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Artsy Literary-Themed Fall Loft Wedding in Minnesota

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 24, 2015


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Amanda and Matt were married in a traditional ceremony at Lakewood Memorial Chapel followed by a reception at Aria in Minneapolis, Mn. on October 19. “We saw Aria early on, but we couldn’t think about anything else once we saw it,” Amanda said. “That space is what we love — urban, artsy, a bit gritty, decidedly contemporary, loads of brick, cavernous ceilings, and steel beams play against glam touches like crystal chandeliers and Warhol prints. It’s a former armory, then later theater space in the 1990s. It has a stage that’s illuminated with a sign that says, ‘The World Is Yours.'” Aria is a white hot venue in Minneapolis right now. Whereas, a year ago, when I would tell people about it, they would look at me blankly. Now they say, ‘Oh yes, Aria! How did you get in there?'” The bride wore a strapless mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, birdcage veil, bow peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, anemones, and ferns. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official. “As crazy and nervous as it all was with everyone looking at us, we were focused only on each other and pouring our hearts out,” she said. Tables were decorated with white linens, pink napkins, mercury glass vase and vessel centerpieces, and votive candles, surrounded by chiavari chairs. Each one was named after a renowned actor, actresses, and writer such as: Ethel Merman, Mel Brooks, Langston Hughes, and T.S. Eliot. A donut bar opened concluding dinner. “That and later on, watching everyone dance in sweaty, happy circles,” Amanda said. “We were always looking forward to that dance party. We wish we could have a dozen more wedding dance parties.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Stay true to the things that matter to you,” she said. “The wedding is a reflection of the two of you as a couple, and (in a perfect world) it should be just that. A celebration of your love, a showcase of your personalities, a chance to bring all the people in your lives in around your to share in it. It’s a rare and special moment. The details matter, but they shouldn’t drive you crazy. Also, other people will want to be involved to varying degrees in your planning. Let them have their role if it’s important to them and you’re able to. They will really appreciate it. And think of ways to let the people in your life with special skills and resources contribute (the budding designer friend, the aunt with an eye for table settings, etc.).” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon.

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Photography: Erin Johnson Photography | Videography: Erik Janzen | Ceremony Venue: Lakewood Memorial Chapel | Reception Venue: Aria | Event Planner: Lasting Impressions Weddings | Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier | Hair Stylist: Amberlee Rehbein of Moxie Hair Salon | Makeup Artist: Beth Novak | Officiant: Erik Borg | Invitations: Megan James Design and Catalyst Graphics | Floral Designer: Luna Vinca | Caterer: Chowgirls | Donuts: Glam Doll Donuts | DJ/Lighting: Instant Request DJ Entertainment | Transportation: Renee’s Royal Valet 

Artsy, Eclectic Cafe Wedding in Toronto

Posted by Alexandra on May 30, 2013

Katie & Dan

May 18

Toronto, Canada


Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We always loved frequenting this café, and when we were searching for a venue, the funky atmosphere of Balzac’s came straight to mind. We love its eclectic art and its Victorian Industrial charm.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Absolutely loved the flower arrangements and bouquets with their vintage garden vibe. The donought cake – loved having “coffee and doughnuts” since we were in a café. Combining our two passions of photography and videography into one multimedia presentation that traced our history and life together along with including in it all of our guests at the wedding.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Try to enjoy the planning as much as you can. You don’t realize how special that part is until it’s over. On the day of, forget everything and bask in the moment. It’s hard to take it all in, so consider investing in a videographer so you can relive the day when it’s all over. 

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Seeing each other for the first time before the ceremony and having the nerves instantly melt away.



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