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WAYZATA COUNTRY CLUB WEDDING | AIMEE + JIM

Aimee & Jim’s Wayzata Country Club Wedding this past October was full of so much love and we were honored to work this amazing couple!

HOW THEY MET

Aimee : “short answer- my best friend Kara (also my Maid of Honor). They both lived in Wisconsin and she used to ump his work softball league. They both happen to move to Minnesota around the same time and would hang out because neither knew many people. Jim would hosted a fun Derby Party at his house and invited Kara, who asked if I could tag along. Jim had a girlfriend at the time, so it was very platonic. Fast forward about 4 years Kara and Jim met for happy hour- Kara asked again if I could tag along- Newly single Jim, and new home owner Aimee. Kara slyly asked Jim about dating me… “nah, too high maintenance” and asked me about Jim… “Nah…too enginerdy” was my reply. As we were drinking, I suggested we move the party to my new house. I had a bad HDMI cable and asked if he knew how to fix it… he did. I hugged him. Something felt really nice about that hug, (we both recall that moment) Kara left my house early because she said we were being weird and freaking her out. Jim asked me on a proper date for that week- came with hot pink roses (important detail later!) and took me to a lovely meal to show me he was serious about this date. We have been inseparable since.

THE PROPOSAL

Aimee: “This is one for the books. Most of my married friends have said… “glad I am married first to not have to live up to that” it was a true fairy tale. Jim has been buying me these silly Disney figurines since we started dating. They generally fit what we have going on (beach mickey and Minnie around our vacation etc) However, being not much of a “collector” I had asked him a few times to maybe reduce the amount of figurines. RE: Please stop buying them for me. We had a “staycation” planned and he picked me up on a Friday to go to a near by hotel (or so I thought) A single bud vase with a hot pink rose and a Disney Figurine were my “staycation” gift. Slightly confused I noticed the picture on the side of the box. It was Mickey-kneeling-Proposing to Minnie. I starred at him and he simply said “sit down, this is happening” He had that figurine for ever and waited to give it to me. He then tells me we are going to a private dinner at his house- as we drive- I realize we are not going to his house… Surprise number 2. He rented a lake house to have a private chef cater a meal for us. As we pull up, he exchanged my bud vase for a large empty vase, and said ” you will need this” as I walk in there is my mom and dad, and his mom from Arizona- all holding single pink roses. queue ugly crying. Wait… there is more. I am led downstairs where a small group of our closest family and friends from Wisconsin, Denver and Minneapolis gathered- each holding a pink rose for me. We all stayed at the lake home- had a beautiful private chef prepared dinner. Oh! and he had a surprise engagement party there the next day too where all our friends and family come to celebrate our engagement. He literally thought of everything.

How are your eye’s? A little watery!?!? Reading that one made me tear up and it still does!

When we asked Aimee what her most anticipated moments of the day she was looking for, her answer like many other couples was the first look with Jim & her Dad! ( you may still want your tissue for these shots!)

Aimee: “My first look both with my groom and my dad. The pictures (especially with my dad) are unbelievable and captured every emotion. They are so wonderful, I literally look at them daily. It was exactly how I would have loved them to be. Katrina suggested we do a first look with my girls too- that was one of the most fun surprises for special moments being greeted by my closest friends- those photos are also fabulous.”

Aimee: “We had a saying leading up to the wedding- welcome to our wedding- here is your Kleenex and your Xanex. I was expecting to sob and be elated and full of love. I actually didn’t know how I was going to not ruin my make up.”

Of course, now we want to know…..what made her say YES to the Dress!

Aimee: “I walked out and my “crew” burst into tears. It was a classic A-Line gown very unique with lace and a blush underlay. sparkly (of course) and literally nothing like what I thought I would get for my day. I could dance in it, it was princess like, without being a million layers of tulle.”

Aimee: “Old School Hollywood Glamour. Fur shawls, elegance timeless. We wanted it to be beautiful, elegant, romantic and meaningful. We wanted everyone there to feel our love, share in it and have literally the best time too. We went with the most fabulous sparkly rose gold table clothes- lots and lots of candles, white roses and eucalyptus garlands. Rose Gold, Black and Ivory were our colors.”

As for the rest of the decor, Wayzata Country Club is such a great venue and we love seeing how our couples choose to enhance it with there personality and their own style.

Aimee : “Rose gold Sparkly table clothes was unique touch. We alternated tables with full sparkly table clothes and black floor length with rose gold runners. Lots of Candles- we had hurricanes on each table with Eucalyptus Garland and white roses. Uplighting was key for ambiance. Lovely sweet table displayed our cutting cake with Mickey and Minnie Figurine and Macaroons- and other sweets. We also had many sweet Disney touches, very subtle… such as our gift card box, welcome sign, Table numbers were Lucite with a tiny Mickey and Minnie on the bottom. Just a enough to be special everywhere but not ‘themed” DIY- I spray painted the bottom of the wood table numbers, cut the Eucalyptus. We had a heritage table with wedding photos of our parents, grandparents and other gems. That was DYI.”

I always love seeing what the couples have to say after the wedding is over and planning is done, so I always ask, what advice do you have for other couples planning their wedding? Aimee, I think you and I are two pea’s in a pod after reading your response!!

Aimee: “Best advice I heard, and I am so glad I heeded. We had a lovely dinner Thursday. It was quiet, nothing too fancy, but was my close friend who traveled from London, my maid of honor from Denver, my parents, and my mother in law in town from AZ. We gave small and meaningful gifts to our parents, and it was a perfect and relaxing way to kick off the weekend. It was then I resolved to chill the $&*@ out. Planning did get the best of me, many times. there were tears and hives and screaming. I had to trust that I planned and planned and what was going to go wrong would be fixed or laughed about later, and I was not going to miss my wedding because I was stressed. I resolved to be 100% present and enjoy every moment. Truly let it all go and just be there. It was the time of my life, and I am so glad I let everything else go. Do this. Also If you are reading this blog trying to decide on a photographer… literally look no further.

Aimee & Jim, we truly loved working with you and being chosen to capture your beautiful wedding story! We wish you a lifetime of happiness and while you may have to purchase a curio cabinet for all those figurines Jim buys you, it is about the memories that they create and remind you of the moments of your love story! CHEERS TO YOU BOTH!

PHOTOGRAPHY :: STUDIO 220 PHOTOGRAPHY – KATRINA & GABI | VENUE: WAYZATA COUNTRY CLUB | FLORIST :: FESTIVITIES | WEDDING GOWN :: POSH BRIDAL| RINGS :: TREASURES | DJ :: DJ DUDLEY D | HAIR & MAKE UP : REFLECT SALON – ABBY & NIC | MACARONS :: NIKKOLETTE’S MACARONS

GREEN ACRES WEDDING | KAYLA + TONY

Kayla & Tony’s Green Acres Barn Wedding was one I couldn’t wait to share! The smiles on these two’s faces ALL day was just something that gave me tingles and made my heart smile while looking through their whole gallery! These two are truly as kind as they appear and are so genuine, we loved working with them and capturing these memories for them!

Kayla & Tony met while working at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, he thought she was cute, they went out & now, well clearly they got married!

THE PROPOSAL :

Bonding over a love of travel and the outdoors Tony & Kayla decided they would do the Superior Hiking trail. 310+ miles of swamp, north woods & rugged coastline along Lake Superior’s western shore, the trail starts on the Wisconsin Minnesota border & ends overlooking Canada. They knew they wouldn’t have the time to thru-hike so they took it a few miles at a time, hiking on the weekends. The day of the proposal Tony & Kayla started hiking early in the morning at the Martin Rd trailhead. With fresh dew on the grass, they began what was a very long day. They planned to get to Sucker River campsite that evening, 22 miles away where Ben & Kristen (friends) would join them. They hiked through sun, rain, muddy swamps and cool forests, but one constant was the mosquitoes. By mile 19 they were quite tired and the bugs were driving them crazy! Now usually when a hike got to this point Tony would tell Kayla a story to distract her from her troubles. He did this time too, and wove a long and exciting story about two forest critters, Kony & Tayla. They were a rabbit and chipmunk couple who were exploring the world and got into some crazy adventures. Fighting off giant bears, evil hawks and miles of desert our explorers traveled in search of the magical land of Sucker River. In the end, (after Kayla became very invested) the two critters realized they didn’t need to find the magical land as long as they were together. It was at this point that Tony tapped Kayla on the shoulder and asked her to marry him. She screamed, loudly, and realizing it was not another fake proposal (Tony had done a few of those to keep her on her toes) she said yes. The last couple of miles were much easier! That, my friends, is how this adventure began.

What was it about Green Acres that made you say YES!

Tony : “Green Acres doesn’t need much decor, which was a big selling point. For color scheme we didn’t want to be too on the nose with red and orange for a fall wedding so we opted for richer tones like emerald and navy. We did make all the signs and wine bottle candles. Our aunt also did all the flowers. So a fair amount of DIY and plenty of help from friends!

Let’s chat wedding day look! What made you say Yes to the dress?!

What I love is that Tony was the one filling in the answers and this made me laugh when I read it!!!

Tony: “Hey grooms can fill out this questionaire too 😉 As for Kayla’s dress, it was actually the first one she tried on and it just felt right. She is very indecisive though and had to try on a ton more just to make sure the first one was the one. As for me, I like how I look in blue and knew I didn’t want to be so formal in a suit jacket. Suspenders and personal touches like my axolotl pin (our pet) kept it classy and fun. Which I think describes my wife’s dress as well!

We love the outdoors and wanted that to be part of our day, so outdoor ceremony was a must. Other than that we really just wanted a big enough space for our loved one to eat drink and be merry. Be comfortable and have fun, that was our goal.

What was your most anticipated or special moment of the wedding day you were most looking forward to?

The ceremony. It was the most nervous part as well as the most us. It was fun to share those personal touches of us as a couple with so many loved ones. Plus it was the official part of it all.

In regards to that were your emotions during that moment what you were expecting?!

“I think we were both nervous, but excited. Afterwards? Still my favorite part and I will always remember it fondly. The ceremony went great except it was a little windy for our guests. And the mistakes like a runaway flower girl or me exploding the champagne during the unity cocktail ended up being really funny and making for GREAT pictures!”

WE loved being at Green Acres, as we absolutely love this venue. Cheers to Kayla & Tony, thank you for choosing us to capture your wedding day!! We wish you a lifetime of happiness & love, and of course careful with shaking champagne! 😉

PHOTOGRAPHY : STUDIO 220 PHOTOGRAPHY TAMIKA & GABI | VENUE : GREEN ACRES | WEDDING DRESS : THE WEDDING SHOPPE | BRIDESMAID DRESSES : AZAZIE | CATERER : GREEN MILL CATERING | DESSERTS : LA DULCERIA

PINSTRIPES WEDDING | JENNA + JEFF

Let’s take a moment to forget it is negative 10 degrees and reminisce about Jenna & Jeff’s wedding this past summer ( yes we have a season called summer people!!) at Pinstripes!

Jenna and Jeff who met in High School dated for 7 years before Jeff popped the question, and from the story he really took time and blew Jenna away!

THE PROPOSAL

Jenna: “Jeff proposed to me on our 7 year anniversary. He drove me to all
of the places we used to go to together during high school in our hometown. At the very last stop (which was at the tree we carved our initials into on our 6 month anniversary) he got down on one knee and proposed.”

Jenna who wanted something simple and elegant but not over the top, was so excited to get glammed up and show off her bridal look to her soon to be Mr!

“It’s not everyday you get to wear an expensive dress, with an expensive hairdo and you makeup all Flawless! I couldn’t wait to see Jeff’s reaction!”

I say he was in awe of his beautiful bride when he saw her!!

Bridal Dress : Diamond Bride | Bridesmaid Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe

We loved Jenna’s Bridal style and so we just had to know, what was the inspiration behind her look and ultimately saying YES to the DRESS!

“My sister helped with all that! She is a makeup guru and I let her have freedom to create my makeup style. For my hair I wanted simple (can you tell I’m a simple bride!?) just a low bun, something beautiful that would keep me from sweating profusely on the day of! And my dress… my dress was a mission. I went to multiple different stores and never found what I was looking for. Until one day, the store manager came to me and mentioned he would be able to combine two dresses to make my dream dress! What really sold me on the dress was the day before… I went to a Chinese restaurant and received a fortune cookie that said “Tomorrow you will Und the item you’ve been looking for.” And sure enough the next day, I found the item I had been looking for! “

The ceremony had a special touch as her Mother & Father-in-law created their beautiful backdrop! The simple greenery and vines draped the backdrop with an effortless romantic look, we loved the touch of softness it brought to their ceremony along with the sentimental piece!

When it came to decor, Jenna wanted to keep things simple here as well, simple touches of greenery and candles.

The wedding day comes and goes so fast and so when we asked Jenna for advice to other couples planning…here is her advice and I could not agree more!

Don’t stress about it. Honestly, it’s one day. It’s a day just about you and the person you are marrying and that’s it. At the end of the day, no one is going to care how much you spent on the wedding invites. Make it about love, not about outdoing everyone else!

PHOTOGRAPHY : STUDIO 220 PHOTOGRAPHY – BREE | BRIDAL GOWN: DIAMOND BRIDE | BRIDESMAID DRESSES : THE WEDDING SHOPPE | RINGS: SHANE CO. | DJ: STUDIO VEIL | CATERER: PINSTRIPES | FLORIST: CREATIVE BLOOMS | HAIR : MARK EVANS SALON

THE COTTAGE FARMHOUSE WEDDING | JAMIE + NATE

We loved being at The Cottage Farmhouse for Jamie & Nate’s wedding this past September! But, let’s start from the beginning and where it all began shall we.

Jamie & Nate have one of the most romantic proposal stories I have heard in a while! I mean I went home and told my husband all about it and he was like, so your saying mine was no good in comparison…I mean mine was awesome, but Nate, you killed it!

Nate took me to dinner on a Monday night, which wasn’t unusual for us. After dinner he wanted to take me to an outdoor park where they had live music. When we got there, we walked down a trail to what I thought led to the music. The closer we got, I saw a beautiful gazebo on the lake and it was DECKED OUT in lights and candles (That’s when I finally realized what was happening) In the center there were candles in the shape of a heart and that is where he proposed to me!

Not only was that a surprise, there were two more! He told me we were leaving the next morning for a week long vacation. Obviously my first thought was that it’s a Monday and I have to work. He then told me “it’s taken care of” as he had been in contact with my boss for the past several months about it. The second surprise was on the day we got back from vacation, he had an engagement party planned with all of my close friends and family! It was truly a fairy tale proposal!!!

Their wedding at The Cottage Farmhouse was nothing short of romantic, her dress, hair & greenery throughout, it all had a softness and effortless feel.

We love hearing about what our brides are envision for their day and what theme or style they are going for, so when we asked Jamie here is what she had to say!

Jamie :I had several ideas of what I wanted my wedding to look like. We were getting married on a farm which naturally created a rustic theme. With that, I wanted it to be “boho style” with an added touch of elegance. I wanted it to be the perfect combination of laid back yet classic all at the same time.

Make up by : Adorning Beauty | Hair by: @katierasinskihair

Jamie :What I fell in love with about The Cottage Farmhouse is the fact that it is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING apart from any significant decorations. With decor, I tend to be a minimalist so this venue spoke to my heart <3 I will say that if any space felt too bare for my liking, I wanted it draped in eucalyptus as I was HUGE on the greenery!

Now of course let’s talk about the dress!!! What made you say YES to the dress?!

Jamie : “When choosing my wedding dress, I wanted to keep in mind two things: the venue and theme. I wanted a dress that “fit” the farmhouse theme, in other words, boho style and laid back. I wanted something that I felt both beautiful and comfortable in!”

Jamie’s gorgeous Dress was from Our Shop Bridal in Woodbury.

Nate was looking dapper ( thats a new “in” word again right!?!) in his Navy suit. Jamie had 2 moments that she always dreamed about wedding day, the first being….you guessed it THE FIRST LOOK!! We love this moment with couples and I mean come on you can just feel the love radiating out of these two love birds!

We loved the Bridesmaid Dresses these ladies were rocking as well!
All were from Azazie

We love being at The Cottage Farm House , the rustic elegance and beauty to all the backdrops this is easily one of our favorites!

The second moment Jamie had dreamed about was her walking down the aisle, so we needed to know, were her emotions what she though they would be in these two moments?!

Jamie : “Dreaming about how I would feel in these moments were far different than reality! Even though you try so hard to make a conscious effort to stop and appreciate each moment, everything about your wedding day still passes by in a blink of an eye. Emotions are so high on that day that everything tends to run together. This is why choosing the right photographer is SO IMPORTANT! Looking back at the photos from these two moments bring back the emotions I remember feeling which may not have been the case if my photographers weren’t so amazing at what they do.”

How cute is the Hitch and Sip Bar on Wheels!!!

We truly loved working with Jamie & Nate, the love they have for one another is so apparent and they truly are such amazing sweet people! We wish you both a lifetime of happiness and Nate, I can’t wait to hear what you have in store for your first anniversary, you set the bar high 🙂

Are you or someone you know planning a wedding at The Cottage Farm House? We would LOVE to chat!!!

Studio 220 Photography :: Tamika + Nicole | Venue: The Cottage Farm House | Wedding Dress : Our Shop Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses : Azazie | Caterer : This Little Piggy | Florist : Crow River Floral | Bar : Hitch and Sip

The #1 Question Couples Forget To Ask Their Photographer

Before we jump right into that question, it’s better to demonstrate WHY it’s so important through an example of what can happen if you don’t ask… 

Imagine this scenario for a moment… It’s your wedding day, and you’re on your way to the church or hotel to get ready, you’re with your closest friends and family, and you’re experiencing “all the feels” you’ve been anticipating for months (or even years) on one of the biggest and happiest days of your life. You’ve got all your girls (or guys) with you, your dress (or suit) is a perfect fit, you’re right on schedule, spirits are high, everything is going perfectly… so far. 

You’re having so much fun with your crew that you almost forget what time your photographer is supposed to show up. But eventually it enters your mind that something is off, or maybe your personal attendant or maid of honor or event planner are the ones that mention it to you… “Isn’t the photographer supposed to be here by now?” 

It’s only a few minutes past the agreed upon arrival time, so you try not to stress too much and assume they are just running a bit late. A few minutes go by, they still haven’t arrived. Feeling a little anxiety about the situation now, you decide to call the photographer… no answer. So you text, and wait a few minutes… no response. Now, you’ve still got “all the feels”, but not the right ones. Worry turns to anxiety, anxiety turns to stress, stress turns to panic, and now you’re so completely overwhelmed with furiously calling and texting and emailing your photographer, and getting no response, that the situation has completely consumed this part of your wedding day. With the photographer completely unresponsive and ridiculously late, you’re all out of sorts… your hair isn’t right, the dress doesn’t feel right, you’re feeling nauseous… but you can’t delay the wedding. And there’s no time to find a replacement photographer. It’s an icky feeling. 

Well, the wedding goes on, but it’s not like you expected. All the happy feelings you thought you’d have are drowned out by the awful feelings of stress and anxiety. You’re day isn’t ruined, but at the time it feels that way. The person you trusted to capture the images and memories of your biggest day, has unfortunately ruined your day… and there are no do-overs. 

So what happened? It might have been a number of things, perhaps your photographers fault, or perhaps not. Maybe they got so sick they couldn’t even communicate, maybe their child-care fell through, maybe they got in a car accident, or maybe they just plain forgot… Regardless of the cause, it doesn’t change the fact that they never showed up, and you didn’t have a professional photographer to capture your wedding. And even if the situation didn’t put you in a funky mood all day, you’ll never have those precious memories captured in imagery, so you can relive the day through the professional images you expected and paid for. 

The point of this story is not to scare you with the “doomsday scenario”, but rather to illuminate that this scenario, while rare, is possible. And it unfortunately does happen to couples from time to time (you can google it and find many real life actual stories of this happening). And when it does happen, it’s devastating. So while it’s extremely unlikely, the question you have to ask yourself is, how comfortable are you with some level of risk that if an emergency happens, the photographer that you’ve hired may not be able to show up and shoot your wedding? Assuming that your answer is that you’re “not very comfortable with the risk”, that leads us to the point of the entire email, and it may surprise not surprise you at this point, given the rather long lead-in… What is the #1 Question Couples Forget to Ask Their Wedding Photographer? 

What happens in the case of an emergency and you aren’t able to shoot our wedding (or you don’t show up to the wedding and we can’t reach you)? 

If you’re still looking for a photographer, and you haven’t asked this question, you might want to consider asking all of the photographers that you’re talking to. And while I can’t tell you what answer should make you sufficiently comfortable, and give you confidence that your photographer has you covered with a great emergency back-up plan… I can offer a perspective on some of what you may encounter as you search for that answer, and tell you what Studio 220 has in place for our clients. 

The challenge that most couples face in getting a sufficiently comforting answer to this question, is that the vast majority of wedding photographers are single operators, meaning they are the only photographer in their business, and they work with an assistant or a couple of assistants that don’t have their level of skill or experience. That in itself is not a bad thing. But the issue is risk. The risk of that photographer you hired to shoot your wedding getting sick, or getting in an accident on the way to the wedding, or having one of their kids get sick, or having their childcare fall through last minute. There’s dozens of things that could potentially go wrong on your wedding day that could result in your photographer not being able to shoot your wedding. And while we’ve heard that some photographers claim to have a network of equally talented backups, it’s really not feasible when you consider how that would actually work in a real life scenario. Would they commit that someone of equal talent is going to be available in an emergency? Would they give you access to the contact information of the person or people they have secured to be on-call? What happens if something happens to your hired photographer, like an accident on the way to the wedding, and they aren’t actually able to notify their back-up that there is even a problem? There’s just no realistic way that a sole proprietor can commit to having a guaranteed back up, of equal talent, with access to all of the information and details of your wedding, who can seamlessly step-in and shoot your wedding in any potential worst case scenario. So in our opinion, there really is no suitable answer to this question that a sole proprietor can give you. 

That said, you do have an option to work with a photographer that does have a great answer… At Studio 220, we have always been committed to having one of our Lead photographers (not assistant photographer) scheduled to be on-call whenever we have a wedding event booked, and that back-up photographer is paid to be on-call. This gives our clients total peace-of-mind that even if disaster strikes, they will have a Lead photographer from our studio that will be available to shoot their wedding, and that the photographer will have the skills and experience the clients paid for and expect. Additionally, because of all the systems and process investments we have made, all the relevant client information such as schedule, shot lists, notes and other information, is stored online and is easily accessible to the on-call photographer so they have everything they need to shoot the wedding event. This means that with Studio 220 our wedding clients can rest assured that even in an emergency, we have a Lead photographer on call and available to step in and seamlessly deliver the service they expect, and that peace-of-mind is priceless… because you don’t get to reschedule your wedding if your photographer doesn’t show up.

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