After spending their wedding day with Deb + Bryan and their infectious laughter, my cheeks were on fire! Abundant jokes and one-liners are the name of the game whenever they’re around. Their beautiful day was full of laughter, joking, love and yes, even a few tears.
Deb + Bryan’s day was held at the amazing Cedarhurst Mansion in Cottage Grove. The gorgeous building was designed by Cass Gilbert, the architect who also designed the MN State Capital building, and is over a century old. It has even hosted four US Presidents. It made for a perfect backdrop for Deb + Bryan to join their lives together. They opted not to do a First Look, but to first see each other when walking down the aisle. When Deb started to tear up upon seeing Bryan, he only needed to break out in his infectious laughter again and smiles and laughter filled the garden – and got Deb laughing too!
Looking through the photos, you will also see a small homage to the Star Wars movies – their cake is topped by a set of bride and groom AT-ATs, complete with veil and tophat! Their day was rounded out with a cocktail hour in the spectacular garden, and an amazing dinner and night of dancing in the beautiful Cedarhurst ballroom. Deb + Bryan’s wedding day was so gorgeous down to the last detail.
Thank you so much, Deb + Bryan, for including me on one of the biggest days of your lives! I am so happy for you both!
Venue: Cedarhurst Mansion
Wedding/Bridesmaids Dress: a & bé bridal shop
Hair/Makeup: Mezzanine Salon
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Colleen’s Flower Cellar
Catering: Cedarhurst Mansion
Cake: Denny’s Fifth Avenue Bakery
DJ: PM Enterprises
I met Dustin + Nicole for the first time last summer at an Uptown Minneapolis coffee shop. They had just begun planning out their wedding day, and found me through some mutual friends. And just like our mutual friends, Dustin + Nicole were warm, cheerful and easy-to-get-to-know. I suppose the mutual friendships made it feel like we already knew each other? We talked about plans for their big day, photography ideas, and life in general. Later in the winter, we spent time at the gorgeous Como Park Conservatory for their engagement photography.
We began their wedding day at the Minneapolis Marriott hotel for prep time and photos with a few close friends and siblings. We then traveled over to Gold Medal Park, right next to the Guthrie Theater and the riverfront, for Dustin + Nicole’s first look photos. I particularly love this portion of the day – each couple’s emotions flow as the magnitude of the event truly sinks in. Dustin + Nicole were so cute together! From there we had plenty of time to wander around Gold Medal Park and photograph the two of them spending time together, talking, laughing and embracing in the quiet moments before the whirlwind of their day was about to begin.
The wedding ceremony took place under the gazebo of Bohemian Flats Park, right along the riverfront. After all final portraits were finished, we boarded the Paradise Lady yacht for a reception cruise up and down the Mississippi River, through the last open lock on the Mississippi right below the downtown area, and then around again downstream into the quieter areas of the river. It was a perfect night, and we were treated to a beautiful, partly clouded sunset while the band played and people partied away.
Dustin + Nicole, I am so happy for you both and wish you endless happiness as you join your lives together. Thank you so much for including me in your big day!
Wedding Venue: Bohemian Flats Park, Paradise Lady
Wedding and Bridesmaids Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe
Bridal Accessories: Bel Aire Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Dessy
Hair/Makeup: Blush Beauty Room
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Richfield Flowers and Events
Caterer: Deli Double Catering
Cake: Queen of Cakes
Band: The White Keys
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!
ETA: You can also see more info and images by checking out our feature in The Learned Bride!
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