Wedding Photography at The Metropolitan Club & King of Grace Lutheran – Golden Valley, MN | Alyssa & Landon

Minneapolis Wedding Photography - King of Grace Lutheran Church & The Metropolitan Club

Sometimes it takes someone else’s wedding, patience, and a dash of fun to find the love of your life. That’s exactly what Landon and Alyssa did to find each other’s hearts. 

The most captivating (and my favorite) part of Alyssa and Landon’s story is how they met. Although Alyssa and Landon had met in passing at college, they didn’t officially connect until they were in Alyssa’s sister’s wedding (Aimie and Lucas, which I also photographed). At one point in the day, Landon gave Alyssa his phone number under the guise of asking her to send him photos she’d taken on her phone. She sent him some photos, but they didn’t interact again until posing for a sparkler photo during Lucas and Aimie’s sparkler exit. A month after the wedding, Aimie and Alyssa were looking at Aimie’s wedding photos together, and Alyssa realized Landon had never texted her back! She sent him the sparkler photo with a cute message, and they began dating after. The rest is history. After they’d gotten engaged, they reached out to me to be their photographer – I was so thrilled to be part of their “how we met” story, and even more thrilled to be their photographer.

The day of Alyssa and Landon’s 2019 wedding was hot and muggy, but if people were struggling, they sure didn’t show it (I was definitely feeling it). The couple married at King of Grace Church in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Despite the heat, everyone managed to look extremely classy for the photos, which we took at Theodore Wirth Park, after the ceremony. The bridal party sported a classic black and white look with the men rocking black suspenders and bow ties (yes, the ties were real). And, of course, the ladies were stunning in elegant black dresses.

The reception featured dinner and a show—Alyssa’s dad surprised the newlyweds with a flash mob dance to “Marry You” by Bruno Mars. While all the dancers were great, Alyssa’s nieces and nephews (who were all flowergirls and ring bearers) took home the honor of best dancers.

At the end of the night, we brought it back to where it all started, where love was sparked in photo. Congratulations Alyssa and Landon! 


Photography – Rachel Lahlum Photography
Bride’s Dress – The Wedding Shoppe
Invitations – Basic Invite
Ceremony Venue – King of Grace Lutheran Church
Reception Venue – The Metropolitan Club & Ballroom
Catering – D’Amico Catering
DJ – Elegant Affairs
Videography – Elegant Affairs

Alyssa and Landon kiss outside of the Metropolitan Club in Golden Valley, Minnesota.
Sparklers started their journey – it only made sense that we continue the tradition on their wedding day.

Portrait of groom kissing bride under veil at Golden Valley wedding in Minnesota.
Bridal party at the Metropolitan Club and Ballroom in Golden Valley, MN.
Photo of bride with veil flying in the wind at Golden Valley wedding.
Groom dips and kisses bride during reception at The Metropolitan Club & Ballroom in Golden Valley, Minnesota.
Kids dance at the Metropolitan Club & Ballroom in Golden Valley, Minnesota.
Groom embraces bride as she sheds tears during Golden Valley wedding reception.
Portrait of bride and groom staring into each other's eyes at Golden Valley, Minnesota, wedding.
Groom twirls bride at the Metropolitan Club & Ballroom in Golden Valley.
Nighttime wedding portrait of bride and groom at The Metropolitan Club & Ballroom.

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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.