Tag Westfield Golf Club

Janna & Kelly | Winona, Minnesota wedding

Every wedding is different in some way or another. Some weddings are DIY (do-it-yourself) and some are more traditional. For Janna & Kelly, their faith was an integral part of their relationship. As their family & guests sang along to hymns during their ceremony, you could feel the love that they all share. And let me tell you, there was no shortage of family either! The mother of the bride was one of eight siblings and they all traveled from short to long distances to attend the wedding. Even a past foreign exchange student from Finland, who lived with Kelly and his family years ago, made the trip. Even at the reception held at Westfield Golf Club, guests had to sing a song with the word “love” to see them kiss at the head table.

It proves that when you are loved and you share that love with others, that there’s no better place to be.

 

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Theresa & Joey | Winona, MN wedding photographer

I had the privilege of shooting another Fourth of July wedding last weekend here in Winona, MN at Central Lutheran Church. While every single wedding I shoot is special in its own way, fireworks on your wedding anniversary would be sweet – the main thing that stood out for me was that the groom, Joey, is an Iraq War veteran. I could tell that Joey was a man of pride. Proud to serve his country and proud to marrying the woman he loves.

I thank you Joey for everything you do and have done for our country.

Groom portrait ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Theresa & Joey chose not to see each other prior to the ceremony, so after I finished up with Joey & the groomsmen and made sure he was hidden from seeing Theresa, I went downstairs to get started with the ladies.

Theresa seemed to be smiling at every single moment…

bride walking down hallway ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

She had a long, flowing veil which was absolutely beautiful on her! I had this photo envisioned nearly as soon as I saw it and here’s the result…

bride with long veil ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

There was just this “glow” to Theresa. A very sweet, soft spoken young woman who was a beautiful smiling bride…

beautiful smiling bride ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

As we waited downstairs for the start of the ceremony, I could see some growing anticipation. Last minute touch ups. Slow, deep breaths. Double and triple checks. It’s really quite normal, but can make for a wonderful picture as well…

bride between bridesmaids ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

last minute conversation between ladies ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

A moment of prayer before the ceremony…

prayer before ceremony ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Theresa’s father walked her down the aisle. Before they walked, they shared a special moment alone…

bride hugs father ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

The ceremony was special as Theresa’s grandfather, also a minister, spoke the sermon. To Theresa’s surprise, her mother also sang a song for her before the Recessional. After the ceremony, we finished up with group photos and boarded the limo to head down to Lake Winona for a few more pictures. From there, they went for a short drive and I met them & their bridal party at Westfield Golf Course for the reception.

We took some more photos outside of the clubhouse with a more natural setting…

ornamental grass in front of bride & groom kissing ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

After photos by one of the water fountains, we headed back to the reception…

brides flowing veil on golf cart ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

Once they entered the clubhouse, there was a surprise waiting for them. Their family printed out masks with pictures of their faces on them and they sang a special song as they entered…

guests with masks ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

After supper & toasts it was time for the Grand March. This time they received a standing ovation…

wedding reception grand march ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

They danced their first dance as husband & wife as their guests looked on and set the scene for more dancing to come…

first dance ©2009 Shannon Porter Photography

It was a beautiful day for their wedding and to think they’ll have fireworks to celebrate each & every anniversary is just wonderful. I wish you both the very best! Congratulations again to you both!!

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