As the snow banks being to melt and warmer times lay ahead. I’m sure you’ve been searching magazines and Pinterest pages gathering fun ideas for your day, we would love to offer a few fun suggestions! Now is the time to review your shopping cart and check these popular additions that can bring some fun and excitement to get your guests talking!
- Our client favorite Crazy Cam: We bring the studio to you, our grand scale photo booth with the capability of fitting groups of up to 20 people, these images make great thank you card gifts! Glam it up with your theme of choice or take inspiration from couples cams in the past: New Years Countdown, Homerun Cam, The Chicago Glitz , Great Outdoors Cam, Luau Cam, Minnesota Love, and Wes Anderson Retro!
- Gift a Parent Kit: What do you get a parent that has given so much to your wedding day? Free them up to view, print, and email images with the click of a button and their very own gallery book for a quick reference guide, making holiday card choices a breeze. The kit includes your complete set of edited images on a USB drive to give them freedom to print at a photo lab of their choice.
- Make your Rehearsal Night special! Bring us along to capture your vivid memories of special toasts and party to kick off your wedding weekend. Please inquire for availability.
- Sometimes two cameras are better than one: As your party grows, add another angle of your day with one of our trained team photographers. *Recommended for weddings larger than 275 or wedding parties larger than 14.
- Memory Box favorites: Why let your images sit on your computer forever? Let us print 100 of your Artist Favorites as beautiful art quality 4x6 prints and deliver them to you in a customized box to keep as a treasure chest of memories for years to come.
Spring is a great time for engagement pictures, it’s important to practice with the camera as it pays great dividends on the wedding day. Choose your location or inquire for great location suggestions. Select fly dates available for a destination engagement session out your back door or an exciting adventure! Call the studio for information about any of these add-ons or email Susan@livingroomstudios.com.
Cheers to spring,
The Vick Photography Team: Andrew, Janelle, Merina, Rachel, Susan, Billie, & Colleen
People were so ready for this day. You could just feel it in the room as friends filled in the pews of our home church of Christ Presbyterian in Edina. It is easy to get behind these two huge hearts with laid back spirits. Caitlin and Elliot come from solid and compassionate families and along the way have picked up some witty friends to seemingly make life complete. For as much as everyone adores them, they may adore themselves even more. The pair together just giggle and giggle! Near zero temperatures nor fresh snowfall would derail this day. In fact, we chose to heat it up with pyrotechnics (thanks to Dad) and a sea of sparklers. Each foggy breath we took outside seemed to look more and more dramatic on camera. Wow! Inside of Minnesota Valley Country Club, boisterous laughter seemed to heat the room only to be cooled by tender moments on the dance floor of daddy and his daughter. Dry eyes were optional. Big hugs to you both and I can't wait to see you soon!
Two is better than one is not only solid old-world theological teachings, but also fitting advice for marriage. In Alissa and Scott's case, when one day is so full of fun why not add another day to explore with the one you love in an classical Central American city?! Antigua is quite the place for Lovers! Buildings full of color, markets full of smiles, and two people that just love life. We ended the night in an old favorite of mine; Casa Santo Domingo is a famous landmark and hotel that has been built among the rubble of an ancient monastery. For centuries, love has filled these halls, and this night we added one more epic story.
Now I get it. There is no greater place in the whole world to throw a wedding than in Antigua Guatemala. This I know is a bold but seemingly true statement. I have witnessed over 700 commitments in my career around the globe and this vision and experience blew everyone in attendance away, and even left the photographer shaking his head.
Perfect Match! Alissa and Scott, who live in the Bay Area of California, reached out to me months ago after they were moved by my blog post titled "Guatemala: The Happiest Place on Earth." Alissa had lived in Antigua for nearly a year before she and Scott set out to explore the globe together. We bonded instantly with kindred spirits for travel and Latin hearts. I still remember getting off our Skype call while I was in Thailand and saying to my wife with misty eyes, "These two get life and understand our hearts. I just have to join them." Events started the moment people walked off the plane. A Thanksgiving feast featuring a slow cooked whole pig was a huge hit to welcome excited travelers with an "Amazing Race" day challenge to follow. The rehearsal and dinner to follow would feature a fun surprise. Live Salsa with a private concert by Don Ignacio, one of the founding fathers of the Grammy acclaimed Buena Vista Social Club. Pinch me. The rooftop setting was also surreal with accompanied house-made sangria.
The Wedding Day was finally here! Scott and his men tried to get magnets straight on their wooden bow ties while Alissa tried to contain her excitement. We arrived to the site of some of the most dramatic ruins in Guatemala, adorned with a staircase that ascended into the heavens. There his lady would wait for him, like some mythical Greek goddess, as Scott made his wait up the stairs to behold her beauty. Friends joined in and made for a colorful afternoon of scaling ruins, greeting locals, and cobblestone street dance scenes. Following family photos underneath the Golden Arches, the "Local Limo" or more famous "Chicken Bus" arrived to cart people up the mountainside's switchbacks. The trek and view would be worth the wait! Rays of light filtered through the clouds and kissed the tops of volcanoes as the wedding planners at I Do Guatemala had the woodland overlook scene decorated to perfection! Goosebumps. The next hour would consist of touching vows and meaningful toasts consistent in old Quaker tradition. The reception site of the ruins of Santa Clara indeed saved the best for last with plenty of 'Wow' factored in. Just when you thought you had seen it all, fireworks and lanterns burst out of the darkness, forming a lighted canopy and capping off a week that no one will ever forget.
We all left gifted by these two with this truth: Guatemala gets under your skin and transforms you from the inside out.
I love this trip down memory lane! I showed up this morning knocking on the door of the childhood home of Christa which sits kitty-corner from MY childhood home. I have many a fond memory of Christa tearing around the neighborhood on her bike and me giving her brother Corey the "opportunity" to help built some epic snow forts with some older (but less cool) kids at Edina. All the familiar faces gathered for this neighborhood party that the whole block was talking about. I found it fitting that the subject of my earliest photos picking up a camera would be where Alex would first see his lovely bride; our duck pond. In the winter, turns out it is quite picturesque! Alex was definitely not looking for ducks as he waited at the water's edge, rather he proudly fluffed his own feathers and practiced his mating strut as Christa snuck up behind him to nuzzle in for warmth. I love this pair! And so our day began.
Christa & Alex hang with some crazy great characters and they would soak up some fragments of sun to chase off the chills as we took photos. Laughter was abundant and the peanut gallery in full force as they would adopt me as one of their own for the day. Normandale Lutheran Church was a meaningful site for their vows and Pastor Paul had the audience roaring with his marriage advice he clipped from a somewhat sexist 50s newspaper. Amazing. Lafayette Club was perfection for this fun crew and we would dance the night away. No one wanted to go home.
We had a blast last week with Alissa & her stud Scott exploring Antigua, Guatemala. I couldn't resist sharing a taste of the crazy mixed with awe. Much more to come!!
This "first look" was particularly sweet. These two are best buds, have the greatest friends in the world, and family that loves them unconditionally. As Allison readied herself in the bottom level of her home church, the guys nervously fidgeted in a room nearby as their first buddy of the group was about to receive a gorgeous wife. We were blessed that we had color to choose from adorning the landscape, as Allison snuck up behind her long time love and the two giggled in unison. My heart was happy. There was indeed much to be happy about: honest love, sincere vows, family blessings, and a vibrant party to celebrate! After watching the sunset over the skyline, we would roll along to the historic Wabasha Caves of St. Paul, a family-owned hot spot. As guests poured from cavern to cavern, one could sense the excitement in the air for the dancing that was to come. I can't wait to see where life will lead you friends and the many lives you will impact along the way!
It seemed like each month this summer I was given a crash course in a new culture! My life is more full because of it.
I remember Sara's glow from the moment she walked into the studio and studied our walls. Her long search for a photographer was over and she could check off another exciting box off her wedding list. I was honored that when she pictured her wedding and entrusting all of its excitement and energy, she saw me facilitating the day and documenting its stunning imagery. Family was a huge help in the planning and it showed in every well-thought-out detail throughout the Semple Mansion. The colorful cultural fusion of Iranian combined with classic American was a wonderful palate from which to create. This day would have all a photographer could want, from a couple madly in love, to big personalities, cherished pets and even belly dancing! Thank you for making me feel right at home.
Life is more fun when you have hilarious people to share it with. I know Lizzie would agree with me wholeheartedly as her relationship with Dustin is anything but bland. As a friend and photographer I just adored watching their playful banter, always ending with cracking each other up. They just have "it" and its what every couple strides for as the magic component that makes for long lasting marriages. Joan of Ambiente also saw "it" early on and couldn't wait to call me and tell me what an incredible couple she had met and wanted to introduce me to. I couldn't be more thankful for these new friends in my life.
They day was a culmination of Lizzie's savy fashion sense blended perfectly with Dustin's wit and humor. Their vows at Nazareth Chapel at Northwestern College were heartfelt and honest before we headed out to explore the city of Minneapolis that they love. Calhoun Beach Club sparkled with the crown jewel decor of the night being the dramatic cake adorned with cascading flowers. Not so fast; Lizzie's sexy reception dress stole the spotlight! Toasts made us all laugh and cry. Lively music served as the perfect remedy for tender eyes from tears and sore abs from the chuckles. There was plenty of "it" to go around and last a lifetime.
This is not your standard love story. Boy actor on a Broadway tour meets a lovely Minnesota gal at an Irish pub, fall deeply in love, then spend the next months chasing each other down, ultimately ending up in New York City together. Matt's charm, talent, and heart make him a triple threat in life, but there is nothing diva about this gentle man. Katie was smitten from the first pitch. Her style and playful spirit had grabbed Matt hard and he knew just how good he had it being trusted with her lovely and generous heart. Any guy who puts a ring on the finger of a girl who works in bridal fashion in Manhattan has to brace himself for quite the spectacle. And not just any store, Kleinfeld's, where the hit TV series "Say Yes to the Dress" is filmed. Katie had watched and helped hundreds of girls' dreams come true and float down the aisle. Now it was her turn. To Katie's credit, the day was planned with the utmost intentionality that could be felt by everyone.
Family and friends poured into Minneapolis from all ends of the earth to witness these two make promises under God and before each other. Katie's epic dress was kept secret from Matt until she bounded into his arms at the altar. As Matt's eyes filled with tears, he couldn't break his gaze away from his Beauty, his Bride. Following the ceremony we all chased down some brilliant Fall color along the Mississippi River, a river that connects the North with the South and a fitting symbol on this day and a relationship that has bridged many states and distances. With the help of Simply Elegant, Aria's stage was brought to life with enthusiastic dancing and all left with their hearts singing along with this dynamic duo.