I love these moments captured of Shannon and Tim because unless you know what you’re looking at, you may just be convinced that these photos were taken on a tropical island! Truth be told this lush landscape lies in Minneapolis, MN at Minnehaha Falls. Shannon, a native Minnesotan, and Tim, an Aussie, met abroad and have travelled the world together. With a wedding planned in Hawaii, they wanted their engagement pictures to match the excitement of their day, but still have elements of home.
I recently partnered with Can Can Wonderland and a few “friendors” (friends who are also fabulous wedding vendors) to create a magically bright and (of course) off-beat styled wedding shoot! This truly unique and fun venue recently opened its doors to wedding ceremonies and receptions in 2018. I was lucky enough to photograph Christina & Albert there in September, so I can’t recommend it enough if you’re looking for a non-traditional and memorable wedding day!
Venue: Can Can Wonderland, St. Paul, MN
Hair: Cryptid Hair Parlour, Minneapolis, MN
Make Up: Sarah Elizabeth Artistry
Florals: Uy-Lennon Florals & Events
Dress + Accessories: Effie’s Bridal Trunk, Burnsville, MN - ask for Andrew!
Video/Photo Support: Bre McGee of Artisan Observer
Models: Brett & Erin
Thank you for stopping by!
I need your help!
As you may have heard, Minnesota Bride Magazine's Best of 2019 voting is now open and I need your help! I would be so appreciative if you would consider voting for Heather Hanson Photography LLC along with the other amazing wedding vendors who made your experience great! Here are the categories I would be honored to be nominated for:
Top of the Tiara (best overall vendor!)
Voting Ends February 22, 2019. You must vote for at least 6 categories*.
Link to voting form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MNBBestOf2019
*If you need vendors to help fill in your votes, I recommend the following:
Best Custom Dressmaker: KMK Designs
Best Hair & Makeup: Sarah Elizabeth Artisty OR 139 Hair by Heidi OR Twin City Pretty OR Zielbridal
Best Formalwear: Knights Chamber
Best Unique Venue: Can Can Wonderland
Best Wedding Planner: Bre is Fun
Best Florist: Uy-Lennon Floral
Best Wedding Desserts: Cocoa & Fig
Best DJ: Greg Ellis OR Complete Weddings & Events
These awards are very important to me and all of your other local vendors. Thank you so much for your support!
For more information on Minnesota Bride's Best of 2019, click here.
Planning a wedding can be an overwhelming endeavor, so attending a wedding fair is a smart choice when shopping around for a variety of vendors to meet the needs of your perfect day.
I have several engaged friends and family members this year, so I’ve been asked to help navigate through common questions and tips on getting the most from wedding fairs. I thought I’d share them here in hopes they might help you as well!
Here are my top 5 quick tips to get the most out of your wedding fair experience:
1) Go in with a “shopping list” — What vendors are your must haves? - Photographer? Florist? DJ? If you make a list of top 3, you can focus on specific vendors without getting overwhelmed. You will likely get swept up in vendors who specialize in everything from Chalkboard Signage to Duck Dynasty-style camouflage tuxes (yes, this exists!), but have fun with it! Just because you go looking for bread and milk doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in caramel cheesecake ice cream.
2) Print out your info stickers — The Wedding Fair recommends printing your names (as a couple), your wedding date, wedding venue, and email address onto return address sticker labels. A lot of vendors have information sign ups, contests, etc - save yourself the trouble of hand writing the same information over and over at each vendor table.
PRO TIP —> Create a separate wedding email account to use for wedding vendors - if you end up communicating with a vendor you want to book, you can always cc or switch to your regular email account to stay up-to-date. (Make sure you check it for information on a regular basis, but this will prevent you from getting spammed long after your wedding.) Think “Futuremrs.Lastname@gmail.com”
3) Value conversation more than flyers — Don’t feel obligated to submit your information to every vendor or collect brochures from every table. Yes, you can learn a lot by researching the business after the fair (using the brochures as reference), but you don’t want to end up wasting a lot of print materials for no reason. Often times you can get the best feel for a vendor by talking to them directly.
4) Consider your budget, but be open to pricing — According to costofwedding.com, the average cost of a 50-100 guest wedding in Minnesota in 2018 was between $21,337 and $35,561. This is on par with the US average of $33,391 in 2018.
5) Have fun being engaged — planning is only part of the process! Take time to enjoy your fiance(e) and don't sweat the small stuff. If you are worried about going overboard, consider hiring a wedding planner at the top of your vendor list!
Thanks for reading, hope to see you at the next fair!
(I will be at the 1/20/2019 Wedding Fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center).
It was the quintessential perfect fall day when I joined Briana, Adam, and their furbaby, Winter, at Lake Harriet for a family session. Hues of golden yellow and orange illuminated the scene.
Tucked away in rural Isanti, MN, the Erickson Farmstead is a cozy and rustic home in a world of its own. An hour outside of the Twin Cities, it offers couples an opportunity to have a destination-style wedding at a unique venue without the huge travel expenses.
Purchased by the Erickson Family in 1893 and noted in the Minnesota Historical Society as a representation of prosperity in the early twentieth century, this family farm has a rich and quaint atmosphere.** The property was recently purchased by Dennis and Julie Davis in 2018 in hopes of creating a whimsical wedding and gatherings venue (mission accomplished!).
I was lucky enough to be invited to this winter holiday themed wedding shoot by Terri of Uy-Lennon Floral (who provided the greenery and bouquets pictured) and Christina of Dos Goats Plans, a wedding planner.
Thanks for stopping by!
**information from Erickson Farmstead and the MN Historical Society. For more information, click here.
“Fly on those wings of love, fly up, fly home” - Grateful Dead, The Stranger
On a rainy Saturday in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, friends and family gathered to celebrate Rob & Lisa in an intimate cabin setting. A lifetime of friendship and deep-seeded love from their childhood brought them back together again (finally!)
This hits me personally, as Lisa is my mom! It was truly a gift to be a part of this magical evening.
“Well maybe I’ve got no star to spare, or anything fine or even rare,
only if you let me be your world, could I ever give this world to you.
could I ever give this world to you.” - Grateful Dead, If i Had The World to Give
Special thanks to Tina of McKenzie Botanicals in Maggie Valley in providing the beautiful blooms we arranged into whimsical bouquets!
Highlights and “drama” from today’s TCWEP Networking Event at the Delta Hotels by Marriot, North East Minneapolis! Muddy Paws Cheesecake, delicious Pad Thai & Lo Mein, “Potty Banks” and more!
MORE PHOTOS TO COME SOON!
It was an intimate meeting for October - with delicious food, a beautiful venue, and close colleagues!
With soil from both homes, water from the river in-between, and a love that will blossom a lifetime, Katie & Mitch planted a tree as their unifying ceremony. Their vows and love story, (as grade-school sweethearts), is just as sweet as their wedding day. A forest ceremony and whimsical barn reception were a perfect fit for these two! Who said “cheesy” had to be a bad thing?
Stop by the Minnesota Renaissance Festival this Sunday, August 26th 1pm-3pm for a special wedding fair, geared toward couples looking to get married on the festival grounds. I've had the opportunity to photograph at the fair a couple of times, and I can't wait for more!
Stephanie and Colin tied the knot at the King's Arbor in 2012, and Dana & Daryl exchanged vows at the Chapel Garden in 2015. I've picked a few of my personal favorites to share!
Beth & Mike's love story "begins in Minneapolis," so it only seemed fitting that I met them for their engagement at the historic Stone Arch Bridge, at the heart of the city. As a special challenge, they asked if I could recreate a photo of Mike's grandparents. "Challenge, accepted!"
Would you believe that in the middle of a concrete jungle, Ary & Jeff found a quiet secret garden for their wedding ceremony? The rooftop of the Crowne Plaza Northstar Minneapolis provided a scenic backdrop with a mixture of city life and whimsy - and these two brought the romance!
Keeping with tradition, Ary and Jeff decided to wait until the walk down the aisle to see each other for the first time. Jeff's reaction is breathtaking! Untraditionally though, Jeff included his 5 year old son as his Best Man, and 2 year old son as the Ring Bearer... too cute!
Special thanks to Complete Weddings & Events for matching me with this amazing couple!
Hannah & Marc added a blindfold to the traditional reveal before the ceremony, which only made their first look more sweet. Telling the story of a couple on their wedding day involves capturing moments just like this one!
Thanks to Complete Weddings + Events (based in So. St. Paul) for letting me capture this vivacious and awesome wedding!
A couple years ago, Kat and Trevor migrated from city life in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to the dry heat of rural Arizona. After acclimating to the desert and somewhat off-the-grid lifestyle, they decided to make their intentions known in a destination wedding! Bisbee, AZ is known for its days as a mining town, as well as its relaxed atmosphere and eclectic sights - the perfect place for a vibrant and offbeat wedding.
The Southwest feel of their ceremony at the Star Chevrolet and reception at The Courtyard succeeded at embracing a vibrant party in an intimate setting, complete with close friends and family.
As a note: Kat is a friend of mine and I functioned as a guest at this wedding with permission from the bride & groom to photograph the event. I was not the hired photographer, nor was I the main photographer. I simply love what I do and enjoyed being a spectator to Kat & Trevor's beautiful day.
Congats again, Kat & Trevor! All the love <3 <3 <3
I joined Megan & Pat at Surly Brewing Company for their sunny and beautiful May engagement session! Over delicious beer, they reminisced on how their relationship blossomed after meeting at work, Megan's fondness of the color red, and their common interests (including some of my personal faves - like Lord of the Rings and Parks and Rec!).
I can't wait to see these two again in July when they tie the knot!
May 2018 - Spring has finally come to Minnesota and the warm sunlight and budding plants are everywhere! Christina & Albert took advantage of the beautiful weather as we explored the Weisman Art Museum and Victory Memorial Parkway. Their furry companion, Luna made an appearance too!
On a surprisingly mild Spring day in Minneapolis (between those crazy March and April blizzards) I joined Isabel & Julian in the Fountain Room at the Lumber Exchange. With soft greens and blush pinks, this romantic ceremony and reception reflect how truly sweet this couple is!
Isabel's dress is from The Wedding Shoppe, Inc., St. Paul
Hairstyling by Kayla VanderZiel of Ziel Bridal
Julian's suit is from the Men's Warehouse
Flowers were created by Hy-Vee
As the snow melts in North East Minneapolis, I follow Mallory & Shaun on a daytime stroll.
The Twin Cities Wedding & Event Professionals attendees had the pleasure of touring the newest addition to the wedding scene; The Hutton House -- a venue designed with weddings in mind! Large bright and open spaces, multiple ceremony space options, and cozy offerings make this venue irresistible to photographers like myself! I couldn't resist stealing a couple shots of this new space for myself, and can't wait to officially photograph a couple here! Check out the images I captured of the sweet setup below (and gather some inspiration for your own festivities too!).
Floral Decor by Leslie Ann Johnson, Positively Charmed! Custom Ceremonies & Boutique Decor
Cheesecake Bites by Tami Cabrera, Muddy Paws Cheesecake
Raspberry Dessert Cups by Amanda Twait, Unique Dining Experience/Courtyards of Andover
Mini Cupcakes by Dawn Wallerus, Sugar & Spice Custom Cakery
Planning your Hutton House wedding? Let me know!
I enjoyed catching the early Spring light (done entirely in camera) through the trees at St. Anthony Main and Stone Arch Bridge before following Becky & Greg home for a casual date night. Becky was able to borrow Keri Noble's velvet ribbon dress, beautifully crafted by local designer Tess Ross for the Go Red for Women fundraiser.
Later that night we went back to their loft to make pizza, drink wine, and cozy up on the couch!
P.S. This year I've shot more snowy engagement sessions than ever, and I LOVE it! I also love that Becky sought out designer Tess Ross to borrow this beautiful velvet ribbon dress (recently worn by Keri Noble at the 2018 Go Red For Women Fashion Show)! Of course, Greg borrowed a red velvet bow-tie from dad to match!