Janna & Craig | A Celestial Wedding at the Bell Museum Planetarium – St. Paul, Minnesota
Janna and Craig met by chance while attending a rained-delayed baseball game. They struck up a conversation, and after the game, they spent much of that night stargazing above the glow of city lights. They fell in love. Janna and Craig held their wedding at the Bell Museum – Minnesota’s official natural history museum and planetarium. As they told me, they planned their day to be less of a wedding, and more of a party with the things they loved, surrounded by the people they loved, where they happened to get married at some point during the day. There couldn’t have been a better way, or location, to celebrate everything that is Janna and Craig.
For my part, I was so excited to photograph this wedding. First off, the Bell Museum is a new venue in the Twin Cities, and more than that, I knew it would be a lighting challenge. I toured the venue in advance, and determined that the entire day would need off-camera lighting to get the quality and style I wanted for Janna and Craig’s photos. My favorite technique for the day was lighting the Planetarium ceremony — I used two off-camera lights with snoots (think of it like a very narrow spotlight). The ceremony photos are well-lit so you can see faces clearly, but the Planetarium’s night sky projection colors were not compromised by my lighting gear. Overall, I’m very proud of the way these turned out, and I’d gladly shoot weddings here again and again!
Photography: Rachel Lahlum Photography
Venue: The Bell Museum
Day-of Coordination: Dos Goats Plans
Catering: Chowgirls Killer Catering
DJ: Harmony DJ Entermaintment
Rings: Ash Hilton Jewelry
Janna and Craig went stargazing the night they met, and got married beneath the stars and North Lights of the Bell Museum planetarium.
Edgy and elegant wedding vibes at the Bell Museum’s Touch & See Lab. They nailed it – Wes Anderson style.
The Bell Museum’s Wooly Mammoth – a perfect backdrop for your wedding party!
Janna and Craig kicked off their reception with their first dance — dinner came shortly after.
They cake smashed so hard that Craig fell into the wall.
Ending our evening with sparkler photos, beneath real stars and real night sky.