This had the makings of the party of the summer, maybe even decade.  When young love finds themselves in middle school and they stay the course for over 10 years, you accumulate quite the enthusiastic tribe.  Families are best friends, friends of these families seem bonded at the hip, what more can you throw at this event….oh yeah, Nicolle Sellers magic with a band by the Lake.  Minikahda wasn’t messing around; the lawn was immaculate, the clear ceiling tent hung to perfection with votives and flowers, and all were in high spirits.  Even Our Lady of Grace was especially chatty as the buzz carried all the way back to our hometown of Edina.  I couldn’t be more thrilled for you both!  You have “it” in heaps and love so many people you come in contact with.  I am excited to see the dent you will make in the globe for good.

Contributing Vendors: Our Lady Of Grace (ceremony venue), The Minikahda Club (reception venue), Mother of the Bride Planning (planner), Snowshoe Productions (videographer), Playatta (photo booth), Richfield Flowers and Events (florist), The Bruce Henry Band (music), Apres (decor)

Grandma’s farm has never look so bright and green.  This was the place for many fond memories for Renee so when grandpa offered up hosting this epic event, in honor of grandma, at the family farm, Renee and Bobby were beyond exited.   This event redefines “labor of love” as crops were planted then harvested to create the perfect lake overlook for the ceremony as tractors towed guests on bales of hay to the site.  Every nook of the farm was assigned to a purposeful space to have guests mingle and take in the scenery.  Bobby not allowed to take it all in, as he was blindfolded, allowing Renee’s car to arrive and for her to hide behind the billowing main gate.  Tears flowed as freely as the sun soaked the stage for their vows of love.  Back at the reception, groomsmen schemed a short-lived kidnapping of the bride before the country band took over the night.  What a way to ring in a marriage!

Contributing Vendors: Tomala Farm (venue), St. Cloud Floral (florist), Cold Spring Bakery (dessert), The Hell Country Truckers (music), This Little Piggy, Inc. (catering)

From the mariachi band’s first note, to the last hug down the aisle, Laura and Tim seemed to enter another world during their rooftop ceremony above St. Paul.  One couldn’t help but lean in, tap their foot, and smile ear to ear for this pair.  As we headed out on the street below to give them a moment to reflect and be present with what just took place, Tim seemed to walk a couple inches taller as cars honked and waved in approval.  Back at A’Bulae, their many enthusiastic dance-community friends greeted them with shrieks and squeezes as they worked their way throw the sea of familiar faces.  I learned the term “social dancer” which is apparently an entirely different classification than telling someone simply “you are a good dancer.”  Either way, it was apparent that this audience held their own just fine as the purple uprights took over A’Bulae to create an enchanting end of the night.

Contributing Vendors: A’Bulae (venue), Photo Booth Creations (photo booth), Buttercream (dessert), Mariachi Mi Tierra (music), Mintahoe (catering), Ben Olson (makeup), L’atelier Couture (atire)

There is good reason to why most brides book a venue way in advance.  Especially when it is the Westin at Gallery in Edina as you get the guidance of the fabulous (and slightly famous) Tyler as a bonus for your planning help.  Natalie and Andrew developed a special Bond with the crew at the Westin both in work relationships and in planning their wonderfully intentional wedding.  Natalie is a ball of pure joy that radiates even out of her fingertips, combined with Andrew’s straight-shooting  and sincere approach make these two one of my favorite power couples of all time.  Red was the color of the day, from the shoes to accessories, to a Ferrari Testarossa that roared in approval as it took the bride and groom from Lake Minnetonka to Diamond Lake Lutheran Church.  A funny sight to see would have been my partner in crime Murphy Byrne hanging his whole body out of the side window as I tried to keep up with the red Ferrari to get some sick action shots.  After a quick stop to catch our breath and reflect on the day along Minnehaha Creek, the Westin awaited our arrival with arms wide open.  What an epic party!  Our custom Crazy Cam was firing away as drinks flowed for guests until dusk set in…perfect for a late night photo stroll!  We love you guys and excited life rolled us up together.  It was meant to be.

Contributing Vendors: The Westin (venue), Diamond Lake Lutheran Church (venue), Festivities (florist and rental decor), Lunds & Byerly’s (dessert), Level 11 Events (music), Spalon Montage (hair/makeup)

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