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Yesterday, we launched our seventh e-magazine, WeddingWire’s WinterBook 2015. As you can tell by the cover, it’s real-life models Alexia and Nate from the rustic winter farm styled shoot inside. Did you think we would forget real weddings? There are also three of those too. But that’s not all — check out our exclusive 50 fresh ideas that haven’t completely taken over Pinterest yet (bye mason jars and burlap bunting!), learn how to style your decor with patterns such as chevron, stripes, florals, and polka dots, or search for that dream dress and everything that goes along with it. Plus, six ways to keep your guests cozy and how to create the best impression with invitations. Need help finding your venue or picking the soundtrack to your reception? We’ve got 20 gorgeous ballrooms, and six different DJ playlists to suit your style. You can ever persue the 14 most-asked tough etiquette questions, all answered from pros across the country, or stalk the top trending survey results from couples who got married in 2014. Bonus: A wedding planning timeline inforgraphic. And last but not least read up why your wedding will be better than the Oscars. You’re welcome!

Classic Black-Tie Summer Ballroom Wedding in Minnesota

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 17, 2014

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Megan and Dan were married at the Saint Paul Hotel in Saint Paul, Minn. on June 29. “We knew we wanted a hotel, so we could do everything in one place,” Megan said. “The Saint Paul Hotel was classic and beautiful and didn’t require much additional decoration. It was perfect!” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart satin fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorised with her hair half-up/half-down in braided loose curls, a lace capelet, and a pair of Badgley Mischka rhinestone peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a polka dot tie. Bridesmaids wore long black chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of garden roses, ranunculuses, hydrangeas, and astilbes. Before the ceremony, the coupe opted for a first look and decided to take portraits in front of a mural with music celebrity stars like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Edward Sharpe & The Magnet Zeros, The Ramones, and Tracy Chapman. “I think about Dan and I sitting at the reception and looking around the room,” she said. “We were so overwhelmed and overjoyed that all these people had come from near and far to celebrate us. It was a very surreal moment.” Tables were decorated with striped linens, tall hurricane vase centerpieces dripping with crystals, and votive candles. Dinner and dessert was one of the most important aspects. After all, it was at a private cooking class where Dan proposed. “Food is one thing that really brought us together and cemented our relationship,” Megan said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Getting a planner for the day-of if you can,” she said. “Our planner from Premier Planning was fantastic and she really eased our stress and was beyond helpful in helping us plan and execute our day.”

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Photography: Erin Johnson Photography | Venue: Saint Paul Hotel | Event Planner: Jennifer Orton | Dress Store: Venus | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Jewelry: Treasures Unlimited | Hair and Makeup Artist: Creative Beaute Agency | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss | Officiant: Joey Alvarez | Invitations: Mimosa Digital | Floral Designer: A Day in Provence | Rentals: Avant Decor | Cake:: Buttercream Cakes & Desserts | DJ: Nat Morse 

Eclectic Hay Loft Style Shoot

Posted by Jeffra on Feb 16, 2012

So how does it come about to do a style shoot in the loft of a barn? Erin Johnson, the photographer, explains:

“I asked Carly, from Girl Friday, to set-up an inspiration shoot. I told her I just wanted to show up and be suprised. Well, I was suprised alright! She called on some of our favorite people in our area…and pretty soon it was getting so big she split the shoot into two themes with two sets of models! This is the first theme. We’re calling it “eclectic hay loft wedding.” It’s inspired by Carly’s love of books, fonts, black and white stripes and her pug, Hank.  Carly hung a 9ft story banner between dark brown curtains.”

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Minneapolis Pink & Green Wedding

Posted by Jeffra on Sep 27, 2011

Margaret & John

June 2010

Minneapolis, MN

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{Photographer: Erin Johnson Photography | Caterer: Thee Sous | Reception Venue: Columbia Manor | Wedding and Bridesmaid Dress Store: Wedding Shoppe Inc.}

Real Modern Summer Wedding: Erin + Eric

Posted by Jeffra on Mar 23, 2011

Erin + Eric
August 2009
St. Paul, Minnesota

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