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Kristin & Jonah | rural Minnesota wedding

At the end of July, I drove south to Hokah, MN for the wedding ceremony of Kristin & Jonah. Jonah & his sister were actually members of a previous bridal party for my past clients Shannon & Jon. One thing about rural weddings, is that the strong bond of family & friends is very apparent. It seems that everybody knows one another and has something or someone they can relate to. While there was a few faces I’ve seen before at a previous wedding or two, the feeling is similar during the wedding day – a celebration of love between two people.

As I arrived, we had originally planned to have Kristin & Jonah see each other beforehand for a “first sight”, however, plans had changed due to some discussion between Kristin and her friends. While it makes no difference to me, I think it’s great to wait until the ceremony, there’s only one time that this moment will happen. So I started with Kristin and her bridesmaids for some portraits and the interior of St. Peter’s Church created a very nice backdrop…

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Stephanie & Geoff | Caledonia, Minnesota wedding

Once again, the autumn sun was shining for a wedding. Stephanie & Geoff returned to their hometown of Caledonia, Minnesota to be married in front of their family & friends. The first time I met them was for their engagement portraits in which we took at Beaver Creek Valley State Park on another beautiful day in southeast Minnesota.

They have that ol’ high school sweetheart relationship and for some guests it was one of those “finally… it’s about time” moments. There was even a photo of the two of them, as a young couple, from the early school days displayed near their wedding cake at the reception. After high school, they proceeded to Iowa to attend the same college. Throughout all the years, their love grew for each other. It was at college where Geoff proposed. Which brings us to their wedding day.

Upon arriving, I started with Stephanie about to get her wedding dress on with her mother and bridesmaids there to help. Meanwhile, Geoff and the groomsmen & ushers were outside playing football. There’s usually two different approaches to a wedding day between both sides. Down the hall, the dress seemed to be patiently awaiting…

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Brittany & Brandon | wedding pictures in rural Minnesota

For my sixth wedding within 22 days in the month of August, I traveled into southeastern Minnesota near the small town of Mabel – which is a polar opposite of the large metro areas of Chicago, IL & Indianapolis, IN that they now live between! What’s interesting, is that a number of events took place for not only for me to shoot this wedding, but for the actual wedding to take place! I came to understand that Brittany had been researching and getting a feel for the different wedding photographers out there. She was doing all of this before Brandon even proposed! Never hurts to be prepared, right? Continue to read about this wedding day

wedding engagements in Caledonia, Minnesota

Nearly two weeks ago, I traveled down through rural Minnesota to Caledonia and met with my future wedding clients Stephanie & Geoff for their engagement pictures. They love the outdoors so we planned to go to Beaver Creek Valley State Park for a perfect natural backdrop.

We crossed creeks and climbed rocky terrain, but I think it was totally worth it! What do you think?

taken in Beaver Creek Valley State Park - Caledonia, MN

taken in Beaver Creek Valley State Park - Caledonia, MN

Minnesota wedding engagement picture | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Minnesota wedding engagement picture | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Minnesota wedding engagement picture | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Click on the above photo for more of Stephanie & Geoff’s engagement pictures!

I look forward to the wedding in October you two!!!

Shannon & Jon wedding photographer – La Crescent & Caledonia MN

June 28th, 2008 – I was the wedding photographer for another Shannon this past weekend! As some of you know, my wife & I have the same first name, Shannon. This is one of the main reasons I prefer to go by just “Porter”. But the bride’s name was Shannon and one of the bridesmaid’s names was Shannon as well!!

But anyways, last weekend’s wedding was once again another fun wedding to be a part of. The bridal/wedding party was huge – the more the merrier, I say! – and a good time was had by all. For pictures, we started out at Crucifixion Church in La Crescent, MN and after the wedding ceremony, we stopped at a few different locations for some more fun wedding photos. But before I get ahead of myself, let’s start out with a preview of some of their wedding photography from their wedding day!

They started out by staging a “first glimpse” of each other as we planned to get most of the formal wedding pictures done prior to the ceremony. Here we have Jon checking out his lovely, soon-to-be wife, Shannon…

MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

After getting through the wedding party formals, it allowed me to have some time with just the two of them before we started with the family portrait formals. The church has two staircases near the back of the church that caught my eye and I like how the lines in this enhanced photo draws your eyes to Shannon & Jon…

MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

They even brought their cute little puppy for some photos as well…

MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

While waiting for the guests to be seated before the wedding ceremony, I found Shannon trying to get a peek at who was arriving from her dressing room window in this enhanced photo…

MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

The weather managed to rain a little bit during photos, but for the ceremony, the sun was shining bright! Here’s a great shot of her wedding dress while waiting with her bridesmaids waiting outside before entering the church for the ceremony…

MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

The wedding went as planned and during the receiving line, Shannon’s brother (with an usher & a few guests) were having a blast making a sign for the back of the bus…

MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

We then proceeded the lookout above La Crescent, which overlooks the Mississippi River valley, along with the clouds in the bright blue sky, made for a great portrait location…

MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

After leaving the lookout, we headed to Hokah, MN where Jon was a volunteer firefighter. It made for some great themed pictures too! Everyone had a great time from all the smiles I saw…

MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

It was then off to Caledonia, MN where the reception was held. Here’s a picture of the Best Man getting the better of Jon during “the kiss” while Shannon was visiting with guests..

MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

(no groom was harmed in the making of this photo)

Here’s one of my favorites from the day. I love it when I get the opportunity to create memorable wedding photos for my clients…

MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

It was a great wedding to be a part of and I thank you both for having me as your wedding photographer to document you wedding, Shannon & Jon! I wish you both the best and a safe trip back to Idaho. Congratulations again, to you both!

MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

See more of their wedding photography here

La Crescent MN & Caledonia MN wedding photography today!

I’m getting ready for a wedding I’m photographing at the Church of the Crucifixion in La Crescent, MN. Appears to be chances of rain, but even if there is, it won’t prevent us from getting some great wedding pictures. After the wedding ceremony, we’ll be heading to the Four Seasons Community Center in Caledonia, MN for the wedding reception.

There’s always a challenge being a photographer, let alone a wedding photographer! Rain or shine, I look forward to today’s wedding as the couple is coming back home from Idaho! I’m sure it’ll be a great homecoming for their family & friends! Be sure to check back within a few days for a preview of the wedding photography from today!