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Nadia & Eric Wedding

I’m excited to share the images from Nadia and Eric’s Clyde Iron Works wedding this week because it’s also their one year anniversary! Nadia and Eric got married on March 10 of last year in a gorgeous winter wedding filled with fun. Happy anniversary, lovebirds!

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The day started out great. Eric had rented an AirBNB for the guys to get ready. They were enjoying some beers and some drinks ahead of the big day. We did some portraits and made sure to get some shots of the guys in their fancy socks. Of course, when the Fireball whiskey and the hockey gear came out, there were even more opportunities for fun wedding photos! These guys were a blast for my second shooter, Jeff, and me to photograph.

After we spent some time with the men, we headed over to meet up with Nadia and the ladies. Their hair and makeup was done by Jayde and her team from Touch of class out of Cornell, WI. Jeff and I photographed detail shots of the dress, flowers and rings while the ladies finished their preparations. Nadia got with her personal attendant in her own little suite, and then we photographed a mini-bridal session of her alone.

After some bridal portraits of Nadia, we staged a big reveal to her mom and dad and bridesmaids. This moment, when Nadia’s parents saw her for the first time was one of my favorite moments of the whole day! After some tears were shed, with Nadia ready we met up with her handsome little nephews and did some family wedding photography. So much of this Minnesota wedding was centered on family. So we made sure to capture plenty of candid photographs with mom and dad with their little girl as the day progressed.

Clyde Ironworks Wedding Photography

They had a beautiful ceremony at Clyde Ironworks in Duluth, MN. Clyde Ironworks is an historic iron manufacturing building converted into an event center and restaurant. It’s such a unique Minnesota wedding venue with some amazing opportunities for wedding photography. Eric had created an oversized Jenga game out of huge pieces of wood, all customized with their own personalized branding into the wood. It was such a fun and unique addition to the day!

The ceremony was upstairs overlooking the reception area in a gorgeous balcony gallery with a view of their reception. In a bit more of a traditional moment, Eric and Nadia opted to wait to see each other instead of having a first look. So the first time Eric saw his bride was in her grand entrance as her father walked her down the aisle. Her entrance was met with happy tears as they united hand in hand.

At the end of the ceremony, their introduction as husband and wife was met with great enthusiasm. Nadia punched up into the air victoriously. It was such a celebration! And then, it was time to party!

Guests enjoyed cocktail hour while we did some more portraits. There were great laughs from the nephews. It was fun to take pictures with the groom and the boys as well as bride and her nephews. After family formals, the wedding party loaded onto a bus. For their own cocktail party, they passed around that bottle of Fireball that they loved so dearly to loosen up. We headed out to Canal Park to do wedding party pictures. We were able to capture some awesome snow pictures, with the iconic lighthouses and lift bridge as backdrops. And then… that Fireball kicked in for some even more fun pictures. The groomsmen even dropped their pants! This wedding party was so much fun to photograph!

We all jumped back on the bus and moseyed over to the lift bridge with the bride and groom’s beautiful white dog. The lift bridge is a staple of the Duluth, MN skyline, so I couldn’t miss the chance to include it in their wedding photography. When everyone returned to the reception, Eric and Nadia made their grand entrance now as husband and wife.

The reception was amazing with a farm style table with bride and groom at the head of table. There were some really heartfelt toasts to honor the bride and groom. While the bride and groom live in Milwaukee, her parents and family came down from Canada. They honored their heritage and different countries with a cool sign that said “Welcome AmERICans and CaNADIAns.” How fun is that for a play on words? They also incorporated personal choices in the beer and wine list reflected that their lives. Small touches like that really make a wedding reception memorable.

It was so wonderful having these two as wedding photography clients. I loved braving the cold March weather with these two! It may have been COLD but their love warmed everyone’s hearts. Happy anniversary, Eric and Nadia!

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