PAIKKA Associate Wedding | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer | Hannah + Daniel

PAIKKA wedding shot by our talented associate, Aurora! <3 

Thursday weddings: our team has THREE of them this year!! I just had one this past week and my associate Aurora got to be a part of Hannah and Daniel's Thursday Minneapolis wedding at PAIKKA this June. I'm personally a huge advocate for them - it may be so I have more Saturdays free ;) but it's also just the intimate feel. The people who are there are the KEY people in the bride and groom's lives. The people that wouldn't miss their day for the world, and I think that's super special! Intimate weddings are my fave. 

I met Hannah and Daniel for ice cream at Milkjam Creamery for their engagement sesh just a week before their wedding day! SUCH sweet photos to look back on, knowing the joy and anticipation they had to have felt looking forward to their day.  It was only fitting that they had the MNice Cream truck at their reception! They were blindfolded before the ceremony and tied their love for swing dancing into their first dance. 

Here's a peek into this sweet couple's day!


Ali Leigh


Wedding Coordinator and/or Planner: Nicole Sheldon/Susie Willink

Florist: Trader Joes and Hannah and Daniel's woods

Invitations: Minted

Caterer: MN Nice Cream - Ice cream truck; Bartenders - With a Twist Bar Tending Service

DJ/Band: Event Production Crew - UW Eau Claire

Baked Goods (cake, donuts, cupcakes, etc.): Bridal Cake from Buttercream Bakery in Stillwater, Cupcakes from Three Schweet Sister's Bakery in River Falls, Ice Cream truck - MN Nice Cream

Bride's Dress: The White Room

Groom's Outfit: Express

Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way

Rentals: Rudys Event Rentals



Hewing Hotel and Theodore Wirth Minnesota Blizzard Wedding | Anthony + Emily

Emily's wedding dream: get married in the middle of blizzard! And all of her dreams came true on one of our worst snowstorms of the year. ;) Their dog was invited, their first look was on the rooftop of Hewing Hotel, and they promised forever to each other in front of a crackling fireplace at Theodore Wirth Historic Chalet with a bunch of tall pines, thick snow falling, and skiiers outside. Talk about COZY! My car was covered by the end of the night but I'd be a part of this day again in a heartbeat. Today it's a sunny and warm summer day, but a day like their wedding day reminds me why I love winter in Minnesota. 


Best of Weddings 2017 | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

2017 is a new ALL time favorite wedding season for me. What an incredible year! Tons of drives back to Wisconsin since we lived there in 2016 and booked the majority of 2017's weddings while living there. ;) 

The details and venues were incredlble, but the moments were on another level. I cried with guests regularly and even got the chills from a couple of the moments. One incredible moment after another this year.

  • a grandpa surprising the bride and groom after having open heart surgery just a couple days before
  • a group dance/celebration for a bride's dad who passed away to his favorite song 
  • grooms seeing their best friend walk down the aisle (never gets old)
  • cheers of GIDDY celebration of being husband and wife

This privilege of this job is so still surreal to me.

To my clients, I had so much fun getting to know you all a bit this year. Thank YOU for inviting me into this season of your lives and making my job so much fun.


A special shout out to associate photographers Emily, Aurora, Kenzie, and Courtney! You all did an incredible job shooting weddings for Ali Leigh's brand! 

*a few photos included in this blog pos were taken by these associates!


I am so ready for ya, 2018!


St. John's Military Academy and Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee Wedding | Drew and Sage

Drew and Sage met at a wedding through his cousin, who was Sage's co-worker. They sat at table 8, talked the whole night, and hit it off. :) Only problem was, he lived in California and she lived in Wisconsin. Fast forward a bit, and Drew moved to Milwaukee where they got married at St. John's Military Academy and started their lives together. :) 

They're the type of people who make you feel like best friends from the moment you meet them. So fun, so in love with each other, and 100% soulmates. 

It was an honor to be a part of their day!

Five Event Center Minneapolis Associate Wedding | Tyler and Kelly


This was an Associate wedding shot by Aurora (and Madeline as the second shooter)! I met Kelly last year when I photographed her sister, Sarah's wedding. Their family is full of sweetness and creativity. It was a blast going through their photos and seeing some familiar faces! 

After meeting in PT school, they became friends who watched the Bachelor on Monday nights (what a guy!). Clearly it led to so much more, thus their wedding day! Enjoy some sneaks from their day. :)


Venue: Five Event Center

Floral: DIY

Invites: Emily Roznowski (bridesmaid)

Caterer: The Deco Catering

Live Band: The Covers

Baked Goods: Deco

Dress: Hayley Paige

Hair: Pompadour Salon

Groom: Suit Supply

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen: Various


The Creamery Downtown and Gather on Broadway Green Bay Wedding | Elizabeth and Alex

I kicked off their wedding weekend with them at their Creamery Downtown rehearsal dinner on the riverwalk! One of my favorite spots in Green Bay (try their food, you will not be disappointed) and SUCH a fun spot for a rehearsal dinner! The next morning I met them at the new Lodge Kohler and was in heaven from the start. The day continued to unfold with a first look on the street Alex's parents live on, edible flowers in the drinks.. more of this please!), friends in the bridal party who've known each other since high school, and just a fantastic hometown celebration of a high school 'fling', that dissolved and later came back around as husband and wife. :) 

They now live in Chicago (see their Chicago engagement session here) with so many fun travels on the calendar! First one on the calendar as Mr. and Mrs. was a honeymoon in Africa, nbd. 

I say it all the time, but seriously: what an honor it is to be a part of all of these memories and follow these fun couples around on their wedding day! 


Without further adieu, here is a sneak into their day.



Wedding Planner: Sash and Bow 

Flowers: Ebb & Flow Flowers

Rehearsal Dinner Venue: The Creamery Downtown

Ceremony Venue: St Norbert College

Reception Venue: Gather on Broadway

Caterer: Runaway Spoon

Donuts: Stan's Donuts

Dress: Hayley Paige

Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo



Solar Arts by Chowgirls Minneapolis Wedding | Aaron and Tricia

A while back, Trish and I ended up in the same photography Facebook group and then ended up becoming social media followers. THEN she ended up getting engaged and emailed me! I was SO honored/nervous cause she knows all the ins and outs of photography that most of my clients don't know. ;) Which also paid off a ton when creating her day-of timeline, and planning different details of the day FOR photography purposes. 

Their day feels like a dream. The most perfect 65 degree Minnesota day to wrap up September, with cotton candy and greens for days. Love love loved being a part of it. 

And they're fun, easy-going people on top of it. What more could you ask for? 


Enjoy a lil sneak peek into their day! 



Venue: @cgsolararts
Day-of Coordination: @simplygypsyevents
Flowers: @pristinefloral
Photographer: @alileighphoto
Videographer: @almafilmsandphoto
Makeup: @heathertrachsel
Dessert: @eicakes
Cotton Candy: @cottonandwhim
Hair: @primpedmn (Aubrey)
Calligraphy / Watercolor: @loandmariestudio
Dress: @aandbe_bridalshop
Suits: @atmosferempls
DJ: @instantrequestdj (Justin)
Lighting: @avintagetouchweddings
Tan: @go_glow

Special thanks to Emily for second shooting for me!