Colleen and Andrew’s Leap Day wedding at The Semple Mansion in Minneapolis, MN was one I’ll never forget in a million years. Not just because it was on Leap Day and we only get that opportunity once every four years, but also because Colleen, Andrew, and their entire crew were so thoroughly invested – mind, body, heart, and soul – in celebrating their love that it would have changed the heart of any jaded cynic (if there had been any around that is).
The couple met on Match.com and had their first official date at the Mall of America. That location may seem a bit odd to you but as you will have read on their engagement session blog, the mall was a convenient mid-point between where they both lived. The mall became an important location in Colleen and Andrew’s love story. So much so that that’s where Andrew proposed.
On the day of their wedding, Colleen and her girls were full of giddy laughter and Andrew and his guys wore huge smiles and cracked jokes. Maybe it was because the big day was finally here (that would put a smile on any wedding party member’s face) but I have a suspicion that it was also due to the fact that the weather was uncommonly Spring-like for late February in Minnesota. It was bright, sunny, and in the 40s!!
The entire day unfolded perfectly. From their getting ready part of the day, to the ceremony, and through their reception, everyone was so kind, thoughtful, and full of love, hope, and excitement for Colleen and Andrew.
I’m so grateful to have been able to capture their love story and can’t wait to see how it continues to grow!!
Venue: Semple Mansion
Photographer: Lauren Baker Photography
Florist: New Prague Floral & Such Inc
Makeup: Faces By Amanda
Hair: Ashley Parshley
Dessert: Sugar Rose Bakeshop
Caterer: Green Mill Catering
DJ: Manely Music
Bridal Gown: Wedding Shoppe Inc
Bridesmaids Dresses: Effie’s Bridal Trunk
Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Rings: Wedding Day Diamonds
Officiant: Jon Taylor of Eagle Brook in White Bear Lake
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!