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Eden Prairie, Minnesota Wedding from Munster Rose

A natural, green as can be setting can far outweigh any amount of man-made fanfare. Just have a look at this outdoor wedding captured by Geneoh for proof. Of course, not all of us are lucky enough to have a forrest canopy at our fingertips but taking a few cues from the styling of Munster Rose and you can add the look and feel of a wedding gone au naturel to your big day. Sometimes all it takes is wood accents and greenery wherever you can tuck it. Have a look here for more.

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From the Bride… While in the midst our wedding planning, a wise friend told me, “The intangibles make the occasion.” This is certainly true; it is the moments, the careful thoughtfulness of the details, and the shared memories that I remember the most about our wedding day.

If I were to use 5 words to describe our wedding it would be, “togetherness”, intimate, natural, elegant, and simple. Wessel and I are simple people who value family, friends, our faith, simple beauty, and of course, each other. Thus, we tried to find a venue that was suitable for a small intimate wedding of our closest friends and family. This was tricky, as Wessel is from South Africa and I am from Minnesota, oceans apart. Even more, we both wanted all of our relatives and friends to be able to attend, but alas, we had to choose, and we decided on the Smith Douglas Moore House. The Smith Douglas Moore House was built in 1877 (we have a “thing” for the number 7), which has so beautifully been renovated into a coffee shop that maintains the charm of the 1800’s. The house had a large tree covered backyard, which we lined with wooden chairs and tables for both the ceremony and the reception, and we kept the inside of the house as a back-up for rain, and a mingling center during our cocktail hour. Note the future brides: always have a rain plan. We lucked out with beautiful weather, but I cannot tell you how many weddings get rained out, with brides that highly regret not making a successful rain plan.

Now, Wessel and I won the wedding lottery when we found out we were able to work with a group of amazing and talented individuals through the Midwest Wedding Project. It is beyond words how talented our these people are (as you can see from the photographs that Gene Pease of Geneoh Photography captured so eloquently.) Lizie of Lizie Anne Weddings and Proposals, was an absolute angel as our wedding planner, alongside the styling and floral design of miss Jackie at Munster Rose. I never knew how much help a wedding planner and florist/stylist could be, with their knowledge of vendors, itineraries, layout design etc. It turned my hypothetical dream board into a reality of soft white peony blooms, garlands, wooden accents, candles, and botanicals. Words can’t describe the work of these two. We also had the privilege of working with Harrison Collective on the invitations and programs, which literally made me squeal and cry when I first saw the designs. Brandon managed to capture our personality and style with the simple elegance we love, and a hint of our nautical wandering selves. Not to mention, the tied rosemary on the programs that made my heart so happy. Wessel and I wanted to include objects that tell stories, like the green glass candy dish that my grandmother handed down to me, and the wood burl table that my parents made from the wood of a redwood tree, our favorite family-made desserts, half log seating chart (courtesy of my cousins, brother-in-law and sister-in-law), and the wood burned sign, remembering all those that could not be with us on that special day. The final ambience was “besonders” (Afrikaans roughly translated: unbelievably beautiful and special.)

Then there was the day. Everything was perfect, as I walked on the arm of my dad and met Wessel under the trees. We cried and we laughed, and I tell you, that moment, holding his hands, and seeing his eyes, is what marriage is about. The other details are added blessings.

From the Vendors… Kate and Wessel were part of The Midwest Wedding Project. This project was created by local MN artists who wanted to give-back to the community and bless one lucky couple with their dream wedding. After hearing the modern-day love story of this Minnesota native and her South African fiance, we KNEW Kate and Wessel were the perfect couple for this Project. (Geneoh, Lizie Anne, Munster Rose and Harrison Collective are the founding members of the Midwest Wedding Project.)

Photographer: Geneoh | Stationery: Harrison Collective | Brides' Shoes: Vince Camuto | Catering: Chowgirls | Hair: Marc Daniel Salon | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Banks | Bride's Dress: Allure | Ceremony and Reception : Smith Douglas More House | Coordination and Design: Lizie Anne | Desserts: Homemade by Bride and Groom's family | Floral, Styling, and Design: Munster Rose | Pastor: Jonathan from Discovery Church | Rentals (Chairs): Ultimate Events | Rentals (Tables): Rudy's Rustic Rentals

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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

Nautical-Inspired Photo Shoot from Jody Savage Photography

Since moving out to Boston, I’ve noticed a not-so-subtle shift in my closet. An invasion of stripes, navy and every East Coast cliché. So from the second I locked eyes with this nautical-inspired shoot from Jody Savage PhotographyCouture Fleur Boutique and Paperista, you better believe I was one smitten kitten. And whether you’re a Southern belle, call the humble Midwest home or live for that West Coast cool, 5 minutes in this gallery, and you’ll be embracing your inner prepster, too.

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From Jody Savage Photography I was inspired by my love for the East Coast, Boston, Cape Cod and my home town of White Bear Lake, Minnesota. I feel like the nautical style is so classic and modern and romantic and it perfectly emulates my style in photography. My family enjoys sailing and watching the sailboats on our lake and I just feel so at home when I’m around the ocean or lakes. I had been planning for a year to launch my new website that launched about 2 weeks ago and I wanted some new portfolio shots that were really me – which inspired my shoot. The shoot actually took place at the White Bear Boat Works which is a huge part of my family as my husband runs his own business out of the Boat works called twin cities mobile marine on White Bear Lake, in White Bear Lake, MN.

Photography: Jody Savage Photography | Location: White Bear Boat Works + Twin Cities Mobile Marine | Floral Design: Couture Fleur Boutique | Stationery: Paperista | Table Decor: Pottery Barn | Dress: Bridal Bliss Designs | Suit: The Wedding Shoppe | Hair + Makeup: Emile Schmidt Hair & Makeup | Models: Tami and Chris Denny