These Napa Valley engagement photos at Artesa Winery were a lot of fun to shoot. Artesa sits on some really beautiful grounds and was designed by some clearly talented folks but it was my super cool couple who made it extra awesome. We started shooting near Artesa’s super unique, bunker like main building. We explored the grounds further, utilizing the different art installations and pools for some one-of-a-kind photos. After finishing up near the main wine tasting area we got permission to explore the grape vineyards up close. Fall provided us with some great colors amongst the rows of grapes. The laid-back nature and love between my couple shined even more vibrantly. We finished up our engagement session exploring deeper into Napa Valley. As a result we found winding roads, rows of olive trees, longs grasses, and rolling hills with beautiful vistas.
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Fall weddings in northern Minnesota are so very nice. These Hungry Jack Lodge wedding photos are full of love & laughter, and bathed in absolutely beautiful scenery. Jean & Sam are some of the coolest people I’ve had the honor to share the day with. Their love for each other, the scenery, the way they wore their hearts on their sleeves, and their awesome souls, made this a perfect Northwoods wedding day.
Sam is a true jack-of-all-trades designing and hand making some rock solid wedding decor, an awesome topographical nature & wildlife figure seating chart, hatchets, arrows, the wedding band, and even his own suit. Jean also contributed many touches and has the most awesomely genuine smile and energy. They honored their ancestors and the sacred lands with native touches and a sweet Anishinaabe marriage blessing. Along with their friends & families, Jean & Sam made the most of their Gunflint Trail wedding on HungryJack Lake, and I was truly honored to be a part of it.
The first section below showcases my personal favorite images from the day, followed by some great venue information, and then the full set of images for those who want to see more.
Hungry Jack Lodge Information:
If you want a Northwoods wedding, Hungry Jake Lodge, 32 miles north of Grand Marais is such a perfect spot. Not only do they have epic views over Hungry Jack Lake but they have more facilities and accommodations than almost anywhere else along the Gunflint Trail. A big bonus is that the staff was super cool to my couple, and also really great to work with.
Hungry Jack Lodge Resort & Campground is found at the halfway point of the Gunflint Trail, right next to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). It’s the only resort on Hungry Jack Lake and surrounded by the six million acre Superior National Forest. The resort lies just 2 miles south of the Canadian Border. It’s the perfect balance of convenience & amenities along with the peaceful calm of the Northwoods lakeside. You can actually access the BWCA right from Hungry Jack Lake. With only one small portage, it makes it a perfect place for fun day trips into the BWCA. I can’t recommend this place enough for not only your wedding but for a vacation visit as well. See below for a list of offerings and amenities.
What Hungry Jack Lodge Provides:
Large Historic Log Cabin
Lakeside Wedding Ceremonies
Lakeside Reception & Banquet Area
Indoor Banquet/Dining Area (up to 100 people)
Up-to-Date, Modern Kitchen
Full Liquor & Bar Services
Optional Tent Spaces
Other Cool Amenities:
Cabins w/ Private Docks
Cottages & Campground
RV Hook ups & Electricity (30 amp)
Excellent Hiking Trails
Scenic Airplane Rides
Super Fresh Air
Other Nearby Attractions:
Superior National Forest
Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Superior National Golf Course
Downtown Grand Marais
Train Center Lodge
For all the finer details hop over to Hungry Jack Lodge‘s site or use the contact information below:
372 Hungry Jack Road
Grand Marais, MN 55604
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Full Set of Hungry Jack Lodge Wedding Photos
Enjoy this full collection of touching and inspiring Hungry Jack Lodge wedding photos below.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After the wedding, the happy couple enjoyed the beginning of their newlywed life honeymooning in Italy!
Awesome San Fran Wedding Vendors
Sapodilla Bay in Turks & Caicos is such an amazing location for a wedding. Emily & Matt and I’s adventures started with an awesome summer engagement session in Minneapolis, which we both call home. The following spring we all made the trek down to the absolutely gorgeous island of Turks & Caicos for one of my favorite weddings of all time. As these wedding photos below will show, they did it right with their nearest and dearest of family and friends.
If you’re planning a Turks & Caicos destination wedding yourself, and would like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me here.
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If you are going to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico I recommend staying at Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort as their exclusive stretch of beach and the rock formation there is one-of-a-kind. You’re also really close to Lover’s Beach and El Arco and away from most of the hustle and bustle of the more mainstream part of town.
I caught these images while location scouting for a wedding I was in town to shoot. Such a gorgeous evening to stroll the beach and watch these waves crash right in front of you. Don’t get too close though. Shore break is fun stuff and I caught some skim boarders taking full advantage of it and catching some serious air on those big waves.
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!