I cross my heart, hope to die, pinky promise that you are going to flip when you hear what’s coming. A Minneapolis Wedding. Photographed by Erica Loeks. Planned by Table 6 Productions. And turned into – wait for it – a stop motion wedding film. It’s awesome. Maybe the coolest thing I’ve seen. We love it. Every time we watch it (and that has been an innumerous amount of times) we just can’t help but dance. It’s fun, it’s adorable, and it’s all here for your viewing pleasure. But first, a little introduction to this sweet and unique fête.
From Table 6 … The Stop Motion Video project was the brainchild of the ever-talented photographer, Erica Loeks. With Heather & Derek being such a fun, in love, and up-for-anything kind of couple, they were the perfect subjects!
We met online, and later found out that we worked for the same company at the same time, graduated from the same program on the same day from the same college, and buried our grandfathers about 30 yards apart. There were so many times we should have met, but I guess fate was waiting for the right time!
The summer before we were engaged we kept ending up at outdoor festivals/events where there was always a rickety carnival type Ferris Wheel. I always wanted to ride the Ferris wheel for two reasons. First, it’s the only ride I don’t get sick on and second, there’s just something cute and vintagely romantic about them. Derek kept saying we should wait on go on a better one that was more stable and not assembled overnight, and that had a better view.
When Derek was in Chicago for a couple weeks on business, I flew out for the weekend. He did a good job of keeping quiet for two and a half days and then on Sunday when we went to Navy Pier, we rode the Ferris Wheel. He asked me to marry him at the top of it. He said “I’d get down on one knee, but it’s not safe in a Ferris Wheel cart!”
We picked the Profile Event Center because it had an old Hollywood style, but with modern amenities, and seemed to fit our vision so well. The inspiration for our wedding was Vintage Glam using the colors navy blue (for Navy Pier), ivory and gray. Handmade details were important to us and we had help from so many people to make it come true!
Music was a huge part of our wedding too. We did not use any traditional music. I walked down the aisle to Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love,” as it was a song that Derek had said made him think of me. As you can see, we tried to incorporate the most personal of touches into our day. My sister did all the design work for our invitations, save the dates, programs and other paper goods. It was so fun to have her be such a big part of it.
My grandmother made her famous marzipans that she only makes for graduations and weddings. I’ve always been obsessed with them and told her that I was going to stage a fake wedding just to have some, but luckily I didn’t have to. We all helped make them, so Derek and I learned how to make them to keep the tradition alive someday. My grandfather passed away the month before the wedding, and so my Grandma lended me a special brooch he had bought her to tie onto my bouquet. That way, he was holding my hand while I walked down the aisle.
Wedding Photography, Stop Motion Film Creative Director: Erica Loeks Photography / Cinematography, Stop Motion Film Shooter & Post Production: Dallas Currie Productions / Wedding Coordination: Table 6 Productions / Makeup & Hair: Brett Dorrian Artistry / Portraits Location: Kitty Cat Klub / Paper Pieces: Heidi Ocel / Ceremony & Reception Location: Profile Event Center / Dress: Allure Bridals / Mens Suiting: Express / Bride’s Hair Piece: Brides of France / Bride’s Bouquet: Best Wishes Floral / Bridesmaid Dresses: Macy’s, The Wedding Shoppe, & Wedding Chapel Bridals / Cupcake Deserts: Cake Box Bakery / Marzapan: Bride’s Grandmother