Summer Wedding

CHASKA WEDDING VENUE| MIRANDA + BRYCE

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Late spring and early summer is a gorgeous time here at The Outpost Center. It also happens to be wedding season (hooray), where we love seeing couples make the ultimate commitment to each other, in the presence of God, on their wedding day! 

Miranda & Bryce created an inviting environment for their guests- it was a touch chilly (no surprise here in MN, right?!), but the reception was cozy and sweet! We loved seeing the pretty deep blue paired with crisp white- it was a traditional, classic color duo that worked great at our venue! 

We're so thrilled for the couple and wish them all the best in this new journey and phase in life. We have faith that their faith will carry them through many many years! 

Be sure to follow Miranda + Bryce's photographer @sarahchacos on Instagram (and us too)! 

 Photographer: Sarah Chacos Photography

MN WEDDING VENUE | CHAD + ALLISON'S RUSTIC ELEGANT WEDDING DAY

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Chad and Allison's rustic elegant wedding here at The Outpost was amazing! These two took advantage of everything our venue has to offer and provided a wonderful experience for their guests.

The celebratory gathering was ALL about treating & appreciating guests. Everyone was welcomed with so much love. Every detail was carefully planned and considered. We loved all of the creative signage Chad and Allison used too- guests knew exactly what to expect and where to go.   

The newlyweds hosted their cocktail hour outside - The weather was amazing! They set-up a tent on the patio, so guests could enjoy the breeze and sunshine, or relax in the shade. Yard games were set-up on the lawn and wine + beer and light hors d'oeuvres were served just outside of the tent. 

The reception was fabulous inside too! the live band was set-up for lots of dancing and a plentiful spread of delicious food.  Guests with sweet tooths were extra spoiled from the brownie sundaes and pie!

It was a joy to host this family! We continue to be blessed by the most wonderful couples. 

Be sure to check out their wedding photographer's blog post too!

Photographer: MRD Photography | Florist: Chanhassen Floral | Bridal Gown: Che Bella | Videographer: Jkproductions | Band: Ron Anderson | Makeup: Julianne Joseph | Catering:  Envisions Catering

MN WEDDING VENUE | KALLAN + AMANDA'S MINNESOTA COUNTRYSIDE WEDDING DAY

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Our 27 acres of rolling Minnesota countryside is a little piece of God's beautiful earth and we're so very grateful to be able to hold weddings here at The Outpost Center.

It was an incredible blessing to host Kallan and Amanda on their wedding day. These two beautiful souls united on a glorious Summer day with so much laughter and uplifting prayer surrounding them. 

We know they have a strong and long future ahead of them as husband and wife. We're humbled and thankful to have been part of the beginning of their lifelong story! 

MN WEDDING VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: STEENA ANNE PHOTOGRAPHY

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There are a lot of amazing wedding vendors in the Minnesota market and it's been a tremendous blessing to begin forging relationships with many of them. Although we're a newer wedding venue, we have such a passion for marriage and the like-minded people who also support this commitment!  Recently, we had the pleasure of working with Christina of Steena Anne Photography at Kallan & Amanda's wedding. We were incredibly impressed by her work (and her), and wanted to take some time to introduce her to you! 

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How did you get started with wedding photography?

Growing up I had always been interested in photography but had never really realized how creative my personality actually was. It wasn’t until I had to drop out off college and come back to Minnesota that I finally went for it - I bought a crop-sensor camera off a friend and started being a third shooter for a wedding photography team and assisting a local senior photographer. My second year I booked my first wedding and was contracted by a Minneapolis studio. I’m not sure what it is, but I instantly jumped into the wedding market. My third year I went into full-time business and spent time developing relationships with local photographers that I really admired. It’s all about being willing to learn, grow, and buy people coffee.

How would you describe your style?

A lot of clients have described my style as clean and candid. I like to get closer to my subjects so a lot of my candids have an editorial edge to them. I think my personality comes out in how I shoot and produce an image - I’m attracted to intimate, joyful moments and my delivery reflects that. My editing style tends to have a healthy amount of contrast. I produce deeper greens, moodier tones, and brighter BW’s.

Talk to us about your ideal or perfect fit couple:

I love clients who are kind. Kind people make wedding celebrations so joyful! I enjoy couples who focus on creating an experience for their guests. I love a bride who takes delight in a good floral arrangement or in little sparkly details. Those things just speak to my heart.

What is your favorite moment of the day to capture?

Every little part is fun - I spend too much time on detail shots. First looks are always so fun to witness. Despite popular opinion, getting candids during bridal party and family time slots is actually quite doable and enjoyable. Don’t even get me started about the crazy dance floor! My absolute favorite is the time spent with my couple - we can get creative and I love having time to make them look and feel just right. Reflecting personalities and what this day is all about (your love for one another) is a big joy for me.

What is your favorite wedding season?

Fall is beautiful, especially here in Minnesota. November can give you some killer soft light. I’m not sure I have a favorite - I love what each season has to offer. We’re lucky we get all four seasons here in Minnesota.

When you aren't taking photos, what fills your days?

Cuddling with my dog Theo actually takes a lot of my time. I love reading, watching really-well made movies, studying Theology, and exploring new places (cities, trails, and food spots alike). I might pick up boxing.

What is your favorite quote about love?

“Pretty? Oh, pretty doesn’t seem the right word to use. Nor beautiful, either. They don’t go far enough. Oh, it was wonderful- wonderful. It’s the first thing I ever saw that couldn’t be improved upon by the imagination. It just satisfied me here’ - she put one hand on her breast - ‘it made a queer funny ache and yet it was a pleasant ache. Did you ever have an ache like that, Mr. Cuthbert?” - pg. 18, Anne of Green Gables

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Vanilla, sorry. I’m assuming this is about ice cream. I’m not a chocolate ice cream person. I absolutely love Pistachio.
 

Cats or Dogs? 

I love them both but currently my heart belongs to a Black Newfoundland/Lab/German Shepherd mix. He’s my best friend and like, the best cuddler in the world.

What do you love about The Outpost Center? 

I love the heart and vision behind the mission of The Outpost Center. I love and strongly identify with their Christian values. Marriage is such an important visual of our faith - I love supporting that vision. I love shooting on their concrete in the back - it’s perfect clean light when you can’t find a good shady spot.

Something you wish more couples thought about/considered on the wedding day?

Booking a videographer! Just like you’ll cherish photographs, you will also cherish footage. Imagine all of those memories, but in real time. I always bring in recommendations for videographers! I believe every couple should invest into a wedding video.

 

Advice to couples still looking for a photographer?

Meet with your photographer! If you don’t absolutely love who you’re working with, don’t book them. They’ll be with you 100% of the time on the biggest day of your life - you should have fun with them and trust them completely. Shoot with them before your big day, so you have the chance to work one on one with them. Beautiful images are created when couples can let go and have fun - that’s all about who’s directing the game and behind the camera. You don’t want a stranger at your wedding. Get to know one another and build a real friendship. Enjoy the process - from beginning to end.

Be sure to check out Steena Anne on Instagram and Facebook too!