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Modern Gold + Pastel 1st Birthday Party Filled with DIYs

Turning one is kind of a big deal, and this little lady knew exactly how to celebrate. Don’t you wish we could all do this on our birthdays? But seriously, her sweet soiree is filled to the brim with so much goodness thanks to Anastasia HaqqLilia Flower BoutiqueFarina Bakeshop and team. See more from Meg Cooper Photography this way in The Vault!

To capture Ava’s curious and adventurous spirit we wanted to throw her a 1st birthday that was filled with creation, play and discovery. We decided to throw a fun gold and pastel themed DIY soiree. Guests were invited to an afternoon of bubbly, light-bites, cake and plenty of fun DIY projects. The party took place at Labmpls, a creative workshop space in downtown Minneapolis. The white lofted space with large windows overlooking Loring Park provided the perfect backdrop for an afternoon of play and creativity. Guests noshed on brunch bites of yogurt parfaits, mini quiches, scones, caramel rolls, and macaroons. There was a make your own mimosa- “bubbly bar” with plenty of mixers and non-alcoholic options for the little ones. A fun play area with a tepee, plenty of plush animals and toys was the perfect spot for children to play. Guests made silly faces and used playful props in the pastel themed photo booth. Each table had a DIY art supply station complete with pretty pastel art supplies. Adults and children spent the afternoon painting and creating birdhouses, succulent planters and original pieces of art. We wrapped up the special day with a pretty pastel and gold cake…complete with a mini smash cake for little Ms. Ava.

Photography: Meg Cooper Photography | Floral Design: Lilia Flower Boutique | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Farina Bakeshop | Paper Flowers: Jeanette Patenaude designed them and they were produced by Paper Source | Photobooth: Time Into Pixels Photo Booth | Tissue Garland And Photo Banner: Anastasia Haqq

Elegant Calhoun Beach Club Wedding

There is always something I automatically gravitate to when first opening a gallery of images. But you know what pulled me in immediately with these gorgeous images by Matt Lien Photography? The way he looks at her. And the way she looks at him. So when you add in the stunning florals from Munster Rose and too many fabulous details to count, you can guarantee by the end I’ve turned into complete wedding mush. See even more in the VAULT.



From The Bride…Stephen and I wanted our wedding to be a representation of our love, who we are, and who we will be as husband and wife. We absolutely loved the planning process! We enjoyed going to Starbucks on a nightly basis to discuss anything ranging from our vows to what kind of charger plates to use. We only went to look at one venue, and knew right away that the Calhoun Beach Club was where we wanted to get married. The classic, elegant, and sophisticated look of the venue was both modern and traditional. This was exactly what we were looking for.

This classic, romantic, and timeless feeling was the overall theme for our special day. Our color scheme included shades of blush, ivory, green, and gold. For our ceremony, I walked down the fairytale staircase at Calhoun Beach Club where my soon to be husband was waiting for me under our beautiful floral trellis. Our 200 guests enjoyed the string quartet that played during our ceremony and outside on the terrace for cocktail hour.

During cocktail hour, guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres outside on the terrace while overlooking Lake Calhoun. We offered signature His and Her drinks. His was Stella and Hers was a Cosmopolitan. Guests also enjoyed our Bubbly Bar, which included an assortment of champagnes chilled with floral ice cubes created by Munster Rose.

We placed an assortment of vintage mirrors throughout our venue that were used for our bar menu, guestbook sign, and our hash tag sign. Rosann Konieczny did the calligraphy on the vintage mirrors, which brought a stylish and classic look. Stephen and I had fun going to various antique shops and boutiques throughout Minnesota to find the perfect mirrors!

During the reception, we had a photo booth provided by Matt Lien Photography with a stunning floral backdrop designed by Munster Rose. Our favors were bags of coffee beans from Dogwood Coffee. On the packaging was the story of us and how we first met.

Our day was so special and was such a perfect representation of our love. Everything came together so perfectly thanks to our family, friends, and amazing vendors!

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Photography: Matt Lien Photography | Cinematography: Capture Studios | Floral Design: Munster Rose | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang, Beverly Hills | Stationery: Paperista | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Calhoun Beach Club | Hair + Makeup: emily j. hair + makeup | Calligraphy: Rosann Konieczny Calligrapher | Lighting: Phos Events | DJ: Instant Request | Groom's Attire: Dolce & Gabbana | String Quartet: Alpine String Quartet | Venue: Calhoun Beach Club | Groom's Shoes: Prada | Linen Rentals: Linen Effects

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Abby Capalbo

Design, Styling, Parties
SPG Weddings

Destination weddings are fabulous, that goes without saying. But a destination wedding at one of SPG Weddings’ stunning resorts?  An entirely new level of awesome.  Think breathtaking affairs in gorgeous locales like Walt Disney World, the Caribbean and the always vibrant NYC.  It’s the wedding you’ve always dreamt of, all wrapped up in amazing customer service and high-end luxury.

With SPG Weddings, you’re not just saying “I do” to the love of your life… you’re treating your guests (and yourself!) to a weekend of pure pampering with a stunning list of properties that pride themselves on going above and beyond your every expectation.  Picture celebrating your I do’s with a rooftop reception overlooking Central Park at Le Parker Méridien New York, sharing that first kiss as a newly betrothed duo at Manhattan’s premiere locale, the St. Regis New York (hello, 15,000 square feet of function space) or dancing the night away in turn-of-the-century fashion at the W New York – Union Square, a breathtaking property in the Landmark 1911 Beaux-Arts building that happens to house the Great Room, a restored bank vault that is the definition of opulence. It’s perfectly curated cuisine meets beyond yummy cocktails meets SPG Weddings’ Whatever/Whenever® service.  Making a statement on your wedding day has never been so easy.

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Image Credits (Top to Bottom): Le Parker Méridien New York + W New York – Union Square + St. Regis New York + The Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort + W Minneapolis – The Foshay