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A Brunch Wedding We Can Get Behind

Brunch is an invention that I got on board with a long time ago. Brunch + a gorgeous wedding that came together in a way that is not only absurdly lovely but that managed to pull a coffee and donut bar together with tulle and miles of gorgeous garland in one sweet breath? Um, I’ll take two please. Emily Steffen, you are my hero for capturing it all on camera and you have proven yet again that not only are you kind of amazing, you also keep pretty great company. Click here to see all of the fun details!

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From Emily Steffen PhotographyEmily and Andrew planned a Sunday urban brunch wedding complete with Grandma’s homemade waffle recipe and a homemade wooden table, made by the groom with intentions of it transitioning as the couples first dining room table! No detail was left unattended to!

Lush greenery married with gold accents and an urban loft setting were the perfect combo for the best brunch wedding ever! Oh—and don’t forget the “Texas donut cake” that the couple cut…it was amongst an array of donuts for guests to keep their sweet tooth coming back for more!

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Photography: Emily Steffen Photography | Cinematography: Narrate Studios | Floral Design: Julia's Blooms | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Stationery: The Making 89 | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Catering: The Deco Catering | Makeup: Jules Annen | Hair: Emily Weese | Venue: Aria | Donuts: Angel Food | Event Coordination + Planning: The Simply Elegant Group | Hair Accessories: Adrienne Vittadini | Paper Goods: The Making 89 | Pianist: David Kaap

This Breathtaking Warehouse Wedding is Giving Us All the Feels

Have big plans for this beautiful summer workday? Well, we’ve got you covered. Because this stunning film from Sky Focus Films is ALL you need to focus on.  From the heartwarming first moments with the handsome groom (read: you’ll love him) to the bride’s elated dance down the aisle (sooo cute), every.last.moment is absolute perfection, right down to that breathtaking Munster Rose bouquet. Do yourselves a favor and press play.

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From the Bride… Looking back to our wedding day, Carlos and I can safely say- it was PERFECT. When faced with the daunting, exciting, “I’ve waited my whole life for this” task of planning your wedding, there is a vision. Our vision was to create an occasion that was timeless, natural, family-oriented, and above all, a representation of us.

ARIA, in the Warehouse District of Minneapolis, created the perfect backdrop for our vision- old, beautiful and full of stories. I knew the moment I saw it that I wanted my story to happen there. Carlos and I worked to entwine the raw beauty of our venue into the rest of our decor- hanging numerous vintage chandeliers around the old warehouse, using farm tables to dine on, and keeping our floral as green and natural as possible.

My family also contributed, with my great aunt and uncle collecting moss from the same woods in Roseau, MN that I had played in as a child to fill antique frames that held my homemade place cards. Cousins baked and brought fruit breads to be served on wooden chargers that my uncle had cut and sanded for each dining table. Though the day was definitely made possible by wedding vendors, it had veins of hard work, home and love that made it so much more personal.

Our food also paid tribute to our individual heritage. Our caterer worked with us to create Ecuadorian-inspired appetizers including llapingachos and ceviche in homage to my husband’s background, as well as fried walleye for dinner, and baked Sweet Martha cookies for late night snacks – my chosen representation of my Minnesotan upbringing. We also brought in the owners of 5Watt Coffee to create and serve coffee and tea-based His and Hers drinks, as coffee has always been an important, enjoyable part of Carlos and my relationship.

The personalized details that our vendors, family, Carlos and I had worked so hard to bring to life for our wedding will always be remembered. What I am eternally grateful for is the documentation of us on our wedding day. The ability to relive our faces, emotions, words and looks over and over by pressing play on our wedding video. I still cry with joy every time I experience the detail, personalization and timeless art created by our videographer. My vision for my wedding day carried through into my wedding video. To any bride: hire a videographer- do yourself justice- to be able to encapsulate your time, work, and love will be the best moment of your wedding day.

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Photography: Mad Chicken Studios | Cinematography: Sky Focus Films | Floral Design: Munster Rose | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Cocoa & Fig | Stationery: Old City Press | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Chowgirls Killer Catering | Hair + Makeup: emily j. hair + makeup | DJ: Instant Request | Band: Orange Whip | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Venue: Aria | Bridal Boutique: l'atelier couture bridal boutique | Day of Coordination: Kirsten Fischer Of FAB Event Design

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They Celebrated Their “I Do’s” in a Boxing Gym and it was AWESOME

These two know how to party.  How do I know?  Because they happened to throw one of the coolest Big Days I have ever seen.  From their gorgeous bohemian ceremony to their fun-filled reception in a boxing gym, their vision of a music festival-like atmosphere came together perfectly with the help of Rosetree Events + a whole host of talented vendors.  Sit back and get ready to be amazed by the beautiful film from Sky Focus Films… It’s awesome.

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From The Bride… Our tastes in music, fashion, and lifestyle can be really eclectic so it was really hard trying to channel just one theme or style. We basically pulled our inspiration from everything we loved and because we didn’t have a certain theme or color scheme we were following, I wasn’t sure how everything was going to piece together. It really didn’t matter though. Ultimately, we wanted our wedding to reflect who we were and how important each of our attendees were to us (wedding party included!). We wanted them to feel like it was as much a part of their day as it was ours and focus on how their support for us really helped make our long distance relationship persevere.

We both love attending music festivals and were really inspired by them for our wedding. More so on ambiance than style elements. We wanted to bring that kind of outdoorsy, open, fun, and unified atmosphere we’ve experienced from the festivals by creating a celebratory vibe for our guests. We wanted them to feel like they were coming to their party, not our wedding. For this, we knew our main focus was going to be the venues, everything else would be secondary.

For our ceremony site, we went with the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The greenery and the maze-like hedges gave us kind of a cool Alice in Wonderland feel, which we loved. The greenhouse also provided for a beautiful backdrop for our photos. For our reception venue, we wanted something with an open feel; something that didn’t feel too formal but had a unique style on its own and could really stand out devoid decorations. In addition to that, we needed a space large enough to accommodate 450-500 guests!

We had visited a few locations prior to the Uppercut Boxing Gym, and had a few more scheduled to view, but knew immediately that we would hold our reception there as soon as we walked in. The Boxing Gym is just such a cool space; and large! The exposed beams, the warehouse front, and graffitied courtyard really made it hard to pass. The venue is a statement on its own so we the rest of our décor followed quite nicely.

As much as our focus was on our guests and those around us, the times we had on our own, whether it was for photos or video shots, were still really special. Our first dance, actually, was quite nostalgic. It reminded me so much of the night we first met 8 years ago (9 years now)! We shared a dance the first night we met and just like our first wedding dance, everyone around us just kind of disappeared. For a short moment, it was just again, alone in the world. Moments like that are always so powerful and such a great testament to our faith.

All in all, the moments we shared with friends and family who traveled distances to celebrate with us; the smiles that were captured; knowing how hard our vendors worked and then seeing them out on the dance floor with everyone; the food; the love; the speeches; the perfect weather; the rip in my dress; the mishaps; and the 450 bodies that came in and out were all favorite moments that Lorzone and I will cherish forever. We will always live this night through and through with our video that Chris from Sky Focus Films captured so perfectly.

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Photography: Tandem Tree Photography | Cinematography: Sky Focus Films | Event Planning: Rosetree Events | Cake: Nicole Thao | Ceremony Venue: Walker Art Center | Reception Venue: Uppercut Boxing Gym | Catering: Bonxai Catering | DJ: Christopher Lee | Decor: Nicole Thao

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