Lauren Baker Photography Minneapolis Saint Paul Twin Cities Minnesota Wedding Photographer

Many couples are electing to do what we in the industry call a “first look.” And it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. A couple takes a private moment to see each other for their first time before their ceremony. But why would a couple choose to do a first look?

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Many have asked me what makes a wedding great? I don’t think there’s any one answer and tastes, as in all things, are incredibly subjective.

However, with all of the weddings I’ve worked and attended as a guest, I have found a surprising amount of similarities between the weddings that I’d deem “great.”

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Bridal detail photos…we’ve all seen them on Instagram and have probably pinned a butt-load of pretty photos of wedding dresses, ring photos, and flat lays on Pinterest.

I for one LOVE taking these photos but I’ve found that oftentimes they get over looked in the chaos of the wedding day. You’ve put so much thought into what jewelry you’re going to wear, the design of the invites you sent out to your guests, and the flowers you’ll be holding and I want to capture those details for you. I mean…you spent money on all of those things and they’re part of your wedding story so it *should* be documented, right?

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When I think of Marie and Stephen’s Dellwood Barn wedding, the word that comes to mind is laughter. I don’t think my face muscles have ever been so sore from smiling so much! And you can see what I mean…in nearly every photo Marie, Stephen, and their guests have the BIGGEST grind on their faces!

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Here we are again friends. Part 2 of my top 10 questions all couples should ask their wedding photographer. 

We’re digging in a little deeper with these final five questions, and I’ve gotta say…they’re good. So sit back, maybe have a cup of coffee, and enjoy questions 6-10!

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Yay!!! You just got engaged! You’ve set the date and booked your venue. Now comes the really hard part…picking a wedding photographer. 

But how do you pick the right one? How will you know that you’ll A) like how the photos look, B) like how YOU look in those photos, C) even get your photos at all, AND D) get the most bang for your buck?

Selecting your wedding photographer is not a decision to make lightly. You’re investing a lot of money and you want to make sure you’re making the right choice.  

Whelp, to help you out, I’ve put together a list of some of the most important questions (IMHO) brides should ask every photographer they’re considering for the job. You ready? Good. Let’s get started:

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Teresa and Sam’s Dellwood Barn wedding in Grant, MN was seriously like a fairytale. I kid you not! Not only could the two of them be mistaken for Mr. & Mrs. Prince Charming (how good-looking can one couple be?!) but their decorations, details, and décor all screamed “Once Upon A Time.” 

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Leigha and Matt’s wedding at Dellwood Barn Weddings in Grant, MN was absolutely stunning! Everyone’s smiles were shinning as brightly as the sun and everyone was ready to celebrate the love of this amazing couple.  

Both Leigha and Matt were a little nervous before their first look. They read aloud the letters they wrote to each other and that’s when the first joyful tears were shed. Leigha had to catch her breath a few times as she read (and reread) Matt’s letter…it was so cute! You could tell just how ready and totally in love they are!

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We’re free spirited love and adventure seekers who know the value of having a game plan while allowing room for flexibility in order to embrace the unexpected, joyful moments life throws our way. 

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Working with Lauren was easy breezy and FUN! She gave us our most treasured photos ever!

- GRACE AND NICK

Lauren was a source of laughter and comfort all day. She captured our love so beautifully.

- BETSY AND COLIN

Lauren was an absolute DREAM to work with! We had so much fun!

- KIRSTEN AND MIKE

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