Mississippi Gardens Wedding Day

Joannie & I would like to share Charlie & Colleen’s beautiful Mississippi Gardens wedding photographs with you!

Pretty wedding photograph of the bride & groom kissing during a dip. Image taken on the banks of the Mississippi River at Mississippi Gardens in Minneapolis, MN.

Charlie dipping Colleen with the Mississippi River in the background.

The day after Aaron & Christina’s very pretty, but cold and windy Vadnais Heights Commons wedding, Charlie & Colleen got a wonderful reprieve from Mother Nature. The strong winds that made Aaron & Christina’s wedding day so challenging were gone the next morning (thank goodness). It was a perfect fall day for a wedding!

This was our first Mississippi Gardens wedding and I knew from scouting it out ahead of time with Colleen that this was going to be a fun venue for wedding photography.

Their Mississippi Gardens wedding day began at the beautiful Mississippi Gardens. This was where Colleen and the girls got ready in the beautiful bridal suite there. The ladies had a lot of fun together and Joannie & I captured many of the fun details.

Wedding photo of the bride, her bridesmaids and personal attendants on the deck before her Mississippi Gardens wedding day in Minneapolis, MN.

Colleen and the ladies at Mississippi Gardens.

Colleen had her first look with her father in the stunning ballroom at Mississippi Gardens. Colleen and her dad had a fun first look exchanging hugs and laughing together about the bug that Colleen discovered in her bouquet just seconds before her dad came into the ballroom.

Colleen and Charlie then exchanged letters to each other. Colleen opened Charlie’s letter right after she saw her dad and Charlie opened hers just a few moments later on the deck outside. Charlie would see Colleen for the first time a couple of minutes later.

Wedding photo of the groom and his groomsmen and ushers taken on the deck before his Mississippi Gardens wedding in Minneapolis, MN.

Charlie and the boys at Mississippi Gardens.

You’ll get to see a rather unique way of getting Charlie to turn around that we captured very nicely in Part One of their Mississippi Gardens wedding highlight music videos. I can honestly say that it’s the first time in our 30 years of wedding photography that we’ve seen that method used. It was pretty cute!

Wedding portraits were up next and we took full advantage of the wonderful October day and stayed outside the whole time. There were lots of family portrait combinations followed by many pretty wedding party photos, including several down by the Mississippi River too.

Wedding party panoramic photo taken on the banks of the Mississippi River before their Mississippi Gardens wedding in Minneapolis, MN.

Wedding party panoramic photo taken on the banks of the Mississippi River.

One of Charlie & Colleen’s “signature images” was captured along the river in the beautifully backlit fall colors with our two high powered WITSTRO AD360II-C strobes used for fill light. I love using backlighted trees in my photography whenever I can. Backlight, especially in the fall, adds such beautiful look to any portrait.

Beautiful backlit fall wedding photo of the bride & groom taken at Mississippi Gardens in Minneapolis, MN.

Beautiful fall wedding photograph of Charlie & Colleen.

After the wedding portraits by the river concluded, it was time to get these two married! Their pretty wedding ceremony was held at the beautiful Church of the Assumption in downtown St. Paul, MN. One of the prettiest churches you’ll find anywhere, Church of the Assumption is one of my Twin Cities wedding favorites. They don’t make ’em like that anymore!

Stunning wedding photograph taken with a fisheye lens from the balcony at Church of the Assumption in St. Paul, MN. Image of the bride and her father walking down the aisle together.

Colleen and her dad walking down the aisle together.

The bride and groom kissing while the groom is dipping her. Beautiful wedding photograph taken with a fisheye lens on the front steps at Church of the Assumption in St. Paul, MN.

Charlie & Colleen on the steps of Church of the Assumption.

Charlie & Colleen were now newlyweds! After the ceremony, we took a short trip with the wedding party to nearby Indian Mounds Regional Park for some great wedding photos with the St. Paul skyline in the distance.

Wedding party photo taken from Indian Mounds Regional Park in St. Paul, MN. Downtown St. Paul is in the distant background.

The wedding party with downtown St. Paul in the background.

It was a quick (but very productive) photo stop, and then it was back into the limo and off to their Mississippi Gardens wedding reception for dinner and dancing with Rock It Man dueling pianos supplying the great entertainment for the evening.

A pretty, scenic wedding photo of Charlie & Colleen with downtown St. Paul in the background. Image taken from Indian Mounds Regional Park in St. Paul, MN.

The view from above downtown St. Paul.

As you can see, the ballroom was spectacular! But perhaps the most stunning room was to be reveled later on.

The stunning ballroom at a beautiful Mississippi Gardens wedding reception in Minneapolis, MN.

The beautiful ballroom at Mississippi Gardens.

After dinner and the first dances, the “Desert Room” was opened for everyone’s delicious enjoyment.

A "Dessert Room" created by Dorothy Ann's Bakery from Woodbury, MN. The beautiful, tasty room was created for their daughter's Mississippi Gardens wedding reception in Minneapolis, MN.

Charlie & Colleen’s “Dessert Room” at Mississippi Gardens.

In all of our 30 years as wedding photographers, we can honestly say there’s been nothing like this at any of our weddings before, and with good reason. You see, Colleen’s family owns and operates Dorothy Ann’s Bakery in Woodbury, MN! Colleen even made her own wedding cake!

The bride & groom enjoy viewing their "Dessert Room" at Mississippi Gardens before it opened to their wedding guests. The 50 different deserts were created by Dorothy Ann's Bakery from Woodbury, MN.

“Love Is Sweet!”

Here’s a beautiful image of the stunning “little” wedding cake taken before their Mississippi Gardens wedding reception.

A beautiful wedding cake created by the bride, who works at Dorothy Ann's Bakery from Woodbury, MN. The beautiful cake was created for her Mississippi Gardens wedding reception in Minneapolis, MN.

Charlie & Colleen’s “little” wedding cake!

The “Dessert Room” was opened for everyone’s enjoyment after Joannie & I had a few minutes to photograph it. Colleen asked us to get a photo of each dessert, which sounds like an easy request. But once we got into the closed room, we discovered that there were 50 different varieties! We also found out later that there were 3000 desserts made! WOW! Everyone had the opportunity to enjoy them there and take some home too! Yummy!

Dancing and lots of fun were on tap for the rest of the evening. With Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” closing out the night.

Bride & groom enjoying a quiet moment on a swing before their Mississippi Gardens wedding reception in Minneapolis, MN.

To Charlie & Colleen, thank you for the opportunity to photograph your beautiful Mississippi Gardens wedding day with you! We had such a fun day with you guys and your families and friends. We had so much fun that we had to make two highlight music videos to fit it all in! We know you’ll enjoy them and we look forward to creating a wonderful wedding album once you’re ready. –M&J

“Mississippi Gardens Wedding Day” – ©2016 Michael Anderson Photography.

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