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Archive for September 11, 2011

Miranda & Brandon : Wedding Portraits : Albert Lea, MN

I have been looking forward to Miranda & Brandon’s wedding ever since she called me to tell me she was getting married (and immediately book the date). Maybe you remember her engagement pictures? They had some really cute ones outside and on the railroad tracks by the grain elevator?
Well, I was not disappointed one bit at the wedding. She looked absolutely amazing in her dress (with cowboy boots) from Formalities of Mason City, IA. And Kristen Leonhardi worked her magic on all the girl’s hair and makeup to make her look even more stunning than she naturally is.

I loved her bouquets that were created at Flower Zone by Connie. The twisted wire with pearls around the bridesmaid’s bouquets really brought in a fun, unique element.
Formalities also outfitted the whole bridal party with amazing gowns and tuxes that pulled the whole “look” together. Check out the great shot of the wedding party walking down the road together! LOVE IT!

The wedding ceremony was at St. Theodore’s Catholic Church in Albert Lea, MN. I have shot quite a few weddings there, including both of my brother’s, but I think their pictures there have been the best yet that I’ve taken there. Usually it’s so bright and sunny that the outdoor courtyard shots don’t turn out quite like I hope, but our day had just enough clouds in the bright blue sky to diffuse the lighting. (And keep us from overheating!)

Following the ceremony the bridal party headed out in a gorgeous white limo from Dawson’s Limousine. They had to make a couple stops at their favorite hometown bars: The American Legion in Glenville, MN and Hunter’s Bar in Myrtle, MN.
Then, it was on to the “Bohemian Hall” just north of Myrtle for the reception that was part indoor/part outdoor. They had this awesome coral, peach, brown and white color scheme going on. Very vintage-y feeling. Which is a style I totally adore!
I loved all the finishing touches her and her mom pulled together for the decorations.
After a delicious dinner by Smokin’ Bros BBQ and yummy cake from Sugar Chic Cakes, both of Albert Lea, MN, it didn’t take long before they struck up the music for the dance!

DJ Dale of Star Voyageur Music was amazing, getting the little kids out on the dance floor to keep them entertained while the adults relaxed, had a drink and got to visit. Once they were worn out, he seamlessly rolled into the bride and groom’s first dance and the wedding party dance.
I must say, Miranda is one lucky girl because Brandon has some MOOOVES on the dance floor! They didn’t just do the side to side steps that you see all the time at the junior high dances… oh no, this guy can cut a rug! Of course, Miranda keeps right up with him. 🙂

I can’t wait to meet with them on Wednesday to share all the wedding images with them! I have 400 of them on a slideshow set to some great music and the custom proof box and 4×6 prints are already on their way to the studio. It’s just so much fun to present them to the bride for the first time. (Did I mention, I can’t wait?!)
Well, that’s all for now!

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