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The forecast was calling for rain(and possibly SNOW gotta love MN right), for Kate & Liam’s spring wedding ceremony held at The Basilica of St. Mary’s with reception at Semple Mansion. Luckily the day turned out to be nothing as the forecast called for, the sun came out and the day was simply perfect! With the combination of white, green, and gold, accents throughout in their decor it highlighted the beauty of their venues Semple Mansion for reception and Basilica of Saint Mary for ceremony. Kate also designed and made the seating chart along with the welcome sign and the signature drinks chalk board herself!

We of course always love hearing about every brides planning process and what made them say YES to the dress 🙂 We asked Kate how did you choose your wedding day look?

Kate: I always envisioned a long sleeve dress with a lot of lace, but when I tried on the dress that I ended up saying Yes to, it was short sleeved, no lace and very simple, clean A-line skirt. Although it wasn’t anything I first imagined, I fell in love with the dress. It was actually the very first one I tried on. I tried on several after it, but ended up going back to the very first one.

You can just see the love and joy that was filling this room as Kate was getting ready at The Semple Mansion.

We asked Kate & Liam what was your most anticipated or special moment of the wedding day you were most looking forward to?

Kate: our most anticipated moment was seeing each other for the first time that day as the church doors opened.

Were your emotions during that moment what you were expecting?!

Kate: I didn’t really know how I would react at that moment because so many emotions are running through you. As soon as the doors opened though and I saw Liam down the aisle, I relaxed and just tried to be present in the moment.

Now that the day has come and gone what advice do you have for couples planning their weddings? (maybe something you wish you would have done, or not done!?)

Kate: Spreadsheets are your friends! Make a budget and get as detailed as possible. In the end, it’s all the random small costs that add up to a lot, so make sure you build in enough room for those extra costs. Also, do as much as you can early on so that you’re not stressing yourself out the month before the wedding and can actually enjoy the last few weeks of that engaged life!

Congratulations Kate & Liam, we wish you both a lifetime of happiness!!

Vendors || Studio 220 Photographer: Bree & Nicole | Ceremony Venue: The Basilica of Saint Mary | Reception Venue: Semple Mansion |Florist: Aneta’s European Florala | Hair & Make-up: Spa Beauty Agency| Wedding Gown: Bridal Accents Couture


With their fun atmosphere, delicious beer, and dog friendly atmosphere Lakes and Legends was a no brainer for Katie, Gil & of course show stealer Buzz. With Loring park around the corner it was an absolutely perfect spot for this spring evening engagement shoot!


Gil proposed on our 4 year anniversary while walking into Fair State Coop Brewery. He had hidden the ring in our dog Buzz’s collar and asked me to fix it. When I stopped down to fix Buzz’s collar that’s when Gil proposed and showed me the ring!

Katie & Gil are in the midst of planning their wedding at The Graduate hotel this coming fall. So of course we wanted to know some details and see how things were going!

How is Wedding Planning going!? What causes the most stress?

Katie: Wedding planning is going smoothly. The most stressful portion so far have been all the questions from friends and family about the plans and how they can help! (I’m terrible at delegating because I would rather do it all myself)

We can totally relate right!! I have a feeling this is how a lot of brides feel!!!! 🙂

How did you hear about Studio 220 and choose Lynsey as your specific photographer?

Katie: Studio 220 was recommended to us by friends and family! I was drawn to Lynsey for her photography style and how her personality and zest for life comes through her clients and her work!

Of course, we know finding and deciding on a venue can be difficult, what made you choose The Graduate Hotel?

Katie: We loved the location of Graduate Minneapolis, the all inclusive feel, and the decor of the whole place! We are able to create a destination wedding vibe by having many of our events happening at the hotel and many of our friends and family are staying there as well.

What are you most looking forward to on your wedding day?

Katie: Being with friends and family who love us both! As well as partying all night with my husband!

What are you are you looking forward to after the wedding?

Katie: Starting the next phase of our lives together! We plan to continue doing a lot of renovations to our house and hopefully growing our family with kids!

Any advice, or words of wisdom for other couples planning their wedding?

Katie: Just stay focused on the real reason for the stress: your happily ever after with the person you love the most!

We couldn’t be more excited for their wedding and of course to share their wedding photos!!


Boom Island was the perfect backdrop for Carly & Noah’s engagement session. They live just across the river and as avid biker’s & runners they have definitely shared many of miles along this route!

Carly & Noah met through the University of Minnesota Cycling team, each of course having slightly different versions of their how they met story but one thing was apparent, a mustache was definitely present! 😉

The Proposal…..

It was day 7 of our first trip to Europe as a couple. We had enjoyed venturing through Belgium, Germany, and now Amsterdam. We’d had enough walking, so we fell back on our favorite pastime: bikes! That morning, we set off to rent touring bikes with a destination in mind thanks to a suggestion from a British cyclist we met the day before. We knew we were headed to Marken Island, northeast of Amsterdam, but neither of us knew how beautiful the route and town would be. And only one of us knew about the ring that was stashed carefully in our bag. A strong tailwind guided us out to the island and the sun was shining. Once we arrived in town, we stopped at the market for picnic supplies and Noah made sure we got Prosecco. To Carly, it felt like just another great day of the trip but Noah knew he had to find the perfect spot for the proposal. Finally, we found a secluded bench along the coastline, sheltered from the wind. We ate a full lunch, with stroop-waffles for dessert, and then Noah suggested we take a few photos. Carly was eager to jump at the offer and was quickly upside-down requesting handstand pics. Noah told Carly to face away from the camera for a photo, and he scrambled to get the ring out of his pocket while her back was to him. When she turned around, he was on one knee. We were both stunned. There were 3 seconds of silence before Noah remembered he was supposed to say something. He blurted out, “Will you marry me?” and rather than responding, Carly broke out in happy tears. When she regained some composure, it was a resounding “YES!”.

Carly & Noah are in the midst of planning their wedding at Theodore Wirth Park this coming fall. So of course we wanted to know some details and see how things were going!

How is wedding planning going? What causes the most stress?

Carly: It’s going alright! I think striking the right balance with the size of the guest list causes the most stress.

How did you hear about Studio 220 and choose Aaron as your specific photographer?

Carly: A trusted co-worker and mentor of mine recommended Studio 220. Aaron’s portfolio stood out as having a classic but modern style. His photos really caught our eye with a certain timeless crispness that could only be brought out with good direction and an eye for the right candid moments.

Of course, we know finding and deciding on a venue can be difficult, what made you choose Theodore Wirth Park?

Carly: We bike and nordic ski the park and have logged many hours training for races together in the beautiful surrounding woods. It perfectly matched our “Modern Nature” wedding theme.

What are you most looking forward to on your wedding day?

Carly: I am looking forward to everything: getting ready, putting on my dress, the vibes among my family and close friends, our first look, THE OUTDOOR CEREMONY, the experience together right after, speeches, dancing, and being surrounded by a lot of love.

What are you are you looking forward to after the wedding?

Carly: A family brunch the next morning and jetting off to Mallorca, Spain for a cycling + beach vacation Honeymoon.

Any advice, or words of wisdom for other couples planning their wedding?

Carly: Enjoy the process! Each decision is an experience and it’s a good chance to lean on each other and always put compromise and genuine understanding of one another above all else.

We couldn’t be more excited for their wedding and of course to share their wedding photo’s!

|Studio 220 Photography | Boom Island | Saint Anthony Main | Theodore Wirth Park

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