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Bridesmaid Soiree Inspiration Shoot

A celebratory gathering of girlfriends is always a welcome idea around these parts. So when Whitney Furst shared this sweet bridesmaids’ soiree bursting with pretty like you wouldn’t believe…we couldn’t say YES fast enough. Blush & WhimA Day In Provence and a whole crew of talented helpers brought the vision to life, and the result is a whole gallery full of fabulous.

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Spring
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Studio
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Modern

From Whitney Furst Photography… Ladies love to have fun, let’s be honest! And my vision what just that. I wanted to see in this shoot bold colors, fun accessories (sun-glasses, purses, gifts) laughter and ladies having a great time before their bestie gets hitched.

I am a huge fan of details on your wedding day and am an even more super fan of shooting them. I encourage my couples to have fun with the details of their wedding day as this is an added personal touch to celebrate them as a couple. Have fun with those details with your girlfriends before you get married to your man. Take that added time for fun photos with your bestie. Share gifts, drink champagne and get pretty!

Photography: Whitney Furst Photography | Wedding Planner: Blush & Whim | Floral Design: A Day In Provence | Invitations: Kayd Roy | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Make-up: Sarah Elizabeth Artistry | Hair: Amber Rose Hair + Make-Up | Dessert: Cupcake | Gift Wrapping: Gourmet Gift Wrapping By Janna Krueger | Handbags: Ila Handbags | Rentals: Apres Party And Tent Rental | Robes: Comfy Clothing | Video: Whitney Furst Photography

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Classic Pink + Blush Wedding

Do you ever come across a wedding that is so perfect you feel like you might just need a little pinch to prove it? It’s layers of beautiful paper from Paperista upon layers of scrumptious details from Park Place Weddings & Events upon layers of love and happiness, and it’s beautifully captured by the talented Liz Banfield. There’s even a delish cake from Cocoa & Fig on top. In case you haven’t caught on, I’m talking about this perfect soiree.


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Summer
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Country Club

From the photographer… Marion and David’s love story began during Marion’s first days as a freshman at Brown University. David, an upperclassman and the older brother of Marion’s best friend, gallantly offered to “show her around.” Soon a romance bloomed. The couple became engaged years later when David proposed at home by hanging a diamond engagement ring on their Christmas tree.

Marion and her planner Stephanie Johnson of Park Place Planning set out to create a day that would suit Marion’s classic and timeless style. Though the couple resides in Florida, Marion knew from the beginning that she wanted to her wedding to take place in her home state of Minnesota, with a reception at the picturesque Woodhill Country Club where she spent the carefree summers of her childhood. The club’s rolling hills provided an ideal backdrop for the cocktail hour as well as views from the upper deck during the dinner and dance.

Since Marion and David were going to have many out of town guests, they prioritized showing everyone all the best that Minnesota has to offer. Upon arriving at the hotel, each guest received a thoughtful, comprehensive welcome box created by Park Place Planning. The box included colorful wayfarer-style sunglasses, mini Chandon champagne bottles, custom stir sticks, a crucial “recovery kit,” along with trail mix snacks and bottled water. The entire weekend was filled with parties so that everyone had multiple opportunities visit with the bride and groom. Since the wedding was happening during the Fourth of July week, they started off the festivities with a welcome party boat cruise around Lake Minnetonka, dining on ribs and chicken while watching the holiday fireworks over the water. The next night, they hosted their guests at a groom’s dinner at the historic Minneapolis Club. And after the wedding reception, everyone was invited to keep the party going after hours.

The wedding day began at the spacious and elegant Minneapolis bridal salon, L’Atelier Bridal Couture. Taking advantage of their “White Glove Service,” Marion and her ladies enjoyed a luxurious morning of pampering at this picture-perfect “getting ready” location. They spent the morning in the sun-lit space having hair done by Jon Charles Salon and makeup by Jett Makeup. Marion gifted her bridal party with matching robes from Plum Pretty Sugar for that extra touch of stylish comfort. The girls sipped Veuve Cliquot mimosas and noshed on gourmet snacks while getting ready. Marion was dressed in her classically elegant Vera Wang Luxe “Esther” gown from L’Atelier Bridal Couture. Marion and the ladies were personally styled by the owner, Amanda Kautt, before they were all whisked away to the church.

Following a traditional service, the wedding guests were led out of the church by a traditional bagpiper (honoring Marion’s Scottish heritage) and lined the majestic front stairs of St. Mark’s Cathedral for a celebratory send off as the just-married couple made their way to the 1956 Bentley S-1. The formal service now over, Marion transformed her dress by removing the lace jacket overlay which gave her a simple strapless silhouette suitable for dozens of congratulatory hugs (and the 90+ degree July temps!).

When it came to wedding details, Marion and David wanted to combine traditional wedding elements with thoughtful, personal details. The couple worked with Paperista owner Antoinette Ramos who designed a classic engraved gold monogram that tied together all the paper goods. Each engraved invitation included this stunning monogram and was personalized with a hand-calligraphed die-cut card and wrapped with a silk dupioni ribbon. The place cards echoed this design, each hand-calligraphed place card wrapping around a menu with gold engraved lettering. For the desert, Marion and David worked closely with Cocoa & Fig’s owner Laurie Pyle to design a five-tier wedding cake adorned with a cascade of fresh flowers and accented with “lace” frosting detail inspired by Marion’s gown.

Guests signed in with a Velvet Raptor guest book decorated with the couple’s monogram. The dining tables were punctuated by lush, classically white and pale pink tone centerpieces created by Jackie Just of Just Bloomed. Low arrangements of garden roses, hydrangea, and luscious peonies were balanced against stunning high floral pieces anchored on a dramatic crystal candelabras.

Following dinner and toasts the couple literally danced the night away, treating guests to an unforgettable musical performance from the Utah band Party Crashers complete with a Michael Jackson impersonator. The dance floor was still
completely full when it was time to send off the newlyweds. Guests lined up with sparklers, fitting for the 4th of July holiday, to light the way as Marion and David hopped on transportation leading to their after party hosted at Graves 601 Cosmos bar.

The couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Italy, touring Positano, Ravello and Tuscany.

Photography: Liz Banfield | Videographer: John Hoel Of Vibrant Film | Event Planning: Park Place Planning And Events | Floral Design: Just Bloomed | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Cocoa & Fig | Ceremony Location: St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral | Reception: Woodhill Country Club (private) | Shoes: Oscar De La Renta | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair: Jon Charles Salon | Calligrapher: Rosann Konieczny | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | After Party: Graves 601 Cosmos Bar | Bridal Salon & Styling: L'Atelier Couture Bridal | Catering For "White Glove Service": France 44 | Classic Car, 1956 Bentley S-1: Gary's Collector Cars | Flower Girl Dress: Suzanne Lively Designs | Getting Ready Location: L'Atelier Couture Bridal | Guest Book: Velvet Raptor | Invitations, Menus, Programs (ALL Papergoods): Paperista | Linens & Rentals: Linen Effects | Makeup: Jett Makeup | Reception Band: Party Crashers | Ring Bearer Outfit: Suzanne Lively | Wedding Guest Hotel: Graves 601 | Wedding Guest Hotel: Westin Minneapolis

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School Themed Valentine’s Day Shoot

Oh, young love.  The days of Jr. High dances, passing notes and singing along earnestly to the newest Bryan Adams’ love song… I think we can all agree, Valentine’s Day was sooo awesome back then.  So this darling school-themed shoot from Jody SavageCocoa & FigSimply Loves and Paperista is, well… basically the best thing ever.  See it all right here.

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Winter
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School
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Romance

From Jody Savage Photography My stylist Shauna from Simply Loves and I wanted to design a shoot around the upcoming Valentine’s Day. We got to thinking about young love and when we were in school and received cute valentines from the boys we had crushes on and the idea for the shoot was born- centered around young, hopeful, innocent love.

We incorporated paper Valentine bags like when we were kids, but brought a sophisticated modern twist to it with the help of stationary extraordinaire Paperista. Overall we were going for a muted, romantic palate, not just the typical red or pink. We loved the light blue wedding gown Morgan was wearing and highlighted it with the invites and French ribbon on the table. Brent’s suit brought in the colors and textures in the invitations, flowers and ribbon.

We also wanted to bring in a bit of fun with the school theme by bringing in a chalkboard, desk, and globes. However, we played up the Valentine’s theme by adding a lovely backdrop of ribbon and bunting to reminisce about the school yard pretend marriages we had during recess- again with a sophisticated, romantic twist. We added chocolate hearts and tulips to surprise our lovely bride like many receive on Valentine’s Day from their loves.

Finally our table was just gorgeous and tied it in all together with the chalkboard slate table top, valentines bags on each place setting, chalkboard designs and beautiful flowers by the very talented Ashley Fox Designs.

And to top it all off Cocoa & Fig provided us with a number of different yummy desserts including macaroons, heart shaped pies, sugar cookies and a lovely icy white cake to go with our winter in Minnesota.

Photography: Jody Savage Photography | Event Planning: Simply Loves | Floral Design: Ashley Fox Designs | Invitations: Paperista | Hair & Makeup: Lisa Reinhardt Makeup & Hair Artistry | Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridal Wear: Bridal Bliss Designs | Chairs: Ruby's Rustic Rentals | Chalkboard & Desk: On Solid Ground Vintage Rentals | Dessert Favors: Cocoa & Fig | Men's Wear: Hammermade | School: Historic Chaska School House | Table: Shop 501 | Table Settings: Apres Party And Tent Rental

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