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This St. James Hotel wedding was dreamy and romantic. Amanda and Ryan are two very sweet people and the intimate Sunday wedding celebration they planned was an elegant day just right for them.

Getting ready in the Iron Works Flat for your St. James Hotel Wedding

The Iron Works Flat is a gorgeous private space to get ready in before your St. James Hotel wedding. There’s ample room for your entire wedding party. Or, if you’re like Amanda and want a chill, quiet space to have some alone time you can get your hair and make up done, then lounge on the balcony while your photographer uses the spectacular morning light to photograph your details and a few pre-wedding portraits.

St. James Hotel Wedding First Look

Amanda & Ryan did their private first look in the open room just outside the library. The window light was glowing, their faces were glowing with love and it was an emotional experience for them. Afterwards we stayed indoors for a few must have wedding pictures in the library, including an awesome silhouette portrait in front of thestained glass window.

Wedding Pictures in Historic Downtown Red Wing

We headed outside on this sunny fall wedding day to enjoy the gardens, historic brickwork and Mississippi River Steamboats the that make downtown Red Wing unique. It was important to Amanda & Ryan that we capture all the mood and beauty the city has to offer.

Portraits in the late morning sun can be tricky, but I have to say I’m pretty comfortable in situations like this. This was a short wedding that would be over before sunset, so we did photography at the best times we could. I did a lot of playing with angles to achieve these mostly natural light wedding portraits. Noon light can be just as nice as what you get later in the afternoon if your wedding photographer knows how to work with it.

St. James Hotel Wedding Reception with Sunday Brunch

The ceremony and reception for this wedding were held in the Summit Room, with panoramic views of the Mississippi River. The experience of looking out over the scenic views and port was fun for all Amanda & Ryan’s guests. Their ceremony was short and meaningful, officiated by one of their good friends.

Through the reception piano music played in the background and fit perfectly with the elegant, relaxing feeling of the wedding. Good conversation flowed. The brunch full of delicious options and signature drinks was a big hit with everyone.

Towards the end of the reception we snuck out one more time to enjoy pictures on the Iron Works balcony under a clear blue October sky, then the couple headed back inside to enjoy dessert during the last part of their St. James Hotel wedding reception.

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m Christa. An experienced wedding photographer in the Minneapolis area available for your St. James Hotel Wedding in Redwing. If you like these pictures let’s chat about how I can help you make an awesome wedding day photography plan.

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