Ridges at Sand Creek Wedding Photography in Southern Minnesota

Madison and Joe’s Ridges of Sand Creek wedding in Jordan, Minnesota was a classic southern Minnesota wedding day.  They had an early afternoon ceremony at Our Lady of the Prairie in Belle Plaine.  A party bus took them to the Ney Nature Center.  We stopped in Joe’s hometown of Henderson to visit Charlie Neisen’s Bar.  Then we went to Ridges at Sand Creek for the reception.   It was a good time and so much more!

Here are some important things to know about this wedding:   Madison wanted to get ready without a photographer.  She wanted complete quiet time, and my job was to offer a solution for that.  Our schedule included time before the ceremony to capture bridal details when she was ready.

The couple also decided to exchange notes but skip the First Look.  The solution to this was portraits after the ceremony at Ney Nature Center.  While we were at the nature center guests went to Ridges at Sand Creek for a long cocktail hour.  This gave extra photography time for the wedding party with our stop at the bar in Henderson too.

Our Lady Of The Prairie Wedding Ceremony

Madison and Joe had a traditional Catholic ceremony in Belle Plaine at Our Lady Of The Prairie.  I stayed in the back to shoot this ceremony, behind the last pew of guests.  I also ran up into the choir loft for a few pictures.

Most catholic ceremonies I’ve photographed require the photographer not to go up into the aisle or near the altar and I always respect that rule.  Their ceremony pictures are so beautiful and bright, I love them.

Wedding Photography at Ney Nature Center in Henderson, Mn

The guys did their pictures before the ceremony, so they got to relax off-camera while Madison and her attendants had their portraits.  After the portraits, we went to downtown Henderson for some fun.

I think the choice to separate from your guests for a while is a good one.  You can plan for something at the reception to keep them entertained.  Guests will be excited when you arrive and that will show in your pictures.

Ridges at Sand Creek Wedding Reception

This reception had it all.  Emotional first dances, a perfect blue summer sky for early evening portraits, and lovely details.

Speaking of details, the couple’s classic gold foiled invitation suite was customized by me and printed through my partner Basic Invite.  Wedding invitation design is very fun. I love that I can give couples custom invitations because me doing the work instead of the couple trying to DIY makes things easier for them.  I’m all about ease and convenience for my couples.

Want to see more?  Click here to see Madison & Joseph’s engagement.

Local wedding professionals from this celebration include:

Aubony Bridal HutchinsonMen’s Wearhouse Minnesota | The Hair Loft Belle Plaine | The Fabulous Flower Market Belle Plaine | Ridges at Sand Creek Jordan | Jason Butcher- Dj Medix | Nickie’s Alterations