Jen and Joel’s Chanhassen Dinner Theatres wedding was a long time coming. A year after they originally planned to have their wedding, they’ve tied the knot and officially combined their families.
I’ve been with Jen, Joel, and their 4 kids since 2019. We photographed their family’s engagement and splatter paint session when the pandemic first hit. And last fall, we took some updated family photos at my fall mini session day.
It was clear, even then, that they didn’t want to have to wait much longer to get married. Postponing a wedding is deflating so we certainly didn’t want to entertain the idea of postponing again. I’m so glad things opened up in time for them to have their Chanhassen Dinner Theatres wedding!
We started the day laughing with Jen and her ladies before driving over to Lake Ann for her and Joel’s first look. Dress reveals and first looks are always one of my favorite parts of a wedding day and I loved that Jen wanted to do a special dress reveal with her and Joel’s sons in addition to their first look.
The rest of the day and evening were heartwarming, heartfelt, and 100% about their two families coming together as one. Even the crazy heat couldn’t get anyone’s mood down – everything was just too sweet and perfect.
To Jen and Joel: you two are so strong and have overcome so much just to get down the aisle and I’m ridiculously proud of you! May your future be full of love, exciting adventure, and lots and lots of joy!
Venue: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Photographer: Lauren Baker Photography
Dessert: Buttercream Bakery
DJ: Minnesota Wedding Party
Hair and Makeup: Natalie Jean Hair
Caterer: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Bridal Gown: Raffine Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Rings: Loch Jewelers
Officiant: Positively Charmed
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!