Real Couples // Minneapolis Romance: Theresa + Brenda

Photographing the wedding of these two women was an absolute joy. Not only are they incredibly generous, kind, and accomplished women, but what really struck me was how their wedding was a celebration of the  supportive, living, loving bond of womanhood. Theresa and Brenda are not only a product of an utterly inspiring (and unmistakably lively) lesbian community, but the couple’s combined Native American/Midwestern heritage, as well as feminist foundation, were woven beautifully into the ceremony of the day. 

Theresa and Brenda are examples of strong, modern individuals who do great work in the world: Theresa has a PhD in Child Psychology and is a university professor, and Brenda is an MD who practices medicine. This couple lives in Portland (OR) but traveled back home to Minneapolis to get married and celebrate amidst their loved ones. They are the kind of couple that is not only so happy and in love, but they are also incredibly deserving of the happiness and love they have found. They are kind and gentle, and their joy is truly contagious.

I adore this wedding because this couple has such a cute, individual style that reads as beautifully queer, and also because the happiness and joy of their union is so palpable in the photos. These women are so inspiring! 

Words and photos by Lisa25

 Milwaukee Road Clocktower
 Couple smiling and embracing
 Two pairs of white Converse shoes side by side
 Overlapping hands with engagement rings
 Person looking at bracelets
 Smiling couple gazing at camera
 Couple holding up rings together
 Brides greeting guests
 Tying bowtie for bride
 Tying a tie for bride
 Friend with hand on bride's cheek
 Brides posing with young guest
 Couple outside on city sidewalk
 Couple kissing
 Couple gazing at camera, black and white photo
 Couple strolling down sidewalk holding hands
 Couple posing against brick wall
 Bride kissing bride's cheek
 Couple posing against railing
 Closer photo of couple posing against railing
 Couple holding hands at wedding venue
 Brides at altar with seated guests watching
 Couple reading vows
 Couple kissing at wedding ceremony
 Couple cutting cake
 Couple dancing


Lisa Venticinque (aka Lisa25) is a portrait and wedding photographer based in Saint Paul, MN.  Her life’s work is to reflect her subjects' individual beauty and to tell their stories in an authentic and personal way.  She considers herself a citizen of the world and finds joy in the resplendent diversity of human expression and experience.