Wes and Lindsey’s Grandview Lodge Wedding Day
Joannie and I are very pleased to share some of the wonderful destination wedding photographs from Wes and Lindsey’s Grandview Lodge wedding day on Saturday, October 12th.
Rain, Snow, and Wind. It Was Perfect!
This was a fantastic wedding day despite Mother Nature throwing just about everything she could at us. For an early October wedding, it was very cold outside. We also had rain, lots of snowflakes, and very strong winds most of the day. Then, after their cute wedding ceremony, the wind settled down (thankfully) and the sun even came out for a short time too! Ya gotta love Minnesota’s weather!
Photographically though, it was perfect! All the rain and snow made the fall colors really pop! But the downside was the cold, wet, and windy day. Wes, Lindsey, and their wedding party were real troopers as we were outside many times throughout their wedding day.
After Wes and Lindsey were dressed and ready, we witnessed a sweet first look with Lindsey’s dad, Wayne. That was followed by Wes’ fun first look too. Two wonderful moments that really got us off to a great start!
Then moments later, Joannie and I took our future newlyweds outside for bridal portraits under the covered porch that surrounded the cabin. That covered porch allowed us to keep them out of the falling snow and at the same time putting great fall colors in their background.
Following that, things got just a bit more adventurous. We took Wes and Lindsey (under an umbrella) across the street for some incredible wedding photographs in some amazing fall colors. All brought to you courtesy of Mother Nature and her very wet Saturday.
These are quite possibly some of the prettiest wedding photographs that Joannie and I have ever created. All due to having a really cute couple, an overcast day, and a wet forest. It was just stunning!
Then we walked down the street to the cabin where the ladies got ready. It was there that we captured some wonderful fall color wedding party photos (in the falling snow). We did our best to have everyone outside for short periods of time to keep them as warm and as dry as we could. The dry part was somewhat of a lost cause, but at least we tried.
After fighting the elements, it was decided that the family portraits would be moved indoors across the street at the Gull Lake Center. The Gull Lake Center would also be the site of their stunning wedding reception coming up later that evening. That’s where we’ll pick it up in “Part Two” of Wes and Lindsey’s perfect wedding day.
Since Lindsey is our Godchild, Joannie and I were guests at their wedding as well as their wedding photographers. Heck, we even shared a cabin with Lindsey’s parents, Wayne and Sally! It made it all the more special to be “close to the action” all weekend long. So I decided that there might have to be a little extra in the light painted wedding photography department for this wedding.
Originally, I had planned on creating a light painting after the rehearsal dinner on Friday night. Well, 35-degree temperatures and wind gusts of 40 miles-per-hour put a nix on that! So on their wedding day, I was looking for other light painting opportunities, and I found them too!
I managed to create four still life light paintings, three of them are featured in this post. Then Joannie & I photographed a really sweet one (pun intended) at the beautiful cake table with Wes and Lindsey in the photo. We photographed that one just a short time before their wedding ceremony!
Then, during their wedding dance, we took on a “biggie”! Light painting our newlyweds with the Gull Lake Center as the backdrop. I still can’t believe that the weather changed enough for us to create one outdoors. The full moon even peaked in and out of the snowy clouds from time-to-time! Very cool (pun also intended)!
Both of those light painted wedding photographs are still “under construction” and we’ll share them in the days to come once they are completed.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our first batch of Wes and Lindsey’s Grandview Lodge wedding day photographs. We’ve got a cute highlight music video for you to enjoy at the link is below on our YouTube Channel. It has lots of fun (and pretty) wedding photos and a few video clips from the start of their destination wedding at Grandview Lodge in Nisswa, MN.
Please stay tuned, because there’s lots more to come in the days ahead! Thank you for reading our post and have a great one! – M&J