A Chinese Wedding in Minnesota Gardens {Janine & Steve}

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“We dream of place filled by love and joy,” they said after their Minneapolis engagement session. Months away, their wedding dreams waited to unfold.

Janine and Steve live in Minneapolis and desired a Chinese garden wedding. Afterall, the simplicity of nature inspires them (as a fellow gardener, I do think we have a great climate for gardens!). And the Millennium Garden at Plymouth Creek Center, MN served as their perfect wedding venue… a treat for their family that traveled from China to Minnesota.

If computer science algorithms could speak emotion, they’d be a tear from Steven’s eye. Genuine, real, timeless. Janine looked like a Chinese Geisha. An impeccable businesswoman, toasts from colleagues speak to her work ethic and accomplishments. She made guests feel welcome, special. The pastel bridesmaids dress reminded me of Chinese watercolor paintings, rich in storytelling, steeped in tradition and beauty. And patient. Time elapsed with ease when we were together.

I’ll never forget the guys relaxing in the hotel bar before ceremony, sipping lemonade. With straws. Speaking Chinese, brainstorming algorithms Google hasn’t discovered. Yet. The modern dance performance by a bridesmaid at the reception wowed guests. I didn’t see a dry eye in the room during toasts given by their American host families, too. Good thing for autofocus, especially for this teary-eyed Minneapolis wedding photographer.
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Ceremony & Reception: Millennium Garden at Plymouth Creek Center, MN.
Officiant: Steven Gartland
Florals: Festivities MN
Catering: Minetahoe

4 Responses to “A Chinese Wedding in Minnesota Gardens {Janine & Steve}”

  1. Sijie C — June 14, 2015 @ 3:13 am (#)

    Happy moments well captured! These shots are beautiful. Loved all the pics and the blog post. I can’t wait to see more!

  2. August Zhu — June 14, 2015 @ 5:16 pm (#)

    Wonderful work of photograph art for such wonderful couple~~ ^_^

  3. Sarah M — June 14, 2015 @ 6:18 pm (#)

    So magical! What lovely pictures!

  4. Merlajean — June 14, 2015 @ 9:25 pm (#)

    Wonderful pictures! Absolutely love them.

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