Todd & Melissa | Duluth MN Wedding Photography

Spirit Mountain: A Gorgeous Outdoor Minnesota Wedding Photography Event

We thought mid-winter would be a fabulous time of year to reminisce about Todd and Melissa's wonderfully warm and sunny July wedding in Duluth, MN.

These two got married on the perfect summer day in Duluth at Spirit Mountain. What is fantastic about a wedding at Spirit Mountain is not only the diverse photo opportunities but THE VIEWS!

Since Duluth is a hike from home, we spent the entire day with the couple - from getting ready to nuptials all the way through to the bouquet toss!

Wedding dress hanging in attic by Rotella Photography
Wedding dress hanging in attic by Rotella Photography
Bridesmaid in green dress putting on makeup by Rotella Photography
Bridesmaid in green dress putting on makeup by Rotella Photography
Bride putting on makeup by Rotella Photography
Bride putting on makeup by Rotella Photography
Bride putting on makeup by Rotella Photography
Bride putting on makeup by Rotella Photography

Melissa got ready for her Minnesota wedding in the ski chalet warming area that was transformed into a bridal suite.

Todd got ready on the opposite side of the lodge in the loft area before their first look (he was considerate enough to let his groomsmen sleep in and got ready to see his bride alone)!

Groom getting ready in attic
Groom getting ready in attic

The First Look

This is by far one of our favorite "first look" moments ever. Shortly before Melissa appeared in all her bridal glory, I told Todd that Melissa would tap him on his left shoulder and he should turn left to see her so we could get pictures of their faces. Knowing his bride all to well, he told me she was probably going to tap him on the right shoulder and then asked what he should do. In the photo below you can see the smirk on his face as he looked back at me as if to say "I told you so!"

Minnesota Wedding Photography first look by Rotella Photography
Minnesota Wedding Photography first look by Rotella Photography
Minnesota wedding photography first look by Rotella Photography
Minnesota wedding photography first look by Rotella Photography

Spirit Mountain: Some of the Best Views in Minnesota

We had the most absolutely stunning backdrop for bridal photos...all of the Duluth skyline. The images turned out absolutely stunning. We sure hope Todd and Melissa are as in love with their Minnesota wedding photography images as we are!

bride and groom on hill in Duluth, MN by Rotella Photography
bride and groom on hill in Duluth, MN by Rotella Photography
bride and groom portraits in Duluth, mn by Rotella Photography
bride and groom portraits in Duluth, mn by Rotella Photography
bride and groom portraits in Duluth, mn by Rotella Photography
bride and groom portraits in Duluth, mn by Rotella Photography
Bridal party on hill by Rotella Photography
Bridal party on hill by Rotella Photography
ceremony alter outside on hill with skyline by Rotella Photography
ceremony alter outside on hill with skyline by Rotella Photography
ceremony alter outside on hill with skyline by Rotella Photography
ceremony alter outside on hill with skyline by Rotella Photography
Spirit Mountain decorated reception by Rotella Photography
Spirit Mountain decorated reception by Rotella Photography
Spirit Mountain decorated reception by Rotella Photography
Spirit Mountain decorated reception by Rotella Photography
Bride and groom's first dance by Rotella Photography
Bride and groom's first dance by Rotella Photography
Guests dancing by Rotella Photography
Guests dancing by Rotella Photography
Bouquet and garter toss by Rotella Photography
Bouquet and garter toss by Rotella Photography