Michelle & Andrew | Harriet Island Pavilion in St. Paul, MN | Rachel Lahlum Photography

St Paul Wedding Photography | Harriet Island Pavilion | Rachel Lahlum Photography

Across the river from downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota, sits the Harriet Island Pavilion. Built in the early 1940s, the pavilion is surrounded by a gorgeous park and sweeping views of the Mississippi River and Saint Paul’s downtown skyline. For Michelle and Andrew, it was the perfect backdrop for their wedding ceremony. 

While many couples have a maid-of-honor and best man along with several others in the wedding party, Michelle and Andrew decided to have a big group of “Friends-of-Honor” who took photos with the newlyweds.

Given the day’s sunshine, the ceremony was held outside with the Mississippi roaring by and the skyscrapers of Saint Paul looking down. 

After the ceremony, Michelle and Andrew sneaked indoors for a private sweetheart dance in the Pavilion, a grand room draped beautifully by their decoration team. After, they joined their guests for a lovely outdoor social hour.

When the sun began to set, we took advantage of the Harriet Island Pavilion’s surrounding park and gorgeous waterfront for intimate portraits of the couple. But one of my favorite images was of Andrew shaking a champagne bottle in front of the night lights of Saint Paul.

Congrats, Michelle and Andrew! 

Planning & Coordination: Dos Goats Plans
Venue: Harriet Island Pavilion
Catering: Root to Rise Kitchen
Bar: Fusion
Photography: Rachel Lahlum Photography
Videography: Complete Weddings & Events
Florists: Florals by Claire
Hair & Makeup: Hair by Heidi 139
Getting Ready Suite: St. Paul Hotel – Park Suite
DJ: Complete Weddings & Events
Ceremony Lie Music: Claire Belisle
Desserts: Green Garden Bakery
Decor, Linens, Lighting: Ultimate Events
Transportation: Rent My Party Bus


Save the date and wedding invitations laid out among floral decorations.
Michelle and Andrew’s wedding invite kit!
Bridesmaids and family have a first look at bride after she is dressed.
Michelle shares a first look with her wedding friends in the St. Paul Hotel’s suite!
Groom and groomsmen pose with glasses of whiskey before wedding at Harriet Island Pavilion.
Bride and groom share a first look before wedding at Harriet Island Pavilion in St. Paul, MN.
Michelle and Andrew share their first look in the garden of the St. Paul Hotel!
Bride touches groom’s chin while sitting on a bench in St. Paul, MN.
Bride and groom smile together in front of a marble stairway.
Bride and groom look each other in the eyes with the bride’s veil over the groom’s head.
Bride’s friend’s of honor pose with the bride at Harriet Island in St. Paul, MN.
Groom and friends of honor pose under a tree at Harriet Island Pavilion.
Bride and groom pose for a group picture with their friends of honor at Harriet Island Pavilion in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Wedding ceremony for Michelle and Andrew with the St. Paul skyline in background at Harriet Island Pavilion.
Newly wed couple embrace before reception inside Harriet Island Pavilion.
A private sweetheart dance immediately after the ceremony, in the gorgeous Harriet Island Pavilion.
Bride and groom enter the reception space at Harriet Island Pavilion for the first time as newlyweds.
Newlyweds walk along the Mississippi River at sunset after wedding at Harriet Island Pavilion.
Bride holds the arm of the groom in front of flowers outside Harriet Island Pavilion.
Groom dips bride during first dance at Harriet Island Pavilion wedding.
Groom pops bottle of champagne with bride after wedding at Harriet Island Pavilion in St. Paul, MN.

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Rachel Lahlum is an award-winning Minneapolis wedding photographer with experience in hundreds of weddings and engagement sessions. She takes a guided approach towards working with couples, from helping with planning and scheduling, to guiding with poses and prompts during the event. Her photography is crisp, clean and bright, with a mix of traditional poses and candid moments that tell the story of your wedding day.