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Kristin & Clark wedding photographer – Lanesboro & Winona, MN

August 8th, 2008 – Last year, there was July 7th, 2007 (lucky 7′s), well this year it was August 8th, 2008 – lucky 8′s perhaps!?! This past Friday, I headed to historic town of Lanesboro, Minnesota to meet with my wedding clients to take their wedding portraits all over the picturesque Lanesboro downtown prior to their wedding ceremony. We planned to meet at a nearby park for their “first sight” pictures, as they hadn’t seen each other prior and we went from there…

After a little tap on the shoulder, the expression on Clark’s face was priceless as he saw his beautiful bride, Kristin, for the first time…

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These two were all smiles, all day long…

Lanesboro & Winona MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

We then headed towards the downtown to take advantage of the beautiful weather and historic backdrops. Theres an old bridge over the Root River, used for the many miles of bike trails, which also made for a perfect backdrop on this enhanced portrait…

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While walking together downtown, we came across this storefront sign, which was perfect for the occasion. Check out Clark’s expression!

Lanesboro & Winona MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

There was many tourists and locals downtown and I mentioned to them that all eyes would be on them. Its probably not everyday that two people, dressed as they were, are seen around Lanesboro. We had joked around about how the downtown shoot would unfold and I had made the comment that we were going to stop traffic. Check out this traffic stopping kiss in the middle of an intersection which drew applause from all the bystanders…

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We went everywhere we possibly could before we had to head to the church for the ceremony. But these two were so lucky to have such a beautiful backdrop for their wedding pictures…

Lanesboro & Winona MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

After the formal wedding & family photos, it was almost time for the ceremony. Here’s a glimpse of Kristin’s calla lily bouquet and beautiful dress with bow…

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The ceremony was held at a little church, nestled in the rural Minnesota countryside, at the Elstad Lutheran Church. They had chose to have a candlelit service and after lighting their unity candle, the same flame from their candle was passed on, one by one, and lit every guest’s candle. It was a very cool sight to see & witness…

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After the ceremony and grand exit to the awaiting limo, we headed to the wedding reception which was held at Visions Event Center at Signatures Restaurant located on the Bridges Golf Club course in Winona, MN. We got a chance to take some more outdoor photos as the sun was setting…

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After everyone got a chance to get some food and have a drink (or two), it was time for the speeches & toasts. Here’s a great moment of Kristin & Clark’s response to a comment made by Clark’s father. (you had to be there!)

Lanesboro & Winona MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Next thing you knew, it was time for their first dance. As great as all first dances are – theirs was no different. It was also sealed with a kiss…

Lanesboro & Winona MN wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

Such a beautiful day, with a beautiful wedding, beautiful locations and a beautiful couple in love. It doesn’t get any better or beautiful than that. Thank you, Kristin & Clark, for allowing to be a part of your beautiful wedding as your wedding photographer. I wish you both the best!

Check out more of their wedding photography here!

Friday wedding photography today from Lanesboro to Winona Minnesota

Rather than your usual Saturday wedding, today I’m the wedding photographer for wedding clients living in Minneapolis, MN but are returning to the bride’s hometown of Rushford for the wedding ceremony. We are going to actually start the today’s wedding photography in the nearby picturesque town of Lanesboro, MN. My client’s are going to see each other prior to the wedding with a private meeting. We’re then going to use the beautiful town of Lanesboro as our backdrop for some more creative & unique wedding portraits.

My clients are also planning a candlelit ceremony which should be very neat. After the wedding ceremony, we’ll be headed to Winona, MN for the wedding reception which is being held at Visions Event Center at Signatures Restaurant. It’s already looking to be a great day for a wedding!

Check back soon for the wedding pictures from today!

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 : )

Winona Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

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!

Winona Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

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…

Winona Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

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

Winona Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

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

Winona Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

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”…

Winona Minnesota wedding photographer | Shannon Porter Photography

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

See more of their wedding photography here!!!

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!

Melissa and Andy wedding photography – Houston, MN & Winona, MN

On a nice, Minnesota winter day on December 15th, I had the pleasure shooting Melissa & Andy’s wedding in Houston, MN. Their Christmas themed wedding reception was held at Visions Event Center – Signatures in Winona, MN.

Here’s a beautiful portrait of Melissa with her bouquet of roses, next to a stained glass window in the church prior to the wedding.
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