Beth & Bob {Vanity Fair style family portrait session}

How do you get good family portraits when not every person in your family smiles naturally in front of the camera?  To solve this, Beth’s concept for her family was do a Vanity Fair style shoot where a more formal look wouldn’t necessarily require everyone to smile! I love the look of the final images, and in the end there was plenty of smiling!  The photo of the kids on their phones with Beth & Bob might be my favorite!

Laura & Sam {Harriet Island Pavilion Wedding}

Laura & Sam’s wedding and reception were held at the historic Harriet Island Pavilion in St Paul.  It’s a lovely building inside, with plenty of room to have the ceremony on one half and tables for dinner set up on the other.  Outside along the Mississippi are gorgeous views, even for a cool wind-whipped early fall wedding.  Things of note from this wedding – the bride and her floral designer grew nearly all the flowers for the wedding.  Also, the father of the groom gave one of those speeches that caused jaws to drop and endless peals of laughter!  All in all, a lovely gathering of friends and family!  Congrats Laura & Sam!