Everyone has a Wedding Story

Stories surround us each and every single day. The stories on the news can be disheartening and informative. The stories your friends tell you can help you to become closer and understand each other better. Even billboards are telling us stories as we pass by them quickly on the highway. Everywhere there is a story. On top of that, everyone has a story. Everyone has something that makes them unique. We at 2211 not only believe this, but we live this. What is your story? How do you find your story? We’ll help. Everyone has a Wedding Story. 

Everyone has a Wedding Story 

How to Find Your Wedding Story 

Think of the last time something happened to you that was story worthy. If this comes easy or hard to you, generally whatever you think of, during the event, you were not thinking that a story was going to come from this. You were looking to go into the next step. Thinking about what you’re going to eat for lunch. The story though, is always happening, regardless of whether you are being an active participant in it or not. And you can find what your story it by attempting to take a look at yourself from the outside in.

Writing your story down is a simple tactic. We were all taught how to do this when growing up. We would make stories in kindergarten classes and present them. If you ever did show and tell, you had to tell the story of the thing you brought to class. We would write these things down to help us tell the story better. By writing down, or at least attempting to write down your story will help you immensely. This can be in the form of a journal. One of those journals that couples fill out with questions can be really helpful. They even have apps to record one second a day to help tell your story. Just write down what’s going on each day and eventually a story will come into fruition. As we said earlier, stories happen, regardless of whether you are actively participating or not. 

Everyone has a story and every wedding has one, too.
Even the location pertains to your story

Wedding Stories 

Love is the main theme when it comes to most weddings. The celebration of love between the couple as they kiss and walk down the aisle for the first time as a married couple. The whole day is filled with the story of this couple and who they choose to have around them. The venue, the table settings, even the DJ all play a part in that story. This is why figuring out your story is so important. It can make planning the wedding even easier. You can find vendors that will fit into your story. Even choosing the food becomes easier when you find your story. 

The hard part of wedding stories is that it is a combination of two personalities into one story. Each person has their own story. Along the timeline of their story, they find another person who also has their own story. Now they take those two stories and hold them together with the glue of love. As we find that story, we do it with another person by our side. We find what makes the two of us compatible. We find the word through our adventures together. The date at an Italian restaurant can be a story. The trip to Cancun is a story. Even the boring stuff can be a story. Take all of these things into effect when creating your story. 

Telling Others Your Story 

Next comes the hardest part of finding your story, telling it to others. Believe us when we say that telling people your own story can be hard. It can feel a combination of arrogant, embarrassing, and personal. How does one get past those feelings? It can be difficult, but each and every time you do it, it gets easier. The arrogance goes away once you start to entertain people. The embarrassment too. But that path to getting to entertaining can be hard. That’s where you can get other people to help. We are going to plug 2211 here. You knew it would happen.  

We are experts in storytelling, especially through a lens. Davis makes films in his free time. Hannah takes beautiful landscape photography in efforts to preserve nature. We tell stories all the time and ones that aren’t our own. We have a knack for telling a story and we know how to make it good and entertaining. We also love to help people find their story. We know that you want to tell your story and we want to tell it, so look at our packages and hit us up today. We are just waiting to tell your story. 

Ending Thoughts 

You have a story and it deserves to be told. You can figure it out. You can write it down, work with your partner to discover what it means, or simply just think about it more and more. In the end, your story is so uniquely you. You need to tell your story, especially on your wedding day. We at 2211 Media can help. So, if you are looking for your story to be told, check out our packages and tell your story the best way you can. 

Your 2019 Review

Everyone likes to end the year with a year in review type post or list. YouTube always does it poorly. Every single music website lists their favorite albums and songs. But we’re going to do it a little differently. We want you to know that your year should be celebrated, not just Billie Eilish’s (Bad Guy is alright, I guess). Everything you do that gets you off the couch and helping those around you should be celebrated! We think you did a great job this year and there are tons to look forward to in 2020. Let’s look at your 2019 review.

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We liked our 2019 review, let’s look at yours.

Your New Stories

Cohabitation has been on the rise recently and this has been making some people in our industry angry and scared. This all according to Pew Research. The world has a way of changing. The old people tnd to get mad at the young people for doing things differently. In 2019, we want to acknowledge you all and your resiliency. We want you to remember that even though people say that industries are being killed by young people, who cares? It’s what make you you that matters. Whether you’re living with a partner, alone, or somewhere not on this needlessly binary scale, we support you! This is one of the big stories for us in your 2019 review.

Having fun at the urban engagment session
Your 2019 review is looking good.

Your Inspiration for Stories

The world can be a hard place sometimes. The news outlets keep mentioning everything that is happening on a 24-hour news cycle. That can be just so exhausting. Both Hannah and Davis came into 2019 with a dead-end job that was going nowhere. We both took this year to seize what we knew and start 2211, and while we’re still not done with our jobs, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. We can worry about the things we can’t control all day, and there were a ton in 2019, but the things that will make a difference are those we can. In 2020, we’re excited to see you grab life by the horns a little bit more and make it a better year than 2019. Your 2019 review can’t go anywhere without looking to 2020.

Davis and Hannah your 2019 review
We think you’re great.

Closing Thoughts on your 2019 review

We started 2211 in 2019 and are just getting off the ground, We did our first engagement shoot three months ago. Our first wedding was in May. We went from doing nothing to having something. The future is exciting and we know that we can change people’s lives by simply telling their stories. What stories are you hoping to tell in 2020? We would love to help you tell the story of the love you have, the days you have toiled on various projects, or just something that happened to you that you want the world to know about. Hit us up and let’s make your story the headline in 2020.

NE Minneapolis Stories

We both met here in NE Minneapolis. Davis lived by Good Carma Coffee (good coffee and even better people) and Hannah by Holy Land (Mediterranean food to die for). We both love this area and want to tell its story. Central Avenue, the NE turkeys, so many breweries, and some perfect spots for pictures and videos. Let’s walk through NE Minneapolis stories and culture and find out what it has to offer.

Today

According to Meet Minneapolis, “Northeast’s neighborhood can be divided into two main sections: the Arts district and the Riverfront district.” Both riverfront and arts do a great job of describing what you can encounter when you dive into NE Minneapolis and what is has to offer. The Mississippi and all its majestic glory or the arts of many different cultures circling the streets and people of this beautiful neighborhood. These all contribute to the NE Minneapolis Stories that we know and love.

Afton and Caleb NE Minneapolis Stories
Afton and Caleb had us tell their NE Minneapolis Story.

The Landmarks

Most people when they think about NE Minneapolis first jump to the vibrant brewery scene. Indeed, Bauhaus, Fair State, and Insight to name a few. Each of these places has their own stories that fill the taproom and their beer each time we go to get a drink or visit with friends. The Lowry Bridge over the river is sandwiched between a tiki bar known as Psycho Suzi’s and a Ferris Wheel owned by Betty Danger’s. The Stone Arch Bridge (I’m sensing a bridge theme) connects NE Minneapolis to the heart of Minneapolis and is one of the more beautiful spots not just in Minneapolis, but in the midwest. So many parks positioned perfectly between the urban landscape creating gorgeous photo and video spots for any story.

NE Minneapolis Arts District
One of NE Minneapolis many Arts Districts signs

The culture

Hipsters. Hipsters everywhere. That’s the outsider’s view of NE Minneapolis, and to an extent, they aren’t wrong. The hipsters and their IPA, thrift shops, and bicycle lanes are thriving in NE Minneapolis, but there’s more. Artist’s studios line almost every major street, bringing stories through different media to those who walk through this neighborhood. A market, fair, or expo is happening every weekend, that culminate into the event of the summer, Art-A-Whirl. It’s hard to stay in NE Minneapolis for longer than an hour and not fall in love with all the cultures surrounding you. EspeciallMiy with the food. Central Avenue alone spans the world in the way of restaurants and food. And each has its own story.

Art A whirl
One of the best NE Minneapolis Stories.

What’s your NE Minneapolis Story?

With all of the culture, food, art, and people, it’s hard to find something that bores you here in this part of Minneapolis. Hannah and Davis recently did an engagement session for Afton and Caleb starting in NE Minneapolis and ending in Downtown, walking the whole way. The mixture of urban and nature create such fundamentally different backdrops for any story being told. Each building and Street has its own history. And the nature is vibrant and thriving. And the people are friendly and loving. All the things anyone would need in a living space, photo shoot, or whatever brings you outside. Let us help capture your story in the beautiful neighborhood of NE Minneapolis.

Our Family

We like to work with couples. We find ourselves at home as we get to know you and your unique story. Through that, we have been able to learn, grow, and challenge our own views with each new couple that we meet. Their stories fill us with any and all emotions that one can be filled with. But we never really tell too much about ourselves, because it isn’t our story that is being told in that moment. So, here is our moment to shine. Here is our family and our story.

Davis and Hannah. Our Family.
Davis got Hannah to dance at this wedding.

Hannah and Davis

We both met at this mystical and wonderful place known as Wells Fargo, where we both worked as the ethereal temporary worker. Needless to say, we weren’t the biggest fans of what we did (Document custody for mortgage companies gets pretty boring after more than 1 hour of work) so we connected and talked and eventually we went out. First to a brewery, Fair State in the house, and then to a now defunct Italian restaurant in Edina. And now we have a life together, that includes two cats, an apartment, and a joy for telling stories.

Our Family (Cats)
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Our Family (Cats)

Davis moved in with Hannah in June of 2018. 5 days later, 2 little black cats moved in and have terrorized us ever since. Especially because Hannah went on a 5 day camping trip that next weekend, so Davis had to take care of kittens when he had really only had a dog. They survived, no thanks to Davis, and have become some pretty big boys in the process. We went with adopting them from a shelter. We knew that black cats had a stigma that forced them to be one of the under-adopted cats, so we gave it a shot. Fats Domino and Sully appreciated it, we’re sure.

NE MPLS Wedding Venue
This was a beautiful set up for a wedding

Our Family (Passions)

The thing that drew Hannah and Davis together were there passions. Davis had been interested in movies and videos since he was in Middle school, creating some of the most horrible YouTube videos you could ever see. He took that into a Broadcast Journalism degree, because NDSU doesn’t have a film degree, and is now making movies with his friends outside of the movies he makes for our couples. Hannah’s passions started with fashion. She loved to see all the fashion photography that was coming out. She also takes bi-yearly trips to the north and wanted a way to preserve the beautiful lands that memory couldn’t do. She took up photography and the rest is history.

First Dance
No words needed for this story

Your Story

Every good story needs perspective. Hannah and Davis have lived some pretty perspective filled lives that allow them to get into anyone’s shoes and show what makes a story tick. Years of creating, reading, and enjoying stories have led us to you. We will tell your story as if you were the director. You’ll be the actor, obviously, but we’ll take care of the rest. Be prepared to cry at your own story like Davis cries at most movies.

About Our Videography

Movies are selling out theaters weekly. We are fascinated with a story up on the big screen. Videography is an extension of that media and your chance for your story to be up on that screen, or at least worthy of it. Davis is our videographer and he has an eye for movies and telling a story in a cinematic way. Here is about our videography.

Davis, Our videography guy

Why do videography?

The weddings we have shot have been ones that were at first hesitant to take on videography. They weren’t sure if it was going to be worth it. They have since changed their mind with one bride telling us how the video was their favorite part of the wedding. We are subject to movies and TV every day. It’s only natural that this is the way we like our stories to be told. Therefore, videography is our best chance at that.

Silhouetter urban engagement session

Engagement Trailer

Every good story has a trailer beforehand. We recently created a wedding trailer for a couple. We created an action movie trailer that not only showed the date of their wedding, but showed off who they were as people. The trailer is a great way to get people hyped. Get them ready for the event, and show off your personality and story. Through our videography, we are always looking for unique ways to tell your story and this is one of those ways.

Videography in action

Unique videos

Every weekend, hundreds, or thousands even, of people are getting married. Most of those videos are going to look pretty similar. We don’t like those cookie cutter formulas that are easy to pull off, with all their shortcuts. We get to know you and your story, by sitting down with you, talking with you, and finding your unique story. We customize the experience to how it is going to work for you. Then, you’ll feel your story is worthy of selling out movie theaters.

Davis in a yearbook picture

Contact Us!

Not sure if you want videography? Concerned about price? Contact us for some options that will help to alleviate a lot of the stress that is surrounding the videography experience. We’ll even take your guests’ videos and edit them into one cohesive video for you. We have every option you could want in your video.

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About Our Photography

The art of capturing the still image. It is the photographer’s job to tell a story through this image with perspective, content, and emotion. That’s what Hannah does for us. The camera is a third eye for her. One that captures your story or any story, for that matter. Here is about our photography.

Who is Hannah?

Hannah hails from Detroit, MI, but has made NE Minneapolis her home. Hannah always loved fashion photography and found an interest in capturing moments from that. She later got into photography to capture the beauty of nature on her regular camping trips up north. The Tettegouche State Park area, Split Rock Lighthouse, and nature itself are what interested her. The translation from nature wedding photography was natural. Either way, a story is told and that story is necessary for the photographer.

Dip Kiss

Our Wedding Photography

There is one day that you will talk about for the rest of your life, and that is your wedding day. Hannah’s pictures will tell more than a thousand words and be the best visual assistant when explaining to everyone just how special your wedding day was. The story of our love and those around us to celebrate it. Hannah’s ability to capture these stories and moments will make your day come to life in a whole new way. You will truly be the celebrity that you deserve to be on your wedding day with her photography.

Having fun at the urban engagment session

Our Engagement Sessions

The preamble to the wedding. The roller coaster notches it way up the incline until it reaches the peak, or the wedding day. Eager couples sometimes miss engagement sessions, because it doesn’t seem as important as the wedding day. The engagement photo shoot is not only necessary for capturing your story, but helps to show your guests what makes your wedding story so special. It is the first thing that people will see when they start to think about your wedding. The pictures will be on the Save the Dates, the Invitations, and all over your social media. You want them to look as good as Hannah can make them.

Hannah Drinking a beer

Personable Attitude

Hannah is more than just a photographer, she is a person that wants to know and tell your story. She will sit down with you and discover what makes you tick. Hannah takes the time to get to know you and your story. How can a story be told without first knowing what it is? The couples we have worked with so far have loved the amount of time that Hannah has put in to get to know them and make them feel comfortable. There is nothing worse than a photographer that is going to take photos without regards to your story.

Get in Contact with Us!

Hannah cannot wait to get to know you and tell your story. If you get to us before the end of 2019, you will get our 2019 pricing, because the price is going up in the New Year. Not only will you get a photographer, but also you will get a storyteller who will tell your story. The wedding day goes by fast, so make sure you capture it as best you can, with our photography.

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Urban Engagement Session

Silhouetter urban engagement session

We had the pleasure of shooting an engagement session right in the heart of Minneapolis. The Stone Arch Bridge Area is a must-see and now we know as a must shoot for any urban engagement session that wants to feature Minneapolis. The bridge, the falls, the parks on either side and some great restaurants. Let’s talk about everything we learned on this gorgeous shoot.

Urabn engagement session on Stone Arch Bridge
Look at that dip. The first time they had done that.

The bridge area

The bridge itself is often populated with people. We were unsure how the crowds would be, but we had seen a lot of people taking pictures on the bridge before and most crowds would let people be. We were lucky enough to have a rainy day that subsided right before we started taking the pictures. The overcast skies acted like a soft box and made for some perfect lighting.

The cement and rails created some great lines that created solid horizons and visuals pointing straight to the couple. The falls allowed for variation in the background from the cement and urban environment. The walk through the bridge was nothing to sneeze at, either. We got a good workout during this session.

Mill City Museum, Guthrie, and Gold Medal Park

Silhouetter urban engagement session
Even their silhouettes showcase their love

The Mill City Museum is inside of some ruins of an old mill that burnt some time ago. The partially destroyed building creates a unique look on the Minneapolis skyline and perfect for this urban engagement session. We took some of our favorite photos outside of the building. The stone walls looked both castle-like and urban, allowing for us to create an amazing backdrop for the couple as they joked around and got more into the session.

The park beside the museum also allowed us to give some nature to this urban landscape. We took some of the artwork and made it the focal point of the pictures. The couple loved taking the photos and had some fun coming up with some new poses as we went. Backdrop of The Guthrie allowed us to take these stunning silhouette photos that are sure to set the couples pictures apart from the ones we’ve all seen on social media.

Lesson learned: Poses

Album pose urban engagement session
This couple loved to have some fun. That’s for sure.

Getting the couple to pose over and over again can sometimes feel a little repetitive and almost demanding. We had to find poses that not only showcased who they were, but showed the love they had for one another. We got this fun “album shot” that showcased their sense of humor. Not traditional, but definitely one of our favorites.

Overall: Urban Engagement Session

Having fun at the urban engagment session
This shoot was so much fun

We had a blast, learned a lot, and came up with some absolutely beautiful photos. We also were able to create a trailer for the couple. A “In a world” type trailer that will serve as an announcement of their upcoming wedding on Facebook, YouTube, and social media. Look for that in the coming weeks. Check out our options or book us.

DIY Wedding Photography and Videography

DIY wedding photography and videography lighting

We love doing wedding photos and videos. It’s an honor to be chosen to tell your story, but sometimes you just need to tell it for yourself. Let us tell you just what goes into telling your story on your big day. Here is DIY wedding photography and videography.

DIY Photography

The things you need:
1. A camera, even the one on your phone.
2. That’s it!
It truly is that simple. You need to get that camera, and now it’s time to think of the shots you are going to be taking.

Lighting

Depending on whether you are doing outdoor or indoor photography, you’ll need to ensure you have the right lighting. The flash on the phone can create red eye and some weird shadows, so make sure that you get some extra lighting set up on the side. Even covering the flash on the iPhone with a semi-opaque screen can assist in making the flash less jarring.

DIY wedding photography and videography lighting

Planning

Plan all the shots ahead of time. That way you can ensure you aren’t going to miss any of the important shots. You only have a certain amount of time, so, make sure you schedule your day out accordingly. The grandparents need a shot. The cousins. The dog of the groom. Some best friends. You need to get all of it.

Editing

Finally, once you’ve taken every last shot, you need to go back and edit them so they look nice. Most will be good if you paid attention to the lighting, but you may need to buff some up or darken some depending on what happened. You can get some editing software online for relatively cheap or even free.

Next Up, DIY Videography

All you need is an uncle and a camcorder

A camcorder and an uncle is all they say that you need and they aren’t necessarily wrong. Your uncle can set up his camcorder in the back of the venue and ensure that he has the microphone on. You’ll just get a wide shot of the venue, but that can be more than enough for some people.

Sound

If your uncle also has a microphone or recording device, be sure to talk with the DJ ahead of time and see if he can plug it in to ensure that none of the vows are missed. He can even place it on the lapel of the officiant if he has absolutely no other place to put it. You’ll have to ensure the sound is good, do some claps while it is recording.

Camera Movement

If you do want those close up shots, those cinematic moments, then it’s time to break that camera off the tripod and to let it be free. By doing this, your uncle can make sure to get every moment up and close and may not even need the microphone. He’ll just have to make sure that he doesn’t get in the way of any of the festivities. Nothing is worse than a camera in the way of cutting the cake.

Editing Again

A lot of the footage will likely be fine, but he will need to get to editing a little bit of the mess of footage that he has. He doesn’t want the shot where a cousin smack talked another cousin right by the microphone during a dance. Nor does he want the shots of the sweaty backed usher that was trying his hardest.

Seem like a lot?

DIY wedding photography and videography can seem like a lot and it definitely is a lot. 2211 can relieve the whole burden for you. We tell your story and we deal with everything above and more. Take comfort in knowing that your special day will not be forgot when you book with us. Send us a contact below! Follow the link if you want more information here.

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We Would Love to Tell Your Story

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Hello, it’s really nice to meet you. We are Davis and Hannah. Davis is a videographer and Hannah is a photographer, but we are both so much more than that. We have both loved to tell stories for quite some time and we both have recently found that we love telling other people’s stories just as much as we love telling ones that we live. Stories like yours. We would love to tell your story. Whether is be a Minneapolis wedding story, or something far different. Everything has a story.

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Here we are. We like to smile.

Wedding days can be some of the most beautiful and memorable days in a couple’s life. They can also be stressful, full of drama, and busy. We loosen that load for you. Not only by taking care of the video and photos, but we work with you, get to know you, and assist you in what is going to be one of your most talked about days for the rest of your lives. We take all the stress away from remembering it, so you can just live in the moment. Enjoy your day to the best of your degree. Dance a few more dances, eat another piece of cake, and invite everyone on your guest list, let us do the remembering.


We would love to meet you!

We love to have fun and laugh. Even sometimes, we will shed a good tear. Good stories are what we live for. We know just how to tell one, as well. So, press the button below and send us your information, because we want to make your story a reality for years to come. You Minneapolis wedding story could be just a click away. Along with any other story you wish to have be told.

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