Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club Wedding // Mr. + Mrs. VanHorn // Post by Maggie Witter

Molly and Nick's wedding day gave us the happy tingly chills. Their love for one another is so kind and true. Everything seems right in the world when you are around them and it was no surprise their wedding day was surrounded by all the love and support. Their Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club wedding was the perfect place for their celebration. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. VanHorn!

Public Functionary Wedding // Erin + Delaney // Post by Melissa Hesse

Erin and Delaney are two of the sweetest people. Their genuine love for each other shows in every way they look at each other and speak to another. Their wedding day began at their home where they got ready for their special day. Friends and family gathered at Public Functionary where Mi Mi Design created a mix of art and greenery in the space for their ceremony and reception. The space was utilized perfectly by allowing guests to casually mingle, enjoy karaoke, and dinner from the Hola Arepa food truck outside. Everyone danced the night away in celebration of the new married couple!

Day Block Brewery Wedding // Mr. + Mrs. Odegaard // Post by Maggie Witter

Sia and Max are dear friends of mine. When they asked me to be their wedding photographer I was thrilled! It is always a joy to photograph a couple whose love I already know so well. These two are true sweethearts and anyone who knows them knows their love is strong and genuine. Their wedding at Day Block Brewery was the perfect place to celebrate their forever love. It even rained for good luck! Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs. Odegaard!

Mission Kitchen and Bar Wedding // Mr. + Mrs. Benson // Post by Melissa Hesse

Lisa and Jamie have a certain energy that will make anyone feel like they have known them forever. Together they are a unit and you feel that immediately when you meet them. Both of them have a spark in their eye when they talk about the other and a certain smile that comes out when the other one is around. These two bring out the good in each other and it was no surprise on their wedding day that spark got a little brighter and the smiles got bigger. Their Mission Kitchen and Bar wedding was the perfect place for the celebration! Cheers to the new Mr. and Mrs. Benson!

Ask the Team // Wedding Vendors

Photo by Jess Ekstrand

Photo by Jess Ekstrand

For this month's blog topic we asked our team who their favorite wedding vendors are. As we work with a variety of vendors in the Twin City area we wanted to know who has stood out to them and why they admire them and their work. 

Photo by Jess Ekstrand

Photo by Jess Ekstrand

Photo by Jess Ekstrand

Photo by Jess Ekstrand


We work with some amazing people in Minneapolis and all over Minnesota. The staff at Aria and also the staff at Solar Arts are always amazing. They're great team players. Munster Rose has the most beautiful florals. a&bé has a wonderful selection of dresses and an amazing staff there as well. Oh and Eliesa Johnson of Photogen Inc. is the hardest working human I know and wonderful person to work with. There are a lot of great venders in the wedding industry here in MPLS, it's hard to pick one.

Photo by Angela Baggett

Photo by Angela Baggett



Appleblossom Flowers is a floral studio based in St. Paul, MN and is owned by Dawn Singleton. I might be totally biased because the owner is my boyfriend's aunt but her work is seriously amazing! Hands down Dawn is one of the best florist around. Her floral arrangements are always so romantic, so elegant, flawless, and unique. Every design she makes is custom created to convey her clients vision. I admire her hard work and the beauty she creates but also I admire her passion. Dawn always puts her whole heart into her work and her clients are always in awe of her flowers as well as her personality. I recommend Appleblossom Flowers to anyone who wants beautiful flowers and a beautiful soul to work with on their wedding day.

Definitely check out her work:




Between Minneapolis and St. Paul the wedding industry is going strong with many talented and unique vendors. Choosing the right ones for you truly make your day special. This year I was lucky enough to work with Mi Mi Weddings multiple times. Each time they created a space that reflected their clients vision perfectly. Each time I was blown away by their skills and professionalism. Leading up to each wedding day they they had all the nuts and bolts finalized which made it a breeze for their clients to sit back and celebrate. It's always cool to see a vendor make things so seamless not only for the couple but for other participating vendors.


St. Croix River Engagement Session // Lyndie + John // Post by Melissa

When planning Lyndie and John's engagement session it was a no brainer to go out on their boat and find a secluded island on the St. Croix River. We went out on the evening of Labor Day and rode around to find the perfect spot. Once we found it we docked the boat and adventured around and had the most fun on the island. Can't wait for their big day next month at the Millennium Hotel in downtown Minneapolis!

Rivets and Roses // New Brand Identity!

Brand Identity work by Dschwen

Brand Identity work by Dschwen

We are super excited to share the new identity of Rivets and Roses! We worked with the brilliant mind of David Schwen of Dschwen to bring this all together and we are SO happy with how it turned out!

Rivets and Roses is an affordable wedding photography studio, serving the Midwest and featuring the work of 6 artists. Our sister company, PHOTOGEN INC., is a luxury wedding photography brand. Part of the new identity was to create branding that separated the different price points and client base of work. The Rivets and Roses brand took on a friendlier font that is more approachable. 

You can check out all of our other brands at the sites below:




Monthly Blog Topic // Team Post

For this months blog topic we asked our team why they think it is important for couples to get a wedding album and prints. In the time of digital what is the value of printed product?


I think having a printed album gives you a reason to relive your big day over and over. Friends and Family will also enjoy picking up the book off your coffee table for years to come. 


Receiving 750 images from your wedding day can be really overwhelming. My wife and I decided to create an album from our wedding photos and every year, on our anniversary, we find a cozy spot and go through it together. A lot of couples simply miss out on having a real, tangible experience with their photos because they are forever stuck on a digital device. If you love the smell of coffee, the sound of music on vinyl or actually going to a forest or lake and smelling the trees and diving into the water, not just seeing all this on your instagram feed, you NEED to make it a priority to get your hands on an album. I've never heard a couple regretting the decision to get an album. Do it! 


Wedding albums and prints are a meaningful piece of family history that for centuries people hold onto. We will never know if we can hold onto digital files forever since we live in a time where things are constantly changing. From my own personal experience having a wedding album to display the highlights of the day is priceless for the amount of joy it brings to us and others.


Honestly, it’s nearly impossible to describe the value of a printed photo,  or of an album. As a kid, on rainy days or just when bored, I would grab family photo albums and just flip through the pages often asking my mom and dad to replay the stories of when I stepped on my sister because I learned to walk first or that time I rode my tricycle down the stairs. I mean honestly, is it the same to scroll through Facebook photos? Photos trigger memories and laughter and tears and all those cheesy things. There is just something different about a physical photo. Somehow it seems that a photo just isn’t a photo until it exists in print form. 


I think it's important for couples to get a wedding album because it's something you can physically hold. Unfortunately technology can fail but you can always have a physical copy of prints. I also think it's much more meaningful and special to see a wedding day through prints or an album versus scrolling through images on a screen. 

Introducing Jess + Angela | Welcome to Rivets and Roses

We have some exciting news here at Rivets and Roses! As we are all in the midst of the 2016 season, we are also gearing up for 2017 and all that it will bring! 

We want to introduce you to our two new photographers that will be joining our team! Please help us in welcoming Jess Ekstrand and Angela Baggett! Both of these women come with years of experience and a ton of talent behind them. We are so excited to offer their services for 2017!

Jess Ekstrand

Jess Ekstrand

Meet Jess Ekstrand!

You might recognize Jess, as she has been assisting weddings with us for the past five years! Beyond that, Jess brings a total of 10 years of experience to her clients and we couldn't be more thrilled with her becoming a lead photographer for Rivets!

"A wedding day can be really fun and a little crazy, so I like to keep things chill. I love small weddings and clients that infuse their day with a combination of their personalities. Of course it's considered a bonus if you like bikes, beer, and the great outdoors!"

View more work from Jess and see pricing on the website!

Angela Baggett

Angela Baggett

Meet Angela!

Angela joins our team with five years of wedding experience! After graduating from the Arts Institute of Minneapolis, she knew she wanted to focus on wedding photography and she is the perfect addition to our team.

"My ideal client: It's simple. They are all about celebrating their love together with the people they love most in the world. My style is documenting the day in the most genuine, elegant, and creative way possible."

View Angela's full portfolio and pricing on the website!

As always the rest of our Rivets and Roses team is currently booking for the 2017 wedding season!

Downtown Minneapolis Wedding // Mr. + Mrs. Mara // Post by Ryan Stadler

Christina and Brian traveled from Seattle Washington to Downtown Minneapolis for their wedding. They began the day with all their close friends and family as they got ready at the Westin Hotel. Everyone gathered for their ceremony at the Church of Saint Albert and for their reception at the Mill City Museum. The entire day Christina and Brian bubbled with happiness and we couldn't be happier for the two of them! Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Mara!