Joannie and I had the pleasure of photographing the St. Victoria Catholic Church and Hazeltine National Golf Club wedding of Joe and Danielle Burns last Saturday, May 25th. What a wonderful wedding it was too! The locations, and the weather (though it looked marginal at times) gave us near-perfect lighting conditions and the images show it!
We started the day off at historic St. Victoria Catholic Church (see more about St. Victoria’s below) in Victoria, MN. The wedding party got ready there and then Joe and Danielle had their first look followed by formal portraits of them, their families, and the wedding party.
Then it was time for the ceremony. It really was a special one too as FR. John Theide was the celebrant. John is a long-time friend of Joe’s, in fact, his sister babysat Joe when he was a little boy! Very fun and personal and a very cool service. Great readings, beautiful music topped off a really great wedding ceremony for Joe and Danielle.
Then it was time to celebrate! We set off with the wedding party to Joe’s parents’ home on nearby Lake Minnetonka for a real quick stop to visit “Major,” Joe and Danielle’s chocolate lab. After Major’s cameo, we set off to Hazeltine National Golf Club for the reception, dinner, and dance.
Just a wonderful day all around and Joannie and I want to say thank you to Joe and Danielle for trusting us to capture it for them! We had a great day with you and all your family and friends. Enjoy your wedding music video and we know you’ll have a great time in Hawaii on your honeymoon! See you when you get back!
While we’re at it, you can enjoy Joe and Danielle’s engagement portraits along with their dog Major taken in the Fall colors near the Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Some history on St. Victoria Catholic Church from their website: St. Victoria was established as a parish in 1857 by early pioneers and shortly thereafter a small wooden church was built. They chose Saint Victoria as the patron saint of this church as she was a favorite saint from their homeland. Throughout the early years European immigrants flocked to the area in large numbers and found not only a land rich in resources, but for many a new found freedom for their faith. As the Victoria population increased, a larger church was built of brick in 1870, which is the historic church that you still see today. In 1857 there were perhaps 32 Catholic households in Victoria. By its centennial in 1957, there were 196 registered homes. In the decades since the area has continued to grow. So once again, construction commenced in May of 2003 on another larger worship space which today is the new church that you see complementing the historic church. 2007 was the 150th Anniversary of the founding of St. Victoria Catholic Church.