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Glamorous Gatsby Inspired Wedding at 317 on Rice Park

Having met in college choir years ago, these lovebirds hit every stylish note when planning their chic celebration. With the beauty of Sadie’s Couture Floral & Design’s work, their classic Gatsby-esque soiree didn’t miss a beat and these linens alone have me swooning. Melissa Oholendt and B&M Video Production captured it all, gathered up in this glam gallery for us all to ooh and aah over.


From Melissa Oholendt Photography… When Beckie and Jacy met in choir their sophomore year at Luther College, in Iowa, they knew they were vocally compatible but would she be the soprano to his bass? Turned out love was not in the cards for them, but they still enjoyed each other’s company and decided to remain friends. Fate rekindled the old spark their senior year, when they decided to give it another shot. Three years later, Jacy proposed to his best friend. Beckie dreamed of a Gatsby-inspired reception, and 317 on Rice in St. Paul proved to be the perfect venue with its vintage charm and wood paneling. From her brooch-laden bouquet and cake to the gorgeous linens and feathered centerpieces, visions of sparkle and glam abound. Special touches signifying their love of family and friends were sprinkled throughout. With the unexpected passing of the co-best man just months before the wedding, a moment of silence was held in his honor, reminding everyone how fortunate they all are to have one another! As wine enthusiasts, Jacy and Beckie opted for a wine ceremony over the traditional unity candle. Parents each contributed a bottle of wine and a note to a sealed box for the couple to enjoy on future anniversaries. But first, the honeymoon in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic!

Photography: Melissa Oholendt Photography | Videography: B&M Video Production | Floral Design: Sadie's Couture Floral & Design | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Cake: Sweet Retreat | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Flutter Boutique | Catering: Levy Restaurants | DJ: Adagio | Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: 317 On Rice Park | Bridal Boutique: Posh Bridal Couture | Ceremony & Reception Linens: Linen Effects | Ceremony & Reception Linens: Apres Party And Tent Rental | Event Design & Coordination: Style-Architects | Hair & Make-up: Brittany Kinney Beaute | Invitations & Day-of Paper: Style-Architects

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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 | 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. | Event Planning and Design: This Love Weddings | Linens and Rentals: Apres Party and Tent Rental | Veil: L'Atelier Couture Bridal

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Rustic Chic Minnesota Lakeside Wedding

This fabulous pair celebrated their Big Day in true lakeside style. From the cabin ceremony, to the vintage cherry truck billowing with Munster Rose magic, Nicolle Sellers made sure every moment was meaningful. With floral chandeliers beckoning merriment underneath a Sperry Tent reception, guests enjoyed cocktails and celebrations while Laura Ivanova and Sky Focus Films captured it all.

Country Club

From the beautiful Bride… To say we knew what we wanted for our wedding day would be somewhat of an understatement. WE KNEW. Peter and I had a shared love of a little lake town in Northern Minnesota called Detroit Lakes. Both of us grew up in the same suburb of Minneapolis and both of us grew up with this special lake town in our hearts. Detroit Lakes is not only special place to us, it is special to both of our families. My Mom grew up in “DL” and my parents met one summer day while water-skiing on a nearby lake. Fast forward a few years later and my parents were married at a Church in Detroit Lakes surrounded by their friends and family. Growing up, some of my most vivid memories are spending time in Detroit Lakes with my Grandparents and enjoying all of the activities “lake life” has to offer. Okay. Here is where thinks get weird – weird in a good way. Coincidentally, Peter’s parents built a lake house when he was eight years old in a little lake town in Minnesota called; you guessed it, Detroit Lakes. For over twenty years their family has created special memories in this town and Peter has spent every summer at the lake. During our first couple weeks of dating, Peter invited me to his cabin for the weekend. Upon arriving at the cabin, Peter’s parents greeted me with open arms and Peter’s dad offered his famous line, “Welcome to the Lake!” We spent that entire summer at the Lake together. A place that was special to each of our families and each of us as individuals quickly became OUR special place.

My father-in-law’s famous words “Welcome to the Lake” became our overarching theme for the wedding and every decision we made during the design process was made with this in mind. Katie Murphy of Katie Murphy Stationary brought our theme to life on letter pressed wood veneer invitations that guests received with hand-illustrated elements that nodded to our favorite things at the Lake.

For my wedding dress, I worked with Amanda Kautt the owner of L’Atelier Couture and Madeline Bergason at L’Atelier. They were an absolute dream to work with! After describing what I envisioned for my dress, they showed me Vera Wang’s “Lillian” and I knew it was the one. A year later, I was finally able to slip the dress on for the real deal!

Our ceremony was held at Peter’s family cabin. We wanted our ceremony to be meaningful and set the tone for the evening. When guests arrived, a vintage cherry red truck billowing with greenery, flowers and a sign that read “ON LAKE TIME” greeted them. Jackie and team at Munster Rose transformed the lakeside lawn into a beautiful ceremony site with a dreamy floral arch, whimsical urns, and a colorful garland on a refreshment bar. The string quartet played songs from The Beatles, Guns N’ Roses, Verve Pipe, and I walked out to Coldplay’s “Paradise” alongside my Dad with the biggest smile on my face. I literally looked like Mr. Ed because I was so freaking happy!

Following the ceremony, guests were shuttled to Peter’s favorite golf course, Detroit County Club, down the street. The cocktail hour was hosted under a Sperry tent with a custom-built 24-foot barnwood bar with décor that nodded to lake life and acknowledged our beloved dog, Scout. Our guests sipped on signature cocktails and snacked on mini versions of our favorite comfort foods (mostly consisting of of carbs and cheese). Lounge vignettes were created on either end of the tent from furniture I had mostly found on and

Dinner and dancing was held in a separate tent that glowed at the end the tree-lined golf course. When planning the design for this tent, I told Jackie from Munster Rose that this was where I wanted the night to feel like a big celebration so I asked her to make things big and awesome and OH MA GAH did she ever! Her team did an unbelievable job creating floral chandeliers that hung across the entire length of the tent. We spent the night dancing underneath these beauties as a 10-piece band had us partying until the very last minute! No visit to the Lake would be complete without eating our favorite pizza from The Hotel Shoreham, so we had the bar deliver hot pizza to the guests for a late night treat on the dance floor.

We still have to pinch ourselves when we think about our wedding day. In our favorite place, surrounded by our favorite people, we celebrated what is our favorite day ever. It would have never been possible without the support of our special wedding party, our family and of course partnering with the most unbelievable vendors I could have ever asked for. Although I had designed and planned wedding and events prior to our own, we enlisted Nicolle Sellers from Mother of The Bride as our planner. Hallelujah and thank the Lord that we did! Nicolle was the MVP of our team supporting all of our crazy design ideas and coordinating the overwhelming amount of logistics for our wedding. Mike Berg and his team at Detroit Country Club had never hosted a tented wedding before on their golf course but you would have never known that. Their team executed everything flawlessly and our guests still talk about how friendly the entire staff was throughout the night. THAT is Minnesota Nice at its best right there! I could go on and on about every single vendor that contributed to our day. There were a LOT of them and they all brought their best creativity forward to make our day special. We’re forever grateful for their patience, friendship, and amazing talents! A very special thanks to our photographer, Laura Ivanova and videographer, Chris Martin of Sky Focus Films for making us appear much better looking than we actually are.

Photography: Laura Ivanova Photography | Videographer: Sky Focus Films | Event Planning: Nicolle Sellers | Floral Design: Munster Rose | Wedding Gown: L'Atelier Couture Bridal | Reception Venue: Detroit Country Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Spanky's Stone Hearth | Hair And Makeup: Tina Beaupre | Hair And Makeup : Julie Swenson Beauty | Band: The R Factor | Transportation: Anderson Bus Lines | Invitations & Stationery : Katie Murphy Stationery | Rentals: Sperry Tents | Rentals: Apres Party And Tent Rental

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WASIO photography + A Special Offer + A Giveaway!

Ask anyone I know and they’ll tell you I am rarely at a loss for words; I like to talk… a lot.  But every once in awhile, I come across something sooo incredibly breathtaking and beautiful, words escape me. And that something is the brilliant work of WASIO photography, a talented team of photographers that know a thing or two about capturing your wedding day in images you’ll treasure for always. Made up of two husband and wife teams (Sasha & Yaneck + Magda & Marcin), WASIO photography is known for building personal relationships with each and every one of their clients; meeting them several times pre-wedding, bonding with them at their amazing engagement shoots and even inviting family members to the viewing sessions post-wedding.  Which means that on your big day, you’ll have friends documenting all of those special moments, making their perspective that much more unique. And WASIO photography isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes to get the jaw-dropping, one-of-a-kind image, whether it’s on the day of your nuptials, at night with their custom lighting or at one of their breathtaking sunrise engagement sessions. 

Visit WASIO photography today to talk to the team of photogs that will take your wedding photography to the next level. And don’t forget, if you book WASIO photography by June, 2015, you’ll receive a 16×24 beautifully matted fine art print printed on hand-made German 100% cotton museum paper ($450 value)!the-giveawayWhat: WASIO photography is giving away a sunset or sunrise 1-hour engagement session!* (Value $499)

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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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Elegant Summer Lakeside Wedding

I’m not supposed to choose favorites, but this summer soiree has stolen my heart. Not only did this duo seamlessly paired their Big Day with breathtaking beauty, but an amazing team of vendors to boot (think Molly’s Flower StudioPixelskew and Lasting Impressions Weddings). Filled with beautiful moments from start to finish, Leah Fontaine captured it all right here!


From Lasting Impressions Weddings… Terryn and Mike were married on a beautiful summer day just 6 months after we started to plan their wedding! Terryn had moved to Minneapolis from Arkansas for work.. and the rest is history when she met Mike!!

The ceremony took place at Lake of the Isles church.. a quaint little church right by the lake. The scenic drive to the chapel was perfect to show off the area for all of our out of town guests. Staying very traditional Mike and Terryn did not see each other before the ceremony and she looked radiant walking down the aisle!

They chose to have their reception at the Minneapolis Depot because of its beautiful architecture and it is adjoined with a hotel, very convenient for their guests flying in from the south! June in Minnesota means peony season!! And Terryn wanted to incorporate lots of flowers that were garden inspired and we want to bring in a color that would brighten up the reception space!! The night ended with late night snacks and uplighting that added a fun vibrant look to the room!!

Photography: Leah Fontaine | Videography: Pixelskew | Planner: Lasting Impressions Weddings | Floral Design: Molly's Flower Studio | Cake: Buttercream | Invitations: A Milestone Paper Co. | Hair: Blast Blowdry Bar | Transportation: Renees Royal Valet | Ceremony Site: Lake Of The Isles Lutheran Church | Photobooth: Studio Veil | Reception Site: Depot Hotel | Rental Items: Apres Party And Tent Rental

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