Guest Blog: Hailey, the owner and lead designer of Essen Events, answers your biggest wedding planner and day-of coordinator questions.
Colleen and Andrew’s Leap Day wedding at The Semple Mansion in Minneapolis, MN was one I’ll never forget in a million years. Not just because it was on Leap Day and we only get that opportunity once every four years, but also because Colleen, Andrew, and their entire crew were so thoroughly invested – mind, body, heart, and soul – in celebrating their love that it would have changed the heart of any jaded cynic (if there had been any around that is).
Vendors Venue: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Photographer: Lauren Baker Photography Florist: Fleur de Lis Hair & Makeup: Juut Salon Spa St. Paul Bridal Gown: The Wedding Shoppe Rings: Michellia Fine Jewelry and Larson Jewelers Officiant: Bradley Hill (friend of the groom)
Ask any photographer and they’ll tell you it’s not the gear that makes the photographer, it’s the person behind the gear.
Over the course of a the last few years, I’ve discovered that I truly am, despite my best efforts, a semi-Type A, hyper-organizational dork. Seriously, I geek out over spreadsheets, organized folders (gimme those folders within folders)!
Bridal and groom detail photos – you love them, you need them, you gotta have them! But what do you need to gather so your photographer can make your detail photos the envy of brides and grooms everywhere? Custom Dress Hanger Many photographers these days come to a wedding with a styling kit, and in […]
I bet you $1000 that Sierra and Beau did not anticipate snow on their October wedding when they started their wedding planning. Sure, it’s not totally uncommon to have snow in October in good ol’ Minnesota. But when it does, it’s usually in late October…not in the middle of the freaking month! Despite the wind, […]
Ah young love! Is there anything as sweet and precious as that? I’m going to say no because Savannah and Zac are possibly the sweetest couple to walk this fine earth. They started dating at the tender age of 15 and have been together ever since. Savannah and Zac’s Hidden Greens Event Venue wedding in […]
This November I attended my first ever photography conference. I’ve attended workshops, retreats, and put together my own styled shoots but I’d never been to a conference before. Truth be told, I didn’t know there were such things for the photography industry. Those were things that business executives and people with “real jobs” attended…not something […]
Old timey castles, mist in the sky, and greenery as far as the eye can see. Sounds more like a description of a quaint wedding in Scotland rather than one just north of Minneapolis, MN but earlier this fall, Danielle and Peter’s Edinburgh USA Golf Course wedding in Brooklyn Park, MN felt like it was picked up and plunked down in the Scottish capital.
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!