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Greg + Kaidra: 10.10.2015 (Stillwater Library and The Loft at Studio J)

Greg and Kaidra rolled the weather dice by having a rooftop ceremony on October 10 and came up huge! It was a glorious day and we even got some video of the pumpkin drop at Stillwater Harvest Fest.

Some of my favorite images are the blinky ring/ring shot, grandma and mom holding hands during the ceremony, Greg’s Wu Tang symbols, and taking some pretty epic images in the streets right where Kaidra serves at Whitey’s! It was so fun to drive that massive bus around from Pioneer Park, to Whitey’s for a round of jello shots, and the right back to the Loft. Navigating Stillwater during Harvest Fest was pretty tricky but it was really fun having such a buzz in downtown Stillwater (literally) and having all of the celebration close by.

It was such a gorgeous day filled with tons of fun and a special shout out to Lisa’s Catering who set a record by getting 240 guests through the buffet line in 17 minutes! Thanks Greg and Kaidra for letting us be part of your big day and we will literally see you around! – Judd, Josh, and the Loft crew!

Links: See & download all images (Contact Kaidra for password), Facebook Album (Top 200 images), Stillwater Library, The Loft at Studio J, Judd Sather Photography

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Jeremiah + Ashley: 09.26.2015 (Mill City Museum)

Dog with a dress… enough said!

Haley Bop, the rescue dog, almost overheated but wow did we get some UNIQUE images with her! If you could order a day for a wedding, this would be it: 60 and sunny with very little wind – it was just gorgeous and allowed a lot of movement and backlit images. Extra shout out to Flicker who cruised around with the walker – bravo!

Ashley is a huge Disney fan, so you’ll see the fun stickers she put on her wedding wedges (assist to Kelly on the second cork popping to make the shot symmetrical). I also loved the images with the cool crane and backlit sun in Gold Medal Park. Down by The Guthrie, we found this crazy random reflective wall – the image of the girls there laughing is awesome. We all ended up with soaked shoes from the torrential rains that happened a few days before.

Mill City Museum is such a cool place for a wedding; the setting is so unique and we got to take some images high on the 9th floor. I got just a little scared when I hung the camera over the edge… We had to take a couple secret elevators and corridors to get there but it was sooo worth it! The ring bearer and flower girl images were to die for – they were so animated!

Jeremiah and Ashley, it was so fun to be a part of your wedding day and that steak was AMAZING! – Judd and Josh

Links: Link to all images (Order or download all images (coming soon!), Mill City Museum, Judd Sather Photography

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JX Venue Logo / Brand Contest!

OK so after spending months at the drawing board, we have two great candidates for logos for one of the newest (and largest) event venues in the Twin Cities: JX Event Venue. It will be opening May 1, 2016.

We think there is some creativity out there that we would love to see! Contest submissions should be submitted to by October 1, 2015 and the winner will be announced by October 15, 2015 and be awarded the $500 prize. We have to like and use the wining logo. It’s that simple!

Style words: Elegant, Sophisticated, Sexy, Modern, Timeless, Mature
Colors: Grey, Silver, Blue, Black, White, Navy, Violet?
Direction: We have tried in many forms to have the J and X interlace in a cool way that is not necessarily seen at first.
Name: “JX Event Venue” or “JX Venue at The Shoe Factory” (The building was built in 1906 as a shoe factory and will have a secret speakeasy with a secret tunnel where they carried the shoes underground to the store).

The space has historic brick sides and dramatic, modern light fixtures, the bar is lined with multimedia, and it is located in the heart of beautiful and historic downtown Stillwater, MN.

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Brason + Lindsey: 08.15.15 (Avalon Riverboat and The Loft at Studio J)

Sometimes being a good photographer in Stillwater (or anywhere) means you know when the bridal party needs to just stop taking pictures and chow down on mac ‘n cheese pizza from Quickfire Pizza… Their ceremony was on The Avalon Riverboat without food, and when we started the creative time it was pretty clear that almost everyone needed food. So we spent 45 minutes just feeding our faces and having drinks in downtown Stillwater on a balmy day, and man did it hit the spot!

From the moment we met Brason and Lindsey, we had the feeling that there was going to be a whirlwind of fun, craziness, and spontaneity surrounding their wedding. We showed up for an engagement session, got to meet “Pile” the dog, and five hours later we had taken about 600 engagement pictures (mostly due Jason’s erratic driving while Lindsey and Brason were tubing!). Epic.

Lindsey had an AMAZING statement piece designed by Marlaina Stone, and she had them made for each of her bridesmaids’ personality. The massive clasp is what we put the rings around for the ring image. We also grabbed a very cool image of Lindsey laying on the ground that I love – it was inspired by the crazy carpet pattern on the Avalon. It was funny that a couple of her relatives though she had fallen or passed out when we were taking the shots – sorry about that! 🙂

Some other fun random memories: Brason had a puppy pattern tie, the bridesmaid threw their wilted bouquets over the edge of the boat, Chris polished of many people’s beers at the pizza place, the bridal party was flown into the groom’s dinner on Jimmy Buffet’s former plane, the 45 second ceremony (after processional), the bottle of Dom Pérignon on the bride’s room, Lindsey spilling pizza on her dress, rooftop after after party, but MOST of all was the HEIGHT of the bridal toss images at Pioneer Park! So the award for this wedding goes to the highest bridal toss ever, by any wedding party anywhere I’m sure.

It was such a pleasure working with you guys, Lindsey and Brason – thanks for letting us be a part of your lives to capture these images! – Judd and Josh

Links: Link to all 800 images (Contact Lindsey for the password), Facebook Album, Judd Sather Photography, The Loft at Studio J


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Hanging Your Wall Portraits from Studio J

We saw this interesting article on hanging your portrait or other artwork in your home. Wall art hanging is installation is included with all wall portraits purchased through Studio J and Judd Sather Photography!

But here are some helpful tips if you want to try yourself and can convert from centimeters! 🙂


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“Behind The Scenes of Joe and Nicole’s Wedding”

Some people wanted to know what really happens behind the scenes at a wedding, so we got some “secret” footage of Joe and Nicole’s wedding, and put it together for this “tongue and cheek” video for your amusement…!?
Starring the vendors for their wedding: Judd Sather Photography, Marna’s Catering, Hair by Heidi, and The Loft at Studio J

Concept: Rolando of Marna’s Catering
Filmed and directed by Judd and Josh of Studio J
Edited by super awesome Studio J video intern Mary Rose!!

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