Bakken Museum Wedding
A stunning ceremony at the Bakken, followed by an Aster Cafe Wedding Reception
This is an oldie, but goodie. As you might now, since updating my site I’m taking to re-blogging some of my best weddings from the past few years. I loved shooting Derek & Jen’s Bakken Museum wedding in August of 2015. It was a perfect summer day and had an intimacy that I love with smaller weddings. The wedding ceremony took place in the courtyard of the Bakken Museum. The couple chose decorate the ceremony aisle with two rows of ivory rose petals and sunlight illuminated the courtyard perfectly for the ceremony. After the ceremony, everyone cracked open champagne bottles and toasted the couple for a festive cocktail hour. Guests later reconvened for the Aster Cafe wedding reception. The Aster Cafe & California-based Trade Design + Events elaborately decorated the River Room where guests celebrated throughout the evening.
Staging Getting Ready Photos
Getting ready photos are part of most collections that I do. Some venues are more conducive to these photos than others. The Bakken Museum was a wonderful place for these getting ready photos, largely because of the wonderful architecture of the museum. I never just walk in and start snapping getting ready photos, though. A lot of the time my assistant and I will be moving furniture around or taking trash and beverages out of the way in order to get a clean space for these images. For this Bakken Museum wedding in particular, I asked the bride and her maid of honor to do the veil application at another section of the museum. This was because the light and the stain-glassed windows would produce some awesome images, as opposed to the windowless room the bride and bridesmaids were originally getting ready in.
Coordinating the First Look
The First Look is an important moment for many couples. Some brides want to do a first look with just the groom, others want two first looks: one with the groom, one with her father. It really depends on what your personal preference is. I love shooting first looks because the emotions that arise are truly genuine. With that said, I always make sure to coordinate it very carefully, so the first look can happen as seamlessly as possible. For this Bakken Museum wedding First Look I situated the groom in the open shade (never have the first look in blazing sunlight!). While placing the groom I had the bride hiding away in a spot by the entrance. I make sure that there’s a bit of a walk so I can capture some shots of anticipation as the bride moves closer to the groom.
Bakken Museum Wedding
I make sure to keep the energy upbeat when taking portraits. I talk a lot, I give words encouragement and affirmation, I say how pretty the bride looks. This is never forced or fake – I truly mean it and I’m truly excited for my clients. The important thing when shooting portraits is to make sure that the subject doesn’t get too much “in their head”. You should feel taken care of and open when getting your portrait taken. These shots below show the bride opening up as we took her bridal portraits at the Bakken Museum wedding. I didn’t tell Jen to do these poses, she just was sort of playing around. But they were true for her and I was glad to see her having fun while we shot her bridal portraits.
The Beautiful Bakken Museum Wedding Ceremony
The courtyard at the Bakken Museum is truly special. The way the late afternoon light hits it produces this magical glow. I loved the touch of rose petals along the aisle and the weather couldn’t have been better for this Bakken Museum wedding.
Styling Details Shots
This Bakken Museum wedding was probably the first time I made a concerted effort to really style some detail shots. That meant moving things around, playing with the light, and being mindful of all the tones within the frame. I really liked this shot below of the ring. It captured the light and airy qualities of the Bakken Museum wedding quite nicely and the image has a soft, cascading feel to it.
Aster Cafe Wedding Reception
An Intimate Wedding Reception at the Aster Cafe River Room
After the ceremony, guests reconvened for the Aster Cafe wedding reception. The reception took place at the wonderfully intimate River Room at the Aster Cafe. As soon as I got there, I started snapping photos. Light streamed through the open-air windows at the River Room while the sun set. I loved how Trade Design + Events styled the wedding decorations and tables, building on the natural ambience you already find at the Aster Cafe.
St Anthony Main Wedding Photos
Taking a Stroll with Bride and Groom through the St Anthony Main Neighborhood
For most weddings I do, I take a second round of bride and groom photos around sunset/golden hour time. This is because the vibe is totally different around that time, and the photos have a different playfulness to them. Couples are generally more relaxed in these photos, after cocktail hour and going into the reception. I don’t take a long time for these photos. It’s usually just a short walk around the scenery of the wedding reception venue. I do find that the photos taken around this time are some of my couples’ favorites.
Photography & Videography: Marc Andreo | Styling & Floral: Trade Design + Events | Ceremony Venue: The Bakken Museum | Reception Venue: River Room at Aster Cafe | Gown Designer: Madison James | Groom Attire: Indochino | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Lela Rose | Catering: Aster Cafe | Cake & Deserts: Claudia Jae’s Sweets & Treats |Flower Girl Dress Designer: Dessy | Hair & Make-up: Brian Graham Salon | Accessories: Family Heirlooms
For other fun Minneapolis weddings, check out Dana and Christopher’s Day Block Event Center wedding or this Solar Arts Building wedding!