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.
There is some minor one to three inches of snow accumulation expected at WeddingWire HQ today! As our editors type away at our desks, we hope you cuddle up on the couch (on your day off) to look at our WinterBook 2015, especially this rustic styled shoot set on a Midwestern farm. Bonus: You will get some helpful planning tips too! For example, when it comes to your outfits, accessorize with seasonal colors like green, brown, ivory, and blue. Brides may want to add a faux fur coat and tights underneath, while grooms may want to add a tweed jacket with a sweater vest underneath. Or when it comes to the menu, it should be as inviting as the venue. Serve roasted portobello mushroom Caesar salad, butternut squash bisque, and lemon-raspberry chicken. Read more here.
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.”
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.”