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Creative Cooking-Themed Summer Wedding in Minnesota

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 19, 2013

Stacie & Mike

July 7

Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

We wanted a unique space for both our ceremony and reception. The Depot Minneapolis is actually part of the original Milwaukee Railroad Depot that was built in 1899. It was historic and classy and fit our formal wedding perfectly.

The space is so beautiful that it really didn’t require much transformation. We were able to have our guests escorted out of the ceremony space after the ceremony with butler-passed champagne, and 15 minutes later, cocktail hour began in the flipped space. An hour later, our guests walked through the three sets of double doors that led to the Great Hall where we had our reception. The fact that the reception space opened up to our ceremony space sealed the deal for us, as we knew it would be a seamless transition for all of our guests (especially convenient for all of our out-of-town guests, staying at the adjoining hotels).

Oh, and The Depot staff allowed our boxer (and my maid of honor), Mali, to be a part of our ceremony. We weren’t saying “I do” without our fur baby there!

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorite?

1. Food-It’s a passion we share, so we wanted to incorporate that theme throughout our day.

2. Wine ceremony-We placed notes to each other in a box, alongside a bottle of wine to be opened on our first anniversary.

3. Father-daughter dance to “Hang on Sloopy,” a true, Buckeye tradition, that is sung at all Ohio State sporting events. My parents are alumni.

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding you can’t stop thinking about. 

Because of the way we timed the reception, our entire band had not yet arrived in time for our first dance, so we couldn’t dance to the live version of “You Are The Best Thing,” by Ray LaMontagne. I was fine with that, as we wanted to get everyone on the dance floor as soon as dinner and the speeches were over. Much to our surprise, toward the end of the night, our band asked all of our guests to make a giant circle around us. They began playing our first dance song. We were overwhelmed by being surrounded by all of the people that brought us to that day. We felt so incredibly loved at that moment (even though be broke into the sprinkler during the song to make everyone laugh). It was such a special moment, and we have no pictures of it, so the memory is all we’ve got!

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