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Green Acres Barn Event Center Wedding: Erin & Chris

Their paths crossed many times. Their interests in good wine, food and company the same.  Their individual journeys in life pushed them apart, but eventually each were drawn back to their roots where their new journey together would begin.

Erin and Chris’ wedding venue was representation of their new life just beginning.  An old barn, refurbished into a breath taking new event center, started it’s new life with Erin & Chris being just the second couple to grace it’s youth with their nuptials.  A beautiful combination of elegant charm over the top decor created the perfect setting.  A  compliment to the couples personalities.

From Erin’s best friend officiating the ceremony, to her co-workers at 44th & France catering the delicious food and wine, almost every element of their wedding day was planned with the help of a friend.   Their promises to each other exchanged in front of a beautiful glass window overlooking the spring bloom.  They sealed their deep love for one another with a kiss as they walked down the isle hand firmly grasping hand and smiles stretching from ear to ear.

Erin & Chris; I could not have started off the wedding season with a more fantastic, beautiful couple inside and out.  Thank you for allowing Quyen and I to document your marriage and making us feel so lucky to be a part of your day.  I wish you all the happiness life has to offer and all the best wine life has to offer as well.


The Details.  Right down to her great grandmothers pearls.

The amazing makeup artist.  Unfortunately, she lives out of state, but I wish she lived here to do my makeup for every big event!  She was amazing!  Of course it always helps when your subject is so beautiful!

Who can forget about that hair? Absolutely stunning!

Putting on the dress…

Chris’ suit was custom made, but I have never been one to pay close attention to the fabric that men wear on their big day, but this suit blew me away!  It was remarkable! And those socks?!  You gotta love the socks! My husband wore Christmas socks on our wedding day, it’s always such a fun surprise!

As I said before, not one detail was left without the help of a friend.  One of Erin’s close friends made the beautiful bouquets for their wedding that morning.

The first look was no short of a “breeze”.  We all were just thankful it wasn’t snowing and the sun was shinning!

Despite the wind, this couple remained poised and perfect.  They made my job easy throughout the day!

We took a little stop at Erin’s family’s house out on Lake Minnetonka to get some shots at the point.  The sun decided to join us after an off and on cloudy morning.

I loved the groomsman suits, especially the pants!  You can never go wrong with JCrew in my book!

Did I mention how beautiful she was?  Just checking…

Ahhhh…we arrived at the venue.  As mentioned before this was only the second wedding hosted at this new event center and all I can say, from a photographers stand point, this place was major eye candy!

Had to capture the men and their shoes, I’m trying to convince my husband to buy a pair!


So many details and so little time….

Hi! I’m handsome………….. I’m Beautiful.  Good to meet you.

Erin works part time at 44th and France and she has excellent taste!  I visited her once because I needed to fill my wine rack back up and let me tell you, there was not one bottle she recommended that I didn’t like!  And yes, to answer the question you all may be wondering…all 5 or 6 bottles are gone. Erin made this wine list for her guest to enjoy.

Their favorite place in the venue was the silo which has been converted into a wine cellar!  This is where Erin touched up right before the ceremony.   Although the lighting was very dark, the photos taken in the silo turned out to be some of my favorites.

This little boy, who may or may not have had a crush on the two ADORABLE flower girls was watching as his dad pointed out the wedding party that was about to make their entrance for the ceremony.

Did I mention that the flower girls were ADORABLE!  They were twirling during the ceremony, because well, as flower girls that is your job, right?!


Sealed with a Kiss!

Presenting Mr. and Mrs. Tietz for the very first time!

Cocktail hour took place on the lower level and the upper level was transformed into a beautiful dinning room, complete with a true “cheese” cake, a little surprise from the 44th and France catering coordinator.

I have no doubt that the guests had a wonderful time!  How could you not with such wonderful food and great wine?

A choreographed first dance left everyone wanting more.  Would you expect anything less from a former Vikings cheerleader?

The wind finally settled down and the sunset was the icing on top of the cake!

CONGRATULATIONS Mr. and Mrs. Tietz!  Thank you so much for letting me capture one of the most important days of your life!  Cheers to a new journey!


Venue: Green Acres Barn Event Center

Catering: 44th & France

Hair: Amber Walker Hair and Makeup / Onsite Muse




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