November 7, 2023

Nontraditional Mint Museum Wedding | Catie and Tara

Two brides get married in Nontraditional Wedding at the Mint Museum

Catie and Tara’s nontraditional Mint Museum wedding was the best way to close out our 2022 wedding season! These two are so much fun and down to earth, so from our very first meeting at Giddy Goat Coffee Roasters, it was a natural friendship. Having that kind of relationship with our clients really helps out on the wedding day because it just makes the whole day that much more fun and relaxed! Now, this wasn’t our first time shooting at the Mint Museum (see Morghyn and Wade), but we are always excited for the challenge of finding new and unique ways to capture the space. With down-for-anything/go-with-the-flow brides like Catie and Tara, not only did we create some really fun images, but one even won us a Fearless Award!!

A Nontraditional Start to the Day

It was very important to Catie and Tara to spend a lot of time together on the day, even if that meant being a little nontraditional with their Mint Museum wedding timeline. They had their hair and makeup done together in the museum conference room, but separated briefly to change into their wedding dresses before a first look. Despite living together, they somehow managed to keep both of their dresses secret from one another! Although they were in different parts of the Mint Museum, their getting dressed experiences shared some strikingly similar moments. Kim went with Catie and Jess stayed with Tara and it’s pretty funny how we each captured similar things. And no, we didn’t discuss it ahead of time!

We Love First Looks!

Catie and Tara each did a first look with their parents as well as with each other. We love to see the genuine reactions and also appreciate the ability to do some fun portraits before the ceremony. Our brides shared their first look with each other on the second level terrace of the Mint Museum Uptown and were secretly spied upon by their bridesmaids up in the getting ready area. After that, we ventured across the street for some urban greenery. Catie and Tara appreciated the time that they got to spend together before the ceremony to get out some of their nerves and just be themselves.

Nontraditional Wedding Ceremony at the Mint Museum

When there are two brides, the usual wedding ceremony traditions go out the window. Catie and Tara elected to have Catie walk down the aisle first. Their ceremony was short and sweet and officiated by a close friend.

A Reception Full of Epic Dancing

We we’re warned that Catie was known to break out the worm at weddings, so we were very excited to see what this reception would bring. It did not disappoint! Catie and Tara ran in to a wild crowd of cheers and shared their first dance. There were some sweet moments during the toasts (and one of my favorite moments when Catie leaned her head on Tara’s shoulder), but the majority of the evening was spent out on the dancefloor. Emerald Empire Band jammed out and kept the dancefloor full throughout the night. At one point, our brides snuck away for an outfit change: an Indochino suit for Catie and a sparkly jumpsuit for Tara). We were honored to capture Catie’s notorious “worm” and all of the other epic dancefloor moments.

Venue: Mint Museum Uptown | Planner: Amour Wedding Events | Caterer: Best Impressions Caterers | Florist: Poppy Flowers | Baker: Pepperbox Doughnuts | Band: Emerald Empire Band | Hair/Makeup: The Hair & Make Up Team | Catie’s Dress: Unknown | Catie’s Reception Suit: Indochino | Tara’s Dress: Calvet Couture Bridal | Tara’s Reception Jumpsuit: Nadine Merabi | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Various | Officiant: Friend

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