Minnesota Wedding – M + K

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minnesota wedding – mike and kelsey

A Minnesota wedding: this wedding day was the best with Mike and Kelsey! Besides these two being the sweetest couple, their love is so real too. These two were so fun to spend their day with. We took photos at the Taylor Falls Interstate State Park and they got married at the Terra Nue Farm, both in Shafer, Minnesota. This wedding day left me feeling so inspired! We had the most amazing light throughout the day and ended with the dreamiest golden hour. Clearly, this all made it a favorite wedding day of mine.

Some of my favorite parts of Mike and Kelsey’s wedding day:

  • A very unique part of this wedding day is that Mike and Kelsey are both deaf and use ASL. Their parents are all deaf as well. This was so inspiring to me. My amazing second shooter and I were followed by a couple of translators for the day to help us communicate with everyone. I left this wedding wishing I knew more, it opened my eyes to a different world. It was truly beautiful.
  • Kelsey had a first look with her father and it was so special for her to have a moment with him before the busy day started.
  • The pre-ceremony bride and groom photos. Mike and Kelsey had a first look (which I always love) and we set aside lots of time for the photos of the two of them. I love spending extra time with the bride and groom on their wedding day, it’s so special to watch. We did these photos at Taylor Falls and I was in awe! The entire time we were there I couldn’t believe I was in Minnesota. I had never been to this park and it was beautiful.
  • PLUS, the golden hour we had. At the end of their reception, we snuck outside for five minutes to grab a few more photos of the two of them = worth it! It doesn’t take much time and it’s always so perfect.

Mike and Kelsey got married in Shafer in September and I was so honored to capture it all. Check out their wedding day for a simple wedding, beautiful Minnesota summer colors, and my favorite photos from this Minnesota wedding!

Back to the photos … Here’s Mike and Kelsey’s Minnesota wedding day!


  • Take as many photos as you can before you say “I do.” Even if you want to wait until the aisle to see your significant other, there are other photos you can complete beforehand. Some of these include the bridesmaid and groomsmen’s photos as well as photos of the bride and groom on their own.
  • Don’t worry about the little things. Enjoy the planning process and wedding day! Nobody, except yourself, will notice the little mistakes in decorations or if someone is wearing the wrong shoes.
  • Soak in the moment. As the day flies by, remember to take a moment to notice how you feel. It’ll be something you’ll look back on countless times after the wedding day.


Typically this answer comes down to two things: the photographer’s editing style and personality. Think about what style of photo you’re naturally drawn to. All photographers do a mix of everything from portraits, formals, and candids, but their own editing style is what sets these photographs apart.

The personality of your photographer is important! Especially for your wedding day. Did you know you spend more time with your photographer than your significant other on your wedding day? I mean it barely checks out, but while you’re on the sidelines waiting for your turn your photographer is taking photos of your groom/bride with the people standing for them, their families, etc. You want to enjoy your photographer’s company so it’s important to know that your personalities mesh well!

Read about me and see if we’d get along! I always try to schedule a call via zoom for discussing packages so we can get to know each other outside of the inbox.

How much does a Minnesota wedding photographer cost? Most photographers build packages for your wedding day. We all value different things leading up to the wedding day, which helps get the personal and meaningful images at the wedding. If you’re looking for a photographer for wedding photos, I can only speak for myself, my packages start at $2,600. You can read more about the details for pricing/packages here.


Some of the most beautiful Minnesota wedding venues include:

  • The McNamara Alumni Center. The architecture is beautiful and would be a stunning place for a simple wedding day.
  • The Calhoun Beach Club. A stunning ballroom on a lake, perfect for an elegant wedding day.
  • The Grand 1858. I’m photographing a wedding here next spring and could not be more excited to shoot in this space.
  • The Mill City Museum. This venue is nearby many of Minneapolis’ popular spots and can hold up to 1,000 people, crazy!

Choose a venue that portrays you as a couple. A place that is special to you as a couple, a venue in your hometown, a city that held many date nights, or a venue on a lake you spent summer days at. This will add sentimental value to your photos. When you look back at them you’ll be reminded of the memories you made together.

I also love when my couples lean on me for inspiration. I have many venues that I’m dying to shoot at but just waiting for a couple to try them with.

Mike and Kelsey got married at the Terra Nue Farm and held their reception there as well. We drove to Taylor Falls for their first look and bride and groom photos, I couldn’t believe I was in Minnesota while we were photographing here!! It was a beautiful day.


Depending on your preference, this can vary. Minnesota has all four seasons, which gives variety and is amazing! There are perks to different times of the year as well.

If you can be more flexible, I’d suggest getting your photos done in the spring or fall. This is because of the extreme temperatures that winter and summer can bring plus you get pretty, colorful foliage in both seasons.

Mike and Kelsey got married at the beginning of September, which is a beautiful time of year in Minnesota. The strong heat has died down and you get the beautiful green colors before fall comes along.


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About the Author: Greta loves her job, consumes too much caffeine, and spends her free time hanging out with her husband or at Target. She is a wedding photographer based in Fayetteville, North Carolina often found in other states across the US. Specializing in capturing candid photographs along with a traditional style to produce natural, classic wedding photography.

Let’s chat about your vision!! I’d LOVE to capture your Minnesota wedding!

December 5, 2022

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