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donae cotton photography

Afton , MN
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LOCATION

14925 Afton Boulevard S
Afton, MN 55001 US (map)

PHONE

651-436-3331

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ABOUT US

Every wedding I photograph has it's own unique twist. No two weddings are the same. Your photographs need to reflect who you are as a couple. The way you smile at each other, gel... Read more
Every wedding I photograph has it's own unique twist. No two weddings are the same. Your photographs need to reflect who you are as a couple. The way you smile at each other, gel together, that bond you have, the excitement on your faces along with very tiny detail of your wedding and to keep the entire day upbeat, drama free and above all FUN! One day when you are old and grey and you're sitting in your rocker on your front porch sipping tea (or bourbon! - whatever your choice may be), when you flip through your photos, I want you to grin from ear to ear as you remember every detail of your super duper wedding day!

Below are my 3 packages that I offer. If you need help in deciding which package is right for you, let's chat. It would be 'just swell' to be your wedding photographer!
Flirty - $2,100- 6 hours of coverage Sassy - $2,899 - 8 hours of coverage The "Diva" $3,599 - 12 hours of coverage
All packages include:
Donae as the Lead Photographer accompanied by a fabulous, professional 2nd shooter Editing and Retouching of Images (6-8 weeks turnaround after your wedding day) A High-Res Thumb Drive of ALL Wedding Photos with a Release for Printing Private Online Gallery of Wedding Images to share with your family and friends (low resolution) Unlimited phone calls, coffee dates and brainstorming sessions to PERFECT that wedding day! *1 hour Engagement Session 50 free miles of travel {additional miles @ 0.60 per mile}
If you do not see a package that fits your budget, I do offer a'la carte pricing of $350 per hour. My a'la carte pricing is not available on Saturdays during peak wedding season (May thru September), however if I am open on your wedding day and your wedding has a short booking window, it may be a possibility. Contact me and let's chat! You never know until you TRY! ;)

**I am available for travel out of State and worldwide**

*Engagement sessions do not add monetary value to your package. These sessions are an opportunity to get to know each other and for you to use the images from the session for a wedding slideshow, save the date cards, announcements, printing etc. The Engagement session occurs before your wedding and cannot be redeemed for a shoot after your wedding has occured. The Engagement Session cannot be tagged onto your Wedding in the form of an extra "free" hour. Rock the Frock sessions are $375 per hour.

Want to add a "whimsical un-booth" to your wedding reception?

We'll set up a fun backdrop, provide the booth with props from hats to mustaches to signs to frames (the options here are endless), professional lighting and a fun, outgoing photographer to capture the wild, crazy and hilarious shots of your guests. The booth opens after your dinner/speeches/1st dance and will last until the end of the evening that you have contracted with Donae Cotton Photography. The Gallery for your whimsical booth is posted to your Facebook page for all your guests to enjoy and download at their leisure as well as posted to an online gallery. The cost is $400! (it's a steal btw!)

A $600 non-refundable retainer is required, along with a signed contract to secure your wedding date.

A' LA CARTE wedding items may be added on to any package and include:
Designing and Printing of an Engagement Album for guests to sign at your Reception Wedding Albums Hi Res copy of your Engagement Photos onto a Thumbdrive Additional Hours added onto your Wedding Day Coverag Read less
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PHOTOS

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Christine
Wedding:
1/23/2015
5.0/5.0
Donae was so wonderful to work with! My wedding party had so much fun working with her. She made everyone feel comfortable and ensured everyone had a great time during pictures.
She gets your photos to you in a timely matter, her prices are super competitive, and she is very professional.
I can't wait to work with her again in the future!
Donae was so wonderful to work with! My wedding party had so much fun working with her. She made everyone feel comfortable Read more...
Donae was so wonderful to work with! My wedding party had so much fun working with her. She made everyone feel comfortable and ensured everyone had a great time during pictures.
She gets your photos to you in a timely matter, her prices are super competitive, and she is very professional.
I can't wait to work with her again in the future! Read less
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sasha
Wedding:
12/13/2014
5.0/5.0
wow! donae is amazing. she connected me to so many of my wedding vendors, making my time of wedding planning a breeze! we loved having her capture our wedding day for us. she was fun to have around and made us all feel so comfortable! having our photos taken by her was so easy. she guided us to make us all look our best and we LOVE LOVE LOVE our photos!! i am recommending her to all my friends! we loved her!!!! thank you donae!!!
wow! donae is amazing. she connected me to so many of my wedding vendors, making my time of wedding planning a breeze! we Read more...
wow! donae is amazing. she connected me to so many of my wedding vendors, making my time of wedding planning a breeze! we loved having her capture our wedding day for us. she was fun to have around and made us all feel so comfortable! having our photos taken by her was so easy. she guided us to make us all look our best and we LOVE LOVE LOVE our photos!! i am recommending her to all my friends! we loved her!!!! thank you donae!!! Read less
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Kimberly
Wedding:
5/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Donae is FABULOUS!!! I would highly recommend her to everyone who is tying the knot! Her value is so worth it! She takes your theme and puts it into action! I have never felt so beautiful in photos and my now husband loves the photos of himself as well!! Donae is VERY professional and such a fun woman to work with! Everyone in my family and wedding party loved her! We loved her! She is very flexible and such an AMAZING photographer! She worked with our difficult schedule the day of the wedding and made it so much fun! We love our wedding photos!!
Donae is FABULOUS!!! I would highly recommend her to everyone who is tying the knot! Her value is so worth it! She takes Read more...
Donae is FABULOUS!!! I would highly recommend her to everyone who is tying the knot! Her value is so worth it! She takes your theme and puts it into action! I have never felt so beautiful in photos and my now husband loves the photos of himself as well!! Donae is VERY professional and such a fun woman to work with! Everyone in my family and wedding party loved her! We loved her! She is very flexible and such an AMAZING photographer! She worked with our difficult schedule the day of the wedding and made it so much fun! We love our wedding photos!! Read less
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haleyjone
Wedding:
5/29/2011
5.0/5.0
Donae Cotton is the most amazing photographer I have ever had the pleasure to meet and work with. She is spunky, sassy and funny! Donae made it so easy for me, my new husband and our family and friends to be comfortable in front of the camera. She knows how stressful a wedding day can be and helped us relax with her humor. Donae was able to take creative, amazing pictures even though the lighting outside was not the best at times and she was able to take the most beautiful that night. Not only do I love Donae but my entire family fell in love with her as well. Her photo booth brought the fun side out of many of our guests and made for some classic pictures. We really appreciated being able to see pictures from the wedding as early as the very next day! We look forward to working with Donae in the future and recommend her services to everyone looking for a photographer.
Donae Cotton is the most amazing photographer I have ever had the pleasure to meet and work with. She is spunky, sassy and Read more...
Donae Cotton is the most amazing photographer I have ever had the pleasure to meet and work with. She is spunky, sassy and funny! Donae made it so easy for me, my new husband and our family and friends to be comfortable in front of the camera. She knows how stressful a wedding day can be and helped us relax with her humor. Donae was able to take creative, amazing pictures even though the lighting outside was not the best at times and she was able to take the most beautiful that night. Not only do I love Donae but my entire family fell in love with her as well. Her photo booth brought the fun side out of many of our guests and made for some classic pictures. We really appreciated being able to see pictures from the wedding as early as the very next day! We look forward to working with Donae in the future and recommend her services to everyone looking for a photographer. Read less
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Emma
Wedding:
5/14/2011
5.0/5.0
I was lucky enough to have Donae Cotton as my photographer for my wedding just 3 weeks ago! Donae and her assistant showed up almost 45 mins early so she was able to scope out the best places for pictures and were able to start on time. Donae made myself, my husband and our entire wedding party feel very comfortable during the million photos we took that day, and we actually had fun doing it! She also is willing to do ANYTHING to get the perfect shot! On the day of my wedding it was cold and windy and rained a little but I really wanted to get some outside pictures with my wedding party so we went out to the local park and in order to get an awesome picture Donae actually rolled up her pants and walked into the freezing water! She is absolutely fantastic and very dedicated! I also got a sneak peek of some of my wedding pictures just 2 days after my wedding! Everyone that attended my wedding was impressed with her and her talent! Thanks again Donae!!
I was lucky enough to have Donae Cotton as my photographer for my wedding just 3 weeks ago! Donae and her assistant showed Read more...
I was lucky enough to have Donae Cotton as my photographer for my wedding just 3 weeks ago! Donae and her assistant showed up almost 45 mins early so she was able to scope out the best places for pictures and were able to start on time. Donae made myself, my husband and our entire wedding party feel very comfortable during the million photos we took that day, and we actually had fun doing it! She also is willing to do ANYTHING to get the perfect shot! On the day of my wedding it was cold and windy and rained a little but I really wanted to get some outside pictures with my wedding party so we went out to the local park and in order to get an awesome picture Donae actually rolled up her pants and walked into the freezing water! She is absolutely fantastic and very dedicated! I also got a sneak peek of some of my wedding pictures just 2 days after my wedding! Everyone that attended my wedding was impressed with her and her talent! Thanks again Donae!! Read less
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allison
Wedding:
12/11/2010
5.0/5.0
Donae Cotton is an amazing photographer! We had a winter wonderland wedding in Duluth in December (yes, the day of the major blizzard in MPLS) and Donae did an amazing job of capturing the whole day for us. I would recommend Donae to anyone looking for a photographer! From the start, Donae was so easy to work with. We had a great time with our engagement shoot around the Stone Arch Bridge area. Donae made us feel comfortable right away and spent so much time with us to get so many fun shots. I absolutely love our engagement pictures! But I love the wedding ones even more!!! Donae spent so much time getting to know us and what we were planning for our big day. Her and her awesome assistant Jenn Kelly even came dressed in our wedding colors. It was perfect! LOVED the tiffany blue ties and sparkly headbands We had so much fun with the pictures before the ceremony. They thought of such fun ways to capture the day. I never imagined the formal church pictures to be some of my favorites! There are even some pictures that they took that I didn’t even know they were taking. They truly captured the excitement of the whole entire day! I could go on and on about how amazing Donae Cotton is. It has been 3 months since my wedding day…and I still look through our pictures all the time. She is a very talented photographer and such a fun person to be around. Thank you for everything Donae!
Allison and Brett
Donae Cotton is an amazing photographer! We had a winter wonderland wedding in Duluth in December (yes, the day of the Read more...
Donae Cotton is an amazing photographer! We had a winter wonderland wedding in Duluth in December (yes, the day of the major blizzard in MPLS) and Donae did an amazing job of capturing the whole day for us. I would recommend Donae to anyone looking for a photographer! From the start, Donae was so easy to work with. We had a great time with our engagement shoot around the Stone Arch Bridge area. Donae made us feel comfortable right away and spent so much time with us to get so many fun shots. I absolutely love our engagement pictures! But I love the wedding ones even more!!! Donae spent so much time getting to know us and what we were planning for our big day. Her and her awesome assistant Jenn Kelly even came dressed in our wedding colors. It was perfect! LOVED the tiffany blue ties and sparkly headbands We had so much fun with the pictures before the ceremony. They thought of such fun ways to capture the day. I never imagined the formal church pictures to be some of my favorites! There are even some pictures that they took that I didn’t even know they were taking. They truly captured the excitement of the whole entire day! I could go on and on about how amazing Donae Cotton is. It has been 3 months since my wedding day…and I still look through our pictures all the time. She is a very talented photographer and such a fun person to be around. Thank you for everything Donae!
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Erica
Wedding:
10/10/2009
5.0/5.0
You were great Donae. With you positive attitude towards my wedding it made me feel so much more excited just talking to you! Keep your sincere attitude and interest in photography and weddings as you grow in your business. That is what sold us! When talking/looking at other photographers it really felt like a "business" and I was the "customer". You made the experience feel personal and special. Also, your flexibilty in cost, sites, packages, everything is something that no one else offers. I am recomending you to anyone I know who is getting married!
You were great Donae. With you positive attitude towards my wedding it made me feel so much more excited just talking to Read more...
You were great Donae. With you positive attitude towards my wedding it made me feel so much more excited just talking to you! Keep your sincere attitude and interest in photography and weddings as you grow in your business. That is what sold us! When talking/looking at other photographers it really felt like a "business" and I was the "customer". You made the experience feel personal and special. Also, your flexibilty in cost, sites, packages, everything is something that no one else offers. I am recomending you to anyone I know who is getting married! Read less
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donae cotton photography responded with the following comments:

ahhh...thanks so much erica. i really appreciate it!
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gina_k
Wedding:
10/3/2009
5.0/5.0
Donae is seriously a ray of sunshine! She makes everyone feel comfortable in sometimes awkward situations. We laughed so much together. She has the ability to see things other definitley do not; which is why her photos turn out so well. She is an artist. I never want to lose touch with her because she is such a beautiful person inside and out. She will be my friend for life!
Donae is seriously a ray of sunshine! She makes everyone feel comfortable in sometimes awkward situations. We laughed so Read more...
Donae is seriously a ray of sunshine! She makes everyone feel comfortable in sometimes awkward situations. We laughed so much together. She has the ability to see things other definitley do not; which is why her photos turn out so well. She is an artist. I never want to lose touch with her because she is such a beautiful person inside and out. She will be my friend for life! Read less
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donae cotton photography responded with the following comments:

thanks gina!!! you and aaron were awesome to work with! your wedding was a ton of fun and i enjoyed admiring how much your wedding guests ADORED you! the memory of your grandmother on the dance floor will forever be with me and be one of my top 5 moments shooting a wedding. she's a doll! all the best for your marriage and let's get together for some tea soon! donae
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Jessica Kloss
Wedding:
9/20/2009
5.0/5.0
Donae's photography is truly one of a kind. She's a great person to work with and that shows in her pictures. Her photographs aren't just pictures of our day, somehow she was able to capture the emotions that my husband and I were feeling throughout the wedding and reception. She's reasonably priced, but she doesn't really have to be because what she created for us is priceless. Book her today!
Donae's photography is truly one of a kind. She's a great person to work with and that shows in her pictures. Her Read more...
Donae's photography is truly one of a kind. She's a great person to work with and that shows in her pictures. Her photographs aren't just pictures of our day, somehow she was able to capture the emotions that my husband and I were feeling throughout the wedding and reception. She's reasonably priced, but she doesn't really have to be because what she created for us is priceless. Book her today! Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
8/14/2009
5.0/5.0
Donae is great to work with. Very down to earth and very motivated to get good pictures. She provides you with hundreds of photos to look through so you're guaranteed to have a lot of wonderful photos. She was very organized yet open to our own suggestions of things we wanted for our wedding day.
Donae is great to work with. Very down to earth and very motivated to get good pictures. She provides you with hundreds of Read more...
Donae is great to work with. Very down to earth and very motivated to get good pictures. She provides you with hundreds of photos to look through so you're guaranteed to have a lot of wonderful photos. She was very organized yet open to our own suggestions of things we wanted for our wedding day. Read less
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donae cotton photography responded with the following comments:

thank you for your review rachel! appreciate it! your church venue was spectacular and your wedding party a ton of fun! stay in touch and regards to hank! donae

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