If you know anything about me, you know I’m from Minnesota but I love Europe. Ok, Ireland most especially, but old world European style has my heart and I not-so-secretly wish I could travel there all of the time.
My now husband and I were supposed to get married in Ireland this summer but COVID-19 changed all of those plans. This year plans were changed for so many couples and their dreams of a European destination wedding came to a halt.
That’s why Essen Events, the St. Paul College Club, and I came together to show how Minnesota couples can bring a little bit of European style to their intimate Minnesota wedding venue.
Also, if you or anyone you know is planning a wedding in Europe and you need a photographer, please let me know! It’s my dream to photograph a wedding in Europe, specifically Scotland, Ireland, France, and Italy!
Let’s make it happen!
Vendor Team –
Venue: St. Paul College Club
Planning + Design + Floral: Essen Events
Photographer: Lauren Baker Photography
Videographer: Savstrom Studios
Hair + Make-up: Styled By Abbi
Stationery: Hunt Wright Design Co
String Quartet: Boom Island Strings
Rental Décor: Apres Event and Tent
Wedding Dress: Flutter Bridal Co
Menswear: Savvi Formalwear
Earrings: The Minne Design Co
Rings: New Gild
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!