The Covid-19 pandemic put so many couples through the wringer. Jessica and Ryan postponed their wedding reception with the hopes of having it in the winter. They still wanted to get married on their original date, so last June, they had a very cute micro wedding in Jessica’s mom’s backyard. It, like them, was super sweet.
Fast forward to the end of November, a week before Jessica and Ryan’s wedding reception, and Minnesota limits the number of people who can gather for weddings. It was heartbreakingly clear that their wedding reception couldn’t happen they way wanted. And since they were already married, Jessica and Ryan decided to cancel their wedding reception.
I was so sad for them! While I knew firsthand the disappointment of canceling a wedding reception, to get that close and still have to cancel it broke my heart into a million pieces. They wouldn’t get to celebrate and take photos with their wedding party. And worst of all, Jessica wouldn’t get to wear the wedding dress she bought!
And then it came to me – like a lightbulb turning on in my brain. We could do a Minneapolis anniversary session and invite their wedding party to join us. Jessica could wear her dress, we could take wedding party and couple photos, and we could do it on their first anniversary! Needless to say, Jessica and Ryan were psyched!!
So, on their first anniversary, the three of us plus their entire wedding party got together for Jessica and Ryan’s Minneapolis anniversary session. The weather was total crap that day – it was down-pouring as we drove to the session. But, someone up above was on our side because as soon as we arrived, the rain stopped and
Photographer: Lauren Baker Photography
Florist: the bride
Makeup Artist: C. Ann Makeup Artistry
Hair Stylist: Lady Vamp Artistry
Bridal Gown: The Wedding Shoppe, Designer: Mori Lee
Bridesmaids Dresses: Kennedy Blue
Suits: Milbern Clothing
Rings: Kay Jewelers
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!