Double Tree By Hilton Park Place Wedding Styled Shoot

Last month we had the opportunity to participate in a styled shoot at The Double Tree by Hilton Park Place in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. We utilized their gorgeous atrium for most of the shoot. With natural light pouring in from the wall of windows and the ceiling skylights, it was a dream to work in. It was also so much fun to get a bunch of wedding vendors together to show off our stuff!

Creative Partners from the day were:

Event Planning: Sunkissed Events

Venue: Double Tree Park Place

Photography: Yours Truly! Mahonen Photography

Makeup : Erica Elaine

Hair: Baroque Artistry

Florist: Artemisia Studios

Decor: Amy's Cherished Events, Dream Day Dressing Rooms, B+D Custom Crafts, and Ultimate Events

Desserts: Angel Food Bakery & Donut Bar

Stationary: Kristina Desingz

Jewelry: The Jeweler Ryan

Bridal Gown: The Wedding Shoppe

Bridesmaid Dresses: Kennedy Blue

Here are a few of my favorite images from the day!

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 We also made our event planner for the day, Heather from Sunkissed Events, pose for an impromptu maternity shot under a cherry blossom tree. Because, why not?

We also made our event planner for the day, Heather from Sunkissed Events, pose for an impromptu maternity shot under a cherry blossom tree. Because, why not?

Bishops Bay Country Club Wedding Photography | Bridget and Joe

Last month we hit the road for Middleton Wisconsin to capture the wedding day of one of Ari's long time friends. What a day it was! When Bridget walked up to Joe to see him for the first time that day, he surprised her by pulling out his guitar and strumming a song just for her! And that was just the start of their beautiful wedding day! Here a few highlights from their special day!

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Wedding Day Team:

Venue and Catering: Bishops Bay Country Club

Photography: Mahonen Photography

Dress: Brides by Jessa

Hairstylist: Artisan Hair Studio

DJ: Cest La Vie

Florist: Daffodil Parker

Dessert: Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery

AV: AV Madison

What is an Unplugged Ceremony and 4 Reasons Why YOU Should Have One!

We've been living in the age of smartphones for quite sometime now and the cameras on these little guys have improved so much over the years. This is a great thing! It's led to more pictures of more of life's moments! Which, in my book, is what photography is all about! When it comes to your wedding ceremony however, it's best to nicely ask your guests to pocket their phones, tablets, and cameras for just a little bit.

 It's easy to politely let your guests know that you are having an unplugged ceremony. Some couples put out a cute sign, others chose to have their officiant make an announcement prior to the ceremony. 

It's easy to politely let your guests know that you are having an unplugged ceremony. Some couples put out a cute sign, others chose to have their officiant make an announcement prior to the ceremony. 

Now, I know that your guests are so excited for you and they just want to document your special day, maybe catch an angle that your pro might not be in at the moment, or they just want a photo of their own from such a meaningful day that they can look at right away. These images taken by your guests are great, just not during your ceremony and here's why.

1. Your moment: When you come down that aisle, what would you rather see? Your friends and family smiling in your direction as you walk to meet you future spouse? Or, a series of phones pointed in your direction as you crane you neck around them to get a clear view of the one you are about to promise your life to? When you're standing at the top of that aisle, waiting for your bride to appear, what would you rather see? Rectangular screens held in the air, or your beautiful bride beaming back at you?

2. Their moment: As a photographer, I know, it's hard to take in the moment completely with a camera in front of your face. That's why we are here, so they can enjoy the moment, and we can capture it. Asking your guests to stow their phones during your ceremony will allow them to be completely present with you. To laugh with you, cry with you, and really enjoy your ceremony.

3. We've got this: To be blunt, we are professional photographers. We have brought the necessary  experience, knowledge, and gear to capture the story of your wedding day for you. We also have the ability to move around during the ceremony, which I highly doubt you want all of your guests to do. Prior to the start of your ceremony, we have walked through the site, found every angle that we think would capture your ceremony best and planned out how we're going to move around as unobtrusively as possible. We have thought out where we want to be and when. We're ready!

4. The pictures you get from us: Last but not least, asking your guests to stow their phones during your ceremony allows us to do our job better. As wedding photographers, we love capturing expressions, emotion, and real moments. It's hard to do that when people are viewing your wedding through their phone. Also, aesthetically, the glowing screens can be distracting in your images. 

When it comes to an "unplugged" ceremony, I think that its something that a lot of couples don't think about. You don't realize how distracting a "plugged" ceremony can be until you're living it and by then it's too late. 

All that said, guest pictures are fantastic during other portions of your wedding day. You will surely get some gems from them enjoying your cocktail hour and reception! Your wedding day is not about us and what we want. Its about you, your love, your friends and family, we simply want to capture that for you as purely as possible. 

Ena Workshops and Styled Shoot

Last month I got to be a part of the magic that was Ena Workshops. A two day workshop designed specifically for wedding professionals. 

On day one we gathered at Block Studios and learned about business basics. Branding, copywriting, legal things, social media, and SEO. Talk about information overload, there was SO MUCH to take in!

On day two we broke out into groups based on our "passions". There were florists, planners, and photographers. Our photography group was led by Jeannine Phol from Jeannine Marie Photography, and boy did she spill everything there is to know about running a photography business! The 2nd half of the day, we got our gear out and shot some photos. The floral students had made some magnificent arrangements guided by Studio C Floral, and the planning students each designed a table guided by Gretchen Culver from Rocket Science Events. It was so fun and I learned so much! 

Here are a few of my fav images from the styled shoot!

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A special shout out to all of the passion leaders and panelists who gave their time and knowledge to the event, my fellow attendees who created beautiful things for the styled shoot, and to all of the vendors who contributed their products and rentals to the styled shoot!

Planners

Speaker/Teacher: Gretchen Culver // Rocket Science Events

Attendees: Sunkissed Events LLC, De Vasco's Daughters Design and Events LLC, Northern Lights Two Harbors, and Lisa Halverson

Photographers

Speaker/Teacher: Jeannine Pohl // Jeannine Marie Photography

Attendees: Mahonen Photography and Lauren Baker Photography

Florists

Speaker/Teacher: Christi Poppler // Studio C Floral

Attendees: Flowers by RaneeThe Cutting GardenOne Precious Pearl Floral Design LLCMi Mi Design

Models: Justina and Kayt

Misc Participating Vendors:

Cake: Ink Sweets

Dresses: Modehaus

Venue + Catering: Loring Social // D'Amico Catering

Stationery: Champagne Press

Hair Styling: The Beauty Lounge Minneapolis

Makeup: WarPaint International

Rudy's Event Rentals 

Apres Event Decor and Tent Rental

The Festive Frog

Jessica Wonders Events

Minneapolis In-Home, Lifestyle Newborn Photography | Evelyn!

Remember when Lisa and Chris got married? Well, they just welcomed their first baby girl into the world! I got to meet little Evelyn when she was just a week old and she is just the cutest little peanut. I can tell that she is going to get along famously with her corgi buddy June who is already so in love with her! Here are a few of my favorite images from my newborn session with with baby Evelyn!

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