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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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Summer
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Al Fresco

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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A Backyard Wedding Themed “Upscale BBQ”

This wedding? It deserves a standing ovation. Designed in the hands of denae brennan weddings & events, it’s a celebration that makes “upscale BBQ” look completely elegant with too many pretty moments to count. Laura Ivanova snapped every second of the fun, cute babies and cute pups included.

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Summer
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Backyard
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Rustic

From denae brennan weddings & events… Courtney and Erik were married on what the weatherman called “the hottest day of the year” in Rochester, MN. Despite the sweltering heat, their day couldn’t have been more perfect as they celebrated on the bride’s family property surrounded by loved ones, including their beloved pup, Stella!

The ceremony took place in Courtney’s mother’s backyard, and when the couple read the heartfelt vows they had written for each other, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Guests then walked down the road to enjoy lawn games, cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres around the private pond on the property. Dinner followed under the tent strung with café lights, and the dance floor, adorned with the words “Everybody Dance Now,” was rocking well into the night courtesy of the Bluewater Kings.

The couple wanted the casual feel of a backyard wedding while keeping the aesthetic romantic and elegant. Farm tables were dressed in vintage lace runners and barnwood boxes filled with lush blooms and spotted with antlers (a nod to the groom’s avid love of hunting). An “upscale BBQ” was the theme of dinner, which was served family style and highlighted by pie à la mode for dessert.

The bride and groom (and the guests!) were treated to a few fun surprises throughout the day– a flyover with a banner showcasing their wedding hashtag, and a humorous song medley performed by the maid of honor and bridesmaids.

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Photography: Laura Ivanova Photography | Cinematography: Vibrant Film | Event Planning: denae brennan weddings & events​ | Floral Design: Fox & Fern Floral | Wedding Dress: a&be bridal shop | Cake: Daube's Bakery | Stationery: Minted | Catering: Johnny Mango's Cabernet Catering | Makeup: Katie Kirckof Make-Up | Hair: Sola Salon Studios | Band: Bluewater Kings Band | Transportation: Rochester Trolley & Tour Co. | Venue: At Home | Rentals: Majestic Tents & Events | Signage: denae brennan weddings & events​

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This Couple Planned The Ultimate Indoor Garden Party

What happens when you bring the outdoors in? I’ll tell you – undeniable beauty. Take this romantic celebration filmed by Sky Focus Films and planned by Fab Event Design as proof. With Munster Rose transforming an indoor space using outdoor elements complete with a Cocoa & Fig cake and Paper Rock Scissor paper goods, Melissa Oholendt captured this floral filled fete to share. See it all in The Vault!

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From Fab Event DesignThe day can only be described as magical. The bride, Morgan, says their hearts were entirely captured seeing the space filled with hanging floral arrangements, crystal chandeliers, and an aisle full of greenery that created a lush, indoor garden.  The romantic ceremony blew them away with the 30 foot tall handmade backdrop, the room filled with the sounds of the string quartet, and the surprise gospel choir that serenaded the room with “All You Need Is Love” in a scene that was directly inspired by the move Love Actually.  She felt so beautiful in her Hailey Paige gown paired with a Twigs & Honey headpiece that matched her bohemian spirit and impeccable style.

The space was completely transformed for dinner with a regal head table that was framed by hanging floral decor that were dripping with greens and garden roses.  Guest tables were illuminated by chandeliers and styled with an endless lines of candles, florals, and metallic vases.  Guests dined on duet plates of salmon and beef while sipping champagne and enjoying the live entertainment of a blue grass duo.  After dinner, they were treated to a custom designed dessert table featuring miniature sweets, macaroons, multiple cakes, and chocolate bars with artwork to match the custom calligraphy invitations.

Some of the many personal touches throughout the night included adding their favorite love song lyrics to the table numbers, using her grandfather’s classic car as a greeting place and gift holder, as well as a welcome wall of floral and legacy photos of the couple and their parents and grandparents’ weddings.  The love Morgan’s family had for her shown through in the love that went into the hand-lettered welcome sign and the ceremony backdrop creation.  The musical surprises continued throughout the evening with Morgan bringing an entire room to tears with her own performance of the song “Yours” by Ella Henderson, and the maid of honor toast song that was personally crafted by the bride’s sister.

A memorable story of the day was while the group was taking photos.  One of the bridesmaids went for a silly pose with the bride and misunderstood the directions and planted a big kiss on Morgan’s cheek; leaving the bride with pink-lipped reminder on her cheek of how much she means to her friend.

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Photography: Melissa Oholendt | Cinematography: Sky Focus Films | Event Planning: Kirsten Fischer Of FAB Event Design | Floral Design: Munster Rose | Wedding Dress: The Wedding Shoppe | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cakes: Cocoa & Fig | Invitations: Paper Rock Scissor | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Flutter Boutique | Catering: The Deco Catering | Calligraphy: Hooked Calligraphy | Groom's Attire: Halberstadts | Bridal Hairpiece: Twigs & Honey | Bridal Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Ceremony Musicians & Blue Grass Duo: Laurels String Quartet | Dessert Table: Shauna Younge Dessert Tables | Gospel Choir: Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir | Hand Lettered Welcome Sign: DIY | Old Theater: Aria | Reception Band: Flash Mob | Rentals: Apres Party And Tent Rental

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