The Van Dusen Mansion was built for a wedding like this one. The festivities started a day early as the couple asked their wedding party to walk the downtown and river with them, a typical peek into a day-in-the-life of Melissa and Ben. The Aster Café was our halfway point and its great vibe was ideal for toasting the happy couple and the perfect tone setter for the wedding to come. As both being accomplished hockey players, the said to heck with the knife and instead opted to use a real hockey stick to cut their cake and feed each other. The highly amused crowd gathered and chanted, “Forehand, backhand, scoop!”. Such precious mixed with humor and play will be the combo this ice pair will be known in the many more years to come.
These two have it good in life. Not only did they win the jackpot of amazing families, their endearing spirits they have been blessed with along with an obvious passion for life is what draws you in. The Arends family and I go back a ways with both of us having roots in Edina and a love for community. Chad immediately impressed me as he brings with him an ornate ability to engage in meaningful and intentional conversation. On this day, Minikahda Country Club and its white grandeur impressed as guests pulled up ready to celebrate! I laughed hard with their good group of friends and by the end of the night, felt right at home. Sarah tapped into her event background and had the entire wedding perfectly planned out and giving ample time to both mingle and sneak away with Chad for some much needed breaks. My heart left full of hope for how together they will impact the world around them.
Contributing Vendors: Sally Berry & Co (planner), Minikahda Country Club, Munster Rose (florist), Linen Effects and Rudys Rustic Rentals (decor), Bella Nota (ceremony music), Instant Request (DJ), Cocoa and Fig (desserts), Lunds/Byerlys (cake), Printerette and Gretchen Berry Design Co. (paper and invitations)
It’s Official! Pinch me, is this for real?? We just found out we are a Top 3 Nominee for two categories in 2015: Best Photography & Top of the Tiara (Best Overall Vendor) as voted by brides and reader of Minnesota Bride Magazine. There is a big awards night announcing the winners on July 15th and will be sure to keep you all posted! Thank you for your enthusiasm and excitement around this this huge honor.
With Full Hearts,
Andrew & Janelle Vick
Merina, Rachel, Susan, Colleen, Laura, & Billie