How to Do a Wedding Sparkler Exit | Minnesota Wedding Photographer

For the past few years, a popular wedding trend has been a sparkler exit for the couple as they leave the reception! The main reason for this trend tends to be that couples love how the sparklers look in photos. Some couples even want to take their sparkler game up a notch by having swirls wrap around them or even “Love” spelt out in front of them while they do night portraits. While these are great keepsake shots, it can be tough to get sparkler exits to turn out just right. So we’re here to give our Twin Cities couples a step by step guide to sparkler exits and photos! For a sparkler exit, here’s what you need to know! Before the Wedding Step 1: First off, you must double check with your venue that it’s okay to light off sparklers! Step 2: About two weeks before the wedding, purchase the sparklers and several torches (so much easier to use than lighters or matches!). Find the longest sparklers possible with a slow-burn rate. This way, they will last longer and you will get more light instead of smoke in the photos! Plan to purchase two sparklers per guest, as well as extra sparklers if you want to do night portraits with them. Step 3: Assign a few people to be in charge of the sparklers, handing them out, and lining up guests. This person may be your planner and their assistants or perhaps a few members of your wedding party. Just let them know ahead of time and make sure they know what time they need to put the...

Five Event Center | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

I love when I get to reunite with past couples at the weddings of their friends or family members! Back in 2015, I photographed Derek’s sister’s wedding at Mayowood Stone Barn. What an honor to have him ask me to photograph his wedding as well! Derek and his bride Lisa met back in the fall […]

I love when I get to reunite with past couples at the weddings of their friends or family members! Back in 2015, I photographed Derek’s sister’s wedding at Mayowood Stone Barn. What an honor to have him ask me to photograph his wedding as well! Derek and his bride Lisa met back in the fall of 2013 through mutual friends during their senior year of college. They were friends for a few months and then they started dating…which eventually led to February of 2017. Derek organized a scavenger hunt for Lisa that highlighted parts of their relationship. The scavenger hunt ended with Lisa finding Vinny, the couple’s dog, at St. Thomas College under the arches. The last clue was “Vinny has been bugging me to ask you” and then Derek got down on one knee and proposed! For their wedding day, Lisa and Derek chose to get married at Five Event Center in Uptown Minneapolis because they loved the industrial yet romantic feel of the venue. They wanted to incorporate many personal details into their day to make it even more special. One of the most important aspects was to find a way to memorialize their late grandparents. The couple had framed photos in the front row at the ceremony to represent their loved ones who couldn’t be present. A set of Derek’s grandfather’s clothes were also placed on a chair with his photo. There was also a rose in memory of Lisa’s grandmother that was carried down the aisle by the ring bearers. Such special ways to remember their grandparents on their wedding day! A few more special details from their...

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum | Hazeltine National Golf Course | Minnesota Wedding Photographer

Well, Josh doesn’t have to pretend to be Sarah’s boyfriend anymore…because now they’re married!!! These two first met at a bar in Maple Grove and when some guys wouldn’t stop hitting on Sarah, Josh stepped in and pretended to be her boyfriend. This worked in Josh’s favor as they then started to date and he […]

Well, Josh doesn’t have to pretend to be Sarah’s boyfriend anymore…because now they’re married!!! These two first met at a bar in Maple Grove and when some guys wouldn’t stop hitting on Sarah, Josh stepped in and pretended to be her boyfriend. This worked in Josh’s favor as they then started to date and he became Sarah’s real boyfriend. Fast forward to Sarah’s college graduation from University of Minnesota Duluth, Josh popped the question! Of course, Sarah said yes! They had a long engagement and even changed venues during the planning process. They decided the perfect spot to have their blush wedding was in the Sensory Garden at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum followed by a reception at Hazeltine National Golf Course. Despite the hot and sticky early September weather, everything was absolutely perfect for their big day! View their Minnehaha Falls and Stone Arch Bridge engagement session here! Vendors Ceremony Venue: Sensory Garden at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Reception Venue and Caterer: Hazeltine National Golf Course Photographer: Jeannine Marie Photography Florist: KMB Floral Dessert: The Thirsty Whale Bakery Decor: Illuminations by Lori Cole DJ: Instant Request DJ Hair and Makeup: SM Hair and Makeup Bridal Shop and Bridesmaids Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse Are you engaged and looking for an engagement photographer and wedding photographer in Minnesota? If so, contact Jeannine Marie Photography here. Jeannine Marie is serving wedding photography in Minneapolis and St. Paul. She is considered one of the best wedding photographers in Minnesota, featured in multiple publications and listed as one of Minnesota Bride’s “10 Fabulous Local Wedding Photographers.”  She is an award-winning wedding photographer and has recently won 2017 Mpls/Stp...

Three Sisters’ Weddings | Bemidji Weddings | Minnesota Wedding Photographer

It’s always an honor to get to know my couples’ families while photographing their big days. But for the Williams’ sisters, I also got to photograph all three of their weddings in Bemidji! At the same locations! That’s right, all three sisters had their wedding ceremonies in their parents’ backyard along the Mississippi River and […]

It’s always an honor to get to know my couples’ families while photographing their big days. But for the Williams’ sisters, I also got to photograph all three of their weddings in Bemidji! At the same locations! That’s right, all three sisters had their wedding ceremonies in their parents’ backyard along the Mississippi River and then took a pontoon ride over to Hampton Inn & Suites on Lake Bemidji. They also each got ready in their parents’ room at their home, had both of their parents walk them down the aisle, had their guests send them off to the pontoon boat, took portraits on the dock at night, etc… In addition to my services, they also had a few of the same other vendors including Abbi’s Bridal Design, Hair Teasers Studio, and Complete Weddings & Events. They were even all each other’s maids of honor, two of them sharing the role at each wedding! Oldest sister Baret was the first to start this tradition when she and Dane got married in August of 2012. Two years later in 2014, Marin and Dustin had their August wedding. They loved Baret and Dane’s wedding plan so much that they decided to use the same idea but with their own spin that highlighted their love for music. Then in August of 2018, Kari and Mark decided to stick with the tradition. As Kari puts it, “[My sisters] have refined this recipe pretty nicely and are happily married, so it made sense to capitalize on their knowledge.” In fact, the recipe was so well-crafted Kari even booked the reception venue and my photography services before...

Round Barn Farm | MN Barn Wedding | Minnesota Wedding Photographer

Derek and Dani wanted an outdoor wedding and fell in love with the atmosphere at The Round Barn Farm in Red Wing, MN. These two met back in 2010 while they were neighbors in the same duplex at University Wisconsin-Stout. They started chatting and as Dani puts it, “We’ve been navigating life together ever since!” […]

Derek and Dani wanted an outdoor wedding and fell in love with the atmosphere at The Round Barn Farm in Red Wing, MN. These two met back in 2010 while they were neighbors in the same duplex at University Wisconsin-Stout. They started chatting and as Dani puts it, “We’ve been navigating life together ever since!” Well, on November 11, 2017, Derek chose to take over the navigating for the day and surprised Dani with a special proposal on the Cantilever Bridge at the Guthrie in Minneapolis. Of course, she said yes and then they celebrated their engagement at Oceanaire. Which leads us to their rustic, barn wedding! For their special day, Derek and Dani chose to wait to see each other until the ceremony. A very special aspect of their wedding was that Dani wore her mother’s vintage dress and then did a first look with her mom! For her wedding flowers, Dani chose to have a bouquet of foliage rather than actual flowers. This classy green and gold wedding was such a blast to be a part of! From yard games to bubbles to s’mores to donuts to a polaroid photo station to a live band to a DJ to a night full of dancing; there was no shortage of fun!   Vendors Venue: The Round Barn Farm Photographer: Jeannine Marie Photography Planner: Heather Rosales Florist: Artemisia Studios Caterer: A’Britin Catering Dessert: Valley Pastries Ceremony DJ and Lighting: Midwest Sound Band: Roadkill Stationery: Liana Harding Hair and Makeup: Katie Brown Studios Bridal Shop: JenMar Creations Bridal Shoes: DSW Bridesmaids Dresses: ShowMeYourMumu Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Savvi Formalwear Barbershop: Crossings...