Sometimes we read the bride’s story and just know. Know she and her husband were like two puzzle pieces made for each other. A perfect fit. And then it’s a race to get to the images to see how perfectly their wedding complimented them. This was one of those weddings. Every detail from the invites (courtesy of Lemon + Lavender) to the fab florals from Munster Rose to the parting shot of the lovebirds looking over their reception was captured brilliantly by Brandon Werth Photography, and as luck would have it, we’ve got a whole gallery dedicated to these sweeties. Click here to see it!
From the stunning bride … I was a senior in college at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and decided to sign up for a J-Term to Hawaii last minute. Rough, right? Like many other stories in my life, that decision happened for a reason. A pretty cute guy happened to be on that trip too. After a few casual walks on Waikiki and a flirty bus ride to Pearl Harbor, the rest is history. We dated for five years and he proposed under the arches at St. Thomas (a Tommie alum tradition) in December of 2012.
Much like our fateful trip to Hawaii, our relationship has always been filled with moments of meaning and purpose. We are both passionate people who believe in celebrating heritage and pieces of life that make us who we are – our own puzzle per say. We knew our wedding would have to reflect this. Our engagement photos were shot at a Minneapolis cafe where my grandparents met, my veil was crafted out of my moms veil (my something old) and I wore both of my grandmothers’ wedding rings on my wedding day (something borrowed). These are just a few examples how we infused meaning and ‘us’ into our day.
The Calhoun Beach Club has always topped my list of wedding venues.The high ceilings, contemporary decor and views of Lake Calhoun can’t be beat. It was perfect. We chose to have a traditional Catholic ceremony and Holy Cross was a church that also had meaning – my paternal great grandfather help build it in the early 1900s and it’s the largest Polish church in Minneapolis (I’m of Polish heritage). It provided a stunning setting for our simple yet gorgeous ceremony.
Another priority for us was music. We literally wanted our guests to dance the night away and we knew a live band was the way to make this happen. The R Factor kept most of our 220 guests on their feet all night. The food was another highlight. D’Amico is notorious for delicious eats and impeccable service – and they met every expectation. From the professional staff to the details on every handmade cupcake, they were absolutely delightful.
Ben and I made it a priority to make every single guest feel welcome, comfortable and at ease. All day. My girls selected dresses that they felt best in, shuttles provided worry-free transportation for 80+ out of town guests and every hand-selected vendor made us feel like we were their only wedding of the year. Our priority was to ensure every decision felt like us – not our parents or friends. The pieces of life we value most are family, friends, purpose and love. Looking back, we know our wedding encompassed all of these. And that made it perfect.
Photography: Brandon Werth Photography | Ceremony Location: Church of the Holy Cross | Venue + Catering: Calhoun Beach Club | Floral Design: Munster Rose | Invitations: Lemon + Lavender | Wedding Stationary: Elissa Braun | Decor + Reception Design: Janet Garnaas, Twirl Events | Linens: Apres Party Rental | Band: The R Factor | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride’s Hairpiece: Tara LaTour | Bride’s Veil: L’Atelier Couture | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale, Flutter Boutique | Groom’s + Groomsmens’ Formalwear: Heimie’s Haberdashery | Day-of Coordination: Katelyn Nelson | Bridal Party Transportation: Renee’s Royal Valet