Black Swan Milwaukee Jewish/Russian Wedding | Paula and Alex

I've known Paula since middle school (maybe even elementary school!) cause she grew up good friends with my good friend! It was so fun to connect again at their engagement session and wedding. Her joy is 100% contagious! 

Alex and Paula met at the University of WI - Milwaukee in front of their friend, and also their wedding officiant. After a bit of convincing on Paula's part, Alex agreed to being friends with her. ;) She compared it to being a lot like making friends in kindergarten haha. 

They tied both of their Jewish traditions, and Alex's Russian traditions into their wedding day at the Black Swan Milwaukee in the Third Ward District. I will never, ever forget their reception. People were flooding the dance floor even before they'd had their salads. :) It was an absolute blast to say the least. 

Mazel tov! 




Venue: Black Swan MKE

Day-of Coordinator: Ora Gross

Videographer: Damien Blue

Floral: Emily from Wood Violet

Caterer: Ferrantes

Live Band: Melamed Band 

Desserts: Dina's Desserts 

Hair and Make-up: Tanya Vaysfeld


Celebration Farm Bangladeshi Chinese Wedding | Wern and Heidi Sneak Peeks

This past weekend kicked off wedding season and ended my maternity leave! It's been a great few months of learning miss Lily, but it felt great to be doing what I love again and interacting with people at a wedding. :) 

This season started off at Celebration Farm in Iowa City, Iowa with Wern + Heidi. They met in medical school at the University of Iowa. You can read more of how they met + see their engagement session here.  These two are a blast! I've only spent two days with them, but they're always laughing + making people around them feel loved, + had the ceremony musicians play a Star Wars song. What more could you ask for in a couple?! :)

They pulled both of their cultures into their wedding day. Heidi wore an saree and later changed into a dress from Malaysia at the reception. They had an Bangladeshi ceremony and afterwards had a private Malaysian tea ceremony. It's so great to witness different cultures' approaches to weddings! 


Here are a few sneak peeks from their day! Enjoy!


With love,

Ali Leigh


Carstens Mill Brillion, WI Associate Wedding | Ryan and Kendra


Last spring, Taylor and I had a chance to hang out with these Ryan + Kendra a bit! From dinners to Brewers games, these two were so great at welcoming us to Wisconsin. :) We loved getting to know them and I was delighted when they asked me to be their wedding photographer! 

Then we found out our baby would be due just a couple weeks after their wedding + we ended up moving back to Minneapolis. My doctor didn't want me being far from home that late in the game, so I started going through photographers I could trust to take awesome care of them. I knew Emily Megan would capture their day wonderfully! She photographed their day + I'm having a blast living through their day while editing them. 


We are blessed to have met these two and I'm excited for all that their lives together will hold! 


With love, 
Ali Leigh


Lowertown St. Paul Engagement Session | Tyler + Kelly


I met Kelly this fall when she was the MOH in her sister's Wisconsin wedding when she'd just moved to Minneapolis! Fast forward a few months, and I got an inquiry from her saying she'd just gotten engaged!

I met up with Tyler + Kelly on a Monday morning to walk around Lowertown in St. Paul (also Tyler's neighborhood). Talk about an ideal Monday morning! These two clearly just love being around each other + are so great to be around. The Minnesota winter weather worked with us, giving us weather in the 30's + some sunshine! After walking around his neighborhood, we took some pictures in his apartment building, Custom House, which is an old St. Paul post office - SO many incredible spots and beautifully crafted interior design. 

These two met in PT school + getting married this September in Uptown, with one of our Associate Photographers, Aurora, capturing their day! I'm happy I had this chance to hang out with these two for a bit and can't wait to see the photos Aurora takes of their day. :) 


With love,

Ali Leigh


Best of Weddings 2016 | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer


Want to a sneak into the incredible joy of my job?! You are reading the right blog post! I'm SO thankful + honored for a chance to experience the season of love + marriage with each of my couples. They're all unique in their own way + a blast to get to know. I'll never get sick of capturing first looks, tears from dads who can't believe life went this fast, diamonds, unique personalities, favorite details, families, + so on. What a gift! 

Here's a summary of what 2016's weekends looked like: a whole lotta love, taco trucks, floral arrangements, tears, flash mobs, and incredible people! So pumped for all the moments 2017 has to bring. <3 


With love, 

Ali Leigh


Special thanks to our awesome associate photographers + assistants this year! We are just about booked for 2017, but have additional dates open to work with our Associate photographers! Send us an email for more info. :) 


An Update on 2017!

Hi friends! 


Things have been pretty quiet around here! If you didn't know, we're expecting our first baby girl in late February, so 2017 has been full of finishing up weddings + engagements, editing, working on tax things (been so much fun!!), design projects, getting all the baby things in place, cherishing sleep while it's still here, dates (the other day we had a date to IKEA cause why not?!) + getting everything set in place for 2017 season along with parenthood! Luna's not gonna know what hit her, but I'm sure she'll learn to love it!

Taylor has been producing lots of albums for Minneapolis musicians, so our house is always full of music. That girl is gonna know her music! And hopefully have a bit more rhythm than her mom. ;) 

We are SO pumped to celebrate with all of our 2017 couples starting in May! But before then, we're meeting our little girl and cherishing the first couple months of being a family of 3. <3 There will most definitely be pictures... #momphotographer #allthepictures. 

If you're not following us on instagram: @alileighphoto, definitely do! That's where I can keep up with sharing life the most, so I'd love to have you there. :) 


Trying so hard to find time to compile all of my favorites from 2016 weddings + engagements, so that'll hopefully get done before she comes! Excited to reminisce with you! 


THANK YOU for following along! We are so honored to be able to pursue this dream + celebrate some awesome seasons of life with you all! 


With love,

Ali Leigh