The Blaisdell, in the heart of Minneapolis, was the perfect wedding reception venue for Niyo & Arun. This was truly one epic party. I’ll share a bit about The Blaisdell wedding venue, as well as some fun facts about my most awesome couple. Their dance party was absolutely one for the ages, so be sure to view the full gallery of images below!
Fun little backstory first: Arun and I met 9 years ago, at the inaugural Midwest Tomato Fest, absolutely covered in chunks of tomatoes. I was the official event photographer and captured some super fun action shots of that crazy time. Arun’s also a photographer and has been a huge supporter of my wedding photography work ever since. I was truly honored to be able to capture his big day.
Wedding Reception at The Blaisdell
The Blaisdell as a wedding reception venue is really great, and especially for this amazing dance crew here. Below are a few of my favorite things about this wedding venue:
1. Picturesque grounds outside, classic & timeless look on the exterior, and a perfectly fused modernness inside.
2. Large open space, huge ceilings, bright white walls, with perfectly placed accent areas providing great contrast. As a photographer, it’s an excellent place to capture amazing photos.
3. The staff was really great to work with and received high praise from my bride & groom.
Niyo & Arun’s Indian Ceremony & American Reception
Niyo & Arun got married in Chennai, India where Arun is from. Also from India, Niyo grew up in Hyderabad. The couple had a traditional Indian wedding ceremony at a temple near the beach of Bay of Bengal. They saved the jump-off dance party wedding reception at The Blaisdell for their friends back here in Minnesota.
Coming into this I knew Arun and his crew were into dance BUT I did not realize the level of awesomeness they were going to bring. The energy and joy was through the roof and inspiring. Niyo & Arun’s Bollywood inspired dance group in Minneapolis is called SAATH (South Asian Arts & Theater House) and they showed up in full force. They teach classes at Tapestry Folk Dance Center every Thursday at 7:30pm. The two are also part of the group who puts together annual performances at MinneUtsav (a performing arts festival), MN Fringe Festival, and for various other platforms.
See all their amazing dance moves in the wedding photo gallery below.
Gallery of Wedding Reception Images from The Blaisdell
I’m humbled once again, with another honor by Peerspace, recognizing me as one of the best Minneapolis wedding photographers. Being recognized as a top photographer in the Minneapolis area is a great honor considering the giant pool of talent we have here in the Twin Cities. Previous top wedding photography honors have come to me from The Knot, WeddingWire, and Expertise but I particularly love what Peerspace wrote about me in this one below:
“Award-winning Minneapolis wedding photographer Jackson Tyler Eddy has an impeccable reputation as a local and destination wedding photographer. He is adventurous, empathetic, and a born storyteller. The wedding photos he captures brim with the personality of the brides, grooms, and guests he photographs. He really shines as a documentary photographer –– with his keen eye for detail, as well as his ability to notice all the little hints of passion that emerge when two people in love are near each other. His photographs tell real love stories in a way that no amateur could ever hope to replicate”
This collection of Santorini Honeymoon photos showcase the stunning beauty of this small Greek island on the Aegean Sea.
Santorini is one of the most popular honeymoon locations in the world, and specifically, the small village of Oia. Oia lies on the northwest part of the island and features stunning whitewashed homes, with splashes of color, carved deep into the cliffside. The village overlooks the gorgeous blue waters of the caldera and makes it an ideal spot to take in sunset. Oia is truly a photographers dream.
My most awesome couple, Mai & Houa, had been guests at a couple different weddings I shot over the years, both in Minnesota and Hawaii. When they contacted me about joining them to shoot a Santorini honeymoon photo session, I couldn’t have been more excited. I’d been wanting to visit this iconic location for years. Mai & Houa had a small traditional Hmong wedding ceremony at their family home in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I loved their idea of having a simple wedding ceremony with their family, followed by an adventure of a lifetime.
We started our photo session bright and early to catch sunrise. We spent a couple hours exploring all the nooks and crannies of Oia. Some of our favorite spots, as shown below, were the Three Blue Domes, the views from Oia Castle, all the unique stairs & pathways, and the fun color pop of the Kastro Oia Houses.
To see more, or to reach out to me about capturing your special day, please visit my weddings page.
This destination wedding at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico was a dream to shoot. It wasn’t just the beautifully epic location, but even more so my awesome, down-to-earth, and super fun couple.
Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach resort is tucked into the mountains at the southernmost point of the Baja Peninsula. It is a luxurious, all-inclusive, private resort in the Paraiso Escondido area. When it comes to wedding photography, few other places offer such a fantastically diverse backdrop. A Sunset Beach wedding gives you the vast Pacific Ocean, private sandy beaches, rolling sets of waves, rock cliffs, hills, and mountains. If that’s not enough, you’ll be surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, brilliant flowers, towering palm trees, brick roads, amazing color, and beautiful architecture both old and new. The only problem we faced was not having enough time to take photos in all of the endless little nooks & crannies.
Below you’ll find:
1. Highlight Reel of Wedding Photos 2. Wedding Venue Information 3. Extended Gallery of Wedding Images
An important thing to note is that this is a HUGE gated resort away from the hustle & bustle of the main drag of Cabo. It makes for a very peaceful environment to share with your nearest & dearest on your wedding day. A massive bonus too, is that just east of Sunset Beach, is one of the coolest beaches ever in Land’s End.
If you are considering this gorgeous Cabo San Lucas resort as a Mexico destination wedding location, check out your choices of different Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Wedding Packages. Packages include almost everything you’ll need for your wedding. They also offer a really nice variety of different ceremony locations. You can choose from right on the beach, Swan Terrace, up high at the Sky Pool, or like this wedding on the soft grass of Lover’s Meadow. They also offer one of the only resort Chapels in all of Cabo San Lucas. Custom wedding packages are available as well.
The staff at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach is great but I’d also highly recommend Cabo wedding planner Bonnie Chase of Events by Bliss. Bonnie will take care of everything, making it a breeze while planning from afar.
Extended Gallery of Wedding Images
More Destination Weddings & Information
If you’d like to see more destination weddings, I’d recommend taking a peek at one of my other all-time favorite weddings from Turks & Caicos.
You can find more detailed information about my wedding photography on the Weddings page, or hop on over to my full Wedding Portfolio to see much more.
These Knollwood engagement photos in Hopkins, MN showcase the great little neighborhood pond, which features a small island and fun little red wooden foot bridge. My clients brought their dog in for some fun in the snow as we explored around the area. I love getting out in the elements with adventurous clients and making fun images like these.
Hopkins, MN, a suburb of Minneapolis, has some great lesser-known engagement session locations. The Knollwood Neighborhood is one of those great locations. My bride-to-be grew up in this neighborhood, ironically on Bridal Lane, and had it not been for her suggestion I may have never heard of this little secret spot. As a result of the lesser known location we had the place almost entirely to ourselves during our shoot.
This Winter Wedding at JW Marriott Mall of America is one of my favorites to date. The JW Marriott is a beautifully designed space that is great for weddings and events. Although the JW can accommodate over 1,000 guests, this one was a small family affair. Before the ceremony and reception my adventurous couple had me following them as they climbed up the frozen ice of Minnehaha Falls. What an adventure it was, complete with fresh falling snow and lots of laughs with their wedding party.
After our fun in the snow we headed back to the JW Marriott for their intimate ceremony and a beautiful dinner. To end the evening the couple hired a huge party bus to go on an epic holiday lights tour. As a result of all the fun on the bus we had to make a quick bathroom pitstop at McDonald’s, which led to one of my brides going full force into the kids play area, for what was yet another great moment in an evening filled with fun and laughter.
Below you’ll find the following collections of images and information for this JW Marriott Wedding:
Highlight reel of photos from this Winter Wedding at the JW Marriott Mall of America
Venue information for booking your own ceremony and/or reception at the JW Marriott at the Mall of America
Large collection of wedding day images for those who want to see more than just the highlights
Highlights Reel of Images:
Wedding Venue Information for the JW Marriott Mall of America:
The JW Marriott in Minneapolis, at the Mall of America, is a fantastic wedding venue. With luxurious design and almost 20,000 square feet of event space they can accommodate both intimate weddings ceremonies and large scale receptions. Here are some key highlights of the hotel which offers one of the largest event spaces in the Twin Cities.
15,000 square-foot Diamond Ballroom with 20 foot high ceilings
On-Site Certified Wedding Planner
High level culinary fusion experience with locally sourced ingredients.
Handcrafted cocktails and an on-site Sommelier
Wired for state of the art technology complete with AV technician
State of the art acoustics
5 minute drive from the MSP Airport (great for out of town guests)
Discounted room rates over 15 floors and over 340 rooms
Free room on your anniversary
Contact Information: JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America 2141 Lindau Lane Minneapolis, Minnesota 55425 Website: JWMarriottMinneapolisWeddings.com 612-615-0100
If you’d like to see more photos from this wedding keep scrolling for a more complete set of images. To see more of my weddings, or for information about my wedding photography services & pricing hop on over here. Also feel free to reach out to me directly right here.
Large Collection of Images:
Fresh & ready…
Minnehaha Falls Adventure…
Surprising the grandparents… This is a very sweet moment with grandma & grandpa finding out that they were not in fact showing up to a holiday party but rather their granddaughters wedding. Grandma was over the top excited and I was definitely misting up a little during this moment.
Post ceremony and pre-dinner…
Dinner is served…
Speeches during dinner…
Wedding ring macro shots…
Holiday light party bus tour begins…
Quick McDonald’s bathroom break and play area shenanigans…
Back on the bus…
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