Tonya & Ken’s Pre-Wedding Photos at Golden Hour

Tonya and Ken’s shoot is an excellent example of why pre-wedding photos are a good idea.  We did this session two weeks before their wedding.   It was sunny, not too cold, and pretty much the perfect early fall day to walk around the lake and through the woods.

 Fall in Minnesota can be unpredictable.  Their intimate wedding ceremony took place on the last Saturday in September, and the weather decided to turn a bit fierce.  It was chilly, windy, and not the best day to be outside.  Of course, good wedding photos can happen in adverse conditions, and we went outside on the wedding day too.  But- Tonya had her heart set on sunset pictures, and with this pre-wedding shoot, I made sure she got them.

Pre-wedding photos are a really fun time

The pre-wedding shoot was a good chance for us to get to know each other, and for me to get to know their photography preferences.  We were able to experiment with posing and lighting, take our time, and not worry about a schedule.  There were laughs and good conversation.  The evening ended with drinks and more talking about their personalities and the rest of their wedding plans.

wedding bouquet with eucalyptus leaves on a velvet chair
Tonya made this bouquet. She added essential oils to make the silk flowers smell heavenly. Good thinking!
mens boutonniere with eucalyptus leaves and navy blue vest
Tonya also made Ken’s boutonniere. She’s a stylist and salon owner, but her creativity is boundless.
pre wedding photos are a good idea at sunset
Pre-wedding photos are a good idea when you want to play with sun-flare and selective focus.
Tonya and Ken love to laugh together, so we did that.
pre wedding shoot at sunset in chanhassen minnesota
These wedding shoes are delicate and classic. I love the contrast with Tonya’s tattoo, which is her salon logo.
romantic pre-wedding photos
towards the end of the shoot, I like to get a little serious. we spend a lot of time smiling and laughing, but those quiet moments are beautiful too.

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