Last winter, as our wedding season was slowing down and most Minnesotans were hibernating to stay away from the cold, our group of wedding vendors was itching to collaborate on a fun wedding project together. I met with Maddie at Ask for the Moon Events, and soon afterward, she had whipped together an amazing team of wedding vendors to collaborate at the gorgeous James J Hill Reference Library in downtown St Paul, MN, on an amazing styled wedding photoshoot. Our concept was, naturally, a literary-themed event, tuned to the imagery of classic romance novels such as Gone With the Wind, Wuthering Heights, and many others. I was lucky enough to know the most perfect real-life couple who were excited for the chance to model for us.
A perfectly warm, early spring day in April framed the amazing classic architecture at the downtown St Paul landmark. Our host Dawn was more than gracious and allowed us the freedom to do as much as we wished to design their venue as we saw fit. We’ve got our photos set to be published in several online publications soon, so watch my Facebook or Instagram pages for notifications of full articles. What an amazing day, thank you so much team!
Event Planning and Design: Ask for the Moon Events
Venue: James J Hill Reference Library
Rentals: We’ve Got It Covered, Positively Charmed Custom Ceremonies & Boutique Decor
Stationery: Paper Thick Ink
Wedding Dress: JenMar Creations
Suit: Provided by Groom
Florist: Uy-Lennon Floral & Events
Cake: Ganache: Desserts and Confections
Hair/Makeup: Onsite Muse
Models: Alexia Olson & Jeremy Pryes
Jewelry: Commers Custom Jewelers
Photography: Carina Photographics
“Whoa! I feel like I’m in Europe!” Those were the first words that left my mouth when Kristen + Sam and I met at Arneson Acres Park in Edina (a suburb of Minneapolis) for their final wedding photography walk-through meeting. It was a gorgeous spring day, the sun was warm and bright in the cloudless sky, the temperature was perfect, and every tree and blade of grass was bright green. The cherry trees were bright pink, the flowers were beginning to bloom and the fountain was sprinkling away. We meandered through the park, and I was astonished that I had never heard of this beautiful park before. It was the most perfect wedding location!
Kristen + Sam held their wedding preparation time at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott hotel. Afterward, we jumped into our cars and drove down to Arneson Acres well before the ceremony time so we could have Kristen + Sam’s first look and wedding portrait photography at the park. Amazing. Gorgeous. Astounding. These are words I think of when I think of that garden. And Kristen + Sam were so happy and at-ease around each other. Most of my couples seem somewhat nervous during their wedding day, but not these two. All they could do was hold each other, kiss and laugh – they were so adorable! And completely relaxed and at-home in each others’ arms.
Their wedding went off without a hitch – we had been nervously watching the weather, feeling a sprinkle here or there. Luckily, the sky held out, and it wasn’t until on our way back to the Marriott that we got a bit of a shower. Just in time to be sheltered by the beautiful ballroom so everyone could dance the night away.
Thank you so much, Kristen + Sam, for including me during your big day. I wish you every happiness in your new lives together!
Wedding Venue: Arneson Acres
Reception Venue: Minneapolis Airport Marriott
Bride/Bridesmaids’ Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe
Bride’s Shoes: Macy’s
Hair/Makeup: Blush Beauty Room
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Macy’s
Rentals: Crown Rental
Cupcakes: Denny’s 5th Ave Bakery
DJ: Midwest Sound
Today I wanted to spend some more time highlighting my album product line that I am so proud to be carrying – luxury wedding albums from Graphistudio! Graphistudio is one of the longest-running and most prestigious wedding album manufacturers in the world, with their founding in 1982 in Italy. Even today, the albums are still made at their headquarters in Italy, and they have grown to open offices all over the world. Luckily, the US headquarters is right here in Minneapolis!
I’m going to highlight two albums for you to get a sense of the variety, customizability and craftsmanship of their albums. My previous blog post highlighted my high-end Signature wedding album line. Today’s post highlights my Premium wedding album line – a more cost-effective option than the Signature line.
First up we have Susan + Robert’s album. All of my Graphistudio albums come with an incorporated, protective Design Box that keeps the album safe from damage, dust and light. This particular wedding’s bride was of Indian heritage, so all of her bridesmaids were wearing gorgeous multi-colored saris that her father brought over directly from India. Also, the bride was wearing her traditional henna designs for her big day, as well as an exquisite Indian gown worn exclusively during the reception. The box’s exterior features the white Touch material (a luxurious soft finish) with debossed ennoblement in a white Indian pattern, giving the piece a subtle, refined Indian texture. The box interior repeats the pattern ennoblement, as well as a sky blue satin ribbon. The blue color was coordinated with the gorgeous album cover – a beautiful photo of Susan + Robert from their day in the gorgeous landscape of the Mendakota Country Club’s golf course pond. The cover was created in Graphi’s newest option, the Crystal Glance cover, featuring a thick crystal clear sheet over a metallic photo, giving a bright, stunning presentation of the photo. The album is bound with a black traditional leather. The interior pages are a beautiful HD-printed photo paper with protective coating, giving remarkable color and detail to the images and ensuring decades of enjoyment by family and friends.
Next we have Alice + Chris’ album. This particular wedding featured a rustic venue at Kellerman’s Event Center with lots of gray, blue and brown tones, so I felt the colored Maple material fit well for the Design Box exterior. The interior of the box features a photo of the bride and groom during the gorgeous fall day at Matoska Park in White Bear Lake with its old oak trees, bright fall color and peek of sunlight shining through. The box interior also featurs a bright yellow satin ribbon offsetting the bright fall colors. The cover of the album features a beautiful photo of Alice + Chris’ rings set on a piece of raw cut wood, again highlighting the wood theme seen throughout their big day. The interior pages of the album are an uncoated watercolor paper, featuring a textured artistic surface and bright, rich tones of each image that will be enjoyed for decades to come.
I’ve got these and other album samples as well to view, so please don’t hesitate to call and coordinate a time to meet at my studio so I can show you these amazing albums!