Aster Cafe Minneapolis | Star Wars Wedding

Aster Cafe Minneapolis | Star Wars Wedding

These Aster Cafe wedding photos are among my favorite that I’ve had the honor to capture here in Minneapolis over the last 8 years. Jade & Adam’s Star Wars themed wedding (on May the 4th be with you) was fun, classy, and also very touching. Their beloved Yorkie, Ted, was battling cancer and was able to just barely hang on until the morning after the wedding day. He was in good spirits on the wedding day and sure looked sharp in his bowtie. These wedding images where an extra honor for me to capture knowing the weight of the situation.

Getting Ready

Before heading over to Aster Cafe for the ceremony and reception the wedding party got ready at the buzzing Hewing Hotel. The bridesmaids had an epic pillow fight while jumping on the bed and the boys laughed it up while showing off their well paired wedding day socks. Jade wore a Mira Zwillinger gown from L’atelier Couture Bridal Boutique and her ladies donned Adrianna Papell dresses that seamlessly and subtly fit the Star Wars theme. Adam and his guys were sharp in Heimie’s Haberdashery‘s finest. Jade’s great friend Brooke D. Carl beautifully worked the hair and makeup while the rings were from Arthur’s.

 

Hewing Hotel building with bright blue sky and some puffy white clouds

Wedding Shoes and details at the Hewing Hotel

Brides Dog Hewing Hotel

Bridesmaids jumping on the bed at the Hewing Hotel

Bridesmaids pillow fight at the Hewing Hotel

Groomsmen at the Hewing Hotel

Groom and his guys at the Hewing Hotel

Groomsen Star Wars Socks at Hewing Hotel

Groom puts on jacket at Hewing Hotel

Bride getting into her dress at the Hewing Hotel

Bride getting her makeup done at the Hewing Hotel

Bride hugging her friend at the Hewing Hotel

Brides bouquet of flowers by Artemisia Studios

Grooms boutonniere by Artemisia Studios

First Look

After the pillow fights and a whole lot of laughter Jade & Adam shared an intimate First Look in the alley behind the Hewing Hotel. They shared this sweet moment before we began all the wedding party and family photos, prior the heading over to Aster Cafe for all the days festivities.

Bride and Groom First Look at Hewing Hotel

Bride and Groom share an intimate moment in the alley behind the Hewing Hotel

Wedding couple walking in the alley at the Hewing Hotel

Bride and Groom Walking together at the Hewing Hotel

Bride and Groom Portrait at Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis

Bridal bouquet by Artemisia Studios at Hewing Hotel

Bride and Groom Eskimo kisses in the alley behind the Hewing Hotel

Bridesmaids laughing at the Hewing Hotel

Hi-definition Bridesmaids selfie in the alley behind the Hewing Hotel

Groomsmen together in the alley behind the Hewing Hotel

Hi-definition Grroomsen selfie in the alley behind the Hewing Hotel

Aster Cafe Ceremony and Reception in the River Room

Aster Cafe, along Saint Anthony Main, provides such a great space in an equally fantastic location. With it’s old world charm, underneath a canopy of trees along the mighty Mississippi, Aster Cafe sits on arguably the most romantic street in all of Minneapolis with it’s beautiful brick road and gorgeous panoramic downtown skyline views. It’s fitting too that Aster Cafe’s River Room (where both their ceremony and reception took place) was styled after Parisian cafes, with Adam proposing to Jade in Paris. Artemisa added beautiful floral touches to take things to the next level, and Jade, Adam, and their friends and family created a ton of tasteful and unique DIY elements. The River Room glows with bright window light during the day and becomes warm and intimate after sundown. Everything flowed together perfectly, from the heartfelt ceremony to the light saber battles and craft cocktails that followed.

 

Aster Cafe Wedding Photo of Bride and Groom outside

Aster Cafe Wedding Photos of the River Room

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Aster Cafe Wedding Cake 1

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Aster Cafe wedding Photo of Groom walking down the aisle 1

Aster Cafe wedding Photo of Groom walking down the aisle 2

Aster Cafe wedding Photo of kids walking down the aisle 1

Aster Cafe wedding Photo of child and dog walking down the aisle 1

Aster Cafe wedding Photo of child and dog walking down the aisle 2

Aster Cafe Wedding Photo with pet dog

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Wedding Ceremony in the River Room at Aster Cafe 1

Wedding Ceremony in the River Room at Aster Cafe Wide Angle

Wedding Ceremony in the River Room at Aster Cafe 2

Bride and Groom exchange vows in the River Room at Aster Cafe 1

Bride and Groom exchange vows in the River Room at Aster Cafe 2

Wedding Ceremony in the River Room at Aster Cafe 2

Wedding Ring Ceremony in the River Room at Aster Cafe

Bride and Groom first kiss in the River Room at Aster Cafe Close Up

Bride and Groom first kiss in the River Room at Aster Cafe Wide Angle

Bride shedding a tear after the wedding ceremony in the River Room at Aster Cafe

Bride and Groom walk together after being announced husband and wife in the River Room at Aster Cafe

Bride shares special moment with her Yorkie after the ceremony at Aster Cafe

Bride and Groom with cellphone all around them at Aster Cafe

Bride with her dog during the wedding reception at Aster Cafe 1

Bride with her dog during the wedding reception at Aster Cafe 2

Bride and her dog sharing a beautiful moment during the wedding reception at Aster Cafe

Bride and Groom with their dog during the wedding reception at Aster Cafe 1

Bride and Groom with their dog during the wedding reception at Aster Cafe 2

Bride and Groom with their dog during the wedding reception at Aster Cafe Close Up of Dog

Bride and Groom Walking across the street from Aster Cafe

Bride and Groom embrace along Saint Anthony Main 1

Bride and Groom embrace along Saint Anthony Main 2

Wedding Party walking along Saint Anthony Main

Star Wars Light Saber battle during the wedding reception in the River Room at Aster Cafe 5

Bride with her Star Wars Light Saber during the wedding reception in the River Room at Aster Cafe 1

Star Wars Light Saber battle during the wedding reception in the River Room at Aster Cafe 4

Star Wars Light Saber battle during the wedding reception in the River Room at Aster Cafe 2

Star Wars Light Saber battle during the wedding reception in the River Room at Aster Cafe 1

Star Wars Light Saber battle during the wedding reception in the River Room at Aster Cafe 3

Mother of the bride laughing at Aster Cafe in Minneapolis

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Star Wars Light Saber battle during the wedding reception in the River Room at Aster Cafe 7

Star Wars Theme bride and groom seat displays at Aster Cafe

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Aster Cafe Star Wars Theme Details 9

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Aster Cafe Star Wars Theme Details 11

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Sunset Photos along Saint Anthony Main

Choosing such a great location in Aster Cafe allowed Jade & Adam and I to sneak away quickly during sunset to hit all the Saint Anthony Main highlights including the old time brick of Main Street, the views along the river, and both the Stone Arch Bridge and Hennepin Avenue Bridge.

 

Bride and Groom walking across the Stone Arch Bridge in Saint Anthony Main at Sunset

Bride and Groom walking across the Stone Arch Bridge in Saint Anthony Main with Minneapolis Skyline in the Background at Sunset

Bride and Groom embrace as the watch the sunset from the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis

Bride and Groom kissing on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge with Airplane in Background

Golden Hour kiss with the Bride and Groom on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis

Bride and Groom Sunset Silhouette from the Hennepin Avenue Bridge with the Grain Belt Premium sign in the background

Wedding Toasts and Dancing the Night Away

After touching wedding speeches Jade & Adam danced and laughed it up with their bridal party, family, and friends during the tail end of their reception. To end the evening Jade & Adam took an Umbrella lit (Jade’s DIY handiwork) stroll down Main Street and took in the beautiful Minneapolis Skyline at night. RIP Ted, and May the 4th be with Jade & Adam always.

 

Aster Cafe Star Wars Theme Wedding Ring Photo

Aster Cafe Wedding Photos Alter Shot

Aster Cafe Wedding Photos Alter Shot with Bridesmaids

Aster Cafe Wedding Photos Alter Shot with Bride and Groom

Maid of Honor speech in the River Room at Aster Cafe during the Wedding Reception

Best Man speech in the River Room at Aster Cafe during the Wedding Reception

Bride Belly Laughing during the Maid of Honor speech in the River Room at Aster Cafe

Bride and Groom cutting their cake in the River Room at Aster Cafe

Bride and Groom sharing their First Dance in the River Room at Aster Cafe

Bride and Groom sharing their First Dance in the River Room at Aster Cafe 2

Bride and Bridesmaid sharing a fun moment on the dance floor in the River Room at Aster Cafe

Wedding party sharing a fun moment on the dance floor in the River Room at Aster Cafe during the wedding reception

Wedding party sharing a fun moment on the dance floor in the River Room at Aster Cafe during the wedding reception 2

Wedding party breakdown on the dance floor in the River Room at Aster Cafe during the wedding reception

Wedding party breakdown on the dance floor in the River Room at Aster Cafe during the wedding reception 2

Wedding party breakdown on the dance floor in the River Room at Aster Cafe during the wedding reception 3

Wedding party breakdown on the dance floor in the River Room at Aster Cafe during the wedding reception 4

Bride and Groom under a lit up umbrella overlooking the Minneapolis skyline just outside of Aster Cafe

Bride and Groom walking on Main Street under a lit up umbrella just outside of Aster Cafe

Colorful scene with the Bride and Groom sitting on a bench underneath a lit up umbrella just outside of Aster Cafe

Fun Fact: These Aster Cafe wedding photos weren’t my first Star Wars themed wedding. I shot my first one all the way back in 2012. See those fun wedding photos here: http://www.aframeforward.com/jess-joe-stillwater-mn-wedding/

 

Elegant Black Tie Wedding in San Francisco at the Mark Hopkins Hotel

Elegant Black Tie Wedding in San Francisco at the Mark Hopkins Hotel

Liz and Nicco celebrated their big day in style with an elegant black tie wedding in San Francisco, at the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel, a historic wedding venue. The bride and groom exchanged vows in front of 150 friends and family before moving onto the wedding reception to celebrate their new marriage and dance the night away!

bride and groom after wedding in san francisco

First Date at the Rooftop Bar in the Mark Hopkins Hotel

After hitting it off at Nicco’s annual ugly Christmas sweater party, Liz and Nicco spent their first official date at a romantic rooftop bar overlooking the San Francisco skyline. That rooftop bar, the Top of the Mark, also happens to sit on the 19th floor of the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel, where all this wedding goodness would take place three years later!

bride and bridesmaids getting ready

bride and bridesmaids posing

groom getting ready with dad

Getting Ready With the Fun Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

The bride and her bridesmaids spent the morning in a penthouse suite at the Mark Hopkins overlooking downtown San Francisco and the SF Bay. The hair stylists and makeup artists from Bay Area Beautiful helped the ladies prepare for the big day, styling their makeup and hair to accentuate their natural beauty. Liz and her gorgeous bridesmaids looked amazing together with their navy blue bridesmaid dresses against the stunning Maggie Sottero beaded gown. Nicco got ready with his groomsmen and family and enjoyed the excitement of the day with some celebratory drinks. He looked sharp and ready with his group of black tie groomsmen!

groom looking at bride in ceremony

bride and groom wedding ceremony

Elegant Wedding Ceremony in the Grand Mark Hotel Ballroom

A unique and artistic ceremony space, the Room of the Dons ballroom is characterized by the hotels historic architectural details in top notch chandeliers and high ceilings. The Flower House designed tall floral arrangements and lined the aisle with rose petals adding to the luxurious ceremony design. The Mersonacta String Quartet accentuated the elegant atmosphere with heavenly ceremony music.

bride and groom in front of mark hopkins hotel

bride walking down aisle with father

When Liz walked down the aisle with her father, Nicco’s face lit up. Father Charles Regal of the White Robed Monks personalized the ceremony and kept the tone lighthearted and sentimental. The wedding guests were filled with excitement as Liz and Nicco kissed as husband and wife for the first time and happily made their way back down the aisle.

bride and groom dancing san francisco street

bride and groom walking san francisco

Mark Hopkins Hotel: A Luxury Wedding Venue in San Francisco

The Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel wedding venue is known as one of the best luxury venues for a wedding in San Francisco. The hotel hosts classy wedding ceremonies and receptions in lavish ballrooms in a perfect downtown SF location. The hotels wedding coordination team did an awesome job keeping the wedding day moving along smoothly. Dakota of Thomas Hughes Films filmed the day and was a pleasure to work beside. I first fell in love with this city, years ago, when I photographed a San Francisco engagement session on Baker Beach with the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in the background. The more time I spent here, the deeper in love I fell. The downtown SF area near the hotel made stepping outside for portraits of the bride and groom, and their bridal party, so much fun and gave us perfect iconic San Fran backdrops in every direction.

bride and groom in downtown SF

bridal party in front of mark hopkins hotel

mark hotel wedding reception

Reception

The wonderful Jutta and her team from A Day Like No Other wedding planners worked with the wedding coordination team at the Mark Hopkins Hotel and did a fantastic job setting up the Peacock Court and Ballroom. The uplighting design by Impact Lighting set the reception’s mood with soft, golden light.

bride and groom cutting cake

After the bridal party entered the reception, Liz and Nicco shared a romantic first dance. Once the guests had enjoyed the delicious wedding meals and cut the cake, the real party started! The newly weds were finally able to celebrate fully with their family and friends as they danced the night away to the awesome upbeat music provided by Hip Service.

bride and groom dancing mark hotel reception

After the wedding, the happy couple enjoyed the beginning of their newlywed life honeymooning in Italy!

Awesome San Fran Wedding Vendors

wedding band at reception in mark hopkins hotel

mark hopkins hotel wedding reception

Emily & Matt / Turks and Caicos Wedding

Emily & Matt / Turks and Caicos Wedding

The location was almost as cool as this couple. Em & Matt and I had an awesome engagement session in Minneapolis where they live and as you can see below they topped that with their destination wedding on Sapodilla Bay in Turks & Caicos. They did it right with their nearest and dearest.

Mandi & Rudy / Oregon Destination Wedding

Mandi & Rudy / Oregon Destination Wedding

I cannot even begin to tell you how great it was working with these two and all their awesome friends and family! I love destination weddings and Mandi & Rudy’s 4th of July weekend wedding in Joseph, Oregon was one for the ages. Everything took place around the absolutely gorgeous Wallowa Lake which sits somewhat isolated from the rest of the world in northeast Oregon. From the firework show, to the beautiful log cabin resort, to the breathtaking ceremony high up on the moraine overlooking the lake, everything was just absolutely amazing. Following all that goodness there was an epic dance party that went into the wee hours until we ran around in the foothills under the starry and stunningly brilliant midnight sky. I don’t use this term lightly (or ever) but this destination wedding was truly amazeballs. 😉

Mandi found me searching the interwebs for all things ‘eco-friendly wedding’ and incorporated a lot of green into her big day which was very cool. I don’t know what can top this wedding but I’m sure looking forward to finding out!

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