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Sarah + Brian | Paikka, St.Paul, MN

I instantly fell in love with Sarah and Brian at our initial meeting when they told me their pet’s names were Larry and Richard. We Met at a coffee shop in St.Paul, chatted each other’s ears off while sharing a lot of laughs! I knew after leaving that meeting, we were a perfect client photographer match!

Just like their engagement session (which you can see here), the getting ready portion of their wedding took place in the North Loop located in the Minneapolis warehouse district. The ladies got ready at the unique Hewing Hotel while the guys got ready at Sarah and Brian’s charming loft apartment just a few blocks away. Sarah and Brian both have an amazing sense of humor and it’s reflected in everything they do; from Brian’s gift of skydiving tickets for Sarah, to the hilarious vows they wrote for each other, to the people they surround themselves with. It was laughter, excitement and shenanigans all day long!

Sarah and Brian had their first look on the Hewing rooftop overlooking the Minneapolis skyline. Afterwards, the wedding party hopped on the Stillwater Trolly and headed to St. Paul for the ceremony and reception at the gorgeous venue, PAIKKA.  This venue is modern, industrial and fresh. The aesthetics are certainly non traditional, leaning towards edgy while still feeling elegant. During cocktail hour they offered signature cocktails named after their beloved pet’s Larry and Richard.  Let’s not forget Larry graced everyone with his presence at the ceremony and did a fabulous job! For dinner, guests enjoyed various cuisine options offered by local food trucks, Butcher Salt and Arcane Kitchen. Shortly after dancing began, guests devoured ice cream from the dessert truck Minnesota Nice Cream and had fun taking photos in the Northerly Photo Camper. Sound like a fun wedding? Believe me, it was THE best!

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Getting Ready: Hewing Hotel | Ceremony + Reception: PAIKKA | Flowers: Carmen with The Cutting Garden | Day of Hair: Brian Graham Salon | Day of Makeup: Lisa Rehinardt Makeup & Hair Artistry | Decor Rentals: On Solid Ground Vintage Rentals | DJ: Tim with Minnesota Wedding Party | Lighting: Lori with Illuminations | Day of Coordinator: Angie with Hart & Sole | Transportation: Stillwater Trolly | Pet Attendant: Lara with Doggy Social | Bartender: With a Twist Bartending Service | Food Trucks: Arcane Kitchen, Butcher Salt, Minnesota Nice Cream | Photobooth: Northerly Photo Camper (Kate Becker Photography)

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