1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
The amazing architecture, high ceilings and floor to ceiling bookshelves immediately sold us on the James J. Hill Library. I knew from the moment I saw it, I had to get married there.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Our flowers were incredibly gorgeous and were exactly what I wanted. 2. Personal touches that went with the library theme from a dictionary guest book to old library card drawers that contained our name cards (all of which I could not have done without the help of my Mom!) 3. Our photographer set-up a photo booth with props, which was the hit of the reception!
3. Give us the one moment from your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about.
Dan and I picked three songs to start our ceremony: first, for my grandma and our parents; second, for our groomsmen and bridesmaids; last, for my dad and I. When the first song started, I was so overcome with emotion that I almost couldn’t breathe, but as the songs transitioned, and I walked down the aisle with my dad, I knew that the day was going to be even better than I could have hoped for (and it was)!
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Downtown St. Paul in general is so charming and our selected venues (Cathedral of St. Paul and the St. Paul Hotel), in my opinion, are the two staple ‘landmarks’ of the city. I wanted my guests to have that same ‘take your breath away’ moment that Matt and I had when we ﬁrst drove up to the church. It’s a dramatic, visual masterpiece and you literally get chills just being there.
The European inspired elegance of the St. Paul Hotel and the old-world charm of Rice Park seemed to be the perfect ﬁt to our French vintage inspired decor theme and our taste, in general. Not to mention, the staff the most professional, friendly and accommodating group of people. They were so fun to work with and made our decision easy.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
Does my cute husband count? If I have to choose decor elements then I would choose the insane ﬂoral design, both the ribbon-adorned altar arrangements at the ceremony and the French details, like the paper flowers made from Parisian love poems mixed with the floral arrangements at the reception. Also, the candelabras – my mom and friends hand-glazed and hand-strung every crystal onto each one. And I loved the vintage mirror with the guests’ table assignments. It was a mirror from my mom’s bedroom, and the guests’ names were done in die-cut details.
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
You can plan, plan, plan, but just let it go the day of! Remember at the end of the day, as long as you got married you had a successful wedding. Flowers will droop, shoes will break, spills will happen and your goofy cousin will get too drunk… but you got married (hopefully to the man/woman of your dreams) and that’s truly all that matters!
This couple got married the previous year and did a style shoot for Amy Majors Photography at the local state fair in St. Paul, Minnesota this past summer. We love the use of the black and white photos in a setting we naturally think of as colorful. It makes everything so romantic and timeless.