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Romantic Minneapolis Summer Wedding

Hey there Munster Rose, it’s Liz over here, totally crushing on your beautiful bouquets at this summer celebration. I could stare all day and with the combined forces of Rock Paper Scissors and Denae Brennan Weddings & Events, we’re in wedding wonderland. Jeff Loves Jessica snapped it all for us to gush over and if a picture is worth a thousand words, we have millions of goodies to enjoy right here.

Beach Resort

From Denae Brennan Weddings & EventsMolly and Marc reside in New York City but chose to get married in Molly’s hometown of Minneapolis. The clean lines and elegance of the Calhoun Beach Club provided the perfect backdrop for their modern and fresh wedding day. The happy couple was all smiles from start to finish and their energy was absolutely contagious. Jackie from Munster Rose provided gorgeous pops of color against the simple black and white palette of the wedding party.

Following the traditional Jewish ceremony, guests mingled while enjoying passed hors d’oeuvres like mini sliders and mini chicken tacos. When the ballroom opened, the Bruce Henry Band welcomed guests with a fast-paced set before dinner was served, setting the tone for the top priority of the reception: dancing! The band kept the dance floor packed all night, and when it was done a DJ finished out the night. The party truly went all night long with the happy newlyweds at the center of it all!

From the Bride… We were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend and have been together ever since. (Thanks again, Missy!) While we live in New York City, we knew right away that we wanted to get married in my hometown, Minneapolis.

We had a lot of guests from out of town, so we really wanted to make sure that they had an opportunity to explore Minnesota. We encouraged everyone to check out the lakes, bike trails, and State Fair, which was the same weekend as our wedding. It was incredibly special to have so many of our favorite people in Minneapolis, and we were pretty much bursting with happiness the entire weekend.

Planning the wedding long-distance meant that we were pretty reliant on my parents, who live in Minneapolis, and our vendors. Luckily, everyone was amazing! We had our rehearsal dinner at the Icehouse, which was a super fun (and delicious!) way to kick things off. We wanted the wedding itself to be elegant, simple, and really fun – and Calhoun Beach Club was perfect. Our florist, Jackie from Munster Rose, created beautiful arrangements and gave each of our flower girls a huge white dahlia to carry, which I loved! Our band, The Bruce Henry Band, made sure our guests danced their socks off and our wedding coordinator, Denae Brennan, made sure everything went off without a hitch.

All in all, it was the greatest of great weekends, and we feel so lucky to have had so many wonderful friends and family there to celebrate with us.

Photography: Jeff Loves Jessica | Event Coordination: Denae Brennan Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Munster Rose | Wedding Dress: Kathryn Conover | Invitations: Paper Rock Scissor | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: D'Amico Catering | Hair: Trés Jolie Salon | DJ: Instant Request | Band: Bruce Henry Band | Wedding Venue: Calhoun Beach Club | Ceremony Musicians: Laurels String Quartet

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Southern Charm Meets Northern Elegance Wedding Inspiration

Since SMP was born in Boston, we’re always partial to a New England wedding, but I always find myself a sucker for some good old fashioned Southern charm. Laura Ivanova Photography captured all the North-meets-South pretty in this wedding inspiration shoot, from Sadie’s Couture Floral‘s stunningly soft floral arrangements, to the gorgeous tabletop decor from Weddingstar Inc., and we’ve got it all in the gallery here!

From This Love WeddingsFor this styled celebration we wanted to incorporate Southern charming traditions while having a fun Northern flair. We knew the Calhoun Beach Club would be the perfect setting-– it’s such a clean, sleek, and swanky beach club. We were lucky enough to work with the extremely talented Laura Ivanova who captured every bit of this simple, classic affair.

The Bride wore the gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown, Candy from L’Atelier Couture paired with a cathedral veil and Badgley Mischka peep toe pumps. Shades of gold, blue and white were the perfect recipe for the warm and inviting soiree that included mini pecan tarts at each place setting and a sweet tea bar. Gretchen Berry Design Co. created a custom designed invitation suite with a delicate touch that we can’t help but swoon over. A monogram is also seen throughout all elements: from the paper goods to the two-tier cake. Piecing it all together, Sadie’s Floral fashioned some of the most beautiful bouquets, garlands, and lush centerpieces to create a posh look.

Photography: Laura Ivanova Photography | Event Planning and Design: This Love Weddings | Floral Design: Sadie's Couture Floral & Event Styling | Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier – Candy From L'atelier Couture Bridal | Cake: D'Amico Catering | Stationery: Gretchen Berry Design Co. | Hair and Makeup: Melissa Taylor of The Beauty Lounge | Wedding Venue: Calhoun Beach Club | Bridesmaids' Dress: After Six from Bella Bridesmaids | Décor: Weddingstar Inc. | Linens and Rentals: Apres Party and Tent Rental | Veil: L'Atelier Couture Bridal

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Letterpress 101

We’re talking about one of my absolute favorite topics today, SMPers. Letterpress is how I personally got my start in the wedding industry, so I can appreciate the love (and hard work!) that goes into the process, resulting in some of the prettiest wedding invitations you’ll ever set eyes on. So we teamed up with the lovely gals at Printerette Press and 2nd Truth to give you a behind the scenes peek at just how those gorgeous invites come to life.


From Printerette PressAt Printerette Press, when we work with clients to create custom designs, we begin the relationship with a consultation – in person or digitally. This is often one of the most fun parts of the process! We love getting to know our clients and piecing together the details that will soon become the perfect pieces for their event. We ask loads of questions (and sometimes they’re a little weird!) to really get to know the people and the event.

Sometimes our clients like to tweak designs from our existing collection to fit their wedding. Other times, we start from scratch to create fully custom pieces just for them. Beginning the design process is where we like to get our hands a little dirty! A lot of our invitation suites incorporate unique details like custom portraiture, hand lettering, watercolor details, etc. so this is the place for us to pull out the sketchbook, paint brushes, and anything else we need to get the creative juices flowing.

We communicate back and forth with our clients using digital proofs. And when the design is approved and ready, we move to print. We offer a few different print methods for our clients, but our most popular is the one that we do in-house: Letterpress.


After our design is approved by our client we are ready to go to print! (In the case of the example shown here, we first had the watercolor peonies digitally printed onto our paper before we begin the letterpress process.) The first step in the letterpress process is to make plates. Each color on a letterpress printed piece requires it’s own run through the press, and thus, it’s own plate. In the case of our wedding invitation example, we created a plate for the reply card and invitation (to be printed in gray), and another plate for the silver foil. So, the invitation will pass through the press twice (once for gray, once for silver foil), and the reply card will pass through just once (for the gray).

Plate making is something we just recently started doing, and let us say it’s been quite the learning experience. That being said, we’re very glad to be able to make them in-house. A well-made plate is one of the most essential pieces of a letterpress job. If you don’t have a good plate, you don’t have a good print. To make a plate, the design is printed in reverse on film and then adhered with suction to photopolymer plastic. Then, we expose it to light for several minutes. Once the design from the film has been exposed to the plastic, we wash away the unexposed plastic so that only our design remains. After drying and exposing the plastic to light one final time to harden the design, we are all set to print!


A Pantone color palette (a designer’s color Bible), provides the “recipe” for mixing each color. To mix the gray shown here, we mixed 80% transparent white, 19% black, and 1% red. Getting an ink color precisely correct can be a challenging task – so having a specific formula of a color is really important. That’s where the Pantone formula guide, and our super accurate scale comes in very handy.


One of the more difficult tasks a letterpress printer faces is perfectly lining up the plate to the area of the paper you need to print on (This is called “registration”). Getting everything straight, centered, aligned can take a few tries before we get it perfect. The more colors we have on a job, the more complicated the registration is because it requires that we register multiple plates.

Once the plates are set, it’s go time! Certain things to concentrate on are the amount of pressure + packing you have behind the paper. This allows you to either gently tap the paper, or punch it harder to get a deep impression. We like to print with a really nice, deep impression. To look really letterpress-y, you know?

We have a couple of presses at Printerette Press. The bulk of our jobs are printed on the Heidelberg Windmill, pictured here. The windmill pulls each sheet into it’s clam-shell, prints it, and spits it out on the other side in a windmill motion. It’s very fast, very efficient, and sometimes a little scary. After all of the steps in printing are finished, we trim them up using our stack paper cutter and voila! a handcrafted wedding suite that beautifully sets the tone for our client’s wedding.


It is a largely hand done process on antique equipment that yields a texturally luxurious and one of a kind finished product.


Each color on a letterpress job requires it’s own run through the press, and it’s own plate. The more colors, the more materials and production time. Digital printing definitely will save on costs due to the less involved printing process. While you can achieve more colors with digital printing, the process is often called “flat” printing, because the final result includes no textural qualities and requires less hands on production. We specialize in letterpress but offer both methods to cater to all kinds of budgets.


The metallics that you often times see on invitations is an entirely different process called foil stamping. A main difference is when it comes to the color gold for example. If a bride wants pure gold, we typically suggest the route of foil stamping due to the fact that gold letterpress ink typically looks more bronze because it lacks the metallic effect that foil stamping has to offer. The combination of foil stamping and letterpress is unbelievably gorgeous and has quickly become a trending request in our shop.


The process is incredibly customizable. We specialize in quirky designs that speak to each and every client that we work with. We have a collection of suites to provide brides with a stepping stone, but are always open to tweaking these existing designs, or creating something entirely new!


The paper we use is 100% cotton. It is a bi-product of the textile industry and is made up of cotton linters that would otherwise be garbage. We also use soy based inks.


As soon as the design is approved to print it typically takes around 15 business days for production.


We pride ourselves in working hands on with our brides to ensure that we can figure out ways of keeping everything in their budget. By working with different print methods and materials, we are able to accommodate nearly any budget.

Photography: 2nd Truth | Stationery: Printerette Press | Venue: Printerette Press | Design Studio + Letterpress Print Shop: Printerette Press

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