s photos to prove it. I could go on and on about their wedding, but I will let the photos do the talking from here on out.

I wish you both even more happiness and especially more love than you both felt on your wedding day, Jill & Justin! You were both an absolute pleasure to work with and thank you for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day. May these photos allow you both to relive that beautiful day in November. Congrats again!

a kiss during the sunset


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    • December 6, 2009
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    picutres are awsome and love the recap of the day!!

    • December 29, 2009
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    I absolutely loved the photos. congratulations to you both and
    may your life be blessed with good health and happiness and little ones!!!

  1. I love the solitude in the shot of the groom buttoning his shirt, as well as the bride waiting … but that light painting shot is so cool — did you have your assistant run with a light tube, or how exactly did you work the logistics behind this.

    • Thanks for visiting as well as your comments, Joe! Regarding the light painting image – that was all done in camera and by myself. 580ex in hand to flash bride & groom and tree, along with me dancing around with a LED flashlight during a 30 second exposure. Minimal processing done to that image.

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