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Wedding Photography in Norwood Young America with Tonya and Ken.

The best part about photographing weddings is being a guest and witness to the day two people decide to take a new step in their journey together as a couple. Being invited to Tonya and Ken’s wedding makes me feel lucky.  It’s a privilege to meet two people and have them place their trust in me to be right there with them on their wedding day.  Especially when they tell me to document the real moments.  Photographing real moments of the wedding day takes experienced anticipation.  I was anticipating all day, and loving it at this wedding.

We started at All Saints Lutheran Church for our wedding photography in  Norwood Young America, pinning on boutonnieres and getting details in order before the ceremony.

a couple gets ready for their Norwood Young America wedding at all saints lutheranburgundy flowers on boutonnieres for a late September wedding navy and burgandy invitation for a Norwood Young America wedding Before the ceremony Tonya went and hid in the side room of the church.  I captured this moment of her quiet time, went back to photographing guests, and then noticed her brother slip into the room with her.   When he went in that room I knew there was an opportunity for a really great shot.  This moment was priceless.

Meanwhile Ken was taking his place at the front of the church, and I knew I needed to capture him doing what most people do right before their wedding ceremony.  Thinking for a moment about everything that was about to happen, and probably being a little nervous.The sanctuary at the church was so beautiful.  Newly remodeled, very modern and symmetrical.  A great opportunity for a wide ceremony shot.

Then we had some laughter, followed by some tears and hand holding. A just like that you’re married, so you grab your family and celebrate!

Norwood Young America Wedding Reception at Willkommen Memorial Park Pavilion.

After the ceremony we headed over to the Willkommen Memorial Park Pavilion.  It was my first time there.  I think this place is a hidden gem for wedding receptions!  The place is beautiful and had great natural light during the early evening.  It can work for a big or small wedding.  Tonya and Ken’s wedding was with their closest family and friends.

Tonya organized all the decorations herself, and they were beautiful.  I think a great part about getting married in late fall is you can fit pumpkins into your reception decor, and Tonya made them look so good!

The cake and dessert table was really stunning!

We snuck outside for some pictures during the reception.  I think everyone needs a break from the crowd, even when your reception is intimate and uncomplicated.

As twilight fell it was time for a first dance, and cake cutting. Then shortly after I quietly made my exit, feeling completely lifted up and joyful about the day I’d just witnessed.


I’m a southern Minnesota wedding photographer.  If you like what you see here and you’re looking for wedding photography in Norwood Young America you can learn more about me and contact me via email HERE. 

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