Lake Minnetonka Wedding by Jennifer Cress
July 12, 2010
We are going to round off this lovely day of weddings with another lakeside affair but this time we are staying stateside in a scrumptious garden infused soirée at Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota. Jennifer Cress was on hand to capture every last gorgeous image and I must say I am slightly obsessed with the flowers. As in, it was hard not to flood the post with all things floral. I held back a wee bit but you'll understand my fervor when you feast your eyes on this perfect day. Check out the rest of the Lake Minnetonka festivities in the gallery.

Emily and Shamus

Emily and Shamus 1

Emily and Shamus 8

Emily and Shamus 2

Emily and Shamus 3

Emily and Shamus 5

Emily and Shamus 6

Emily and Shamus 7

{click here for more from this floral-filled day}

Shamus and I love camping and being outdoors so we knew we wanted a summer or fall wedding and for as much of it to take place outside as possible.  We wanted a wedding that was not too formal but was full of meaning. We knew we wanted a wedding that was a great party with a lot of good food and drinks.

I grew up on Lake Minnetonka in a suburb on Minneapolis.  I have always loved sharing a summer day with friends and family on the lake – so it was an easy decision to decide to have the wedding on Lake Minnetonka.  Finding a place to have it on the lake proved a little more difficult.  We found the ceremony site easily – a public park on the lake called Noerenberg Gardens. For the reception, I really wanted something that was individual to us, a place that doesn’t have a wedding booked every weekend.  We considered private homes, farms, an arboretum before it hit me - my parents have a private home on the lake.  It doesn’t have a sprawling yard or a stone staircase or elaborate gardens, but the space would fit our estimated guest count perfectly and it would be so intimate and comfortable.

The inspiration for the design came from a mix of resources. Primarily, from the beautiful sunsets I grew up watching from the dock of our home.  The save the date was a postcard photo of a sunset taken from said dock.  The bridesmaid dresses were chosen to represent the colors seen in a sunset and the rest of the event was designed around the colors of sunset, though softened.

Photography: Jennifer Cress / Venue: Bride's Family Home Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota / Caterer: Chowgirls / Rentals: Ultimate Rentals / Florist: Sadie's Fine Florals / Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel style: Laurel / Shoes: BP Nordstrom / Veil: Etsy seller Marisol Aparicio / Bridesmaids: J Crew / Cake: Woullet's Bakery / Musicians: Mandragora Tango and Bruce Henry Band