Kern-Photo http://www.kern-photo.com Minneapolis Wedding Photographer Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:20:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Albert Lea Wedding {Cara & Arthur} http://www.kern-photo.com/2015/06/albert-lea-wedding-cara-arthur/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2015/06/albert-lea-wedding-cara-arthur/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:12:25 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=17599 I do love being the wedding photographer in backyard weddings done up right… especially in Albert Lea, Minnesota! This front yard wedding will be hard to top! Poise, polish, perfection… key themes throughout the day. I had been looking forward to Cara and Arthur’s Albert Lea wedding since photographing their engagement session at the same place as the […]

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I do love being the wedding photographer in backyard weddings done up right… especially in Albert Lea, Minnesota! This front yard wedding will be hard to top!

Poise, polish, perfection… key themes throughout the day.

I had been looking forward to Cara and Arthur’s Albert Lea wedding since photographing their engagement session at the same place as the reception: in the front yard of her parents’ home in Minnesota. Albert Lea reminds me of the tales of Lake Wobegon, “where the women are strong, the men are good looking, and the children are above average.” With lots of cute kids, I’ll add.

I remember meeting Cara for the first time, impressed by her sweetness and kindness. Her laugh makes others feel special. And I could tell Arthur loves her dearly. Their wedding affirmed what I felt the moment I met them. The day was flawless, from Cara’s dress, an emotional ceremony, the fun decor in the tent, casual lawn games, to the entertainment by local radio DJ Harry O’Neal. Their day was relaxed. It included a stress-free portrait session with ample time in between, an important ingredient in wedding day timelines. At one point when I took the bride and groom into the library and set up studio lighting, a small gathering of little children sat and watched my every step. They thought Cara belonged on the set of “America’s Next Top Model.” I thought she did, too.

I can’t imagine a better wedding celebration in a front yard! Cara and Arthur, you are amazing just the way you are!

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If James Bond was a ring bearer, he’d look just like this:
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These girls were dashing in red… could have belonged in a catalog bridal shoot!
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I like the above image just as much as the below image taken in the church basement before the ceremony. When you have smokin’ hot bridesmaids you don’t want to forget the fire extinguisher!
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Since I don’t show at lot of posed family portraits on my blog, sometimes I get asked if I create “family formals.” You bet… and I take them to heart since in 50 years the images will be a priceless reminder of the loved ones. Those images are important! Yet with lots of little ones, getting everyone to at least look at the camera can take some bribing!
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Real moments unfolding naturally, reveal the candid backstory of a wedding, a glimpse of a “moment in between a moment.” I call these my “lit candids” and it never fails to amaze me how much people like to study them, imagining the social context.
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Cara really liked the red, white, and blue theme… which I could see tied into her jewlery as well. Important details help tell their full wedding story.
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Exploring the backyard… no need to leave a perfectly great place, full of sentiment, and a respite from Phoenix heat back home.
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This cake smash brought surprise smiles to the guests gathered under the reception tent:
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An outside bouquet toss at sunset! How perfect!
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This image could have been made 50 years ago… that’s what I love about it!
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Click HERE to view their complete slideshow timed to music.

Wedding Ceremony: St. Theodore Catholic Church
Officiant: Father Timothy Reker
Reception: Private Residence in Albert Lea
Catering: Kim’s Cuisine
Entertainment: Harry O’Neal at Creative Sound Productions
Florals: Cheryl Overland at HyVee Florist

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A Chinese Wedding in Minnesota Gardens {Janine & Steve} http://www.kern-photo.com/2015/06/a-chinese-wedding-in-minnesota-gardens-janine-steve/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2015/06/a-chinese-wedding-in-minnesota-gardens-janine-steve/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 15:50:24 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=17545 “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 […]

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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

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#99 … check! {client schwag} http://www.kern-photo.com/2015/06/cool-thumbdrives/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2015/06/cool-thumbdrives/#comments Sun, 07 Jun 2015 19:30:36 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=8888 #99. Create awesome kern-photo client schwag. Introducing the CD/DVD replacement:Since 2010, my clients receive wedding images on USB thumb drives… and they love them. I thought I’d take a moment on the blog to share a few little things that show details matter. The mini-drives serve as a useful way to transfer high resolution digital images, […]

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#99. Create awesome kern-photo client schwag.

Introducing the CD/DVD replacement:wpid-thumbdrive_iphone_kern_photo1-2011-12-21-14-30.jpgSince 2010, my clients receive wedding images on USB thumb drives… and they love them. I thought I’d take a moment on the blog to share a few little things that show details matter. The mini-drives serve as a useful way to transfer high resolution digital images, they don’t scratch or crack like DVDs or CDs, are easier to transfer data back and forth, and can also be used a cool thumb drive after the images backed-up in a safe place at home (don’t forget!!!).

I offer 8GB for weddings or 2 GB for portraits sessions. While they cost more than a standard CD or DVD, they are a much nicer touch. I mean what IT Specialist wouldn’t love one of these?!?!

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What a perfect Perfect pairing… love the branding consistency!wpid-thumbdrive_iphone_kern_photo2-2011-12-21-14-30.jpgwpid-thumbdrive_iphone_kern_photo3-2011-12-21-14-30.jpgwpid-minneapolis_wedding_photographer_album_017-2014-11-26-15-59.JPGwpid-minneapolis_wedding_photographer_album_001-2014-11-26-15-59.JPG And for all you photographer’s who want to know: I got the 8GB drives from USB Memory Direct!

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A Peony-Inspired Wedding Album http://www.kern-photo.com/2015/06/a-peony-inspired-wedding-album/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2015/06/a-peony-inspired-wedding-album/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:40:47 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=17482 Clean, white, fresh, simple, timeless… characteristics of our Inspired Wedding Albums… and our favorite floral: peonies! I’m a softie when it comes to finding time to slow down and smell the flowers. The reward? Memories. I love this time of year in our garden when the first batch of fresh white peonies open. Reminds me […]

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Clean, white, fresh, simple, timeless… characteristics of our Inspired Wedding Albums… and our favorite floral: peonies! I’m a softie when it comes to finding time to slow down and smell the flowers. The reward? Memories. I love this time of year in our garden when the first batch of fresh white peonies open. Reminds me of our engagement and wedding when we said “Yes” and “I do.”

Seven weeks ago Leah & John shared similar choice of florals featured in their Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill wedding photos. Their 9.5×13” hand-made album from Italy shipped today (along with their digital files and a special treat). They’ll be able to hold their gorgeous album less than two months after their wedding!!! How’s that for saving important memories?

My only regret? I wish I could see their expressions at the big reveal!
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One of my favorite spreads with Leah’s hands and a note to John written by the flower girl! Timeless, delicate, and sentimental.wpid-tappan_hill_creative_new_york_wedding_photographer_album_06-2015-06-2-10-40.jpg

This creative wedding ceremony photo shot with a reflection of an iPhone lifted the ordinary of something special. Photographed at St John The Baptist in Yonkers, NY.wpid-tappan_hill_creative_new_york_wedding_photographer_album_07-2015-06-2-10-40.jpgwpid-tappan_hill_creative_new_york_wedding_photographer_album_08-2015-06-2-10-40.jpg

Family photos remain important to Leah and John and they were featured prominently in their album. So many familiar faces (this was the fifth wedding in this family for me). Who is next????wpid-tappan_hill_creative_new_york_wedding_photographer_album_09-2015-06-2-10-40.jpgwpid-tappan_hill_creative_new_york_wedding_photographer_album_10-2015-06-2-10-40.jpg

My favorite diptych in their album, below. I love how the colors, the mood, and the compositions work well with one another. Like a couple, a diptych is a pair of images or art which hold stronger together than apart. Separated, they lack dialog. Together, they tell a complete story.wpid-tappan_hill_creative_new_york_wedding_photographer_album_11-2015-06-2-10-40.jpg

Magazine-quality layout for important reception details:wpid-tappan_hill_creative_new_york_wedding_photographer_album_12-2015-06-2-10-40.jpgwpid-tappan_hill_creative_new_york_wedding_photographer_album_13-2015-06-2-10-40.jpgwpid-tappan_hill_creative_new_york_wedding_photographer_album_14-2015-06-2-10-40.jpg

More Inspired Wedding Albums by wedding photographer RJ Kern:

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Millennium Hotel Minneapolis Wedding {Erin & Jerod} http://www.kern-photo.com/2015/05/millennium-hotel-minneapolis-wedding-erin-jerod/ http://www.kern-photo.com/2015/05/millennium-hotel-minneapolis-wedding-erin-jerod/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 20:00:41 +0000 http://www.kern-photo.com/?p=17460 The Millennium Hotel downtown Minneapolis offered the perfect backdrop to Erin & Jerod’s wedding photos, homage to the contemporary elegance of a Gatsby-era. She surprised him with a fishing trip up north, willing to sit on a frozen lake in -50 degree weather just to see him smile. That’s how he knew she was the […]

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The Millennium Hotel downtown Minneapolis offered the perfect backdrop to Erin & Jerod’s wedding photos, homage to the contemporary elegance of a Gatsby-era.

She surprised him with a fishing trip up north, willing to sit on a frozen lake in -50 degree weather just to see him smile. That’s how he knew she was the one!

His genuine, kind heart drew her in almost instantly. After he met her “boisterous, protective, loud, tight knit,” family from New Jersey, “He didn’t cry UNCLE and demand a ticket home,” she said. “Jerod garner all positive reviews and loved meeting them!”

The night she nursed a sinus infection, Jerod convinced Erin to leave the house for dinner, unaware of a surprise in the works. His surprise engagement proposal resounded with a “YES!” as I hid in a barn, equipped with my cameras and the perfect angle.

You see, Erin & Jerod dream bigger together than alone… a wedding theme which guests would experience under the iconic rooftop dome of the Millennium Hotel in Minneapolis.

“Our union is the whispering of the stars sealed by perfect timing and daring to dream,” reflects Erin. “We feel extreme gratitude of all of our friends and family, elated for all of the support, guidance, and encouragement. Its an extreme rarity to have everyone under one roof and both of us are giddy to spend an evening with our favorite people as we begin our journey together.”

Several times during the reception, Jerod would come over to me, shake my hand, offer gratitude and a big smile.

I ask, what was your favorite part of the day?
“Can I say all of it?! We knew the weekend would be filled with love, the laughter, the ridiculous dancing, and even tears. Qe didn’t anticipate the utmost sense of unity and support from our friends and family. We heard exchanges of future plans. Truly heart warming. Our cousins pulled us aside and told us if we run into any issues with our marriage, we better reach out to them, as they want to make sure we stay together.”

What inspired you to host your wedding at Millennium?
“The view! What a unique place to get married and for all of our friends and family to see Minneapolis (many for the first time) in its beauty. Everything was under one roof and the staff was very accommodating, ensuring everything was as we envisioned and more. Customer service is extremely important to us.”

What was your favorite part of the day?
“We didn’t anticipate the sense of unity and support from friends and family. Cousins pulled us aside and told us if we ever run into any issues with our marriage that we better reach out to them, as they want to make sure we stay together.”

Erin, what small story from your wedding day will you still tell when you’re 80?
“Forgetting to walk down the aisle with my bouquet.”

Erin & Jerod, thank you for being such perfect clients and inviting me to your large, intimate party! As F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in book The Great Gatsby, “And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”

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Second photographer Matt Steaffens once again helped to deliver another amazing client experience!

Wedding Ceremony, Reception & Catering: Millennium Hotel Minneapolis
Officiants: Kevin & Kris Tjaden
Entertainment: Anthony at Instant Request
Florals & Decor: Deckci Decor

View complete slideshow by CLICKING HERE, then view full gallery & order prints by CLICKING HERE.

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