This day was the stuff of dreams in the Mill District area of Minneapolis! As a Minneapolis Event Centers wedding, we were able to capture the vibe of the riverfront and downtown. Starting the day at the stunning Canopy hotel, Claire wore her Mori Lee dress and a surprise gift from Matthew – a beautiful diamond bracelet from James Allen! Witnessing Claire cry so beautifully as she read Matthew’s letter on her wedding morning was a treasure. I love watching the surprise planned by her sister and her fiancé come to fruition! Claire is such a sweet and joyful person, so easy to rejoice with.
The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas
Awe – that is the feeling that overcomes you as you walk into the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas! I do not think I’ve seen a more beautiful ceiling in all of Minneapolis – it is truly an architectural work of art. Every angle was picturesque! I loved using the choir loft for wider perspective photos that showcased the fullness of the community gathered around these two.
Wedding Portraits on St. Anthony Main
First, I must say that the use of a party bus was so wonderful for navigating the downtown area. Keeping the wedding party together added hilarious memories to the day as well as an stress-free way of accommodating Claire & Matthew’s desires for a photo by the University of St. Thomas arches. As tradition has it, if two Tommies kiss under the arches at midnight, they are destined to marry! So naturally, we had to document the prophecy come true 🙂
Minneapolis Event Centers – the perfect wedding location!
Afterwards, (aboard the party bus again!) we separated from the wedding party to take stunning portraits of just the couple on “the rock” of St. Anthony Main. Husband & wife photos are always one of my favorite parts of the day! Claire’s long veil got a full feature – I will never tire of long wedding veils! In spite of forecasted rain, our time outside was a glorious mix of sun and clouds allowing for a full set of portraits.
I cannot say enough how ideal the location of the Riverside is as a venue! We were able to walk right from our portrait location into the reception. No time wasted with another drive. Claire & Matthew’s reception was filled with dancing! The Riverside All Stars played for the entire night – from first dances through the open dance floor. There is something irreplaceable about live music. And the guests were HERE FOR IT! Even Grandma Grace brought out her moves!
Claire & Matthew,
Thank you so much for having me (literally ride!) along on your wedding day. I thoroughly enjoyed being with your friends and family and am so happy for your marriage! May the Lord bless you with grace and patience to truly cherish each other as you grow evermore into who He made you to be! You are perfectly suited to each other.
Minneapolis Event Center Wedding at the Riverside Creative Team
Bridal Boutique: Wedding Shoppe Inc
Dress Designer: Morie Lee
Florals: Soderbergs Florist
Ceremony Venue: The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas
Reception Venue: The Riverside at Minneapolis Event Centers
Bridesmaids Dresses: Vintage Mauve from Azazie
Hair: Jennifer Fraley
Groomsmen attire: Atmosfere Weddings
Makeup: Lindsay Dukes
Wedding Planner: Bellagala
Entertainment: Riverside Entertainment