Slow Down and Enjoy Your Wedding…. Slow WAAAAY Down!

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EXTENDED FOR ONE MORE WEEK! WINNER TO BE SELECTED BY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014!!
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Okay – as you know – I’m not a huge trend-follower per say. Howevs, I AM all about FUN! And, I’m all about stopping to smell the roses, as they say. Your wedding day will FLY by. (No exaggeration. It moves so fast.) Here’s a memorable way to slow things down, and gather some amazing moments with fam & friends that you’ll truly want to watch again and again with them. I am love, love LOVING this fresh approach to professional wedding videography! It’s like a ‘photo-booth’ set-up, only in a larger space, and TONS more engaging! It’s called the Slow Motion Booth {Check it out here at SlowMotionBooth.com} – It combines your favorite friends and family conspiring with slow-mo creators to capture them doing zany, silly, hilarious ‘mini-stunts’ with one another and YOU! The final edited product is more than entertaining, and a great new way to immortalize your event, while highlighting the joy of the occasion.

If you only have a quick minute – check out their promo vid HERE.
If you have a couple extra minutes to peruse their other enticing samples, check them out HERE!

Here are a few words from Chris Meyer, of The Slow Motion Booth, MPLS:

DMP: What got you started in your field/ what inspired you?
CHRIS: Having been in the photography/wedding world for 8 years, I have always been interested in the different trends that come along. When I saw the Slow Motion Booth idea, I knew that this was an idea that I had to pursue. It’s something cool, different and fresh, and I LOVE providing the service at weddings and corporate events.

DMP: Who do you feel can benefit the most from what you have to offer?
CHRIS: Anyone that is looking for something different and unique, The Slow Motion Booth is the perfect addition!

DMP: If you could only highlight one thing about your product/ service/ location, what would it be?
CHRIS: The Slow Motion Booth is the most unique addition to any event, providing slow motion documentation of the most hilarious moments.

DMP: Your best tips for acquiring your products/ services?
CHRIS: The Slow Motion Booth is available nationwide, and while we would love to capture moments at everyone’s events, we can’t be everywhere at once (yet). Dates are booking up quickly, so give us a call or shoot us an email to check availability!

DMP: What is your top-favorite memory from your wedding day?
CHRIS: SO many great moments! One that sticks out though is our first dance. I surprised Kim with bringing in a musician friend of ours to play a special song for us. The look on her face was perfect!

DMP: If you could do it all over again – what is one thing you would do differently knowing what you know now?
CHRIS: I wouldn’t change a thing!

DMP: What is your best piece of advice about marriage in general/ planning a wedding/ or anything related?
CHRIS: Planning a wedding can be incredibly stressful. An open line of communication between the bride/groom and the parents is essential to a smooth wedding date.

Thanks so much, Chris!

Now, for some juicy news! Chris has generously offered to provide a free upgrade – valued at $700 – to one lucky winner! If you are considering hiring The Slow Motion Booth for your wedding, and you want a chance to win a free upgrade with your purchase, sign up to FOLLOW the DMP BLOG (upper right column)! Easy-Peazy. *(I hate spam too. I promise to keep your email info confidential, and you can always ‘un-follow’ me if you change your mind later. No hard feelings.) *By entering your info in the follow section, you provide me with consent to provide your name and email address to Chris Meyer of The Slow Motion Booth, Minneapolis, for give-away/ upgrade eligibility purposes, upon winning. (This is the only info I’ll be sharing, enabling you to receive your gift.) A random winner will be selected from new blog followers by Wednesday March 12, 2014. Eligible entries (via followers) must be received before midnight Eastern Time, Tuesday March 11, 2014. Winner and Chris Meyer will be notified via email on Wednesday, March 12. Winner must contact the Slow Motion Booth directly to receive their upgrade offer upon booking The Slow Motion Booth for their event. Additional details will be provided by The Slow Motion Booth, and all matters pertaining to booking or upgrade eligibility become the responsibility of winning client and The Slow Motion Booth team.

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DIY (with some assistance) HD Wedding Video? Yep!

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So – some peeps elect to enlist the experience of a professional wedding videographer to cover their vows. And let me just say, you’re going to get what you pay for here. We’re talking clean, high-quality, thoroughly edited, and “non-shaky” video of your memories.

Others ask the infamous “Uncle Bob”, or a friend or cousin to tend to this project. Here, you generally get what you don’t pay for… which is shaky, low-quality, haphazard video full of “wind”, background noise, and well – a huge dose of reality (as opposed to propagated “grandeur”) – so this can be a refreshing take on it! [We did this… Although it meant minimal video – yet enough for the memories we wanted – we also had STELLAR photography coverage, which of course was my priority!]

Then, there are those who want something in-between. A little cleaner, with multiple perspectives, high-def video – complete with edits and music to match the mood and theme of your day! (I personally LOVE this!) Enter Wedit Videos!! This is downright brilliant, as it allows you to take this anywhere (do you hear that, destination-wedding-brides & grooms?), and with much better quality output than you’d get from beloved Uncle Bob’s home movies! [Where were they when I got wed?!]
Here is probably my favorite sample video on their site: Wedit Trailer Bahamas   It’s my fave for a number of reasons… including the fact that it looks warm, sunny, and tropical there. But also – because this couple did some super fun and creative things (i.e. – footage on the plane of the two of them!) – combined with their free-flowing and fun, fun, FUN day! It doesn’t hurt that they selected a song that felt ‘right’ for their personalities and their laid-back beach-wedding. TAKE NOTE HERE:  It’s actually ENJOYABLE to watch. You’re pulled into it and you want to see what happens next. The mood is upbeat and you can just tell how much they relished in their day! This gives you an idea for what TO do if you go for this type of  wedding video coverage…

Next, let’s take a look at some of what NOT to do… I highly recommend you peek at a few of the other Wedit sample videos  – to get an idea for how those make you feel in comparison. When you’re watching a series of people stand next to the bride and smile, do you grow tired, distracted, officially bored? It’s not the fault of the Wedit team if clients requested to keep these things in their videos. And, if that’s what was important to those couples, so be it! {It takes all kinds to keep the world turning…. and interesting!}  All I’m suggesting is that you keep in mind these 2 pointers in relationship to this: A) Highlight the FUN portions of the day – the ones you’re going to actually want to sit on your sofa and watch over and again for many years. (i.e. Leave out the time spent shooting photos of the bride with every person present at the wedding – as you’ll have all those photos to remember that by – which can be viewed at your own pace in printed form)…. and B) Let this be a guide for just what you do and do not want to incorporate into your day! (Perhaps it’s not necessary to have an individual photo of every attendant or wedding party participant with the bride in the first place??? I happen to think not! Oy.) {Referencing this Wedit vid specifically here!}

DON’T BE AFRAID TO STEP OUTSIDE OF TRADITION AND MAKE YOUR DAY AMAZING AND MEMORABLE FOR YOU AND ALL YOUR LOVED ONES!!!! YOU WON’T REGRET IT.
In line with that – I’m excited to have come across this newer approach to candid wedding videography to share with all my unconventional wedding couples! Cheers to YOU! Enjoy~

Denise Mack Photography provides unstructured, candid, and rather kick-ass wedding photography coverage in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, greater MN, Wisconsin, and beyond! Contact me if you’re seeking non-traditional MN wedding photography that’s Original. Meaningful. Real… and FUN!
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Bored by All the Mirror-Image Wedding-Hype?!

Hey all… Is it just me, or are so many of the wedding forums out there rather typical – and so often a mirror-image of one another? *[Kind of like wedding photography in my opinion as well!]*  This doesn’t mean these sites [or those photographers] aren’t ‘good’… It just means that they maybe aren’t quite as exciting, unique or fun!! Perhaps there just isn’t anything remarkable that stands out being shown, shared, or captured…Unconventional-and-Natural-MN-wedding-photography

Well breathe that sigh of relief – because I’ve found some less-trendy, atypical, and much more enticing wedding boards out there! Here’s the list – with a short description for what I personally like about these boards – and what you stand to gain as well… My belief is that the wedding board shouldn’t lead us to becoming wedding-bored.

#1) Let’s start with a fab-find in this regard! They encompass any and all aspects of non-traditional wedding planning – AND LIFE – which happens to mean fully-inclusive. Really anything outside of tradition – without limits – is a prime candidate for inspiration here. We’re talking weddings in the wild, weddings with a twist, weddings that are beyond personalized to the max, and weddings that cater to all human beings – such as wheel-chair-bound individuals and our friends within the GBLT Community! (I have even come to learn during my research that they share in my ‘language’ –  using terms like “kick-ass” and “non-boring”…. It must be LOVE!)
It’s none other than the outlandishly lustrous Offbeat Bride! They take the unconventional and give it a glorious spotlight – with all kinds of amazing features, tips, ideas, and shizz you probably haven’t even thought about! I personally enjoy reading about some of their Real Wedding features – and getting a glimpse into each wedding. You actually get to SEE what they did to make the celebration their own – (rather than being left with 2 or 3 teaser images). Here is one such posted, rockin’ wedding, that serves as an ideal example; I happen to really appreciate what the bride says (near the end of the post) to answer the question, “What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding?” {I also clap-to how they incorporate narrative directly from the couple.}
Just when I thought they couldn’t be any more original, rebellious and fun (sound familiar?)… They also have an Offbeat Home & Life forum – for life after the wedding. Your offbeat, non-conformist, and personalized lifestyle just got even more inspired! {Swoon!}

#2) Another variety-enhanced inspiration-generating board is Emmaline Bride!  This site places their emphasis on the hand-made and truly original finds that you just can’t locate in the typical ‘wedding market’ — (at least not without tons of online searching and time!) It provides a hub to combine originality and utterly unique design, as well as many DIY tips and treasures to be made, found, and had. They seek to find those wedding day items and people who just stand out from the overly-saturated and under-varietous wedding market trends. *{One of the things I appreciate about this site – is that when they first began in 2009, THEY contacted ME – saying, “You’re exactly the kind of thing we’re looking for!”} Yay! Me too, me too! Be sure to check out my 2 Featured Weddings on their site! Jenny & Tom’s Lakeside Wooded Wisconsin Wedding    AND   Megan & Tony’s Snow-Kissed October MN Country Club Wedding   (Disclaimer – We hadn’t yet figured out proper image-sizing for this one.) Thank you Emmaline Bride! {Heart}

#3) Third place goes to another ideal resource for my nature-loving-side – and surely it will appeal to yours as well! It’s the Rustic Wedding Chic guide, and they know how to do that down-home wedding up right! If the terms “rustic wedding”, “barn-wedding”, “wooded-wedding”, “lakeside wedding”, “ranch-wedding”, “farm-wedding”, “country wedding”, or generally “outdoor wedding” come to mind – you’ve found the right site. In addition, if descriptions such as rustic-elegance, laid-back, woodsy, or vintage are part of your repertoire – you’ll find a plethora of ways to make the most of your earthly-love and bring the outdoors to the inner-most portions of your wedding day! It’s truly your top source for all things outdoors in the way of weddings. So kick up your boots and wrangle yourself a few new idears to celebrate… All their tabs are loveable! {Yeehaw Cowbride!}

#4) My final wedding resource suggestion is for a forum called Rock n Roll Bride. Although many of their acknowledgements and connections stem from or are located in the UK, it lends itself well at spotlighting couples who step outside of tradition, and the details that help them make their weddings into very personalized and meaningful celebrations. (Delish!) You can eat up a lot of this inspiration too – and get your mojo rolling for your own nuptial-nuance! Loads of fun to scroll through! (TIP: Click on the actual title of the post to see greater detail, and then scroll to the bottom to look through the full ‘gallery’ of images selected for that highlight/ post.) {Cheers!}

These forums should definitely help to get those creative juices flowing – especially for those of us who know we want something different. There are no rules. It’s YOUR day, and should be reflective of your style in every way! These boards won’t leave you feeling like you just chomped on some more cardboard cut-outs… Au contraire – ’tis Much more YUM! I hope this provides you with all kinds of new and meaningful means of fully representing on your wedding day.

Kick-Ass-Minnesota-Wedding-photography-Denise-Mack-PhotographyDenise Mack Photography – providing kick-ass candid wedding documentary services in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, greater Minnesota, Wisconsin, and beyond!
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Wedding Pro You Should Know! – The DRESS!

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You’re ready to ‘say yes to the dress’!

You’re already spending thousands between your more significant priorities – location/ venue, catering/ food, and (of course) – photography/ the memorializing of it all. Another non-day-to-day expense comes with the donning of attire to signify the exceptional meaning behind the day – whilst also contributing to your self-expressive style…. Da-da-DAHHHH! Enter – the wedding gown. This is where the fellas have it kind of easy. Well – simpler anyway – and generally speaking – the dudes can be done-up at a reasonable rate overall. And for those who forgo the traditional tux – (which in my opinion – looks ultra-fabulously casually-lux) save even more bux – (and a woot-woot to that!) The ladies, on the other hand, have SOOOOOO many choices, and soooooo much more to consider when it comes to what one is willing to pay for their dream-dress.

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It’s usually pretty uncommon for even the not-so-average-Jane to spend upwards of $500-$5000 big ones on a dress they’ll wear for only one occasion. However – if you’re anything like me – expressing yourself in what you wear on a daily basis is, quite frankly, an added avenue by which to share your soul with the world. (I am an artist, after all – and we can create art out of the way we present ourselves every day! I happen to loooove that.) In as much – you want to feel AMAZING on this ‘one’ day – and you want your gown to be reflective of your individual character. And let’s be real… When will you ever have MORE photos taken?!?

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I have good news! I’ve recently found an online source specializing in the creation of a superabundance of wedding gown styles – featuring everything from boho-chic to rockin’, and from simple elegance to couture-inspired glam – all at prices that anyone can justify! You get to be YOU – FULLY – and express your inner spirit, without feeling guilty about over-spending on the ever-significant wedding day frock!

Simply Bridal – an all-encompassing and primarily online wedding gown resource hosts everyone ‘in house’; Design team, tailoring, and by-appointment-only showrooms in LA & NYC. That is – there is no middleman resulting in any unnecessary inflation of the cost of their designs. Unique, made-to-order, customized gowns – at prices that make me giddy! I’m sure they’ll make you giddy too! Plus, they have bridesmaids dresses, jewelry, hair pieces, invites, wedding party gifts, and more… Check them out here! SimplyBridal.com

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As if that wasn’t enough – Simply Bridal has generously offered a give-away to one lucky winner! All you have to do is FOLLOW my blog (enter your email in the ‘Follow’ box, top right-hand column) and/ or like Denise Mack Photography on Facebook,  and one random winner will be awarded one of three options as follows: 1) a Veil give-away from the new line (up to $30) – found HERE…. or 2) since many of my brides don’t opt for a traditional veil – a head-piece give-away (up to $20) – found HERE… or 3) your choice from the Simply Bridal line of jewelry (up to $20 – fun & funky!) – found HERE! 
*They have also kindly agreed to allow you to select anything YOU love from these full collections – and use the credit of $20 for your ideal jewelry or head piece, Or $30 toward your choice of a veil!*

Again – to enter to win – simply follow my blog (using the follow button in the upper-right-column), or like Denise Mack Photography on FB! Easy-peasy.  For bonus-points, include a favorite unique wedding detail you’ve witnessed, or are planning for your own wedding, in the comments section! Entries received by 11:59 pm CST on February 20, 2014 are eligible to win. A name will be selected at random by February 21, 2014 – and winner will be notified by email or FB message. Item must be chosen by 11:59pm CST on February  27, 2014 – or another winner will be selected. Prize will be shipped directly to winner upon receipt of preference and shipping information. DMP retains the right to make changes or adjustments to this offer as necessary. Continue following DMP for wickedly-wild-wedding-related tidbits, and a chance at prizes when the opp arises again! Know someone who’s getting married? Be sure to share the wedding-wonder! Happy dress-shopping!

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Denise Mack photography provides kick-ass, unconventional, natural wedding photography in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and greater MN, Wisconsin, and beyond! Contact me for deets~
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Denise Mack Photography – Continually Evolving!

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SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! What’s the word? It’s another (yes, it’s my second in the past year – so what?) – NEW WEBSITE for Denise Mack Photography! The thing is – I gave the first company a (very fair) chance. I had persistent load-time issues with them… and then upon changing up my template to a newer, more forgiving format, I CONTINUED to have sizable issues… Over and over and over… And getting a response when needed was a royal pain. Who’s got time to deal? Not this chick! I’m not going to mention any names… but let’s just say I’m no longer singing the “website BLU‘s”! 😉

So, here’s my line-up of fabulous MN based wedding photography info to share:
Something OLD: YE OLD dmp biz-blog – Featuring old posts, older awards and badges, and access to PayPal for making credit card payments to DMP.
Something NEW: The FANTASTIC NEW Website: denisemackphotography.com    – Don’t let it fool ya… It’s still DMP – only betta! So I had to give up my pin-it buttons and some music… But so WORTH it!
Something ‘Borrowed’: Found the fab new site by the new company, while visiting another wedding-biz-creative whom I’ll be featuring soon!
Something Blu(e) Um – F’ that! Remember – hold onto only those traditions (or vendors) that mean something to you…. The rest can fall by the wayside (or burn in hell – whichever.)
Instead – we have this here fabulously-fun DMP-Biz-Blog, complete with a page dedicated to educating y’all on what it’s like to work with me – aka: FUNprofessionalism! 
As you may have noticed, it’s also all dolled-up to jive with the rest of my biz-personality!

I felt the need to fill everyone in – giving you the heads-up that YES – this IS still the Original. Meaningful. Real… FUN! DMP you know and love. Thanks for your continued support (and patience with my previous website-woes.) Cheers to a no-woes-2014!

‘Til Death Do Us Part

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My fave cake-topper ever reminds me of the basis behind the union, summarized in those 5 little words: “‘Til death do us part.” Even without the traditional lingo – you realize you’re saying that you want to spend ‘forever’ with your lovely – and that’s a big deal! Certainly you didn’t just ‘settle’ for this somebody. You ADORE and cherish this somebody! You can’t imagine your world without ’em. They make you feel a certain way – about them, about you, about life.

It got me thinking… You already know you’re saying ‘forever’ to your new spouse, but did you realize that you’re also saying it to – your photography? I mean – many things in life offer up a ‘re-do’ option – but not your wedding day images. Those photographs will stick with you & yours – as the sole recollection of how your day went down in history. So – you didn’t just fall in love with and choose to say ‘forever’ to any old peep on the planet, right? You probs should give some long consideration to the type of photography you choose to recall your wedding memories by as well! ‘Cause actually – they’re gonna last well beyond the point at which you look like the couple on the top of this cake!

Nothing’s ‘perfect’. Not even most wedding days. But it’s okay if you regret going with the lemon flavored cake-filling, or the DJ that enjoyed hearing the sound of his voice over the microphone a little too much… What you don’t want to regret is not having images that speak to your soul and reflect who you are and what your day is all about. Leave the cookie-cutters for the cookies. Your wedding photos should ROCK! Make ’em count!

Denise Mack Photography provides unstructured, authentic, and fabulously-fun wedding memories via photographs – in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, greater MN, Wisconsin, and beyond. Contact me for more info and to inquire about your date. Follow this blog for regular posts featuring unconventional, creative, and inspiring non-traditional wedding idears and resources. Know someone who’s getting married? Be sure to share the wedding-wonder!

“Thou Shall Celebrate Individuality”

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Ah, the 11th commandment….  I owned a t-shirt that stated this – until I wore it completely through – (literally – as in see-through.) But, I still follow this one to a ‘T’.

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There is nothing that gets me giddier than when people just know how to BE! You know – thine own true self, truly true, really real, outside of ordinary, inside-out transparency, following one’s heart, and making no apologies for shining brightly against an often dull background. Then, when people take this and run with it – incorporating it into their every fiber, no holding back – making their wedding memories into stellar, personalized and truly meaningful soirees – I want to eat it all up with my lens and create art out of it all – frozen in time forevermore. Nom-nom! Like a delish frozen treat – – for the eyes.

In honor of some of the more memorable moments and minutiae, I’m re-living some noteworthy mentions below… Here’s hoping this sparks some creative contemplation and ignites that fire within. Now, let us celebrate individuality – together!

Jessica & Scott – A 1950’s-Inspired, MN Rockabilly Wedding – complete with classic cars, a super-hero-inspired groom’s cake, and a rockin’ swing band for all those Jitterbuggin’ hip cats and dolls

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Our 1950’s Bride in her classic ride

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The Groom steps into his stellar classic car following the ceremony.

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Bride and Groom share a snuggle in their Pontiac

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You don’t see beer-cans tailing behind the get-away vehicles very often any more!

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Vintage luggage-designed wedding card holder – fabulous!

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It’s not often you see Famous Dave’s catered-in for the wedding meal! Nommmm!

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Super-hero-inspired groom’s cake!

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Bride and Groom steal away to the photo booth for a little alone-time 😉

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Fantastic swing band kept the party hoppin’

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The place was filled with hip cats and dolls who really know how to jive!

Catherine and Patrick shared their home, their MN lake-front yard, and oodles of DIY vintage-inspired wedding details (too many to showcase!) for their undoubtedly personalized wedding day memories!

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Still my favorite wedding-cake-topper ever! “Til death do us part!”

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This couple included an additional cake-topper for each pet (2 dogs and a kitty)!

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DIY wedding programs! Clever girl.

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Happy Bride donning her hand-made gown inspired by Grace Kelly in “To Catch a Thief” – Her mother made this replica gown! Her flowers? DIY FARMER’s MARKET finds! NICE touch.

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Bride and Groom celebrate with their pups!

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Lakeside ceremony-markers for the outdoor vows!

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DIY mason jar candles line the outdoor aisle.

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Outdoor ceremony on the lake in Minnesota – – WOOOOT!

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Bride and Groom share a smooch on their backyard swing overlooking the lake.

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The wedding couple steal away on their moped – loooove it!

Nicole and Sam enjoyed a Rustic Farm Wedding in Wisconsin – featuring gardens galore, live farm animals including goats and chickens, DIY flowers from the grounds of the wedding site, and of course – the kind of fresh air offered up only by the great outdoors!

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Bride and Groom enjoying a moment outside of the rustic barn

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The Bride enjoys a stroll through the gardens before her outdoor wedding!

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Groom and Groomsmen enjoying a pre-wedding beer!

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DIY flowers from the grounds of this WI farm wedding retreat!

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Love grabbing up expressions like these. Priceless! Bride amid the vine-covered arbor for the outdoor wedding ceremony.

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The Bride and Groom took some time to feed the goats on their farm-wedding!

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Wedding guests enjoyed feeding the goats as well!

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Natural centerpieces for a rustic wedding celebration!

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This was a laid-back and fun country-charm-infused wedding celebration on the farm!

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Do you think they enjoyed their down-on-the-farm wedding celebration?

Lisa & Joe – an October winery-wedding in the horse stables in Minnesota’s farm country! These nuptials featured all kinds of fun frolic, including a giant game of chess, a clever personalized chair-decorating idea, and of course – pumpkins! Everywhere you turn you find lush surrounds and tons of rustic character & charm at Carlos Creek Winery – Alexandria, MN

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What would a winery-wedding be without a pre-wedding glass of wine??

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Love the glow, the green wall, and the mirror surrounding this beautiful wedding gown.

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Abstract shot of our Groom in the horse stables at Carlos Creek Winery, Alexandria, MN

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Silhouetted stolen-moment between the Bride and Groom in the horse stables.

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The Bride and Groom dabble in a little game of GIANT chess – in spite of the drizzly weather!

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Our Bride and Groom share a kiss on the giant chess game at Carlos Creek Winery, MN.

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This couple wasn’t shy about PDA! We photogs DIG that!

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The wedding couple created these fun and nostalgic chair decorations for their horse-barn-wedding at Carlos Creek Winery, MN!

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The couple’s arbor honored their deceased grandparents during the ceremony.

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Too fun for an October wedding – pumpkins help celebrate their “Just Married” status!

Color dominates this wedding theme! Allie and Joe and their families are superbly fun! They celebrated their UBER-COLOR-INFUSED wedding day with pops of vibrant hues throughout!

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This wedding was plum-full of vibrant and electrifying color – exemplary of the fun personalities of this family!

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The Bride kicks up her feet on her Groom’s lap for a while – showing off her sparkling Steve Madden heels!

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While Denise Mack Photography doesn’t emphasize “posed” photographs, some couples wish to include a few groupings. We always follow the personalities of the group, having as much fun with it as we can!

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The wedding couple pours colorful sands during their outdoor ceremony on the balcony overlooking the lakes in Minneapolis’ Calhoun Beach Club!

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Bridesmaids hand out brightly colored name cards to guests for reception seating.

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The Bride changes into her vibrant purple tennis shoes after the ceremony!

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Wedding guests reveled in the brightly-colored celebration!

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No detail was without color at this wedding celebration! BRIGHT color! Yum.

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Wedding guests choose cupcakes that match their colorful attire – and now their tongues!

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Clever wedding-favors that emphasize color and fun!

And here is the final one I’m featuring in today’s reminiscent post – but certainly not the least of which will always hold a place in my heart as one of my favorite wooded-wedding-in-the-wild! Much like each of the couples I’ve been privy to work with over the years, Jenny and Tom and their families were entirely too much fun, and their images are certainly reflective of that. Below are just a couple of teasers… Be sure to peek at the “Featured Lakeside Wedding” Gallery on the website for many more note-worthy moments from this one! 

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The wedding couple shares a kiss in boat #1 as wedding party members look on from the second pontoon.

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The flower girls (including the couple’s adorable baby girl) enter in style for this lakeside outdoor wedding!

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The Bride and Groom share some laughs during their WI lakeside wedding reception!

Many thanks to all my couples for allowing me the honor of sharing in these magical and marvelous memories with you and yours! Mwah!

Be sure to visit the Lakeside Wedding Featured Gallery on the website. Denise Mack Photography provides candid, kick-ass wedding photography coverage to amazing couples in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Greater Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Beyond! Contact me to have your day memorialized like no other!

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