Sunset Wedding Ceremony at Como Conservatory Sunken Garden / Sarah & Dan

Sunset Wedding Photography - Como Conservatory, St. Paul, MN

I never get tired of doing wedding photography at Como Zoo & Conservatory in Saint Paul, Minnesota. My favorite things about this venue — the garden is always changing and the venue looks great during the day and evening. With 90-minute rental blocks, we have enough time to capture the ceremony, couple’s portraits, and family photos. It’s a wedding photographer’s paradise.

For you other photographers out there: bring a 20mm lens. Some of the spaces are narrow (like the upper landing), so the wide angle helps with those full-body portraits.

Sarah and Dan opted for a micro-wedding with only eight people in attendance, including parents and siblings, along with myself, violinist, and officiant.

The greenhouse of the conservatory has a way of catching the sunset perfectly as it disappears into the west. This is where we chose to start with first-look photos and portraits.

After the ceremony, we gathered the family on the upper landing (remember that 20mm lens) for portraits as twilight cast a beautiful glow into the sky above the conservatory.

Like I said, Como is beautiful day and night. To cap off the evening, Sarah, Dan, and I took advantage of the night-time ambiance. The star-shaped lights above the garden cast a beautiful glow. These shots were some of my favorites of 2020.

Congratulations, Sarah and Dan!

View of the Sunken Garden Wedding Venue at Como Zoo & Conservatory.
Portrait of bride and groom at Como Conservatory in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Bride and groom embracing on the upper landing in the Sunken Garden.
Bride and groom wedding portrait at Como Zoo and Conservatory.
Night-time photos of wedding couple at Como Conservatory.

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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 session. Her photography is crisp, clean and bright, with true-to-life colors and a mix of traditional poses and candid moments.