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Meggan & Joe | Minneapolis Events Center | Wedding Trailer Film

Meggan & Joe | Minneapolis Events Center | Wedding Trailer Film

When I sat down with Meggan & Joe for the first time, I asked them to tell me about two things, in addition to their wedding day:

  1. The story of their relationship- their love story
  2. The elements of their dream wedding video

I quickly learned that Meggan and Joe are "sappy people", in their own words. Their passion for one another was apparent right away.  I could see they were two best friends who enjoyed spending time together doing whatever- cooking food (they are definitely foodies), hiking in beautiful places, or curling up on the couch to watch a good romantic-comedy.

When I asked them what they considered important in regards to their wedding video, they expressed to me a vision that was sweet and simple.

They first mentioned how important having a wedding film was for them, because they wanted the candid moments to be captured- the sweet little moments of raw emotion experienced throughout the day that go by so quickly. They wanted a film that truly captured their love and passion for one another, to relive the best day of their life for the rest of their lives.

Just chatting with them, you can feel the care and affection they have for one another- from the way they speak about each other to the twinkle in their eyes. And I think that translated perfectly into their wedding film. The true emotions they share for one another shined through, and made for a wedding film that would allow them to relive their beautiful March wedding all over again.

I think the Bride's father put it best in his speech, "Meggan & Joe's love is the true Minneapolis Miracle."

We had such a blast sharing in this special day and couldn't be more happy for them! 


Wedding Videographer: Dan West Films

Photographer: Ester Knowlen Photography

Wedding Venue: Minneapolis Events Center

Floral Design: Simply Stated Elegance

Desserts: Sammy's Sweets

Catering: Minneapolis Events Center

DJ: Bellagala

Makeup & Hair: SM Hair & Makeup

Bride's Dress: Che Bella

Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade Keds

Groom's Suit: Macy's

A Bohemian Dream Wedding | Taylor & Jacob | Minnesota Island Wedding

When Taylor & Jacob reached out to Dan West Films, I instantly knew this was going to be one of our most unique weddings. In the inquiry, they had put the wedding was going to be on their family island in Northern Minnesota. “This is going to be fun,” we thought!

To sum up the entire wedding day, it was a bohemian styled dream wedding. Seriously. Everything about the day was boho. The ladies were getting ready at the bride and grooms new house on the outskirts of a rural town. It had lush fields of wild flowers which is where the first look took place. All the bridesmaids wore flower crowns and had mismatched flowing dresses, while the bride wore a beautiful flowing white wedding dress. The groom was sporting a man bun and a maroon suit.

The wedding day was right in the heart of the island in wooded clearing, surrounded with mossy logs and flowers. Jacob was a woodworker, so he built custom archways and benches specifically for the wedding. Before the ceremony, the couple even had baby fawns brought to the site, a special surprise for Taylor.

And the décor! It was a vagabond delight.

This was the most unique, nature filled wedding we have been a part of and loved every second of it. There were baby deer, sparkler first dances, a forest ceremony, and so much more!

And the photographers we worked with, The Marions from Missouri, were fabulous. They specialized in bohemian style weddings and we were able to collaborate to create some beautiful art.

Overall this was just an amazing experiencing with an awesome couple!

A Father's Answered Prayer | Rural Minnesota Wedding

A Father's Answered Prayer | Rural Minnesota Wedding

It's always a pleasure working with couples that have this glow about them. A glimmer in their eye that communicates a deep passion and affection for one another. That's exactly the type of love that Lindsay and Derek share and it was so evident throughout their wedding.

The morning started out at Savvy Salon in Marshall where the ladies were sharing a glass of mimosa, getting hair done, and touching up makeup for the big day. Lindsay's lighthearted personality was coming out as she made jokes with her bridesmaids and danced around with her niece. After the hair was done and makeup was set, the wedding party made their way over to Cornerstone United Methodist Church, the church Lindsay grew up in. Derek and the other groomsmen were staged upstairs, putting on their charcoal suits from Men's Warehouse, playing foosball, and sharing laughs along the way.

Lindsay was below on the main level, anxiously waiting to put her dress on from David's Bridal. After slipping into the dress and a few excited screams and tears followed from the bridesmaids, Lindsay was ready for the first look and to see Derek all spiffied up. We drove over to Wayside Park where Derek waited patiently for his wife-to-be. He was nervous, but excited to see his bride. When he turned around and locked eyes with Lindsay, a wide grin stretched across his face and all he could do was stand and stare.

"Come here!" exclaimed Lindsay. Derek, lost in the moment, hurried over to Lindsay and embraced her, burying his face into her shoulder as they hugged. Derek was so overwhelmed with emotion he was at a loss for words as he cried in excitement. In that moment, you could feel the affection and energy they shared for one another. They are a true match made in heaven.

After the first look, Shay Photography MN spent the next few hours taking pictures with the wedding party and couple. Afterwards, we headed back to the church to say "I Do." The wedding was a beautiful ceremony as the pastor delivered a heartfelt and poetic message for the couple. A unique element of the ceremony happened at the beginning where people from the wedding party and audience were able to share a personal message with the couple. After the wedding bells rang and Lindsay and Derek shared their first kiss as a married couple, they burst through the church doors to be greeted by a bubble exit.

The reception took place at the Marshall Golf Club, a beautiful country club venue with amazing scenery. Guests were filing in and admiring the mouth watering donut wall the couple created for dessert rather than opting for the traditional cake or cupcakes. Lindsay has a love for donuts and was going to find a way to include them in her wedding. After a delicious buffet catered by the reception venue, speeches commenced and tears started flowing. Our favorite speech from the night came from Lindsay's father, where he shares a story about praying for his daughter's future husband. You'll need to watch the wedding video to hear the actual speech!

Once speeches were over, the dancing began and the fun continued. It was such a pleasure to share in Lindsay and Derek's day and Dan West Films couldn't be more happy to capture it on video.


Photographer: Shay Photography MN

Videographer: Dan West Films

Hair & Make-up: Savvy Salon

Florist: EcoFlowers and Hy-vee Floral

Dress: David's Bridal.

Suits: Men's Warehouse

Bus: Southwest Coaches

Catering: Hy-vee Bakery

Ceremony: Cornerstone United Methodist Church

Reception: Marshall Golf Club

DJ & Lighting: Envision DJ Services