I’ve recommended Bride To Be Consignment for a long time to anyone who prefers to do some of the design and coordination of their events themselves. Bride to Be has it all. The formula for Bride to Be is pretty simple: she’s selective and looks for items that are on-trend. She keeps a variety of gowns for all kinds of occasions. I’ve seen everything from Prom Dresses to pageant couture. Her bridal selection is really impressive.

Here’s a tidbit of trivia: 60% of the gowns are brand new, in the bag – with the tags on.

And, if you wonder, there’s a huge assortment of Wraps. Dresses. Jewelry. Chair swags. Shoes. Decor. Vases. Veils. to choose from. The list goes on. You have to see the new location to really know what I mean. It is a wall-to-wall resource for anyone planning an event or attending one.

And – before you think she’s only got dresses, she has Tuxedos, too.

The shop is no-fuss and not a typical “Bridal Salon” so please, don’t expect or bring champagne. This stop on your bridal planning list is for after brunch-time mimosas. Be prepared for a lot of choices, lots of items on display. It can be crowded, it’s no longer the well-kept secret in town. Come early, come prepared.

No appointment needed to enjoy shopping with the commission free and knowledgeably staff, but note their hours:

Monday-Friday: 10:00am – 8:00pm Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm

BRIDE TO BE CONSIGNMENT 8925 Penn Ave S Bloomington, MN 55431 12-267-4004

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Melissa and Clark – A Touching Wedding for a (Fun) Loving Couple

Melissa and Clark crafted a lovely shared wedding experience for the whole family. I’ve been to, photographed, helped with and been a part of so many ceremonies. They each have something very special about them that I remember.

This wedding though – – – so full of symbols and revelry. So many memories. So much to include, so much to feel. I was moved to tears several times by the inclusive approach the couple imparted. It was brave, touching, sweet, and I must admit, difficult. It was just like marriage.

I have about 1400 images to sort through. Right now the first 119 are up on the site for the couple to proof. I’m excited to hear their thoughts!
But for now – back to editing, re-living and uploading.

Melissa and Clark have the gallery password, so you can ask them to share it with you until proofing has concluded.

I just want to tell you all I enjoyed meeting you and having a good time with your family. You are all really sweet and interesting!

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When your foundation is faith, not much else matters. As far as wedding photography goes,

you can’t ask for a sweeter situation: Ashley and James quilted together a homespun ceremony that included their families and friends, no matter where they were that day. Cars broke down, shirts were too small, and the cicadas were loud. The thing is – while those things happened, they didn’t detract from the very special things being said and promised. The video of the exchange of rings takes me right back to that fact. In the background you hear her mom heaving a joyful sob. It’s amazing. I couldn’t take my eyes off their hands.

Ashlee wore a vintage dress and a handmade crown of dried flowers. She made the guestbook herself from sections of a tree. The wedding took place at her parent’s home in Hastings, MN. Her father built the gazebo for the ceremony. James and his crew set up the seating and the reception spaces and his father played guitar while Ashley walked down the aisle with her dad.

Handmade, homespun, beautiful and original. 

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Julie and Chuck are a sweet couple who find fun in almost everything.

I first met Julie a few years ago while visiting an office at Carleton.  I could go into all the details, but you aren’t here for computer talk – are you? She and I started talking and made fast friends. Here is something that makes wedding photography a lot easier to do: Her sense of humor was the first thing I loved.  The second thing I loved about Julie was that she has a good size family. Last summer I took her son Alec’s Senior Photos.

Before the wedding, we managed to walk at the track once a week or so. Those walks were full of discussion on all topics, but my favorite walks were when I could listen to her tell me about the wedding plans and her progress. I kept hearing her descriptions of the cake table: Seven kinds of dessert cakes, cookies and the wedding cake itself. She had me at seven. I was also in love with her Christmas Tree idea. She had people send her a wedding photo of themselves and she framed them and hung them on the tree at the front of the ceremony space. It was so endearing. She managed many other ways to make guest feel included and valued. I think that must be the biggest challenge to brides. My understanding of Julie and Chuck as well as the kids became more clear through those talks and when it came time to actually photograph the wedding I was ready for the sharp-witted and camera-shy family. Well, almost!  I enjoyed many kinds of cake, a snowball fight and plenty of pretty photos!

While they keep a light heart about life, there are some things that are to be taken seriously at all costs: love, family and dessert. Maybe that’s the secret to this couple.  I really love wedding photography.

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August afternoon weddings are bound to be warm, but the Ward’s simple and elegant ceremony was also touching.

We all met up at Bridge Square in Northfield so that I could do some pre wedding photos of the family and the couple. Casually and in stages the family collected near the fountain. Everyone was relaxed and very much at home. We waited on the last of family to arrive while the final touches were put on the the bride’s outfit. After I photographed few groupings and took some couple photos we formed a caravan to the church. The select few of us were allowed to share in an extremely moving ceremony, during which I cried. These two loving people put the emphasis on each other for their wedding and I just love when that happens.

Now, I love weddings. I really love weddings. This one got my emotions all stirred though. Maybe it was the hot sun, maybe it was the way these two looked at each other. Or, maybe, it was that the whole of the day was about nothing  more than the promises of respect and loving care between two people and the family they were blending. If that won’t get you – nothing will.

The beautiful flowers were from Forget Me Not. So pretty!