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Robin & Jerad | Winona, Minnesota wedding

As a wedding photographer, it’s always great to see & work with familiar faces. Robin was a bridesmaid at Alison & Chris’s wedding I covered last year. This time, the tables were turned as Alison was bridesmaid for Robin. I also know a number of their friends as most of them enjoy the river as I do. These two enjoy the river so much, we headed out there by boat for their engagement photos on the Mississippi River!

Their wedding day was picture perfect. Beautiful weather, a gorgeous ceremony venue at the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, great bridal party along with many loving family & friends to help them celebrate their marriage. Such nice people to be around and all of them were so happy. It seemed that you could sit down with any one of them and have a conversation for hours – like you knew each other for years. To top that off, the wedding partybooth was rocking with everyone having a blast! You couldn’t have asked for a better day for two wonderful people who are madly in love…

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Vicki & Nick | Winona, Minnesota wedding

During the first weekend of October, I had the pleasure of shooting here in Winona, Minnesota at one of the most beautiful churches in town – Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels. My clients Vicki & Nick met while going to school at Winona State University and chose to come back to married here! As you can see, the Chapel is absolutely gorgeous…

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Brittany & Andrew | Winona, Minnesota wedding photographer

On August 8th, I was back home from my Minneapolis wedding and ready to go for my third wedding of the month here in Winona. It was somewhat fitting that I had been traveling long distances prior to Brittany & Andrew’s wedding as travel & long distances played a large part in both of their lives individually & as a couple. Granted, driving to the Twin Cities and back isn’t as far as Europe, but it’s travel nonetheless. You see – Andrew’s parents took him on many trips as a child. They both studied abroad in Europe. And Brittany travels a lot for her job. They also used it as a theme for their reception. They chose to stay distant and not see each other before the ceremony. As they say, “distance makes the heart grow fonder” and I feel that there’s definitely truth to that statement for these two.
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Natalie & Micah wedding photographer – Winona, Minnesota

July 26th, 2008 – This past wedding was close to home – right here in Winona, Minnesota. Natalie & Micah’s wedding ceremony was held at the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, which is definitely a place to visit if you’re ever in Winona, MN and like to check out architecture. I shot the engagement photos for Natalie & Micah here at Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels as well. The church is beautiful and this wedding was a perfect fit. Natalie was lovely in her lace wedding dress & long veil trimmed with lace. The colors for the wedding were a light green & dark brown with light blue highlights from the hydrangea flowers.

They kept it traditional and decided not to see each other prior to the wedding ceremony. I started with Natalie and the bridesmaids. But enough of my rambling, I’ll let the wedding photography do the talking!

Here’s a photo of Natalie’s veil I got while she and the bridesmaids were getting ready…

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and as I mentioned in my previous post about their wedding, the church is a sight to see – inside and out. Here we have the lovely Natalie posing for a few shots around the inside of the church…

Winona Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Winona Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Micah was looking sharp as well…

Winona Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

So after getting through all the formal wedding photos, the room where Natalie got ready, in Alverna Hall, was a perfect place for some more casual & unique bridal portraits. This is one of my favorites…

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This one shows you the detail of her dress…

Winona Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

After some last minute preparations, it was time for the ceremony to begin. It was a beautiful ceremony…

Winona Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

I love this shot between the two of them stating their vows to each other…

Winona Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Rings were exchanged and after the kiss they had a receiving line to meet all of their guests. Waiting outside were those guests waiting with bubbles as they made their exit!

Winona Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

We finished up with the family & bridal party photos and finished with Natalie & Micah’s portraits. I figured since we took the engagement photos here, we may as well update some of the poses used with wedding photos! Here’s a cute one…

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and we had a little fun re-creating an older style of wedding portrait, with a little “American Gothic” feel to it without the pitchfork, enhanced to fit the mood… of course we had a few laughs making it though : )

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and the nice looking shoes that were literally becoming a pain for Natalie, since they were coming off as soon as they could, I had to shot those too!

Winona Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

After getting those shoes off and the dress bustled, we were off to Signatures Restaurant & Visions Event Center located on the Bridges Golf Club on the outskirts of Winona. Their wedding cake was very unique!

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Cocktail hour & hor D’oeuvres were served first, then dinner with speeches & toasts and the cake cutting. Then Micah & Natalie had some cigars to share outside with anyone who wanted them. There was quite the group outside the bar…

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After that, it was time for the dance to start, of course with a very tender first dance between Natalie & Micah…

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then came the father/daughter & mother/son dance and then the dance floor opened up to everyone!

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Once again, as usual, this was another great wedding to be a part of as the wedding photographer. Thank you Natalie & Micah and if there’s one thing that everyone could come away with from your wedding, it would be “All You Need Is Love”…

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Congratulations again to you both! I wish you both the best!!

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Winona, Minnesota wedding photography today!

I won’t be traveling too far for the wedding today – actually about 4 blocks! The wedding ceremony will be at the beautiful Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels. Inside and out, this church is beautiful! You’ll have to be sure to stop back to check out some of the wedding photos in a few days. I took this couple’s engagement photos here as well. After the ceremony, we’ll be heading to the wedding reception at Signatures Restaurant & Event Center located right on the Bridges Golf Club golf course. I’m looking forward to another beautiful wedding today!