Molly and Chase’s Snail Lake Regional Park wedding in Shoreview was certainly one for the books. Not only did I get to witness one of my best friends from college marry the love of her life, but I had the honor of documenting their special day, an honor I do not take lightly.
Molly met Chase on OKCupid a few years ago, not too long after she moved back to the Twin Cities from Dickinson, ND. I specifically remember when they first got together. Molly was house sitting and we were making dinner together when she said she was going to go on a date with a new guy in the next couple of days. She was very excited and I was excited for her.
Fast forward a few years and Chase messages me and asks, “What do you think Molly will like better?” There were three photos attached. I nearly leapt out of my seat before looking at the photos as I screamed, “oh my god! Chase is going to propose to Molly!” I gave my opinion (he went with it…ndb haha) and about a week or two later, when they were on a trip back to ND to visit family, Chase popped the question.
Chase and Molly are some of my favorite people individually and are one of my favorite couples. My boyfriend and I love hanging out with them. They are funny, quirky, loyal, and ridiculously talented in all of their chosen mediums (Molly is a dancer and singer, Chase is a musician and singer). And their wedding day highlighted all of those things.
Their ceremony started and ended with their sisters singing songs, their first dance closed the ceremony, and Molly did a super secret surprise flamenco dance for Chase and their guests. It was absolutely perfect! They joked together all day, laughed and danced with everyone, and continued partying into the night with a bar crawl in Downtown St. Paul. Just like their engagement session, everything about their wedding was perfect and 100% them.
My special wish for Molly and Chase is to have a life full of laughter and music and to bring children into this world that are true their hearts, just as their parents are. May you be blessed with all of the things my friends!
CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: Snail Lake Regional Park
PHOTOGRAPHER: Lauren Baker Photography
HATS: Goorin Brothers
FLOWER CROWN: Kody Auch
JEWELRY: Silver Seasons by Michael Michaud
WEDDING RINGS: Down To The Wire Design
SHOES: Fluevog Shoes
BRIDAL GOWN: Turnstyle Edina
BRIDAL GOWN UNDERSKIRT: Via’s Vintage
VIDEOGRAPHER: Kevin Quinn
OFFICIANT: David Pieper
Lauren played such a meaningful role in our wedding, capturing the day in photos that we'll look back on for the rest of our lives. She kept Scott and me calm and sane - Lauren is a miracle worker! She put in 100% effort and gave us her very best, and that means so much to me. Seeing our photographs makes me so excited and so happy that Lauren was with us on this journey.
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!