Katie & Mick gathered their families together for an intimate ceremony on the patio of Bar Lurcat in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The rain sprinkled off and on throughout the day giving us the opportunity to take a romantic walk in the rain. After all, some people walk in the rain and others just get wet. If we were getting wet, we barely even noticed. The laughter was audible, the champagne was flowing, the Sea Bass melted in your mouth. After the dinner and toasts concluded, the celebration opened up as 125 of Katie & Mick's closest friends flooded in for the open bar and passed appetizers. The classic, romantic style of Bar Lurcat is near impossible to beat! Here are a few of our favorite previews from last weekend!
We met up with Katie and Mick at Sea Change in the Guthrie Theater for their engagement shoot. While finishing up her glass of wine, Katie giggles and began to tell us how she hopes we get at least 3 good photos of her and her fiancé, Mick.
We assured Katie and Mick that with their good looks, we would definitely capture at least three perfect photos. We crashed a picnic that was being had by two teenagers (thanks @giannagabriello - the pretzels were fantastic), danced in the streets, played with glass mirrors, caught the perfect downtown sunset, and headed to Blarney's on Washington for some after shoot snacks. We ended up hanging until 11:30 at night - a fairly typical Flow engagement shoot. Enjoy below.
Some engagement shoots revolve around the location, others, optimal lighting. However, Brian and Angels was truly all about their cat! A magical cat that's spoiled beyond words by it's parents! We were able to capture shots of the precious feline and one with the OneWheel (see below).
This Uptown couple wanted a shoot that was a reflection of their lifestyle. We started out cozied up in their Walkway Uptown apartment and ended the shoot by jumping into the pool. We always like an adventure and this engagement shoot pulls you right into the life of Angel and Brian!
We were with Lizzy & Mike from the beginning when they were searching venues and trying to get the people who run bookings at the Minneapolis parks to call them back. This wedding was a perfect example that with a little extra work you can really stay within your budget and create everything you want for your wedding day!
The wind was the strongest we've ever seen (in Minneapolis any way) with gusts hitting 40mph. My motto is to turn every aspect of your wedding day into a positive. The winds meant more dramatic shots with an 8 foot veil ready to fly away at a moments notice. And it certainly did fly. The moment I arrived, a bridesmaid offered me a glass of Prosecco. I knew they were doing their day right instantaneously. We had a party bus, cooler stacked and we went on an adventure throughout the city. The day was setup so everyone could relax and enjoy themselves and that helped us catch some of the best authentic moments of the year.
A Boom Island ceremony on the river led to a bash all night on the deck of Darby's in the North Loop! For good measure - we had to stay all night so we could capture the sparkler send off too! It was such a spectacular evening!
Photography: Flow Event Group | @FlowEventGroup
DJ: Flow Event Group
Photo Booth: The Live Booth | @TheLiveBooth
Ceremony: Boom Island
Floral: Sadie's Couture Floral
Dress: Posh Bridal Couture
Day of Wedding Coordinator: MH event production
We always schedule pre-wedding meetings with our photography clients to go over timelines and ideas that we can incorporate into the day (sparkler exits, favorite locations to shoot at, and all of the other fun details!) . Our meeting prior to Lizzy and Mike's wedding lasted a record 4 hours as we talked life and weddings while popping bubbles. We tackled 90 degree temperatures with gale force winds and ended our evening dancing on the patio at Darby's in Northeast Minneapolis, illuminated by sparklers.
Lizzy and Mike are such a great couple and we wanted to share a few of our favorites from our adventures with them yesterday!
Hidden Falls St. Paul Engagement Shoot
Natalie and Janae's abundance of personality, love, and overall giddiness made for a fantastic engagement session. Being a wedding photographer based out of the Twin Cities, whenever couples jump at my suggestion to shoot at Hidden Falls in St. Paul - I am thrilled. Hidden Falls always offers up something different - Natalie and Janae's day was especially beautiful, bright, airy, and lots of pollen floating around signaling Spring.
I wanted to capture Natalie and Janae's love for each other in both a candid, natural way, and also at times, with a more stylized, fine-art, romantic element. Hidden Falls unique character certainly came into play in their photos, and our little adventure turned into a gorgeous engagement shoot with lots of sun flares and magic!
The night before our flight to photograph Kathy and Parker's Destination Wedding in Mexico, Rick called me at 3 AM. I had been sleeping, as we had to be at the airport by 6AM the next morning. Groggily, I answered the phone, as one must no matter the situation, for their favorite people.
Rick was full of ideas, full of energy, and had to express his feelings before being able to relax enough to fall asleep. He asked me a vital question - "What are your final thoughts before we leave?" When I asked him the same question a moment later, he responded with "Reyna, we just have to remember that these wonderful people have invited us along on one of the best weeks of their lives - solely because we can see the beauty in wild adventures and feel intoxicated by the presence of beautiful moments, and can't resist the art of capturing them. We must remember that, and be thankful."
Rick's final words before we hung up, stuck with me throughout the week. Every moment with Kathy, Parker, and their wedding crew was delightful. The scattering of rain throughout the week added an energy to everyones experience. There were moments when we were on the beach chasing down Kathy's unicorn floaty blowing away in the wind, vibrant pool parties and even a late night in the club where after a quick conversation between Parker and the Barcelo staff, everyone from the wedding celebrated on as we owned the VIP section all night!
This is Kathy and Parker on their wedding day. Enjoy. We were so excited to play with some of our new technology that we even added on a little video teaser!
In college my favorite question to ask people was “why they woke up in the morning?” The answers always astonished me, not because of their ingenuity, but because of the lack of any deep thought. It wasn’t a question they ever asked themselves before. I learned then that most people seem to just go through the motions, fulfilling some task that was laid out before them. The genesis of which was nearly impossible to track. It all seemed so wasteful. There was so much potential with these great people but most never took the time to intentionally craft a plan for their lives. It was this lack of direction I set out to avoid. It turns out being intentional with your day, your life, your overall mission in the world… is very difficult. I understand why most people never stopped to think about it. Once it becomes present in your mind, it’s like a new job, your desk is stacked with papers and you don’t know if you’ll ever get through it all. I decided to start simply with my life’s mission. I wanted to create. Creating something from nothing seemed like the most difficult path I could imagine. Therefore, obviously this was a mission worth pursuing.
When it comes to capturing love…I don’t have a template for it. I feel like most most people try to fit love and their product into a box that can be branded and duplicated multiple times over again. That idea never made sense to me. Every moment is so different and so unique. Every couple is different. You never know exactly what they are going to give to you. I have spent countless hours just thinking about the perfect flow for our couples, looking at all their footage and brainstorming ideas that will help show the world who they are. So much philosophizing with Reyna, Jud and a few others… I’m sure there hasn’t been a rock we haven’t turned over. I think about this exact idea with every Flow Event Group wedding. Who are they? How do they make you feel? What’s the most important aspect we notice with them? This is a collaboration of it all. Starting with "waking up in the morning" and the most intimate of beginnings and moving onto the way every Flow party ends… in an all out rage! :)
Katie + Gabriel's Earle Brown Heritage Center Wedding
I love the extraordinary people the most. I love the people... that I remember. There are certain people who have that (insert an emoji with someone jumping on a rocket and flying to the moon, spraying fireworks as they travel at rocket speed through the sky, the fireworks bursting into color, love, donuts, songs that constantly hit the drop and everyone breaks out in dance at once) I couldn't find that specific emoji but that is the only way my description of Katie & Erich could ever do them justice!
You have a bride who completed the grueling Ironman, something so intense the name is still sexist. This Ironwoman's passion for life is so great that only a man of equal beauty could ever capture it. Sure enough in the most rare of encounters, these two meet at an auctioneer school. I, personally, forgot to look for love there. It goes to show that it waits for you, hiding in the most unique places.
Their love was so strong, Erich uprooted his life to move from Montana to Minnesota so they could be together. Their wedding day was filled with so much positive energy and love that they were able to auction off a dinner with the couple that garnered thousands of dollars for a cause in India that is closest to their heart. I love weddings where you feel honored just to be there. This was such a wedding.
Photography, Videography, DJ, Photo Booth: Flow Event Group
Wedding Planner: Style-Architects
Venue: Earle Brown Heritage Center
Floral: Sadie's Floral
Earle Brown Heritage Center Wedding Photography
Location: El Dorado Royale, A Spa Resort by Karisma - Playa Del Carmen
Flow Event Group: Photography, Video & DJ
I met this amazing bride years back as she overheard my conversation with a friend about pot roast. She stopped in her tracks and yelled "pot roast!" We started talking and have been friends ever since. This destination wedding had it all from a barefoot bride with a custom lace foot dressing to infinite champagne bottles, a late night pool dip and a sparkler send off. Old friends were reunited, new friends were fast in the making. We danced polka under palm trees and sang late night karaoke. I want to go back! 7 days later - here's a quick little teaser of the adventure. See Kaitlyn's beautiful blog post here: http://www.fitfreedomlifestyle.com/wedding-riviera-maya-mexico/