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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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Alison & Benjamin

September 14

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

The reason we knew it was our venue immediately was because our first date was actually at the Varsity Theater. So really it was a no brainier for us.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

I loved the fact that we got to pick a personal message to have up on the marquee at the Varsity. When Ben proposed the song “Love Story” by Taylor Swift happened to be playing so it seemed  to be fitting to have it say “A Love Story Starring Ben and Alison” 

One of the other cool things the Loring Pasta Bar and Varsity Theater offered was signature cocktails. We got to come in and have a really fun day of tastings and concocting different drinks until we found two we really enjoyed! 

And of course our fantastic photographer. She truly captured the day and you can see that if you flip through her photos  of the day some of our family who were unable to attend said they really felt like they were there just by looking at them! 

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

Honestly one of the best moments was when I was tossing my bouquet and the girls…there is no other word for it but they went insane. A full dog pile complete with wrestling occurred after I did the toss. It was so great!

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Tasteful, Historic Library Wedding in Minnesota

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 16, 2012

Erica & Dan

June 9

St. Paul, 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?

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)!

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Mallary & Matt

August 27

St. Paul, Minnesota

Our Q&A with the Bride:

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!

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A Love Story at the State Fair

Posted by Jeffra on Oct 14, 2011

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.

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Photographer:  Amy Majors PhotographyEvent Venue:  MN State Fair

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