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Surprise 40th Birthday Party

I’m one of those people that sort of tries to pretend like my birthday doesn’t exist. The only surprise party I’ve ever had was when I turned 16 years old and my friends decorated my new car in maxi pads. I know! Anyway, I think that my tunes are a-changing after devouring this absolutely beautiful, girly goodness of a party that was hosted by some of the most talented wedding ladies around at White Peacock Styled Events! Click here to see the whole gallery with images by La De Da Photography.

We wanted to throw a chic surprise 40th birthday party, giving the classic girly tea party a sophisticated spin while transforming an unassuming space into something extraordinary. We used a white color palette to make everything feel crisp and elevated, while having soft frills of tassels around the room and small pops of pastel pinks and gold. We decided on hosting it at L’atelier Couture Bridal Boutique which is not only stunning in itself, but allowed us to be surrounded by white gowns galore!

We set a formal dining table in the middle of the space and draped tassels from the ceiling to create a grand entrance. The room’s celebratory look was topped off with several white paddle balloons floating throughout the space. The brick walls contrasted perfectly with our feminine decor, making the whole place feel city chic rather than over-the-top. We made sure our table setting was decadent, placing individual bottles of rose wine at each spot, with a place-card tag attached to each bottle. Gold accents were used in the table settings and we simply spread the center of the table with florals.

We served classic tea party fare, including scones, chicken salad and various tea sandwiches. Draping a beautiful flower garland over the birthday girl’s chair made her place extra special! A couple of different stations were placed around the rest of the room, including a tea bar for hot sips, a bubble bar stocked with champagne, and dessert tables full of cake and French macaroons. We had all of the guests dress in white to continue the girly, opulent feel of the party. These instructions were found on the party invitations, which were hand-delivered to each guests home. The invitations were written on scrolls and attached to a gorgeous frilloon (paddle balloon with tassels), brought to each girl’s door.

Everything came to life when the birthday girl arrived. She was overwhelmed by the space and the gathering of her dear friends. We gave her a flowered crown, popped some bubbly, and enjoyed the soiree to the utmost!

Photography: La De Da Photography | Event Styling: White Peacock Styled Events | Catering: Vine Knot Catering | Florals: Just Bloomed | Paper Goods: pretty girl designs | Rentals: Apres Party and Tent Rental | Venue: L'atelier Couture Bridal Boutique

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Minnesota Winter Wedding from Paper Antler Photography

So I might be the most unpopular person in the the blogosphere for this…but I’m fully looking forward to winter. Because to be totally honest, I’m the kind of girl who’d prefer cozying up by the fireplace to laying out on the beach any day of the week. Crazy. I know. So when my favorites from Paper Antler sent over this elegant winter wedding in the dead of summer, it felt a little like Christmas morning. And if you happen to be a cold weather lover like me, I’m oh-so-certain you’ll be happy spending this August day right here.

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From the Bride… My family’s home holds some of my most precious memories so we chose its country setting to set the tone for our wedding.  We paired this country house inspiration with our reception’s formal lakeside ballroom to create our French Country Formal theme.  The colors were held together by warm cream tones mixed with muted gold, as well as greyed blues and pinks.  We incorporated rich fabrics – a grandmother’s fur, velvet seats in a family sleigh, and brocaded lace.  To bring the “country” into our ballroom setting, we found handcrafted wood farm tables and adorned them with loads of votive candles next to reflective pieces – silver candelabras, gold vases, and mercury glass.  To soften the tables, we introduced full florals – heirloom English garden roses, hydrangeas, peonies and hints of soft greens.

Photography: Paper Antler | Wedding Venue + Catering: Lafayette Club | Floral Design: Katherine Bergman Floral Designs | Makeup: Shannon Darsow | Hair: Kristi Englemann of Beehive Salon | Wedding Dress: San Patrick via Always and Forever Bridal | Musician: Joel Bowers

Minneapolis Wedding from Brandon Werth Photography and Lemon + Lavender

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!

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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

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