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Traditionally Elegant Nicollet Island Wedding

Intimate and overflowing with romance, this Park Place Planning fête beautifully captured by Erica Loeks Photography and Joe Pollock Films is what my wedding daydreams are made of. My adoration started with the Bride’s gorgeous L’Atelier Couture Bridal gown and then just seemed to grow with each and every Munster Rose bloom. Take a peek at the full gallery for every moment, right here!

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Summer
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Pavillion

From the beautiful Bride… Nick and I are both from the Midwest, so when it came time to pick a place to get married we knew we would be going back to our roots, despite living in Texas. I had visited Nicollet Island many times while in Minneapolis and had always had my eye on the pavilion for a potential wedding venue. It had all the elements we wanted to make our day special. The spacious room would accommodate our large guest list and the scenic view of the city and beautiful river was almost too good to be true. We wanted our wedding to be elegant with a vintage, romantic touch so we incorporated luscious flowers, candelabras and ceiling draping.

Since most of our guests were from out of town, it felt very much like a destination wedding. We started the weekend off with our family and wedding party attending a Twins game on Thursday. Then we filled everyone up with good food and cold drinks at our Rehearsal Dinner and Welcome Party on Friday evening and finished festivities with a traditional Sunday Brunch. It was so relaxing to be able to spend time with people over a long weekend. June in Minneapolis was a very rainy month, including the week leading up to our wedding day, but on that Saturday the weather was perfect, sunny and high 70s with no humidity! The day was so much fun!

We worked with outstanding vendors. Paperista helped us set the stage with an invitation design worth framing and we were so comfortable with our Videographer Joe Pollock and Photographer Erica Loeks. This is important since they’re in your shadows all day long! Our hair and make-up was done by Emily J and so many people commented on what a beautiful job they did. The gorgeous flowers were from Jackie at Munster Rose and they really completed the wedding we’d been dreaming up for over a year. My sister added the personal touches I wanted by creating potted flowers, signage outside the reception and handmade gold table numbers. Our band, The Seville’s, lived up to their reputation and had everyone on the dance floor twisting and shouting, myself included. I could go on and on because the day was truly one filled with details that made memories I’ll never forget.

Photography: Erica Loeks Photography | Videography: Joe Pollock Films | Planner: Park Place Planning | Floral Design: Munster Rose | Wedding Gown: L'Atelier Couture Bridal | Bakery: Cocoa & Fig | Stationery: Paperista | Ceremony: Westminster Church | Reception Venue: Nicollet Island Pavilion | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid (Coren Moore And Jenny Yoo) | Hair & Makeup: Emily J. Hair + Makeup | Band: The Sevilles | Suits: Heimie's Haberdashery | Ceiling Decor: Avant Decor | Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth | Rentals: Linen Effects

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Pastel Woodland Inspired Nursery

Nurseries are a world of special – that place where you spend late nights rocking your baby to sleep, mornings reading countless books and watching them play quietly (or extra-loud if they’re anything like my two). And whether modern or classic, bright and colorful or dreamy and cozy like this space, they’re the very first spot your bundle will call home. Have a look at the full tour  of this woodland inspired sanctuary captured by Meg Cooper Photography right here.

Little Hazel was born on November 11 the heart of MN deer season as her dad would say and she completely stole our hearts. Her big Sister Addie Mae couldn’t have been excited especially the day of the photos. The vision for the nursery would be Shabby Chic with a touch of woodland. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do initially other than create a cozy, peaceful room for our little Hazel. The soft floral sheets were the starting point and once I found those everything fell into place. Hazel’s dad likes to deer hunt so while it is certainly a ” girly” room I love that he is represented in there as well through the animals but primarily the deer.

Photography: Meg Cooper Photography

Midwest Snowy Bridal Session

After countless dumps of snow in Boston this season, I was planted firmly in the “completely over winter” camp. That was, until, this photo session from Jake AndersonJohn Auger and Emily Grace Designs hit my computer screen. With gorgeous styling and cool tones evoking wintertime beauty, it actually made long for a few more days of snowy bliss before spring. Browse the pretty here!

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From Jake AndersonWhen I was a child, growing up in the Midwest, I remember walking the fields near our home during sunset, and being completely mesmerized by the tones, the colors, the emotions of the last warm light of day reflecting off the cold environment of a land covered in snow. Inspired by this, we desired to pull in a pastel palate, accented with complimenting warm, rich tones in order to display an event befitting the winter season.

An underlying narrative to this shoot is the simplicity in which the bride is surrounded. It is her, and her surroundings, paired with the essentials of a wedding: a stunning gown, a bold and unruly bouquet, and a table detailed with natural elements foraged from the surrounding environment. Elements which evoke an image of a bride whom is deeply connected to nature, and require participants to partake in her desire to adhere to simple, natural aesthetics.

Photography: Jake Anderson | Florist: John Auger | Wedding Gown: Marchesa Notte | Hair: Leah Anderson | Venue: Private Residence | Paper Goods: Kindenshop | Ribbon: Silk And Willow | Stylist: Emily Grace Designs

Kristin La Voie Photography + A Discount + A Giveaway!

http://kristinlavoie.comAround these parts, Kristin La Voie Photography is totally legend.  An award winning photographer recently named one of the Best Wedding Photographers of 2015, she is a serious expert at capturing each and every gorgeous moment of your day as it unfolds naturally.  In other words?  Stunning images for you, and a whole lot of swooning for those of us here at SMP.  We call that a win-win, lovelies.

A specialist in film photography, and one of the leading film photogs in the Chicago area, we’ve been obsessed with Kristin’s work since the very moment we laid our eyes on her breathtaking captures.  Think beautiful light-filled images that document your day in the prettiest of ways.  With Kristin La Voie Photography, you’ll have those special moments you didn’t even realize were being captured (she’s that good, people) to remember for always.  And, bonus.  Kristin La Voie Photography recently launched KLP BEAUTY, a brand new site totally devoted to capturing all of you stunning brides pre-wedding in a beautiful + oh-so-romantic light.  It’s boudoir reinvented, and it’s totally awesome.

Contact Kristin La Voie Photography today to get started on your amazing journey.  And don’t forget that Kristin is offering SMP readers $300 off any 2015 wedding package through March 31st!

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Kristin La Voie Photography is giving away a Boudoir Mini Session to one lucky SMP reader, which will include session time (30 minutes) and digital images!*  To enter, leave a comment below telling us your most beautiful feature!  The winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, March 27, 2015.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo

*Boudoir session must be held at a location within 20 miles of 60174.  Value $450. 

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Romantic Fall Wedding at Lyndale Park Peace Garden

I’m all for breaking rules and creating new rituals, but after watching this clip from Skyfocus Films, I have a whole new appreciation – and craving for – the beauty of tradition. Watching this couple partake in their family’s customs made me sentimental for those moments. Add in the gorgeous florals and styling by Munster Rose and photos by Laura Ivanova and this wedding isn’t to be skipped over.

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Fall
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Elegance

From The Bride… Browsing through our wedding photos brings me back to the perfect Minnesota fall day filled with joy, laughter, and love. Jon and I had always wanted an outdoor wedding ceremony filled with beautiful flowers and greenery. Our wedding was an intimate celebration with 75 of our closest friends and family from Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, and all around the US.

We took it upon ourselves and put together the dream team for what we care most about: photography, videography, and floral. We were blessed to have close friends and amazing vendors helped us with the planning and execution. Every detail really came together the day of. It was truly the dream wedding we have always wanted.

Photography: Laura Ivanova | Videography: Skyfocus Films | Wedding Gown : Vera Wang | Cake: Cocoa & Fig | Stationery : Paper Rock Scissor | Ceremony Venue: Lyndale Park Peace Garden | Reception Venue: Calhoun Beach Club | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Hair & Makeup: Julie Swenson Beauty | Favors: Rustica Bakery | Favors: Dogwood Coffee | Floral & Styling: Munster Rose

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SMP Midwest Welcomes Our Advertisers + A Discount!

How do you spend the perfect Sunday?  Getting to know the fabulous + oh-so-talented team of eco-friendly wedding vendors at the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance.  Because when it comes to hosting an amazing event that is also socially conscious, this is a group of vendors that will most definitely deliver. Learn so much more about their mission… and their crazy cool wedding show, Committed, below.

From Chicago Green Wedding Alliance… The Chicago Green Wedding Alliance is a group of eco-friendly wedding vendors that is committed to making less environmentally impactful events. We connect vendors with the conscious consumer for mindful weddings and social events. Our vendors create gorgeous events that transcend people’s expectations of “green” weddings.

Check out the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.  

The GWA is hosting a wedding show on February 22nd at Greenhouse Loft!  Any couple that books with the code “SMP” will get $5 off!  The discount on tickets can be redeemed on the Eventbrite ticketing page.

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