Fall is officially upon us and I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the season than by photographing Emily and Andy’s YMCA Camp Miller wedding.
Camp Miller, about an hour south of Duluth, is nestled next to Sturgeon Lake. It has all of the amenities one might remember from their time as a camper. From the climbing wall to the archery range (a personal favorite of mine as a young camper), Camp Miller was the perfect venue for this outdoor-loving bride and groom.
Emily and Andy met on OkCupid about 2 years ago and knew they would get along when one of them asked, “What’s your patronus?” (in case you were wondering they are a dolphin and a stag respectively). From that moment on they were hooked.
I seriously can’t get enough of Emily and Andy! They are so down to earth and loveable. I felt it at their engagement session but it was even more obvious at their wedding how goofy and carefree they are especially when they’re together. Whether they’re playing camp games or dancing up a storm, Emily and Andy will be having the time of their lives with a smile plastered on their faces!
Out of all of the unique details Emily and Andy put together for their wedding, my favorite was the homemade jelly favors made by Dr. Strawberry* himself. I took home the blueberry jelly and I have to say it’s the best jelly I’ve ever had!
I couldn’t have asked for a better day and I feel very lucky to be able to share Emily and Andy’s love story with all of you. Emily and Andy are fun-loving, goofy, kind-hearted people. They are the kind of people with whom you feel an instant connection. I know their future is a warm and sunshiny as they are!
*Dr. Strawberry: the nickname one of Emily’s bridesmaids coined for Andy when the two started dating.
VENUE: YMCA Camp Miller
PHOTOGRAPHER: Lauren Baker Photography
FLORIST: Joy de Fleur Floral Design
CAKE ARTIST: Super One Bakery – Emily & Issac Miner
BAND/DJ: Jeff Sanders (friend of the couple)
HAIR & MAKE-UP ARTIST: Primped
BRIDESMAIDS DRESS: various
TIE’S: Men’s Warehouse
BRIDAL GOWN: The Wedding Shoppe
RINGS: Bride’s grandmother and Northwood Rings
OFFICIANT: Shawn Moore at The Beloved
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!