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Romantic Minneapolis Summer Wedding

Hey there Munster Rose, it’s Liz over here, totally crushing on your beautiful bouquets at this summer celebration. I could stare all day and with the combined forces of Rock Paper Scissors and Denae Brennan Weddings & Events, we’re in wedding wonderland. Jeff Loves Jessica snapped it all for us to gush over and if a picture is worth a thousand words, we have millions of goodies to enjoy right here.

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Summer
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Beach Club
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Romantic

From Denae Brennan Weddings & EventsMolly and Marc reside in New York City but chose to get married in Molly’s hometown of Minneapolis. The clean lines and elegance of the Calhoun Beach Club provided the perfect backdrop for their modern and fresh wedding day. The happy couple was all smiles from start to finish and their energy was absolutely contagious. Jackie from Munster Rose provided gorgeous pops of color against the simple black and white palette of the wedding party.

Following the traditional Jewish ceremony, guests mingled while enjoying passed hors d’oeuvres like mini sliders and mini chicken tacos. When the ballroom opened, the Bruce Henry Band welcomed guests with a fast-paced set before dinner was served, setting the tone for the top priority of the reception: dancing! The band kept the dance floor packed all night, and when it was done a DJ finished out the night. The party truly went all night long with the happy newlyweds at the center of it all!

From the Bride… We were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend and have been together ever since. (Thanks again, Missy!) While we live in New York City, we knew right away that we wanted to get married in my hometown, Minneapolis.

We had a lot of guests from out of town, so we really wanted to make sure that they had an opportunity to explore Minnesota. We encouraged everyone to check out the lakes, bike trails, and State Fair, which was the same weekend as our wedding. It was incredibly special to have so many of our favorite people in Minneapolis, and we were pretty much bursting with happiness the entire weekend.

Planning the wedding long-distance meant that we were pretty reliant on my parents, who live in Minneapolis, and our vendors. Luckily, everyone was amazing! We had our rehearsal dinner at the Icehouse, which was a super fun (and delicious!) way to kick things off. We wanted the wedding itself to be elegant, simple, and really fun – and Calhoun Beach Club was perfect. Our florist, Jackie from Munster Rose, created beautiful arrangements and gave each of our flower girls a huge white dahlia to carry, which I loved! Our band, The Bruce Henry Band, made sure our guests danced their socks off and our wedding coordinator, Denae Brennan, made sure everything went off without a hitch.

All in all, it was the greatest of great weekends, and we feel so lucky to have had so many wonderful friends and family there to celebrate with us.

Photography: Jeff Loves Jessica | Floral Design: Munster Rose | Wedding Dress: Kathryn Conover | Invitations: Paper Rock Scissor | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: D'Amico Catering | Hair: Trés Jolie Salon | DJ: Instant Request | Band: Bruce Henry Band | Wedding Venue: Calhoun Beach Club | Ceremony Musicians: Laurels String Quartet | Event Coordination: Denae Brennan Weddings & Events

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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.

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Fall
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Glamorous

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, which Candy from L’Atelier Couture paired with a cathedral veil and Badgley Mischka peep toe. 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 - LBB | Floral Design: Sadie's Couture Floral & Event Styling - LBB | 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. - LBB | 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.

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Fall
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Country Club
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Elegant

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 OneKingsLane.com and Jossandmain.com.

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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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. 

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