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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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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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A&BE Bridal Shop + A Discount!

There may be nothing better than a sweet bridal shop filled to the brim with incredible designers. Case in point? a&bé bridal shop. With a midwest nice + coastal cool style, this Twin Cities boutique has it all for the unfussy bride looking for something honestly amazing + truly unique.

Bringing 10 new designers to Minnesota such as Sarah Seven, Rue De Seine, Katie May, Anna Campbell and Rebecca Schoneveld, a&bé curates a collection that highlights upcoming + independent designers focusing on boho-chic and romantic designs. Aside from incredible gowns, the shop also carries gorgeous accessories from designers such as Untamed Petals, Sara Gabriel and Hushed Commotion. Owned by two ladies who have worked tirelessly to elevate shopping for bridal attire, a&bé makes sure each and every bride has an amazing experience.

Since the opening of the second a&bé location, the first being in Denver, the Twin Cities’ bridal scene has moved up a notch. To celebrate the new locale, a&bé is offering SMP readers a $100 accessories credit with the purchase of a wedding gown! Gown must be purchased by October 31, 2014. Be sure to mention SMP to redeem the credit. Happy dress shopping, lovelies! xo

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Bohemian Inspired Barn Wedding

There’s nothing better — and more Midwestern — than sitting in a barn at season’s change, watching hues of gold take the rolling hills. Add a wedding, and that, my friends, is pure magic. Planner Lizie Anne helped her hippie-hearted bride make her countryside nuptials as chic and lovely as can be. The pictures from Joanna Day Photography speak for themselves and you can find even more in the full gallery.


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From Lizie Anne WeddingsJustin and Christina desired a wedding that was full of family and love. With an intimate setting at Hope Glen Farm as the backdrop, we created the perfect wedding for them.

I like to think that Christina is half hippy, so I designed the wedding with that always in the back of my mind! From the lace to the floral crown – nothing was overlooked in making sure Christina’s vision was spot on!

Perhaps the most stunning design piece brought in, was the lush greenery chandelier that hung over their heads for the ceremony. We later situated that same chandelier over the head table. With the rolling meadow in behind them, and the head table dripping with greenery as well, it was a picture perfect scene. All the floral had the hand picked, straight from the fields look to it, and complimented perfectly.

I brought in some hand cut larger wood pieces for the unity candle and family bible, and painted them white to give it more of a polished / yet perfectly rustic look. To compliment those, I placed smaller pieces of wood down the aisle with candles sitting atop.

Vintage chargers and vintage dish-ware made the family style meal that much more perfect! During dinner, Christina and Justin sang a song they wrote to their guests. Not many eyes were dry following that!

To give honor to Justin who is in the air force and Christina’s dad who just left the air force, they had a table set aside for those who could not share the day with them.

The guests enjoyed a late night popcorn bar as they danced or lounged in the vintage couches surrounding them. The perfect end to a perfect day for the sweetest couple.

Photography: Joanna Day Photography | Planner: Lizie Anne | Cake: Cake's By Jan | Ceremony Venue:: Hope Glen Farm | Reception Venue: Hope Glen Farm | Catering: Lisa's Catering | DJ: Showtime Entertainment | Bartender: With A Twist | Floral: Studio Fleurette | Lounge Furniture: Rudy's Rustic Rental | Up Lighting: Ever After Sound

Farmer’s Market Engagement in Minnesota

This looks a lot like my ideal saturday with my husband – gobs of coffee, a stroll through the local farmer’s market picking out some tasty treats for dinner that night. I think I would spend every day like that if I could. And while mine is a lot less picturesque (read screaming infant twins in tow) this Saint Paul engagement by The McCartneys is as gorgeous as they come. See even more right here.

From The McCartneys PhotographyYou know that kind of person who you spend your entire life looking up to? For me (Kelsy) that has always been my Aunt Susan, and she is the beautiful lady whose smile lights up each one of these photos!! In hopes of not spoiling my wedding day speech, as I am so excited to be standing beside Susan along with two others as one of her Matrons of Honor, I’m going to skip some of the mushy stuff and move onto how excited I am to see Susan the happiest I have EVER seen her!!

Susan & Eric were introduced by friends, and their very first date is exactly what inspired their engagement session! After meeting at the Black Dog Cafe in Saint Paul, MN for coffee on a Saturday morning, they ventured across the street to the Farmer’s Market and continued to talk for hours. Not only is that an adorable first date, it also lended itself to a cute and meaningful location for their photos!! After making our way through mounds of brussels sprouts and autumnal blooms, we headed to what we like to call Central Park (aka Historic Irvine Park) and were lucky enough to have just enough playtime before the rain came.

Photography: The McCartneys Photography | Makeup Artist: Spalon Montage (Tracie) | Hair Stylist: Spalon Montage (Tabitha) | Coffee Shop Photo Location: Black Dog Cafe | Farmer's Market Photo Location: Saint Paul Farmers Market | Park Photo Location: Historic Irvine Park | Susan's Blue Dress: Banana Republic

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St. Paul Wedding from Canary Grey Photography

Continuing today’s lineup of pretty is a St. Paul affair with all the style and spunk we wedding bloggers so love. It’s a modern approach to a romantic affair with a bit of whimsy thrown in for good measure. Put on your pinning pants and get ready to swoon, because these captures from Canary Grey Photography are knock-your-socks-off stunning!

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From the Bride…Since Mike and I got engaged in the woods and have a love for all things modern and vintage, the inspiration for the wedding was organic woodland & modern vintage.  I knew right away I wanted the wedding to have a timeless look, nothing too flashy or kicthey, so I tried to keep all the grounding elements (wedding party attire, table cloths, etc.) grey and white and have fun with the details of the decor. Adding in a woodland creatures to the decor felt very us and then became another theme I tried to weave throughout the space, adding in the birch tree name holders and elements of fur.  We chose a venue where we could really have control over the look and feel rather than having someone else dream that up for us.  Due to the last minute weather forecast, it was too cold to hold our ceremony outdoors as originally planned.  The balloons were a last second add on in an effort to fill some of the space behind us during the ceremony… and it worked out very lovely!

 I have a good friend who is a textile designer so I brought her photos that inspired me and together we adapted a color palette and came up with a design for the invites which we hand screen-printed (in my garage). That palette became the inspiration for the flowers and dessert table. I brought the invites to the bakery and florist so they had an idea of the colors and textures I was going for, but let them both have full rein of the final design. In the end they both nailed the look and far exceeded my expectations.

After picking up decorative items here and there for several months, it was somewhat hard to imagine what it would all look like together and since I couldn’t be there to decorate the space myself, I hired a wonderful coordinator who took the time to understand the look I was going for and nailed it while also coordinating all the vendors coming and going all day – what a job! In the end the look was one that evolved over time and couldn’t have happened without a lot of help from friends, family, vendors and the final product was even better than I had imagined it in my mind.

Wedding Photography: Canary Grey Photography | Wedding Coordination: Lizie Anne | Floral Design: Colleen’s Flower Cellar | Stationery: Luci Kandler Designs | Decor + Balloons: DIY | Table Numbers: Wedology | Mr. + Mrs. Wood Signs: Oh Dier | Desserts: Angel Food Bakery and Coffee Bar | Catering: Deco Catering | Uplighting + Entertainment: Jukebox Express | Hair + Makeup: Julie Swenson Beauty | Wedding Dress: Posh Bridal | Bride’s Orange Coat: Vintage | Bride’s Shoes: Ruche | Bride’s Hairpiece: Bethany Lorelle | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew | Groom’s Suit: Men’s Warehouse

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