Jessica and Tim’s Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel wedding was 100% them. By that I mean it was adorable, intimate, and filled with jokes and laughter.
Their story begins with a change meeting. Jessica was working at Nordstrom, where she was a stylist (she used to work at The Wedding Shoppe so it goes without saying that she’s got bomb taste!). Tim worked at the café at Nordstrom. Can you see where this is going? Jess would eat lunch at the café and Tim would take the cute girl’s order…they may or may not have been some free cookies in the mix too. On one fateful day, 8 months later, they went out on their first legit date.
Tim proposed in early December. He gifted Jessica a 3-ring binder filled with tokens from their dates. Tokens such as ticket stubs from movies and shows they attended together. On the very last page was a photo of a ring. *cue tears of joy*
Now, I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Jessica since our early college days in the University of Minnesota’s dance program. She is one kind-hearted, talented, no-bs-taking, crossword-loving kind of gal and we hit it off right away. So when I heard she was engaged, not only was I thrilled but I was also very curious who this Tim guy was.
After spending one meeting with Tim and Jessica, it was clear that he was the perfect partner for her! They fed off of each other’s energy, loved the same things, and enjoyed the same kinds of jokes…but most importantly, it was obvious they made each other blissfully happy.
A few months later, we took their engagement photos, and a few months after that the wedding day arrived.
The summer in Minnesota decided to linger longer than usual and even though Jessica and Tim’s wedding was in mid-September, the heat and humidity made it feel like early August. But that didn’t discourage anyone. Everyone was all smiles. And we, thankfully, were able to find plenty of open shade for their couple portraits, wedding party photos, and formal family photos.
After their intimate ceremony at Fort Snelling, Jessica, Tim, Jessica’s mother, her Man of Honor, and I went to visit Jessica’s dad’s grave at Fort Snelling Cemetery. Rows upon rows of small white stones line every possible open area of the cemetery. Talk about powerful stuff. The small family had a quite moment of reflection, many hugs were exchanged, and a few choice sentiments were spoken. I was glad I had a full box of tissues in the car.
We then drove to Jessica’s family church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Little Canada, and were greeted by all of the happy couple’s guests. There was much dancing and all of the merriment one could hope for. It was the perfect end to a magical day.
CEREMONY VENUE: Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel
RECEPTION VENUE: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
PHOTOGRAPHER: Lauren Baker Photography
FLORIST: The bride
CAKE ARTIST: Cynthia Shasky (bride’s sister-in-law)
BAND/DJ: Josh Taylor from SGDJs
MAKE-UP ARTIST: Susy Shasky (bride’s sister-in-law)
HAIR ARTIST: Kristi Abrahamson
BRIDESMAIDS DRESS: Azazie
TUXES: Milbern Clothing
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.
We just wanted to say thank you again so much for your amazing work. You were seriously incredible to work with and we loved the locations you suggested for both our engagement shoot and the spots in Stillwater. We were very worried about getting professional photos done since we had never done it before, but you made the process so easy and made us feel so comfortable. Thank you!
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!