I had the extreme pleasure of photographing Alyssa and Greg’s wedding in Alexandria, Minnesota last weekend. Alyssa got in touch with me through her brother, who is married to one of my dear friends from grad school, so it was extra fun photographing familiar faces! Alyssa and Greg currently live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but Greg grew up in Alexandria. Three extremely neat things about this wedding:
1. Alyssa’s mom is a florist and did all the gorgeous flowers. Her cousin, a professional stylist, also did her hair and make-up.
2. Alyssa and Greg’s siblings comprised the bridal party — a true family affair!
3. The ceremony and reception were at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum.
I lied, 4 things! 4. The Como Avenue Jug Band played at the reception. They are awesome!
I met Alyssa for the first time over Memorial Day weekend when she was in Minnesota to go over details, but met Greg the morning of the wedding. I must say, both families were so warm and welcoming, I felt like an old friend! Aside from the EXTREME heat, the whole day was an absolute joy and I’m so happy to have had the privilege to document such an important event.
Also worth mentioning was my assistant photographer for the day. I was initially going to photograph this wedding solo, but Jeff (my husband) was kind enough to volunteer. He chauffeured, portaged gear, modeled light, and also shot most of the day. Several of the shots below are his!
We started the day at Greg’s parents’ home for him to finish getting ready.
Greg’s brothers (also the groomsmen) were happy to take some photos with him — they were good sports in the heat!
Her gorgeous bouquet by her mother, Camille. The greens and purple were absolutely perfect together!
Despite the heat, these two were up for portraits downtown. We were able to find some patches of shade to take some neat, urban images.
We met-up with both families in City Park for a different look and family photos.
The bridal party of siblings, featuring Alyssa’s niece, Elleny, as the flower girl. A lot of effort went into getting that smile from her!
More cutie-pie Elleny. 🙂
After the ceremony, they were presented with authentic leis from Alyssa’s aunt from Hawaii. They were truly exquisite!
Sibling antics get me every time…
Cake shots by Jeff!
We had time for a few more portraits outside the museum before the Jug Band started playing.
The Como Avenue Jug Band rocked! My grad school friend, Jenny, also plays piccolo and sings with them — so fun!
Congratulations, again! Thank you so much for including me and Jeff as part of your amazing day!