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When it Downpours on Your Wedding Day (And It’s Still Perfect!)

As a lead designer for Munster Rose, Kelsey has worked behind the scenes on some pretty incredible weddings. So when it came time to plan her own big day, she knew just the dream team for the job. Pulling in awesome vendors like Paper Rock Scissor, Melissa Oholendt and of course the Munster Rose crew, they made the celebration one for remember. Some unexpected rain threatened to ruin the day, but Kelsey said, “It poured. Literally poured. And guess what? It was still perfect.”

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From the bride, Kelsey… As a lead designer for Munster Rose, I was overly excited to plan my own wedding. Working in the industry, I spend my days helping brides make their dream wedding vision come to life through floral and décor. But when it came to making decisions of my own – it proved to be a tougher task. I could envision my dream day, but for some reason, I struggled in conveying this dream into words and through decisions. Crazy – I know.

Luckily for me, I had full faith in my ‘dream team’ of vendors who I have worked with in the past, and in my opinion, could do no wrong. In describing the feel for my day, I wanted something sophisticated, elegant, but with a casual feel. My fiancé and I have always been those who you’d find at a popcorn and peanuts bar with live music, and I wanted our day to reflect our fun, easy demeanor.

In the planning process, all I truly was passionate about was the flowers (duh.). But I also wanted to give my coworkers creative freedom – because I knew they would use the best product/flowers that were available the week of my wedding. I gave them a color scheme, feel, must haves, and let them do the rest. To this day, I could still cry thinking about how much I loved my bouquet. And for someone who makes beautiful floral pieces weekly, this is saying a lot. A LOT.

Seeing weddings every weekend, I did want to try and incorporate things that were unique. We went with gray pillar candles instead of the standard ivory – luckily we found non-scented ones to not overwhelm our guests ;) We DIY’ed our escort card board starting with a light piece of wood, staining it, nailing 150 little gold nails and then binder clipping all escort cards. We were SO lucky to have an acquaintance with Woven + Wed who came and wrote the saying on the top. We rented the marquee BAR sign from Rudy’s Rustic Rentals. Paper Rock Scissor designed all of our amazing stationary and paper products; Kate perfectly executed my vision making the perfect pieces that were more beautiful than I could imagine.

Throughout the weeks leading up to my September wedding, all I remember saying was, “please, just do not rain” as the plan was to get married outside in the courtyard. It poured. Literally poured. And guess what? It was still perfect. It was romantic and I love everything about my wedding photos. Melissa was the photographer that I told my fiancé I had to have, and without her (who literally stood in the rain while we were under the bridge to get the perfect shot) I know I would have been disappointed after the fact with my images. Thank you, Melissa, for being SO good!

Wedding planning goes by so fast, and I still think about my wedding every day since. It still feels like a dream – and I cannot thank my vendors, family, husband, and friends enough for making it perfect!

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Photography: Melissa Oholendt | Floral Design: Munster Rose | Cake: Buttercream | Stationery: Paper Rock Scissor | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair & Makeup: Jules Annen | DJ: Ben Quam | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Minneapolis Event Center | Bridal Gown : Posh Bridal Couture | Escort Card Board Calligraphy : Woven & Wed | Paper Goods: Paper Rock Scissor | Rentals: Rudy's Rustic Rentals

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A Tale of Love and the Most Stunning Backless Dress

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more stunning dress and that backless silhouette has a lot to do with it. It gives a classic lace column gown the prettiest modern twist; perfect for this elegant city wedding. Crafted by Woven & Wed with florals by Poppy Lane, it’s a sea of greenery and classic tapered candles that make for a day both simple and wildly pretty. See it all captured by Amanda Nippoldt in the vault.

From the Bride… I was first met Tom while still in college attending the University of Minnesota, luckily dear friends of ours were kind enough to introduce us. When Tom proposed it was very reminiscent of our time we spent getting to know one another while in school. He planned a “throwback day” on January. We spent the day walking through campus visiting coffee shops, restaurants and buildings we used to have classes in. He waited until the very end of the day, and proposed on the main lawn in front of Northrop Auditorium. When it came to our wedding day we wanted something classic and simple. Whites, greenery, golds for decor, and blush/pink and navy for bridal party attire. We wanted to forgo the traditional autumn colors, Instead we choose a soft but rich color palette of cream and pink garden roses, deep purple and red dahlias, roses, and lots of greenery. When we found The Minikahda Club, we knew it was the perfect backdrop for our reception. We fell in love with its clean, but warm aesthetic. Originally we had planned to take advantage of the venues spectacular skyline views by inviting our guests to mingle on the patio during cocktail hour. However, in typical Minnesota fashion, the weather put a damper on those plans. But our guests were able to enjoy cocktails next to a warm fireplace, while enjoying the soft music played by our dear friend. Thought the rain changed a lot of our vision. Our wedding ultimately felt very intimate and welcoming for all of our guests.

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Photography: Amanda Nippoldt Photography | Event Planning: Woven & Wed | Floral Design: Poppy Lane | Wedding Dress: Houghton Bride | Ceremony: Immaculate Heart of Mary | Reception Venue: The Minikahda Club | Jewelry: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Makeup: Heather Trachsel | Hair: Primped | DJ: Instant Request | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Wedding Dress Boutique : The White Room

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Host the Ultimate Invitation Assembly Party

Sometimes “getting there” is almost as fun as the destination itself and that sentiment certainly holds true in wedding planning. Just take this Minneapolis couple who took the “chore” out of invitation assembly by making it a full-blown party. Along with industry pros, Jill Elaine Designs, Rosann KoniecznyMaven and more, they rounded up drinks, donuts, and good friends to turn a tedious task into an evening to remember. See all the fun in the gallery captured by Lucas Botz and snag tips to host your own Invite Assembly Party from Park Place Planning & Events.

Make Sure You Have Adequate Space: A large table to spread out on is key so you have enough room for all of your suite pieces and space for assembly.

Set the Tone: Have some fun beverages and lite bites but keep them away from your pretty stationery. Upbeat music to keep the group going is key!

Have a Plan: Assemble a suite ahead of time so you know and can show your guests the proper steps and order of assembly. Consider setting up a cute diagram or list to help direct your friends.

Pick Up Your Stamps Ahead of Time: Just remember to get your suite weighed ahead of time at the post office you plan to mail from so you know exactly how much postage your suite requires.

HAVE FUN! This should be a fun part of your wedding planning experience!

From the Planner… As a wedding planner I want my couples to enjoy every minute of the process– from finding the perfect location to the last dance and everything in between; I want the whole experience to be memorable and as stress-free as possible. It’s easy to underestimate the amount of work required to assemble a wedding suite so when it came time to plan my sister’s wedding, I partnered with the talented Jill Elaine to surprise her with an assembly party. Putting the invitation together… together was not only more efficient, it was the perfect excuse to gather family and friends to celebrate another step in this beautiful journey. We spent the morning indulging in donuts and coffee and catching up on each other’s lives outside of wedding planning. We also succeeded in folding, stamping, stuffing, and sealing 80 invitations. I love being able to look back and see my sister and her fiancé’s smiles. I was honored to create and share this moment with them.

From the Bride… I know I shock no one when I say that weddings are a lot of work (even weddings where your maid of honor is a professional planner), so I was thrilled when I learned that Ty and I would have help putting together our beautifully designed but rather elaborately constructed invitations. I was even more excited when I learned that the day would also involve drinks and donuts as well as my family and friends. I highly recommend turning menial planning tasks into parties whenever possible; not only does it save you work, it allows you to spend quality time with those closest to you before things really get crazy.

From the Designer… As a custom stationery designer, I try to take the “chore” out of assembling the wedding invitation suite. It should be a fun part of the planning process– a time to get together with family and friends to celebrate your upcoming nuptials and check an item off your to-do list at the same time. I adore packaging, so many times my clients and I will dream up a beautiful way to present the wedding invitation suite to their guests. Unfortunately, assembling a beautifully packaged invitation usually involves a number of time-consuming steps. This was certainly the case with Anna and Ty. The invitation was packaged with a translucent vellum paper, tied with a gold string, and affixed with a wax seal. To simplify the process, we put together an assembly to-do list: seven steps that hung on the wall to serve as a how-to as well as an art piece. I’m very lucky to be studio neighbors with LAB Minneapolis, a light-filled, beautiful open space with large tables perfect for invitation assembly. But you could easily host an assembly party at your home, an artist’s studio, or a private room at your favorite restaurant or coffee shop. Turn the process into a get-together with food, cocktails, and good company, and celebrate sending out your first invitation together as a couple.

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Photography: Lucas Botz Photography | Floral Design: Maven | Bakery: A Baker's Wife | Stationery: Jill Elaine Designs | Hair: River Jade | Attire: Hazel & Rose | Calligraphy + Silk Ribbon: Shasta Bell Calligraphy | Chair Rentals: The Seatery | Invitation Calligraphy: Rosann Konieczny Calligrapher | Invitation Illustration: Carrie DeBacker | Planning: Park Place Planning & Events | Rental Space: LAB MPLS | Rentals + Styling: Collected Rentals | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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