Minneapolis Engagement Session | Robin and Nick | Post by Jess Ekstrand

I cannot ever emphasize enough that one of the greatest benefits of being a photographer is just meeting new people. Robin and Nick live just blocks from me and of course, we hadn’t met until they came to me to photograph their wedding. Robin and I bonded over our mutual love for Patti Smith’s book Just Kids and they’re getting married in one of my favorite places, Theo Wirth. Their wedding is at the end of the month and I am truly looking forward to spending the day with these two!

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The New Victorian Mansion Wedding | Amy and Mary Married | Post by Melissa Hesse

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On a bright sunny afternoon in February, Amy and Mary exchanged their vows in front of their families at The New Victorian Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Saint Paul. They started the day having breakfast and getting ready with Amy's daughter Ella who was a huge part of their day. The love surrounding this amazing couple filled the room during their ceremony as they tied the knot. After the ceremony, everyone walked over to W.A Frost for brunch and celebrating. It was such an honor to be part of their day and document all the special moments. Congratulations to Amy and Mary!!  

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R&R Team Retreat | 2018

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This year we took our Rivets and Roses team up north for a retreat at a cabin in Park Rapids, MN to gear up for the 2018 wedding season. One of the reasons that our clients value working with our studio so much is that they know they are supported by our entire team. We are like a little family over here at Rivets and Roses and we love to invest in our artists.

We spent the weekend with our cameras out documenting the ordinary and challenging ourselves to be stronger at what we do. We covered the back of our cameras for a shooting challenge that forced us not to see the instant results of an image. This pushed us to think differently about taking an image and the results were fascinating! Some of those images made this post.

Taking the time to truly bond together as a team was very special and we are so glad we could make this happen. A huge shout out to the one and only Liz and our biggest fan Nick for taking their support and putting the meals together. 

 

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W.A Frost Wedding | Sadie and Nora Married | Post by Melissa Hesse

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Sadie and Nora have an incredible love story. It begins in grade school when they first met and became friends. Their friendship turned into love after being roommates in college and began traveling the world which brought them closer together. They knew there was always something special and anyone who has ever met these two would feel the same. Their love is a force you can feel when you are around them. Their much-anticipated marriage was a grand celebration!

Their wedding was split into two parts. Their intimate ceremony and private dinner at W.A Frost was a cozy winter evening with champagne and wine paired with a tasting menu. The second part was a reception open to friends and extended family that filled the room at Hygga in Lowertown. To tie both of the days together Sadie's cousin from Girl Friday did the floral and decorations. 

A little backstory that I love telling, Sadie and Nora stepped in for a mock wedding I did in college to build my portfolio. Everyone thought they eloped and got married, so to be their photographer on their actual wedding day was serendipitous. It was such an honor to not only document it all but to be there as a friend in support of their amazingly true and powerful love. I am beyond excited for what the future holds for them both.

Congratulations Sadie and Nora!!

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112 Eatery Wedding | Todd and Jess Married | Post by Nicole McCoy

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Todd and Jesse's wedding was super intimate. There were thirty-five handpicked and special guests that joined them on this wintry Minneapolis day. Something I will never forget is when Todd and Jesse spent half of their ceremony sharing reasons why each person was there and praising each one for what makes them a beautiful human. These guys were incredibly thoughtful, fun, and positive. I was honored to witness their tremendous love for each other!

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2017 Wedding Couples | Team Post

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Minneapolis Wedding | Ben + Ella | Post by Jess Ekstrand

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Alright, you guys. I ended my 2017 wedding season with a really good one. Ben and Ella got married October 7 at Plymouth Congregational Church with their reception at Architectural Alliiance

This adorable pair couldn’t have been sweeter. Allow me to call out some incredible moments:

+ Ben did a run that morning and mapped it with Strava. At the end, his course on the map spelled out the name of his bride, Ella.

+ Ella’s grandfather made floral crowns. If I remember correctly, this stylish grandpa also helped Ella pick out her dress. 

+ Ben and Ella led their wedding guests in a parade of sorts from the church to the reception. 

Congrats to Ben and Ella! It was a real pleasure documenting your wedding day!

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Juliane James Place | Mr. + Mrs. Kress | Post by Jess Ekstrand

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Morgan and Adam got married in the woods of Finnlayson MN (aka the beautiful Julianne James Place) in September. While every wedding is great in it’s own right, weddings in the woods are quite possibly my favorite. Not only was the location idyllic, but the temperature was perfect, it only rained at the most convenient times and this couple was so chill and fun, it hardly felt like I was working. To Morgan and Adam, thank you for having me and congratulations! 

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Paikka Wedding | Paige and Ashleigh | Post by Melissa Hesse

The moment Paige and Ashleigh got married you could feel all the love they share explode out of the room. These two have everything a commitment is about and being there to document it all was an incredible way to end the wedding season. Their wedding at Paikka welcomed all their close friends and family who traveled near and far to celebrate the two love birds. Congratulations Paige and Ashleigh!

Mill City Wedding | Eli and Reed | Post by Jess Ekstrand

I loved so much about Eli and Reed’s wedding day, I’ve had an incredibly hard time coming up with just a few words to go along with this blog post. To simplify, I’ve made a list but limited myself to three things.

1.) There were cats. Whether intentional or unintentional, it’s always so fun when animals are present on a wedding day.

2.) Their timeline for the day allowed for a 2-3 hour break, allowing me and Angela to get lunch and giving everyone a chance to recharge before the ceremony.

3.) Eli and Reed’s lovely wedding party consisted of their parents and siblings. Not only was this the sweetest group of people but we also took some time to get some really great individual portraits.

Congratulations to Eli and Reed! 

Elm Creek Chalet Wedding | Mr. and Mrs. Thaisen | Post by Melissa Hesse

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I met Robin and Michael at Michael's sister's wedding two years ago. When these two started planning their own wedding and called me to be their wedding photographer I knew it was going to be a love story for the books. The excitement of being part of their day has never left me. These two are so in love and without a doubt are meant to be. After traveling the world and following their dream together to teach in Ecuador they came back to their home town to get married. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Thaisen!

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