Enjoy this photographic journey of Claire and Jerik’s Prairie Fairie Wedding at the Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul. They were the first couple to book their wedding reception at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in Downtown, St. Paul. Highlights included live music by the talented Javier Trejo and friends, yummy food by Brasa, reception music by DJ Del 6 and three of the couple’s favorite bands playing the Amsterdam.

Wedding Venue: Dodge Nature Center

Wedding Reception: Amsterdam Bar and Hall

Live Music: Javier Trejo

Reception DJ: Del6

Wedding Food: Brasa

Men’s Fashion: Heimie’s Haberdashery

Wedding Photography: James Ramsay

Ten Questions with Matt from Photo Booth Creations

Q: How many people can you fit in your photo booth?

Matt: 15 is the record but I usually tell people 8-10 just to be safe.

Q: What are some of your favorite wedding venues?

Matt: Oak Marsh in Oakdale, Minn. had at least two weddings last week and a class reunion, so we love working with them, they always have fun events going on. Manitou Station in Downtown White Bear Lake, Minn. has a unique classy feel that matches our hand made wooden photo booths. The Outing Lodge in Stillwater, Minn. is a hidden gem and has a special place in my heart because I just proposed to the love of my life, Stacey, in Stillwater.

Q: How many photo booths can you do at a wedding or event?

Matt: We’re doing seven photo booths for Great Clips at an upcoming event at the Minneapolis Convention Center. We’re expecting up to 3,000 hair stylists, so we’re pretty excited about that.

Q: What makes your photo booth different?

Matt: We have a bigger photo booth than some other companies. What’s nice about fitting more people in our photo booth, you can get the entire bridal party or bigger family groups all in the same photo strip!

Q: Do you do any events other than weddings?

Matt: We focus on weddings, senior graduation parties, school lock ins, company events, holiday parties, bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs, and any other event where people are having a good time.

Q: How would you describe your photo strips at Photo Booth Creations?

Matt: We have options for black and white photos, sepia toned, and color. The choice is yours!

Q: Can guests get digital copies of your photo strips for Facebook or for personal use?

Matt: The guests can download the photos for free, which means they can print them on their own, order copies for themselves, or “Like Them” and they automatically go to Facebook.

Q: Can you put anything else on the photo strips besides the photos?

Matt: We have options for customized logos that we design, or we can use one of your designs.

Q: Do you do a guest book?

Matt: Photo Booth Creations is proud to partner with Creative Memories, based locally in St. Cloud, Minn. They are the best quality available and it always feels good to support another local business. One nice thing about the guest books with Creative Memories, the books are never full. There is always room to add more pages as you go! The brides can even add personalized pages of their own later on.

Q: Do you have any funny stories from your time working behind the scenes at a photo booth company?

Matt: We’ve had two Big Ten celebrities photo bomb at our last few weddings. We had both Goldy Gopher and Bucky Badger at recent weddings.  The mascots had a lot of fun with the brides in the photo booth and it was perfect because the brides were diehard fans.

Editor’s Note: Matt Stillmunkes runs Photo Booth Creations with his fiance, Stacey Flogel. Congratulations on your engagement from Brides Like Us!

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Hand twisted “Bride” hangers are available in many vibrant colors at Bride to Be Consignment in Burnsville, Minn. Perfect for the “dress shot.”

Photo by James Ramsay

By James Ramsay

Editor, Brides Like Us

Bride to Be Consignment is featuring some really colorful “Bride” hangers at their store in Burnsville, Minn. They are designed and hand twisted by Sheana Schlicter of Shindig Photo Booths, also based in Burnsville. Colors and selection subject to availability. They make great gifts for the bride early in the wedding planning process.

Bride To Be Consignment


1133 Cliff Road

Burnsville, MN 55337

Shindig Photo Booths


P.O. Box 2281

Burnsville, MN 55337

At a sophisticated wedding the other day, photographed by our friend Jennifer Whalen, our embedded style reporter (OK it was me) caught a DJ from Adagio DJay Entertainment playing this tune. Whether you think The Cure is too emo or you’ve been a fan since back in the day, it’s always refreshing to hear a new version of an old classic.

-James Ramsay

Editor, Brides Like Us


Photos by Donae Cotton Photography

Born and raised in South Africa, wedding and lifestyle photographer Donae Cotton now calls Minnesota home. Donae points out that having fun during an engagement session is just as important to the couple as the photographer. Jenna and Lucas have a vintage wedding theme and instead of shooting a typical “e-session” they did some brainstorming with the help of pinterest. They settled upon aviation, with its rich history, as subject matter that fit within their vintage theme. Donae hopes this kind of shoot will inspire other couples to think outside the box of a generic photo shoot. Hopefully other couples will embrace their uniqueness and carry their wedding theme throughout the wedding planning process.

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Photo by Candy Coughlin of Candys Photography
by Kira McCarty for Brides Like Us
Boudoir photo shoots are all the rage with wedding photography packages, but what if that seems a little too daring?  A Pinup shoot is a perfect alternative!  Pinup models in the 1940s and 50s had a certain je ne sais quoi.  You were sure to be struck by the perfect balance of playfulness wrapped around a sex-kitten in a bombshell package!  A little naughty, a lot nice, and timeless nonetheless.
Onsite Muse Hair & Makeup Artists are known far and wide for our expertise in vintage hair styling and makeup. Yes, we can rock ANY modern trend as well, but when someone needs a “time-period specific” look, they call on us.  We make it easy to feel glamorous.
Pinup styling is a specialty!  The key is to pair the gorgeous, structured hair styles with flawless, airbrushed makeup and faux-lashes.  We make it easy to feel glamorous!
-Kira McCarty
 What works:
  • Pinup shoots are supposed to be fun:  SMILE!  No pressure to “look sexy” – The total look is naturally sexy!
  • Say your vowels! “O” “E” “A” “U” These little letters will give you the perfect “bombshell” expressions!
  • No need to spend a TON of money on new outfits – Simple shorts, heels, and a halter will work fabulously!
  • Go big or go home = Get a giant flower or flowers for your hair!
  • Hot red / pink / or coral lipstick will help you feel gorgeous
  • “Cat eye” gel or liquid liner helps complete the look!

Remember:  With our help, you too could look like this!

Kira McCarty
Your Onsite Muse Hair & Makeup Artist
Professional Hair & Makeup

1224 Quincy St NE
studio 225 *top floor*
Minneapolis, MN 55412

It’s hard to ignore upper tier wedding reception venues adding colorful, mood setting lighting to their repertoire. Midwest Sound is one venue that offers all shades of uplighting. Video demos courtesy of John Anderson and Paul Singh at Midwest Sound. The different tones create different moods and can be coordinated with your own wedding colors. The Northland Inn and Hall 653 are the featured venues for these short video demos.

-James Ramsay

Editor, Brides Like Us

Photo Booth Creations can accommodate a group of people in their booths.

Photo by JamesRamsay

Photo Booth Creations does things a little differently. Matt and Stacie, who run the Twin Cities photo booth company, enlisted their brother-in-law to engineer their booths. After several evolutions, the result is a roomy wooden photo booth that fits in equally well in a modern studio or an historic mansion. Using the latest photo booth printing technology, they produce photo strips that are virtually instant memories for you and your guests. Photo Booth Creations is a little larger than the typical photo booth. This allows you to cram more people in for those extra special fun moments. And what happens in the photo booth, stays in the photo booth! Matt and Stacie know the wedding industry well, in fact they are engaged to be married in October. Congratulations you two! Photo Booth Creations recently helped raise money for Heart Health at First Avenue with Bobby Z and “The Purple Rain era” Revolution. What a bonus that Questlove was on the turntables for the second set! Photo Booth Creations can also be found at many weddings, senior graduation parties, and all kinds of company events each year.

-James Ramsay

Editor, Brides Like Us

There has been a rumor floating around like a Springtime breeze that TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” has been looking at Posh Bridal in Semple Mansion as a possible location to shoot a future episode. It’s true! A local video crew headed by John at J Walter Anderson Photo and Video shot some video and photos back in January to help TLC see all Posh has to offer in the way of personality and atmosphere. All the ladies of Posh were happy to expose their views on the wedding industry, people and stories of the ups and downs of the bridal market. TLC is considering a “Bridesmaids Edition” and Posh Bridal Couture is in the running. They are just waiting to hear if “Say Yes to the Dress” will say yes to them. Here’s a brief look at the video shot back in January.

- John Anderson

J Walter Anderson Photo and Video

Sometimes a detail shot of the ring can say a lot. Marie and Ehrick had a great idea for a shot of her engagement ring. It felt a little dangerous to put an engagement ring on railroad tracks, but made for a romantic and timeless image. Luckily we had about a mile of visibility in both directions. Some jokes were made about the elegant ring becoming flat as a smashed penny! So with Ehrick on watch and Marie helping make some last minute adjustments to the angle of the ring, we managed to pull it off. Some lyrics come to mind.

Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?

A smile from a veil?

Do you think you can tell? – Pink Floyd

The railroad tracks, which helped build St. Paul, add some historical context to the location of the engagement photography. The texture of the tracks, which hundreds of train cars travel on each day, are a romantic stage for the perfection of Marie's engagement rings.

Photos by James Ramsay

Mary Bumblebee had a rock and roll wedding at First Avenue in Minneapolis, where Prince’s Purple Rain was filmed. Mary set this shot up for her early morning wedding day photographer, James Ramsay, weaving the ring into the laces of her converse. This was a creative, fun way to capture her ring and highlight her awesome shoes. Mary was thrilled with her hair and makeup, done onsite at the hotel by Kira and friends at Muse. Mary is in the wedding industry herself and runs Bumblebee Personal Assistants.

-James Ramsay

Editor, Brides Like Us

Mary Bumblebee knew exactly what she wanted and set this shot up before the photographer arrived!

A closer view of the rings allows the Converse sneaker to fade into the background, but it is still clearly identifiable, highlighting the bride's personal style.