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


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!


Aria Wedding | Mr. and Mrs. Shah | Post by Melissa Hesse

Anjelica and Abe traveled from Arizona to Minneapolis to gather with all their friends and family to celebrate their love at the beautiful Aria. These two could have had a celebration of their own with all the love they share but we were so honored to be there to document this special day. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Shah!

Irvine Park Wedding | Mr. and Mrs. Kitzberger | Post by Jess Ekstrand

I’ve known Kara and Dan for a few years and when Kara told me about their wedding plans, I knew I wanted to be there to photograph it! These two got married at Irvine Park in St. Paul on a beautiful summer day. They invited a handful of close friends and family and of course their dog, Mable. Their wedding was beautiful and perfect and I felt truly special to be a part of it. 

Lake Monster Brewery Engagement Session | Paige and Ashleigh | Post by Melissa Hesse

The morning of Ashleigh and Paige's engagement session threw a severe thunderstorm in the mix so we thought what better place to go than Lake Monster Brewery?! Their love for beer making and tasting brought them right in their element. We ended their session walking their two lovable dogs along Mississippi Gorge Regional Park once the rain cleared. So excited for these two to be getting married in September!

Lumber Exchange Wedding // Post by Jess Ekstrand

Justyn and Shannon met at The Pourhouse in Minneapolis.  Shannon was a cocktail waitress and Justyn, a musician, often played the venue. A few years later, they brought it full circle and got married in the Fountain Room just floors above where they first met. These two are such lovely humans, inside and out, and I felt lucky to be there to document their wedding day!

DJ - GenerationNOW and DJ Ben QuamVideographer - Joel Vacek and Ryan Truax with Zella

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Dress - Our Shoppe in Stillwater

Tux - came from Al's Formalwear in Denver, CO

Hair/Makeup - Primped

Florist - Michelle at Star Gazer Designs

Landmark Center Wedding | Post by Thea Volk

The groom is an officer in the Air Force and the bride is an attorney in St. Paul. It was fitting to have their wedding photos at Rice Park and the historic hallways and courtrooms of the Landmark Center where they got married. Their wedding day was family focused and intimate. We are so honored to have documented this special day!

Profile Event Center Wedding // Post by Melissa Hesse

Alex and Christian's wedding day landed on April 1st. However, it was no April fools joke that these two tied the knot! Their ceremony at Profile Event Center brought out all the tears and heartfelt milestones they have shared together. We were in on their day for just a very short time but the love they have and celebrated is one no one that was there will forget. Congratulations Alex and Christian!

5 Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer | Rivets and Roses

There are many questions you can ask a wedding photographer when you inquire with them. Our list of 5 questions to ask a wedding photographer are universal to any couple that meets with potential photographers. Read on!

1. How does hourly and full day coverage effect the timeline?

If the wedding photographer you are inquiring with offers full day and hourly coverage you will first want to consider which option fits best for your day. It will determine what time the photographer arrives and ends. Having full day coverage is going to allow flexibility in your timeline with no restrictions on the coverage. Hourly will be more restricted to the coverage depending on the hours you hire the photographer for. Asking this question will give you an idea of how they can work with your wedding day timeline, along with getting the coverage you are looking for.

2. Do I really need a second photographer?

Most wedding photographers offer packages that include a second photographer. The second photographer is there to support the lead for any needs they have. It allows the lead photographer to focus on the shot list while the second photographer captures moments that often go unseen. For example while you are having your portraits taken by the lead photographer the second photographer is capturing candid moments of the wedding party. Here at Rivets and Roses we give this question a big YES!

3. How will the images be delivered?

The delivery of your wedding images will most likely be delivered on a USB drive. Some photographers will also deliver them through an online gallery or both! File share programs such as Dropbox are also common for the delivery of images. Will the images be edited? Will the images be high resolution or low resolution? You can also ask them to give you a ball park of how many images will be delivered. The amount of images vary depending on the coverage you book them for.

4. Will there be a contract for the services?

Once you have selected your wedding photographer you will want to know the next step for booking them. It usually begins with signing a contract for their services. General contracts include the specifics of coverage, what is included in the delivery, an in depth description of the copyrights, and a model release. Often times the photographer requires a down payment at the same time of the booking. Along with asking about a contract we suggest asking about a down payment as well.

5. General questions to ask:

  • What type of equipment do you use?
  • How far in advanced should I book?
  • Who owns the rights to the images?
  • Have you photographed at our venue?
  • Can I see what a wedding delivery looks like?
  • Have you photographed weddings the size of mine?
  • What if I don't want my images shared on the internet?
  • When is the final payment due?
  • Is there a cancelation fee?
  • What happens if I lose my wedding images?