Watson Block, a new venue in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis, MN, is a very cool, very hip venue and I freaking love it!
Lexie, owner and lead planner of Availed Events, and I met with Watson Block’s staff and together we dreamt up a moody theme that would not only show off the New Orleans vibe of the venue but would also show of the versatility of our amazing vendor team (ourselves included of course lol)!
The thing I love most about Watson Block, aside from their kickass bar and infinity piano (I could get lost staring into it), is that it’s situated in an area of Downtown that has so many fantastic spots for portraits!
There are several industrial areas within walking distance to Watson Block with many different textures and colors (it’s a few blocks away from my absolute favorite spot in all of Downtown Minneapolis). Not only that but there’s also greenery and the Mississippi River close by if a couple wanted to take a quick drive to get there.
Venue: Watson Block
Planning: Availed Events
Photography: Lauren Baker Photography
Photography Assistant: Brianna (LBP team member)
Stationery: Love Letters MN
Hair + Make-up: Styled By Abbi
Nails: Haven Nail Studio
Dessert: Jo Garrison Cakes
Florals: 651 Studio Floral Design
Tabletop Décor: Tried And True Vintage Supply Co.
Place Settings + Napkins: BBJ Linen
Wedding Dress & Veil: Flutter Bridal Co.
Menswear: Savvi Formalwear
Jewelry: The Jeweler Ryan
How do we even start to say thank you for all the work and effort you put into our wedding day?
- Josie and Scott
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.
Lauren made the process so easy and made us feel so comfortable!
- Amy and Luke
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!
Working with Lauren was easy breezy and FUN! She gave us our most treasured photos ever!
- GRACE AND NICK
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's enthusiasm and passion make the photo-taking process so fun – she made me feel like a star!
- Alisa AND Adam
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!
Lauren was pivotal in making our wedding day perfect!
- Emma AND Erik
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.
Not only is Lauren an amazing human being, but she is an awesome photographer!
- Haley AND Erick
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!