Melissa and Alayna’s Pinewood Weddings and Events spring wedding in Cambridge, MN was romantic, woodsy, and family-centric. Not only did Melissa’s son walk her down the aisle – which was the cutest thing I have ever seen – but Alayna’s mother officiated the ceremony.
All of the details – from the florals to the guestbook to her clay flower headpiece – were made by Melissa. Melissa and Alayna had postponed their wedding due to Covid-19 and they used that additional planning time crafting in order to create their dreamy wedding aesthetic.
Alayna’s classic menswear-inspired suit from Kiran Finch featured a perfectly tailored silhouette that was eco-conscious, gender-defying, and fashionable.
Melissa’s bohemian dress from A&Bé Bridal Shop featured layers of airy tulle and romantic floral designs and made her feel like the most beautiful bride in the world.
The ceremony featured a modern arch, a plant-potting unity ritual, and personally written vows. Together, these elements perfectly encompass how unique and special Melissa and Alayna are. Dramatic florals, all arranged by Melissa, were arranged along the aisle and adorned their arch.
The reception featured the traditional father-daughter dance as well as two mother-daughter dances and a mother-son dance between Melissa and her son. Melissa and Alanya’s wedding, like the couple, was equal parts traditional and modern with a unique flair that’s all their own.
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Venue: Pinewood Weddings + Events
Wedding Management: Keyed Up Events
Photographer: Lauren Baker Photography
Flowers: Flower Moxie
Dessert: Cold Springs Bakery
DJ: Ben Nordquist
Hair and Makeup Artist: Ziel Bridal
Caterer: Marna’s Catering
Bridal Gown: A&Bé Bridal Shop
Suit: Kiran Finch
Officiant: Angela Holkesvig
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!