Minneapolis Wedding by Emma Freeman Photography
July 27, 2011
Classic Weddings

Perfect pink drinks with gray striped straws, the most CRAZY beautiful venue I've ever seen and guests that literally add to the gorgeous decor? Oh wait. Add to that a glowly gorgeous bride, flowers that are off the charts and a sense of style that is as modern as it is timeless and you basically have SMP perfection in this next little soiree. Photographed by Emma Freeman with florals and styling by Mi Mi Design, this Minneapolis wedding is the definition of gorg. Click here to see so much more!

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From the Bride...Cherry blossoms have always held a special place in my heart.  It probably stemmed from years of studying Japanese and living and working in Japan.  It could also have something to do with the fact that I fell in love with my husband through Skype dates, emails, and letters while I was studying abroad in Sapporo, Japan in 2006.  When we got engaged I knew that I wanted to incorporate a cherry blossom theme into the design of the wedding.

We only looked at two venues and when we saw the Mill City Museum's amazing exterior, we knew it was the place.  Because of numerous fires, the brick structure is destroyed in many areas, leaving an incredible open courtyard.  We chose to have the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour in the "ruins" and the reception inside.  I decided pretty quickly that it would be interesting to match the building's rough facade with soft, almost girly decor and flowers. From there I decided on blush pink and ivory but wanted a third color for the color scheme.  I noticed a lot of brides were doing cherry blossoms with pink and brown but wanted something different.  I stumbled upon a photo of a reception done in blush pink, ivory, and gray and I was in love.  Enter the fabulous Mi Mi Design.  I brought in some pictures, described the color scheme, and told them that I wanted to do a cherry blossom pattern on the invitation suite and they ran with it.

For the ceremony, we chose to do the programs as a fan in case it was hot that day.  Every paper item from the save-the-dates to the table names coordinated and were patterns that Amy Blonde at Mi Mi Design created - including the programs.  We were married under a cedar structure that was draped with yards and yards of beautiful white fabric. From the back of the structure there were crystals and orchids hanging all the way down.

The reception was filled with all kinds of unique details.  As guests walked into the reception, they gathered their escort cards from beneath a massive silver manzanita tree dripping with crystals.  At the tables, we did two types of centerpieces, both with mounds of blush pink roses, white roses, peonies and hydrangea.  One version of the centerpiece had large white branches springing from the flowers.  The tables had blush pink satin tablecloths and we brought in silver chiavari chairs.  For the head table Mi Mi Design came up with a raised "bridge" of various flowers with silver stems and leaves and crystals hanging from below.  I had never seen anything like it! My husband is a car guy, so I thought it would be fun to have tables named after his favorites cars rather than the normal table numbers.  We had everything from super cars to the car he drove around in high school.  It was nice to have some special things just for him.

Wedding Photography: Emma Freeman Photography / Floral Design, Event Design, Invitations + Planning: Mi Mi Design / Location: Mill City Museum