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Carl + Lauren: 12.31.2015 (A’Bulae and St. Andrews Lutheran)

Links: Facebook Album (Judd’s 200 favorites), Link to ALL IMAGES (Contact Lauren for the password), A’Bulae, Judd Sather Photography, Lavender Events and Weddings (Decor)

New Year’s Eve! In 15 years of wedding photography, this was our first New Year’s Eve wedding and it was awesome to spend with Lauren and Carl! It’s always hard to find just the right thing to do on NYE, and the incredible group of friends and family were all in the right place tonight.

‘Twas a bit chilly as Lauren slipped off her snow covered heels to warm up – I love the image of the first glance when she was about to tap Carl on the shoulder on the rooftop of A’Bulae with downtown St. Paul in the background. She wanted the heels and no shoveling and got it – plus icy feet! Her boots were needed for the courageous trek to half-frozen Minnehaha Falls – what a backdrop for a winter wedding – spectacular!

Some of my favorite images and video are below: kiss in the limo, snowy trees, Trent/Josh wipeouts in the snow, Lauren’s brother’s ring, frozen falls, and the spins! Lauren and Carl had a choreographed first dance which had a very dramatic spin that we recreated a few times throughout the day and made for some fun images. A big shout out to the NYE details made alive by Kyra & crew – clocks, table settings, place cards, etc, etc – they were awesome! Speaking of details, Carl had some custom cuff links made and they both had custom low top Chuck Taylors with 12.31.2015 on them – super cool touch.

How about getting kicked off the ice rink?!?!? But at least we didn’t jump in the elevator. 🙂 Thanks for the awesome time Lauren and Carl!! – Judd, Josh, and Dayna

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Chase + Ellie: 12.05.15 (The Loft at Studio J)

Green grass in December for Chase and Ellie – what a fun day! It’s always challenging shooting in December with cold and darkness, but today we added a twinkle parade, fireworks, and Santa in the bucket of a fire truck to the list! I love the images we took just before the reception out by the twinkle lights down by The Dock Cafe. At Pioneer Park, the engineer guys wanted an image of the two Stillwater bridges in focus with them out-of-focus just to clarify! And then like true gentlemen, they held the flowers for the bridesmaids and mugged for a few images.

Ellie had some new creative image ideas and tons of great details like the ring box and cork-filled centerpieces – so cool. We shot Chase and Ellie’s engagement session of 18 months ago so they really had the details dialed in. I love how The Loft seems so cozy in the winter… snowflakes and people bundled up outside on Main Street while the party is going on inside.

The image of Ellie looking out the bride’s room window just before the ceremony is one of my favorites for the year! I love it as photographers when we have a few extra minutes and grab a quick and unplanned awesome image (in between bites of cheese curds of course – ha!). Thanks Ellie and Chase for choosing The Loft and us to capture your wedding images! – Judd and Josh and The Loft crew

Links: Facebook Album (Top 200 images), Link to all 900 images (Contact Ellie for the password), Judd Sather Photography, The Loft at Studio J

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Anthony + Tanya: 10.24.2015 (The Loft at Studio J)

Today was a throwback to my teaching days with Tony and Tanya and all the North High connections!

We have continued to have a magical fall for photography in Stillwater! October 24 seems a little late for fall colors, but the yellows really came out this week to add to an already colorful palette in the valley. The images we took at Pioneer Park were very unique and colorful for the season – my favorite is the sun flare one with Tony and Tanya in the bottom corner.

When we shoot at the awesome Loft at Studio J, we try to always do different and unique images for people and Tanya’s hanging dress with the wide lens on Josh’s wall is one of our favorites. Some other fun images below include Grandma on the flip phone, the groomsmen adjusting their suspenders in a train, tears during the first dance sung by Tanya’s parents, and a big group hug. We also got some sweet images on the soon-to-be-demolished loading dock at our new venue, JX.

There are always a few moments during any wedding that are very emotional and surprising that we love to capture. Perhaps my favorite is the speeches because you never really know how funny and emotional they will be – especially when friends and family pour their heart out to the bride and groom – and that happened today.

We have done same-day slideshows of images we have taken during the wedding day and played them at the reception for about 10 years now, but something happened today that was different: Tanya was so overcome by the power of seeing those images in almost real time, that she came and gave me a hug DURING the slideshow. She totally missed about 5 images just to give me a hug and that was awesome!!! It was such a surprise that neither Josh or I could capture it. 🙂

Thank you Tony and Tanya for letting us be a part of your big day and deliver these images to you! -Judd and Josh and The Loft Staff

Links: Facebook Album (Top 200 images), Link to ALL 1000 images (Contact Tanya for the password – COMING SOON!), The Loft at Studio J, Judd Sather Photography

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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 judd@studiojphoto.com 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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