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A Modern Museum Wedding Full of Bright Colors and Playful Patterns

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Jul 042016

When Lindsay and Brian decided to host their wedding at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis on August 22, 2015, they chose a space that was the perfect size for their intimate wedding (with only 125 guests in attendance), but was also an endless source of inspiration: gorgeous architecture, a crisp blank canvas, and a fabulous art collection that encouraged the couple to get creative with their design. "We wanted to incorporate a lot of color," says Lindsay, who worked with Rocket Science Weddings & Events to create a modern, elegant celebration full of punchy hues and playful patterns. Eclectic details, asymmetric floral designs, and an awesome solution to the "band vs. DJ" dilemma came together for an evening full of fun! Check out the couple's vibrant wedding (and steal some ideas for your own!), photographed by Cadence & Eli Photography.

Brian and Lindsay ran with their colorful wedding theme, incorporating teal, hot pink, orange, and purple into all of their paper goods. The stripes and chevrons were a nod to the museum's modern design, with the colors letting guests know they were in for an amazing night!

Lindsay paired her fit-and-flare gown with sparkling Vince Camuto pumps and a textured bouquet of orchids, ranunculus, garden roses, cockscomb, and succulents. Brian topped off his classic tux with a matching orchid boutonniere.

The couple had their first look on the museum's rooftop just before a rain shower moved in. "We were supposed to have our ceremony on the roof, as well, but it was just as beautiful when we moved it inside," says Lindsay.

The Jewish ceremony took place beneath a Lucite chuppah decorated with white hydrangeas, mums, and carnations. Lindsay and Brian signed a ketubah decorated with a modern, geometric cut-out of the Star of David. "Signing our ketubah was so warm and heartfelt. I'll remember that moment forever," says the bride.

Brian's cousin, a rabbi, officiated the ceremony, and the couple's brother and sister served as best man and maid of honor.

The tallit used during the ceremony holds special meaning for the bride: "It belonged to my father, who passed away."

As guests headed to the reception, they found their table assignments hanging from a custom-built escort card display decorated with white hydrangeas and mums. "We wanted to give guests an idea of what was to come," says Lindsay of the modern design. Each hexagonal card was one of three colors (orange, pink, and purple) to designate guests' meal choices.

The attention to detail continued, with drink stirrers printed with drawings of cats to represent the bride and groom's pets, Moses and Bing Bong. The stirrers were used in the two specialty cocktails named after the felines, the Moses Mule and the Bing-Bong-A-Rita. Guests also nibbled on custom fortune cookies, which were finished with bright ribbon and tags reading "Sayonara," a nod to the pair's upcoming honeymoon in Japan.

In the museum's Skyline Room, the lights of the Minneapolis skyline lit the space and provided a stunning, dramatic backdrop. Tables were topped with champagne chevron linens, allowing the bright floral centerpieces to really pop. Color-blocked arrangements in a variety of sizes provided a unique look from every angle, mixing orchids and hydrangeas with succulents and tulips.

Instead of chargers, Lindsay and Brian chose oversized menu cards to place atop rectangle-folded napkins, leaving enough space to also set the silverware without blocking the details of the meal to come. Guests chose between sautéed sea bass, beef tenderloin, and a ratatouille napoleon.

"The flowers were such a wow-factor," Lindsay remembers. "We used a lot of cool flowers in bright shades, like alstroemeria, proteas, and allium."

For dessert, the newlyweds cut into a three-tiered carrot cake topped with a surprise from their wedding planner: A 3D-printed monogram cake topper!

"My parents wanted a band and we wanted a DJ, so our planner recommended Fusion by Rock With U, a DJ and band combination," Lindsay says. "We had them put together a special set of songs we knew my step-dad, Steve, loves — he's really into music!" And of course they did the hora!

"We are so glad we hired a wedding planner," says the bride. "We wouldn't have been able to create the look we wanted — or manage the stress — without Gretchen!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Walker Art Center || Wedding Planner, Floral Design & Stationery: Rocket Science Weddings & Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: VWIDON || Shoes: Vince Camuto || Jewelry: Continental Diamond || Hair & Makeup: Emily J. || Groom's Attire: Bonobos || Music: Four Voices String Quartet; Rock With U || Catering & Cake: D'Amico & Partners || Rentals: Après Party & Tent Rentals || Videographer: Ladd Films || Photographer: Cadence & Eli Photography

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This Couple’s Minneapolis Wedding Featured Thousands (Yes, Thousands!) of Flowers

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May 132016

After an online dating site first matched Anna Kohler with Dov Kesten on September 1, 2011, it didn't take her long to learn that he is the type of man who loves surprises. Three years later, in January of 2014, Dov came home with a few: He gave Anna two bouquets of roses and tulips before getting down on one knee and asking her to be his wife. As if that wasn't shocking enough for the elated bride-to-be, Dov had a few more tricks up his sleeve. After the couple shared a celebratory dinner, the groom-to-be revealed that the bride's parents had flown in from Florida and Minnesota and were waiting to share in the excitement. But the surprises didn't end there. He had also planned an impromptu engagement party with a crowd of their closest friends nearby.

Although the couple lives in New York City, they knew they wanted to tie the knot in Minneapolis, Minnesota, so Anna teamed up with local wedding planner Amy Zaroff Events + Designs to coordinate a flower-focused party at the Depot Renaissance on June 13, 2015. The details of their timeless, romantic, and the flower-filled wedding day were captured by La de Da Photography.

Anna had a clear vision for her wedding day; she knew she wanted a romantic fairytale setting, complete with chandeliers and tons of flowers. "I wanted our guests to feel like they were stepping into a floral garden," Anna says. So the couple introduced their flowering vision in their wedding invitations, created by Red Bliss Design. The elegant white, blush, and gold suite was finished with either a bright floral liner or a chic foil interpretation of the same pattern.

Despite their Minneapolis wedding venue, the couple wasn't ready to leave the Big Apple entirely behind, so they chose to bring a New York City vibe to their midwest bash. And it was all-too-easy considering the Depot Renaissance had once been a train station. "Think New York City's Grand Central Station's main terminal on a smaller scale," Anna says of their inspiration.

The most important part of wedding dress shopping for Anna was that she find a look that stayed true to her personal style. When she put on this Vera Wang gown, the bride says she immediately felt like herself. Anna fell in love with the button detail on the back of the dress and the subtle floral design throughout.

She finished her look with a beaded belt, a delicately embellished hair clip, a pair of diamond earrings from her parents, and Manolo Blahnik shoes.

The bride carried an utterly romantic arrangement of blush peonies and garden roses.

Dov went custom for his tuxedo, choosing a classic look from Brooks Brothers with a patterned blue liner. His wedding day attire was completed with the addition of a blush ranunculus boutonniere and Salvatore Ferragamo shoes.

The couple's wedding party looked incredible in a mix of long blush gowns and timeless tuxedos. Anna's bridesmaids' blush Amsale gowns featured mismatched necklines, ensuring that every lady felt comfortable in her dress. Each 'maid carried a small bouquet of white peonies. To help cut costs for his attendants, Dov instructed his groomsmen to wear their own tuxedos, which they paired with matching black satin bow ties, cufflinks, and studs from Men's Wearhouse.

As the bridal party posed for photos in front of Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, one of Dov's groomsmen waved down the driver of a black Thunderbird convertible that was passing by. Before the couple knew what was happening, the driver had parked his classic car and the entire group started posing for photos around it. "It ended up looking so cool, a very happy coincidence and a perfect example of 'Minnesota Nice'", Anna says.

The bride's parents walked her down an aisle lined with rose petals as a live band performed an instrumental version of "Staralfur" by Sigur Rós. Anna's bouquet of peonies and roses matched the flowers on the couple's chuppah. Although the bride and groom didn't recite them during the ceremony, they did write vows that they shared privately after the big day.

After the beautiful ceremony, guests moved to the cocktail hour in the venue's Winter Garden room, where they were greeted by some of the most stunning florals they'd see all day. One thousand roses were hung from the space's tall ceilings and guests moved beneath the floral installation as they collected their escort cards from a dramatic table that had been covered with colorful blooms.

Tented white escort cards were calligraphed in gilded ink, instructing guests where to sit inside the reception space.

The floral theme continued inside the reception room, where tables were covered with tall and low centerpieces comprised of peonies and roses. The arrangements looked stunning beneath the venue's crystal chandeliers.

After dinner, the crowd dug into the couple's four-tiered wedding cake, which incorporated lace piping and hand painted flowers, as well as the couple's monogram painted in rose gold on the top tier.

The couple and their 250 guests danced the night away while a 14-piece band called Rhythm Collective performed top hits. But the celebration didn't end when the band stopped playing: Everyone headed to the after party, where they enjoyed chicken and waffles with the bride and groom.

Venue & Catering: The Depot Renaissance || Wedding Planner: Amy Zaroff Events + Design || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Hair & Makeup: Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers || Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse || Flowers: Arts & Flowers Design Studio || Invitations: Red Bliss Design || Music: Rhythm Collective || Cake: Gateaux Inc. || Rentals: Linen Effects || Videographer: Larson Filmworks || Photographer: La de Da Photography

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This Couple Threw an Intimate Late Spring Wedding in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Feb 092016

After Nick Heinze stumbled across Anne Cannon's online profile on two different social networking websites in one day (and noticed all of their mutual friends!), he decided the two were fated to meet. "Figuring he had nothing to lose, he was gutsy enough to take a leap of faith and ask me out," Anne says. "He was cute, witty, and brave! I said yes." That first date in June of 2013 led to many more and by October of 2014, Nick knew he had found the one. When the pair traveled to Healdsburg, California, for a wine country getaway, Nick took advantage of the beautiful backdrop and good wine, and popped the question at Nicholson Ranch. "We were overjoyed and spent the rest of the long weekend celebrating," Anne remembers.

With a late spring wedding in mind, the newly engaged couple wasted no time in booking Aster Caf&ecute; in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for their June 5, 2015, wedding. "Nick and I immediately knew we weren't going to have a cookie cutter wedding," Anne says. "Our vision from the beginning was to do an intimate ceremony and dinner with our family, then celebrate after with a big cocktail party with all of our friends." And they did just that! Read on to see how their vision came to life, as captured by Megan Daas Photography.

Anne admits she tackled quite a few DIY projects for the big day, but her most involved task was creating the couple's wedding invitations. She ordered the design from a stationer on Etsy and printed the files at home. But the project didn't stop there: the creative bride also hand-lined the envelopes with punchy paper from Paper Source, tied the invites and additional cards with thin gold twine, and used her newly-learned calligraphy skills to write addresses and escort cards.

The couple chose Aster Café mainly for its charming and non-traditional vibe. "We looked at a few meh venues before the Aster and once we saw it, we booked it on the spot," Anne says. "It overlooks the Mississippi River and the downtown skyline of Minneapolis. The building itself is in the historical district of St. Anthony Main, and the wall behind the bar is the oldest standing commercial wall in the city." With all that character comes some quirks, including recent rumors that the property may be home to a few spirits. "People say the venue is haunted since the nine bells on the wall have been known to ring on their own. They didn't ring for us!"

"I tried on a ton of dresses," Anne says. "I knew I wanted something timeless, simple, romantic, and somewhat fitted, but I didn't know the exact style I wanted." While she admits there were some styles she liked along the way, nothing spoke to her in the way she'd imagine her wedding dress would. When her best friend came into town, Anne decided to book another dress shopping appointment on a whim and tried on a strapless lace trumpet from Enzoani that she didn't want to take off.

Nick wore a classic navy suit from Banana Republic. Instead of giving each other wedding gifts, the bride and groom had the insides of their wedding bands engraved with their wedding date and messages to one another.

Anne carried a bouquet of white and blush flowers that she describes as both modern and whimsical. The mix included garden roses, peonies, ranunculus, anemones, asters, dahlias, freesia, wax flowers, succulents, and brunia berries.

Since the pair chose to host an intimate ceremony with just their family in attendance, they opted against having bridesmaids and groomsmen. Instead, Anne and Nick's nieces and nephews stood in as the bridal party, serving as flower girl, ring bearers, and an usher.

The ceremony was held on the patio of the Aster Café, beneath a wrought iron tent that was decorated with lanterns and arrangements of greenery. "We didn't write our own vows, but worked with our officiant to create a custom ceremony," Anne says. "We did chose two readings and did a blessing of the hands ritual. The ceremony itself was short and sweet and just what we wanted."

After the pair was officially announced husband and wife, they made their way back down the aisle to Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours."

The party moved indoors for a family-focused dinner. "We kept the reception super simple and decorated with lanterns, mercury glass vases, greenery, wood slabs, and arrangements of flowers," Anne says. There, everyone dined on charcuterie plates, cheese boards, salad, and artisan flatbreads before the reception opened up for a cocktail party with the couple's friends.

Passed appetizers and plenty of local microbrews were served up all evening long. Anne and Nick shared their first dance to the Ryan Adams classic "I Love You But I Don't Know What to Say" before their loved ones hit the dance floor. "Our DJ played a great mix of music for all ages," the bride remembers. "The dance floor was never empty."

Anne and Nick sliced into a single-tiered cutting cake before inviting their guests to enjoy Raspberry Royale, Bailey's Irish Cream, and vanilla bean cupcakes.

The pair celebrated their big day with an outdoorsy honeymoon in Bar Harbor, Maine. "We wanted to go somewhere new to us and a little off the grid, but that still had the opportunity to adventures and great dining." Trips to Acadia National Park, local hiking, and plenty of lobster made the trip totally memorable. "Don't overdo it and don't try to meet anyone else's expectations," Anne advises future couples. "It's easy to get carried away in the planning process but we thought it worked well to just keep it simple and true to who we are as a couple."

Venue & Catering: Aster Café || Wedding Coordinator: Meredith Meyer of Bride Support || Officiant: Minnesota Officiants || Bride's Wedding Dress: Enzoani || Hair & Makeup: Allison AuBuchon of Creative Beauté Agency || Groom's Attire: Banana Republic || Engagement Ring: Continental Diamond || Wedding Bands: Bergstrom Jewelers; Shane Co. || Flowers: Artemisia Studios || Invitations: Penny Black Post || Music: Instant Request || Cake & Cupcakes: Buttercream Cakes & Desserts || Rentals: Avant Decor || Accommodations: Loews Minneapolis || Photographer: Megan Daas Photography || Second Shooter: John Swee of Dodge Creative

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A Vintage Supper Club-Inspired Wedding at The Metropolitan Ballroom in Minneapolis

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Jan 132014

This beautiful Minneapolis wedding is all about the details. For their wedding on November 9th, 2012, Kathleen and James enlisted Amy Zaroff Events + Design to bring their English garden ceremony and supper club reception to life. Lush flowers, shimmering vintage-style gold and a 19-piece band come together for a cozy, classy wedding celebration.

A little over a year after meeting on E-Harmony, Kathleen and James took a trip to California to celebrate Kathleen's birthday. As they walked along the cliffs of the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel looking for whales, James got down on one knee and asked Kathleen to be his wife. "It happened at sunset—it was incredibly romantic," she says.

The supper club theme lent itself beautifully to James and Kathleen's black tie affair.

When wedding dress shopping, Kathleen knew she wanted something traditional and modest. "I love lace, so that was a must," she says. She wore a beaded tulle garter and peep-toe pumps beneath her classic gown, with a British six pence in her shoe for good luck.

James's boutonniere featured hydrangea blossoms, berries, and acorns.

Kathleen carried a bouquet of white and light pink roses, hydrangeas, peonies, scabiosa pods, and Jasmine vines. The bouquet was wrapped in lace, and featured a framed portrait of the bride's dog, Barnaby.

The aisle of the University of Northwestern St. Paul's Nazareth Chapel was decorated with gorgeous arrangements of roses, hydrangeas and greens. "I love the church's gorgeous interior, and was so excited to get married at my alma mater," says Kathleen. Her father walked her down the aisle.

Warm gold and ivory came together for the evening reception. Antique-style dishes and flatware brought the 1930s supper club theme to life, where the couple offered their guests an indulgent menu featuring beef tenderloin and pheasant.

The couple's guest book kept with the 1930's theme. They created a poster with their wedding details, then had guests sign around the edges for a memento they can display in their home.

A 19-piece band kept the couple and their guests dancing to big-band classics all night. James and Kathleen's first dance was to "The Best Is Yet To Come" by Frank Sinatra.

The highlight of the evening was the French Patisserie display. From macarons to flourless chocolate cake, there was no shortage of sweets! The three-tiered cake featured rich burgundy, gold and ivory. Sugar rosettes were printed with lyrics to the couple's favorite songs. And in case they hadn't had enough dessert, guests were given boxes of macarons to bring home with them at the end of the night.

Kathleen recommends that all couples hire a wedding planner and designer. "Having a wedding planner will enable you to really enjoy the time with your partner. Trust your planner to handle the details, big and small!" she says.

Ceremony Venue: Nazareth Chapel || Reception Venue: The Metropolitan Ballroom & Clubroom || Wedding Planner: Amy Zaroff Events + Design || Bride's Wedding Dress: Luxe Bridal || Hair: Sherry Fredkove || Makeup: Amanda from MAC || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jim Hjelm || Groom's Attire: Heimie's Haberdashery || Florist: Martha's Gardens || Invitations: William Arthur || Music: Ceremony - Lake string Quartet, Bagpiper - Jeff Perry, Reception - The Wolverines Big Band || Catering: D'Amico Catering || Cake: Gateaux Inc. || Favors: International Cigars, Inc., Cocoa & Fig || Rentals: Linen Effects, Après Party and Tent Rental, Richfield Flowers and Events || Photography: Kelly Brown Weddings

—Jaimie Schoen

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An Intimate Fall Wedding at the Sunken Garden in St. Paul, MN

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Nov 202013

Marriage is a partnership based on trust and support, and Kate and Jeff, both 33, knew they could rely on one another long before their walk down the aisle. The duo met at a rock climbing gym in 2008, soon becoming climbing partners and friends. The time they spent supporting and encouraging one another during climbs helped turn their friendship into something even more special.

This adventurous couple loves to travel, and in 2011 they went on a romantic vacation to Venice, Italy. After wandering around the city for a few days, they took a day trip to Burano to explore the colorful streets. Before heading to the ferry to return to the heart of Venice, Jeff and Kate sat in a little park along a canal. In the late afternoon sun, they discussed their future travel plans and all of the exciting things life has in store for them, and Jeff surprised Kate by getting down on one knee and proposing. A year and a half later, on September 22, 2012, they invited 30 friends and family members for a charming, intimate wedding celebration in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Vintage three-strand pearl necklace.

Kate chose a lace fit-and-flare dress by Robert Bullock, complete with a row of buttons down the back. She accessorized with a handmade sash, simple tulle veil, and a vintage pearl necklace. She chose the dress because "it was the right combination of simple and delicate, with a slight vintage feel," says the bride.

White satin flats with rosettes kept Kate comfortable all day.

Kate's handmade belt featured a chiffon flower with tiny pearl beads. She accentuated her gown's sweetheart neckline with 3 strands of vintage pearls.

The bride's vibrant bouquet included roses and ranunculus buds in pink, orange, white, and yellow. Green succulents gave the bouquet some structure.

Jeff wore a black three-piece suit, which he paired with a bold blue tie. Because there were only 30 guests at the wedding, they chose to forgo a wedding party and instead invite a few friends and family members to participate in the ceremony.

Wedding ceremony at the Sunken Garden at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory.

The Sunken Garden at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory was a place that Kate had loved since she was a little girl, so it was an easy choice for the ceremony. The open, airy room and beautiful flowers create a feeling of romance and calm, perfect for a wedding!

In Kate's words, "The ceremony was a whirlwind, but once the guests left the conservatory, my new husband and I spent about 30 minutes there alone, drinking in all that had just happened. It was amazing to have that quiet time together after such a busy, emotion-filled day."

Kate is a graphic designer, so she designed and printed the invitations, place cards, menu, and table numbers herself.

Wedding reception at W.A. Frost restaurant in St. Paul, MN.

The couple chose to have an intimate reception at W.A. Frost, one of their favorite restaurants. The cozy ambiance was ideal, and the staff made sure every detail was taken care of. Soft candlelight and beautiful flowers set the mood.

In addition to creating all of the paper goods for the wedding, Kate arranged the pink, white, and orange flowers in milk glass vases for the reception.

W.A. Frost restaurant wedding reception dcor.

The couple skipped a traditional guest book and instead invited guests to leave them notes and well-wishes.

Having a small guest list allowed Jeff and Kate to spend the evening talking and celebrating with every single person they'd invited. They skipped the entertainment, focusing on delicious food and great company. Says Kate, "It shows that you don't need a big production to have a successful and memorable reception!"

While everything went smoothly in the end, Kate does wish she'd hired a day-of coordinator to handle the details. "Our wedding day was absolutely lovely, but it wasn't without a few minor hiccups," says Kate. "Having that person there as a buffer will take some stress away from your day so you can enjoy every moment."

Ceremony Venue: The Sunken Garden at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory || Reception Venue: W.A. Frost & Company || Bride's Wedding Dress: Robert Bullock at Che Bella || Veil, Sash & Jewelry: Che Bella || Hair & Makeup: Juut Salon || Wedding Bands: Blue Nile || Officiant: Reverend Bill Albertson || Ceremony Music: Laurie Leigh || Invitations & Paper Goods: Kate Siebert Design || Catering: W.A. Frost & Company || Cake: Sweet Retreat Cupcake Boutique || Photography: Amy Majors Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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