This French inspired wedding styled shoot had my name written all over it. Case in point: the use of lavender…y’all know I love me some French Lavender! And the fact that I got work cross not one, but two bucket list vendors off my list was especially appetizing.
Melody, owner and lead planner at Events by Melody, and I got together to talk about possible collaborations. I love her and her team. They’re based just south of Minneapolis, MN and they truly are the creme de la creme! They’ve won multiple awards including but not limited to The Knot’s Best of Weddings, Wedding Wire’s Couple’s Choice, and The ILEA Star Award. So when we decided to collaborate I was beyond excited! Bucket list vendor – check!!
The second check of the ol’ vendor bucket list was The Blaisdell in Minneapolis, MN. The Blaisdell is a relatively new venue in the Twin Cities but boy has it exploded in popularity. I love the simple elegance of the mansion and the fact that it feels like a European manor in the heart of the city. How cool is that?!
Together, Melody, her fellow Events by Melody planner Jess, and I worked together to bring our French inspired wedding styled shoot to life. And we certainly couldn’t have done it without the vision, creativity, and talent our team of vendors. They seriously all knocked it out of the park! Each and every detail they brought to the table was pure gold.
We’re so lucky to have so many talented artists in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. And I for one, can’t wait to work with each of these artists again!
Venue: The Blaisdell
Planning: Events by Melody
Photography: Lauren Baker Photography
Calligraphy: Love Letters MN
Bulldog: Margie the French Bulldog
Stationary: A Milestone Paper Co.
Floral: Appleblossom Flowers
Bridal Gown: Bridal Accents Couture
Suit: Milbern Clothing Co.
Videogrpahy: Moving Tree Media
Desserts: Nikkolettes Macarons
Rentals: Ultimate Events
Hair and Makeup: WarPaint International
Models: Desiree and Dominque
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!