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Couple walking on the lakefront

Thinking about a getaway wedding – a place new and interesting and away from the cities? Jill and Chas’s Lakeside Glenwood wedding is the blog for you 🙂 Situated on the shores of Lake Minnewaska just outside of Alexandria, MN, their beautiful lakeside wedding was filled with fun and good times – from boat rides to a caricature artist to fireworks!

Their venue, the Lakeside Steak and Chophouse of Glenwood, MN, offers a gorgeous wedding hall right on the lakefront with great views and even better photo ops! This venue comes with a supportive staff and and in-house catering, which makes local or getaway wedding planning pretty easy. Plus, it’s just twenty minutes away from Alexandria, MN so there are plenty of options for fun and lodging for your wedding guests.

Enjoy 🙂

The morning always starts with prep – and the laughter and joy of family and friends getting the big day in order 🙂

Lakeside Glenwood Wedding bride and grandmother hold hands

We love capturing the emotion of a dad seeing his daughter for the first time on her wedding day!

Before their first look, Jill and Chas shared letters they wrote to each other 🙂

We were joined by pup Marley!

We just couldn’t let Jill get away without some awesome shots of her beautiful veil!

The happy couple shared a few moments alone together (+ pup Marley!) with a First Look before the ceremony.

We love first looks here at Penny Photographics, and if you’re curious about how to fit one in on your wedding day, check out our blog on creating a wedding timeline!

Lakeside Glenwood Wedding couple kiss under veil

Marley was an adorable show-stopper and heart-stealer!

Lakeside Glenwood Wedding marley wedding pets

Jill and Chas love to travel, and they shared their travel bucket list with us! From Jill:

“Hawaii, Alaska, Grand Canyon, about 10 other national parks, New Orleans, whale watching off of the coast of Washington or Maine, Norway, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Italy, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, India… the list is seriously soooo long.”

We are so excited for them to have these adventures together!

Marley wanted in on the family photos!

Lakeside Glenwood Wedding couple first kiss

Marley all tuckered out!

We love capturing those ceremony moments of love and support surrounding the couple from their family and friends 🙂

After the ceremony, the wedding party went on a boat trip around the lake and partied it up!

A fun tradition – every time the bell rang, the couple kissed 🙂

We loved their Lakeside Glenwood wedding hall – gorgeous vaulted ceilings covered in lights!

Near the end of the night, we snatched the couple away for some epic sunset shots along the lake shore – an epic perk to a Lakeside Glenwood wedding!

Lakeside Glenwood Wedding couple sunset lake shot

Their reception was full of energy – dancing, cake, a caricature artist!

Lakeside Glenwood Wedding couple with fireworks

The night ended with an amazing fireworks display – a perfect bang to celebrate Jill and Chas’s love and end their night in a shower of light! We had a blast capturing their Lakeside Glenwood wedding and we hoped you loved it as much as we did!

Share your favorite shots in the comments below and tell us your tales of romance and adventure! We want to hear from you!


As photographers, we count ourselves among the luckiest to have the trust of our clients in documenting their most important days. As you can imagine, reviews and word of mouth are the best way for us here at Penny Photographics to succeed and continue to book amazing couples like YOU. If you have time, could you please spend a few minutes and tell others about your experience with us?

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We also wanted to give a big thank you to all the vendors that helped make the magic happen!

Hair/Makeup: Ella’s Salon of Alexandria, MN

Caterer/Bar: Lakeside Steak and Chophouse

Cake: Nothing Bundt Cake of Eden Prairie, MN

Flowers: Elden’s Downtown Floral

Dress: Special Events & Boutique of Alexandria, MN

Groom’s Suit: J. Longs of Mankato, MN

Officiant: Gordie Wiegrefe

DJ: Bellagala

Caricature: Caricatures by Casey

Video: Petersen Brothers

Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Jill Solmonson with Lakeside Steak and Chophouse

Lakeside Glenwood Wedding | Jill & Chas | Penny Photographics

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