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Rebecca & James | Rochester, Minnesota wedding photography

It was a beautiful autumn evening last October when I first met Rebecca & James near St. Cloud, Minnesota at Saint John’s University & College of Saint Benedict for their engagement photography session. Their wedding day was very similar.

For their wedding, it was one of those beautiful autumn days in southeast Minnesota. There was a slight breeze that cooled your skin while it was warmed by the bright sun shining overhead. Inside the church, there was the common feeling of anticipation as Rebecca & James got ready in different rooms, awaiting their chance to see each other for the first before the wedding ceremony.

bride getting ready

There’s always a level of excitement around the bride & groom on a wedding day. Whether its family or friends, people are just filled with happiness & love…

bride hugs friend

After some pictures of James & the guys, Rebecca was finished getting ready and it was time for them to see other for the first time as a bride & groom. The courtyard at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church was a perfect setting. As they met, it was as if the sun was literally reaching down to them, giving them a warm blessing before their wedding…

the sun shines down on bride & groom

What is in the act of a hug?

Think of how many times you’ve hugged someone. Whether through sports or gratitude or while saying good-bye. Every hug, though so similar in action, can mean so many different things at the given time. Think of how many times a parent hugs their child. A simple moment filled with so much love. As the child grows, they start to hug back. They begin to understand the feeling of being loved.

I sometimes wonder if it would be possible to write down every thought & emotion that occurs when a parent hugs their child after walking down the aisle on a wedding day. An act so simple, but yet it means so much. I feel that if you truly watch a hug, you will see the love between parent and child…

groom hugs his mother

Speaking of hugs, after the ceremony, the beginning of a hug can be filled with so much joy…

happiness between sisters

Since the weather was absolutely wonderful, we had to take advantage of it. A stop at the History Center of Olmsted County provided the perfect autumn backdrop…

the newly married couple

A little pre-celebration drink amongst friends at Kathy’s Pub before the wedding reception…

celebratory drink at Kathy's Pub in Rochester Minnesota | ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Sometimes everyone just wants a kiss!

lots of love

Downtown settings can make for great wedding day images…

a perfect place for a kiss

walking together as husband & wife

After arriving at the DoubleTree Hotel for the wedding reception, Rebecca & James had a very amusing slideshow play during dinner. Everyone had a smile & a laugh at the expense of Rebecca & James…

laughing at themselves

Cake was served and the dance was to begin. They both looked so happy & content with each other as they danced their first dance…

their first wedding dance

James had let me know that the reception was filled with people who love to dance. He wasn’t wrong! He made sure to empty every seat and then the dancefloor fun began!

dancing with Grandma

wedding guests getting down

Y - M - C - A

Once it was time for the dollar dance, it seemed as if everyone wanted to dance with Rebecca…

nobody dancing with groom during dollar dance

…and before you knew it, there was so many that were dancing with him that he couldn’t get away!

groom getting swarmed by dancing women

I was made aware of a late night “tradition” at Saint John’s University earlier in the day. With St. John’s alumni in the crowd, it wouldn’t be the same without playing “Piano Man” by Billy Joel. While some alumni stayed true to tradition and sang the song with their pants down, family members tried to keep it rated “G” by handing out boxers & briefs to all the men in the crowd for a surprise to James…

Saint John's University tradition - "Piano Man" by Billy Joel

It really is something to witness all the happiness & joy that is involved on a wedding day. To see young & old, dancing together on the dancefloor at the end of the night to the sparkle in the eyes of the bride & groom as they look at each other during the ceremony, the love that is shared by everyone for two people – is like one big group hug. Congratulations again Rebecca & James! May you relive your wedding day forever…

kiss between bride & groom

 

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one of the coolest walls I’ve seen during a wedding…

It had a three dimensional wavy texture to it…

It’s colors changed from red, to blue, to purple…

and then I found the table.

This was the resulting image from my October 17th wedding reception at the DoubleTree Hotel in Rochester, Minnesota

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Lacey & Paul outdoor wedding at Stone Prairie – southeast Minnesota

Days before Lacey & Paul’s wedding, good ‘ol Minnesota started pulling its weather strings. It went from nice 50-60 degree days during the week to a forecast of 30′s and the chance of snow. They had planned on an outdoor wedding ceremony at her parent’s property outside of St. Charles, Minnesota which is a few miles outside of Rochester.

While snow would have made for some unique wedding ceremony images, I had a feeling that they and their guests wouldn’t see it the same way as I would. Especially since Lacey & Paul were coming back home from warm & sunny California, where they currently live, to be closer to their family.

I’m sure with many eyes on the weather forecasts from Friday through Saturday morning, looking out the window could have fooled you. It was bright from sunshine with picturesque clouds scattered across the sky. If your eyes made it to a thermometer, you would’ve seen that the temps were in the low 30′s.

That’s Minnesota for ya. (yes, I said “ya” – I’m from Minnesota dont’cha know…)

Needless to say, it was a beautiful October day in Minnesota. Having never been to Stone Prairie, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I did know that Lacey’s parents have taken the painstaking task to bring this portion of land back to its natural habitat after being over farmed from years past. All I could say was, “wow.” It was such a beautiful, serene location with tall prairie grasses, large old oak trees, limestone boulders and a pond which also had a labyrinth next to it. I know there’s more details I’m probably missing, but needless to say, it was beautiful. As I mentioned in my sneak peek post, there was many details to this wedding, and the location made up for some of those details. But that was just the beginning…

prairie grasses at Stone Prairie Read more about their outdoor wedding

Jess & Adam | Rochester, Minnesota wedding photographer

August 1st was my first of six weddings this BUSY month and it started with a beautiful outdoor wedding which took place at the beautiful The Garten Marketplatz Perennial Farm near Byron, which is just outside of Rochester, Minnesota. What’s interesting is that Jess was a personal attendant at a previous outdoor wedding that I shot here in Winona for Melanie & Brian at Winona State University. Chances of rain were in the area, but stayed away for their wedding day! Continue reading about their Garten Marketplatz wedding

Behind the scenes of a wedding photographer – 10/25/08 wedding

It’s been some time since my last “behind the scenes” photo, so let’s check out a photo from Michelle & Brad’s  Rochester, Minnesota wedding which took place at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. We’ve probably all seen a Grand Exit at a wedding where usually everyone is lined up and throwing rice as the Bride & Groom take their first walk in public as a married couple.

I know that there was concern that rice was harmful to some birds, but I think it’s a toss-up between urban legend and a flat out insurance liability concern for the church/venue of the ceremony. Since then, probably even before the bird “scare”, there have been rice substitutes such as seeds, flower pedals & blowing bubbles.

At Michelle & Brad’s wedding, they opted to use bubbles. Bubbles can have such a cool & unique color to them, which can add to the look of the picture. Here’s a photo taken by Joni Neiman during their Grand Exit:

Wedding picture taken in Rochester, Minnesota

Obviously, you can see me walking backwards in front of the happily married couple, shooting blind. Yes, there are definitely times when I don’t look through the viewfinder while shooting. Once you’ve become so familiar with using a camera & lens, you can use it without looking through the viewfinder. It is a technique I used quite frequently!

Here’s two pictures from their exit – the first photo was taken just as they walked out. Notice the color in the bubbles!

Rochester Minnesota wedding photographer | ©2008 Shannon Porter Photography

and this next photo was taken at nearly the same time as Joni’s picture was taken. You can see her husband holding the camera up in the background to the left of Michelle…

Rochester Minnesota wedding photographer | ©2008 Shannon Porter Photography

Pretty neat huh??

Remember, I’d love to feature anyone’s wedding photo that has me in the photo somewhere. Chances are likely that I took a photo around, if not at, the same time!

Michelle & Brad wedding photographer | Rochester, Minnesota

October 25th, 2008 – For my last scheduled wedding of 2008, I was back in Rochester, MN for the wedding of Michelle & Brad at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. It was a cool, but beautiful autumn day and just perfect for a wedding. There had been reports of possible snowfall, but there wasn’t any sign of that on their wedding day!

Michelle & Brad decided not to see each other prior to their ceremony so I was able to get some preparation & getting ready photos of both of them prior to the ceremony. It’s always kind of fun & exciting trying to “hide” the bride & groom from each other. There are times when you think you start to hear the “Mission Impossible” theme song playing as you peek around corners & walking down hallways. Continue reading about their Rochester MN wedding

Marie & Dan wedding photographer – Rochester, Minnesota

September 27th, 2008 – The second wedding I shot over this past weekend took place at the Church of St. John the Evangelist near the Mayo Clinic campus in downtown Rochester. A beautiful day, with a beautiful wedding that took place at a beautiful church.

I met with Marie and her bridesmaids downstairs as she was getting ready. Her sister and mother were right there to help as the bridesmaids watched Marie transform from a girl getting married to a beautiful bride…

Rochester Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

After some last minute touch ups, she was ready to see Dan for the first time. I arranged to have Dan wait for Marie in the sanctuary before she walked in. It was a very tender moment…

Rochester Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

After that, we took advantage of the beautiful weather and the wonderful courtyard outside for some intimate portraits…

Rochester Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

I’m always looking for different angles to make an awesome photo…

Rochester Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

We then headed back in to take care of family portraits as well as the bridal party portraits. I headed back downstairs to check on Marie and the bridesmaids. Next thing you know, it was time for the wedding ceremony to begin. The bridesmaids left and then it was Marie’s turn to go upstairs and meet her father…

Rochester Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

The church was almost completely full of guests and the ceremony was beautiful. As Marie & Dan walked back up the aisle, their faces were beaming with joy. During the receiving line, Marie and her sister shared a second hug & some laughs. I love the emotion it shows…

Rochester Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Before going to the wedding reception at the Rochester MN Marriott Hotel Ballroom, the whole wedding party made a couple of stops for a little “pre-celebration”. I could tell a good time was going to get better at the reception!

Rochester Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

The wedding reception was packed with family & friends, food & drinks, speeches & laughter as well as love from everyone in the room for Marie & Dan. After dinner, the dance began with their first dance as husband & wife. A beautiful dance it was…

Rochester Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

It was a great wedding to photograph, filled with so much love and wonderful people – especially Marie & Dan. Thank you for allowing me to share & capture your wedding day. I wish you both the very best together!

Click on the following photo to see the preview photo gallery of Marie & Dan’s wedding day!

Rochester Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Tara & Josh wedding photographer – Rochester, MN

Rochester MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Yesterday’s wedding was great. Tara & Josh are a great couple. Great wedding party. Great families. Great guests. Great weather. Everything seemed to come together and made for a great wedding. Also made for great wedding photography too! Let’s check out some the photos, huh?!?

Here’s when Tara & Josh saw each other for the first time…

Rochester MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Tara’s dress was beautiful…

Rochester MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Being Memorial Day weekend, these next few photos speak for themselves. A few of Tara’s grandparents are buried at cemetery surrounding West St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Hayfield, MN. Some very special moments…

Rochester MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Rochester MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

We then headed inside the church to take some formal photos. I could tell Josh & the groomsmen know how to have a good time. They were fun. Then it was Tara & her beautiful bridesmaid’s turn. Here’s a photo of Tara and her beautiful bouquet…

Rochester MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Then there’s Baxter… the smallest member of the wedding party…

For those of you who were there, you know who Baxter is. I think Baxter almost stole the show before/during/after the wedding! For those of you who weren’t there, here’s a photo of Baxter looking sharp…

Rochester MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

…pretty damn cute, huh??

After photos, wedding guests began to arrive and next thing you know the ceremony began. Again, being Memorial Day weekend, I thought this was very fitting as well…

Rochester MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

It goes to show that family IS ALWAYS important.

The ceremony was full of smiles and after they were finished with their receiving line, the guests showered them with candy hearts…

Rochester MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

While waiting for the limo, we got a chance to get some great photos that show Tara & Josh’s love for each other…

Rochester MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Rochester MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

We had to get a photo of Tara & Josh with their dog Baxter too. Once again, stealing the show by giving Josh a big ‘ol kiss…
Rochester MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Then the limo arrived and we were off to the reception at La Quinta Inn in Rochester, MN – of course, after a little kiss..

Rochester MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

As I mentioned before, Josh & the groomsmen were a fun group of guys…

Rochester MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Josh carrying his beautiful bride for a grand entrance…

Rochester MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Ummm, guys – “there’s no beer in heaven” because I think you created a shortage LOL!!! Everyone at the wedding reception will know what I mean…

Rochester MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

After the dinner, some drinks and socializing – the dance began with Tara & Josh’s first dance. Lots of love… almost “red hot”, right Tara??

Rochester MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Then Tara & her father had their special dance…

Rochester MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

After that, Josh & his mother had their special dance – or multiple dances – as it seemed they danced about every dance known! They had a really good time with a little bit of air guitar action…

Rochester MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

It truly was a memorable wedding on Memorial Day weekend. I wish you both a happy, healthy future together! Thank you for having me as your wedding photographer as well as share your special wedding day with you, your family & friends!

Rochester MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

See more of Tara & Josh’s wedding photography here

Rochester, MN area wedding photography today!

Soon, I’ll be headed towards Rochester, MN for a wedding taking place outside of Rochester & Stewartville, near Oslo & Hayfield. The weather looks perfect for a wedding – sunny and low 70′s. I’m thinking we’ll be able to create some nice wedding photography with the out of town location – I’m pumped! After the wedding ceremony, we’ll go into Rochester MN for social hour and the reception at the La Quinta Inn. It should be a nice contrast from rural, countrysides to the big city hustle & bustle of Rochester.

That’s one thing that’s so cool about Minnesota – you could be in the concrete jungle one minute and drive a mile or two, be in the nice quiet countryside. Now that winter is over, but don’t get me started on Minnesota winters…

Take care and check back over the next few days for today’s wedding photography!! Have a safe holiday weekend!