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Classic Pink + Blush Wedding

Do you ever come across a wedding that is so perfect you feel like you might just need a little pinch to prove it? It’s layers of beautiful paper from Paperista upon layers of scrumptious details from Park Place Weddings & Events upon layers of love and happiness, and it’s beautifully captured by the talented Liz Banfield. There’s even a delish cake from Cocoa & Fig on top. In case you haven’t caught on, I’m talking about this perfect soiree.

Country Club

From the photographer… Marion and David’s love story began during Marion’s first days as a freshman at Brown University. David, an upperclassman and the older brother of Marion’s best friend, gallantly offered to “show her around.” Soon a romance bloomed. The couple became engaged years later when David proposed at home by hanging a diamond engagement ring on their Christmas tree.

Marion and her planner Stephanie Johnson of Park Place Planning set out to create a day that would suit Marion’s classic and timeless style. Though the couple resides in Florida, Marion knew from the beginning that she wanted to her wedding to take place in her home state of Minnesota, with a reception at the picturesque Woodhill Country Club where she spent the carefree summers of her childhood. The club’s rolling hills provided an ideal backdrop for the cocktail hour as well as views from the upper deck during the dinner and dance.

Since Marion and David were going to have many out of town guests, they prioritized showing everyone all the best that Minnesota has to offer. Upon arriving at the hotel, each guest received a thoughtful, comprehensive welcome box created by Park Place Planning. The box included colorful wayfarer-style sunglasses, mini Chandon champagne bottles, custom stir sticks, a crucial “recovery kit,” along with trail mix snacks and bottled water. The entire weekend was filled with parties so that everyone had multiple opportunities visit with the bride and groom. Since the wedding was happening during the Fourth of July week, they started off the festivities with a welcome party boat cruise around Lake Minnetonka, dining on ribs and chicken while watching the holiday fireworks over the water. The next night, they hosted their guests at a groom’s dinner at the historic Minneapolis Club. And after the wedding reception, everyone was invited to keep the party going after hours.

The wedding day began at the spacious and elegant Minneapolis bridal salon, L’Atelier Bridal Couture. Taking advantage of their “White Glove Service,” Marion and her ladies enjoyed a luxurious morning of pampering at this picture-perfect “getting ready” location. They spent the morning in the sun-lit space having hair done by Jon Charles Salon and makeup by Jett Makeup. Marion gifted her bridal party with matching robes from Plum Pretty Sugar for that extra touch of stylish comfort. The girls sipped Veuve Cliquot mimosas and noshed on gourmet snacks while getting ready. Marion was dressed in her classically elegant Vera Wang Luxe “Esther” gown from L’Atelier Bridal Couture. Marion and the ladies were personally styled by the owner, Amanda Kautt, before they were all whisked away to the church.

Following a traditional service, the wedding guests were led out of the church by a traditional bagpiper (honoring Marion’s Scottish heritage) and lined the majestic front stairs of St. Mark’s Cathedral for a celebratory send off as the just-married couple made their way to the 1956 Bentley S-1. The formal service now over, Marion transformed her dress by removing the lace jacket overlay which gave her a simple strapless silhouette suitable for dozens of congratulatory hugs (and the 90+ degree July temps!).

When it came to wedding details, Marion and David wanted to combine traditional wedding elements with thoughtful, personal details. The couple worked with Paperista owner Antoinette Ramos who designed a classic engraved gold monogram that tied together all the paper goods. Each engraved invitation included this stunning monogram and was personalized with a hand-calligraphed die-cut card and wrapped with a silk dupioni ribbon. The place cards echoed this design, each hand-calligraphed place card wrapping around a menu with gold engraved lettering. For the desert, Marion and David worked closely with Cocoa & Fig’s owner Laurie Pyle to design a five-tier wedding cake adorned with a cascade of fresh flowers and accented with “lace” frosting detail inspired by Marion’s gown.

Guests signed in with a Velvet Raptor guest book decorated with the couple’s monogram. The dining tables were punctuated by lush, classically white and pale pink tone centerpieces created by Jackie Just of Just Bloomed. Low arrangements of garden roses, hydrangea, and luscious peonies were balanced against stunning high floral pieces anchored on a dramatic crystal candelabras.

Following dinner and toasts the couple literally danced the night away, treating guests to an unforgettable musical performance from the Utah band Party Crashers complete with a Michael Jackson impersonator. The dance floor was still
completely full when it was time to send off the newlyweds. Guests lined up with sparklers, fitting for the 4th of July holiday, to light the way as Marion and David hopped on transportation leading to their after party hosted at Graves 601 Cosmos bar.

The couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Italy, touring Positano, Ravello and Tuscany.

Photography: Liz Banfield | Videographer: John Hoel Of Vibrant Film | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Floral Design: Just Bloomed | Cake: Cocoa & Fig | Ceremony Location: St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral | Reception: Woodhill Country Club (private) | Shoes: Oscar De La Renta | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Event Planning: Park Place Planning And Events | Hair: Jon Charles Salon | Calligrapher: Rosann Konieczny | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | After Party: Graves 601 Cosmos Bar | Bridal Salon & Styling: L'Atelier Couture Bridal | Catering For "White Glove Service": France 44 | Classic Car, 1956 Bentley S-1: Gary's Collector Cars | Flower Girl Dress: Suzanne Lively Designs | Getting Ready Location: L'Atelier Couture Bridal | Guest Book: Velvet Raptor | Invitations, Menus, Programs (ALL Papergoods): Paperista | Linens & Rentals: Linen Effects | Makeup: Jett Makeup | Reception Band: Party Crashers | Ring Bearer Outfit: Suzanne Lively | Wedding Guest Hotel: Graves 601 | Wedding Guest Hotel: Westin Minneapolis

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School Themed Valentine’s Day Shoot

Oh, young love.  The days of Jr. High dances, passing notes and singing along earnestly to the newest Bryan Adams’ love song… I think we can all agree, Valentine’s Day was sooo awesome back then.  So this darling school-themed shoot from Jody SavageCocoa & FigSimply Loves and Paperista is, well… basically the best thing ever.  See it all right here.


From Jody Savage Photography My stylist Shauna from Simply Loves and I wanted to design a shoot around the upcoming Valentine’s Day. We got to thinking about young love and when we were in school and received cute valentines from the boys we had crushes on and the idea for the shoot was born- centered around young, hopeful, innocent love.

We incorporated paper Valentine bags like when we were kids, but brought a sophisticated modern twist to it with the help of stationary extraordinaire Paperista. Overall we were going for a muted, romantic palate, not just the typical red or pink. We loved the light blue wedding gown Morgan was wearing and highlighted it with the invites and French ribbon on the table. Brent’s suit brought in the colors and textures in the invitations, flowers and ribbon.

We also wanted to bring in a bit of fun with the school theme by bringing in a chalkboard, desk, and globes. However, we played up the Valentine’s theme by adding a lovely backdrop of ribbon and bunting to reminisce about the school yard pretend marriages we had during recess- again with a sophisticated, romantic twist. We added chocolate hearts and tulips to surprise our lovely bride like many receive on Valentine’s Day from their loves.

Finally our table was just gorgeous and tied it in all together with the chalkboard slate table top, valentines bags on each place setting, chalkboard designs and beautiful flowers by the very talented Ashley Fox Designs.

And to top it all off Cocoa & Fig provided us with a number of different yummy desserts including macaroons, heart shaped pies, sugar cookies and a lovely icy white cake to go with our winter in Minnesota.

Photography: Jody Savage Photography | Floral Design: Ashley Fox Designs | Invitations: Paperista | Event Planning: Simply Loves | Hair & Makeup: Lisa Reinhardt Makeup & Hair Artistry | Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridal Wear: Bridal Bliss Designs | Chairs: Ruby's Rustic Rentals | Chalkboard & Desk: On Solid Ground Vintage Rentals | Dessert Favors: Cocoa & Fig | Men's Wear: Hammermade | School: Historic Chaska School House | Table: Shop 501 | Table Settings: Apres Party And Tent Rental

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Surprise 40th Birthday Party

I’m one of those people that sort of tries to pretend like my birthday doesn’t exist. The only surprise party I’ve ever had was when I turned 16 years old and my friends decorated my new car in maxi pads. I know! Anyway, I think that my tunes are a-changing after devouring this absolutely beautiful, girly goodness of a party that was hosted by some of the most talented wedding ladies around at White Peacock Styled Events! Click here to see the whole gallery with images by La De Da Photography.

We wanted to throw a chic surprise 40th birthday party, giving the classic girly tea party a sophisticated spin while transforming an unassuming space into something extraordinary. We used a white color palette to make everything feel crisp and elevated, while having soft frills of tassels around the room and small pops of pastel pinks and gold. We decided on hosting it at L’atelier Couture Bridal Boutique which is not only stunning in itself, but allowed us to be surrounded by white gowns galore!

We set a formal dining table in the middle of the space and draped tassels from the ceiling to create a grand entrance. The room’s celebratory look was topped off with several white paddle balloons floating throughout the space. The brick walls contrasted perfectly with our feminine decor, making the whole place feel city chic rather than over-the-top. We made sure our table setting was decadent, placing individual bottles of rose wine at each spot, with a place-card tag attached to each bottle. Gold accents were used in the table settings and we simply spread the center of the table with florals.

We served classic tea party fare, including scones, chicken salad and various tea sandwiches. Draping a beautiful flower garland over the birthday girl’s chair made her place extra special! A couple of different stations were placed around the rest of the room, including a tea bar for hot sips, a bubble bar stocked with champagne, and dessert tables full of cake and French macaroons. We had all of the guests dress in white to continue the girly, opulent feel of the party. These instructions were found on the party invitations, which were hand-delivered to each guests home. The invitations were written on scrolls and attached to a gorgeous frilloon (paddle balloon with tassels), brought to each girl’s door.

Everything came to life when the birthday girl arrived. She was overwhelmed by the space and the gathering of her dear friends. We gave her a flowered crown, popped some bubbly, and enjoyed the soiree to the utmost!

Photography: La De Da Photography | Catering: Vine Knot Catering | Event Styling: White Peacock Styled Events | Florals: Just Bloomed | Paper Goods: pretty girl designs | Rentals: Apres Party and Tent Rental | Venue: L'atelier Couture Bridal Boutique

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