Janel + Ryan (Como Conservatory)

Janel + Ryan’s first met when they worked together at a hospital in Saint Cloud. She was a surgical tech, and Ryan a surgical nurse… They were coworker and good friends, before making it official as a relationship a few years ago! Their love story was swift and sweet. Ryan said he knew Janel was “the one” right away. When it came time to pop the big question, Ryan knew he wanted to incorporate Janel’s two boys into the proposal. Janel came home to her boys wearing shirts that read “WILL YOU” and “MARRY ME?” and of course, said YES!

Fast forward to their wedding day at the Como Conservatory - which was nothing short of perfection! Their intimate Sunken Garden Ceremony took place in front of just ten of their closest family and friends. There is something uniquely sweet about small, intimate ceremonies that we absolutely LOVE! Whether its the relaxed feel, the big emotions, the loving crew — it was ALL goodness! The whole day was filled with sweet moments, but one of my favorites was when Janel’s youngest son looked at her for the first time in her dress and said “Mommy you really ARE a princesss!” Heart. Melted. Since they opted out of a wedding party, we were able to use their portrait time to focus of the two of them and their love - exploring the grounds at the Como Conservatory to the fullest and making use of all the gorgeous landscapes! I think Como might just be one of my new FAVORITE locations to shoot at, and how GORGEOUS is this sweet Bride + Groom?! I know there are wonderful things in their future, and we wish Mr + Mrs. Lewandowski all the best in love and in marriage! Cheers you two!