Wedding Photography

Solveig And Erik's Elegant Wedding At The American Swedish Institute In Minneapolis by Bradley Hanson

After years of driving, biking and walking past the American Swedish Institute, a gorgeous castle just outside of downtown Minneapolis, I finally photographed a wedding there. It's difficult to choose words that adequately describe the feeling of being in this place, so I'll be brief and let the images do the talking. Solveig and Erik were ideal clients, very happy people with an obliviously deep connection to each other. I was fortunate to have photographed them previously at Palisade Head at Lake Superior about a year ago, which gave us time to get familiar with each other.

The morning of the wedding, I started photographing Solveig and the bridesmaids at her sister's home near Lake Calhoun. You could say the excitement level between Solveig and her closest friends and family was rather high, and that energy continued through the entire event. Wonderful people and a perfect venue.

The American Swedish Institute is the only castle in Minnesota, and I look forward to my next wedding there.

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To see more Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN portraits, wedding photography and weddings all over the world, visit my main portfolio on or email me at or call me at 206-393-8292 and we can discuss your wedding plans in detail. My speciality is shooting family portraits in an unposed, natural style and wedding photojournalism. I photograph weddings as they happen rather than direct the action, which is often referred to as documentary style wedding photography. I’ve photographed weddings in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Seattle and many countries around the world.

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My Interview With Andrew Hellmich Of Photo Biz XPosed by Bradley Hanson

Bride and ringbearer at Washington DC wedding

Bride and ringbearer at Washington DC wedding

I was just interviewed by Andrew Hellmich of the Australian photography blog Photo Biz XPosed. Andrew is an insightful photographer and isn't afraid to dig deeper than the usual questions, which in today's photography culture far too often begin and end with "what camera should I use?" and "what is your post-production workflow?" I'd much rather talk about art, ideas, and how the industry has changed. It's 77 minutes long, so get a comfortable chair if you are interested:

Andrew has interviewed a lot of interesting photographers, including my friends Ian Weldon and Joao de Medeiros. You can listen to any and all of them here at the Photo Biz XPosed website.

New Weddings In The Queue To Be Posted Soon! by Bradley Hanson

Eric and Amanda at the Seattle Asian Art Museum with random exerciser. May 29, 2016

It's been a busy spring and summer, so my highest priority is getting new wedding images back to my wonderful clients. This means I have a backlog of weddings to post online and submit to wedding magazines. New weddings should start appearing again in a couple weeks...

First Place Winner In 2016 PDN "Top Knots" Wedding Photography Contest by Bradley Hanson

First place in "Wedding Day" 2016 PDN Magazine Top Knots wedding contest

I am honored and excited to announce that for the 4th time, I have a winning image in the PDN Magazine (Photo District News) Top Knots international wedding contest. I had a winning image in the 2004 issue and two images in the 2005 issue, but because of a number of life changes including relocating my business from Seattle to Minneapolis, I didn't enter again until this year. The selected image was one of my favorites of all time, taken from a late 2015 wedding in Taylors Falls, MN during what felt like a nearly perfect day.

May 2016 issue of Photo District News "Top Knots" wedding contest gallery

A link to the contest portfolio, and all winning images can be see here

Sadie + Darik At The Corson Building In Seattle by Bradley Hanson

This was my first time at The Corson Building, a charming and rustic oasis in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, and it was everything I could have hoped for. It's a restaurant with amazing local food that also started hosting weddings. It was a perfect 75 degree day and the amber tinged afternoon light was wonderful, making it feel like you have suddenly been transported to Napa, California. Thanks to a referral from Quynh and Charlie, clients from 2008! Sadie and Darik met in August of 2013, and their first date was Bluebird Ice Cream in Fremont, so they incorporated that into the desert. While looking for venues they stumbled into this beautiful location when they noticed one being set up here. It was meant to be...

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