I feel the need to preface this wedding with a warning that you may be searching for the nearest jazz lounge as soon as you finish taking everything in. This is definitely one of the coolest and most eclectic celebrations we've seen in a while. The bride wanted something fun and unique, and I'm positive she got it. A downtown Minneapolis ambiance, a sweet ceremony in a pasta bar, and a dark, jazzy reception in a sexy club are the ingredients to this striking wedding. They were even lucky enough to have the talented La Petite Fleur on hand to help create the mood through their amazing floral designs. In fact, you may want to pop over to their blog to see more of the amazing florals!
Jennifer and Courtney's story ... Our day started off with our makeup artists, Tina and Ellen. They were there to work their magic with our hair and make-up. The butterflies were starting to kick in at this point. My mom, aunts, grandmother, and bridesmaids were all there, and it was so wonderful to have them share this special day with me. Once we were all looking spectacular, it was time to get into our dresses. That's when the butterflies really started to flutter!
Our ceremony was at the Loring Pasta Bar. I loved it! It is a very eclectic restaurant with all of the uniqueness that I had been searching for. The restaurant looked absolutely amazing. The usual chairs and tables had been moved out and replaced with leather chairs and stools. When the music started up, the processional began. We chose "My Love" by Petula Clark because it was played at my parents wedding and I thought it would be sweet to have the same song at our wedding. It all went so fast! I made my way to the grand staircase, where we exchanged vows in a short and sweet ceremony.
Next, it was time to head next door to the Varsity Theater for our reception. We had spent months looking for a place to have our wedding reception; we knew we wanted something different and unlike the average wedding. There were rugs, tables, and chairs spilling out onto the sidewalk from the inside of the Varsity. I knew it was going to be a wonderful night! We were amazed at how awesome the place looked. Fabric and lights were draped from the ceiling and the guest tables were set aglow with candles. As we greeted our guests, the drinks and food started. It was amazing!
We had awesome photographers, Tasha and Melissa of Red Bird Hills.We loved that Tasha has such a unique eye for photography. We took pictures all around Dinkytown before the ceremony, then after dinner she wanted to steal the two of us for a few more pictures. She had discovered the area where the bands get ready for shows. It was kind of dark and cold, but so cool. The walls were lined with posters of bands that had played at the Varsity, so I knew these pictures would be really cool.
For our first dance, we had The Michael Handler Project, our band, do their version of Dave Matthews Band's "You and Me." We both love that song and the band was awesome. As everyone watched, my husband and I enjoyed each other’s company completely. It was so nice to just have a few moments with just the two of us. We could not have asked for a better night!
Photography: Red Bird Hills / Flowers: La Petite Fleur / Ceremony Location: Loring Pasta Bar / Reception Location: Varsity Theater / Shoes: Rainfall / Dress: I Do 2, Sioux Falls, SD / Jewelry: Che Bella / Desserts: Buttercream / Officiant: Ted Page