Shanita + Greg opted for a less-traditional day with a beautiful and intimate brunch wedding at Aster Cafe. Shanita was born in the Caribbean, and grew up primarily in Michigan, while Greg was born and raised in St. Paul. Luckily, these lovebirds found one another, and Greg proposed in the fall of 2020 while camping in Northern Minnesota. When looking for photography, Shanita and Greg really wanted the photos to help them relive the energy of their day. Preserving in-between moments is central to my team’s approach, and my associate Ceri did a fabulous job at capturing every cheerful, warm, emotional moment! You can learn more about Ceri and her approach as an associate in her q + a blog!
Weddings can feel fast-paced and overwhelming, and Shanita + Greg combatted this by scheduling one-on-one time throughout the day. Amidst the flurry of the day’s activities, it can often be difficult to meaningfully connect with your partner. You can easily combat this by scheduling time for photos and events with just you and your partner. For Shanita + Greg, this meant scheduling a first look and couple’s photos before the ceremony, and some private time after to celebrate their new marriage. Looking for more tips and tricks on how to plan the perfect timeline? Check out my top 5 wedding day timeline tips!
During the reception, Twin Cities Hot Club (a local 3 piece jazz band) performed as guests mingled. And then family and friends enjoyed a beautiful brunch buffet during toasts and special speeches. Shanita + Greg ended the day with a grand exit, walking past their loved ones who cheered and waved streamers. They then shouted goodbye from their rental car for the first time as a married couple. You can relive their beautiful brunch wedding at Aster Cafe with me by scrolling through the photos below. Enjoy!
Venue: Aster Cafe
Florist: Artemisia Studios, Bridal Party Flowers + Bouquet by PineandPetalsWeddings on Etsy
Cake/Dessert: Cocoa & Fig
DJ/Band: Twin Cities Hot Club
Hair + Make-up: Hair by Kisy Braid Creations, Makeup by Kate Erickson
Catering: Aster Cafe
Shanita’s Outfit: Styling and Alterations by Kerry Riley
Greg’s Outfit: The Black Tux
Shoes: White Lace Bridal Sneakers by StiloShoes on Etsy
Invitations + Programs: The Knot
Jewelry: Magnetic Studs from Biodemia on Etsy, Rose Gold Crystal Necklace by JamJewels1 on Etsy, Shanita’s wedding band by ArtfulRings on Etsy, Greg’s wedding band by GentlemensJunction on Etsy
Nails: Little Luxuries Nails Salon
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