Alyssa and Collin’s wedding at The Millennium Hotel in downtown Minneapolis was truly a winter wonderland fairytale. I mean seriously — the twinkle lights, the beautiful and happy couple, the first snow of the season — a textbook winter wonderland fairytale.
Alyssa and Collin’s love story is absolutely one of those “meant to be” stories. Let me paint the picture. Megan, Alyssa’s best friend since childhood, is married to Jack. Jack is Collin’s brother. Megan and Jack play matchmaker and give birth to the wonderful #activecouple that is Alyssa and Collin. Oh, and to add an extra level of “meant to be” to the mix, Jack is Megan’s brother’s best friend. Talk about the stars aligning!
After a few months of dating, Collin popped the question. A year and a half after that, the two tied the knot.
I’ve been friends with Alyssa since 2012 and since she and Collin started dating, they have coined their own hashtag: #activecouple. You might think that’s goofy…and you’re right and I love it! These two go on hikes together, go camping in the boundary waters together, and genuinely love to be outdoors (even if it means doing yard work). On their wedding day, both Alyssa and Collin were beaming with joy. I even got a little emotional with all of the lovey-dovey feelings in the air. Their day was filled with more smiles and laughter than their engagement session!
Alyssa and Collin, you two have been through so much together and I’ve had the privilege of watching your love grow through it all. Thank you a million times for sharing your big day with me! I wish you a lifetime of happiness, joy, and most of all love.
CEREMONY VENUE: The Millennium Hotel Minneapolis
RECEPTION VENUE: The Millennium Hotel Minneapolis
VIDEOGRAPHER: Ladd Films
FLORIST: Wisteria Design Studio
CEREMONY BAND: Jelloslave
DJ: Instant Request
HAIR & MAKE-UP ARTIST: Priscilla Bruce
BRIDESMAIDS DRESS: Bella Bridal Boutique
OFFICIANT: Gracia & T McKinley
BRIDAL GOWN: Allure Bridal – Our Shop
There was a chunk of time in our wedding planning when we thought we'd go without a professional photographer to save on cost (terrible idea!) but once we met with Lauren, we knew we'd be in good hands. She checked in often and asked questions that got us thinking about other parts of the wedding that we probably would've missed. Lauren captured exactly who we are as a couple!
Lauren and her team are so much fun to work with! She made us feel so comfortable on the day of our wedding, providing both silly and helpful cues to help us relax and be ourselves in our photos. Lauren’s background in dance is super helpful in recognizing simple posture changes that make a big difference, too. Oh, and the photos we got are just stunning!
My husband and I looked FOR MONTHS to find the perfect photographer and after meeting Lauren we knew was the best fit for us. She made our day so much fun and easy. She found little opportunities to make the perfect photo all with a calm ease that comes from someone who has an artistic eye along with experience in understanding the flow of a wedding.
I've been in several weddings and have worked with a multitude of photographers and I never felt as confident as I did with Lauren. I love how professional she is. She helped with the timeline way in advance and we stuck to that timeline the day of. She was also able to professionally and firmly keep unruly family members settled and focused and navigated family drama beautifully!