Chris and Katie’s Pier B Wedding

City: Duluth, MN Venue:

Bride and groom portrait taken inside on wedding day.

Katie and I have have been friends for more than two decades, so her wedding was especially nerve-wracking. We met in high-school band twenty some years ago, and have been misadventuring (yes, that’s a word) ever since. I’ve been waiting to share these photos for awhile and am thrilled to post them.

Chris and Katie exchanged vows overlooking Lake Superior at Pier B resort in Duluth, MN. Chris’ father, Judge Walker, presided over the ceremony on an early fall day in September. There was a bit of wind off the lake and Katie could barely keep her flowing vail under control. There was also a legitimate concern that the elaborate flower wall and arbor made by Northland Special Events might blow over. Thankfully everything went smoothly, and we even got a horn salute from the 1000 foot Presque Isle as it sailed under the Aerial Lift Bridge.

Chris and Katie, I am so thankful for your enduring friendship and the privilege of knowing you two for the next twenty years. It was an honor to photograph your wedding.

Katie may be a bit biased, but that’s what friends are for. Her review and experience are below.

From The Bride’s Point of View.

Full disclosure, I’ve known Bryan since we were 15. Over the years I’ve watched his photography develop (sometimes literally!) from casual friend snapshots, covering high school life for the yearbook, taking stunning travel photos during college, filming videos for the local evening news, to taking phenomenal youth sports action shots for parents eager to memorialize their hockey prodigy. He has honed his skills with each of those thousands and thousands of photos.

But best of all has been watching his consistent connection to couples for their wedding. I’m outing him: Bryan has a romantic side that is beautifully suited to wedding photography. When I got engaged to Chris, there was no one else that we even thought about to take our wedding photos.

At the heart of Bryan’s photos are the emotions and feelings of the day. We look back at the photos he took at our wedding and each one brings back what we felt at that moment: be it joy, excitement, love, a quiet, intimate moment, or silliness. Bryan has the gift of capturing the moment while making you look your best. The lighting, his framing, his style all bring life to photos that are stunning to look at.

He puts you at ease. Most of us aren’t models, nor are we used to being photographed for hours at a time. He’s comfortable giving directions, “move your hand slightly to the left, chin up, now rotate, and there!” but also seeing what is natural for you. Everyone wants to look good in their photos, and he makes that happen; even if it occasionally means getting dirty or being a little adventurous to get the shot. He’s always ready to capture a spontaneous giggle or a heartfelt tear.

The photos look clean and natural, with modern poses that still evoke a classic, timeless feel. As you browse through his portfolio, even photos taken ten years ago continue to feel fresh.

Bryan will make all those detail decisions over which you agonized continue to live on. Remember when you debated garden roses vs. Gerber Daisies? Vanilla or chocolate cake? Your all-important shoe choice? That lace handkerchief that your great-grandmother had at her wedding? Bryan will capture those details long after the flowers have wilted, the cake has been eaten, and those shoes have been kicked off. The investment in his photos will pay dividends long after the big day.

While your wedding day may be the first (or second or more) time you’ve done it, Bryan has shot hundreds of weddings, and you can count on him to anticipate shots or to know when a unique moment is happening, ensuring he captures it. His focus throughout the years has been the people and special moments that weddings bring. You can see this passion in his work.

You have so many decisions, large and small, to make when planning a wedding. Choosing Bryan as your photographer is the easiest one.

Photos of the wedding party opening gifts and celebrating before the ceremony.

The Groom’s Dinner at Blackwoods in Duluth.

Ariel view photos of the outdoor wedding venue, and lift bridge.

Pier B made for a gorgeous venue.

Details of wedding day attire, including rings, shoes, and jewelry.

Outfit details.

Groom getting ready with groomsmen before the wedding.

Gearing up with the guys.

Bride getting ready photos, shots of dress getting fastened and hair getting done.

Finishing touches for Katie.

Bride and groom portraits outside on wedding day.

Chris and Katie!

Photos of the bride and groom's hands and feet, and details of the bride's veil.

Wedding day details.

Photos of the bride and groom outside on wedding day.

Lookin’ good on wedding day.

Photos of the wedding party and bride with wind swept veil.

Swept away by the wind!

Photos of the bride and groom and wedding party inside rustic venue.

Ready for Happily Ever After.

Photos of the outdoor ceremony with Lake Superior in the background.

Beautiful day for a cermony next to the lake- Katie walked her sassy self down the aisle!

The bride and groom walking down the aisle after saying, "I do."

Saying, “I do.”

Photos of the bride and groom outside in Duluth, MN, with Lake Superior in the background.

All smiles for this happy couple.

Photos of the wedding reception and dance.

Perfect end to the night.

Venue – Pier B
Wedding Coordinator – Northland Special Events
Flowers – Fleurtations by NSE
Entertainment – Sounds Unlimited
Rehearsal Dinner – Blackwoods Restaurant
Photobooth – Duluth Photo Booth
Videography – Kyle Hanson Photography
Nails – Pearl Nails and Spa
Make Up – Monica Lee Artistry
Hair – Uptown Hair Salon
Cake – The Exchange Bakery

Chris and Lindsay’s Canal Park Winter Engagement

City: Duluth, MN Venue: ,

Winter engagement session with snow and lift bridge in background.

Chris and Lindsay met nearly ten years ago, after they both graduated from the University of Minnesota. This intrepid couple has spent the last five years in Europe, where they have lived in both Ireland and London. They decided to return to Minnesota for their engagement session, as well as their wedding, and experience the beauty that Duluth has to offer in the winter.

Indoor engagement photos taken at Clyde Iron Works.

Chris and Lindsay sheltered from the cold at Clyde Iron Works.

Indoor engagement photos, couple holding hands and smiling.

All smiles!

Engagement photo taken outside with brick wall in the background.

Braving the cold, hand in hand.

Outdoor winter engagement photos with Lake, snow and lift bridge in the background.

Made the trek to the lift bridge!

Engagement photos taken outside with snow and Lake Superior in the background.

Enjoying the beauty of a Duluth winter.

Outdoor engagement session with snow and lift bridge in background.

Aerial lift bridge shenanigans.

Photos of the ring, scarves, and a silhouette shot of the happy couple with blue sky in background.

Details of the day.

Venue – Clyde Iron Works

Nick and Samantha Wedding Blessing

City: Duluth, MN Venue: ,

Winter wedding photo of a bride and groom in Canal Park - Duluth, MN.

Nick and Samantha have been married for several years, and it was time to celebrate their love with a traditional Catholic Nuptial Blessing at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth. The couple affirmed marriage with God and the Church in a private ceremony followed by a large party. Family and friends joined the happy couple at Clyde Iron Works for a night of dancing and merriment. I’m so excited for you two and wish for you all the best things in life and love.

Winter wedding photos by the Aerial Lift Bridge on Lake Superior in Duluth, MN.

Nick and Samantha in Canal Park.

Winter wedding photos by Lake Superior in Duluth, MN.


Winter wedding photos in Duluth, MN.

A winter wonderland.

Wedding reception photos at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth, MN.

Clyde Iron Works all lit up.

Dollar Dance photos at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth, MN.

The Dollar Dance at Clyde Iron Works.

Ceremony – Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary – Duluth, MN
Ceremony – Clyde Iron Works – Duluth, MN
Entertainment – DJ Ben Mork
Photo Booth – Pro Sound & Light Show

Susan and Ron’s Winter Wedding

City: Two Harbors, MN Venue:

Bride and groom portrait outside with snow in background.

Susan and Ron met through a church group and developed a relationship throughout their many conversations and experiences they have shared together. Although their relationship was at first slow going, this couple shares a strong bond that is evident through their love for each other. Their intimate ceremony took place at Larsmont Cottages in Two Harbors, MN. It was a beautiful, wintery day to celebrate with family and friends.

Photos of the wedding venue, Larsmont Cottages, and Lake Superior.

Larsmont Cottages made for a beautiful venue.

Details of the wedding, including photos of the rings and flowers.

Details of wedding day.

Photos of the bride and groom outside in winter with snow in the background.

The bride and groom!

The bride and groom at the wedding venue with fireplace in background.

All smiles.

Bride and groom portraits outside in winter with snow in background.

Winter wedding fun.

Bride and groom portrait on wedding day with Lake Superior and snow in the background.

Admiring the sea smoke on Lake Superior.

Photos of the wedding desserts, including cupcakes, chocolate and cookies.

Desserts galore!

Photos of the intimate wedding ceremony at Larsmont Cottages.

The intimate ceremony.

Venue – Larsmont Cottages
Flowers – Saffron and Grey

Jessica and Steven’s Cotton Mansion Elopement

City: Duluth, MN Venue:

Bride and groom photo inside the Cotton Mansion.

Steven and Jessica decided to skip the frills of a traditional wedding and opt instead for an intimate elopement at the Cotton Mansion in Duluth, MN. Rather than a full wedding party, they had only a maid of honor and a best man, and the ceremony was officiated by the owner of the mansion himself, Ken. This no-hassle elopement was a great option for Steven and Jessica, as well as anyone wanting a wedding day focused on what matters most.

Photos of the Cotton Mansion, including statues, rings, flowers.

Details of the Cotton Mansion.

Getting ready photos of bride and groom.

Steven and Jessica getting ready!

First look pictures in the dining room of the Cotton Mansion.

First look in the dining room.

Bride and groom photos inside the Cotton Mansion

Happy as can be.

Bride and groom photos inside the Cotton Mansion, photos on stairs and near window.

Happily eloped!

Bride and groom photos outside the Cotton Mansion.

Steven and Jessica.

Photos of the indoor, intimate ceremony at the Cotton Mansion.

The intimate ceremony.

Bride and groom photos after the ceremony in the Cotton Mansion.

Ending the day with champagne in the sunroom.

Ceremony – Cotton Mansion