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Vanessa & Andy | Minnesota & Wisconsin wedding photographer

June 20th, 2009 – For my second wedding of the weekend, I was back in Minnesota in La Crescent for the wedding ceremony at the La Crescent United Methodist Church and then over to La Crosse, Wisconsin for the reception.

I first met Vanessa & Andy here in Winona at the Acoustic Cafe and knew that they would be fun couple to shoot. They are fun & outgoing and they have a little daughter who is just darling. We then met up a few months later for their engagement pictures and I knew that they and their wedding day would make some great photos.

Did I happen to mention that they had ten people on each side for their bridal party? Big and super fun!! The more, the merrier – right?!

I started with Andy and the guys first as he and Vanessa did not want to see each other prior to the wedding. After taking the guy’s photos, they were going to leave the church and come back for the start of the ceremony. Before we finished, I saw their daughter for the first time and all dressed up and ready to go…

daughter of bride & groom as miniature bride | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Soon after, I went into the ladies dressing room to get some shots of Vanessa getting her dress on and her final preparations before taking her & the bridesmaids’ formals. Once we finished, it was time for the four kids to receive their gifts for being part of the wedding. It was like Christmas time…

miniature bride receiving wedding day gift | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

While waiting for the ceremony, Vanessa & her mother shared a touching moment and had to fight back tears…

Bride & mother fighting back tears | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

During the ceremony, the kids were very well behaved!

younger members of the bridal party | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Other than some unexpected orange socks (hilarious – by the way), the ceremony went perfectly. After family & bridal party portraits, Vanessa got bustled up before heading to a local bar for some pre-reception drinks & fun…

bride getting bustled | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Father & daughter played a little foosball too…

father & daughter playing foosball | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

After some photos at Riverside Park, we arrived at the La Crosse Center Ballroom for their wedding reception. Before cutting the cake, Andy learned not to mess with Vanessa.

Ever.

Especially when she’s holding a knife…

listen to your wife when she's holding a knife | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Everything was color coordinated, even down to the flasks…

pink flask by bride's bouquet | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Not too long after, it was time for the dance to begin. Their first dance was beautiful…

first wedding dance | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

…especially once their daughter came running out to them…

first family dance | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

dancing with their daughter | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Then it was Vanessa’s turn to dance with her father, who just finished reading a poem to her, which he wrote himself.

father/daughter dance | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

The dollar dance was fun to watch. In the end, Vanessa received more money and the Matron of Honor rubbed it in to the Best Man…

bride celebrates after dollar dance | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Things were really getting fun after the Grand March…

groom during Grand March | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

partying during Grand March | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

The garter removal and toss were fun to watch as well – check out the socks…

groom sliding in to remove garter | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

After a full ten hours of shooting and fun it was time for me to go, but it really was a great day. Perhaps we’ll run into each other in La Crescent again. I wish you both the best, Vanessa & Andy. I hope you both never forget the love you felt on this day. May each day be filled with fun & even more love…

bride & groom portrait at Riverside Park | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

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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

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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!