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Vintage Glam Minnesota Outdoor Wedding

When a Bride admits that she used SMP as her wedding reference from the get-go, you KNOW it’s bound to be a pin-worthy affair. And with Geneoh behind the lens, this vintage inspired fete proves to be all that and more. From the serenading Groom to the sequined studded Bridesmaids’, it’s a gallery that sparkles with serious style.

Golf Club

From the beautiful Bride…While we had a specific design aesthetic in mind when planning, the most important thing to us was that our day reflected our love. We wanted people to not just see that but feel it. We’d been dating for eight years before we got married so by now everyone knew us well as a couple. What people maybe didn’t get to see as often was just how deep our love ran. Ultimately, we wanted the day to recall those feelings of first falling in love again. We kept coming back to that in every element of our planning.

Phil and I elected to not use a wedding planner. Phil is a professional pianist and vocalist and has played at hundreds of weddings so he had a lot of ideas he had been collecting along the way and I used Style Me Pretty to gather all of our décor ideas. Our florist, Dani at Studio Fleurette, was a huge help too!

Although we’d been living in Los Angeles at the time, we elected to get married back in our home state of Minnesota. We chose a golf club located just miles from where we both grew up. We immediately fell in love with the sprawling hillside view and gorgeous draped tent. When it came to colors, we chose a soft color palette to evoke a natural, organic aesthetic. Adding gold accents and three large crystal chandeliers added the perfect amount of glamour to the tent—which we used for both the ceremony and the reception.

Since Phil is a professional musician, the music was one of the most important elements of our day. As guests shuttled into the ceremony, we had a string quartet playing “Bittersweet Symphony” and I walked down the aisle to Christina Perry’s “A Thousand Years.”

We chose to write our own vows (which we could barely get through because we were crying so much) and my sister and brother-in-law sang a couple of our favorite Christian songs to reflect on the real reason we were standing at the altar! We walked out to Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.”

Cocktail hour was held inside of the golf club while the tent was flipped for the reception. When guests came back into the tent they were welcomed by an acoustic set performed by one of our favorite local singer/songwriters (who happens to sound just like Jason Mraz!). He also sang “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes for our first dance.

Perhaps the most meaningful part of the night (and my favorite) was Phil’s surprise performance after dinner. He pulled me over to the piano, sat me down and sang a few songs to me. That moment was so special because it represented not just a romantic gesture, but so much of what we’d been through as a couple. Phil’s music career has been a journey we’ve been on together and I couldn’t be more proud of how far he’s come.

The night ended with an impressive fireworks display coordinated to our favorite songs including Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful”—which was selected as the soundtrack to our wedding video. Reflecting back on our day, we get teary eyed just thinking about it. It was the culmination of so much love and joy. It really was the best day of our lives!

Photography: Geneoh | Videographer: Visual Masterpiece | Event Planning: The Bride | Floral Design: Studio Fleurette | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Cake: Buttercream | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Engagement Ring: JB Hudson | Wedding Bands: Icing On The Ring | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Calligraphy: Quill Muse | DJ: Level11 | Band: Level11 | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | Tux: Hugo Boss | Officiant: Pastor Ralph Olsen | String Quartet: Loring String Quartet | Hotel: The Saint Paul Hotel | Wedding Venue: StoneRidge Golf Club | Bride's Hair & Makeup: Peter Phung | Bride: Blogger & Stylist: Maria Vizuete | Bridesmaids' Hair & Makeup: Jennee Wathanaphone | Draping: Avant Decor | Groom's Bowtie: Tom Ford | Groom's Cake: Dorothy Ann Bakery & Cafe | Groom: Pianist & Vocalist: Phil Thompson | Headpiece: Erica Koesler | Linen Rental: Linen Effects | Menus: Platinum Designs | Music: Phil Thompson | Rolls Royce: Gary's Collector Car | Sash: Allure | Vintage Furniture Rental: Rudy's Event Rentals

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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.


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.

Rustic Venue

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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